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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: CTMP

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: CTMP

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

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2015) – The penultimate race of the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season is set for Sunday with the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Race Setup:

  • Scott Steckly enters the race with a 12-point lead on Andrew Ranger in the championship standings. Steckly will not be able to clinch the title at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. One race will remain on the schedule after the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200.
  • Steckly is still in search of his first career road-course win while Ranger has 15, including two at CTMP. Ranger also has a record five poles at the Ontario course.
  • Rookie Kevin Lacroix has won two of the three previous road races this year. Only Ranger, in both 2009 and 2010, has previously won three such events in a year.
  • Jeff Lapcevich has finished as the runner-up in four of the last five CTMP events. His 5.5 average finish at the track ranks second all-time among active drivers, trailing only D.J. Kennington’s mark of 4.0. 

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 its inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Sept. 1, 2013, won by Chase Elliott. 

Notebook

  • CTMP has welcomed the NCATS 11 times previously, the most events any track has held since the series began competition in 2007.
  • This is the third season in a row that CTMP will hold two NCATS road course events after single races there from 2007-12.
  • Five drivers have participated in all 11 previous events, and all five are expected to extend the streak this week.
  • The 11 previous races have produced five different winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick’s five.
  • There have been five different pole winners in the 11 contests, led by Andrew Ranger’s five.
  • There has yet to be a wire-to-wire victory at CTMP, but both of Ranger’s wins were earned from the pole, as was Gary Klutt’s this past May.
  • Fitzpatrick was the youngest CTMP race winner at 20 years, 1 month and 6 days in 2008.
  • P. Dumoulin was the oldest CTMP victor at 34 years, 6 months and 11 days in 2013. 

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Data

Race #:  10 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:  Sept. 5, 12 p.m. ET on TSN; Oct. 22, 7 p.m. on RDS2 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  J.R. Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet, 88.023 mph, 1 hr. 25 mins. 29 secs.

2014 Pole Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 106.321 mph, 83.261 secs.

Qualifying Record:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 106.712 mph, 82.956 secs., 5/18/14

 Active Category Leaders at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:Wins

  1. L.P. Dumoulin … 2
  2. Andrew Ranger … 2
  3. D.J. Kennington … 1
  4. Gary Klutt … 1

Poles

  1. Andrew Ranger … 5
  2. Scott Steckly … 2
  3. Gary Klutt … 1

Jeff Lapcevich … 1

Top Fives

  1. D.J. Kennington … 9
  2. Scott Steckly … 6
  3. L.P. Dumoulin … 5
  4. Andrew Ranger … 5

 Top 10s

  1. D.J. Kennington … 11
  2. Jeff Lapcevich … 10
  3. Andrew Ranger … 7

 Laps Led

  1. Andrew Ranger … 71
  2. L.P. Dumoulin … 46
  3. Scott Steckly … 34

Laps Completed

  1. D.J. Kennington … 557 (all)
  2. Jeff Lapcevich … 557
  3. Kerry Micks … 539 

Select Driver Highlights:

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

  • Has a pole and nine top 10s in 16 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
  • Ranks fifth in points this year with four top fives and seven top 10s. Leads the Jostens Rookie of the Year standings. His runner-up last time out at Riverside International Speedway was a career-best finish.
  • Has a pole, three top 10s and an average finish of 16th in nine career road course races.
  • Has an average finish of 13th with a best result of third (Aug. 2014) in four previous starts at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. 

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

  • Has 14 top 10s in 28 career starts with a best finish of third in the 2015 opener at CTMP.
  • Sits eighth in the standings with five top 10s in nine events in his first full-time season.
  • Has nine top 10s with an average finish of 13.5 in 22 career road course starts.
  • Has an average finish of 13th in four previous CTMP appearances. The May podium was his first top 10 there. 

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

  • The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 22 top fives and 36 top 10s in 57 career starts.
  • Ranks fourth in points with top 10s in eight of nine events and a best result of second at Edmonton International Raceway.
  • Has three wins, a pole, 14 top fives and an average finish of 10th in 25 career road races.
  • Recorded a 2013 sweep at CTMP, where he’s posted five top fives across seven starts with an average finish of sixth. 

Spencer Gallagher (No. 24 Allegiant Travel Dodge)

  • Will make his NCATS debut in a 22 Racing entry as a teammate to Scott Steckly.
  • Has four top 10s in 26 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.
  • Only previous NASCAR road racing experience was three such starts in 2011 in K&N Pro Series West action. 

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

  • Has six wins and 66 top 10s in 107 career starts. Is one of three drivers that have run every race in NCATS history.
  • Ranks third in points on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and seven top 10s in nine starts.
  • All six of his wins have come on ovals. In 38 road races he’s posted 17 top 10s with an average finish of 14th.
  • Has five top 10s, an average finish of 15th with a best run of third (May 2013) in the 11 all-time CTMP races. 

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

  • The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series records for top fives (71) and top 10s (88), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 107 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (2,791) and fifth in poles (11).
  • Has a streak of 70-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside in 2009.
  • Sits sixth in points after nine races with six top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
  • Has two wins, 24 top fives, 30 top 10s and an average finish of seventh across the 38 all-time road course races.
  • Has a win (2011), nine top fives and a series-best average finish of 4.0 in the 11 CTMP events. 

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

  • Has a win, two poles and 10 top 10s in 15 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks seventh in points with top-10 finishes in seven of nine races this year.
  • Won from the pole – both career-firsts – in the May opener at CTMP. Has an average finish of sixth in four starts at the track.
  • Has five top 10s and an average finish of 11th in eight career road races. 

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

  • Has seven top 10s in 14 career NCATS starts with a best finish of second at Riverside in 2014 and at Chaudiere in 2015.
  • Has top-10 finishes in three of his five appearances this year.
  • Has five top 10s with an average finish of 13th in eight career road course starts.
  • This will be his first start at CTMP. He was unable to take the green flag in May due to injury. 

Kevin Lacroix (No. 74 Auto Parts Plus/Total Dodge)

  • Has two wins in four starts during his debut season. Won road races at Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
  • Is the first driver in series history to win two of his first four starts, and first to record two victories in rookie season.
  • Made first NCATS start in the May opener and finished 26th (accident) after qualifying fifth. 

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)

  • Has a pole, 17 top fives and 42 top 10s in 62 career starts. Best finish is second, recorded five times.
  • Has 25 top 10s and an average finish of eight in 30 career road course starts.
  • Has top 10s in 10 of the 11 all-time CTMP race with an average finish of 5.5. Has been the runner-up there in four of the last five events. His one pole also came at CTMP in Sept. 2013. 

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

  • Has three wins, four poles, 30 top fives and 52 top 10s in 85 career starts.
  • The three road races are his only previous starts this year. Best finish was 14th in the CTMP opener.
  • Has two wins, a pole, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 10.5 in 37 career road course starts.
  • Has participated in all 11 CTMP races and has an average finish of 13th with a best run of second (2008). 

