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Record Day For Ranger In Canadian Tire Series Qualifying Sets Track Record, Takes Sole Possession Of Series’ Career Mark

Record Day For Ranger In Canadian Tire Series Qualifying Sets Track Record, Takes Sole Possession Of Series’ Career Mark

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (Aug. 30, 2014) – One record wasn’t enough for Andrew Ranger Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, so he decided to make it three.

Ranger, from Roxton Pond, Quebec, captured the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race with a fast lap of 83.261 seconds (106.321 mph) in the No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge. The lap set the series’ track record – previously held by J.R. Fitzpatrick at 83.286 (106.289) – and also extended Ranger’s mark for the most poles at CTMP to five. To top things off, it was Ranger’s 15th career pole overall, which broke a tie for the series’ all-time record he previously shared with Fitzpatrick.

He’s now earned the pole in five of his eight career Canadian Tire Series starts at the 2.459-mile road course.

Fitzpatrick, who won the spring race at CTMP, will join Ranger on the front row for Sunday’s Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 thanks to a fast lap of 83.597 (105.894). Marc-Antoine Camirand was third-fastest at 83.771 (105.674).

The rest of the top 10 qualifiers out of the 31-car field included defending race winner and season points leader L.P. Dumoulin, D.J. Kennington, Scott Steckly, Jeff Lapcevich, Robin Buck, Kerry Micks and Alex Tagliani.

Sunday’s Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 is scheduled to take the green flag at 10 a.m. EDT.

Contact:
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Qualifying Results
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1 – Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200
Starting Lineup
Race Sunday; Qualifying Saturday
at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Bowmanville, Ont.
Lap Length: 2.459 miles
1. (27) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 106.321
2. (84) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 105.894
3. (88) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 105.674
4. (47) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 105.641
5. (17) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 105.471
6. (22) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 105.232
7. (76) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 104.916
8. (66) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 104.793
9. (02) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 104.641
10. (18) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 104.440
11. (3) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 104.351
12. (59) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 104.342
13. (24) Luc Lesage, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 104.219
14. (5) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Chevrolet, 104.167
15. (61) Ryan Klutt, Milton, Ont., Dodge, 104.057
16. (42) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 104.030
17. (28) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 102.855
18. (87) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 102.727
19. (19) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Ford, 102.621
20. (04) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 102.545
21. (56) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 102.475
22. (14) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 102.091
23. (25) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 102.013
24. (37) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 101.585
25. (99) Matt Pritiko, London, Ont., Chevrolet, 101.537
26. (98) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 100.550
27. (67) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 100.051
28. (00) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 99.886
29. (9) Curtis Fielding, Minden, Ont., Ford, 98.411
30. (29) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 98.329
31. (77) Jocelyn Fecteau, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 97.997

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CTMP Analyzing The Pinty’s Presents The Clarington 200 At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

CTMP Analyzing The Pinty’s Presents The Clarington 200 At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2014) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to Ontario and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 on Sunday in rural Bowmanville. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Race Setup:
• Season points leader L.P. Dumoulin is the defending winner of the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200. He swept both events at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013 to become the first driver in series history to win back-to-back races at the road course.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick has a series-leading four wins at CTMP in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action, including the 2014 season opener.
• Andrew Ranger won at CTMP in both of his championship seasons, including the series’ inaugural event at the track in 2007.
• Multi-time champions D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly will be looking to end different streaks this week. Kennington is in the midst of the second-longest winless drought of his career (12 races) while Steckly is still in search of his first career road course triumph.

At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:
History
• Opened in 1961 as Mosport Park. The name Mosport was a contraction of motor sport.
• Has played host to the American Le Mans Series, CASCAR Super Series, Can-Am, Formula 1, IndyCar, Tudor United SportsCar and USAC Champ Car, among others, through the years.
• Welcomed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 for the first time on June 17, 2007 in an event won by Andrew Ranger.
• Was renamed from Mosport International Raceway to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in February 2012.
• Held the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Sept. 1, 2013.

Notebook
• CTMP has welcomed the NCATS nine times previously, which the most events for any road course since the series began competition in 2007.
• This is the second season in a row that CTMP will have two NCATS road course events after single races there from 2007-12.
• Seven drivers have participated in all nine previous events, and all seven are expected to extend the streak this week.
• The nine previous races have produced four different winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick’s four.
• There have been four different pole winners in eight contests, led by Andrew Ranger’s four.
• There has yet to be a wire-to-wire victory at CTMP, but Ranger twice won from the pole.
• Fitzpatrick was the youngest CTMP race winner at 20 years, 1 month and 6 days.
• L.P. Dumoulin was the oldest CTMP victor at 34 years, 6 months and 11 days.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Data
Race #: 9 of 11 overall, 2 of 2 at CTMP
Track Layout: 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course
Race Length: 51 laps (125.4 miles, 201.8 kilometers)
Telecast: TSN2 – Sat., Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m.; RDS2 – TBA

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: L.P. Dumoulin, 70.085 mph, 1 hr. 28 mins. 25 secs.
2013 Pole Winner: Jeff Lapcevich, Dodge, 105.227 mph, 84.087 mph
Qualifying Record: J.R. Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet, 106.289 mph, 83.286 secs., 5/18/13

Active Category Leaders at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:
Wins
1. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 4
2. L.P. Dumoulin … 2
Andrew Ranger … 2
4. D.J. Kennington … 1

Poles
1. Andrew Ranger … 4
2. Scott Steckly … 2
3. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 1
Jeff Lapcevich … 1

Top Fives
1. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 8
D.J. Kennington … 8
3. Andrew Ranger … 5

Top 10s
1. D.J. Kennington … 9
2. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 8
Jeff Lapcevich … 8

Laps Led
1. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 185
2. Andrew Ranger … 50
3. L.P. Dumoulin … 44

Laps Completed
1. D.J. Kennington … 455 (all)
Jeff Lapcevich … 455
3. Kerry Micks … 438

Select Driver Highlights:
Robin Buck (No. 66 Robin Buck Racing Dodge)
• Has two wins, 11 top fives and 15 top 10s in 26 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
• Made his series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2007. May’s CTMP season-opener was also the location of his only previous start this year.
• Has six top 10s, an average finish of 12th and a best result of third (twice) in nine career starts at CTMP.

