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No Place Like St-Eustache For Steckly Defending Champion Wins Fourth Career Event At Quebec Oval

No Place Like St-Eustache For Steckly Defending Champion Wins Fourth Career Event At Quebec Oval

ST-EUSTACHE, Que. (July 26, 2014) – Scott Steckly knows his way to Victory Lane in St-Eustache.

Winless in his first five starts of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season, Steckly returned to a track where he’d won three of the previous five series events. Make that four of six.

The Milverton, Ontario, native raced the No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge to his 16th career victory in Saturday’s National 250 from Autodrome St-Eustache. Steckly now has four wins and top fives in all six career starts at the flat .4-mile oval.

“I just like coming here,” Steckly said of St-Eustache. “It’s a real tight flat oval, and we usually have a good setup coming to this track.”

Eighteen-year-old Alex Guenette crossed the line second, followed by L.P. Dumoulin, Anthony Simone and Jeff Lapcevich.

Noel Dowler, Mark Dilley, Andrew Ranger, D.J. Kennington and J.R. Fitzpatrick rounded out the top 10.

Rookie Alex Labbe won his first series pole award in qualifying earlier in the day in just his seventh career start. Labbe led the field to green but was quickly overtaken by Steckly on the backstretch. Labbe stayed close early on, but ultimately exited the event due to problems with his suspension.

Steckly led the first 104 circuits before pitting under caution. He was able to move back to the front on Lap 152 and, with the exception of Guenette on Lap 219, he led the balance of the event.

“The car was just awesome,” Steckly said. “I was just patient the whole night and didn’t abuse the car. We’ll just take the win and move on.”

Guenette matched his career-best finish, set the first time in this event a year ago, and matched earlier this year at Circuit ICAR.

“I pushed real hard to try to pass Scott [Steckly], but I finished second to him again this year,” Guenette said. “Hopefully, soon enough we will be able to pull a win.”

With a fourth consecutive podium finish, Dumoulin extended his advantage in the season points standings to 251-234 on Fitzpatrick.

“It’s awesome for us,” Dumoulin said of his third place finish after the team struggled a bit earlier in the day. “We’ve had a really good season so far and we want to keep it that way.”

Saturday was the first top-five finish of the year for Simone and the second in four starts for Lapcevich.

The event featured nine lead changes among six different drivers and was slowed by six caution flags. Steckly led a race-high 202 laps, which tied his single-race career-high previously recorded last year at Riverside International Speedway.

The National 250 will air on TSN on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. ET and on RDS2 on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m.

After completing four events in a span of 21 days, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will take a one-week break before heading to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, for the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 9-10.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-National 250
Unofficial Results
Saturday
At Autodrome St-Eustache
St-Eustache, Que.
Lap length: 0.4 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 250 laps, 59.880 mph.
2. (4) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 250.
3. (14) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 250.
4. (12) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 250.
5. (11) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 250.
6. (6) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Chevrolet, 250.
7. (10) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 250.
8. (9) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 250.
9. (7) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 250.
10. (3) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 250.
11. (15) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 249.
12. (5) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 248.
13. (13) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 245.
14. (16) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 244.
15. (17) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 243.
16. (1) Alex Labbe, Saint-Albert, Que., Dodge, 101, suspension.
17. (8) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 36, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 40 minutes 12 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.728 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: A.Labbe * (84.019 mph, 17.139 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 39 laps.
Lead Changes: 9 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-104; J. Hathaway 105; L. Dumoulin 106-112; J. Hathaway 113; L. Dumoulin 114-118; N. Dowler 119-127; J. Fitzpatrick 128-151; S. Steckly 152-218; A. Guenette 219; S. Steckly 220-250.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 251; 2. J. Fitzpatrick, 234; 3. A. Ranger, 227; 4. S. Steckly, 223; 5. J. Hathaway, 221; 6. D. Kennington, 218; 7. N. Dowler, 198; 8. J. McColm, 178; 9. A. Tagliani, 173; 10. M. Dilley, 160.

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Rick Woolner Memorial Weekend on tap at Sauble Speedway July 26, 2014

Rick Woolner Memorial Weekend on tap at Sauble Speedway July 26, 2014

Location: Bruce County #14 R R 1 Hepworth ON, phone: 519-422-1422 website www.thebeach@bmts.com
About the Speedway: Tight ¼ mile flat track
2013 winners: Hanover Holiday Modifieds #39m Dave McCullough, Super Late Models #81 Andrew Gresel
Racing on June 28 -29th: Pit gates open at 2:30pm. Practice set to start at 3:15pm, with Hanover Holiday Modified time trials at 6:00pm and first green flag at 7:00pm
Featuring: Saturday July 26th: Rick Woolner Memorial for Hanover Holiday Modifieds, time trials, heats, 50 lap feature event. Judging for best appearing Modified award prior to start of the feature event. Super Late Models heats and 50 lap feature event. Jr Late Models heat and feature event.
Current Points Leader: Hanover Holiday Modifieds top 5: 1st #8 Gary McLean 447 pts, 2nd #91n Max Beyore 435 pts, 3rd #61 Dustin Jackson 406 pts, 4th 88r Tommy Robb 404 pts,5th #7 Brent McLean
Super Late Models top 5: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 318 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 307 pts, 3rd #45 Rob Poole 295 pts, 4th #10 Jesse Kennedy, 5th 10b Kelly Balson
Who to watch for: Modifieds,Every modified driver has one thing on their list of racing goals, The Rick Woolner Memorial win. The 2014 version of this event will be the most competitive in the races history. #8 Gary McLean has only one goal each year and it is this win. The current point leader has been on a tear lately picking up podium finish each event. The rookies have all played notice this year and they could easily step in and steal the win away. The #7 and #47 of Brent and Brian McLean would love to take this win home. Series favorites #14 Davey Terry, #2 Matt Barton and #39 Shane Stickle all look to make their first series win, The Woolner Memorial. Fans will also be able to choose the best appearing modified award prior to the start of the feature.
Super Late Models: It has been almost a month since the last super late model event. The hottest driver in the series prior to the break was #17 Kevin Cornelius, with feature win at Barrie and the Biederman Memorial win at Sunset Speedway. Home track favorite #81 Andrew Gresel got his first series win a year ago at Sauble Speedway and will be looking to regain that glory this weekend. #10 Jesse Kennedy made his first ever OSCAAR start at Sauble Speedway, and the team is coming off a big late model win last week at Delaware Speedway. That momentum might help carry the #10 to his second OSCAAR feature win. The rookies continue to impress each week and it won’t be long till one of them is celebrating in victory lane. #07 Todd Campbell recorded his best feature finish as Sauble Speedway, he will be looking to keep the record alive.
Current weather forecast: Sunny and 24c both days(slight chance of r**n both days nothing to worry about)
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Sauble Speedway Schedule of Events for July 26th/2014

Pit Gates will open at 2:30pm

Tech will open at 2:40 for both classes

Practice Schedule

Super Late Models 3:10- 3:30

Modifieds 3:30- 3:50

Jr Lates 3:50- 4:00

Super Late Models 4:00- 4:15

Modifieds 4:15- 4:30

Jr Lates 4:30- 4:40

Super Late Models 4:40 -4:50

Modifieds 4:50- 5:00

Jr Lates 5:00- 5:10

Modified Time Trials 6:00pm

Racing Starts at 7:00pm

Modified Heats Round 1 (2-3) 10 laps

Super Late Heats Round 1 (2) 10 laps

Jr Lates (2)

Modified Heats round 2 (2-3) 10 laps

Super Late Model Heats round (2) 10 laps

Features

Modified Rick Woolner Memorial – Out of Car Introductions – Best Appearing Car Award 50 laps

Jr Late Models 20 laps

Super Late Models 50 laps

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache Analyzing The National 250 At Autodrome St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache Analyzing The National 250 At Autodrome St-Eustache

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2014) – The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will head to Quebec for the third of four events in the province this year with the National 250 on Saturday at Autodrome St-Eustache. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

St-Eustache Setup:
• Quebec’s L.P. Dumoulin brings the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 points lead into this week’s event at Autodrome St-Eustache. He has finished top-five in the three previous oval events this year, including his first circle track win last week at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
• Jason Hathaway has three wins and four additional podiums in his last 10 oval starts. He won at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere in June.
• Defending series champion Scott Steckly has won three of the five all-time ASE events, and is still looking for his first trip to Victory Lane in 2014.
• Ten of Andrew Ranger’s 19 career victories have been earned in his native Quebec, but he has yet to earn a checkered flag at ASE.

