For Immediate Release
BOWMANVILLE, ON, Saturday May 28, 2011: Mark Dilley driver of the No. 9 Rheem/PartSource Dodge was sixth quickest in practice, but fell a few spots in qualifying, taking the eight starting place. Dilley didn’t finish the race as a piece of debris did irreparable damage to his car and took him out of contention early on.
Dilley started practice strong, but made some adjustments to the car including changing the springs and shocks to get the car to turn better. After makings these changes the car was manoeuvring the way Dilley liked and he finished practice with the sixth quickest time.
In qualifying Dilley was one of the first cars to take to the track and turned Canada’s fasted half mile oval in a time of 21.975 resulting in an eighth place starting position.
Dilley took the green flag for the Dickies 200 on the outside of row four and battled on the outside to keep eighth place but eventually settled into ninth place on lap three. Dilley was staying out of trouble and testing out the new car “It was set up for the long runs,” commented Dilley, “and the car was running good.”
Dilley had made his way up to seventh place by lap 42 when the No. 9 Dodge picked up a piece of debris off the race track and it went through the rad and damaged the motor. Dilley’s night ended early and he was disappointed, but he was very positive about the way the car was handling.
“We just don’t seem to have any luck” Dilley said, “We had a great car and the guys worked so hard to get it to handle like it is, but we just need a little luck on our side.”
The No. 9 team isn’t going to let this stop them, “The new car is awesome and we are going to keep digging” commented a crew member. “We will be ready for Delaware.”
The Dickies 200 will air on TSN on Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. ET.
The next stop for Dilley and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be the inaugural visit to Circuit ICAR in Quebec. Dilley has already tested at this track earlier this season and is looking for a solid finish to make-up a few spots in the point standings.
Mark Dilley is supported by: PartSource, Rheem Canada, Leland Industries, Exide Batteries, Sylvania and Castrol.
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