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Lacroix Powers To Trois-Rivieres Triumph

Lacroix Powers To Trois-Rivieres Triumph

Two Wins In First Four Canadian Tire Series Starts

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (Aug. 2, 2015) – The latest in a long line of Quebec road course aces has arrived in Kevin Lacroix, and his ascension has come faster than all of those before him.

Lacroix muscled his way past Andrew Ranger – one of the most successful of those road race experts – on the final lap Sunday to take the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours checkered flag at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.

It was just the fourth start for the 26-year-old rookie, who became the fastest driver in the series’ nine-year history to record two wins. The Saint-Eustache, Quebec, native was victorious in his second appearance on July 5 at Circuit ICAR after six years away from the sport.

Lacroix, who started on the front row alongside Ranger, took the lead on Lap 5 and held it until Ranger regained the top spot on a caution restart on Lap 43. Ranger, of Roxton Pond, Quebec, looked strong for a fifth victory in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres but Lacroix nudged him out of the lead on the final lap and held on for the win in a near photo finish by a margin of 0.048 seconds.

Following Ranger across the finish line at the famed 1.53-mile temporary street course was Alex Tagliani, Alex Labbe and L.P. Dumoulin. The remainder of the top 10 included Marc-Antoine Camirand, D.J. Kennington, Jason Hathaway, season points leader Scott Steckly and Simon Dion-Viens.

Each of the top six finishers, and seven of the top 10, were Quebec natives.

Prior to Sunday, the mark for the driver fastest to two victories was held by J.R. Fitzpatrick, who won the fourth and fifth races in series history during the inaugural 2007 season.

With three races remaining on the 2015 schedule, Steckly leads Ranger by six points with Hathaway 10 back and defending titlist Dumoulin 18 out.

The JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours aired live on Sunday on RDS, and will premiere on TSN Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The Canadian Tire Series will return to action on Aug. 15 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Results

Sunday

At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Lap length: 1.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (2) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 50 laps, 57.137 mph.
  2. (1) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 50.
  3. (3) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 50.
  4. (6) Alex Labbe, Victoriaville, Que., Dodge, 50.
  5. (5) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 50.
  6. (4) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 50.
  7. (12) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 50.
  8. (13) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 50.
  9. (8) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 50.
  10. (9) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 50.
  11. (11) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 50.
  12. (25) Dave Coursol, Saint-Jerome, Que., Dodge, 50.
  13. (21) Jocelyn Fecteau, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 48.
  14. (24) Charles Harvey, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 47.
  15. (16) Cayden Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 45.
  16. (14) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 42.
  17. (18) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 38, accident.
  18. (15) Carlos de Quesada, Gainesville, Fla., Dodge, 38, accident.
  19. (22) Paul Jean, St-Eustache, Que., Chevrolet, 36.
  20. (17) Patrice Brisebois, Westmount, Que., Dodge, 30, oil leak.
  21. (10) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 22, suspension.
  22. (7) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 14.
  23. (19) Kevin Poitras, Newcastle, Ont., Ford, 6, accident.
  24. (23) Ryan Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 5, rear axle.
  25. (20) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 0, did not start.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 20 minutes 20 seconds

Margin of Victory: .048 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: A.Ranger (82.226 mph, 1:06.989 seconds)

Caution Flags: 4 for 14 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Ranger 1-5; K. Lacroix 6-42; A. Ranger 43-49; K. Lacroix 50.

Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 318; 2. A. Ranger, 312; 3. J. Hathaway, 308; 4. L. Dumoulin, 300; 5. D. Kennington, 290; 6. M. Camirand, 284; 7. A. Tagliani, 282; 8. G. Klutt, 281; 9. J. Dumoulin, 268; 10. M. Scannell, 249.

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Peterborough Speedway Goes Back to Green with the Touring Chase for the Colours Qualifier

Peterborough Speedway Goes Back to Green with the Touring Chase for the Colours Qualifier

After Mother Nature caused another unplanned break in the schedule, Canada’s Toughest 3rd of Mile Paved Oval bounced back – Saturday, August 1st – as the Touring Chase for the Colours with the OSCAAR Super Late Models, Modifieds and Midgets joined the home track Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun and Mini Stocks for the opening round of the Hot August Night Series.