J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Bernier Crepeau Chrysler/Bellemare Dodge)
• Part-time (road course) driver has as nine top 10s in 18 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.
• Best career finish of fourth was recorded earlier this month at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Has finishes of 22nd (2011) and 15th (Sept. 2013) in two previous CTMP appearances.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 16 top fives and 25 top 10s in 45 career starts.
• First two career triumphs came at CTMP 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 seven of eight races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win at Trois-Rivieres.
• Has four top fives and an average finish of seventh in five CTMP starts.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet)
• Has nine wins, shares the series record with 14 poles, has 40 top fives and 61 top 10s in 86 career starts.
• Held the points lead following the first four events and now tied for second with top 10s in all eight races.
• Won the 2014 opener at CTMP to extend his series record for wins at the road course to four.
• Has those four wins (2008, `10, `12, May `14), a pole (May 2013), an average finish of fifth and a record 185 laps led in nine CTMP races.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Princess Auto/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 57 top 10s in 95 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 Autodrome Chaudiere and podiums in both of the western swing events.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals. Best career road course finish was second at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2012.
• Has four top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of third (May 2013) across the nine CTMP events.

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 (65) and top 10s (79), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 95 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
• Is tied with Scott Steckly for the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16, and has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
• Has a streak of 58-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2007.
• Ranks fifth in points after eight events with a best result of third recorded last time out at Riverside.
• Has a win (2011), a series-best average finish of 3.7 and top 10s in all nine events at CTMP.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)
• Has a pole and 37 top 10s in 57 career NCATS starts.
• Has competed in four of eight events so far this year – the three road course contests and Autodrome St-Eustache.
• Has top 10s in eight of nine CTMP starts with an average finish of sixth and a best result of second (May 2014). His lone series pole was earned in this event last year.

Kerry Micks (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, four poles and 52 top 10s in 80 career starts.
• Has three previous starts this year, including the CTMP opener.
• Has four top 10s, an average finish of 12th and a best result of fifth (2010) in the nine previous CTMP events.

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 43 top fives and 60 top 10s in 69 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses, including this year at Circuit ICAR.
• Is tied for second in points with two wins and six top 10s. The second victory came at Edmonton.
• Has two wins (2007, `09), a record four poles (2007, `09, `10, May `14), six top 10s and an average finish of fifth in seven previous CTMP appearances.

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 16 wins, 13 poles, 57 top fives and 70 top 10s in 95 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 3,944.
• All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. Has five career road course runner-ups.
• Ranks sixth in points after eight races with five top 10s, highlighted by a win at St-Eustache.
• Has four top fives, an average finish of 13th and a best result of third (2012) across the nine CTMP races.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles, six top fives and two additional top 10s in 22 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
• Has a pair of top 10s in six starts this season. Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying as well as Riverside when he raced the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course in NASCAR Nationwide Series action.
• Finished fifth in his only previous NCATS start at CTMP 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.
• L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
• Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion when he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
• Dumoulin scored his first hometown win when he took the checkered flag in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10. Marc-Antoine Camirand earned his first career pole prior to the race.
• Donald Chisholm won the day as he registered his first career pole and race victory in front of a hometown crowd at Riverside International Speedway on Aug. 16.
• Following the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200, the series will head to Ontario’s Barrie Speedway, for the Wahta Springs 300 on Sept. 6.

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP

• Back To Bowmanville For Pinty’s Presents The Clarington 200
• Kennington Returns To Ontario Looking For A Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2014) – Two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 titlist D.J. Kennington will be focusing solely on checkered flags as the 2014 season hits the homestretch starting with the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

With a deficit of 52 points to championship leader L.P. Dumoulin and just three races remaining, Kennington finds himself in the unfamiliar position of not being in the thick of the title hunt. Although his numbers would normally support a championship bid – average race result of eighth, completed all but one lap, only two finishes outside the top 10 – his 2014 résumé is missing tallies in one important category: wins.

The winningest driver in Canadian Tire Series history with 19 total triumphs, Kennington’s current drought has reached 12 races, the second-longest of his distinguished career.

“We’re getting the car a lot better now, the new car has been a struggle all year for us,” Kennington said. “Whitey (crew chief Dave Wight) and the boys have worked hard on it. It’s gotten a hundred times better than we were at the start.”

With the last three dates on the calendar in his home province of Ontario, and at tracks where he’s found plenty of success in the past, Kennington – from St. Thomas – is focused on closing out the season with some checkered flags in hand.

“We got to try to win some races here,” Kennington said. “L.P. [Dumoulin] has had such a great season that he’s going to have to have a big problem at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for us to get him.”

Kennington won at CTMP in 2011, and has a series-best average finish of 3.7 at the 2.459-mile road course. He finished fifth in the series’ first trip there this year in May. But CTMP is also a strong track for Dumoulin, who won both 2013 races there.