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series’ all-time leader in wins at 20 and is tied for the poles record at 16. Has 49 top fives and 68 top 10s in 81 career starts.
  • Is second in points with six top fives and eight top 10s, highlighted by a win at Autodrome St-Eustache.
  • Has 15 wins, 16 poles, 27 races led, 29 top fives, 32 top 10s and an average finish of fourth in 35 career road races.
  • Has two wins (2007, `09) a record five poles, six races led, seven top 10s and an average finish of eighth in nine CTMP starts.
  • Also has three wins in nine career NASCAR K&N Pro Series road course starts. 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, ‘11, ‘13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 19 wins, 16 poles, 65 top fives and 80 top 10s. Is tied for the all-time poles lead with Andrew Ranger while his top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time. His wins total sits third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in races (55) and laps led (4,782), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 107 all-time events.
  • Has a 12-point lead on Andrew Ranger atop the standings on the strength of three wins and eight top 10s.
  • Has three poles, 21 top fives, 31 top 10s and an average finish of 8.5 in 38 career road course starts. Has been a runner-up on the road on four occasions.
  • Has six top fives, an average finish of 11.5 and a best result of third (2012) across the 11 CTMP races. 

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

  • Has two wins, six poles and 16 top 10s in 32 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks ninth in points despite missing two events. Has top-10 finishes in each of his seven starts.
  • Has a win (Edmonton City Centre Airport, 2008), five poles, seven top fives and an average finish of 14th in 16 series road course starts.
  • Has just two previous NCATS starts at CTMP. Finished fifth in 2008 and 20th in this race last year.
  • Earned the pole and finished 16th at CTMP last year in his NCWTS debut. Will compete there with Brad Keselowski Racing once again in this week’s event. 

Other Driver Notes

  • Among drivers entered for this race without a victory, Ray Courtemanche Jr., J.F. Dumoulin, Ryan Klutt, Jeff Lapcevich, Kevin Poitras and David Thorndyke all have recorded their career-best finish at CTMP.
  • Quebec native Olivier Bedard will attempt to make his NCATS debut in this race with White Motorsports. 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
  • The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
  • Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
  • Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
  • Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
  • Kevin Lacroix reached Victory Lane in just his second NCATS appearance when he won at Circuit ICAR on July 5.
  • The western swing began on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway with Scott Steckly winning in wire-to-wire fashion, a series first in an oval event.
  • Steckly completed his western swing sweep as he won from the pole on July 15 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
  • Andrew Ranger extended his streak for years with a win to nine with his first career victory at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 25.
  • Lacroix passed Ranger on the last lap at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres to win the com Le 50 Tours on Aug. 2.
  • Steckly won the Wounded Warriors Canada 300 from the pole on Aug. 15 at Riverside International Speedway.
  • Following CTMP, the season will conclude on Sept. 19 at Kawartha Speedway with the Pinty’s 250. 

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP

  • Penultimate Event For 2015 Season
  • Lacroix Looks To Continue Breakout Campaign 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2015) – The surprise of the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season, Kevin Lacroix will look to continue his magical run in the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200.

A promising road course prospect, Lacroix shut down his racing career for five years before returning to the sport this May when he debuted in the Canadian Tire Series during Victoria Day SpeedFest. Unfortunately he was involved in an accident four laps into the event, but the first-time misfortune quickly proved to not be an indicator of things to come.

Nobody could have predicted what happened when Lacroix made his second series appearance at Circuit ICAR near his hometown of St-Eustache, Quebec. With a pass of polesitter Alex Tagliani three laps into the event, Lacroix cruised to a dominant victorious performance.

It was just the beginning of what has been a historic season for the 26-year-old, as he became the first driver to record a win in just his second Canadian Tire Series start.

Following ICAR, Lacroix made his oval debut at this home track, Autodrome St-Eustache. He was fast right out of the trailer and qualified third, but had a rear end failure after spending much of the first half race running with the leaders, and retired early from the event.

Lacroix’s fourth appearance featured even more history as he passed Andrew Ranger coming to the checkered flag in the prestigious Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres to become the first rookie in Canadian Tire Series history to win two races in a season.

As the series returns to Bowmanville, Lacroix has one more opportunity for history ahead of him. Only Ranger, in both 2009 and 2010, has won three road course races in a season.

If his first four races are any indication, no mark is safe for this upstart.

RACE:  Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200

PLACE:  Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ont.

DATE:  Sunday, Aug. 30

TIME:  10 a.m. ET

TELECAST:  Sept. 5, 12 p.m. ET on TSN; Oct. 22, 7 p.m. on RDS2

TRACK LAYOUT:  2.459-mile, 10-turn asphalt road course

2014 WINNER:  J.R. Fitzpatrick

2014 POLESITTER:  Andrew Ranger

EVENT SCHEDULE:  Saturday – Practice 9:30-10:25 a.m., Final Practice 1:10-2 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 3:15-4 p.m., Qualifying 4:40-5:25 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT:  Ryan Chalmers, 905-983-9141, ryan@ctmpark.com

TRACK TWITTER:  @CTMPOfficial

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAGS:  #PintysClarington200

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 7-4-201-6658 or jcunningham@nascar.com. 

Fast Facts

The Race:  The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will be the penultimate event of the 2015 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, and the second of two races 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 qualifying groups will be determined by practice times, and the two sessions will be 20 minutes apiece. The remaining five starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. Four change tires are allotted for the race, which 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, an event won by Andrew Ranger. The facility also previously featured a half-mile oval that held seven series events from 2007-13.

Race Winners:  There have been five different race winners in 11 all-time races at the CTMP road course. J.R. Fitzpatrick has the most wins with five, including a 2014 sweep. Rookie Gary Klutt won from the pole in the May season-opener.

Pole Winners:  There have been five different pole winners at the CTMP, led by Andrew Ranger’s five. Ranger set the series’ track qualifying record in May 2014 at 82.956 seconds (106.712 mph).

Pinty’s Presents The Clarington 200 Notes

Fourth Title in Sight for Steckly:  With just two events left on the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, Scott Steckly is closing in on what would be a fourth series championship. The Milverton, Ontario, native brings a 12-point lead on Andrew Ranger to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Based on their respective histories at the track, Ranger stands to make up some ground this week, but Steckly has been on a roll for the majority of the campaign. Steckly has won three of the previous six races, including last time out at Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway when he had lapped all but the second place car at the finish.

Steckly on the Road:  Despite Steckly’s wealth of success in the Canadian Tire Series, he’s still in pursuit of a first road course victory. In 38 all-time series events on the road, Steckly has posted an impressive average finish of 8.5, but a trip to the Winner’s Circle has eluded him. A 19-time winner on ovals, Steckly has been a runner-up on the road four times with a best finish at CTMP of third in 2012. He finished fifth at the Bowmanville course in May.

Ranger’s CTMP Success:  Ranger has won the pole in five of 11 all-time events at CTMP, and he’s raced pretty well there too. The Roxton Pond, Quebec, road ace has an average finish of 8.4 at the facility, where he won the inaugural event in 2007 and earned a second victory in 2009 – his two championship seasons. During May’s Victoria Day SpeedFest, Ranger finished ninth after starting second.

Double Duty for Tagliani:  Alex Tagliani will duplicate his experience from a year ago and pull double duty at CTMP. In addition his regular Canadian Tire Series No. 18 EpiPen Chevrolet ride, the accomplished Quebec wheelman will also compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event with Brad Keselowski Racing. Tagliani made his series debut in a BKR entry in last year’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 and finished 16th after winning the pole.

Gallagher Entered With 22 Racing:  Camping World Truck Series regular Spencer Gallagher is entered for the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 in the 22 Racing No. 24 and will run as a teammate to Steckly. It will mark the Canadian Tire Series debut for Gallagher, who has four top 10s in 26 career Camping World Truck Series starts. His only previous NASCAR road racing experience was three such starts in 2011 in K&N Pro Series West action.