At Autodrome St-Eustache:
History
• Was founded in 1965 as Fury Speedway de Fabreville, and the current configuration has played host various types of racing since 1970. The track was purchased by Alan Labrosse prior to the 2008 race season.
• Facility also includes a one-mile road course and .125-mile drag strip.
• Was a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member track from 2004-09, and returned to the weekly program for the 2014 season.
• Welcomed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for four events from 2008-10, and again in 2013.
• Was the only oval in Quebec to play host to a NCATS event prior to 2014.

Notebook:
• Scott Steckly won the inaugural NCATS Autodrome St-Eustache event on July 5, 2008.
• The previous five events have produced three different race victors, led by Steckly’s three.
• Each of the five prior races has featured a different polesitter.
• Six drivers have participated in all five events, and four are expected to extend the streak this week.
• A driver has yet to win from the pole, and only one event has run beyond the scheduled 250-lap distance.
• The five events have averaged 11 lead changes, with a high of 16 in the July 2009 race.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all five events.

Autodrome St-Eustache Data:
Race #: 6 of 11
Track Layout: .4-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 250 laps (100 miles)
TV Coverage: TSN – Sun., Aug. 3, 11 a.m.; RDS2 – Sat., Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: Scott Steckly
2013 Pole Winner: Ron Beauchamp Jr.
Qualifying Record: D.J. Kennington, Dodge, 83.672 mph, 17.210 secs., July 12, 2009

Category Leaders at Autodrome St-Eustache:
Wins
1. Scott Steckly … 3
2. D.J. Kennington … 1
Dave Whitlock … 1

Poles
1. five drivers with … 1

Top Fives
1. Scott Steckly … 5
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 3
D.J. Kennington … 3

Top 10s
1. Scott Steckly … 5
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 4
Kerry Micks … 4
Andrew Ranger … 4

Laps Led
1. Scott Steckly … 381
2. Andrew Ranger … 230
3. Kerry Micks … 133

Laps Completed
1. Scott Steckly … 1,259 (all)
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 1,258
3. Jason Hathaway … 1,227

Select Driver Highlights:
Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, 28 top fives and 46 top 10s in 80 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
• Has competed in four of five races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere.
• Has an average finish of 14th and a best result of fifth (2009 opener) in four previous Autodrome St-Eustache starts.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has three wins, a pole, 14 top fives and 22 top 10s in 42 career starts.
• First two career triumphs came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
• Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in all five races, highlighted by his first career oval win last time out at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
• Finished sixth last year in his first appearance at ASE.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)
• Has nine wins, shares the series record with 14 poles, has 39 top fives and 58 top 10s in 83 career starts.
• Won the 2014 opener at CTMP to extend his series record for wins at the road course to four.
• Held the points lead following the first four races of the season and now ranks second with top 10s in all five events.
• Has finishes of fifth (2008), eighth (2010) and third (2013) in three previous ASE starts.

Alex Guenette (No. 39 Motos Illimitees Dodge)
• The 2013 NCATS Rookie of the Year has seven top 10s in 14 career starts.
• Established a then-career-best finish of second at ASE last year in his only previous start there.
• Has two starts this year, including a runner-up finish at Circuit ICAR that matched his personal best.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Pro Point/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 56 top 10s in 92 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
• Ranks fourth in points this season, highlighted by a win at Chaudiere and podiums the last two times out.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including three of his last six circle track starts.
• Has three top 10s, an average finish of ninth and a best result of fourth (2010) in the five previous ASE races.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (64) and top 10s (77), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 92 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
• Holds the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16. Has won at eight different circle tracks, including ASE. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
• Has a streak of 55-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2007.
• Ranks fifth in points after five events with a best result of fifth in both the CTMP opener and at Edmonton International Raceway.
• Has a win (2010), a pole (2009), three top fives and an average finish of seventh in the five previous ASE events.

Alex Labbe (No. 72 Lou’s BBQ/VR Victoriaville Dodge)
• Has three top 10s in six career starts with a best result of fourth this year at Circuit ICAR.
• This will be his first oval start in NCATS competition.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)
• Has a pole and 35 top 10s in 55 career NCATS starts.
• Has competed in two of five events so far this year – the two road course contests.
• Only previous ASE starts came in 2009 when he finished 19th in the opener and 18th in the return date.

Steve Mathews (No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford)
• Has three poles and nine top 10s in 28 career starts. All nine of his top 10s have come at oval tracks.
• Has started four of five races this year. Tied his career-best finish with a third-place effort at Chaudiere after he captured the pole and led a career-high 64 laps.
• Only previous start at ASE was a 12th place finish in 2010.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in both wins (19) and poles (14). Has 41 top fives and 57 top 10s in 66 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses. Earned his fourth oval win this year at EIR while the first three came in 2009.
• Ranks third in points with wins at ICAR and EIR, and an additional top five last time out at ACMS.
• Has an average finish of sixth and a best result of fourth (2008 and 2009) in four previous ASE races.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge)
• Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.
• Owner of 15 wins, 13 poles, 56 top fives and 69 top 10s in 92 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,472.
• All 15 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. He’s won at eight different circle tracks, including ASE.
• Ranks sixth in points after five races, highlighted by a third place finish last time out at ACMS.
• Has three wins (2008, `09, `13), an average finish of second and a record 381 laps led in five ASE races. Other two finishes there were fourth (2009) and second (2010).

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles, six top fives and an additional two top 10s in 20 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
• Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying, but has an average finish of ninth in the four races since, including a pair of top fives.
• Best finish in eight career oval starts is fifth, recorded last time out at ACMS.
• Finished 24th in his only previous ASE start, which was the series’ inaugural 2008 event.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
• The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
• Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day       due to rain.
• Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
• The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
• L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
• Following the National 250, the series will return to Quebec on Aug. 10 for the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.

Contact:
Jason Cunningham
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

• Four-Race, 21-Day Stretch Concludes In Quebec
• Dumoulin Returns Home With Points Lead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 21, 2014) – L.P. Dumoulin returns from the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1’s annual western swing to his native Quebec with the championship points lead as the 2014 season reaches the halfway mark with Saturday’s National 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache.

The successful venture to Alberta and Saskatchewan saw Dumoulin and his No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge team record a runner-up finish at Edmonton International Raceway on July 11 and the team’s first oval track victory five days later at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

With three-straight podium finishes and top fives in all five events this year, the pilot from Trois-Rivieres brings a 10-point championship lead back to Quebec.

Dumoulin’s background is in road racing, a refined discipline that led to his first two Canadian Tire Series victories last year in a season sweep at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Only recently has he been able to find similar success on the ovals. All five of his top-five oval finishes have come in the last calendar year.

