The Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (CASCAR) was founded in 1981 by Anthony Novotny. By the late ‘90s, CASCAR had three successful professional championships – the Eastern, Western and the Super Series, which included selected events in eastern and western Canada. The winner of the Super Series was crowned the national champion. Eventually, the eastern division and Super Series merged while the western championship continued. In 2006, CASCAR had three divisions - the Super Series, Flo~Pro Western Series and a Sportsman category.

Rumours swirled for a number of years concerning the sale of CASCAR. In September, it was announced that NASCAR would purchase Canada’s premier stock car series and that they entered into a long-term sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Tire Corporation.

The 2006 CASCAR Super Series season kicks off in late May at Barrie Speedway. The opening round was followed by races at the Mosport road course and a second visit to Barrie on the Canada Day weekend. The teams then travel west, competing at Sun Valley Speedway in Vernon, British Columbia and as a support race for the CART series at the Edmonton City Centre Airport. In August, the championship makes a stop at Trois-Rivieres on the temporary street circuit and for another race at Mosport, but this time it is on the oval. These events are followed by a high profile race in Montreal at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. On the Labour Day weekend, teams compete at Cayuga International Speedway. The penultimate round is held at Autodrome St. Eustache, with the finale taking place at Kawartha Speedway. There is a total of eleven race weekends in four different provinces.

The cars competing in the championship are constructed to specifications and rules common to most stock car series. The chassis is a steel tube frame design covered with a fiberglass body. Cars are required to weigh no less than 2,850-lbs. Body styles are from manufacturers such as Pontiac (Grand Prix), Dodge (Charger), Ford (Taurus) and Chevrolet (Monte Carlo). Engine type and displacement are dictated by the make and model of the vehicle. The carbureted eight-cylinder motors used in the series produce approximately 500-horsepower. Depending on the gearing, these cars are estimated to have a top speed of 160-mph.

The event at the Mosport road course was round two of the 2006 CASCAR Super Series championship. The Clarington 200 would be a fifty-one lap contest around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

Kerry Micks opened the new season with a sixth-place finish at Barrie Speedway. At Mosport International Raceway, he was gridded in the third spot for the start of the Clarington 200. Micks moved the No. 02 Micks Motorsports Ford Taurus into the lead for the final time on the lap-32 restart. From that point on, it was apparent that he had the dominant car and led the final twenty circuits for the victory.
For the second consecutive year, Jeff Lapcevich was the ‘bride’s maid’ at Mosport International Raceway. Prior to last year’s event at Mosport, Lapevich had two victories at Mosport. During the qualifying session, he was tenth fastest in the No. 25 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Lapcevich did not lead a lap but caught the front-runners. On the final circuit, he passed Scott Steckly for a runner-up result.
For the last six CASCAR Super Series seasons, Scott Steckly has campaigned a Pontiac Grand Prix. In 2006, he switched brands and was competing in a Dodge Charger. Based on his performance in round one at Barrie Speedway, Steckly probably wished he had made the change sooner. Steckly opened the year with a victory and captured the final position on the podium at Mosport. He left round two with the points lead.
Jim Lapcevich opened the season at Barrie Speedway by starting twentieth and finishing in the sixteenth position. At Mosport International Raceway, he was gridded closer to the front of the field in the twelfth spot. Lapcevich maneuvered his way up the race order in the No. 25 EMCEA Transport sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo. A final lap pass on Dave Whitlock moved him from a fifth to a fourth-place finish.
J.R. Fitzpatrick was in his third year of the CASCAR Super Series and proving to be a quick study. Last year he captured three top-five finishes – two of which were runner-up results. He opened the 2006 season with a third-place finish, driving the No. 84 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. At Mosport, Fitzpatrick started on the pole and led seven-laps before finishing seventh. He had the consolation of recording the fastest race lap.
After two consecutive seasons of finishing in the runner-up spot of the final CASCAR Super Series standings, Don Thomson, Jr. strung together five championships. His hopes for a sixth title took a severe blow at Mosport International Raceway. The No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo was second fastest in qualifying. However, Thomson experienced engine issues and finished twenty-third.
‘The man of the meet’ was Jason Hathaway and to prove it, he earned the Fast Eddie Hard Charger award. The series rookie was piloting the No. 3 Dodge Charger with backing for Snap-On Tools and Super 8. The inexperienced road racer was gridded in the thirty-first starting position for the Clarington 200. Over the course of fifty-one-laps, Hathaway advanced twenty-three positions to finish in eighth-place.
The round two podium for the 2006 CASCAR Super Series at Mosport International Raceway. In the center is the winner and driver of the No. 02 Micks Motorsports Four Taurus, Kerry Micks. On the left of the rostrum for a second consecutive year is the runner-up, Jeff Lapcevich. Completing the podium is the third-place finisher and championship points leader, Scott Steckly.

13Kerry MicksMicks Motorsports / Ford Taurus51-
210Jeff LapcevichEMCEA Transport / Chevrolet Monte Carlo51-
37Scott StecklyERB Group / Pontiac Grand Prix51-
412Jim LapcevichEMCEA Transport / Chevrolet Monte Carlo51-
59Dave WhitlockNTN Bower / Dodge Charger51-
64D.J. KenningtonCastrol / Dodge Charger51-
71J.R. FitzpatrickMilwaukee Tools / Chevrolet Monte Carlo51-
831Jason HathawaySuper 8 / Chevrolet Monte Carlo51-
95Peter GibbonsCanadian Tire / Chevrolet Monte Carlo51-
1020Doug BrownAutopro / Chevrolet Monte Carlo51-
1114Derek LynchCanadian Shield / Dodge Charger51-
1221Lain VenditelliNobel Biocare / Ford Taurus51-
1322Chad McGlynnMcGlynn Motorsports / Ford Taurus51-
1411Brad GrahamChallenger Motor Freight / Dodge Charger50-
1519John FitzpatrickLatta Cranes / Chevrolet Monte Carlo50-
1615Robin BuckCPS Flooring / Ford Taurus50-
1727David ThorndykeThorson / Chevrolet Monte Carlo50-
1826John TsoumarisJohn's Unique Auto Body / Chevrolet Monte Carlo50-
1928Kenny ForthMidnight Sun / Ford Taurus50-
208Mark DilleyMobil 1/Exide / Dodge Charger49-
216Ron Beauchamp, Jr.Mopar Performance Parts / Dodge Charger48-
2229Scott WatkinsWatkins Motorsports / Chevrolet Monte Carlo48-
232Don Thomson, Jr.Home Hardware / Chevrolet Monte Carlo46-
2416Joe GoncalvesBolt-On Performance / Chevrolet Monte Carlo40-
2523Bryan CathcartFitzsimmons Stars / Dodge Charger40-
2617Marc MillerCarhartt Clothing / Dodge Charger33Did Not Finish
2724Marv WilderLongbow Freight Systems / Ford Taurus22Did Not Finish
2825Jessica CyrFast Eddie Racewear / Chevrolet Monte Carlo20Did Not Finish
2913Kenny HabulVariety Village / Chevrolet Monte Carlo13Did Not Finish
3030Kent NuhnNuhn Motorsports / Pontiac Grand Prix3Did Not Finish
3118Ron Van EsStar Van Systems / Chevrolet Monte Carlo3Did Not Finish

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