Rookie Race:  The Jostens Rookie of the Year competition is coming down to the wire as Marc-Antoine Camirand leads May CTMP winner Gary Klutt by just three tallies with two races to go. Klutt had a fast start to the campaign, but Camirand has come on strong during the season’s second half with four top fives in the last five races, including a career-best runner-up finish last time out at Riverside.

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Fanatics Introduces New Line Of NASCAR Home Tracks Apparel  Touring & Weekly Series Gear Now Available

Fanatics Introduces New Line Of NASCAR Home Tracks Apparel Touring & Weekly Series Gear Now Available

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2015) – A new line of NASCAR Home Tracks apparel is available for fans to purchase on the NASCAR.com Superstore powered by Fanatics.

In partnering with Fanatics, the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, this marks the first time that officially licensed items are available under one banner for each of NASCAR’s regional touring and weekly series.

Through the NASCAR.com Superstore powered by Fanatics, fans can now purchase both men’s and women’s t-shirts and sweatshirts in multiple colors. Items are available for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

“From our five U.S.-based series to our three international circuits, we’ve received great interest from fans to wear their favorite series’ colors,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president for regional and touring series. “Through our partnership with Fanatics, we can now offer our fans series specific apparel that allows them to proudly display their love for Home Tracks racing.”

Fans can link directly to the touring and weekly series merchandise from the NASCAR Home Tracks homepage.

About NASCAR

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Steckly Strolls To Riverside Checkers  Records 19th Career Canadian Tire Series Victory

Steckly Strolls To Riverside Checkers Records 19th Career Canadian Tire Series Victory

ANTIGONISH, N.S. (Aug. 15, 2015) – Scott Steckly had the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 field covered Saturday as he rolled to victory in the Wounded Warriors Canada 300 at Riverside International Speedway.

Steckly took the lead on Lap 157 and set sail in a dominant performance that saw him lap all but second place Marc-Antoine Camirand at the finish.

It was the 19th career victory for the driver of the No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge, which ties him for second on the series’ all-time list with D.J. Kennington. It was also the second win in nine visits to the .333-mile Maritime oval for Steckly, from Milverton, Ontario.

Camirand’s runner-up marked his best career finish in the series. Andrew Ranger crossed the line third while Mark Dilley ran fourth and J.F. Dumoulin fifth.

Jason Hathaway, L.P. Dumoulin, Gary Klutt, Joey McColm and rookie Jason Collins brought home the top 10.

Kennington, who set a track record in qualifying earlier in the evening, retired from the race just 40 laps in with a drive train failure while in the lead.

With his third win of the season, Steckly increased his championship lead to 12 points on Ranger with two races remaining. Hathaway is 19 points back.

Saturday’s Wounded Warriors Canada 300 telecast will premiere on TSN on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m., and on RDS2 on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The Canadian Tire Series will return to action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Aug.  30.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Wounded Warriors Canada 300 Results

Saturday

At Riverside International Speedway

Antigonish, N.S.

Lap length: 0.333 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (2) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 300 laps, 56.335 mph.
  2. (13) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 300.
  3. (3) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 299.
  4. (8) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 299.
  5. (15) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 299.
  6. (4) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 298.
  7. (9) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 298.
  8. (16) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 298.
  9. (11) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 296.
  10. (12) Josh Collins, Placentia, N.F., Ford, 296.
  11. (7) D.J. Casey, Halifax, NS, Dodge, 295.
  12. (5) David Michaud, Terrebonne, Que., Chevrolet, 290.
  13. (6) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 290.
  14. (14) Dwayne Baker, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 247, brakes.
  15. (10) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S., Ford, 132, axle.
  16. (1) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 40, drive line.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 46 minutes 24 seconds

Margin of Victory:

Fastest Qualifier: D.Kennington (83.083 mph, 14.429 seconds)

Caution Flags: 4 for 58 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Kennington 1-12; A. Ranger 13-19; D. Kennington 20-40; A. Ranger 41-66; M. Dilley 67-127; J. Hathaway 128-154; M. Dilley 155-156; S. Steckly 157-300.

Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 366; 2. A. Ranger, 354; 3. J. Hathaway, 347; 4. L. Dumoulin, 337; 5. M. Camirand, 326; 6. D. Kennington, 319; 7. G. Klutt, 317; 8. J. Dumoulin, 307; 9. A. Tagliani, 282; 10. J. McColm, 281.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Riverside

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Riverside

Analyzing The Wounded Warriors Canada 300 At Riverside International Speedway

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2015) – The 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season will continue with the Wounded Warriors Canada 300 on Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

 

Wounded Warriors Canada 300 Setup:

  • Antigonish’s own Donald Chisholm is the defending winner of the Wounded Warriors Canada 300. He was victorious from the pole in last year’s event at Riverside International Speedway, a track owned by his family.
  • Mark Dilley is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the eight all-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 races at Riverside. He won 2007’s inaugural event.
  • Scott Steckly leads Andrew Ranger by just six points with three races remaining on the schedule while Jason Hathaway is 10 points out. All three have won before at Riverside.

 

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 eight events have produced seven different race victors, led by D.J. Kennington’s two triumphs.
  • There have been five different pole winners in eight events, topped by three from Scott Steckly.
  • Four drivers have participated in all eight previous events, and all are expected to extend the streak this week.
  • The race has twice been won from the pole: Steckly-2011, Donald Chisholm-2014
  • Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in five events.
  • The first six editions of this event took place in September. The race date moved to August in 2013.

 

Riverside International Speedway Data

Race #:  9 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).

Telecast:  TSN – Sat., Aug. 22, 6 p.m.; RDS2 – Fri., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  Donald Chisholm, Ford, 58.813 mph, 1:41:55

2014 Pole Winner:  Donald Chisholm, Ford, 82.443 mph, 14.541 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
  2. six drivers with … 1

 

Poles

  1. Scott Steckly … 3
  2. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 2
  3. three drivers with … 1

 

Top Fives

  1. Mark Dilley … 6

D.J. Kennington … 6

  1. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 4

Scott Steckly … 4

 Top 10s

  1. Mark Dilley … 8
  2. D.J. Kennington … 6
  3. five drivers with … 5

 Laps Led

  1. Scott Steckly … 578
  2. D.J. Kennington … 447
  3. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 350

 

Laps Completed

  1. Mark Dilley … 2,396
  2. Jason Hathaway … 2,149
  3. Donald Chisholm … 2,081

 

Select Driver Highlights:

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

  • Has a pole and eight top 10s in 15 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
  • Ranks sixth in points this year with three top fives and six top 10s. Leads the Jostens Rookie of the Year standings.
  • Has three top fives, an average finish of eighth and a best result of third (2015-Autodrome St-Eustache) in six career oval races.
  • This will be his first career appearance at Riverside International Speedway.

 

Donald Chisholm (No. 89 Nova Construction Ford)

  • Has a win, a pole and eight top 10s in 17 career NCATS races.
  • The win and pole came in this race last year. Has five top 10s and an average finish of 8.5 in the eight previous events at Riverside, his family’s track.
  • This will be his first series appearance of 2015.