Following the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200, the 2014 season will conclude with events at Barrie Speedway and Kawartha Speedway. Kennington has three wins apiece at the Ontario ovals.

After his first podium of the year last time out at Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway, Kennington felt optimistic about ending the winless drought back in Ontario.

“It’s been a rough year, but hopefully the podium here (at Riverside) will get the ball rolling,” Kennington said. “We’ll head on to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and try to get a good run there. Then we’re going to Barrie and Kawartha, so hopefully the last four races here we can get on a roll.

“It’s one of those deals where you never want to give up, but we’ve just got to go try and win these last three races and see where we shake out.”

RACE: Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200
PLACE: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ont.
DATE: Sunday, Aug. 31
TIME: 10 a.m. EDT
TELECAST: TSN2 – Sat., Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m.; RDS2 – TBA
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.459-mile, 10-turn asphalt road course
2013 WINNER: L.P. Dumoulin
2013 POLESITTER: Jeff Lapcevich
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday – Practice 10:40-11:25 a.m., Final Practice 1:10-2 p.m., Qualifying 4:40 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 3-3:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Ryan Chalmers, 905-983-9141, ryan@ctmpark.com
TRACK TWITTER: @CTMPOfficial
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #PintysClarington200
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 Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will be the ninth of 11 events on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the second of two dates at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 51 laps (125.4 miles, 201.8 kilometers).

The Track: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park opened for auto racing in 1961. The 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course welcomed the Canadian Tire Series for the first time on June 17, 2007 in an event won by Andrew Ranger. This will be the 10th all-time race on the road course. The facility also featured a half-mile oval that held seven series events from 2007-13.

Race Winners: There have been four different winners in eight all-time races at the CTMP road course, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick with four. L.P. Dumoulin is the defending winner of this event.

Pole Winners: There have been four different pole winners at the CTMP road course, led by the four of Andrew Ranger. Fitzpatrick set the series’ track qualifying record at 83.286 seconds (106.289 mph) on May 19, 2013.

CTMP Race Notes:
Back to Ontario to Close Out 2014: The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 opened its 2014 schedule in Ontario on May 18, and will return to the province for the first time since then with this week’s Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In between CTMP dates the series visited Quebec four times and had single dates in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. The scheduled will now run to completion in Ontario with dates at Barrie Speedway (Sept. 6) and Kawartha Speedway (Sept. 20) after CTMP.

Double-Duty for Tagliani, Courtemanche: Alex Tagliani and Ray Courtemanche Jr. will both attempt to make their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debuts this weekend at CTMP in addition to their regular Canadian Tire Series duties. Tagliani will compete for Brad Keselowski Racing while Courtemanche is slated to run for SS Green Light Racing. Tagliani has already made two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts on road courses this year with Penske Racing, where he has turned in finishes of second (Road America) and fifth (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course).

Fitzpatrick Looks to Continue CTMP Success: There have been nine Canadian Tire Series races on CTMP’s road course since the series began competition in 2007, and J.R. Fitzpatrick has won four of them, including the 2014 season-opener in May. His four CTMP wins are tied for the most of any driver at one track in Canadian Tire Series history. In the five races he hasn’t won, Fitzpatrick finished second twice with two additional top-fives. A broken drive shaft in the 2013 opener is his only career finish at the 2.459-mile course outside the top five.

Dumoulin’s Top-Five Streak Ends: Points leader L.P. Dumoulin saw his streak of top-five finishes end last week at Riverside International Speedway when he crossed the finish line sixth. Dumoulin had finished in the top five in each of the season’s first seven events, including five in a row on the podium. Riverside provided the first real adversity of the season for the No. 47 team, which had to change motors following practice and start at the rear of the field, but Dumoulin persevered and preserved the 26-point lead he entered the event with.

… But His CTMP Streak Remains Active: Dumoulin’s debut at CTMP in 2011 resulted in a crash and DNF, but in the four return trips since, he’s posted finishes of fifth, first, first and fourth. His 2013 season sweep at CTMP marked the first time a Canadian Tire Series driver had won back-to-back races at the famed road course.

Buck Makes the Most of Limited Appearances: A part-time competitor since the Canadian Tire Series began in 2007, Robin Buck has made the most of his limited appearances in recent seasons. In his last 14 starts dating to the middle of the 2010 season, Buck has registered seven podium finishes. He finished third in the CTMP opener, his only previous race this year. Although he has two series victories to his credit, Buck has yet to reach the Winner’s Circle at CTMP.

Klutt Family Reunion in Bowmanville: The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 entry list includes three Klutts among the 33 drivers. Father, Peter Klutt, and sons Gary and Ryan will all attempt to make the starting grid, which would be a family first. Peter and older son Gary have raced four times together, and both of Ryan’s starts have been alongside his father, but all three have not previously taken the green flag together in a Canadian Tire Series race.

Last Time Out: Riverside
The previous event for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 was held on Aug. 16 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S. Here are some highlights from the Wilson Equipment 300:
• Donald Chisholm put on a show for the hometown fans as he earned his first career win and pole. Chisholm’s family founded and owns the .333-mile racing facility.
• Alex Labbe crossed the line second for his best finish in nine career starts.
• A stretch of nearly 100 green flag laps in the second half of the race resulted in only four cars finishing on the lead lap.

Next Time Out: Barrie
Following the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will get right back at it next week with the Wahta Springs 300 on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Barrie Speedway. It will mark the series’ 10th all-time event at the .333-mile oval located just northeast of Barrie.

