Dilley, who shares the driving duties in the #02 PartSource/BDI/Leland Industries Ford with veteran racer Kerry Micks, made his debut at the first oval track event of the 2012 season. Micks will drive the #02 in the road course events while Dilley will be the pilot for the seven oval events on the 2012 schedule.
The #02 car was to Dilley’s liking right out of the trailer as he posted the eighth quickest time in practice.
The team made several changes to get it faster for qualifying and the Ford driver posted the seventh quickest time to start the Clarington 200.
Dilley would quickly move into the top five at the drop of the green for the 200-lap event. After pitting for fuel on lap 62 and making a minor adjustment, Dilley was very happy with the car. Another pit stop on lap 161 had the team replacing right side tires and the #02 car was set to go to the finish. Dilley would run with the leader Kennington but in the end had nothing for him and crossed the finish line in second.
“This car just handles so well. We tested here a few weeks ago and I knew it was going to be strong today," said an enthusiastic Dilley post-race. "I can’t thank my team, the guys in the shop – and Kerry (Micks) for putting this great car together for me. We are excited to go to Delaware next week and go for the win. And I have to thank all of our sponsors – so many of them were here tonight including PartSource, Leland, BDI , Johnsonville and Cathcart Trucking.”
Dilley will again be behind the wheel of the #02 Ford Fusion when they make their way to Delaware Speedway next Saturday, June 23, for event #4 of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule.
The Clarington 200 will air on TSN on Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m.
The #02 Micks Motorsports team is supported by the following sponsors: Leland Industries, Beyond Digital Imaging, PartSource, Armor All, Johnsonville, STP, Cathcart Trucking, Seguin Marina, Thor Motors, Prostate Cancer Canada, Triad Racing Technologies, Gaunt Collision Centres, Samester and Castrol.