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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poles
1. five drivers with … 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:
Jason Cunningham
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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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
• Star-Studded Field For Marquee Saskatchewan Event

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

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

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

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

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

RACE: Velocity Prairie Thunder 250
PLACE: Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Saskatoon, Sask.
DATE: Wednesday, July 16
TIME: 7:30 p.m. MT
BROADCAST: TSN – Sat., July 26, 3 p.m.; RDS2 – Sun., Aug. 3, 5 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile banked asphalt oval
2013 POLESITTER: J.R. Fitzpatrick
2013 WINNER: Scott Steckly
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 1-1:30 p.m., Final Practice 2-2:30 p.m., Qualifying 5:15 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Herm Hordal, 306-956-3225, info@autoclearingmotorspeedway.ca
TRACK TWITTER: @ACMS_Racing
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #VPT250
NASCAR CONTACT: Jason Christley, 386-547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com, Twitter: @jay_christley
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Fast Facts:
The Race: The sixth annual Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the fifth of 11 events on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the lone trip to Saskatchewan and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASCAR and Whelen Expand Relationship

NASCAR and Whelen Expand Relationship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Edmonton

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Edmonton

• Busy Stretch Rolls On With Inaugural Alberta Has Energy 300
• Hathaway Aims To Keep Oval Streak Going

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2014) – The hottest oval driver competing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 right now faces a big opportunity with two such races in a six-day span starting with Friday’s Alberta Has Energy 300 at Edmonton International Raceway.

Jason Hathaway has won three of the last four oval races the series has contested dating back to the end of the 2013 campaign, including the first circle track event of the current season at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 15.

Although he won’t yet rank himself alongside the D.J. Kenningtons and Scott Stecklys of the world – who have combined for 31 circle track victories – Hathaway is confident that his No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet is as formidable as any other on the ovals.

“I don’t know about elite, but I would classify us one of the teams that can win at every oval we go to,” Hathaway said. “This series is so competitive with Kennington, Steckly, J.R. [Fitzpatrick] – and to have Andrew [Ranger] back this year – it’s such a competitive series.

Although he won a race in 2008 and recorded a career-high for top 10s in 2010, Hathaway has emerged as a legitimate championship contender in the last two seasons with the ability to consistently contend for wins on the ovals. He and Ed Hakonson Racing finished third in points in 2013.

“We put a lot of emphasis into our oval program, and it’s kind of my background and what I grew up doing,” Hathaway said. “I would say there’s been some luck involved, and things have to go your way week-in and week-out, but we’ve had really good luck on the ovals and we definitely want to keep that streak going.”

The upcoming western swing, starting with Edmonton and continuing on to Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16, provides the Dutton, Ontario, native with a big opportunity to build a championship campaign. He ranks fourth after three events.

“With only 11 races, there’s not much room for error, so the ovals are definitely where I want to pick up as many points as I can,” Hathaway said.

But first things first, Hathaway must learn a new track. Friday’s Alberta Has Energy 300 will be the inaugural trip for the Canadian Tire Series to the quarter-mile oval. Much like he and a number of drivers did before the first series trip to Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere, Hathaway has done as much research as he can on YouTube watching past feature races there.

In addition to it being the first time Hathaway and many of his fellow competitors will see Edmonton, the quarter-mile was very recently repaved and raced on for the first time this past weekend.

Hathaway recalls racing on a new surface shortly after Ontario’s Barrie Speedway was repaved in the early 2000s, but said this will be a new experience.

“Never [raced] on anything this green before,” Hathaway said. “It’ll only be two-week-old pavement by the time we get there. It’s either going to have a lot of grip, or won’t have any at all, but we’ll see when we get there.”