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Chisholm Rolls To First Win Victorious In Front Of Hometown Crowd At Riverside

Chisholm Rolls To First Win Victorious In Front Of Hometown Crowd At Riverside

ANTIGONISH, N.S. (Aug. 16, 2014) – Donald Chisholm scored an emotional and convincing victory in front of the hometown crowd as he took his first career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 checkered flag in Saturday’s Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway.

The victory for Chisholm, from Antigonish, came in his 16th career start. A part-time competitor since 2007, he became the 15th different winner in Canadian Tire Series history.

“I honestly can hardly believe that it’s happening,” Chisholm said from Victory Lane. “We’ve been fast a bunch [of times previously] with these guys and just had misfortune, and tonight it all stayed together.”

Chisholm, whose family owns Riverside, captured the victory less than two months after his father and track founder, John, passed away. Chisholm also earned his first career pole earlier in the evening.

Chisholm’s No. 28 Keltic Ford/Nova Construction Ford was followed across the finish line by only three other lead lap cars: Alex Labbe, D.J. Kennington and Andrew Ranger. Both Kennington and Ranger passed Chisholm in the closing laps to rejoin the lead lap.

Mark Dilley, points leader L.P. Dumoulin, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Noel Dowler and rookies John Flemming and Matthew Scannell brought home the top 10.

Jason Hathaway appeared poised to defend his Riverside win from a year ago. He was cruising in the lead when he collided with the spun Flemming car while navigating lap traffic on Lap 240.

For Labbe, who has turned in competitive performances this year in a part-time role, the runner-up was his best career Canadian Tire Series finish to-date.

“We had a great run,” Labbe said. “We had a great car at the end, struggled a bit at the beginning, and just made our way back through the pack. I’m really happy to get my first podium here at Antigonish.”

Dumoulin leaves Riverside with the same points advantage he arrived with, 26 tallies ahead of Fitzpatrick, and now Ranger, who is tied for second. Hathaway’s Riverside misfortune now has him 47 points back in fourth.

Each of the last two Canadian Tire Series races have featured hometown winners. In addition to Chisholm, Dumoulin was victorious last week in his native Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Chisholm also became the first first-time winner the Canadian Tire Series has featured since Dumoulin won the 2013 season-opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The Wilson Equipment 300 will premiere on TSN on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 2:30 p.m., and on RDS2 on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.

The Canadian Tire Series will return to action with the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 on Aug. 31 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont.

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

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Wilson Equipment 300
Unofficial Results
Saturday
At Riverside International Speedway
Antigonish, N.S.
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S., Ford, 300 laps, 58.813 mph.
2. (8) Alex Labbe, Saint-Albert, Que., Dodge, 300.
3. (5) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 300.
4. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 300.
5. (10) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 299.
6. (15) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 299.
7. (9) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 299.
8. (13) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Chevrolet, 299.
9. (11) John Flemming, Halifax, N.S., Dodge, 297.
10. (12) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 296.
11. (7) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 296.
12. (4) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 286.
13. (16) Paul Jean, St-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 280.
14. (6) Stefan Rzadzinski, Edmonton, Alta., Dodge, 63, suspension.
15. (3) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 42, brakes.
16. (14) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 8, electrical.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 41 minutes 55 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.682 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Chisholm (82.443 mph, 14.541 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 49 laps.
Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Ranger 1-3; D. Chisholm 4-36; A. Ranger 37-139; J. Fitzpatrick 140; N. Dowler 141-146; J. Fitzpatrick 147-162; D. Chisholm 163-172; J. Hathaway 173-240; D. Chisholm 241-300.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 337; 2. A. Ranger, 311; 3. J. Fitzpatrick, 311; 4. J. Hathaway, 290; 5. D. Kennington, 285; 6. S. Steckly, 280; 7. N. Dowler, 270; 8. J. McColm, 245; 9. M. Dilley, 199; 10. A. Tagliani, 192.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Riverside Analyzing The Wilson Equipment 300 At Riverside International Speedway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Riverside Analyzing The Wilson Equipment 300 At Riverside International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2014) – The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season will continue with the Wilson Equipment 300 on Saturday at Riverside International Speedway near Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Wilson Equipment 300 Setup:
• Mark Dilley is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the seven all-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 races at Riverside International Speedway. He won 2007’s inaugural event.
• L.P. Dumoulin brings the season points lead to Riverside, where he has yet to register a top-10 finish in three previous appearances.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick, second in the standings entering this week, has three runner-up finishes at Riverside. He’s led laps in all six of his starts there.
• D.J. Kennington is the only driver with multiple Riverside victories. He has yet to reach Victory Lane in 2014.

At Riverside International Speedway:
History
• Opened in 1969 as a .333-mile scaled version of Tennessee’s .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Played host to the former NASCAR North Tour in the early 1980s.
• Was completely rebuilt in 2006.
• Mark Dilley won the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race at Riverside on Sept. 16, 2007. Peter Gibbons captured the first Riverside pole.

Notebook
• The previous seven events have produced six different race victors, led by D.J. Kennington’s two triumphs.
• There have been four different pole winners in seven events, topped by three from Scott Steckly.
• Seven drivers have participated in all seven previous events, and five are expected to extend the streak this week.
• Steckly, in 2011, is the only driver to win from the pole.
• Andrew Ranger’s 9.159-second margin of victory at Riverside in 2009 is the all-time series record for any track.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in five events while Chevrolet and Ford have one victory apiece.
• The first six editions of this event took place in September. The race date moved to August in 2013.