In the first feature event of the evening Cody Fenton and Sean Kennedy would bring the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun teams to the Great Canadian RV green flag. Ryan Oosterholt jumped-out to an early lead and by the time a handful of laps showed on the scoreboard, the former track champion had caught the tail-end of the field. Kennedy and James Townsend – filling-in for Colin Parkes – held onto the 3rd spot, with Ray Schroer and Jordan Desroches rounding out the top 5. Oosterholt held off a strong charge from Kennedy – who ironically drives a car he purchased from the driver of the #79 machine – as he added another checkered flag to his 2015 win total.

With Ember Junkin and Steve Brier pacing the field, the Mini Stock field rolled from the staging area for their main 20 lap ‘A’ main. In one of his first runs of the season, Ryan Carr took control of the race early but as the race wore on the handle on his #3c started to go away, with Kevin Strutt challenging for the top spot. Not even a pair of late race caution flags and a green-white-checkered finish would deny Strutt from his very popular first win of the season. The division’s current point leader Tyler Junkin chased Strutt across the line with Brandon Hannah, Oosterholt, in the #45 usually run by Darryl Anthony and Donovan Price completing the top 5.

Jamie Bound claimed his second consecutive Peterborough Speedway OSCAAR Midget feature win over Brian Woodland, Richard Woodland, Dave Bradley and David Burrows. Gary McLean took the Modified division’s main event, with John Baker Jr., Chad Strawn, Brian McLean and Cory Horner second through 5th. Kevin Cornelius scored the OSCAAR Super Late Model win. J.R. Fitzpatrick, Kelly Balson, Ryan Kimball and Brent McLean followed Cornelius across the stripe. The full story from OSCAAR’s events can be found at www.oscaar.ca.

Qualifying heat races earlier in the night went to Ryan Oosterholt, James Townsend, Sean Kennedy and Jordan Desroches in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun. Donovan Price, Kevin Strutt, Brandon Hannah and Tyler Junkin took Mini Stock checkered flags. OSCAAR Midget preliminary rounds went to James Stanley, Jamie Bound, Rob McCall and Jessica James. Gary McLean with a pair, Cory Horner and Chris Milwain took the OSCAAR Modified heats. Ryan Kimball, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Mike Beyore and Kevin Cornelius claimed the Super Late Model qualifiers.

Bullring bullet points: The night’s 50/50 draw paid just over $873 to Laurie Griffin of Oshawa…Events got underway with a free corn roast presented by The Old Smoke House, Peterborough Speedway, OSCAAR and Farm Bro Racing.

The Hot August Night Series of racing continues Saturday, August 8th with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Breast Cancer Society 100. There will also be a Vintage Modified Invitational event – with dirt and asphalt teams battling for their ‘King of Coupes’ trophy – staged by Kawartha Coupes and Coaches. Peterborough Speedway’s Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car divisions will be on the card as well. Pit gates will open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00 and racing at 6:00.

Fans can always find the latest news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com by liking the track’s page at www.facebook.com or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

1) Ryan Oosterholt (#79) to another step toward the 2015 track championship with his Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun feature win – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

2) Kevin Strutt (#34) enjoyed a happy moment in Dart Heating & Air Conditioning Victory Lane after his Mini Stock feature win – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

3) Jamie Bound (#83) made it 2 OSCAAR Midget feature wins in a row after claiming the 25 lap main event – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

4) Multi-time series champion Gary McLean (#8) captured the OSCAAR Modified division feature win – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

5) Current point leader Kevin Cornelius (#17) took the OSCAAR Super Late Model feature event win – Saturday, August 1st – at Peterborough Speedway.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com, www.facebook.com/clarkemotorsports

613.968.6410

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Race Recap: Armed Services Night

Race Recap: Armed Services Night

Delaware Speedway’s local divisions treated the fans to great racing and hard battles on Emergency Services Appreciation night Friday evening. Branden Verhoeven (#7) of Kerwood won the 35-lap feature race in the Ground Masters Super Stock Series, Tom Zagorodny (#77) of London won the 35-lap Demar Aggregates Truck Series race, and Steve Arrand (#37) of Ailsa Craig captured the checkered flag in the V8 Muscle Cars.

The Ground Masters Super Stocks started their evening of racing off a little wild with drivers racing very hard and patience running on an all time low in heat race competition. In the second of two heat races an accident on the back straightaway saw David McCullough (#39) of Glencoe connect with Calvin Verhayen’s #8 as a few other drivers piled in including Andrew Ferreira (#9) and Brittany Beatty (#14) of Woodstock. Ultimately all drivers were able to continue on in the evening and all were able to start the feature race.