RACE: Alberta Has Energy 300
PLACE: Edmonton International Raceway, Wetaskiwin, Alta.
DATE: Friday, July 11
TIME: 8:35 p.m. MT
BROADCAST: TSN – June 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET; TSN2 – June 22 at 7 p.m. and June 27 at 4 p.m.; RDS2 – July 4 at 8 p.m. and July 6 at 12 p.m.; RDS – July 9 at 7 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .25-mile asphalt oval
2013 POLESITTER/WINNER: Inaugural event
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 12-12:45 p.m., Final Practice 1:15-2 p.m., Qualifying 5 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 7:10 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Loretta Thiering, 780-467-9276, speedway@syban.net
TRACK TWITTER: @EIRNASCAR
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #AlbertaHasEnergy300
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 Budweiser 300 will be the inaugural event for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 at Edmonton International Raceway and the fourth of 11 events on the 2014 season schedule.

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 300 laps (75 miles) and will have a 10-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 150.

The Track: Edmonton will become the 17th different track overall, and the 11th oval, to play host to a Canadian Tire Series event since the series’ inaugural 2007 season. The track was first paved in 1994 and received a new coat of asphalt and other improvements just prior to this race. Edmonton, under the ownership of Ron and Loretta Thiering for nearly 20 years, has been a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member track since 2005.

Edmonton Race Notes:
Second of Two New Oval Events: The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule includes two facilities new to the series. Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere played host to the series for the first time on June 15 and now Edmonton will become the 11th different oval the series has visited since 2007.

Home Track Advantage for Thiering: Erica Thiering is set to make just her second Canadian Tire Series start this week, but it will come on the familiar grounds of her family’s track. Thiering is a five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at Edmonton, and one of the very few drivers entered for the Alberta Has Energy 300 that has ever raced the track before. Thiering made her series debut at Autodrome Chaudiere and finished 13th.

Tight at the Top: Three races into the season and the championship chase is already heating up. J.R. Fitzpatrick, a winner in the season-opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, brings a slim two-point lead atop the standings on L.P. Dumoulin to Edmonton while two-time titlist D.J. Kennington is 14 points back in third. The season’s other two race winners, Jason Hathaway (Chaudiere) and Andrew Ranger (Circuit ICAR), as well as reigning champion Scott Steckly are all within 26 points of Fitzpatrick.

Last Time Out: Mirabel
The third race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 was contested on July 6 at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec. Here are some highlights from the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne:
• Andrew Ranger made it three-in-a-row at Circuit ICAR with another impressive performance that resulted in a trip to Victory Lane. It was his 18th career victory overall, 15 of which have come on road courses.
• Alex Guenette led a career-high 14 laps and tied his personal best with a runner-up finish.
• L.P. Dumoulin crossed the line third for his third top-five in a row to start the season.
• Ranger captured his 14th career pole Saturday prior to the race, which tied J.R. Fitzpatrick for the most poles in series history.

Next Time Out: Saskatoon
Following the Alberta Has Energy 300, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will continue its western swing with the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 on July 16 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It will mark the sixth season in a row the Canadian Tire Series has visited the third-mile oval. Scott Steckly is the defending winner of the race.

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Ranger Right At Home In ICAR Victory Lane Collects Third Straight Win On Quebec Road Course

Ranger Right At Home In ICAR Victory Lane Collects Third Straight Win On Quebec Road Course

MIRABEL, Que. (July 6, 2014) – Andrew Ranger is pretty close to unstoppable at Circuit ICAR.

The two-time champion of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 led the final nine laps Sunday to take the checkered flag in the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne.

It was Rangers’ third straight win at the 2.113-mile, 16-turn road course on the grounds of Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. And it was Rangers’ 18th career win; 15 of which have come on road courses.

Ranger took the lead from Alex Guenette on Lap 21 and wound up beating last year’s series rookie of the year to the line by 3.682 seconds in his No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge.

“He [Guenette] was pretty quick, he gave me a lot of pressure, and I was a little tired of that so I let him go,” Ranger said of Guenette’s pass on Lap 7. “I was behind him for a couple laps and right at the end I decided to make a move and I was able to take a nice gap.”

L.P. Dumoulin finished third, followed by rookie Alex Labbe and Alex Tagliani.