 

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)

  • Has three wins, three poles, 32 top fives and 51 top 10s in 89 career starts.
  • Has competed in five of eight events this year, all on ovals, and ranks 13th in points with a pair of top fives.
  • All of his wins and poles have come on ovals, where he has 41 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 66 starts.
  • Won the series’ inaugural event at Riverside (2007), where he’s posted top 10s in all eight events with a series-best average finish of 4.8.

 

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

  • Has 13 top 10s in 27 career starts with a best finish of third in the 2015 opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Sits ninth in the standings with four top 10s in eight events in his first full-time season.
  • Has three top 10s with an average finish of 14th and a best run of fifth (2015-Sunset Speedway) in five oval starts.
  • This will be his first appearance at Riverside.

 

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

  • The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 22 top fives and 35 top 10s in 56 career starts.
  • Ranks fourth in points with top 10s in seven of eight events and a best result of second at Edmonton International Raceway.
  • Has a win (2014-Auto Clearing Motor Speedway), 18 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 30 career oval starts.
  • Has an average finish of 13th and a best result of sixth (2014) in four previous races at Riverside.

 

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

  • Has six wins and 64 top 10s in 105 career starts. Is one of three drivers that have run every race in NCATS history.
  • Ranks third in points on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and six top 10s in eight starts.
  • All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he’s compiled 47 top 10s and an average finish of 11th across the 68 all-time oval events.
  • Has a win (2013), five top 10s and an average finish of eighth in the eight Riverside races.

 

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

  • The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series records for top fives (71) and top 10s (88), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 106 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (2,758) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Has a streak of 69-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside in 2009.
  • Sits fifth in points after eight races with six top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
  • Has 16 wins, 10 poles, 43 races led, 57 top 10s and an average finish of sixth in 68 oval races.
  • Is the only driver with two wins (2010, `12) at Riverside, where he’s registered six top fives and an average finish of seventh with a pole (2009).

 

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

  • Has a win, two poles and nine top 10s in 14 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks eighth in points with top-10 finishes in six of eight races this year.
  • Has a pole (2015-Sunset Speedway), four top 10s, an average finish of 11th and a best result of sixth (Sunset) in six oval appearances.
  • This will be his first appearance at Riverside.

 

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series’ all-time leader in wins at 20 and is tied for the poles record at 16. Has 48 top fives and 67 top 10s in 80 career starts.
  • Is second in points after eight events with seven top 10s, highlighted by a win at St-Eustache.
  • Has five wins, 35 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 46 career oval races.
  • Has a win (2009), three top 10s and an average finish of seventh in five Riverside races.

 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, ‘11, ‘13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 18 wins, 16 poles, 64 top fives and 79 top 10s. Is tied for the all-time poles lead with Andrew Ranger while his top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time. His wins total sits third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in races (54) and laps led (4,638), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 106 all-time events.
  • All 18 of his wins and 13 of his poles have come on ovals, where he’s led a record 48 races that have resulted in 43 top fives and 51 top 10s in 68 outings.
  • Has a win (2011), three poles (2010, `11, `13), five top 10s and an average finish of eighth in the eight Riverside races.

 

Other Driver Notes

  • Josh Collins and David Michaud are set to become the 150th and 151st competitors in NCATS history with their series debuts at Riverside. Collins will also become the first Newfoundland native to participate in the series.
  • John Flemming will join Chisholm as the Nova Scotia natives on the entry list. Flemming has two previous NCATS starts, both at Riverside.

 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
  • The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
  • Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
  • Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
  • Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
  • Kevin Lacroix reached Victory Lane in just his second NCATS appearance when he won at Circuit ICAR on July 5.
  • The western swing began on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway with Scott Steckly winning in wire-to-wire fashion, a series first in an oval event.
  • Steckly completed his western swing sweep as he won from the pole on July 15 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
  • Andrew Ranger extended his streak for years with a win to nine with his first career victory at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 25.
  • Lacroix passed Ranger on the last lap at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres to win the com Le 50 Tours on Aug. 2.
  • Following the Wounded Warriors Canada 300, the series will have an off-week before returning to action on Aug. 29-30 at CTMP.

 

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

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

· Strong Rookie Campaign For Camirand

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 11, 2014) – Quebec racer Marc-Antoine Camirand is quietly putting together a solid rookie campaign that has him in the hunt for a top-five finish in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship.

Camirand, of Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, had just one top-10 finish in seven part-time starts from 2013-14, but has far exceeded those numbers in his first full-time campaign. The 36-year-old is just six points behind two-time titlists D.J. Kennington for fifth place in the season standings and has posted six top 10s through eight events.

Camirand is currently well-positioned to make history. The highest championship points ranking for a rookie since the year-end award was first bestowed in 2008 came three years ago when Martin Roy finished eighth.

It all started in the Canadian Tire Series for Camirand when he earned a ride for the 2013 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres by virtue of his win in the event’s sportsman division race. He parlayed that debut with White Motorsports into six more appearances before landing a full-time spot with the team for this year.

After a rough start in the season opener, Camirand has posted an average finish of sixth in the seven outings since, a run that has him atop the Jostens Rookie of the Year standings by two points over Gary Klutt.

Although he’s not previously raced at Riverside International Speedway, site of this Saturday’s Wounded Warriors Canada 300, Camirand has performed quite well on ovals this year. His last three such races resulted in two fifths and third.

With no Canadian Tire Series event last week, Camirand made his United States NASCAR debut at Watkins Glen (New York) International with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and finished 17th.

RACE: Wounded Warriors Canada 300

PLACE: Riverside International Speedway, Antigonish, N.S.

DATE: Saturday, Aug. 15

TIME: 8 p.m. ADT

TELECAST: TSN – Sat., Aug. 22, 6 p.m.; RDS2 – Fri., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m.

TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile, banked asphalt oval

2014 POLESITTER / WINNER: Donald Chisholm

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, mclean@riversidespeedway.ca

TRACK TWITTER: @Riverside_NS

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #WW300

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 ninth annual Wounded Warriors Canada 300 will be the ninth of 11 events on the 2015 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) and is an impound race with two change tires allowed.

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 eight Riverside races have produced five 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 seven different winners in the first eight Canadian Tire Series events at Riverside. Only D.J. Kennington has two triumphs.

Riverside 300 Notes:

Championship Chase Remains Tight: Just 18 points separate the top four in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship standings with three races remaining. Scott Steckly, the 2011 Riverside International Speedway winner, brings a mere six-point lead on Andrew Ranger to this week’s Wounded Warriors Canada 300 while Jason Hathaway, who earned a victory at the .333-mile oval in 2013 is 10 back in third. Reigning champion L.P. Dumoulin is hanging in there in his title defense, 18 behind.

Ranger Catching Fire: Since he retired early from the event at Ontario’s Sunset Speedway on June 20 due to mechanical issues, Ranger has steadily marched up the championship standings. In the five races since, the Quebec standout has posted finishes of second, sixth, third, first and second. The win came at Autodrome St-Eustache, an oval in his home province. Ranger, the Canadian Tire Series’ all-time victories leader with 20, won at Riverside 2009.

Chisholm’s Hometown Triumph: Although not a championship contender, Donald Chisholm will have plenty on the line Saturday as he looks to become the first driver to register back-to-back victories in the Wounded Warriors Canada 300. Chisholm, of Antigonish, rolled to a dominating win last year at his family’s track for his first career Canadian Tire Series checkered flag. The series, which contests the bulk of its events in Ontario and Quebec, annually makes trips to western Canada in addition to the Maritimes and Riverside. Chisholm’s triumph last year marked the only time in 29 combined eastern and western events that a local driver has won.