“That make me feel confident that we can compete seriously for the championship,” Dumoulin said. “It is an awesome feeling to know that you can win on both tracks. You show up every weekend thinking that you have a shot to win.”

Dumoulin believes the experience he has accumulated on the ovals through the last three seasons has led to increased success. The 35-year-old driver just started racing full-time in the Canadian Tire Series in 2012.

“More experience is the key,” Dumoulin said. “Being out there working with my team and trying to understand a little more every session, watching races from the past few years, learning from your good and bad races [also keys to the improvement].”

As the series heads to St-Eustache for the Canadian Tire Series’ sixth all-time running at the .4-mile oval, Dumoulin looks forward to improving on a sixth place result last year in his first start there that was earned despite running the last 30 laps on just seven cylinders.

“That track is at little bit like Edmonton, so I think we will be competitive,” Dumoulin said. “Plus, [new crew chief] Mario Gosselin had a quick car there last year with Martin Roy, so I think we can do very well.”

Riding a career-best streak of five top-five finishes in a row – including road courses and ovals – Dumoulin feels good about carrying the points lead through St-Eustache and beyond.

“It’s our first year working all together, and we’re still learning each other, so the plan is to keep improving every weekend and to go get the big trophy at the end of the season,” Dumoulin said. “But we will never take anything for granted, and move on smartly to each race.”

RACE: National 250
PLACE: Autodrome St-Eustache (Quebec)
DATE: Saturday, July 26
TIME: 8 p.m. ET
BROADCAST: TSN – Sun., Aug. 3, 11 a.m.; RDS2 – Sat., Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .4-mile banked asphalt oval
2013 POLESITTER: Ron Beauchamp Jr.
2013 WINNER: Scott Steckly
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 12-12:30 p.m., Final Practice 1-1:30 p.m., Qualifying 4:15 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Dave Charest, 450-472-6222, dcharest@autodrome.ca
TRACK TWITTER: @AutodromeASE
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #National250
NASCAR CONTACT: Jason Cunningham, 704-201-6658, jcunningham@nascar.com, Twitter: @NASCAR_NE
If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, please contact Jason Cunningham.

Fast Facts:
The Race: The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule will pass the halfway point with the National 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache as the sixth of 11 events.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 22 cars, including provisionals. The first 19 cars will have secured starting positions through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 250 laps (100 miles).

The Track: The Autodrome St-Eustache racing complex, located west of Montreal, consists of a .4-mile flat oval, a 1.7-kilometer road course and a .125-mile drag strip. There is also a karting track on the premises. The track was founded in 1965 as Fury Speedway de Fabreville, and the current configuration has played host various types of racing since 1970. The track was purchased by Alan Labrosse prior to the 2008 race season.

Pole Winners: The first five St-Eustache races have produced five different pole winners. D.J. Kennington has the track qualifying record at 17.210 seconds (83.672 mph), set in 2009.

Race Winners: Defending race winner Scott Steckly leads the way with three wins in five all-time St-Eustache events, including the inaugural 2008 event.

St-Eustache Race Notes:
Challenging Schedule Stretch Concludes: The toughest stretch on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule will conclude with Saturday’s National 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache. The series embarked on an aggressive bundle of four events in a 21-day span starting with Circuit ICAR on July 6. The second date came on July 11 at Alberta’s Edmonton International Raceway and continued on July 16 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon.

Steckly Looks to Defend ASE Win: Defending National 250 winner Scott Steckly is still in search of his first win in 2014 after taking home four checkered flags a year ago en route to a third series title. A DNF in the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park had Steckly in an early hole but he’s finished in the top 10 in the four outings since, highlighted by a third-place effort last time out in Saskatoon. He ranks fifth in points heading to St-Eustache.

Hathaway’s Oval Success: Jason Hathaway continues to prove that his No. 3 Ed Hakonson Racing Chevrolet team is a contender to win each and every time out on the ovals. Hathaway has finished on the podium in seven of the series’ last nine oval events dating back to the 2013, including three wins. He won the first oval event of 2013 at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere and recorded finishes of third and second in the recent western swing. Hathaway has three top fives in five previous starts at St-Eustache.

Kennington’s Drought: A nine-race winless drought is normally not newsworthy, but when you’re tied for the most victories in Canadian Tire Series history, the standards are different. D.J. Kennington last won on Aug. 11, 2013 at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, nine races ago. The nine-race drought is the third-longest of his career, exceeded only by a 10-race stretch in 2009 and a 16-race span from 2007-09. Kennington won at St-Eustache in 2010 and has three top fives in five starts there.

Last Time Out: Saskatoon
The fifth race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 was contested on July 16 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here are some highlights from the Velocity Prairie Thunder 300:
• L.P. Dumoulin recorded his first oval victory, and third overall, when he emerged ahead of the field in a green-white-checkered flag finish.
• Jason Hathaway finished as the runner-up to record his third straight oval podium.
• Scott Steckly earned his 13th career pole prior to the event and finished third. He led a race-high 153 laps, which was the third-highest single-race total of his career.
• Alex Tagliani finished fifth for his best career oval finish while Joey McColm tied his personal best race result with a sixth place effort.

Next Time Out: Trois-Rivieres
Following the National 250, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will return to Quebec for the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours at Quebec’s Circuit de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 9-10. The Canadian Tire Series has participated in the three-day Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres festival, held on a 1.53-mile street course, each year since 2007. D.J. Kennington is the defending winner of the race.

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Three In A Row For Mack Deman

Three In A Row For Mack Deman

Mack DeMan is making a collection of the winners trophies as he took his third win in a row and fourth of the season with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Barrie Speedway (Ont) on Saturday night. Starting 10th in the 25 lap ‘A’ Main, DeMan had to contend with a very strong field of cars that were also ‘up’ on their game for the race. Starting his own ‘tradition’, DeMan climbs the roll cage of his car with the winning checkered flag in hand and salutes the fans. “The car wasn’t the best in the heat race but my Dad and I made a few changes for the feature and she came to life, said DeMan. I want to thank Lucas Oil for their continued support for the past 10 years, and this win is for them!”

Jeff Blackburn, on pole, was the man in charge as he set the pace for the drop of the green. Todd Cresswell, starting second, had a bobble going into turn one and lost 2 spots to Ryan Fraser and Lucas Smith. The first caution came out as Rob DiVenanzo spun and broke, going into turn two and he was out of the event. Blackburn wasted no time at the restart, taking command of the lead as Fraser and Lucas Smith battled for second. Cresswell remained in fourth followed by Barry Dunn. One lap later David Balych passed Dunn and joined the top five. A second caution came out as Dylon Smith spun, putting him to the rear of the field. At the restart Tyler Turnbull climbed over the rear tire of Rob Neely going into turn one and that sent him into the wall for a hard hit. Turnbull was ok, but the #84 was put on the hook and sent into the pits.

Blackburn again took the point for one more lap until the yellow waved as Cole Smith, from Oswego, NY, driving #4 for DeMan, got loose and spun in turn one. The field gathered up again as Blackburn took the lead. Going into another ‘zone’, Blackburn was determined to get that first win, having a ten car lead over Fraser and Lucas Smith. Cresswell was still in fourth place and Balych rounded the top five. Lucas Smith made a quick move under Fraser and took over second. Balych passed Cresswell for third but it was short lived as he spun in turn one, putting him to the back of the field.

At the halfway point it looked like Blackburn would be the class of the field with Lucas Smith, Cresswell and Fraser having their own battle behind him. However, now joining the top five was DeMan. The farther he got into the race the stronger he was getting. Passing Fraser on the next lap DeMan then set his target on Cresswell. Lucas Smith began to fall off the pace and Cresswell and DeMan took advantage. Neely charged around Fraser and was now in fifth place.