J.R. Fitzpatrick, Scott Steckly, rookie Gary Klutt, Jason Hathaway and Peter Klutt rounded out the top 10.

With the win, Ranger moved up to one behind Kennington atop the Canadian Tire Series career list. On Saturday at ICAR, he also tied Fitzpatrick for the series poles record with his 14th.

Ranger led a race-high 16 circuits on Sunday, and has paced the field for 60-percent of the laps turned in competition in four all-time Canadian Tire Series races at Circuit ICAR.

“I’m very happy about my car, the guys did a really good job,” Ranger said. “First win for Mopar [as Ranger’s sponsor], it’s unbelievable, and first win for [car owner] D.J. Kennington too. It’s great.”

Guenette’s runner-up effort tied a career-best, and was his best run in five career road course starts. He also led a career-high 14 laps.

“I pushed hard at the beginning and then I kind of backed off when I passed him [Ranger], and so did he,” Guenette said. “I guess he was just overall quicker than me. I’m glad I finished second to one of the best, but next time we’ll setup the car better and I’ll think about trying to have a better race and try to beat him.”

Fitzpatrick maintains the edge in the season standings after three races, two tallies ahead of Dumoulin and 14 ahead of Kennington, who finished 12th Sunday.

The race was slowed by just one caution for two laps. One caution tied the series record set twice previously while the two laps established a record for the fewest under yellow. Sunday’s caution came in Turn 1 of Lap 1 and involved six cars.

The Jiffy Lube 100 will air on TSN on Sunday, July 13 at 11 a.m., and on the French-language RDS on Thursday, July 17 at 9:30 p.m.

The Canadian Tire Series’ next race will be contested on July 11 with the inaugural Alberta Has Energy 300 at Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Jiffy Lube 100 pres. by La Petite Bretonne
Unofficial Results
Sunday
At Circuit ICAR
Mirabel, Que.
Lap length: 2.113 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 30 laps, 37.952 mph.
2. (3) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 30.
3. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 30.
4. (5) Alex Labbe, St. Albert, Que, Dodge, 30.
5. (8) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 30.
6. (12) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 30.
7. (11) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 30.
8. (9) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 30.
9. (10) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 30.
10. (15) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 30.
11. (18) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 30.
12. (13) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 30.
13. (20) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 30.
14. (14) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 30.
15. (22) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 30.
16. (28) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 30.
17. (24) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 30.
18. (26) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 30.
19. (6) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 29.
20. (7) Elie Arseneau, Bedford, Que., Dodge, 28.
21. (23) Patrice Brisebois, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 28.
22. (19) Luc Lesage, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 28.
23. (21) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 28.
24. (17) Xavier Coupal, St. Jean sur Richelieu, Que, Dodge, 27.
25. (29) Jocelyn Fecteau, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 26.
26. (27) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 19.
27. (16) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 5, fuel pump.
28. (2) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que, Chevrolet, 3, rear end.
29. (25) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 1, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 54 minutes 39 seconds
Margin of Victory: .3.682
Fastest Qualifier: A.Ranger (79.274 mph, 95.956 seconds)
Caution Flags: 1 for 2 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Ranger 1-6; A. Guenette 7-20; A. Ranger 21-30.
Standings: 1. J. Fitzpatrick, 122; 2. L. Dumoulin, 120; 3. D. Kennington, 108; 4. J. Hathaway, 103; 5. A. Ranger, 103; 6. S. Steckly, 96; 7. H. Vannini, 91; 8. N. Dowler, 90; 9. R. Courtemanche Jr., 88; 10. A. Guenette, 81. Standings: 1. J. Fitzpatrick, 84; 2. L. Dumoulin, 79; 3. D. Kennington, 76; 4. H. Vannini, 70; 5. J. Hathaway, 68; 6. S. Mathews, 64; 7. R. Courtemanche Jr., 61; 8. S. Steckly, 59; 9. N. Dowler, 57; 10. J. McColm, 56.