Riverside International Speedway Data
Race #: 8 of 11
Track Layout: .333-mile oval
Banking/Turns: 14 degrees
Banking/Straights: Frontstretch – 6 degrees, Backstretch – 5 degrees
Race Length: 300 laps (99.99 miles).
TV Coverage: TSN – Sat., Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m.; RDS2 – Thu., Sept. 11, 8 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: Jason Hathaway, Dodge, 54.318 mph, 1:50:21
2013 Pole Winner: Scott Steckly, Dodge, 82.727 mph, 14.491 secs.
Qualifying Record: Scott Steckly, Dodge, 82.973 mph, 14.448 secs., Sept. 18, 2010

Category Leaders at Riverside International Speedway:
Wins
1. D.J. Kennington … 2
Mark Dilley … 1
Jason Hathaway … 1
Andrew Ranger … 1
Scott Steckly … 1
Don Thomson Jr. … 1

Poles
1. Scott Steckly … 3
2. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 2
3. Peter Gibbons … 1
D.J. Kennington … 1

Top Fives
1. Mark Dilley … 5
D.J. Kennington … 5
3. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 4
Scott Steckly … 4

Top 10s
1. Mark Dilley … 7
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 5
D.J. Kennington … 5
Jason Hathaway … 5
Scott Steckly … 5

Laps Led
1. Scott Steckly … 578
2. D.J. Kennington … 447
3. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 333

Laps Completed
1. Mark Dilley … 2,097
2. Scott Steckly … 2,003
3. Jason Hathaway … 1,863

Select Driver Highlights:
Donald Chisholm (No. 28 Keltic Ford/Nova Construction Ford)
• Has seven top 10s in 15 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
• This will be his first series appearance of the 2014 season.
• Has four top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of third (2011) in seven starts at Riverside International Speedway, a facility owned by his family.

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, 28 top fives and 47 top 10s in 81 career starts.
• Has competed in five of seven races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere.
• Won the inaugural series race at Riverside and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all seven previous events there. Has three podiums and an average finish of fifth at the track.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 16 top fives and 24 top 10s in 44 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 seven races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win last week at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Has an average finish of 15th and a best result of 11th (2012) in three previous Riverside starts.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet)
• Has nine wins, shares the series record with 14 poles, has 40 top fives and 60 top 10s in 85 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 events and now ranks second with top 10s in all seven races.
• Has two poles (2008, `12), three runner-ups and an average finish of seventh in six Riverside races. Did not compete in the 2009 event. Has led laps in all six of his appearances there.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/HGC Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 57 top 10s in 94 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 Autodrome Chaudiere and podiums in both of the western swing events.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including three of his last seven circle track starts.
• Is the defending Riverside winner, where he has five top 10s and an average finish of eighth across the seven events.

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 (78), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 94 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, and has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
• Has a streak of 57-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside in 2007.
• Ranks sixth in points after six events with a best result of fifth in both the CTMP opener and at Edmonton International Raceway.
• Has two wins (2010, `12), a pole (2009), four podiums and an average finish of seventh in the seven previous Riverside races. Has led laps in six of those seven starts.

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 42 top fives and 59 top 10s in 68 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses, including this year at Circuit ICAR.
• Ranks third in points with two wins and five top 10s. The second victory came at Edmonton.
• Has a win (2009), two top 10s and an average finish of eighth in four Riverside appearances.

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 16 wins, 13 poles, 57 top fives and 70 top 10s in 94 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 3,944.
• All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. He’s won at eight different circle tracks.
• Ranks fifth in points after seven races with five top 10s, highlighted by a win at Autodrome St-Eustache.
• Has a win (2011), three poles (2010, `11, `13), four top fives and an average finish of seventh in seven Riverside races. Has led a record 578 laps total, and has run up front in five of seven starts there.

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.
• Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion as he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
• Dumoulin scored his first hometown win when he took the checkered flag in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10. Marc-Antoine Camirand earned his first career pole prior to the race.
• Following the Wilson Equipment 300, the series will return to Bowmanville, Ontario, for the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 on Aug. 31 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Contact:
Jason Cunningham
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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jcunningham@nascar.com

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Riverside

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Riverside

• Series Heads East For Lone Nova Scotia Date
• Fitzpatrick Looks To Get First Riverside Win After Near Misses

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 11, 2014) – J.R. Fitzpatrick has had some near misses in pursuit of a checkered flag at Riverside International Speedway, and this week’s Wilson Equipment 300 is a prime opportunity to end the drought at the Nova Scotia oval and get back into NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship contention.

Fitzpatrick is a three-time runner-up at Riverside. The Ayr, Ontario, native finished second to Mark Dilley in 2007’s inaugural event and again in the 2008 return trip to Don Thompson Jr. His third runner-up there came to D.J. Kennington in 2012.

Among the top eight winningest drivers in Canadian Tire Series history, only Fitzpatrick and Pete Shepherd III have yet to reach Victory Lane at Riverside. Fitzpatrick’s nine career wins have come at four different tracks, but only once has he won on an oval: British Columbia’s Motoplex Speedway in 2007.

Fitzpatrick held the outright points lead after the first three races of the season, and entered the fourth event tied atop the standings. Although he remains second to leader L.P. Dumoulin, the margin continues to grow wider, now at a season-high 26-point deficit.

At the end of August Fitzpatrick gets to return to Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park where he was dominant in victory in May, but to stay in the title hunt he’ll also need to find success in the three remaining oval events, starting with Saturday’s Wilson Equipment 300.

