BOWMANVILLE, ON, Sunday June 26, 2011: Kerry Micks driver of the No. 02 Dickies/Beyond Digital Imaging Ford Fusion was fourth quickest in practice and had some mechanical problems, but managed to take home a 13th place finish.
On Saturday afternoon Micks was one of the few cars that took to the track in the first practice where there was a constant drizzle over Mosport International Raceway. “We just wanted to put in some laps under the slick conditions, in case we see some rain for the main event on Sunday,” commented Micks. In practise number two, Micks ran consistent times and when all was said and done, posted the fourth quickest time.
Qualifying was rained out on Saturday afternoon and as a result the drivers took to the starting grid according to owner points, meaning Micks and the Dickies/Beyond Digital Imaging Ford Fusion team would have to line up on the inside of row six in eleventh place. “We are disappointed we didn’t get to qualify the car this weekend, we definitely could have pulled off a top five starting position,” said the #02 driver.
Micks started the Vortex Brake Pads 200 in 11th place and after one lap he had already moved into the eighth position and Micks was running in sixth by the time first caution came out on lap 12.
Micks brought his #02 Ford Fusion to pit road for fuel, but the team also had to take a look under the hood. Micks made it back onto the track without losing a lap, but when the second caution came out on lap 18, Micks came back to pit road to change all four tires and again the No. 02 team were working under the hood of the Dickies/Beyond Digital Imaging Ford Fusion.
Micks was having a vibration and the team were working under the hood to change parts on the carburetor. It took two caution sessions to make sure they solved the problem and with the issue resolved, Micks headed back out on the track two laps down.
Back on the track Micks’ next goal was to make sure that he was in a position to get the lucky dog should there be another caution and it just so happened that Mick was in exactly the right position when cautions five and six came out. Micks was able to get both his laps back and with six laps to go he was on the lead lap.
The No. 02 however was considerably behind the main pack of car, and while he was running lap times as fast as the leader, he just didn’t have enough laps left to make his way to the front. When the checkered flag flew, Micks would end up finishing 13th on the lead lap out of a 26 car field.
After the race Micks said “It’s too bad, the car is so fast and the team is working so hard on it, we just need some luck and are hoping it will happen for us in Toronto, we won it in 2005 and are hoping to get back to victory lane when we get there in two weeks.”
This weekend’s events at Mosport International Raceway will air on TSN on Saturday July 2nd at 1:30 EST.
Kerry Micks is ninth in the NASCAR point’s standings and his next stop with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be in two weeks’ time were he will navigate streets of Toronto at the Exhibition Place for the Toronto Honda Indy. Don’t forget to go to Dickies.ca before the race and pick the winners in the Dickies Race to Win Challenge for a chance to win some great prizes.
For more information on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series please visit www.nascarlocalracing.com.
Kerry Micks is supported by the following sponsors: Williamson-Dickie Canada Co., Beyond Digital Imaging, Prostate Cancer Canada, Steadymate, Seguin Marina, Thor Motors, NGK Spark Plugs, Samester, Castrol and Cathcart Trucking.
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