May 20, 2011
Kerry likes to Micks it up
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
BOWMANVILLE, Ont. — Kerry Micks smiles when he is asked about his legendary intensity behind the wheel of his No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging/Dickies Ford in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Just how intense is the Mt. Albert, Ont., native?
In the final race of the 2010 Canadian Tire Series season Micks was in second place, behind eventual race winner Peter Shepherd, battling J.R. Fitzpatrick in the No. 84 Chevrolet.
Fitzpatrick was racing Micks hard, hoping that a win would vault him past D.J. Kennington for the championship. But Micks nudged Fitzpatrick sending him into a last-lap spin that ended any hopes of a series crown.
“I race to win,” an unapologetic Micks said at Mosport International Raceway Friday where he was road course testing.
“J.R. was racing me hard so I raced him hard. There was no animosity there. That’s the way we race (in NASCAR). After all, rubbing is racing.”
Despite his no-nonsense style of racing Micks is well respected among his peers in the NCTS.
That respect has been earned over more than 20 years of stock car racing where Micks has posted 27 wins and a record 175 starts in Canada’s top stock car series.
His most memorable win was in 2007 when he fought Andrew Ranger down to the start/finish line at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal at the inaugural NAPA 100.
It was an unexpected victory given that Micks learned his craft on short ovals and Ranger was coming from a road course background.
Since then Micks has always been considered among the favourites turning left and right as he will when the NCTS races at Mosport’s 4-kilometre road course next Saturday.
“From my first race on a road course I liked that kind of racing,” he said. “Lots of guys with oval backgrounds groan at racing on road courses. Not me. I love them.”
He’s also no slouch on ovals and he is confident that when the first NCTS race of the season is over next Saturday at Mosport’s half-mile oval he’ll have his No. 02 Ford in the winner’s circle.