Rookie Super Stock driver Calvin Verhayen (#8) led the field to the green flag and led the opening six laps before falling to points leader Darrell Lake (#77) of London, who completed the pass after several laps of side by side battling. The two swapped the lead numerous times until Gary Adriaensen took over the top spot on lap 10. Eventual winner Branden Verhoeven worked his way methodically through traffic and was alongside Gary Adriaensen by lap 20 battling for the lead. Adriaensen put up a strong fight as he is still searching for his first career victory in the series but by lap twenty-four Verhoeven had proved to be the better car and had his sights set on his second win in the last three events. A spin on the front straightaway by Devin Jarvis (#88) set up a green-white-checkered finish that saw Lake able to move up to finish second with Gary Adriaensen finishing third, Verhayen fourth, and Kenny McNicol Jr. (#77) of Exeter rounding out the top five. The championship battle took yet another turn as Adriaensen regains the top position after getting the best of Lake during heat race competition.

The Demar Aggregates Truck Series put on one of its best shows in recent memory, making a statement that the drivers continue to put on high quality racing that had fans buzzing. The feature race proved to be exciting with three wide battles and of course some of that beating and banging truck magic that the division is known for. In heat race competition, Lucas Manning (#66) took his first career win in a full sized race vehicle as well as David Bacon (#43).

Mickey Brydges (#55) of Guelph had one of his best career runs after leading the field to the green and leading the first seven laps. Defending champion Tom Zagorodny (#77) challenged for the lead and was able to take it away from Brydges on lap eight. Zagorodny went on to lead the remainder of the event but it was not without action as he had to face multiple restarts and work his way through lapped traffic that went 3-wide at times. A late race caution set up a dash to the finish and allowed Brydges one last opportunity to challenge for his first career win, but he would fall just short and settle for a career best finish of second place. Last week’s winner Rick Verberne (#88) of Otterville would finish the event in the third position. The win for Zagorodny is key as it puts him right in the thick of the championship battle as he looks to defend his title.

The V8 Muscle Cars had what might be called the finish of the night between Steve Arrand (#37) and Paul Fothergill (#33) of London who battled hard the last half of the 35-lap feature race. After trying the outside for a number of laps, a daring last lap move to the inside of Fothergill in turn one allowed Arrand to visit victory lane. The opening lap saw the only caution of the race for Darren Thirkettle (#56) of Strathroy breaking an axle and losing his tire in the apex of turn 3 and 4. Early on in the race Gary Zwygers (#93) of Cambridge led and looked strong but ultimately settled for third position when the checkered flag flew.

The next event at Delaware Speedway is this coming Wednesday August 5th with the Open Ontario Four-Cylinders featuring a $1000 to win Australian Pursuit. The event gets underway at 7:30pm.

Next Friday, August 7th is fan appreciation night with $10 admission. Residents of Komoka, Mt. Brydges, and Delaware can enter the event for free as part of a community appreciation program.

======RACE RESULTS======

Groundmasters Super Stocks
Feature Race
1. 7 Branden Verhoeven  Kerwood
2. 77 Darrell Lake London
3. 55 Gary Adriaensen Belmont
4. 8 Calvin Verheyen (R) Strathroy
5. 17 Kenny McNicol Jr. Exeter
6. 3 Shae Gemmell   Dorchester
7. 1 Trevor Collver Lucan
8. 39 David McCullough Glencoe
9. 88 Devin Jarvis London
10. 38 Derek McCullough (R) Glencoe
11. 14 Brittany Beatty Woodstock
12. 5 D.J. Christie (R) Beachville
13. 62 Darren Wright Watford
14. 16 Kathleen Hosang London
15. 93 Jerry Broom Dashwood
16. 51 Matt Robblee Woodstock
17. 9 Andrew Ferriah London

Demar Aggregates Trucks
Feature Race
1. 77 Tom Zagorodny London
2. 55 Mickey Brydges Guelph
3. 88 Rick Verberne Otterville
4. 66 Lucas Manning Komoka
5. 29 Bill Sherwood London
6. 22 Jeff Denboer London
7. 43 David Bacon Woodslee
8. 52 Dave Webster Appin
9. 92 Kyle Neumeister (R) Stratford
10. 5 Kevin Lay (R) Windsor
11. 78 Cameron McQueen London
12. 26 Randy McKinlay (R) Chatham
13. 23 Ryan Agar (R) Iona Station
14. 27 Chris Payne London

