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News & Notes: Strategy More Than Intimidation Is Micks' Style

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Some say his style is to intimidate on the track. He says it is a desire to win and nothing more. Either way, Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) is a hard-nosed racer whose experience tells him to use every tool at his disposal to achieve his goals.

“I don’t go out there with the thought of being an intimidator or anything like that,” said Micks. “I just want to win. It is as simple as that. That’s just me.”

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Autrodrome St. Eustache Re-schedule

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio event at Autodrome St. Eustache in Quebec has been re-scheduled to July 5.

Weekend rains in the Montreal area on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 allowed drivers only an abbreviated practice session on Sunday morning. The July 5 event will include the full schedule of events with a practice session and time trials prior to the running of the National Kodak 250.

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Rain Washes Out St. Eustache

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

ST. EUSTACHE, Que.  – The National Kodak 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache has been postponed due to inclement weather for the second straight day. NASCAR and track officials are working on a re-scheduled date for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio event. An announcement will be made once plans are finalized.

Drivers were able to get a practice session in this morning, but an early afternoon rain shower dampened the track once again. Track officials tried for several hours to dry the track to no avail.

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Practice: Hathaway Tops Speed Charts

By Official Release

ST. EUSTACHE, Quebec - Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap on Tools Dodge) had the fastest lap during NASCAR Canadian Tire Series practice Sunday for the Kodak 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache.

Hathaway's top lap speed of 17.458 (82.484) edged rookie the No. 7 WalMart/Ubisoft Ford of Alex Tagliani (17.472/82.418) and the No. 22 Erb Transport Dodge of Scott Steckly (17.473/82.413).

Steckly won the season opener at Cayuga Motor Speedway last week. The Kodak 250 was originally scheduled for Saturday but was pushed to Sunday by inclement weather.

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Rain Postpones Canadian Tire Race

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

ST. EUSTACHE, Que. – Inclement weather forced the postponement of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio’s Atlantic National Kodak 250 scheduled for Saturday evening at Autodrome St. Eustache.

Rain moved into the area early Saturday causing NASCAR and track officials to re-schedule the event for Sunday afternoon.

Time trials are scheduled at noon, local time, on Sunday and the National Kodak 250 is set for a 3:30 p.m. green flag. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.

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Opener To Air On TSN Friday

By Official Release

TORONTO – Race coverage of the Crown Jewel 200 will premier Friday, May 30 on TSN and TSN HD. The one-hour show featuring race highlights and interviews will begin at midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).

Dave Bradley, Billy Rowse Jr. and Todd Lewis will call the action from the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio 2008 season opener from Cayuga Motor Speedway.

The show will also air on Wednesday, June 18 at 1 p.m. ET and Sunday June 22 at 12:30 a.m. ET.

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Penalties Change Modified Tour and Canadian Tire Series Finishes

By Official Release

NASCAR announced today penalties and revised finishes to this past weekend’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events due to rules violations discovered during post-race technical inspection.

n The unofficial results of Friday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford (Conn.) Speedway have been revised due to rules violations discovered on the fifth-place car – the No. 19 driven by Jimmy Blewett.

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News & Notes: Newcomer Simone Looks for Early Success Against Idols

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

The view of idols is different when looking at them eye-to-eye. As a younger man, Anthony Simone (No. 95 Crown Modular Chevrolet) watched many of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series veterans from afar and aspired to be like them. Now, at 28 years of age, it is time to not only be like them, but also to beat them.
 
“I’ve seen Don Thomson Jr., Peter Gibbons and Mark Dilley race dozens of times and thought of how cool it would be to have that kind of success,” Simone said. “Now to be able to race against them is pretty awesome.”
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Steckly Keeps Rolling Right Along

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

WINS NCATS OPENER AT CAYUGA 

HAMILTON, Ont. – The 2008 season began just like the 2007 one ended – with Scott Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck In A Box/Erb Group Dodge) in Victory Lane.

In the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio season opener, Steckly was able to hold off a hard-charging Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford), who used a different pit strategy than the rest of the field, to win the Crown Jewel 200 at Cayuga Motor Speedway.

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Thomson Leads Them To The Green

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

HAMILTON, Ontario - Don Thomson Jr. (No.4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) set fast time in qualifying for the Crown Jewel 200 at Cayuga Motor Speedway near Hamilton, Ont., and will sit on the pole for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio season opener.
 
Thomson, racing out of Ayr, Ont., navigated the .625-mile track in 20.954 seconds which translates to an average lap speed of 107.378 mph. It is his third career pole in the Canadian Tire Series.
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