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Ranger Racks Up Another Pole Fourteenth Career Pole Ties Canadian Tire Series Record

Ranger Racks Up Another Pole Fourteenth Career Pole Ties Canadian Tire Series Record

MIRABEL, Que. (July 5, 2014) – Airports are traditionally used for leaving home, but Andrew Ranger is right at home at Circuit ICAR in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 competition.

Ranger, from Roxton Pond, Quebec, nabbed his second pole in a row qualifying at the 2.113-mile road course on the grounds of the old Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. He is also the two-time defending winner of the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne.

After he led the 29-car field in both practice sessions earlier in the day, the two-time series titlist posted a fast lap of 95.956 seconds (79.274 mph) during qualifying for his 14th career pole, which now has him tied with J.R. Fitzpatrick for the Canadian Tire Series all-time record.

Marc-Antoine Camirand qualified second at 96.029 (79.214) and will join Ranger on the front row for Sunday’s third race of the season. Alex Guenette was third-fastest at 96.576 (78.765).

L.P. Dumoulin and Alex Labbe completed the top five while Kerry Micks, Elie Arseneau, Alex Tagliani, Gary Klutt and Jason Hathaway rounded out the top 10

Defending series champion Scott Steckly qualified 11th followed by J.R. Fitzpatrick and D.J. Kennington.

Sunday’s Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:35 p.m.

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NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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Qualifying Results
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1 – Jiffy Lube 100 pres. by La Petite Bretonne Lineup
Race Sunday; Qualifying Saturday
at Circuit ICAR
Mirabel, Que.
Lap Length: 2.113 miles
1. (27) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, Provisional
2. (99) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 79.214
3. (39) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 78.765
4. (47) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 78.734
5. (36) Alex Labbe, St. Albert, Que., Dodge, 78.550
6. (02) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 78.329
7. (03) Elie Arseneau, Bedford, Que., Dodge, 78.311
8. (18) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 78.213
9. (59) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 78.187
10. (3) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 77.949
11. (22) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 77.860
12. (84) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 77.832
13. (17) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 77.794
14. (04) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 77.674
15. (42) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 77.420
16. (76) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 77.237
17. (72) Xavier Coupal, St. Jean sur Richelieu, Que., Dodge, 77.010
18. (5) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 76.997
19. (24) Luc Lesage, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 76.955
20. (95) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 76.897
21. (97) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 76.735
22. (37) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 76.574
23. (71) Patrice Brisebois, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 76.546
24. (29) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 76.514
25. (28) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 76.507
26. (56) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, Provisional
27. (25) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, Provisional
28. (88) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, Provisional
29. (77) Jocelyn Fecteau, Montreal, Que., Dodge, 71.964

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: ICAR

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: ICAR

Analyzing The Jiffy Lube 100 Presented By La Petite Bretonne At Circuit ICAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2014) – The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to action with the fourth annual Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne at Circuit ICAR on Sunday in Mirabel, Quebec. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Jiffy Lube 100 Setup:
· Andrew Ranger has been victorious in each of the two previous seasons at Circuit ICAR, and was two laps away from winning the inaugural 2011 event before being involved in an accident.
· Alex Tagliani was the ICAR polesitter in 2011. This week will be just his second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 start at the track.
· L.P. Dumoulin has top-five finishes in each of the three previous ICAR races, and is looking for his third top five in a row to start the 2014 campaign.
· Quebec natives Elie Arseneau, Patrice Brisebois and J.F. Dumoulin will attempt to make their 2014 season debuts in this event.

At Circuit ICAR:
History
· The International Center of Advanced Racing (ICAR) is located on the grounds of Montreal-Mirabel International Airport, which closed to passenger flights in 2004.
· The racing facilities began operation in 2008 as a private club, and competition was opened to the public in 2009.
· The complex includes facilities for auto and motorbike racing, drag racing and karting.