V8 Stock Muscle Cars
Feature Race
1. 37 Steve Arrand Ailsa Craig
2. 33 Paul Fothergill London
3. 93 Gary Zwygers Cambridge
4. 45 Barry Watson West Lorne
5. 01 Jaden Chapman Sarnia
6. 07 Jamie Klumper Mitchell
7. 25 Ron Pearce Ilderton
8. 11 Jeremy Taggert Belmont
9. 8 Andrew Ferreira (R) Strathroy
10. 44 Todd Walton Shedden
11. 82 Mannie Demelo London
12. 23 Jeff Ferguson (R) Ayr
13. 56 Darren Thirkettle Strathroy
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OSCAAR Drivers Ready For Chase For the Colours

OSCAAR Drivers Ready For Chase For the Colours

In what has become a yearly tradition the August long weekend means it is time for the drivers of OSCAAR to tackle Peterborough Speedway. For the past three years this event has taken on a new meaning when it became the Chase for the Colours.

The Autumn Colours Classic is the biggest event in racing in Ontario and the event where all three of the 2015 OSCAAR Champions will be crowned. The Chase of the Colours this weekend will make two drivers very happy heading into the yearend event. The drivers that finish first and second in each of the features this weekend will lock themselves into those positions for the year end event.

Everyone knows the pressure that is on the drivers that weekend and to have that security to be locked in is something that every driver would love to have.

The Dickies Outlaws brought to you by London Recreational Racing will be closing out the night with a 50 lap main event. The action is always hot and fast at the 1/3 mile oval and the Outlaws will keep you on the edge of your seat all night. Home track advantage is what just what the b10 of Kelly Balson and the #54 of Mike Beyore will both be looking for. The two have been fast all year and still on the search for their first series feature win.

The HOOSIER Mods are set to show the fans the high speed action of open wheel racing at its best. With four different feature winners so far in 2015 it is anyone’s guess what might happen this weekend. There are three rookie HOOSIER Mod drivers that call Peterborough Speedway home. The #63 of John Baker Jr, the #79h of Cory Horner and the #09 of Dan Price would all love nothing better than to get that win in front of the home town crowd this weekend.

The Midas of Orangville Midget will be making their 3rd appearance of 2015 this weekend. The two previous races have produced some wild action and fans can be assured of the same this weekend. The #83 of Jamie Bound has won the past couple of feature events, but last time #2 Jessica James had her second feature locked up till mechanical issues sidelined her late in the race. The #84 of Richard Woodland picked up a feature win earlier in the season at Peterborough and fans can expect to see him back up front this weekend. With a full field of midgets expected fans can expect to see some great racing action from the drop of the green flag to the checker.

Prior to racing Peterborough Speedway and OSCAAR will be hosting a pre race corn roast as a thank you to all the great fans that come out each week and support the races. The corn will be ready by 5:00pm with the first green flag of the night at 6:00pm. Fans will also want to ensure they get their copy of the 25th Anniversary OSCAAR Program as well.

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Peterborough Speedway Adds Kawartha Coupes & Coaches Invitational to Saturday, August 8th Schedule

Peterborough Speedway Adds Kawartha Coupes & Coaches Invitational to Saturday, August 8th Schedule

For the first time in a decade, the nostalgic feel of historic venues like the Canadian National Exhibition grounds and Pinecrest Speedway returns to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval as Kawartha Coupes & Coaches hosts a Vintage Modified invitational event as part of the regular night’s action – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway.

Top dirt and asphalt drivers from across the province will steer full-size replica racing machines from a by-gone era in an open competition for cash prizes, trophies…and bragging rights. There will be individual awards for pavement and dirt teams, with the winner in each designation taking home a ‘King of Coupes’ trophy. Event organizer Rob Clark of Cameron, Ontario – himself a former dirt track racer and current Vintage Modified team owner – says the idea came together as a way of testing the waters to see if there is enough interest to bring a show to the track annually each season.

“We may have been a little late in putting things together, but the word has spread quite quickly through the racing community,” said Clark. “There are a number of different sanctioning bodies out there and while this event won’t run under any particular group’s umbrella, we should be able to give fans an idea of what they can expect from this brand of racing.”