Two laps later with a clean swift move DeMan passed Cresswell and set sites on Blackburn. Lucas Smith hung on to fourth and Neely fifth. With 5 laps to go DeMan was closing the gap on Blackburn quickly. With four to go, DeMan caught Blackburn and with one smooth move he took over the lead. Cresswell remained in third as Neely passed Lucas Smith for fourth place. With the checkered flags waving DeMan got the win with Blackburn the runnerup followed by Cresswell, Neely and Lucas Smith.

Heats were won by Blackburn and Cresswell. The ‘B’ Main was won by Daniel Bois. Of Note…Brandon Zavarella, of Strykersville, NY, running for the first time with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, started 17th and finished 7th.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets travel to Flamboro Speedway for the 7th race of the 2014 season on Saturday night, July 26th. With half of the season in the books, excitement is building for 2015, the celebration of the ’50th’ Year of Racing’ for the Can-Am Midget Racing Club.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Barrie Speedway, July 19, 2014 is….1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Jeff Blackburn, 3. Todd Cresswell, 4. Rob Neely, 5. Lucas Smith, 6. Darren McLennan, 7. Brandon Zavarella, 8. Barry Dunn, 9. Ryan Fraser, 10. Adrian Stahle, 11. Daniel Bois, 12. Adam Racine, 13. Dylon Smith, 14. Chris Bauman, 15. Al Smith, 16. David Balych, 17. Cole Smith, 18. Tyler Turnbull, 19. Rob DiVenanzo.

Top Ten in Drivers Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Barrie Speedway on July 19, 2014 are…1. MACK DEMAN…1024, 2. Rob Neely…964, 3. Darren McLennan…834, 4. Adrian Stahle…786, 5. Todd Cresswell…781, 6. Ryan Fraser…758, 7. tie…Daniel Bois…750, Jeff Blackburn…750, 9. Adam Racine…745, 10. David Balych…719.

Photos by Ralph Webbe

1. Mack DeMan wins at Barrie Speedway 7.19.2014

2. Mack DeMan winner, Jeff Blackburn 2nd at Barrie Speedway, 7.19.2014

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Dumoulin Scores Saskatoon Victory Green-White-Checkered Pass Secures Third Career Canadian Tire Series Win

Dumoulin Scores Saskatoon Victory Green-White-Checkered Pass Secures Third Career Canadian Tire Series Win

SASKATOON, Sask. (July 16, 2014) – L.P. Dumoulin finally got the oval-track win he was looking for.

The road-course ace from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, came out on top in a wild green-white-checkered finish to the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Wednesday in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

Dumoulin and Joey McColm stayed out when the leaders pitted under caution inside of 10 laps to go to setup a dramatic finish on the .333-mile progressive-banked track. On the restart, new leader McColm get loose coming to the white flag and Dumoulin powered to the front. He then held off Jason Hathaway and Scott Steckly in a race to the checkered flag.

It was the third career Canadian Tire Series victory for Dumoulin in the No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge. His first two came on the road course at Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013. He also took over the championship points lead by 10 over JR Fitzpatrick.

Behind Steckly, Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani brought home the top five. Like race winner Dumoulin, it was the best career oval finish for Tagliani.

McColm salvaged a sixth-place finish, followed by Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington, Noel Dowler and Eric Thiering.

It was shaping up to be a second straight victory at Auto Clearing for Steckly, who paced both practices and captured the pole earlier in the day. The defending event and series champion led the first 80 circuits from the pole and a race-high 153 in total. He had a commanding lead late in the race as he led 72 laps during an extended green-flag run — putting all but five other cars down a lap — before the final caution came out.

McColm and Dumoulin had pitted much earlier in the race (Dumoulin on Lap 36) for their right side tires; drivers were allowed a maximum of two tires for this event. That left them out to fend off the challenge of Steckly and Co. on fresh tires.

The race featured eight lead changes among five different drivers. Dumoulin’s only two laps led were the last two of the event.

The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will premiere on TSN on Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m. and on RDS2 on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m.

The Canadian Tire Series will return to action on Saturday, July 26 at Autodrome St. Eustache (Quebec) with the National 250.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Velocity Prairie Thunder 250
Unofficial Results
Wednesday
At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway
Saskatoon, Sask.
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 251 laps, 60.874 mph.
2. (5) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 251.
3. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 251.
4. (3) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 251.
5. (6) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 251.
6. (8) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 251.
7. (12) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 251.
8. (11) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 250.
9. (7) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 250.
10. (17) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 250.
11. (15) Stefan Rzadzinski, Edmonton, Alta., Dodge, 249.
12. (14) Nick Jewell, Fort Frances, Man., Dodge, 248.
13. (13) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 237.
14. (10) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 199.
15. (2) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Chevrolet, 157.
16. (18) Dennis Laforce, Athabasca, Alta., Chevrolet, 124, fan belt.
17. (16) Ian Admiraal, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 113, electrical.
18. (9) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 103, drive shaft.
19. (19) Jason Hankewich, Kindersley, Sask., Chevrolet, 0, did not start.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 22 minutes 23 seconds
Margin of Victory: .154 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: S.Steckly (82.020 mph, 14.616 seconds)
Caution Flags: 7 for 46 laps.
Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-79; J. McColm 80-112; A. Ranger 113-127; J. Hathaway 128-170; S. Steckly 171-172; J. Hathaway 173; S. Steckly 174-245; J. McColm 246-249; L. Dumoulin 250-251.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 209; 2. J. Fitzpatrick, 199; 3. A. Ranger, 191; 4. J. Hathaway, 187; 5. D. Kennington, 183; 6. S. Steckly, 175; 7. N. Dowler, 159; 8. J. McColm, 151; 9. A. Tagliani, 141; 10. S. Mathews, 125.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Saskatoon Analyzing The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Saskatoon Analyzing The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 15, 2014) – The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will conclude its annual western swing with the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 on Wednesday at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Saskatoon Setup:
• D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly, with two victories apiece, have combined to win four of the five all-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 events at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Neither has a win through four races this year.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick and L.P. Dumoulin share the season points lead entering Saskatoon. Fitzpatrick is the two-time defending pole winner at ACMS while Dumoulin recorded his best career oval finish last week.
• Winner of the previous two events this year, Andrew Ranger heads to Saskatoon with an opportunity to take checkers three races in a row for just the second time in his career.

At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway:
• Opened in 2006.
• Has played host to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 each year since 2009.
• That 2009 inaugural event was the first appearance for the series in the province of Saskatchewan.
• Scott Steckly won the inaugural 2009 race, and was victorious again there last year.
• The previous five events have produced three different pole winners and three different race victors.
• Six drivers have participated in all five previous events, and four are expected to extend the streak this week.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all five previous events.

Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Data
Race #: 5 of 11
Track Layout: .333-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Turns: progressive from 5-11 degrees
Race Length: 250 laps (83.25 miles)
TV Coverage: TSN – Sat., July 26, 3 p.m.; RDS2 – Sun., Aug. 3, 5 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: Scott Steckly
2013 Pole Winner: J.R. Fitzpatrick
Qualifying Record: J.R. Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet, 81.801 mph, 14.665 secs., July 25, 2012

Category Leaders at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway:
Wins
1. D.J. Kennington … 2
Scott Steckly … 2
3. Pete Shepherd III … 1

Poles
1. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 2
D.J. Kennington … 2
3. Don Thomson Jr. … 1

Top Fives
1. D.J. Kennington … 5
2. Scott Steckly … 4
3. Mark Dilley … 3

Top 10s
1. D.J. Kennington … 5
2. Mark Dilley … 4
J.R. Fitzpatrick … 4
Jason Hathaway … 4
Scott Steckly … 4

Laps Led
1. D.J. Kennington … 336
2. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 281
3. Scott Steckly … 170

Laps Completed
1. D.J. Kennington … 1,250 (all)
2. Mark Dilley … 1,247
3. Scott Steckly … 1,219

Select Driver Highlights:
Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, 28 top fives and 46 top 10s in 79 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
• Won the series’ inaugural race at Riverside International Speedway in 2007. All three of his wins have come on ovals.
• Has competed in three of four races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere.
• Has three top fives and an average finish of sixth in five starts at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Was the runner-up there in each of the last two years.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has two wins, a pole, 13 top fives and 21 top 10s in 41 career starts.
• Both of his career triumphs came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
• Is tied with J.R. Fitzpatrick for the points lead with top-five finishes in all four races.
• Has finishes of seventh and 12th the last two years at ACMS. Last week’s runner-up finish at Edmonton International Raceway was his best result in 19 career oval starts.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Autism Speaks/Equipment Express Chevrolet)
• Has nine wins, share the series record with 14 poles, has 39 top fives and 57 top 10s in 82 career starts.
• Won the 2014 opener at CTMP to extend his series record for wins at the road course to four.
• Is tied with Dumoulin for the championship lead. Has the CTMP win and three additional top 10s.
• His first career win was the inaugural event at Motorplex in 2007. It remains his lone oval victory.
• Has an average finish of fifth and a best result of second (2010) in four previous ACMS starts.
• Earned the pole at ACMS in each of the last two seasons and set the track record in 2012.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Pro Point/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 55 top 10s in 91 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
• Ranks fifth in points this season, highlighted by a win at Autodrome Chaudiere and a podium at EIR.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including three of his last five such starts.
• Has four top fives, an average finish of eighth and a best result of third (2013) in the five previous ACMS races.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (64), top 10s (76) and is one of three drivers to start each of the 91 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
• Holds the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16. Has won at eight different circle tracks, including ACMS. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
• Has a streak of 54-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2007.
• Ranks fourth in points after four events with a best result of fifth in the CTMP opener as well as last week at EIR.
• Has two wins (2010, `12), two poles (`10, `11), an average finish of second and 336 laps led in five races at ACMS.

Steve Mathews (No. 48 MidWest Combustion/Bill Mathews Motors Chevrolet)
• Has three poles and nine top 10s in 27 career starts. All nine of his top 10s have come at oval tracks.
• Has started three of four races this year. Tied his career-best finish with a third-place effort at Chaudiere after he captured the pole and led a career-high 64 laps.
• This will be his first start at ACMS.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in both wins (19) and poles (14). Has 40 top fives and 56 top 10s in 65 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses. Earned his fourth oval win last week at EIR. The first three circle track wins came in 2009.
• Has jumped from 12th to third in points with wins the last two times out. He’s won three starts in a row once before in his career, in 2010.
• In his only two previous ACMS appearances he finished eighth in 2009 and sixth in 2012.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Mobil 1 Dodge)
• Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.
• Owner of 15 wins, 12 poles, 55 top fives and 68 top 10s in 91 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,319.
• All 15 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. He’s won at eight different circle tracks, including ACMS.
• Ranks sixth in points after four races, highlighted by a fourth-place finish at Chaudiere.
• Has two wins (2009, `13), an average finish of sixth and 170 laps led in five ACMS races. Only finish outside the top five was 20th in 2011.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles and seven top 10s in 19 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
• Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Finished 14th at Chaudiere, fifth at ICAR and led the first 268 laps from the pole last week at EIR before a wreck relegated him to 13th.
• Best finish in seven career oval starts is seventh at Barrie Speedway in 2008.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
• The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
• Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day due to rain.
• Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
• The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
• Following the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, the series will return to Quebec on July 26 for the National 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache.

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Shawn Chenoweth To Return To OSCAAR Super Late Model Competition

Shawn Chenoweth To Return To OSCAAR Super Late Model Competition

CAMBRIDGE, ON- After a near two-year absence, Pro Late Model standout Shawn Chenoweth will return to the OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour for a limited schedule in 2014.

“They just can’t keep us out. We’re coming back”, smiles Chenoweth, “our Pro Late Model program is as good as it’s ever been, and we feel right now is the perfect time to take on a new challenge”

Chenoweth will continue to field a Pro Late Model and Thunder Car through the remaining rounds of the well-received APC Six Pack Series at Delaware Speedway and Flamboro Speedway.

“Our whole team loves the APC Six Pack Series concept, and we wanted to make sure we supported it completely”, explains Chenoweth. “We’ve had a couple of awesome runs in the first two rounds, and we’re fortunate enough to be leading the points with four races left. It would be silly to turn our back on it”

“We still have a full schedule planned for the Thunder Car to close out 2014”, continues Chenoweth. “That car works awesome at Flamboro”

The second-generation competitor has acquired a Jeff Hanley-built chassis, from former OSCAAR part-timer Paul Law, which he intends to debut later this season.

“When we were mulling over the decision to get back into OSCAAR, we knew we wanted a Jeff Hanley chassis”, says Chenoweth. “As far as craftsmanship goes, you can’t beat one. They’re works of art. Beautiful cars. Paul [Law] had one available, and we jumped at the opportunity”

The reigning Flamboro Pro Late Model titlist will return to the tour with full support from his sponsor and confidante Mike Schmidt.

“Shawn can’t stop talking about this Super Late Model endeavor. I haven’t seen him this excited in a long time”, says Schmidt, the leader of London Recreational Racing. “When Shawn sets his mind to something, he has a certain energy to him. It’s infectious”

“The OSCAAR tour is one of the most competitive divisions in the province right now”, continues Schmidt, “and I’m as excited as Shawn is to see where he stacks up against the current crop of talent”

Chenoweth’s newly acquired ride is in the process of receiving a number of minor upgrades, and is slated for an August debut, before embarking on a full tour schedule in 2015.

Shawn Chenoweth’s re-entry into the OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour will be made possible thanks to support from London Recreational, Bennett GM, KR Communications, Midas of Orangeville, Castrol Edge, Transaxle Truck Parts, Hitman Hotrods, Wilson Ponds, Graybar, McColl Racing Enterprises, Innerkip Plumbing and Heating, ProWraps and Automotive Truck & Tire.

By Spencer Lewis

Photo Credit: Dan Little

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Saskatoon

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Saskatoon

• Western Swing Continues With Velocity Prairie Thunder 250
• Star-Studded Field For Marquee Saskatchewan Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2014) – One of Saskatchewan’s biggest annual sporting events will be even bigger in 2014 when the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 heads to Auto Clearing Motor Speedway for the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 on Wednesday in Saskatoon.

This year’s event will see all three champions in Canadian Tire Series history take to the third-mile Saskatoon oval. Two-time Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 winner Scott Steckly is a three-time titlist while D.J. Kennington and Andrew Ranger have earned two crowns apiece. Kennington is also a two-time winner at ACMS, but Ranger will be looking for his first win there after emerging triumphant in each of the two previous races this year.

If having every champion in series history wasn’t enough, there will be plenty of other worthy contenders for the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 trophy. Jason Hathaway has won three of the last five Canadian Tire Series oval races and season co-points leader J.R. Fitzpatrick is a threat every time out. Additionally, Canadian open-wheel racing standout Alex Tagliani will make his first ACMS appearance to add to the event’s star power.

All told, the winners of 80-percent of the 91 all-time Canadian Tire Series races will be in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the second half of the Canadian Tire Series’ annual western swing. This year’s jaunt began at Alberta’s Edmonton International Raceway last Friday. A second event in six days is now on tap with the series’ lone trip to Saskatchewan this season.

RACE: Velocity Prairie Thunder 250
PLACE: Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Saskatoon, Sask.
DATE: Wednesday, July 16
TIME: 7:30 p.m. MT
BROADCAST: TSN – Sat., July 26, 3 p.m.; RDS2 – Sun., Aug. 3, 5 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile banked asphalt oval
2013 POLESITTER: J.R. Fitzpatrick
2013 WINNER: Scott Steckly
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 1-1:30 p.m., Final Practice 2-2:30 p.m., Qualifying 5:15 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Herm Hordal, 306-956-3225, info@autoclearingmotorspeedway.ca
TRACK TWITTER: @ACMS_Racing
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #VPT250
NASCAR CONTACT: Jason Christley, 386-547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com, Twitter: @jay_christley
If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, please contact Jason Cunningham at 704-201-6658 or jcunningham@nascar.com.

Fast Facts:
The Race: The sixth annual Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the fifth of 11 events on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the lone trip to Saskatchewan and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will have secured starting positions through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 250 laps (83.25 miles).

The Track: Auto Clearing Motor Speedway is a .333-mile oval with graduated banking. Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association Ltd. originated from the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Club that was formed in 1954. Racing in Saskatoon began at the 8th Street Racing Oval. In 1970, as a result of city expansion, stock-car racing moved to the current Prairieland Exhibition at Bridge City Raceway. In 1999, the City of Saskatoon expanded once again which paved the way for a new track, Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, to be built. Construction of the new track began in April 2005.

Pole Winners: The first five Saskatoon races have produced three different pole winners. J.R. Fitzpatrick and D.J. Kennington have two apiece while Don Thompson Jr. scored the inaugural event pole in 2009. Fitzpatrick set the track qualifying record at 14.665 seconds (81.801 mph) in 2012.

Race Winners: Kennington and Scott Steckly lead the way with two wins apiece while Pete Shepherd III also has a victory. Steckly won the inaugural race and reached ACMS Victory Lane again last year.

Saskatoon Race Notes:
Ranger’s Records: With his 19th career race win last week at Edmonton International Raceway, and his 14th career pole the week before that at Circuit ICAR, Andrew Ranger is tied for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 all-time lead in both categories. Ranger now shares the victories record with new teammate D.J. Kennington and the poles mark is split with J.R. Fitzpatrick, who was the top qualifier last year at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

Fitzpatrick, Dumoulin Also Tied at the Top: The 2014 season is now more than one-third complete and the competition is so close that there’s actually a tie between Fitzpatrick and L.P. Dumoulin atop the championship standings. Both drivers have 162 tallies, 12 ahead of Ranger in third. It’s only 18 points back to Jason Hathaway in fifth, with D.J. Kennington sitting fourth.

Steckly Looks to Defend ACMS Win: Defending Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 winner Scott Steckly could use another victory this week at Auto Clearing to bolster his series championship defense. The three-time titlist has faced adversity through for races this season, but is hanging in there in sixth place in the standings, 30 points back of the leaders. A DNF in the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park had Steckly in an early hole but he followed with a pair of top fives. Last week at Edmonton he was two laps down at one point and rallied to an eighth-place finish.

Halfway Through Four-Race Grouping: The Canadian Tire series embarked on an aggressive bundle of four events in a 21-day span starting with Circuit ICAR on July 6. The second date came last Friday, July 11 at Edmonton and up next week be Wednesday’s Velocity Prairie Thunder 250. The busy stretch will conclude on July 26 at Autodrome St. Eustache.

Last Time Out: Edmonton
The fourth race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 was contested on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Here are some highlights from the Alberta Has Energy 300:
• Andrew Ranger took the checkered flag for the second week in a row, and a record-tying 19th time overall. It was his first oval track win since 2009, the same year he last posted back-to-back victories.
• A two-time road course winner, L.P. Dumoulin recorded his best finish in 21 career oval races with a runner-up effort.
• Prior to the race Alex Tagliani earned his first career oval track pole, and fifth overall. He led a career-high 268 laps before a late-race accident.
• It was the first race in series history at the Wetaskiwin oval.

Next Time Out: St. Eustache
Following the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will head back east for the National 250 on July 26 at Quebec’s Autodrome St. Eustache. It will mark the sixth all-time appearance for the Canadian Tire Series at the .4-mile oval. Scott Steckly is the defending winner of the race.

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DeMan Takes 3RD Win In Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Series

DeMan Takes 3RD Win In Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midget Series

Mack DeMan took the checkered flag for the third time this season as the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets raced at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night. Twenty one cars took to the track for the 5th race of this exciting series. DeMan, starting 9th in the field, ‘inherited’ the lead as Adam Racine broke a drive shaft while at the front on lap 15. DeMan also had a little luck on his side as he ran out of fuel on the cool down lap after taking the win.

DeMan was excited in Victory Lane as he said this was his first win at Sunset Speedway since he was 6 years old and won a bicycle race there. “I want to thank my Mom and Dad, Lucas Oil, and car owner Andy Mackereth for all his hard work giving me a great car. A Big Thanks goes to the fans here tonight and the officials of this club.” said DeMan.

At the drop of the green flag Daniel Bois took the lead only to have the caution be shown for a spin by Tyler Turnbull and Lucas Smith in turn four. At the restart Racine took the lead followed by Bois, Darren McLennan, Adrian Stahle, and DeMan. The second caution flew for contact between Dave Hickson and Barry Dunn also in turn four. When the green again flew Racine shot out to the front with McLennan now in second place and Bois in third. DeMan moved around teammate Stahle into the fourth spot. Racine opened up a sizable lead over the field as McLennan also got a few car lengths over Bois. DeMan, Stahle and Rob Neely had a tight race going for fourth place. One lap later DeMan broke free and caught and passed Bois and set sites on McLennan. Racine seemed to have the field covered and the race locked up.

Neely passed Stahle and then Bois and began to reel in McLennan. One lap later Neely passed McLennan and had his eye on DeMan. DeMan was closing in on Racine when disaster struck on lap 15 as Racine’s drive shaft gave way and he went up to the wall in turn three and stopped. The red flag came out as fluid spread on the track. Some of the hot fluid got on Racine and quick actions by Race Director Terry Watts and his infield officials came to Racine’s aid. Racine was ok but his car was done for the night.

After the cleanup, the green again was shown as DeMan was now in charge with Neely in second. McLennan held on to third followed by Stahle and Bois. Stahle began to fade and a wiring issue and had him retire into the pits one lap later. Caution came out for a spin by Dylon Smith in turn one tightening up the field again for the restart. DeMan again took the lead as Neely was on his tail. McLennan battled with Bois and Tommy Kyle moved into the top five.

With less than five laps to go DeMan held the lead as Neely held strong trying to catch and pass DeMan. With two laps to go McLennan, running in the third spot, got loose in turn one, spun and collected Kyle. Kyle went off on the hook and McLennan went to the back of the field for the final restart. Bois was now in third with David Balych in fourth and James Gray, in his 1st start this season, rounded out the top five.

This last green flag gave Neely his final shot at DeMan but he didn’t have enough as DeMan was not to be denied. DeMan captured his 3rd checkered flag of the year with Neely settling for second followed by Bois, Balych and Gray. Heats were won by Neely and Jeff Blackburn. The ‘B’ feature was won by Kyle.
Of Note…Tyler Turnbull, started 2nd, involved in a first lap crash, went to the rear of the field and made his way to the front to finish 6th. Chris Bauman started 19th and had a great run finishing 8th.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets next head north to Barrie Speedway on Saturday, July 19th for race #6 of their 49th season.

Final finish for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets at Sunset Speedway on July 12th is…1. MACK DEMAN, 2. Rob Neely, 3. Daniel Bois, 4. David Balych, 5. James Gray, 6. Tyler Turnbull, 7. Ryan Fraser, 8. Chris Bauman, 9. Barry Dunn, 10. Darren McLennan, 11. Dylon Smith, 12. Chris Holman, 13. Tommy Kyle, 14. Al Smith (R), 15. Adrian Stahle, 16. Adam Racine, 17. Todd Cresswell, 18. Lucas Smith, 19. Dave Hickson. DNS..Corey Moesker and Jeff Blackburn.

Top Ten in Points for the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets are…1.MACK DEMAN…851, 2. Rob Neely…810, 3. Darren McLennan…694, 4. Adrian Stahle…671, 5. Daniel Bois…639, 6. Adam Racine…638, 7. Ryan Fraser…636, 8. David Balych…623, 9. Todd Cresswell…618, 10. Tyler Turnbull…594.

by Cindy Lorenz

photo by Ralph Webbe

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Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Adds Another 2014 First Time Feature Winner

Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Adds Another 2014 First Time Feature Winner

While growing up, our parents always told us that everyone needed a chance to play. That message must have reached the drivers with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. For the 4th time on the 2014 schedule, a different feature event winner was posing for victory lane photos following the Saturday, July 12th event at Peterborough Speedway.

If it weren’t for bad luck, Alex Lees’ 2014 race season may have had no luck at all. The older of a pair of twin brothers from Cameron (near Lindsay, Ontario) experienced engine issues and also watched as his #07 OMRS machine burst into flames on the same night as his sibling took the main event. Taking the green flag from the pole position in the most recent feature tilt at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City, Lees was able to lead every lap on the way to his first checkered flag of the year.

A graduate of the Mini Stock division and a former Autumn Colours Classic polesitter, Lees got a jump on outside front row starter Ryan Dick and was able to build a sizable cushion on the rest of the field. The driver of the #07 faced a late race challenge that likely would have been talked about around the family’s holiday dinner table for years, as his brother Nick finished 2nd. Rob Warnes was 3rd, with Rick Warnes and Ryan Dick completing the top 5 finishers.

OMRS Modified News & Notes: Qualifying heat race wins went to Rob Warnes and Nick Lees…Brad Stevenson had a short main event run in the #77 machine, taking the car to infield escape road halfway through the 20 lap feature…Rick Warnes had a bit of a scare during one of the afternoon’s practice sessions. His #90 machine lost a radiator hose, causing the car to spin in the fluids and made contact with the 4th turn wall. Damage was minimal and limited to a twisted front bumper and some bent sheet metal that the crew was able to repair before the qualifying heats.

Official Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, Powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. 2014 Schedule:

Saturday, May 10th: Flamboro Speedway Spring Shakedown Invitational
Race winner – #77 Chad Strawn

Saturday, May 31st Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Race winner – #09 Nick Lees

Saturday, June 7th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Saturday, July 12th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #07 Alex Lees

Saturday, August 16th Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, September 6th Flamboro Speedway
Friday, October 3rd Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)
Saturday, October 4th Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Additional OMRS information can be found at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or at www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC.

About TORQUE BUILDERS INC.: With over a decade’s experience with partners and clients in the construction industry, TORQUE BUILDERS INC. offers general construction services in the industrial, commercial and institution sectors. Their services range from new construction projects, renovations to retrofits, retirement residences, office finishing, data centres, communications work and leasehold improvements. Learn more by visiting www.torquebuilders.com.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
1) After a few rough starts, Alex Lees rolled his #07 machine to victory lane with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – Saturday, July 12th – at Peterborough Speedway.
2) A pair of feature race winners battle for a spot during Ontario Modifieds Racing Series qualifying at Peterborough Speedway. Rob Warnes (#95) took the checkered flag Saturday, June 7th, while Alex Lees won the ‘A’ main Saturday, July 12th.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com
613.968.6410

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Mother Nature Wins Out Over Summer Rush II At Kawartha Speedway

Mother Nature Wins Out Over Summer Rush II At Kawartha Speedway

The management of Summer Rush would like to announce the postponement of tomorrows event at Kawartha Speedway. The inclement weather that is being predicted is just to much to overcome,and we don’t wish to see fans or racers face any additional costs.
The Summer Rush Group is pleased to announce that they have secured a makeup date of Sunday August 10th to host this event.
Fans will be able to see the OSCAAR Super Late Models, Hanover Holiday Modifieds, round 2 of the Mini Stock Nationals, The Dirt Pro Late Models from Brighton Speedway, the 4Funs…. and maybe more!
Everyone from OSCAAR / Summer Rush Group would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing everyone on August 10th for a great day of racing at Kawartha Speedway.

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Ranger Conquers Edmonton Oval Collects 19th Career Canadian Tire Series Victory

Ranger Conquers Edmonton Oval Collects 19th Career Canadian Tire Series Victory

WETASKIWIN, Alta. (July 11, 2014) – Andrew Ranger has plenty of mastery on road-courses.

The two-time champion of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 proved once again he can figure it out on an oval, too. He showed that Friday night as he picked up the win in the Alberta Has Energy 300 in the inaugural event at Edmonton International Raceway.

Ranger tied the series’ all-time record with his 19th career win, and won back-to-back races for the first time since August 2009 following his victory on the road course at Circuit ICAR in Quebec last week. It was also his first oval win since 2009, and fourth overall.

“At the beginning of the day we didn’t have a really good car, so we improved lap after lap,” Ranger said “During the race my car was really fantastic.”

The race was stretched to 316 laps around the quarter-mile bullring following a late caution that involved early race leader Alex Tagliani, and required Ranger, who took the lead on Lap 269, to hold off LP Dumoulin and Jason Hathaway on the final restart.

“The pass with Alex [Tagliani] was a little bit tough because it was almost one [racing] line here,” Ranger said. “He did a little mistake and I was able to take him in [Turn] 3.”

Dumoulin and Hathaway waged a battle throughout the last two laps of the race for second and Dumoulin came out ahead, followed by Hathaway, J.R. Fitzpatrick and D.J. Kennington.

Joey McColm, Larry Jackson, Scott Steckly, rookie Stefan Rzadzinski and Noel Dowler completed the top 10.

Fitzpatrick, Kennington and Steckly were all two laps down at different points during the race and rallied back for top-10 finishes.

Tagliani, who won the pole position for the race earlier in the day, finished 13th. He led a career-high 268 laps.

Fitzpatrick and Dumoulin are now tied for the season points lead after four races at 162 apiece while Ranger’s back-to-back wins have bumped him up to third, 12 tallies behind the co-leaders.

Dumoulin has finished top-five in all four races this year, two more than any other driver.

“That’s our first podium on an oval, and the guys have been working really hard,” Dumoulin said after finishing second. “We were within sight for the last run. I knew being in second was not a good spot for the restart at the end, obviously we had to fight for that spot, but we kept our head up and made it happen.”

Ranger now shares the Canadian Tire Series’ career wins record with Kennington. That accomplishment came one week after he tied Fitzpatrick for the series’ all-time poles mark at 14.

The race was slowed by 11 cautions for 94 laps, including two red flags.

The Alberta Has Energy 300 will air on TSN on Sunday, July 20 at 3 p.m. and on RDS2 on Saturday, July 26, 3 p.m.

The Canadian Tire Series will complete its western swing on Wednesday, July 16 in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Contact:
Jason Cunningham
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(704) 201-6658
jcunningham@nascar.com

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Alberta Has Energy 300
Unofficial Results
Friday
At Edmonton International Raceway
Wetaskiwin, Alta.
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (5) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 316 laps, 42.290 mph.
2. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 316.
3. (8) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 316.
4. (3) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 316.
5. (9) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 316.
6. (6) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 316.
7. (15) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 316.
8. (7) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 316.
9. (18) Stefan Rzadzinski, Edmonton, Alta., Dodge, 315.
10. (14) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 313.
11. (11) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 311.
12. (12) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Chevrolet, 310.
13. (1) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 295.
14. (16) Nick Jewell, Fort Frances, Man., Dodge, 295, accident.
15. (19) Bob DeLorme, Calgary, Alta., Chevrolet, 283.
16. (13) Jamie Krzysik, Grand Prairie, Alta., Dodge, 259, overheating.
17. (10) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 240, fuel pump.
18. (17) Ian Admiraal, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 230, accident.
19. (2) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 167, vibration.
20. (20) Shania LaForce, Athabasca, Alta., Chevrolet, 134, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 52 minutes 5 seconds
Margin of Victory: .177 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: A.Tagliani (71.919 mph, 12.514 seconds)
Caution Flags: 11 for 94 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Tagliani 1-268; A. Ranger 269-316.
Standings: 1. J. Fitzpatrick, 162; 2. L. Dumoulin, 162; 3. A. Ranger, 150; 4. D. Kennington, 147; 5. J. Hathaway, 144; 6. S. Steckly, 132; 7. N. Dowler, 124; 8. J. McColm, 112; 9. A. Tagliani, 102; 10. S. Mathews, 96.

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NASCAR and Whelen Expand Relationship

NASCAR and Whelen Expand Relationship

New England-Based Lighting and Warning System Manufacturer Adds New Line of Consumer Vehicle Illumination Products to its Official Partner Status

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 11, 2014) — NASCAR announced today it has reached an agreement with Chester, Conn., and Charlestown, N.H.-based Whelen Engineering to enhance its long-standing status as the Official Warning Lights of NASCAR with the additional position as the Official Vehicle Illumination Lights of NASCAR.

The expansion adds to Whelen’s NASCAR portfolio, which includes entitlement sponsorship of two regional touring series, an international touring series and the weekly racing series.

The success Whelen has found with its flashing and rotating warning light product line, combined with its relationship with NASCAR, has fueled the establishment of the new consumer product line of constant illumination for vehicles. The category includes head lights, brake and tail lights, directional lights, spot lights and flood lights. The products offered are wide-ranging in use from on-road to off-road driving; perimeter or long-range illumination; for the general public and for fire, safety and ambulance vehicles.

The new product line of vehicle illumination lights is in use by NASCAR in the administration and officiating of its national and regional touring series, including affixed flood lighting on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trailers and portable lighting utilized by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours.

“Whelen Engineering’s decision to expand its agreement is another indicator that NASCAR – our teams, our tracks, and most importantly our fans – continues to drive businesses,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president for regional and touring racing. “Whelen Engineering is well known as the industry leader in specialized lighting products, and has been a long-time supporter of NASCAR racing at the grassroots level.”

Whelen Engineering’s relationship with NASCAR began in 2005 as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. At the same time, Whelen also became the Official Warning Lights of NASCAR. In the 10 years since, fire, safety and ambulance vehicles at NASCAR events have been outfitted with Whelen warning lights, and race tracks have been featured Whelen caution control lights.

“Whelen Engineering has been known for years as the best in flashing warning lights, but we’re also now manufacturing illumination products with the same quality and attention to detail,” said Whelen Engineering Vice President for Motorsports Phil Kurze. “Through the NASCAR sponsorship we have the opportunity to display our latest and greatest products at tracks not just in the U.S., but around the world. A large percentage of NASCAR fans are people that have a need for our product, and we know NASCAR helps us generate sales by displaying our products in the area we are sponsoring.”

Whelen has experienced incremental increases in sales as it has become more involved with NASCAR. Since the initial agreements in 2005, Whelen added to its NASCAR portfolio with entitlement sponsorships with the grassroots weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2007 and the European-based NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2013.

Whelen also recently signed on as the title sponsor of the inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout, a special non-points NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour invitational event on Friday, July 11, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Whelen All-Star Shootout, which will pit past champions and race winners head-to-head, will air on Fox Sports 1 on July 20, at 2 p.m. ET.

About NASCAR
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About Whelen Engineering
Whelen Engineering designs and manufactures the “Official Warning Lights of NASCAR” and the “Official Vehicle Illumination Lights of NASCAR.” Whelen’s products can be seen on just about every race track in the United States. Whelen is proud to sponsor the Whelen All-American Series, the Whelen Euro Series, the Whelen Modified Tour, and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Off the track, Whelen is the choice for Police, Fire, Public Works and EMS markets worldwide. Founded in 1952, Whelen has become a leading provider of innovative warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, and controllers. With two state-of-the-art facilities in Chester, Connecticut and Charlestown, New Hampshire, Whelen products are proudly designed, manufactured, and assembled in the U.S.A. Find out more at www.whelen.com.

Contact:
Tom Bryant
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6060
tbryant@nascar.com

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Summer Rush 2 Set To Invade Kawartha Speedway This Weekend

Summer Rush 2 Set To Invade Kawartha Speedway This Weekend

FRASERVILLE, ON- Final preparations are ongoing for the return of Summer Rush to Kawartha Speedway on July 13th. A full card of racing – including the OSCAAR Super Late Model & Modified Tours, Dirt Late Models and Round 2 of the heralded Mini Stock Nationals – will kick off at 2:30pm.

“I think we’ve all been counting down the days to this event since we left Kawartha on June 1st”, explained OSCAAR President Dave Gainforth.

“This Kawartha event really comes at a pivotal moment in our season – for both of our tours – there’s a lot on the line this weekend”

In Super Late Model action, point leader Andrew Gresel will hope to earn his second straight Kawartha victory, and tighten his grip on the points standings entering the second half of the season.

“We’ve found something that works at Kawartha, I absolutely love racing there”, said Gresel when reached for comment. “We didn’t have the finish we were hoping for at Sunset a couple weeks ago, so Kawartha gives us the perfect opportunity to get our momentum back on track”

The OSCAAR Modifieds will join the Super Late Models on the card, as point leader Gary McLean will hope to hold off hard charging freshman Max Beyore. McLean has had success at Kawartha in the past, though Beyore has the edge in experience at the Fraserville, ON oval, having raced in the speedway’s Pro Late Model division prior to migrating to Modified competition.

Summer Rush 2 will also play host to the final round of the $500-to-win ‘Mini Stock Nationals’, in an event that is likely to draw Four Cylinder competitors from across Ontario. Sunset Speedway regular Andy Kamrath has confirmed he will be in attendance, with plans of defending the ‘Nationals’ title he earned on June 1st.

“I think this team surprised ourselves even more than we did everyone else”, remarked Kamrath when asked about his June 1st victory. “We came into the first round of the ‘Nationals’ completely blind. We didn’t really know if we were going to have enough power to keep up with some of the Kawartha regulars, but it all worked out in our favour. Now that we know what we need to run at the front, hopefully we can take down back-to-back ‘Nationals’ wins”

Gates open at 11:30 am for this Sunday’s event, with the green flag flying at 2:30pm. Additional details can be found at www.OSCAAR.ca.

By Dave Gainforth

Photo Credit: Dan Little

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