MONTREAL, QC – Robin Buck and the #66 Quaker State Dodge team came to the final road course event of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series year looking for another strong result. Buck was never far from the top of the time sheets during any on track session and battled his way to a podium finish in the race that took place on the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Ile Notre Dame.
From the opening practice session Buck and the team took a methodical approach to the weekend with the #66 Quaker State Dodge. They worked to improve the car and know that a successful result would be because of a strong handling car at the end of the 100km race.
During qualifying Buck maneuvered the #66 Quaker State Dodge smartly to a sixth starting spot. “That’s a good result for us,” he stated afterwards. “I never really pushed the car too hard, just enough so that we’d have a good starting spot near the front,” he explained.
For the main event Saturday Buck was again patient at the beginning. The #66 Quaker State Dodge stayed in touch with the leaders and in position to strike in the late stages of the race. Following a late race caution period Buck found himself in third position for the final restart.
“We got up to third where I wanted to be and had plenty of brakes left and you could tell the #27 and #84 were going to go hard at it and I’d be right there looking for an opening,” he explained.
When the race restarted it appeared Buck’s plan would play out however before he could make a move in the #66 Quaker State Dodge the caution waved again and the race finished under caution. He would come home in third.
“I would have liked to have one more chance to make a move but I’m not going to complain about our day at all” said Buck. “The car was really strong all day it just didn’t quite play out in the end.”
This was the final road course event of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this season and brings to an end the run of the #66 Quaker State Dodge. “It was nice to finish here with a podium” said Buck. “We had a couple of tough breaks earlier in the year but we showed our potential here today. I want to thank everyone at Quaker State for all their support this season and I look forward to getting back into action again next season” he added.
Robin Buck competed in all five road course races on the 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule picking up three top ten finishes including a podium finish in Montreal. Race fans will be able to watch all of the remaining three oval track races of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in High Definition on TSN. Check local listings for times.
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