RACE: Wilson Equipment 300
PLACE: Riverside International Speedway, Antigonish, N.S.
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 16
TIME: 8 p.m. ADT
BROADCAST: TSN – Sat., Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m.; RDS2 – Thu., Sept. 11, 8 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile, banked asphalt oval
2013 POLESITTER: Scott Steckly
2013 WINNER: Jason Hathaway
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 1-1:30 p.m., Final Practice 2-2:30 p.m., Qualifying 4:40 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 5:15 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Paul McLean, 902-863-2410, pmclean@riversidespeedway.ca
TRACK TWITTER: @Riverside_NS
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #WilsonEquipment300
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 eighth annual Wilson Equipment 300 will be the eighth of 11 events on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the lone trip to the province of Nova Scotia and Riverside International Speedway.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will have secured starting positions based on two lap time trials and the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 300 laps (99.99 miles).

The Track: Riverside International Speedway originally opened in 1969 and was modeled after legendary Bristol Motor Speedway. In 2006 the track was completely demolished and rebuilt with a new racing surface, concrete walls, lighting, grandstands and control tower. Like its U.S. counterpart in eastern Tennessee, Riverside features high-banked turns. Here, the turns are banked 14 degrees. The frontstretch is 440 feet long with banking of six degrees while the backstretch is also 440 feet but with five-degree banking.

Pole Winners: The first seven Riverside races have produced four different pole winners, led by Scott Steckly’s three. Steckly set the series’ track qualifying record on Sept. 18, 2010 at 14.488 seconds (82.973 mph).

Race Winners: There have been six different winners in the first seven Canadian Tire Series events at Riverside. Only D.J. Kennington has two triumphs.

Riverside Race Notes:
Dumoulin Starting to Pull Away: With five-consecutive podium finishes, L.P. Dumoulin has forged a 26-point lead in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship standings with four races remaining. Dumoulin captured his second win of the campaign on Sunday in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec after his first oval track victory was earned in July at Saskatchewan’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Dumoulin, who has yet to finish outside the top five in 2014, is attempting to become the first Quebec native to capture the Canadian Tire Series crown since Andrew Ranger in 2009.

Ranger Coming on Strong: Ranger’s continued quest to overcome a slow start to the 2014 season is paying dividends. After finishes of 21st and 12th to start the season, back-to-back wins at Circuit ICAR in Quebec and Alberta’s Edmonton International Raceway were key in turning things around. The two-time Canadian Tire Series titlist has since posted two more top fives and now sits 30 points back of championship leader Dumoulin and four behind second-place Fitzpatrick. Ranger won at Riverside during his 2009 title campaign.

Dilley’s Dominion: While he has checkered flags from two additional tracks, Riverside is arguably Dilley’s most-successful circuit on the Canadian Tire Series schedule. Not only did Dilley win the inaugural event there, but he has a series-best average finish of 4.7 across the previous seven events, including two other podiums. He finished fourth a year ago.

Last Time Out: Trois-Rivieres
The seventh race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season was contested on Aug. 10 at Quebec’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Here are some highlights from the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours:
• L.P. Dumoulin earned the victory in front of a hometown crowd to record his fifth straight podium finish and extend his lead in the championship standings.
• Marc-Antoine Camirand captured his first career pole prior to the event, but was involved in the final caution of the day with Xavier Coupal on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish. Due to time constraints and the clean-up associated with the accident, the race was red-checker flagged and ended. Coupal was transported to an area hospital where he was evaluated and released later that night.
• Andrew Ranger finished second. In the eight all-time Trois-Rivieres events, he has won four and finished second in four.
• Kerry Micks was credited with a third-place finish for his best result in nearly three years while J.F. Dumoulin’s fourth-place effort was his best in 18 career starts.

Next Time Out: Bowmanville
Following the Wilson Equipment 300, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will return to action on Aug. 31 with the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario. It will mark the 10th all-time event at the 2.459-mile road course, and second this season. J.R. Fitzpatrick won the 2014 opener there while L.P. Dumoulin is the defending winner of this late-summer event. The Canadian Tire Series will be joined on the weekend race card by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: GP3R Analyzing The JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: GP3R Analyzing The JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2014) – The 2014 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:

Trois-Rivieres Setup:
• Quebec’s Andrew Ranger has won four of the seven all-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 races in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres(GP3R). He finished second in the three that he did not win.
• Trois-Rivieres native L.P. Dumoulin brings the championship points lead home to the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours. His best finish in five previous GP3R starts was second in 2012.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) and Ranger (Circuit ICAR) have won the two previous road course races this year while D.J. Kennington is the defending winner of the GP3R.

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 45th 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 seven events have produced four different race victors, led by Andrew Ranger’s four triumphs.
• There have been four different pole winners in seven events. Three drivers have two apiece.
• Seven drivers have participated in all seven previous events, and six are expected to extend the streak this week.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in four 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.
• Ranger’s four wins at Trois-Rivieres are tied for the most for a driver at one track in NCATS history. Scott Steckly matched Ranger’s mark with his fourth win at Autodrome St-Eustache this year.

Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Data
Race #: 7 of 11
Track Layout: 1.53-mile, 11-turn temporary street course
Race Length: 50 laps (76.5 miles/123 kilometers).
TV Coverage: RDS2 – Live; TSN – Sat., Aug. 16, 3 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: D.J. Kennington, 57.297 mph, 1 hr. 13 mins. 42 secs.
2013 Pole Winner: Alex Tagliani, 82.111 mph, 67.080 secs.
Qualifying Record: Alex Tagliani, Dodge, 82.111 mph, 67.080 secs., Aug. 11, 2013

Category Leaders at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:
Wins
1. Andrew Ranger … 4
2. Robin Buck … 1
D.J. Kennington … 1
Kerry Micks … 1

Poles
1. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 2
Andrew Ranger … 2
Alex Tagliani … 2
L.P. Dumoulin … 1

Top Fives
1. Andrew Ranger … 7
2. D.J. Kennington … 5
3. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 3
Jeff Lapcevich … 3

Top 10s
1. Andrew Ranger … 7
2. D.J. Kennington … 6
Jeff Lapcevich … 6
Scott Steckly … 6

Laps Led
1. Andrew Ranger … 83
2. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 50
3. Kerry Micks … 43

Laps Completed
1. D.J. Kennington… 306 (all)
2. Andrew Ranger … 306
3. Jason Hathaway … 293

Select Driver Highlights:
J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Bernier Crepeau Chrysler/Bellemare Dodge)
• Part-time (road course) driver has as eight top 10s in 17 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.
• Best career finish of sixth was recorded in 2012 at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Has participated in all seven previous NCATS Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (GP3R) races and has posted four top 10s with an average finish of 12th.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has three wins, a pole, 15 top fives and 23 top 10s in 43 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 six races, highlighted by his first career oval win at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
• Has a pole (2012), two top fives, an average finish of 11th and a best result of second (2012) in five GP3R starts.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet)
• Has nine wins, shares the series record with 14 poles, has 39 top fives and 59 top 10s in 84 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 six events.
• Has two poles (2007, `08), three top fives, an average finish of 7.5 and a best result of third (2010, `12) in six appearances in the GP3R. Did not participate in the 2009 event.

Alex Guenette (No. 39 Motos Illimitees Dodge)
• The 2013 NCATS Rookie of the Year has eight top 10s in 15 career starts.
• Has three career runner-up finishes, including this year at Circuit ICAR and Autodrome St-Eustache.
• Finished 20th last year in his GP3R debut.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Princess Auto/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 56 top 10s in 93 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 podiums in both of the western swing events.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including three of his last seven circle track starts.
• Has four top 10s, an average finish of 12th and a best result of third (2008) in the seven GP3R 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 (78), 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, and has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
• Has a streak of 56-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2007.
• Ranks sixth in points after six events with a best result of fifth in both the CTMP opener and at Edmonton International Raceway.
• Has a win (2013), a pole (2009), five top fives and an average finish of fifth in the seven previous GP3R events.

Alex Labbe (No. 36 Couche-Tard/VR Victoriaville Dodge)
• Has a pole and three top 10s in seven career starts with a best result of fourth this year at ICAR.
• Earned that first pole last time out at St-Eustache, which was his NCATS oval debut.
• Finished 31st (DNF) in the 2012 GP3R and improved to seventh a year ago.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)
• Has a pole and 36 top 10s in 56 career NCATS starts.
• Has competed in three of six events so far this year – the two road course contests and St-Eustache.
• Has top 10s in all six of his GP3R starts with an average finish of sixth and a best result of fourth (2007, `11).

Kerry Micks (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, four poles and 51 top 10s in 78 career starts.
• Only previous race this year was the CTMP opener. Was to participate at ICAR, but fell ill.
• Has a win (2007), four top 10s and an average finish of 11th in the seven GP3R races.

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 58 top 10s in 67 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses, including this year at ICAR
• Ranks third in points with two wins and four top 10s. The second victory came at Edmonton.
• Holds GP3R records for wins (four), poles (tied, two), top fives and top 10s (seven) and laps led (83).

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 16 wins, 13 poles, 57 top fives and 70 top 10s in 93 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 3,944.
• All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. He’s won at eight different circle tracks.
• Ranks fourth in points after six races with five top 10s, highlighted by a win last time out at St-Eustache.
• Has six top 10s and an average finish of ninth across the seven GP3R events.
• Has five career road course runner-ups, including GP3R in 2008.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles, six top fives and an additional two top 10s in 21 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 10th in the five races since, including a pair of top fives.
• Has two poles (2009, `13), an average finish of 17th and a best result of fifth (2013) in four GP3R starts.

Jacques Villeneuve (No. 7 Dodge/Julia Wine/Couche-Tard Dodge)
• Has two top fives in three career NCATS races. This will be his first NCATS appearance since last year’s GP3R.
• Finished fourth in the 2009 GP3R and third a year ago in his only two previous NCATS races there.
• Has a total of 20 career starts between NASCAR’s three national series; 10 on ovals and 10 on road courses.

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.
• Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion as he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
• Following the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours, the series will head to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, for the Wilson Equipment 300 on Aug. 16 at Riverside International Speedway.

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Trois-Rivieres

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Trois-Rivieres

• Series Gears Up For Prestigious JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours

• Dumoulin Family, GP3R Both Celebrate 45 Years Of Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2014) – Sunday will mark the 45th running of the prestigious Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, a history that the Dumoulin family has long shared with the city and the famed street circuit.

Trois-Rivieres natives Louis-Philippe and Jean-Francois Dumoulin will take the green flag Sunday in the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race 43 years after their father, Richard, did the same for the first time during the 1971 event.

L.P. and J.F. are the second generation of Dumoulin racing brothers. Similar to this being the 45th running of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, the Dumoulin family is celebrating 45 years of racing, as Richard started in 1969. Their uncle, Gerald, has also raced alongside Richard, and both continue to race today in Formula 1600.