Notebook
· Robin Buck won the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 event at Circuit ICAR on June 5, 2011. Alex Tagliani was the series’ first ICAR pole winner.
· Andrew Ranger has won the two subsequent races at ICAR in 2012 and 2013. He led wire-to-wire last year.
· Qualifying was rained out in 2012. Ranger’s pole-winning effort in 2013 established the track record at 95.938 seconds (79.289 mph).
· Ranger has led 63-percent (59/94) of the total laps contested in the first three ICAR races.
· Dodge has been the winning manufacturer for all three previous NCATS ICAR events.

Circuit ICAR Data
Race #: 3 of 11
Track Layout: 2.113-mile, 14-turn road course
Race Length: 30 laps (63.37 miles/102 kilometers)

Category Leaders at Circuit ICAR:
Wins
1. Andrew Ranger … 2
2. Robin Buck … 1

Poles
1. Andrew Ranger … 1
Alex Tagliani … 1

Top Fives
1. L.P. Dumoulin … 3
Scott Steckly … 3
3. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 2
Andrew Ranger … 2

Top 10s
1. L.P. Dumoulin … 3
J.R. Fitzpatrick … 3
Jeff Lapcevich … 3
Scott Steckly … 3

Laps Led
1. Andrew Ranger … 59
2. Alex Tagliani … 24
3. D.J. Kennington … 6

Laps Completed
1. eight drivers … 94 (all)

Starts
1. 15 drivers … 3 (all)

Select Driver Highlights:
J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Bernier Crepeau Chrysler/Bellemare Dodge)
· Has eight top 10s in 16 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts. Best career finish of sixth was recorded at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in 2012.
· This will be his first NCATS appearance since a 15th-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last September.
· In three previous starts at Circuit ICAR he has finishes of 22nd (2011), seventh (`12) and eighth (`13).

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
· The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has two wins, a pole, 11 top fives and 19 top 10s in 39 career starts.
· Both of his career triumphs came at CTMP in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
· Is second in points after two races with finishes of fourth at CTMP and fifth at Autodrome Chaudiere.
· Has finishes of fourth, fourth and third at ICAR the three previous years.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)
· Has nine wins, a series record 14 poles, 38 top fives and 55 top 10s in 80 career starts.
· Won the 2014 opener at CTMP to extend his series record for wins at the road course to four.
· Ranks first in points after two races with the CTMP win and an eighth at Chaudiere.
· Has finishes of seventh, second and fourth at ICAR. Led three laps in the 2011 event.

Alex Guenette (No. 39 Motos Illimitees Dodge)
· The 2013 NCATS Rookie of the Year has two top fives and six top 10s in 13 career starts.
· Did not participate in the CTMP opener and finished sixth at Chaudiere.

· Finished 10th last year in his first ICAR appearance. That is his best result in four career road course races.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
· Has four wins and 53 top 10s in 89 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
· All four of his career wins were earned on ovals, including three of his last four such starts.
· Best career road course finish is second at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2012.
· Has finishes of 15th, 23rd and 20th in the three previous ICAR events.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
· The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (19), top fives (63), top 10s (75) and is one of three drivers to start each of the 89 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
· Holds the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16. Has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
· Has a streak of 52-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2007.
· His three road course wins were earned at CTMP (2011), Edmonton (`12) and Trois-Rivieres (`13).
· Has finishes of 20th, fifth and sixth in the three ICAR races. Led six laps in 2012.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)
· Has a pole and 35 top 10s in 54 career starts. The pole came last September at CTMP.
· Tied his career-best finish with a second-place effort in the CTMP opener. Did not attend the Chaudiere race.
· Has finishes of sixth, eighth and fifth the three previous years at ICAR.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar Dodge)
· The 2007 and 2009 champion has 17 wins, 13 poles, 38 top fives and 54 top 10s in 63 career NCATS starts.
· Of his 17 career triumphs, 14 have come on road courses. Also has three road course wins in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition.
· Ranks 11th in points after finishes of 21st at CTMP and 12th at Chaudiere. Was the polesitter for the opener.
· Won the 2012 and `13 ICAR events, and led with two laps to go in the inaugural race before an accident relegated him to 21st. Has led 59 of 94 all-time laps at ICAR.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge)
· Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.
· Owner of 15 wins, 12 poles, 55 top fives and 66 top 10s in 89 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,319.
· All 15 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. He’s won at eight different circle tracks.
· Ranks eighth in points after two races with finishes of 25th (DNF) at CTMP and fourth at Chaudiere.
· Has finishes of second, third and second in the previous three ICAR races.
· Has five career road course runner-ups, including the pair at ICAR.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
· Has a win, four poles and six top 10s in 17 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton in 2008.
· Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Finished 14th at Chaudiere.
· All four of his career top-five finishes in NCATS competition have been earned on road courses.
· Won the pole and finished eighth at ICAR in 2011, his only previous race there.

