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Lacroix Powers To Trois-Rivieres Triumph

Lacroix Powers To Trois-Rivieres Triumph

Two Wins In First Four Canadian Tire Series Starts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday

At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Lap length: 1.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

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

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 20 minutes 20 seconds

Margin of Victory: .048 seconds

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

Caution Flags: 4 for 14 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 2 drivers.

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

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: GP3R

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: GP3R

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

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

JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Setup:

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

At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:

History

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

Notebook

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

Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Data

Race #:  8 of 11

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

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

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

Qualifying/Race Data

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

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

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

 Active Category Leaders at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:Wins

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

Poles

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

Top Fives

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

 Top 10s

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

 Laps Led

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

Laps Completed

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

Select Driver Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

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

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

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

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

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

Other Driver Notes

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

Up To Speed:

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

Contact:

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NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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jcunningham@nascar.com

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Trois-Rivieres

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Trois-Rivieres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RACE:  JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours

PLACE:  Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (Que.)

DATE:  Sunday, Aug. 2

TIME:  2:10 p.m. ET

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

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

2014 POLESITTER:  Marc-Antoine Camirand

2014 WINNER:  L.P. Dumoulin

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

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

TRACK TWITTER:  @GP3R

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG:  #JuliaWine50

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

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

Fast Facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Notes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1

Lucas Oil National 250 pres. by Lacroix Tuning Results

Saturday

At Autodrome St-Eustache

St-Eustache, Que.

Lap length: 0.4 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

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

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 58 minutes 40 seconds

Margin of Victory: .087 seconds

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

Caution Flags: 9 for 65 laps.

Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers.

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

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache

Analyzing The Lucas Oil National 250 At Autodrome St-Eustache

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2015) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will head to Quebec for the third of four events in the province this year with the Lucas Oil National 250 presented by Lacroix Tuning on Saturday at Autodrome St-Eustache. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Lucas Oil National 250 Setup:

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

At Autodrome St-Eustache:

History

  • Was founded in 1965 as Fury Speedway de Fabreville, and the current configuration has played host various types of racing since 1970. The track was purchased by Alan Labrosse prior to the 2008 race season.
  • Facility also includes a 1-mile road course and .125-mile drag strip.
  • Was a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member track from 2004-09, and returned to the program in 2014.
  • Welcomed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for four events from 2008-10, and again in 2013-14.
  • Was the only oval in Quebec to play host to a NCATS event prior to 2014.

Notebook

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

Autodrome St-Eustache Data

Race #:  7 of 11

Track Layout:  .4-mile asphalt oval

Race Length:  250 laps (100 miles)

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

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  Scott Steckly

2014 Pole Winner:  Alex Labbe

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

 Category Leaders at Autodrome St-Eustache:Wins

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

Poles

  1. six drivers with … 1

Top Fives

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

 Top 10s

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

 Laps Led

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

Laps Completed

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

Select Driver Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Has six wins and 64 top 10s in 104 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
  • Ranks second in points on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and five top 10s in six starts.
  • All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he has posted 47 top 10s and an average finish of eighth in 67 starts.
  • Has three top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of fourth (2010) in the six previous ASE events. 

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

  • The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (70) and top 10s (86), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 104 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Has a streak of 67-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
  • Sits sixth in points after six races with four top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
  • Sixteen of his wins and all 10 of his career poles have been earned on ovals. He has an average finish of sixth with 42 races led and 56 top 10s in 67 career oval events.
  • Has a win (2010), a pole (‘09) and an average finish of eighth at ASE. 

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

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

Alex Labbe (No. 36 Lou’s BBQ Dodge)

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

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

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

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

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

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

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

Up To Speed:

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

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: St-Eustache

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

· Labbe Looks For First Checkered Flag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RACE: Lucas Oil National 250 pres. by Lacroix Tuning

PLACE: Autodrome St-Eustache (Quebec)

DATE: Saturday, July 25

TIME: 8 p.m. ET

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

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

2014 POLESITTER: Alex Labbe

2014 WINNER: Scott Steckly

EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 12-12:30 p.m., Final Practice 1-1:30 p.m., Qualifying 4:15 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6:45 p.m.