The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres – or GP3R for short – is not only a premiere annual festival in the city nestled along the Saint-Laurent River, it is one of the most-anticipated dates on the Canadian Tire Series schedule. The uniqueness of the temporary circuit through the streets of Trois-Rivieres, combined with tremendous fans support from Quebec, creates a high level of interest from Canadian racers.

Perhaps no competitors in the field on Sunday will be more motivated than Trois-Rivieres residents L.P. and J.F. Not only do they desire to perform well in front of the home crowd, but L.P. enters the race as the championship points leader on a run of four-consecutive podium finishes.

“Every year we want to be as good as possible,” L.P. Dumoulin said. “Our team is from Trois-Rivieres, we are proud and bound to our Grand Prix. There is always a lot of action and we are very busy. We have the support of everyone and we want to celebrate this when we race. A podium at the GP3R would be fantastic.”

For J.F., who runs a partial Canadian Tire Series schedule of road course events, Sunday’s JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours will be more about the enjoyment of racing than anything else. He has participated in the GP3R for nearly two decades across a number of different racing series.

“I love driving in the streets of Trois-Rivieres city all these years, I am always looking forward to seeing everyone,” J.F. Dumoulin said. “I am proud to be part of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series again, especially as it is most prestigious to compete in at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

“Above all, through all these years of participation in the GP3R, the most important thing is the 19 years where partners, media, fans, friends, and family stayed with us and continued to give us their support. It is for them that I proudly race in our hometown.”

Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres festivities get underway on Thursday. 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 (Quebec)
DATE: Sunday, Aug. 10
TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET
BROADCAST: RDS2 – Live; TSN – Sat., Aug. 16, 3 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.53-mile, 11-turn temporary street course
2013 POLESITTER: Alex Tagliani
2013 WINNER: D.J. Kennington
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday – Practice 10:50-11:30 a.m., Final Practice 1:15-1:55 p.m., Qualifying 5 p.m.; Sunday – Driver Autograph Session 2 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Dave Charest, 810-370-4787, media@gp3r.com
TRACK TWITTER: @GP3R
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #JuliaWine50
NASCAR CONTACT: Tom Bryant, 386-235-5001, tbryant@nascar.com, Twitter: @JThomasBryant
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 seventh of 11 events on the 2014 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). At 50 laps, this is the longest scheduled distance in the eight-year history of the race.

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 while 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 45th edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Pole Winners: The first seven Trois-Rivieres races have produced four different pole winners. Alex Tagliani set the series’ track qualifying record a year ago at 67.080 seconds (82.111 mph).

Race Winners: Andrew Ranger has won four of the seven all-time Canadian Tire Series events in Trois-Rivieres, including three in a row from 2008-10. D.J. Kennington is the defending race winner.

Trois-Rivieres Race Notes:
Villeneuve Returns for GP3R: A former Formula One competitor and veteran of 20 NASCAR national series starts, Jacques Villeneuve will look to make his first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 appearance of the season in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (GP3R). Villeneuve finished third in this event a year ago, his best result in three career series starts. He also finished fourth there in 2009.

NASCAR Debut for Gittin: Formula Drift Series superstar Vaughn Gittin Jr. will attempt to make his NASCAR debut in the JulinWine.com Le 50 Tours. A native of Maryland, Gittin is entered in the No. 9 Monster Energy Drink Ford of Micks Motorsports. Gittin, who was named Formula Drift’s “Ace Driver of the Decade” in 2013, is a three-time World Drift Series champion and the only American to win a D1 Grand Prix event.

Ranger Dominant at GP3R: Quebec native Andrew Ranger has about as perfect of a record as one can have at Trois-Rivieres. The road course ace has won four of the seven all-time Canadian Tire Series races on the 1.53-mile street circuit, and finished second in the other three races. Ranger has led 83 of 306 all-time event laps, a rate better than one out of every four contested.

Steckly Back Up Front: Reigning Canadian Tire Series champion Scott Steckly has exhibited championship form the last two times out. On July 16 at Saskatoon’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway he captured the pole and led 153 laps on his way to a third place finish, then last time out he led 202 circuits en route to a dominant victory at Quebec’s Autodrome St-Eustache. He’s now up to a season-best fourth place in the standings. This week at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres the 16-time race winner will vie for his first career road course checkered flag.

Kennington Looks to Defend Win, End Drought: D.J. Kennington will look to defend his 2013 win at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, and in the process end a 10-race winless drought. The winningest driver in Canadian Tire Series history, Kennington’s most-recent victory came in last year’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. The 10-race drought is tied for the second-longest of his career, exceeded only by a 16-race span from 2007-09, and matched by a 10-race stretch in 2009.

Last Time Out: St-Eustache
The sixth race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 was contested on July 26 at Quebec’s Autodrome St-Eustache. Here are some highlights from the National 250:
• Reigning series champion Scott Steckly defended his St-Eustache victory in dominant fashion. The veteran led a career-high-tying 202 laps en route to his fourth victory in six all-time St-Eustache events.
• Alex Guenette ran second to Steckly at St-Eustache for the second year in a row to match his career-best finish.
• Points leader L.P. Dumoulin crossed the line third for his fourth straight podium finish.
• Alex Labbe captured his first career pole prior to the event, but suffered a failure in the suspension midway through the race.

Next Time Out: Riverside
Following the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will return to action on Aug. 16 with the Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Tire Series has visited the high-banked .333-mile oval each year since 2007. Jason Hathaway is the defending race winner.

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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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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.

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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
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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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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.

Contact:
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NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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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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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:
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NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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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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