When the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season started last spring, Dave Whitlock let it be known it would be his last year in racing. He said he wanted to spend more time with the family.
Car racing is a most wonderful sport but if anybody thinks golf or softball or bowling takes time away from families, let them spend a week in a racer’s garage. There is, ladies and gentlemen, no comparison.
At the final race of the season at Kawartha a few weeks ago, Whitlock said this during an on-track interview before the start:
“I am totally comfortable with my decision,” he said. “I am going to miss it, no doubt, as I have made a lot of great friends in this sport. But I need to free up some time and I can’t see any other way to do it. I am looking forward to having more time at home to spend with my family.”
Through his very capable communications assistant, Linda Jones, I asked him if this also meant the end of Whitlock Motorsports? In addition to driving himself, his company over the years has prepared cars for Mark Dilley and Pierre Bourque to drive, among others.
He replied to me directly. “I have given it much thought but if I kept the company going, it would defeat the purpose of my decision.”
Words are words. But actions speak louder and if anybody thought Dave Whitlock would, at some point, waver in his decision, the news today is that he’s having a liquidation sale of all his equipment this weekend at his shop at 4135 London Lane, Wyoming, ON, NON 1TO. Phone 519-331-3788 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s on sale?
One transport trailer for racing cars; four NASCAR Canadian Tire Series cars; Eight NASCAR Canadian Tire Series engines; pit carts and other pit equipment; a chassis dyno; shop equipment; set-up equipment; all types of racing parts (too many to list).
In short; three complete race teams’ equipment is on offer.
Everything is priced to sell and no reasonable offer will be refused.
You know, I get the feeling he’s serious . . .
So long, Dave. We’re gonna miss you!
P.S. Want to see Dave run his last race? You can watch a tape of the Z-Line Designs 250, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series finale at Kawartha Speedway, on TSN Saturday at 2 p.m. If you miss it then, you can watch it next Thursday at 1 a.m., Fri., Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 24, at 4 a.m.