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NCATS: 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Season Preview – Kerry Micks/Mark Dilley

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For the fourth straight year, Mark Dilley and Kerry Micks are set to split the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule. Dilley is scheduled to run the ovals, while Micks will focus on the road courses. The schedule is something that works great for the pair due to Dilley being Sunset Speedway’s General Manager.

“Obviously I’d like to race every weekend, but with Kerry and I, it has worked great,” Dilley commented. “With running Sunset and all the stuff, the road courses are a lot of time away on weekends. Kerry and the guys in the shop do a great job getting the cars ready. I was at Trois Rivieres last year, sitting there and laughing. I thought ‘this was pretty cool’ with him, (Andrew) Ranger and (L.P.) Dumoulin battling. You know, he can still run – he’s fast. I don’t know how old he is – I think he’s 50+, a couple years older than that. But they call him the energizer bunny for a reason. He goes fast, and keeps going and going.”

 

Looking back on 2014

Last season, Dilley ran eight of the 11 races, scoring three top-fives and four top-10s. The one race that sticks in the minds of many fans is the first oval of the season – Autodrome Chaudiere. The debut event at the Quebec oval saw Dilley battle back and forth with Jason Hathaway for the lead over the course of the event. In the end, Hathaway was able to edge Dilley at the line for the win.

Micks ran five of the 11 races, scoring a pair of top-10s, highlighted by a season best finish of third at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Micks could’ve easily scored more top-10 finishes over the season based on how he ran, but battled mechanical problems through the season.

 

Looking ahead to 2015

Micks is easily considered as one of the best road course racers in the series, and based on the strong run at Trois-Rivieres and a sixth at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park last season, he could easily return to victory lane this year. It will just depend whether all the pieces fall into place for that to happen.

Leland-300-logo-1024x669On the flip side, Dilley could also score his first victory since the 2011 season when he won at Barrie Speedway. He showed speed at all the ovals last year, and perhaps a return trip to Chaudiere or Antigonish could result in some success. Though perhaps the spot to watch Dilley will be at Sunset Speedway’s inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race in June – the Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville. A lot of eyes will be on him with being the track’s promoter and having taken some laps behind the wheel of a late model on the 1/3 mile. Dilley was posed with the question whether he had an advantage in March, in which he says that’s not the case.

“I thought I was doing good and Baker came and tested and went three tenths faster,” Dilley commented. “We test there a little more for stuff – we’ll probably test a little more this year trying to get ready. But we go to all kinds of different race tracks and the teams are good, they adapt fast and the drivers adapt fast.”

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About Ashley McCubbin

Ashley McCubbin serves as a Contibuting Writer in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series department, and can be followed on Twitter at @ladybug388. A native of Bradford, Ontario, Canada, McCubbin spends a majority of her weekends at local short tracks.

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