NASCAR PINTY'S

LAST KICK AT THE CAN FOR BRYAN CATH­CART

Ignition - - Nascar Pinty's Series - STORY AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JAMIE MAUD­S­LEY

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.

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