Nova Scotia’s Finest: Chisholm will be joined on the Wounded Warriors Canada 300 entry list by fellow Nova Scotian John Flemming of Halifax. Flemming has just two previous Canadian Tire Series starts, both at Riverside, where he’s posted finishes of 12th in 2011 and ninth a year ago. Chisholm has recorded eight top 10s in 17 career starts between Riverside and Ontario ovals Delaware Speedway and Kawartha Speedway.

Series Debuts: Two drivers are set to make their Canadian Tire Series debut in the Wounded Warriors Canada 300. David Michaud from Quebec will fill in for Alex Tagliani – who will participate in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – in the No. 18 EpiPen Chevrolet while Newfoundland’s Josh Collins will run the No. 87 Canada’s Best Racing Team Ford. Collins will become the first competitor from the province of Newfoundland to compete in the Canadian Tire Series, or any of NASCAR’s current regional touring series.

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Lacroix Powers To Trois-Rivieres Triumph

Lacroix Powers To Trois-Rivieres Triumph

Two Wins In First Four Canadian Tire Series Starts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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

Sunday

At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Lap length: 1.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

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

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 20 minutes 20 seconds

Margin of Victory: .048 seconds

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

Caution Flags: 4 for 14 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 2 drivers.

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

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: GP3R

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: GP3R

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

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

JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Setup:

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

At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:

History

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

Notebook

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

Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Data

Race #:  8 of 11

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

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

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

Qualifying/Race Data

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

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

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

 Active Category Leaders at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:Wins

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

Poles

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

Top Fives

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

 Top 10s

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

 Laps Led

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

Laps Completed

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

Select Driver Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

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

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

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

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

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

Other Driver Notes

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

Up To Speed:

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Trois-Rivieres

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Trois-Rivieres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RACE:  JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours

PLACE:  Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (Que.)

DATE:  Sunday, Aug. 2

TIME:  2:10 p.m. ET

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

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

2014 POLESITTER:  Marc-Antoine Camirand

2014 WINNER:  L.P. Dumoulin

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

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

TRACK TWITTER:  @GP3R

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG:  #JuliaWine50

NASCAR CONTACT:  Jason Christley, 386-547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com, Twitter: @jay_christley

If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, please contact Jason Cunningham at 704-201-6658 or jcunningham@nascar.com. 

Fast Facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Notes:

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

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

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

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

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Ranger By A Nose At St-Eustache  Edges Dilley In Thrilling Canadian Tire Series Finish

Ranger By A Nose At St-Eustache Edges Dilley In Thrilling Canadian Tire Series Finish

ST-EUSTACHE, Que. (July 25, 2015) – Andrew Ranger edged Mark Dilley in a green-white-checkered flag finish to gain a record 20th career victory in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action Saturday at Autodrome St-Eustache.

Dilley led the field in the race’s final restart, and the two jockeyed throughout the ensuing two laps before Ranger powered to victory from the outside and just thwarted Dilley’s charge from the inside to the finish line.

The Lucas Oil National 250 presented by Lacroix Tuning propelled the Roxton Pond, Quebec, native to sole possession of the series’ all-time lead. He was previously tied with D.J. Kennington at 19.

Marc-Antoine Camirand crossed the line third with L.P. Dumoulin fourth and Kennington fifth. Alex Tagliani, Gary Klutt, J.F. Dumoulin, Anthony Simone and Scott Steckly rounded out the top 10.

Steckly started on the pole and led the majority of the event, but fell off the pace late with a broken axel and was fortunate to salvage a top-10 finish. His lead on Jason Hathaway in the championship standings actually grew to 11 points as Hathaway finished 15th, the result of a mid-race accident.

Saturday’s Lucas Oil National 250 telecast will premiere on TSN on Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m., and on RDS2 on Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

The Canadian Tire Series will return to Quebec next week for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 2.

Contact:

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1

Lucas Oil National 250 pres. by Lacroix Tuning Results

Saturday

At Autodrome St-Eustache

St-Eustache, Que.

Lap length: 0.4 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (12) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 256 laps, 51.775 mph.
  2. (10) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 256.
  3. (15) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 256.
  4. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 256.
  5. (9) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 256.
  6. (7) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 256.
  7. (5) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 256.
  8. (13) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 256.
  9. (16) Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Dodge, 255.
  10. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 255.
  11. (2) Alex Labbe, Victoriaville, Que., Dodge, 254.
  12. (11) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 254.
  13. (8) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 253.
  14. (17) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 246.
  15. (14) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 239.
  16. (3) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 158, rear end.
  17. (6) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 144, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 58 minutes 40 seconds

Margin of Victory: .087 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: S.Steckly (83.853 mph, 17.173 seconds)

Caution Flags: 9 for 65 laps.

Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-61; M. Dilley 62; S. Steckly 63-128; J. McColm 129-137; S. Steckly 138-171; D. Kennington 172-175; S. Steckly 176-231; A. Ranger 232-245; M. Dilley 246-255; A. Ranger 256.

Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 283; 2. J. Hathaway, 272; 3. A. Ranger, 269; 4. L. Dumoulin, 261; 5. G. Klutt, 259; 6. D. Kennington, 253; 7. M. Camirand, 246; 8. J. Dumoulin, 245; 9. A. Tagliani, 241; 10. J. McColm, 219.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache

Analyzing The Lucas Oil National 250 At Autodrome St-Eustache

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2015) – The 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 Lucas Oil National 250 presented by Lacroix Tuning on Saturday at Autodrome St-Eustache. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Lucas Oil National 250 Setup:

  • Season points leader Scott Steckly is the two-time defending winner at Autodrome St-Eustache. In NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 history, only Andrew Ranger has won three consecutive races at one track.
  • Steckly will also look to match the series record for total wins at one track, currently held by J.R. Fitzpatrick with five at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Additionally, Steckly has won the two previous races this year, which means he will vie to become the first driver to win three consecutive events since 2013, when he last did it.
  • St-Eustache native and Circuit ICAR winner Kevin Lacroix is set to make his first oval start, and just his third overall in the series. 

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 1-mile road course and .125-mile drag strip.
  • Was a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member track from 2004-09, and returned to the program in 2014.
  • Welcomed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for four events from 2008-10, and again in 2013-14.
  • 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 six events have produced three different race victors, led by Steckly’s four.
  • Each of the six prior races has featured a different polesitter.
  • Three drivers have participated in all six events, and three 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.
  • Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all six events. 

Autodrome St-Eustache Data

Race #:  7 of 11

Track Layout:  .4-mile asphalt oval

Race Length:  250 laps (100 miles)

TV Coverage:  TSN – Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.; RDS2 – Aug. 15, 2:30 p.m. 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  Scott Steckly

2014 Pole Winner:  Alex Labbe

Qualifying Record:  Alex Labbe, Dodge, 84.109 mph, 17.210 secs., July 26, 2014

 Category Leaders at Autodrome St-Eustache:Wins

  1. Scott Steckly … 4
  2. D.J. Kennington … 1
  3. Dave Whitlock … 1

Poles

  1. six drivers with … 1

Top Fives

  1. Scott Steckly … 6
  2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. …3
  3. D.J. Kennington … 3

 Top 10s

  1. Scott Steckly … 6
  2. Andrew Ranger … 5
  3. four drivers with … 4

 Laps Led

  1. Scott Steckly … 583
  2. Andrew Ranger … 230
  3. Kerry Micks … 133

Laps Completed

  1. Scott Steckly … 1,509 (all)
  2. Jason Hathaway … 1,476
  3. D.J. Kennington … 1,388 

Select Driver Highlights:

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

  • Has a pole and six top 10s in 13 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
  • Ranks eighth in points this year with four top 10s.
  • Has four top 10s in five career oval starts with an average finish of ninth and a best result of fifth, recorded in each of the two previous races.
  • This will be his first start at Autodrome St-Eustache. 

