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Mercado earns win number three in Fix Auto 200 at Dover

Jose Mercado of Kissimmee, Florida, USA, started, and finished, out front on Tuesday night at the Dover International Speedway in the Fix Auto 200.  This was his third win of the Canadian eMotorsports Network NASCAR Series regular season, moving him into second place in the series standings with just two regular season races remaining.

The win also bumps Mercado’s playoff point total up to 15 on the season.

There were only two cars that finished on the lead lap, with Darcy Ford finishing second.  In third was Chad Hyder, with Kevin Daigle in fourth and Corbin MacAulay in fifth; all finished one-lap down.

Through fourteen races this season, Chevrolet and Ford have each won seven times, while Toyota remains winless.

All race winners secure a position in the 16-driver post-season beginning September 15 at the Darlington Raceway.

The eight race winners so far in 2020 include Darcy Ford, Jose Mercado, Ryan Gibson, Scott Bailey, Shane Cannon, Waylon Brown, Jacob Nelson and Corbin MacAulay; Brown has elected to withdraw from the series.

Lee Campbell moves into the final playoff spot after a tenth-place finish; he has a 22-point cushion on Michael Robinson.

The 15th race of the season takes place on Tuesday, September 1, at the only Canadian stop on the circuit; the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Canada 125 presented by Tim Horton’s.

 

Fix Auto 200 recap

Jose Mercado started from the pole position and quickly created a gap with Darcy Ford, Jacob Nelson, and Chad Hyder from the rest of the field over the one-mile speedway.  Darcy Ford would take over the lead on lap 13 and would hold the lead when the first scheduled caution was issued on lap 37.

After full-field pit stops under caution, Ford would restart the race in the lead and continue to hold the front spot as the middle portion of the race would tick by. After a second round of green flag pit stops, Chad Hyder would take over the position at the front of the field before the second scheduled caution on lap 118.

On the final restart of the race, Darcy Ford would take over the lead as a pack of lead-lap, and lapped cars would battle for position; at this time only five cars were on the lead lap.

Eventual race-winner, Jose Mercado, would be issued a speeding penalty entering pit road for the final time.  While conserving fuel for the final 35 laps, Mercado would edge out Ford at the finish line after running out of fuel in turn-four on the last lap.

 

Here are the final results from the Fix Auto 200 at the Dover International Speedway.

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

MANUFACTURER

STATUS

QUALIFY

1

41

Jose Mercado

Florida, USA

Ford

Complete

P1

2

64

Darcy Ford

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P3

3

21

Chad Hyder

Ohio, USA

Ford

1 lap down

P2

4

13

Kevin Daigle

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

1 lap down

P4

5

17

Corbin MacAulay

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P8

6

9

Jacob Nelson

Tennessee, USA

Chevrolet

3 laps down

P5

7

2

Daniel Cudmore

PEI, Canada

Ford

3 laps down

P7

8

6

Trevor Kinsey

Michigan, USA

Ford

3 laps down

P6

9

33

Jason Maluchnik

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

5 laps down

P11

10

60

Lee Campbell

New York, USA

Ford

6 laps down

P15

11

66

Jason MacQuarrie

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

6 laps down

P9

12

47

Michael Robinson

PEI, Canada

Ford

7 laps down

P16

13

19

Michael Dimitroff

PEI, Canada

Ford

7 laps down

P18

14

24

Jason Laube

Minnesota, USA

Chevrolet

7 laps down

P13

15

10

Jason Butler

Ontario, Canada

Ford

10 laps down

P14

16

55

Trent Neilson

Indiana, USA

Ford

124 laps down

P12

17

81

Kevin Fenech

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

151 laps down

P17

18

42

Mike Marini

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

174 laps down

P10

19

18

Blake Bernard

PEI, Canada

Toyota

197 laps down

P19

 

Watch the archived broadcast of the Fix Auto 200 at www.hollandcollege.com/esports

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020