May 18, 2014. Bowmanville, ONT. The stars aligned for David Thorndyke at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday – a quick vehicle, skilled driving and an attentive crew lead to #67 to the most improved run of the day and a satisfying finish at the Clarington 200.
Thorndyke and his crew were extremely pleased with the performance of their #67 LubeSource/Thorsons EVT Chevrolet in practice, as the vehicle ran much faster than in previous starts. Much to their delight, the team saw an improvement in the car’s speed in qualifying, regardless of the 26th place qualifying time.
When the race kicked off at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the team opted for a cautious start as they looked to navigate their way from the back of the field. #67 ran into a mechanical hiccup early on due to a shifter malfunctioning, but quick thinking by crew member Adam Thorndyke resolved the issue by climbing in the window during a scheduled fuel stop.
That stop would be the last time the vehicle would see the pit for the remaining laps, as the team opted to keep the same set of tires for the rest of the day. In order to preserve the performance of their lone set of tires, Thorndyke was careful to utilize patience and skill in collecting positions – and his strategy paid off immensely.
#67 moved up a remarkable 15 spots throughout the course of the race, more than any other driver, and ultimately crossed the finish line in 11th place – a career-best series result for Thorndyke. Not surprisingly, he called the day “thrilling.”
“We felt really good about the car and our chances all weekend. It’s a nice reward for the whole team that worked so hard,” he said after the race. “Hopefully we can find a few more things and continue to improve in our next outing.”
David Thorndyke and the #67 LubeSource/Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team will return to action Labour Day weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for round number nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. For more NASCAR Canadian Tire Series information log onto http://hometracks.nascar.com and to learn more about the #67 LubeSource Chevy team go to www.promotiveracing.com
LubeSource is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Original Parts Warehouse, Inc. (OPW). OPW has been a Shell oil reseller since 1999 and created LubeSource to focus exclusively on the oil distribution marketplace. In 2010, LubeSource was appointed the Alliance Distributor for Shell lubricants in the province of Ontario and opened the current 60,000 ft.² distribution centre in Vaughan, ON.