Clark says he’s hoping to turn some casual inquiries that he has made into strong representation from a number of different series. Brockville Speedway has a group that runs a half a dozen times each season at their home track and also makes selected starts at other speedways. With more than a dozen members, teams already have asphalt experience after making selected starts at the now shuttered Capital City Speedway. There has also been interest from teams that are part of a U.S. based tour and a few drivers who have cars, but race on only a part-time basis.

“J.P. Josiasse and Dave Sikma at Peterborough Speedway have been strong advocates of the Kawartha Coupes & Coaches agenda since its infancy,” said Clark. “That level of support and commitment speaks volumes for what we’re trying to accomplish. Knowing that we have the assurance of a motorsports facility with more than 45 years’ experience goes a long way when we’re trying to build a roster of drivers and interest in our program.”

The Kawartha Coupes & Coaches Vintage Modified Invitational Event – Saturday, August 8th – at Peterborough Speedway is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications. To learn more, contact Rob Clark, 705.359.1275 or Richard Strange, 705.879.6518 richielive@live.ca, see www.peterboroughspeedway.com or like the Kawartha Coupes & Coaches page at www.facebook.com.

Photo attachment: Derek Smith, www.racepulse.com 

Saturday, August 8th Kawartha Coupes & Coaches will present an Invitational Vintage Modified Racing Event – with dirt and asphalt teams battling for a King of Coupes trophy – at Peterborough Speedway.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: GP3R

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: GP3R

Analyzing The JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 29, 2015) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will head to Quebec for the fourth and final time this year with the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours on Sunday at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Setup:

  • Andrew Ranger, last week’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 winner, has finished either first or second (four times each) across all eight all-time events at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
  • Trois-Rivieres native L.P. Dumoulin, the defending winner of the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours as well as the reigning series champion, is in search of his first trip to Victory Lane in 2015.
  • Season points leader Scott Steckly, who ranks third on the all-time wins list, will vie for his first road course triumph while 2013 Trois-Rivieres winner D.J. Kennington, second in career victories, will look to end a 22-race winless drought. 

At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:

History

  • The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres began in 1967 when members of the Club Autosport Mauricien decided to organize a race in the streets of the city.
  • It is the oldest street course in North America. This year is the 46th edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
  • Kerry Micks won the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres event on Aug. 19, 2007.

Notebook

  • The previous eight events have produced five different race victors, led by Andrew Ranger’s four triumphs.
  • There have been five different pole winners in eight events. Three drivers have two apiece.
  • Six drivers have participated in all eight previous events, and each are expected to extend the streak this week.
  • Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in five events while Ford-powered cars have won the other three.
  • Ranger, in 2010, is the only driver to win from the pole.
  • The .012-second margin of victory for Micks over Ranger in 2007 is the closest finish in series history. 

Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Data

Race #:  8 of 11

Track Layout:  1.53-mile, 11-turn temporary street course

Race Length:  50 laps (76.5 miles/123 kilometers).

Telecast:  RDS2 – Live; TSN – Sat., Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m. 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  L.P. Dumoulin, Dodge, 50.954 mph, 1 hr. 31 mins. 53 secs.

2014 Pole Winner:  Marc-Antoine Camirand, Chevrolet, 82.086 mph, 67.100 secs.

Qualifying Record:  Alex Tagliani, Dodge, 82.111 mph, 67.080 secs., Aug. 11, 2013

 Active Category Leaders at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:Wins

  1. Andrew Ranger … 4
  2. L.P. Dumoulin … 1
  3. D.J. Kennington … 1
  4. Kerry Micks … 1

Poles

  1. Andrew Ranger … 2
  2. Alex Tagliani … 2
  3. Marc-Antoine Camirand … 1
  4. L.P. Dumoulin … 1

Top Fives

  1. Andrew Ranger … 8
  2. D.J. Kennington … 5
  3. L.P. Dumoulin … 3
  4. Jeff Lapcevich … 3
  5. Kerry Micks … 3

 Top 10s

  1. Andrew Ranger … 8
  2. Jeff Lapcevich … 7
  3. D.J. Kennington … 6
  4. Scott Steckly … 6

 Laps Led

  1. Andrew Ranger … 83
  2. Kerry Micks … 59
  3. L.P. Dumoulin … 43

Laps Completed

  1. D.J. Kennington… 357 (all)
  2. Andrew Ranger … 357
  3. Jason Hathaway … 344 

Select Driver Highlights:

Marc-Antoine Camirand (No. 99 Grafoid/Braille Battery Chevrolet)

  • Has a pole and seven top 10s in 14 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
  • Ranks seventh in points this year with three top fives and five top 10s.
  • Has two top 10s, an average finish of 17th and a best result of third in eight series road course starts.
  • Made his series debut at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in 2013, and earned his first pole there in 2014. Recorded finishes of 29th and 20th, respectively, in those two events. 