Up To Speed:
· The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

· The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.

· J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.

· Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day due to rain.

· Following the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne, the next race will be contested on July 11 with the inaugural Alberta Has Energy 300 at Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: ICAR

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: ICAR

· Series Returns To The Road In Mirabel

· Ranger Looks To Get On Track At Place Of Past Success

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2014) – The 2014 season was supposed to be Andrew Ranger’s triumphant return to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1. The road to a potential third championship has been quite bumpy to start, but this week’s Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne at Circuit ICAR provides Ranger with the perfect opportunity to get back in the Winner’s Circle.

Ranger, from Roxton Pond, has been victorious in each of the two previous seasons at Circuit ICAR in his native Quebec. The triumphs have come in completely dominating fashion as well; he led 25 of 31 circuits in 2012 and wire-to-wire a year ago.

A similar performance by Ranger on Sunday at the 2.113-mile, 14-turn road course in Mirabel would go a long way toward turning around an unfortunate start to 2014. Ranger’s pole for the opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was negated by a penalty for unapproved impound adjustments, and eventual electrical issues resulted in a 21st place finish. Then last time out at Autodrome Chaudiere, Ranger was involved in an on-track incident that relegated him to 12th place. Heading to Circuit ICAR he sits 11th in the championship standings, 29 points behind leader J.R. Fitzpatrick.

The good news for Ranger is that there are still nine races to go on the schedule. Even better news is that three of the nine are at road courses, a discipline where he has few equals. Fourteen of his 17 career Canadian Tire Series checkered flags have been captured at road courses, including his last eight in a row. He even has three more such triumphs in NASCAR K&N Pro Series action.

Sunday’s Jiffy Lube 100 will also provide Ranger with an opportunity at history. He is the only driver since the Canadian Tire Series was founded in 2007 to win the same race three years in a row. The 27-year-old won three straight events at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres from 2008-10, and an ICAR victory this week would match the feat.

Ranger doesn’t figure to go unchallenged this week, however. Fitzpatrick was the class of the field in the opener, and fellow road course ace L.P. Dumoulin has had a solid start to the 2014 campaign after winning twice at CTMP a year ago. Both Fitzpatrick and Dumoulin have a top-five career average finish at Circuit ICAR.

RACE: Jiffy Lube 100 pres. by La Petite Bretonne
PLACE: Circuit ICAR, Mirabel, Que.
DATE: Sunday, July 6
TIME: 2:30 p.m. ET
BROADCAST: TSN – July 13 at 11 a.m. ET; RDS – July 17 at 9:30 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.113-mile, 14-turn airport road course
2013 POLESITTER/WINNER: Andrew Ranger
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday – Practice 11:25-11:55 a.m., Final Practice 12:30-1 p.m., Qualifying 3:30 p.m.; Sunday – Driver Autograph Session 1 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Alex Martin, 514-955-4227, amartin@icarxp.com
TRACK TWITTER: @icarxp
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #JiffyLube100
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 Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne is the third event of the 2014 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 and the second of four road-course events on the schedule. This is the series’ fourth visit Circuit ICAR.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 25 cars will qualify through NASCAR Road Race (group) qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 30 laps covering 63.37 miles (102 kilometers).

