VERNON, BC – Sunday July 24, 2011: Kerry Micks continued his strong, mid-season streak with a third-place finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Vernon, BC’s Motoplex Speedway and Event Park. The driver of the No. 02 Dickies / Beyond Digital Imaging Ford Fusion came home third in the caution-filled A&W Cruisin’ the Dub 300.
Micks started eighth in the 21-car field after posting a lap of 18.659 seconds (96.468 mph) during qualifying at the banked, half-mile BC oval. The Mt. Albert, Ontario resident ran in fourth-place for much of the first third of the race, but fell to eighth at the halfway point of the 300-lap event.
Not long after, on lap 172, Micks brought the No. 2 Dickies / BDI Ford to pit lane during the race’s seventh caution period. The stop benefitted his car and with 80 laps to go, Micks cracked the top-five. With 10 to go, Micks ran in second, but couldn’t hold off the hard-charging DJ Kennington, who finished runner-up to race winner Scott Steckly.
Micks maintained third at the end, fending off a tough challenge from Ron Beauchamp Jr. Mark Dilley rounded out the top-five.
After the race, Micks was pleased with the result. He was also encouraged that he’s getting a better handle on what it takes to improve his cars’ setups. “The car wasn’t 100 percent, but it’s obviously closer than I’ve had it so far this year because I’ve been struggling with the setup. It’s getting closer and I think we should be really, really close in Saskatoon. The road course car is close, too, so we’re getting the cars better. We’ve just been struggling with the soft setups here.”
Discussing the race and his result, Micks continued, “It was an exciting race. I’m surprised I got this far (third-place). I didn’t think we had a third-place car – I would say it was more like a top-seven car – but hey, we fought all night, didn’t give up and we got a podium. So I’m pretty happy with that.”
Coming on the heels of his fourth-place finish in Toronto, Micks completed the first half of the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in fifth-place in the overall point standings.
Discussing his opportunities for climbing even higher in the points, Micks said, “We’re fifth now, so I can see fourth or maybe third depending on the luck the guys ahead of us have. But if we keep getting top-five finishes, that’ll come to us in time. This series is not easy and you’re fighting against guys like (Andrew) Ranger who are going to be in (NASCAR Sprint) Cup, so you know there’s big competition in this series. I’m really proud of the guys on my crew and all my sponsors to get up here on the podium.
The A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 will be telecast on TSN at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 30. The second half of the 12-race NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season commences this coming Wednesday, July 27 at Saskatoon’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
Race fans are reminded 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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