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)

  • Has three wins, three poles, 30 top fives and 50 top 10s in 88 career starts.
  • Has competed in four of six events this year and ranks 14th in points.
  • All of his wins and poles have come on ovals, where he has 40 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 65 starts.
  • Has participated in five of the six previous events at ASE, where he’s posted three top 10s, an average finish of 13th and a best result of fifth in 2009. 

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

  • The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 20 top fives and 33 top 10s in 54 career starts.
  • Ranks fifth in points with top 10s in five of six events.
  • Has a win (Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, 2014), 17 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 29 career oval starts. His streak of 10-consecutive top-10 finishes on ovals ended last week at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
  • Has finishes of sixth and third in his two previous ASE appearances. 

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

  • Has six wins and 64 top 10s in 104 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
  • Ranks second in points on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and five top 10s in six starts.
  • All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he has posted 47 top 10s and an average finish of eighth in 67 starts.
  • Has three top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of fourth (2010) in the six previous ASE 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 (70) and top 10s (86), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 104 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Has a streak of 67-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
  • Sits sixth in points after six races with four top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
  • Sixteen of his wins and all 10 of his career poles have been earned on ovals. He has an average finish of sixth with 42 races led and 56 top 10s in 67 career oval events.
  • Has a win (2010), a pole (‘09) and an average finish of eighth at ASE. 

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

  • Has a win, two poles and eight top 10s in 12 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks third in points with top-10 finishes in five of six races this year.
  • Has a pole (Sunset Speedway, 2015), three top 10s and an average finish of 12th in five career oval appearances.
  • This will be his first start at ASE. 

Alex Labbe (No. 36 Lou’s BBQ Dodge)

  • Has seven top 10s in 12 career NCATS starts with a best finish of second at Riverside in 2014 and at Chaudiere in 2015.
  • Has top-10 finishes in each of his three starts this year and ranks 13th in the standings.
  • Has two poles, three top 10s and an average finish of seventh in four career oval starts.
  • Won the pole in track record time, but did not finish with suspension issues, last year in his only previous series appearance at ASE. 

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series’ all-time wins lead (19) and poles (15). Has 46 top fives and 65 top 10s in 78 career starts.
  • Is fourth in points after six events with five top 10s and a best finish of second at Circuit ICAR.
  • Has four wins, 16 races led, 34 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 45 career oval starts.
  • Has finished in the top 10 in all five of his ASE starts with a best result of fourth in both 2008 and 2009. 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, ‘11, ‘13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 18 wins, 15 poles, 64 top fives and 77 top 10s. His poles, top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 4,403 and is one of three drivers to start each of the 104 all-time events.
  • Has a series record 18 wins on ovals, where he’s posted 43 top fives, 50 top 10s, 47 races led and an average finish of sixth in 67 events.
  • Has an average finish of 1.7 across the six all-time ASE events. Won in 2008, ‘09, ‘13 and ‘14. Also earned the pole there in 2009. 

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

  • Has two wins, six poles and 14 top 10s in 30 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks ninth in points despite missing the season opener to qualify for the Indy 500. Has top-10 finishes in each of his five starts.
  • Has a win (Sunset, 2015), a pole (Edmonton, ‘14), six top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 14 oval starts.
  • Has finishes of 24th (2008) and 12th (`14) in two previous ASE appearances. 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
  • The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
  • Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
  • Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
  • Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
  • Kevin Lacroix reached Victory Lane in just his second NCATS appearance when he won at Circuit ICAR on July 5.
  • The western swing began on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway with Scott Steckly winning in wire-to-wire fashion, a series first in an oval event.
  • Steckly completed his western swing sweep as he won from the pole on July 15 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
  • Following the Lucas Oil National 250, the series will return to Quebec on Aug. 2 for the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. 

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

· Series Returns To Quebec For Back-To-Back Events

· Labbe Looks For First Checkered Flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 20, 2015) – As the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to Quebec for the next two events, province native Alex Labbe faces what may be his best shots at a breakthrough trip to Victory Lane.

Labbe, from Victoriaville, has been knocking on the door as of late. In three starts this year the 22-year-old has posted finishes of second, seventh and sixth.

The first of those back-to-back Quebec events is this Saturday at Autodrome St-Eustache, a .4-mile oval. Labbe set the track qualifying record there last year but was forced to retire from the race early with suspension problems. Since then he’s twice finished as a runner-up on ovals – last summer at Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway and this spring at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere.

So does he stand a better chance at attaining that first win on an oval than a road course?

“I think my oval program is a little stronger,” Labbe said. “We’re still good on the road, but I’m more used to ovals. I run a lot of ovals. I think we can get a win on both types of tracks this year.”

He’ll get a shot at both in the upcoming two-week stretch as the Canadian Tire Series will move northeast for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 2. Labbe has had mixed results at the famed street course with one top 10 in three appearances, but he’s fared well at the series’ other Quebec road course – Circuit ICAR – with an average finish of seventh in four starts.

Labbe will carry a little extra motivation into this week’s Lucas Oil National 250 presented by Lacroix Tuning, however. In the series’ eight all-time oval events in Quebec, a province native has yet to reach Victory Lane.

RACE: Lucas Oil National 250 pres. by Lacroix Tuning

PLACE: Autodrome St-Eustache (Quebec)

DATE: Saturday, July 25

TIME: 8 p.m. ET

TELECAST: TSN – Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.; RDS2 – Aug. 15, 2:30 p.m.

TRACK LAYOUT: .4-mile semi-banked asphalt oval

2014 POLESITTER: Alex Labbe

2014 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: Justin Beaudin, 450-569-3444, jbeaudin@autodrome.ca

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #LucasOil250

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 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule will return to Quebec for the first of back-to-back events with the Lucas Oil National 250 presented by Lacroix Tuning at Autodrome St-Eustache.

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), and is an impound race with four change tires allotted for the event.

The Track: The Autodrome St-Eustache racing complex, located west of Montreal, consists of a .4-mile oval, a road course and a 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 to various types of racing since 1970. The track was purchased by Alan Labrosse prior to the 2008 race season.

Pole Winners: The first six St-Eustache races have produced five different pole winners. Alex Labbe has the track qualifying record at 17.139 seconds (84.019 mph), set in 2014.

Race Winners: Two-time defending race winner Scott Steckly leads the way with four wins in six all-time St-Eustache events.

St-Eustache Race Notes

Steckly Looks to Match Ranger’s Mark: Andrew Ranger is the only driver in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 history to win three-consecutive races at a track. Scott Steckly will look to match that this week at Autodrome St-Eustache. Steckly has been quite dominant at the Quebec oval with four wins and two additional top fives through the six events there. The last two victories have come in consecutive fashion. Ranger’s record applies to two road courses – both in Quebec – as he won three-consecutive times at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (2008-10) and Circuit ICAR (2012-14).