The Track: Circuit ICAR is located northwest of Montreal, Quebec, on the grounds of Montreal-Mirabel Airport, which has been closed to commercial flights since 2004. The complex has over three kilometers of road circuits with multiple configurations, a .25-mile drag strip, skid pad, drift park, autocross track and a one-kilometer karting track designed by Jacques Villeneuve.

The Pole Winners: Alex Tagliani was the inaugural event’s pole winner in 2011. Qualifying was rained out in 2012 and Andrew Ranger took the pole a year ago in a track record lap of 95.938 seconds (79.289 mph).

The Race Winners: The first ICAR event saw Robin Buck take the checkered flag and Ranger was victorious in the two subsequent events in Mirabel.

Jiffy Lube 100 Notes:
First of Four Races in 20 Days: Following a long offseason, and just two events since the season began in mid-May, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule will kick into high gear this week. Starting with the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne, the Canadian Tire Series will contest four events in a span of 20 calendar days. Following Circuit ICAR, the annual western swing will take the series to Alberta on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway and to Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon on July 16. The 20-day run will conclude back in Quebec on July 26 at Autodrome St. Eustache.

Second of Four Road Course Races: Circuit ICAR will play host to the second of four road course events for the Canadian Tire Series in 2014. The season opened at Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18, and the series will return there on Aug. 31. The third of four road course races will be contested at Quebec’s Circuit de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10.

Distinguished Road Course History: Of the previous 89 all-time events in Canadian Tire Series history, 32 were contested on road courses. That’s an exceptional percentage of road course events when compared to other NASCAR national and regional touring series. Circuit ICAR is one of six different road course facilities that have played host to the Canadian Tire Series since its inaugural 2007 season.

Steckly Still in Search of First Road Course Win: Three-time titlists Scott Steckly has participated in all 32 of those road course races in Canadian Tire Series history, and recorded 18 top-five finishes in the process, but the first checkered flag on the road remains elusive. Steckly ranks third on the series’ all-time wins list with 15, and all have come on ovals. Steckly has posted four road course runner-up finishes, including last year at Circuit ICAR.

Inaugural ICAR Pole Winner Tagliani Set to Return: Famed Quebec racer Alex Tagliani is set to return to Circuit ICAR for the first time since the Canadian Tire Series’ inaugural event at the Mirabel course in 2011, when he captured the pole position and finished eighth. Tagliani did not participate in the 2014 opener at CTMP, and finished 14th last time out on the oval at Autodrome Chaudiere. Including the Jiffy Lube 100, he expected to run eight of the remaining nine events on the schedule.

Strong Start for Dumoulin: It may only be two races into the 2014 campaign, but L.P. Dumoulin is looking like a championship contender. With a fourth place finish in the CTMP opener and a fifth last time out at Chaudiere, Dumoulin has posted back-to-back top-five finishes for the second time in his 39-race career. In the three previous Circuit ICAR events the Quebec native has posted two fourth place finishes and was third in last year’s event.

Brisebois is Back: A 16-year veteran of the National Hockey League, 14 years of which were spent with his hometown Montreal Canadians, Patrice Brisebois is set to make his first Canadian Tire Series appearance of 2014 with the Jiffy Lube 100 at Circuit ICAR. Brisebois has one previous start at ICAR, a 17th place finish in the inaugural 2011 event. Brisebois has made 10 Canadian Tire Series starts since 2009, the last at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in 2013. Brisebois’ No. 71 Dodge entry will carry the logo of the race sponsor Jiffy Lube.

Last Time Out: Chaudiere
The second race on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule was contested on June 15 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec. Here are some highlights from the Budweiser 300:
Jason Hathaway took home the checkered flag in the inaugural Budweiser 300 in a dominating performance that saw him lead four different times for a career-high 177 laps. It was his fourth career victory.
Steve Mathews captured his third career pole prior to the event and led a career-high 64 laps en route to a third place finish.
Mark Dilley netted a runner-up finish in his season debut and led 60 laps.
Autodrome Chaudiere became the 16th track all-time to play host to the Canadian Tire Series, and 10th different oval.
The race was postponed one day due to adverse conditions caused by three days of rain at the facility.

Next Time Out: Edmonton
Following this week’s event at Circuit ICAR, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will get right back at it with the first leg of the annual western swing at Edmonton International Raceway on Friday, July 11. The Alberta Has Energy 300 will be the series’ inaugural event at the quarter-mile located in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. EIR has been a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member track since 2005.

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Hathaway Emerges From Chaudière Fray With Fourth Career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Victory

Hathaway Emerges From Chaudière Fray With Fourth Career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Victory

VALLÉE-JONCTION, Quebec (June 15, 2014) – Jason Hathaway survived a ferocious battle with Mark Dilley and won the Budweiser 300 on Sunday.

Hathaway and Dilley swapped the lead six times in the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race at Autodrome Chaudière and battled to the end on a green-white-checkered finish before Hathaway emerged with the win. It was the fourth series career victory for the driver of the No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/HGC Chevrolet out of Dutton, Ontario. Dating back to last season, it was Hathaway’s third triumph in his last five starts.

Dilley settled for second while Steve Mathews, who won his third career pole position earlier in the day, crossed the line in the third position. Defending and three-time series champion Scott Steckly battled back from a start toward the rear of the field to finish fourth followed by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin in fifth.

Alex Guenette, D.J. Kennington, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Noel Dowler and Jason White completed the top-10 finishers on the day.

The race was postponed to Sunday after persistent rain showers washed out all on-track activity on Saturday.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to Quebec for a July 6 date at Mirabel’s Circuit ICAR for the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne, the season’s second of four road course events.

The inaugural Budweiser 300 from Autodrome Chaudière will be telecast by TSN on Sat., June 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET. French-language coverage will be carried by RDS2 on Fri., July 4 at 8 p.m. and RDS on Wed., July 9 at 7 p.m. ET.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Budweiser 300
Unofficial Results
Sunday
At Autodrome Chaudière
Vallée-Jonction, Que.
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (3) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 301 laps, 56.876 mph.
2. (6) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 301.
3. (1) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 301.
4. (14) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 301.
5. (5) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Que., Dodge, 301.
6. (7) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 301.
7. (10) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 301.
8. (11) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 301.
9. (13) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Chevrolet, 301.
10. (15) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 300.
11. (12) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 298.
12. (8) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 295.
13. (17) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 293.
14. (4) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 283.
15. (2) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 281.
16. (9) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 269.
17. (16) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 166, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 19 minutes 23 seconds
Margin of Victory: .274 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: S.Mathews (68.655 mph, 13.109 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 26 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: S. Mathews 1-64; J. Hathaway 65-153; M. Dilley 154-156; J. Hathaway 157-176; M. Dilley 177-232; J. Hathaway 233-299; M. Dilley 300; J. Hathaway 301.
Standings: 1. J. Fitzpatrick, 84; 2. L. Dumoulin, 79; 3. D. Kennington, 76; 4. H. Vannini, 70; 5. J. Hathaway, 68; 6. S. Mathews, 64; 7. R. Courtemanche Jr., 61; 8. S. Steckly, 59; 9. N. Dowler, 57; 10. J. McColm, 56.

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Canadian Tire Series Postponed At Autodrome Chaudiere

Canadian Tire Series Postponed At Autodrome Chaudiere

Inaugural Budweiser 300 Will Run Sunday

VALLEE-JONCTION, Que. (June 14, 2014) – NASCAR and Autodrome Chaudiere have announced that due to the circumstances surrounding adverse weather conditions today, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1’s Budweiser 300 has been postponed to Sunday.

The accumulation of rain on the grounds at the speedway for three consecutive days, and a forecast for continued precipitation today, prompted series and track officials to postpone the event to Sunday in the best interest of the fans expected to attend the Canadian Tire Series’ inaugural appearance at the Quebec quarter-mile.

The Budweiser 300, the second race of the 2014 season, is now slated to take the green flag at 1:30 p.m.

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