LAST KICK AT THE CAN FOR BRYAN CATHCART
Cathcart explained how the partnership came about, "Derek and I have been friends for a long time, and we thought that a deal like this would work for both of us. He really likes racing on ovals, and while I started racing on ovals, I have grown to really enjoy road course racing. We both wanted another shot at the Pinty's NASCAR Series."
He continued, "It's been a lot of years since I raced (41 starts from 2002-2008 in CASCAR/PINTY'S), but I've stayed involved, sponsoring a number of guys with trucks and haulers through my company, and I wanted one last shot at racing on the biggest stage in Canada. We are paying for this out of our pockets, and we know we don't have the money or personnel to compete with the top guys, but we just want to go out, run as well as we can, and have fun. I'm 53-years old, and my best years as a racer are behind me. We've won four championships over the years at Peterborough, but that was a long time ago, and at a different level."
There was also an almost turnkey operation available, "Jarrad Whissell was selling his equipment, hauler, two cars, everything, and we were able to buy it lock, stock, and barrel. We are probably going to be able to get some of our investment out of it when we're done."
The second start of the season was in downtown Toronto, and Cathcart said, "At the Honda Indy in Toronto, we
or a 53-year old racer, who hadn't turned too many wheels other than those in his big rigs in a number of years, the black T-shirt he wore during the autograph session for the season opening Pinty's NASCAR race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park said it all - 'Last Kick at the Can." For Bryan Cathcart and Derek Lynch, the latest sagas of their racing careers began on Victoria Day.
With a small crowd of fans around his pit stall before practice, Kasey Kahne took his time signing autographs and posing for photos on July 26 at Ohsweken Speedway for the annual World of Outlaw Spring Car Series visit to the 3/8thmile Brantford, Ont.-area track.
A number of years ago, Tony Stewart made some trips to Oshweken Speedway, but this year it was Kasey Kahne's turn to head north. Kahne cut his teeth racing open wheel dirt cars before heading to the greener pastures of NASCAR, but still stays very connected to his roots - owning the cars of Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet, as well as his own racer for the night.
The 17-time Sprint Cup winner said, "At the end of the day I just love being involved in racing. This is the kind of racing that I grew up on, and I still love to come back here and play when I'm not racing the Cup car."
As for racing in Canada, Kahne said, "These Canadian fans are great. We see a lot of them at Michigan, and Watkins Glen, as well as with the Sprint Cars, and it's pretty cool to be able to come up here and race in front of the crowds that we have the last two nights."
Kahne was only able to muster a 14th-place finish on Tuesday, but the night previous, Kahne won a 360 Sprint Car event at Ohsweken in the first night of the two-night event. Tuesday night's event set an attendance record at the 3/8-mile clay playground of speed.