Steckly Sweeps Western Swing: In addition to Steckly’s past achievements at St-Eustache, he’s bringing a pretty solid record of 2015 success into this week’s Lucas Oil National 250 presented by Lacroix Tuning. The Ontario racer swept both ends of the recent western swing to Edmonton (Alberta) International Raceway and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway (Saskatchewan) to move into the points lead for the first time since the 2013 season finale when he celebrated the championship.

First Series Oval Race for ICAR Winner Lacroix: St-Eustache native Kevin Lacroix is set to make his Canadian Tire Series oval debut this week at his home track. Lacroix grew up in the sport in karting and road racing, and the experience served him well as he won at Circuit ICAR earlier this month in just his second NASCAR start. He has made one oval start this year, a super late model race at Autodrome Chaudiere in June.

Camirand Finding Oval Success: Marc-Antoine Camirand’s first six Canadian Tire Series starts came on road courses, and like Lacroix, his background is primarily in road racing. The Jostens Rookie of the Year contender is finding oval success in 2015, however. In the recent western swing the St-Leonard d’Aston, Quebec, driver posted top-five finishes in both outings, and he has an average finish of seventh in four such races this year.

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Steckly Weathers Wild West  Earns Second Consecutive Win in 2015

Steckly Weathers Wild West Earns Second Consecutive Win in 2015

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (July 15, 2015) – Three-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Presented by Mobil 1 champion Scott Steckly calls the eastern edge of Ontario home, but after the week he’s had racing, he may consider relocating to Canada’s western region.

Piloting his No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge, Steckly emerged from a fierce, race-long battle for the lead with Andrew Ranger, Jason Hathaway, and L.P. Dumoulin – and endured two red flag periods – to capture his second consecutive win of the season in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

Steckly won the Alberta Has Energy 300 just five days ago at Edmonton International Raceway. The victory increases his series record on ovals to 18, and is his third career win at ACMS.

Jason Hathaway was sent to the rear of the field for remaining in the pit area too long after the halfway break, but rebounded to take the lead temporarily on lap 226.  Steckly regained the top spot for good on lap 239, but Hathaway held off Andrew Ranger to earn his second runner-up finish on the season.

Ranger led a total of four times during the race, but a slide on Lap 186 dropped him back in the field and he was forced to settle for a third place finish.

Mark Dilley was penalized for jumping the start on the initial green flag, moving to the rear of the field after a pass through penalty.  He climbed to fifth place by the halfway break, and finished in the fourth position for the night.

Jostens Rookie of the Year contender Marc-Antoine Camirand posted his second consecutive fifth-place finish and third overall for his career.

Noel Dowler, Alex Tagliani, J.F. Dumoulin, James Van Domselaar, and Adam Dowler rounded out the top 10.

The first 100 laps set the tone for the evening, featuring a constant battle for the lead between Steckly, L.P. Dumoulin, and Ranger, with Ranger and Steckly exchanging the lead three times and Dumoulin leading 11 laps in between.

On Lap 102, Erica Thiering made hard contact on the backstretch and the cars of Joey McColm, Nick Jewell, Adam Dowler, and Matthew Scannell were collected. The red flag was displayed for over nine minutes as the track was cleared.

At the halfway break, Steckly led Ranger, L.P. Dumoulin, Gary Klutt, and Mark Dilley.

On Lap 206, the red flag was displayed again as light rain forced a temporary delay in the racing action. The race included a total of nine caution flags.

The race will be televised on TSN on July 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET and on RDS2 at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Presented by Mobil 1 returns to action on July 25 for the Lucas Oil National 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache in Quebec. 

Contact:
Tim Southers
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 235-3634
tsouthers@nascar.com

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Results

Wednesday

At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

Saskatoon, Sk.

Lap length: 0.333 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 250 laps, 53.806 mph.
  2. (11) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 250.
  3. (4) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 250.
  4. (2) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 250.
  5. (14) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 250.
  6. (8) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 250.
  7. (5) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 250.
  8. (12) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 250.
  9. (16) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 248.
  10. (13) Adam Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 244.
  11. (17) Nick Jewell, Fort Frances, Ont, Dodge, 242.
  12. (15) Jamie Krzysik, Grande Prairie, Alta., Dodge, 231, accident.
  13. (3) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 230.
  14. (6) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 223, accident.
  15. (10) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 202.
  16. (9) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 201.
  17. (7) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 110, accident.
  18. (19) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Ford, 101, accident.
  19. (18) Jason Hankewich, Kindersley, Sask., Chevrolet, 9, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 32 minutes 50 seconds

Margin of Victory: .379 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: S.Steckly (81.590 mph, 14.693 seconds)

Caution Flags: 9 for 74 laps.

Lead Changes: 15 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-3; A. Ranger 4-24; S. Steckly 25; A. Ranger 26; S. Steckly 27-50; L. Dumoulin 51-61; A. Ranger 62-83; S. Steckly 84-131; A. Ranger 132-162; S. Steckly 163-180; A. Ranger 181-182; S. Steckly 183-224; J. Hathaway 225; S. Steckly 226; J. Hathaway 227-237; S. Steckly 238-250.

Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 247; 2. J. Hathaway, 243; 3. Gary Klutt, 222; 4. A. Ranger, 222; 5. L. Dumoulin 221; 6. D. Kennington 213; 7. J. Dumoulin 209; 8. M. Camirand 205; 9. A. Tagliani 203; 10. J. McColm 191.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Saskatoon

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Saskatoon

Analyzing The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 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:

Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Setup:

  • With his win last Saturday at Edmonton International Raceway in the first leg of the annual western swing, Scott Steckly now has victories in eight of the nine seasons of NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 competition. It also gave him sole possession of the series’ record for career oval victories with 17.
  • Previous drivers to complete a sweep of western swing events include: J.R. Fitzpatrick (2007), D.J. Kennington (`12-three races) and Steckly (`13).
  • Each of the first five races this year has produced a different winner. None of the previous eight seasons in series history has featured six unique winners across the first six events. 

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 in 2013.
  • The previous six events have produced four different pole winners and race victors.
  • Mark Dilley, Jason Hathaway, D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly have participated in all six previous events, and all four are expected to extend the streak this week.
  • Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all six previous events. 

Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Data

Race #:  6 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 – July 25, 12:30 p.m. ET; RDS2 – Aug. 8, 2 p.m. ET 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  L.P. Dumoulin

2014 Pole Winner:  Scott Steckly

Qualifying Record:  Scott Steckly, Dodge, 82.020 mph, 14.616 secs., July 16, 2014

 Active Category Leaders at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway:Wins

  1. D.J. Kennington … 2

Scott Steckly … 2

  1. L.P. Dumoulin … 1

Poles

  1. D.J. Kennington … 2
  2. Scott Steckly … 1

Top Fives

  1. D.J. Kennington … 5

Scott Steckly … 5

  1. Mark Dilley … 3

Jason Hathaway … 3

 Top 10s

  1. D.J. Kennington … 6
  2. Jason Hathaway … 5

Scott Steckly … 5

 Laps Led

  1. D.J. Kennington … 336
  2. Scott Steckly … 323
  3. Jason Hathaway … 130

Laps Completed

  1. D.J. Kennington … 1,500 (all)
  2. Scott Steckly … 1,470
  3. Mark Dilley … 1,446 

Select Driver Highlights:

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/Dickies Ford)

  • Has three wins, three poles, 30 top fives and 49 top 10s in 87 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
  • All of his wins and poles have come on ovals, where he has 39 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 64 starts.
  • Has participated in all six previous events at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, where he’s posted four top 10s, an average finish of seventh and a best result of second in both 2012 and 2013. 