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

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #LucasOil250

NASCAR CONTACT: Jason Cunningham, 704-201-6658, jcunningham@nascar.com, Twitter: @NASCAR_NE

If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, please contact Jason Cunningham.

Fast Facts

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

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

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

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

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

St-Eustache Race Notes

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

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

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

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

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Steckly Weathers Wild West  Earns Second Consecutive Win in 2015

Steckly Weathers Wild West Earns Second Consecutive Win in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday

At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

Saskatoon, Sk.

Lap length: 0.333 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

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

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 32 minutes 50 seconds

Margin of Victory: .379 seconds

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

Caution Flags: 9 for 74 laps.

Lead Changes: 15 among 4 drivers.

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

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Saskatoon

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Saskatoon

Analyzing The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will conclude its annual western swing with the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 on Wednesday at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Setup:

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

At Auto Clearing Motor Speedway:

  • Opened in 2006.
  • Has played host to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 each year since 2009.
  • That 2009 inaugural event was the first appearance for the series in the province of Saskatchewan.
  • Scott Steckly won the inaugural 2009 race, and was victorious again there in 2013.
  • The previous six events have produced four different pole winners and race victors.
  • Mark Dilley, Jason Hathaway, D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly have participated in all six previous events, and all four are expected to extend the streak this week.
  • Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all six previous events. 

Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Data

Race #:  6 of 11

Track Layout:  .333-mile asphalt oval

Banking/Turns:  progressive from 5-11 degrees

Race Length:  250 laps (83.25 miles)

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

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  L.P. Dumoulin

2014 Pole Winner:  Scott Steckly

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

 Active Category Leaders at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway:Wins

  1. D.J. Kennington … 2

Scott Steckly … 2

  1. L.P. Dumoulin … 1

Poles

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

Top Fives

  1. D.J. Kennington … 5

Scott Steckly … 5

  1. Mark Dilley … 3

Jason Hathaway … 3

 Top 10s

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

Scott Steckly … 5

 Laps Led

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

Laps Completed

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

Select Driver Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

  • Has six wins and 63 top 10s in 103 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
  • Is the points leader on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and four top 10s in five starts.
  • All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he has posted 46 top 10s and an average finish of eighth in 66 starts.
  • Has five top 10s, an average finish of seventh and a best result of second (2014) in the six previous ACMS events. 

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

  • The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (70) and top 10s (86), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 103 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Has a streak of 66-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
  • Sits fifth in points after five races with four top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
  • Sixteen of his wins and all 10 of his career poles have been earned on ovals. He has an average finish of sixth with 42 races led and 56 top 10s in 66 career oval events.
  • Has two wins (2010, `12), two poles (`10, `11) and an average finish of third at ACMS, where he’s the only driver to finish top-10 in all six previous events held there. 

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

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

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

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

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

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

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

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

Other Driver Notes

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

Up To Speed:

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

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Saskatoon

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Saskatoon

  • Western Swing Continues With Velocity Prairie Thunder 250
  • Competition Is Close With Five Races, Five Different Winners

 

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

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

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

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

RACE:  Velocity Prairie Thunder 250

PLACE:  Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Saskatoon, Sask.

DATE:  Wednesday, July 15

TIME:  7:30 p.m. MT

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

TRACK LAYOUT:  .333-mile banked asphalt oval

2014 POLESITTER:  Scott Steckly

2014 WINNER:  L.P. Dumoulin

EVENT SCHEDULE:  Practice 1-1:30 p.m., Final Practice 2-2:30 p.m., Qualifying 5:15 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT:  Herm Hordal, 306-956-3225, info@autoclearingmotorspeedway.ca

TRACK TWITTER:  @ACMS_Racing

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG:  #VPT250

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

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

Fast Facts

The Race:  The seventh annual Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the sixth of 11 events on the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the lone trip to Saskatchewan and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will have secured starting positions through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 250 laps (83.25 miles) and will have a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 125.

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

Pole Winners:  The first six ACMS races have produced four different pole winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick and D.J. Kennington with two apiece. Fitzpatrick set the track qualifying record at 14.665 seconds (81.801 mph) in 2012.