J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Spectra Premium/Bernier Crepeau Dodge)

  • Has 13 top 10s in 26 career starts with a best finish of third in the 2015 opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Sits eighth in the standings with four top 10s in seven events in his first full-time season. Leads all drivers in laps completed so far this year.
  • In 21 series road course starts he’s posted nine top 10s with an average finish of 13th.
  • Has five top 10s, an average finish of 11th and a best result of fourth (2014) across the eight Trois-Rivieres events. 

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

  • The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 21 top fives and 34 top 10s in 55 career starts.
  • Ranks fourth in points with top 10s in six of seven events.
  • Has three wins, a pole, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 24 career road course starts.
  • Has a win (2014), a pole (2012), three top fives and an average finish of 10th in six races at Trois-Rivieres. 

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Fast Eddie/Choko/HGC Chevrolet)

  • Has six wins and 64 top 10s in 105 career starts. Is one of three drivers that have run every race in NCATS history.
  • Ranks second in points on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and five top 10s in seven starts.
  • Recorded 16 top 10s across the 37 all-time road course events with an average finish of 14th.
  • Has five top 10s, an average finish of 11th and a best result of third (2008) in the eight previous Trois-Rivieres events. 

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

  • The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series records for top fives (71) and top 10s (87), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 105 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (2,758) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Has a streak of 68-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
  • Sits sixth in points after six races with five top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
  • Has two wins, 24 top fives, 29 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in the 37 all-time road races.
  • Has a win (2013), five top fives and an average finish of seventh in eight Trois-Rivieres appearances. 

Gary Klutt (No. 59 CLT Corp./Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet)

  • Has a win, two poles and nine top 10s in 13 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks fifth in points with top-10 finishes in five of seven races this year.
  • Has a win and a pole (CTMP, 2015), five top 10s and an average finish of 10th in seven career road course starts.
  • Finished 28th last year in his only previous start at Trois-Rivieres. 

Alex Labbe (No. 36 Lou’s BBQ/Cathcart Trucking Dodge)

  • Has seven top 10s in 13 career NCATS starts with a best finish of second at Riverside in 2014 and at Chaudiere in 2015.
  • Has top-10 finishes in three of his four starts this year and ranks 12th in the standings.
  • Has four top 10s with an average finish of 14th in eight career road course starts.
  • Posted an average finish of 18th with a best result of seventh (2013) in three previous Trois-Rivieres races. 

Kerry Micks (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)

  • Has three wins, four poles, 30 top fives and 52 top 10s in 84 career starts.
  • Only previous appearances this year were the two road races.
  • Has two wins, a pole, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 36 career road course starts.
  • Won 2007’s inaugural Trois-Rivieres event, where he has posted five top 10s and an average finish of 10th across the eight all-time events. 

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series’ all-time wins leader with 20 and is tied for the poles record with 15. Has 47 top fives and 66 top 10s in 79 career starts.
  • Is third in points after seven events with six top 10s, highlighted by a win last time out at Autodrome St-Eustache.
  • Has 15 wins, 15 poles, 26 races led, 28 top fives, 31 top 10s and an average finish of fourth in 34 career road races.
  • Has finished either first (2008, `09, `10, `12) or second (2007, `11, `13, `14) in each of the eight all-time Trois-Rivieres events.
  • Also has three wins in nine career NASCAR K&N Pro Series road course starts. 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, ‘11, ‘13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 18 wins, 15 poles, 64 top fives and 78 top 10s. Is now tied for the all-time poles lead with Andrew Ranger while his top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time. His wins total sits third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in races (54) and laps led (4,638), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 105 all-time events.
  • Has three poles, 21 top fives, 30 top 10s and an average finish of 8.5 in 37 career road course starts. Has been a runner-up on the road on four occasions.
  • Has six top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of second (2008) in the eight Trois-Rivieres races. 