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

  • The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 20 top fives and 33 top 10s in 53 career starts.
  • Is one of just two drivers with top-10 finishes in all five races this year and ranks fourth in points.
  • Has a win (ACMS, 2014), 17 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 28 career oval starts. Maintains a streak of 10-consecutive top-10 finishes on ovals.
  • Has an average finish of seventh in three ACMS appearances, highlighted by his first career oval win last year. 

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

  • Has six wins and 63 top 10s in 103 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
  • Is the points leader on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and four top 10s in five starts.
  • All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he has posted 46 top 10s and an average finish of eighth in 66 starts.
  • Has five top 10s, an average finish of seventh and a best result of second (2014) in the six previous ACMS 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 (70) and top 10s (86), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 103 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Has a streak of 66-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
  • Sits fifth in points after five races with four top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
  • Sixteen of his wins and all 10 of his career poles have been earned on ovals. He has an average finish of sixth with 42 races led and 56 top 10s in 66 career oval events.
  • Has two wins (2010, `12), two poles (`10, `11) and an average finish of third at ACMS, where he’s the only driver to finish top-10 in all six previous events held there. 

Gary Klutt (No. 59 CLT Corp./Trailcon Leasing Dodge)

  • Has a win, two poles and eight top 10s in 11 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks third in points and is one of two drivers with top-10 finishes in all five races this year.
  • Has a pole (Sunset Speedway, 2015), three top 10s and an average finish of 11th in four career oval appearances.
  • This will be his first start at ACMS. 

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series’ all-time wins lead (19) and ranks second in poles (15). Has 45 top fives and 64 top 10s in 77 career starts.
  • Is sixth in points after five events with four top 10s and a best finish of second at Circuit ICAR.
  • Has four wins, 15 races led, 33 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 44 career oval starts.
  • In three appearances at ACMS he’s registered finishes of eighth, sixth and fourth. 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 17 wins, 14 poles, 63 top fives and 76 top 10s. 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 4,253 and is one of three drivers to start each of the 103 all-time events.
  • Has a series record 17 wins on ovals, where he’s posted 42 top fives, 49 top 10s, 46 races led and an average finish of sixth in 66 events.
  • Has two wins (2009, `13), a pole (`14), five top fives an average finish of 5.5 across the six previous ACMS events. 

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

  • Has two wins, six poles and 13 top 10s in 29 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks eighth in points despite missing the season opener to qualify for the Indy 500. Has top-five finishes in three of his four starts.
  • Has a win (Sunset, 2015) a pole (Edmonton, 2014), six top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 14 oval starts.
  • Finished fifth in his first career appearance at ACMS a year ago. 

Other Driver Notes

  • Joey McColm finished sixth at ACMS last year, tied for his career-best result.
  • Erica Thiering recorded the first of her two career top-10 finishes in this event last year.
  • James Van Domselaar recorded his best finish in 20 career starts last week at Edmonton International Raceway when he crossed the finish line ninth.
  • Marc-Antoine Camirand posted his first oval top-five last week at Edmonton, and the second in his career overall. 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
  • The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
  • Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
  • Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
  • Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
  • Kevin Lacroix reached Victory Lane in just his second NCATS appearance when he won at Circuit ICAR on July 5.
  • The western swing began on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway with Scott Steckly winning in wire-to-wire fashion, a series first in an oval event.
  • Following the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, the series will return to Quebec on July 25 for the Lucas Oil National 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache. 

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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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
  • Competition Is Close With Five Races, Five Different Winners

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 13, 2015) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 has seen its championship decided by final margins of three and two points the last two years. As the 2015 season reaches the halfway mark, the trend looks to continue.

Jason Hathaway enters Wednesday’s Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 at Saskatchewan’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway with a one-point advantage on Scott Steckly after five of 11 events. The oval aces have each won an event this year, and both have four top 10s. Steckly was victorious Saturday at Edmonton International Raceway on the first leg of the series’ annual western swing while Hathaway took checkers at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere in mid-June.

It isn’t a two-horse race, however, as the top six drivers in the standings are separated by just 20 tallies. Leading Jostens Rookie of the Year candidate Gary Klutt is seven points back of Hathaway in third and defending champion L.P. Dumoulin is 11 out. Two-time titlists D.J. Kennington and Andrew Ranger are also within 20 points.

The evenness of the competition has carried over to Victory Lane this year as well, as each of the first five events has produced different winners. That only happened once previously, in 2011, and no season has started with six in six.

RACE:  Velocity Prairie Thunder 250

PLACE:  Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Saskatoon, Sask.

DATE:  Wednesday, July 15

TIME:  7:30 p.m. MT

BROADCAST:  TSN – July 25, 12:30 p.m. ET; RDS2 – Aug. 8, 2 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT:  .333-mile banked asphalt oval

2014 POLESITTER:  Scott Steckly

2014 WINNER:  L.P. Dumoulin

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:  Tim Southers, 386-235-3634, tsouthers@nascar.com, Twitter: @tsouth1968

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 seventh annual Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the sixth of 11 events on the 2015 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) and will have a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 125.

The Track:  Auto Clearing Motor Speedway was constructed as a .333-mile oval with graduated banking in 2005 and opened to stock car auto racing in 2006. The track has welcomed the Canadian Tire Series each year since 2009.

Pole Winners:  The first six ACMS races have produced four different pole winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick and D.J. Kennington with two apiece. 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. L.P. Dumoulin earned his first oval victory in this race last year.

Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Notes

Record Run Continues:  The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 enters Auto Clearing Motor Speedway having set all-time competition records in each of its previous three outings. On June 13 at Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Alex Tagliani became the first winner to have the entire field lapped at the checkered flag while at Quebec’s Circuit ICAR on July 5 the series experienced its first caution-free event. Then this past Saturday Scott Steckly became the first driver to lead flag-to-flag in an oval event when he paced the field for all 300 laps at Alberta’s Edmonton International Raceway. Could this week feature a series-first six different winners in the first six races of a season? 

Can Dilley Break Through?:  Perhaps one of the leading candidates to extend this season’s run of different winners is Mark Dilley. The veteran, who has specialized in ovals in recent seasons, has had four second-place finishes in the 26 starts since he last reached Victory Lane at Barrie Speedway in 2011. Two of those runner-ups came in Saskatoon in 2012-13. 

Breakneck Pace:  Wednesday’s Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the third event in 11 days for the Canadian Tire Series, the most-compact portion of the 2015 event schedule. The series will get a 10-day breather before resuming action on July 25 at Quebec’s Autodrome St-Eustache and then heading up the road for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 2. 

Split Championship?:  We’re still a long way from deciding the 2015 Canadian Tire Series championship, but there is an interesting development that could result in split titles for driver and owner. Jason Hathaway has the slim one-point lead after five events for the driver’s championship, but the No. 18 Chevrolet owned by Colin Livingston is two tallies ahead of Hathaway’s No. 3 Chevrolet proprietor Ed Hakonson in the owner standings. Livingston’s car is primarily driven by Alex Tagliani, who has posted top 10s in all four of his starts while Pier-Luc Ouellette piloted the entry to an eighth-place finish in the opener.

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