Race Winners:  Kennington and Scott Steckly lead the way with two wins apiece. L.P. Dumoulin earned his first oval victory in this race last year.

Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Notes

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

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

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

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

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Steckly Has Field Covered At Edmonton Leads Every Lap En Route To 17th Canadian Tire Victory

Steckly Has Field Covered At Edmonton Leads Every Lap En Route To 17th Canadian Tire Victory

Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada (July 11, 2015) – Scott Steckly didn’t leave any room for doubt and showed once again how good he can be on oval tracks.

Steckly became just the third driver in the history of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 to lead every lap in a win. Driving his No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge to Victory Lane in the Alberta Has Energy 300 at Edmonton International Raceway, Tagliani became the first to accomplish the feat on an oval.

The Milverton, Ont., Canada, had to hold off defending series champion L.P. Dumoulin and Jason Hathaway in a five-lap sprint to the finish after the 10th caution flag of the race set up the late dash.

The three-time champion pushed his career win total to 17 and also increased his record for career laps led to 4,263.

D.J. Kennington finished fourth with Marc-Antoine Camirand fifth.

Andrew Ranger, the last driver to win after leading every lap (in 2013), came home sixth with Alex Tagliani and Joey McColm seventh and eighth. Rookie James Von Domselaar started his first career series race on the front row and finished a respectable ninth, with Gary Klutt rounding out the top 10.

The Alberta Has Energy 300 will air on TSN on Saturday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET, and also on RDS2 on Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 547-2469
jchristley@nascar.com

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Alberta Has Energy 300 Results
Saturday
At Edmonton International Raceway
Wetaskiwin, Alta.
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 300 laps, 44.836 mph.
2. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 300.
3. (12) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 300.
4. (5) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 300.
5. (8) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 300.
6. (7) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 300.
7. (9) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 300.
8. (3) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 300.9. (2) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 300.
10. (16) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 300.
11. (14) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 300.
12. (11) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 299.
13. (10) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 298.
14. (6) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 296.
15. (18) Jason Hankewich, Kindersley, Sask., Chevrolet, 293.
16. (13) Jamie Krzysik, Grande Prairie, Alta., Dodge, 290.
17. (15) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Ford, 252.
18. (20) Dennis LaForce, Athabasca, Alta., Chevrolet, 243.
19. (19) Adam Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 152, drive line.
20. (17) Nick Jewell, Fort Frances, Ont, Dodge, 83, alternator.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 40 minutes 22 seconds
Margin of Victory: .659 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: S.Steckly (71.028 mph, 12.671 seconds)
Caution Flags: 10 for 79 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.
Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-300.
Standings: 1. J. Hathaway, 200; 2. S. Steckly, 199; 3. G. Klutt, 192; 4. L. Dumoulin, 189; 5. D. Kennington, 185; 6. A. Ranger, 180; 7. J. Dumoulin, 173; 8. A. Tagliani, 166; 9. M. Camirand, 166; 10. J. McColm, 162.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Edmonton  Analyzing The Alberta Has Energy 300 At Edmonton International Raceway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Edmonton Analyzing The Alberta Has Energy 300 At Edmonton International Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 8, 2015) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will begin its annual western swing with the Alberta Has Energy 300 at Edmonton International Raceway on Saturday in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Alberta Has Energy 300 Setup:

  • Each of the first four NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 events this year has produced a different winner. Only once previously (2011) has a season started with five unique winners in five events.
  • Jason Hathaway brings a one-point lead on rookie Gary Klutt in the championship standings to Edmonton International Raceway and the top five are all within 14 points.
  • Andrew Ranger won last year’s Alberta Has Energy 300, which was also the last time he reached Victory Lane. Fellow Quebec driver Alex Tagliani, victor of the series’ most-recent oval race, was the inaugural Edmonton polesitter.
  • This race will mark the first appearance of the season for western Canada natives Dennis LaForce, Jason Hankewich, Nick Jewell, Jamie Krzysik and James Van Domselaar, as well as the series debut for Adam Dowler. 

At Edmonton International Raceway:

  • Opened in 1968 as a dirt track.
  • Was paved for the first time in 1995, and for a second time just prior to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1’s inaugural race at the facility in 2014.
  • Has been a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly racing member track since 2005. 

Edmonton International Raceway Data

Race #:  5 of 11

Track Layout:  .25-mile asphalt oval

Banking/Straights:  4 degrees

Banking/Turns:  7 degrees

Race Length:  300 laps (75 miles)

TV Coverage: TSN-July 18, 2:30 p.m. ET; RDS2-July 31, 8 p.m. ET 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 42.290 mph, 1 hr. 52 mins. 5 secs.

2014 Pole Winner/Qualifying Record:  Alex Tagliani, Dodge, 71.919 mph, 12.514 seconds, July 11, 2014

 Select Driver Highlights:

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

  • Has three wins, three poles, 30 top fives and 49 top 10s in 86 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
  • All of his wins and poles have come on ovals, where he has 39 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 63 starts.
  • Finished 19th after starting second in last year’s inaugural event at Edmonton International Raceway. 

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

  • The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 19 top fives and 32 top 10s in 52 career starts.
  • Is one of just two drivers with top-10 finishes in all four races this year and ranks fourth in points.
  • Has a win (Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, 2014), 16 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 27 career oval starts. Maintains a streak of nine-consecutive top-10 finishes on ovals.
  • Finished as the runner-up to Andrew Ranger last year at Edmonton. 

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

  • Has six wins and 62 top 10s in 102 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
  • Is the points leader on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and three top 10s in four starts.
  • All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he has posted 45 top 10s and an average finish of eighth in 65 starts.
  • Finished third at Edmonton a year ago. 

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 (69) and top 10s (85), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 102 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Has a streak of 65-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
  • Sits fifth in points after four races with three top 10s.
  • His 16 oval wins are tied with Scott Steckly for the most in NCATS history, and all 10 of his career poles have been earned on ovals. He has an average finish of sixth with 42 races led and 55 top 10s in 65 career oval events.
  • Finished fifth in the inaugural Edmonton event. 

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

  • Has a win, two poles and seven top 10s in 10 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks second in points, a single tally behind leader Jason Hathaway, and is one of two drivers with top-10 finishes in all four races this year.
  • Has a pole (Sunset Speedway, 2014), two top 10s and an average finish of 12th in three career oval appearances.
  • This will be his first start at Edmonton. 

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series’ all-time wins lead (19) and ranks second in poles (15). Has 45 top fives and 63 top 10s in 76 career starts.
  • Is sixth in points after four events with three top 10s.
  • Has four wins, 15 races led, 32 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 43 career oval starts.
  • Won last year’s inaugural event at Edmonton after starting fifth. 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 62 top fives and 75 top 10s. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,953 and is one of three drivers to start each of the 102 all-time events.
  • All 16 of his wins have come on ovals, where he’s posted 41 top fives, 48 top 10s, 45 races led and an average finish of 6.5 in 65 events.
  • Finished eighth last year at Edmonton. 

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

  • Has a two wins, six poles and 12 top 10s in 28 career NCATS starts.
  • Ranks ninth in points despite missing the season opener to qualify for the Indy 500. Has top-five finishes in each of his three starts.
  • Has a win (Sunset, 2015) a pole (Edmonton, 2014), five top 10s and an average finish of 13th in 13 oval starts.
  • Led the first 268 laps from the pole last year at Edmonton but was involved in a late accident and finished 13th. 

Erica Thiering (No. 87 #RaceCarByAva/CBRT Ford)

  • Has two top 10s in nine career NCATS starts with a best finish of eighth at Barrie Speedway in 2014.
  • Ranks third in Jostens Rookie of the Year points and 13th in the overall standings.
  • Seven of her nine starts have come on ovals, where she’s posted an average finish of 12th.
  • Has earned six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and province championships at Edmonton. 

Other Driver Notes

  • Joey McColm finished sixth at Edmonton last year, tied for his career-best result.
  • With the debut of Adam Dowler, he and brother Noel will become the eighth set of siblings to compete in NCATS. Noel Dowler has 19 top 10s in 46 career starts, including a 10th-place finish last year at Edmonton. 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
  • The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
  • Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
  • Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
  • Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
  • Kevin Lacroix reached Victory Lane in just his second NCATS appearance when he won at Circuit ICAR on July 5.
  • Following the Alberta Has Energy 300 the western swing will conclude with the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 on July 15 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. 

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Edmonton

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Edmonton

· Western Swing To Commence With Alberta Has Energy 300

· Thiering In Familiar Territory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2015) – Jostens Rookie of the Year candidate Erica Thiering will put her home track advantage to work Saturday in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1’s Alberta Has Energy 300 at Edmonton International Raceway.

Thiering, from nearby Sherwood Park, began her racing career at the Alberta quarter-mile, and continues to race late models there on a weekly basis. And she doesn’t just race there, she wins. The 25-year-old has captured six NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championships at Edmonton since 2008, including the last four in a row.

Thiering’s connection to the track extends beyond just the competition as her family owns and operates the facility. She’s actually one of three Canadian Tire Series competitors with family ties to a host tracks on the schedule along with part-time participants Elie Arseneau (Circuit ICAR) and Donald Chisholm (Riverside International Speedway).

Home cooking could be just the recipe Thiering needs as she’s still looking for her first top-10 finish this year after recording two in five appearances in 2014. She finished 11th in last year’s Alberta Has Energy 300.

Thiering enters Saturday’s event ranked third in Jostens Rookie of the Year points and 13th in the overall championship standings.

RACE: Alberta Has Energy 300

PLACE: Edmonton International Raceway, Wetaskiwin, Alta.

DATE: Saturday, July 11

TIME: 8 p.m. MT

TELECAST: TSN-July 18, 2:30 p.m. ET; RDS2-July 31, 8 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT: .25-mile asphalt oval

2014 WINNER: Andrew Ranger

2014 POLESITTER: Alex Tagliani

EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 12-12:30 p.m., Final Practice 1-1:45 p.m., Qualifying 4:30 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6:40 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT: Loretta Thiering, 780-467-9276, speedway@syban.net

TRACK TWITTER: @EIRNASCAR

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #AlbertaHasEnergy300

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

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

Fast Facts

The Race: The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 is set to visit Edmonton International Raceway for the second year in a row. The Alberta Has Energy 300 will be the fifth of 11 events on the 2015 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 five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 150.

The Track: Edmonton is the second facility to play host to the Canadian Tire Series in the province of Alberta along with Edmonton City Centre Airport (2007-12). The track was first paved in 1994 and received a new coat of asphalt and other improvements just prior last year’s inaugural series event. 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.

The Winners: Andrew Ranger won 2014’s inaugural event.

The Polesitters: Alex Tagliani became the series’ first Edmonton polesitter when he turned a fast lap of 12.514 seconds (71.919 mph) a year ago.

Alberta Has Energy 300 Notes

Hathaway Goes West With the Lead: Jason Hathaway’s Ed Hakonson Racing team once considered not going on the western swing, but with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship lead, the No. 3 Chevrolet is heading to Alberta. Hathaway, who hasn’t missed a race in series history, moved into the points lead for the first time in his career with a win at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13 and has held it through two subsequent events. He will take a one-point advantage (159-158) on Gary Klutt to Edmonton International Raceway, where he finished third a year ago.

Tagliani Looks to Stay Hot: Last year’s Edmonton polesitter Alex Tagliani lapped the field en route victory at Sunset Speedway on June 20 and followed that with a pole and podium finish last week at Circuit ICAR. This time around Tagliani will look to finish what he started at the Alberta bullring, where he led a race- and career-high 268 laps but ended up in two late-race incidents and finished 13th. Tagliani’s history of success in Alberta also includes his first Canadian Tire Series win in 2008 at Edmonton City Centre Airport.

Steady Performances Paying Off for Defending Champ: Reigning Canadian Tire Series titlist L.P. Dumoulin has yet to register a podium finish in 2015, but he’s now up to a season-best fourth place in the standings. Dumoulin is one of just two drivers with top-10 finishes in each of the season’s first four races, and he heads to Edmonton just 12 points behind championship leader Hathaway. Dumoulin won the second stop on the western swing last year at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

First Appearances: The Alberta Has Energy 300 will be the first Canadian Tire Series appearance of the season for Alberta natives Adam Dowler (Sherwood Park), Shania LaForce (Athabasca), Jamie Krzysik (Grande Prairie) and James Van Domselaar (Fort Saskatchewan). It will actually mark the Canadian Tire Series debut for Dowler, younger brother of series regular Noel Dowler. Manitoba’s Nick Jewell (Fort Frances) and Saskatchewan’s Jason Hankewich (Kindersley) are also slated to make their first start of the year.

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Lacroix Dominates At Circuit ICAR  Earns First Victory In Canadian Tire Series’ First Caution-Free Race

Lacroix Dominates At Circuit ICAR Earns First Victory In Canadian Tire Series’ First Caution-Free Race

MIRABEL, Que. (July 5, 2015) – Making history is the current theme for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

The series contested its milestone 100th all-time race on June 13 and the following week saw Alex Tagliani lap the field in victory – a series first. Sunday saw Quebec native Kevin Lacroix dominate the first-caution free race in Canadian Tire Series history and triumph in the Ecko Unlimited 100 at Circuit ICAR.

Lacroix, from St-Eustache, reached Victory Lane in just his second Canadian Tire Series start. To do it, he beat two fellow Quebec racing icons in Andrew Ranger and Tagliani.

The 26-year-old Lacroix started from the fourth position in his No. 74 Lacroix Tuning/Excellence Chrysler Dodge on Sunday and made a quick move to the front as he took the lead from three-time defending ICAR winner Ranger on the second circuit. While Lacroix held a comfortable advantage throughout the 30-lap event, Ranger made a valiant run at the end only to end up 0.896 behind at the finish.

Lacroix made his series debut in the 2015 season-opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and finished 26th.

Tagliani, the polesitter, crossed the finish line third after battling power steering issues. Defending series champion L.P. Dumoulin finished fourth and Scott Steckly fifth. Alex Labbe, Marc-Antoine Camirand, Gary Klutt, D.J. Kennington and Jeff Lapcevich rounded out the top 10.

Championship leader Jason Hathaway finished 11th and leaves ICAR with a one-point advantage (159-158) on Klutt after four of 11 events.

Sunday’s Ecko Unlimited 100 telecast will premiere on TSN on July 11 at 1 p.m., and on RDS2 on July 25 at 2 p.m.

The Canadian Tire Series will begin its annual western swing with the Alberta Has Energy 300 on July 11 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-Ecko Unlimited 100 Results

Sunday

At Circuit ICAR

Mirabel, Que.

Lap length: 2.113 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (4) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 30 laps, 77.410 mph.
  2. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 30.
  3. (1) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 30.
  4. (6) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 30.
  5. (7) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 30.
  6. (9) Alex Labbe, Victoriaville, Que., Dodge, 30.
  7. (8) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 30.
  8. (5) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 30.
  9. (11) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 30.
  10. (12) Jeff Lapcevich, Ancaster, Ont., Dodge, 30.
  11. (19) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 30.
  12. (17) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 30.
  13. (18) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 30.
  14. (13) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 30.
  15. (10) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 30.
  16. (20) Dave Coursol, Saint-Jerome, Que., Dodge, 30.
  17. (21) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 29.
  18. (22) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 29.
  19. (16) Patrice Brisebois, Westmount, Que., Dodge, 29.
  20. (23) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Ford, 28.
  21. (15) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Chevrolet, 27, off track.
  22. (3) Elie Arseneau, Laval, Que., Dodge, 16, rear end.
  23. (14) Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Dodge, 11, rear end.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 0 hours 49 minutes 8 seconds

Margin of Victory: .869 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: A.Tagliani (78.956 mph, 96.342 seconds)

Caution Flags: 0 for 0 laps.

Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Tagliani 1-2; K. Lacroix 3-30.

Standings: 1. J. Hathaway, 159; 2. G. Klutt, 158; 3. S. Steckly, 151; 4. L. Dumoulin,

147; 5. D. Kennington, 145; 6. A. Ranger, 142; 7. J. Dumoulin, 140; 8. A. Labbe, 135; 9.

  1. Tagliani, 129; 10. M. Camirand, 127.

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Tagliani Takes Top Spot At ICAR  On Canadian Tire Series Pole For Sunday’s Ecko Unlimited 100

Tagliani Takes Top Spot At ICAR On Canadian Tire Series Pole For Sunday’s Ecko Unlimited 100

MIRABEL, Que. (July 4, 2015) – Alex Tagliani turned in one of the most dominant performances in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 history last time out, and he’s keeping the momentum going.

Tagliani, who hails from nearby Lachenaie, Quebec, posted a fast lap of 96.342 seconds (78.956 mph) Saturday at Circuit ICAR to capture his sixth career Canadian Tire Series pole.

It’s Tagliani’s second pole in three visits to the 2.113-mile airport course. He was the inaugural event’s polesitter in 2011.

In the Canadian Tire Series’ most recent race on June 20, Tagliani became the first driver in series history to have the field lapped at the finish when he won on the .333-mile oval at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario.

The Circuit ICAR winner in each of the previous three years, Andrew Ranger qualified on the outside pole for the Ecko Unlimited 100. The Roxton Pond, Quebec, native’s fastest lap Saturday was 96.372 seconds (78.932 mph). On Sunday he will look to extend his own series record for consecutive wins at a track.

Elie Arseneau qualified third-fastest at 96.431 (78.883) followed by rookie Kevin Lacroix at 96.582 (78.760) and Gary Klutt at 96.782 (78.597).

Defending Canadian Tire Series titlist L.P. Dumoulin, Scott Steckly, Marc-Antoine Camirand, Alex Labbe and Kerry Micks rounded out the top 10 qualifiers.

Season points leader Jason Hathaway qualified 19th out of the 23-car field at 99.543 (76.417).

Sunday’s Ecko Unlimited 100 is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:45 p.m. ET. The race telecast will premiere on TSN on Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m., and on RDS2 on Saturday, July 25 at 2 p.m.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

 

Qualifying Results

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1 – Ecko Unlimited 100 Lineup

Race Sunday; Qualifying Saturday

at Circuit ICAR

Mirabel, Que.

Lap Length: 2.113 miles

  1. (18) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 78.956
  2. (27) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 78.932
  3. (03) Elie Arseneau, Laval, Que., Dodge, 78.883
  4. (74) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 78.760
  5. (59) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 78.597
  6. (47) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 78.561
  7. (22) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 78.263
  8. (99) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 78.149
  9. (36) Alex Labbe, Victoriaville, Que., Dodge, 77.982
  10. (02) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 77.636
  11. (17) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 77.125
  12. (76) Jeff Lapcevich, Ancaster, Ont., Dodge, 77.028
  13. (04) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 76.784
  14. (95) Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Dodge, 76.776
  15. (69) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Chevrolet, 76.770
  16. (71) Patrice Brisebois, Westmount, Que., Dodge, 76.654
  17. (25) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 76.606
  18. (56) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 76.476
  19. (3) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 76.417
  20. (94) Dave Coursol, Saint-Jerome, Que., Dodge, 76.279
  21. (37) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 75.774
  22. (29) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 75.665
  23. (87) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Ford, 69.521

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: ICAR  Analyzing The Ecko Unlimited 100 At Circuit ICAR

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: ICAR Analyzing The Ecko Unlimited 100 At Circuit ICAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 1, 2015) – The 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to the road with the fifth annual Ecko Unlimited 100 at Circuit ICAR on Sunday in Mirabel, Quebec. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Ecko Unlimited 100 Setup:

  • Andrew Ranger has been victorious in each of the three previous seasons at Circuit ICAR, and was two laps away from winning the inaugural 2011 event before being involved in an accident.
  • Ranger has won 10 of the 18 road course events in series history contested in his native Quebec: three at ICAR, three at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, four at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
  • Although neither has a win at ICAR, L.P. Dumoulin and Scott Steckly have both posted a series-best average finish of 3.5 there through the first four races. 

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 three subsequent races at ICAR in 2012-14. He led wire-to-wire in 2013.
  • Qualifying was rained out in 2012. Ranger’s pole-winning effort in 2013 established the track record.
  • Ranger has led 60-percent (75/124) of the total laps contested in the first three ICAR races.
  • Dodge has been the winning manufacturer for all four previous NCATS ICAR events. 

Circuit ICAR Data

Race #:  4 of 11

Track Layout:  2.113-mile, 14-turn road course

Race Length:  30 laps (63.37 miles/102 kilometers)

Telecast: TSN – July 11 at 1 p.m. ET; RDS – July 25 at 2 p.m. 

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 69.596 mph, 54 mins. 39 secs.

2014 Pole Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 79.274 mph, 95.956 secs.

Qualifying Record:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 79.289 mph, 95.938 seconds, July 7, 2013

 Active Category Leaders at Circuit ICAR:Wins

  1. Andrew Ranger … 3
  2. Robin Buck … 1

Poles

  1. Andrew Ranger …2
  2. Alex Tagliani … 1

Top Fives

  1. L.P. Dumoulin … 4
  2. Andrew Ranger … 3
  3. Scott Steckly … 3

Top 10s

  1. L.P. Dumoulin … 4
  2. Scott Steckly … 4
  3. Jeff Lapcevich … 3
  4. Andrew Ranger … 3

 Laps Led

  1. Andrew Ranger … 75
  2. Alex Tagliani … 24
  3. D.J. Kennington … 6

 Laps Completed

  1. L.P. Dumoulin … 124 (all)
  2. D.J. Kennington … 124
  3. Andrew Ranger … 124
  4. Scott Steckly … 124

Starts

  1. Nine drivers … 4 (all)

Select Driver Highlights:

Patrice Brisebois (No. 71 Jiffy Lube Quebec Dodge)

  • Has participated in 12 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 races since 2009.
  • Best career finish is 12th, recorded at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2009 and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in 2013.
  • Has finishes of 17th (2011) and 21st (2014) in two previous appearances at Circuit ICAR. 

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

  • Has 11 top 10s in 22 career NCATS starts with a best finish of third at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this May.
  • Twenty of his 22 appearances have come on road courses, where he’s posted an average finish of 13th.
  • Has an average finish of 13th and a best result of seventh (2012) across the four previous ICAR events. 

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

  • The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 18 top fives and 31 top 10s in 51 career starts.
  • Has three wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 23 career road course starts.
  • Has registered finishes of fourth, fourth, third and third in the four previous ICAR races. 

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

  • Has six wins and 62 top 10s in 101 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
  • All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he has posted 45 top 10s in 65 starts.
  • Has 16 top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of second (Edmonton City Centre Airport, 2012) in 36 career road course starts.
  • In the four ICAR events he’s posted an average finish of 17th with a best showing of ninth (2014). 

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 (69) and top 10s (84), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 101 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Has a streak of 64-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
  • Has two wins, 24 top fives, 28 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 36 career road course starts.
  • In the four ICAR events he’s recorded an average finish of 11th with a best result of fifth (2012). 

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

  • Has a win, two poles and six top 10s in nine career NCATS starts.
  • Has a win and a pole (CTMP, May 2015), four top 10s and an average finish of 10th in six career road races.
  • Finished eighth last year in his ICAR debut. 

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

  • Has two poles, three top fives and six top 10s in 11 career starts with a best finish of second, recorded twice.
  • In seven career road course starts he has three top 10s, an average finish of 15th and a best result of fourth.
  • Has finishes of sixth, 11th and fourth at ICAR the three previous seasons. 

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

  • Has three wins, four poles and 52 top 10s in 83 career starts.
  • Has competed in 35 of the 36 all-time road course events with two wins, a pole, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 10th. The only road race he missed was due to illness last year at ICAR.
  • Finished 19th, 21st and seventh in the first three NCATS events at ICAR. 

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series’ all-time wins lead (19) and ranks second in poles (15). Has 44 top fives and 62 top 10s in 75 career starts.
  • Has competed in 33 of the 36 all-time road course races and maintains series records for wins (15), poles (15), top fives (27), top 10s (30), races led (26), laps led (427), average start (3.8) and average finish (3.8).
  • Finished 21st in the inaugural ICAR event, and has won the subsequent three, including the last two from the pole. Has led 71 of the 91 laps contested during those three triumphs.
  • