Delaware: Qualifying notes, starting grid

Thomson wins the pole for Sunday's MOPAR 300 CASCAR Super Series race at Delaware Speedway LONDON, ON - On Saturday afternoon at Delaware Speedway, Don Thomson made it clear that he's very serious about winning a third consecutive CASCAR Super ...

Delaware: Qualifying notes, starting grid

Thomson wins the pole for Sunday's MOPAR 300 CASCAR Super Series race at Delaware Speedway

LONDON, ON - On Saturday afternoon at Delaware Speedway, Don Thomson made it clear that he's very serious about winning a third consecutive CASCAR Super Series championship. During time trials for Sunday's season opening race - the MOPAR 300 - the Home Hardware Chevy driver lapped the half-mile, London area oval in a time of 19.432 seconds.

The lap, which translated into a speed of 94.164 mph, was the fastest of the 33 competitors who qualified for Sunday's 300-lap race. Thomson's pole was the 12th of his Super Series career, and came at the track where he secured his second Super Series championship, last September.

Starting alongside Thomson will be another racer who has a long history of success at Delaware Speedway. Steve Robblee recently secured his 100th CASCAR victory, when he won the May 2 Sportsman feature race at Delaware. And last fall, Robblee won the season-ending CASCAR Super Series race at Delaware, coming from a lap down to win the Great Canadian 300. Robblee's fastest lap, during qualifying for Sunday's MOPAR 300, was 19.575 seconds (91.954 mph). In all, 17 drivers recorded laps times of 20 seconds or less.

The MOPAR 300 will start at 2:15 on Sunday afternoon.

<pre> DELAWARE SPEEDWAY - MOPAR 300 - SUNDAY, MAY 18 11:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open 11:15 a.m. Driver Autograph Session 12:35 p.m. Parade Laps, Official Welcome, Driver Introductions, Anthems 2:15 p.m. GREEN FLAG: MOPAR 300

CASCAR Super Series STARTING GRID: MOPAR 300 Round #1 // May 18, 2003 // Delaware Speedway // London, Ontario

 ST. # DRIVER (HOMETOWN)  SPONSOR/MAKE TIME 1 4 Don Thomson Jr. (Hamilton, ON) Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19.432 2 28 Steve Robblee (Dorchester, ON) Ron O'Brien Remax/CGC Ford Taurus 19.575 3 1 Peter Gibbons (Stouffville, ON) Canadian Tire Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19.643 4 19 Brad Graham (Glencoe, ON) Challenger Motor Freight Pontiac Grand Prix 19.668 5 60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (Windsor, ON) MOPAR Performance Parts/Exide Intrepid 19.717 6 7 Sean Dupuis (LaSalle, ON) Havoline/CANUSA/APC Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19.721 7 24 Cole Pearn (Mt. Brydges, ON) Kubota Canada Pontiac Grand Prix 19.722 8 14 John Fitzpatrick (Ayr, ON) Cambridge Rigging Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19.727 9 52 Ron Sheridan (Strathroy, ON) R Restoration Masters/ Dale Wurfel Pontiac Grand Prix 19.742 10 37 D.J. Kennington (St. Thomas, ON) Snap On Tools/Castrol Canada Intrepid 19.745 11 39 Dave Whitlock (Wyoming, ON) APC/Artcal Intrepid 19.753 12 64 Mark Dilley (Barrie, ON) NTN Bearings Intrepid 19.825 13 02 Kerry Micks (Mt. Albert, ON) UFCW Canada Ford Taurus 19.831 14 77 Pete Vanderwyst (St. Thomas, ON) Exide Batteries Pontiac Grand Prix 19.839 15 22 Scott Steckly (Milverton, ON) Schick Xtreme3/Razor Mag./ERB Pontiac Grand Prix 19.853 16 33 Neil Fair (Ancaster, ON) Skoal Inc./Mac's Intrepid 19.899 17 55 Rob Graham (Bothwell, ON) OKI/Doering Brown Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19.995 18 25 Jim Lapcevich (Hamilton, ON) Fastline Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20.014 19 71 Bryan Cathcart (Peterborough, ON) R National Fast Freight Intrepid 20.117 20 10 Doug Brown (Brantford, ON) NAPA/Autopro Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20.177 21 32 Mike Alguire (London, ON) Industrial Waterproof Systems/A-DOR Pontiac Grand Prix 20.226 22 5 Nik Lapcevich (Hamilton, ON) Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20.266 23 86 Kenny Forth (Lynden, ON) Labour Ready/820 CHAM/Rockton Berry Farm Ford Taurus 20.333 24 94 Mark Graham (Odessa, ON) Jumbo Video/Microplay/Coca-Cola Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20.823 25 44 Marv Wilder (Toronto, ON) Longbow Freight Systems Chevrolet Monte Carlo 21.216 26 41 John Tsoumaris (Toronto, ON) BAK-A /John's Unique Auto Chevrolet Monte Carlo 21.234 27 46 Kevin Trevellin (LaSalle, ON) Silver Station/Windsor Organ Transplant Ford Taurus 21.581 28 56 Jim Bray (Brantford, ON) Trailers By Jim Bray Chevrolet Monte Carlo 22.630 29 00 Billy Innes (Simcoe, ON) Regional Auto Glass Chevrolet Monte Carlo TOO LOW 30 88 Dave Jacombs (Mt. Hope, ON) FAG/Inroble Brakes Taurus TOO LOW 31 43 Bob Merrifield (Belle River, ON) Remax Preferred Realty/Mortgage Intelligence Intrepid TOO LIGHT 32 91 Doug Day (Waterloo, ON) Twin City Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo NO TIME 33 93 Joe Goncalves (Concord, ON) Holmar Plumbing Chevrolet Monte Carlo NO TIME 

R after the hometown denotes Rookie contender.

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