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/CGI/CanTorque Chevrolet)

  • Has two wins, six poles and 15 top 10s in 31 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks ninth in points despite missing the season opener to qualify for the Indy 500. Has top-10 finishes in each of his six starts.
  • Has a win (Edmonton City Centre Airport, 2008), five poles, six top fives and an average finish of 15th in 15 series road course starts.
  • Has two poles (2009, `13) an average finish of 19th and a best results of fifth (2013) in five previous Trois-Rivieres appearances. 

Other Driver Notes

  • Kevin Lacroix won the series’ last road course race at Circuit ICAR, in what was just his second career start.
  • Patrice Brisebois (12th – 2013) and Derek White (seventh – 2011) recorded their best career finishes at Trois-Rivieres.
  • Among the entrants for this race, Trois-Rivieres was the site for the series debuts of Brisebois, Camirand, Simon Dion-Viens, J.F. Dumoulin and L.P. Dumoulin. 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
  • The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
  • Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
  • Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
  • Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
  • Kevin Lacroix reached Victory Lane in just his second NCATS appearance when he won at Circuit ICAR on July 5.
  • The western swing began on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway with Scott Steckly winning in wire-to-wire fashion, a series first in an oval event.
  • Steckly completed his western swing sweep as he won from the pole on July 15 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
  • Andrew Ranger extended his streak for years with a win to nine with his first career victory at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 25.
  • Following the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours, the series will have an off-week before returning to action on Aug. 15 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. 

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Trois-Rivieres

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Trois-Rivieres

  • Prestigious JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Up Next
  • Dumoulin Brothers Return Home Riding High 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 28, 2015) – A lot has changed for racing brothers Louis-Philippe and Jean-Francois Dumoulin since they last competed on their hometown circuit, and all for the better.

The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres has long been a major event for the Dumoulin family. Father, Richard, competed in the event before passing the torch on to his sons. None of the three had won the premiere feature race of the event prior to last year though, when L.P. Dumoulin took the checkered flag in the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race.

L.P. Dumoulin returns home this week for the 2015 edition, not only as the event’s defending winner, but as the series’ reigning champion.

It’s also been a big year for older sibling J.F. Dumoulin, as the former part-time competitor takes on Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in the midst of his first full-time Canadian Tire Series campaign.

Strictly a road racer prior to the season, J.F. Dumoulin is now taking on the ovals featured on the series schedule. In five such events to-date, he’s posted a top-10 average finish. Through seven overall races, he ranks eighth in the championship standings.

“I still have a good chance to get up to fifth if I get on a good streak and keeping being competitive,” J.F. Dumoulin said. “At ovals I’m getting more and more comfortable, and more competitive.

“I think in general it has gone pretty well. No big damage, I’ve finished all of the races, so that’s a big point for me.”

L.P. Dumoulin was complementary of how his brother and teammate has accommodated to the full schedule.

“He’s a longtime racer and I think he’s adapted himself very well to ovals,” L.P. Dumoulin said. “This is his first season doing ovals, and I think he’s done very well so far.”

Meanwhile, the title defense for L.P. Dumoulin hasn’t gone exactly as planned. Although his six top-10 finishes are tied for the series lead, he returns home to Trois-Rivieres ranked fourth in the season standings, 22 points behind leader Scott Steckly.

“I’m not going to wait for people to have bad luck to bring me back up in the standings, I need to make the good luck for myself and our team has to do it to make it happen,” L.P. Dumoulin said. “The whole team works really hard every week to give me the best car they can and they’ve been reliable. We’ve been fighting up front all year long but had bad luck here and there.”

The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres – or GP3R for short – provides a great opportunity for L.P. Dumoulin to attain his first victory of the season and jump back into the championship chase.

“I would for sure like to do two-in-a-row, but as you can see, the series is very competitive again this year,” L.P. Dumoulin said. “If you want do well, everything has to fall into place. It’s been a little rough for us this season, but I’m very much looking forward to it.”

A multi-time victor at Trois-Rivieres, including the Grand-AM SR II race in 2001, J.F. Dumoulin would love to join his brother on the premiere event winners list, while keeping in mind that he’ll be going up against a very competitive field on Sunday. He finished a career-best fourth in this event last year.

“Obviously L.P. is competition, but there are a lot of other very competitive guys out there,” J.F. Dumoulin said. “I want a podium. That’s where I want to be, that’s what I’m aiming for. I think I have better equipment this year than I’ve had in past years.”

The GP3R is an annual festival in the city of Trois-Rivieres, nestled along the Saint-Laurent River in Quebec. The uniqueness of the temporary street course circuit, combined with tremendous fan support, creates a high level of interest from Canadian racers and teams, making it a premiere event to win. The Canadian Tire Series loads in on Friday for inspection day and on-track activities will begin for the series with practice and qualifying on Saturday.

RACE:  JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours

PLACE:  Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (Que.)

DATE:  Sunday, Aug. 2

TIME:  2:10 p.m. ET

BROADCAST:  RDS2 – Live; TSN – Sat., Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m.

TRACK LAYOUT:  1.53-mile, 11-turn temporary street course

2014 POLESITTER:  Marc-Antoine Camirand

2014 WINNER:  L.P. Dumoulin

EVENT SCHEDULE:  Saturday – Practice 10:35-11:15 a.m., Final Practice 1:15-1:55 p.m., Qualifying 5 p.m.; Sunday – Driver Autograph Session 12:20 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT:  Eric D’Argenzio, 819-370-4787, edargenzio@gp3r.com

TRACK TWITTER:  @GP3R

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG:  #JuliaWine50

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 JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours will be the eighth of 11 events on the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the final of four dates in the province of Quebec.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field is 34 cars, including provisionals. The first 29 cars will have secured starting positions through NASCAR Road Race style group qualifying and the remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 50 laps (76.5 miles/123 kilometers).

The Track:  The temporary street course of Circuit de Trois-Rivieres is an 11-turn, 1.53-mile circuit. In Trois-Rivieres – differing from many road course tracks – the cars race in a counter-clockwise motion as on oval tracks. The track’s trademark is the Porte Duplessis, a narrow concrete gateway the cars pass through in Turn 3.

The History:  The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (GP3R) began in 1967 when racing-passionate members of the Club Autosport Mauricien decided to organize a race in the streets of the city. Inspired by the Monaco race, Mr. Jean E. Ryan, Leon Dufour and Yves Girard, plus a committee of about thirty people, organized the event that has now become a unique event in North America. It is the oldest street course in North America and this year is the 46th edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Pole Winners:  The first eight Trois-Rivieres races have produced four different pole winners. Alex Tagliani set the series’ circuit qualifying record in 2013 at 67.080 seconds (82.111 mph).

Race Winners:  Andrew Ranger has won four of the eight all-time GP3R Canadian Tire Series events, including three in a row from 2008-10. Trois-Rivieres native L.P. Dumoulin is the defending race winner.

JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Notes:

Ranger’s Remarkable GP3R Record:  Quebec native Andrew Ranger has a podium spot locked down at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. The road course ace has won four of the eight all-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 races on the 1.53-mile street circuit, and finished second in the other four races. Ranger also enters Trois-Rivieres as the series’ most-recent winner as he reached Victory Lane last week on the oval at Quebec’s Autodrome St-Eustache. 

Steckly Streaking:  Scott Steckly has won the pole three races in a row, and will look to make history this week at Trois-Rivieres as the first driver in series history to record four-consecutive poles. J.R. Fitzpatrick, with the last two events in 2012 and the 2013 opener, was the last driver to capture three-consecutive poles. Fitzpatrick also did it in 2007 and Don Thomson Jr. accomplished the feat in 2008. 

Camirand Coming On:  In his first full season on the Canadian Tire Series, Quebec racing veteran Marc-Antoine Camirand is hitting his stride. Camirand enters Trois-Rivieres – where he earned his first Canadian Tire Series start in 2013 as the winner of that year’s sportsman division race – on the heels of three-consecutive top-five finishes on ovals. Last week at St-Eustache Camirand crossed the line third to match his overall career-best, and set a new personal oval mark. He was last year’s JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours polesitter. 

Debuts for Harvey, de Quesada:  Charles Harvey of nearby Terrebonne, Quebec, will attempt to make his Canadian Tire Series debut at Trois-Rivieres. Carlos de Quesada of Gainesville, Florida, will also look to become the second American to race in the series this year, following Kevin O’Connell of Houston, Texas, who competed in the season-opener.

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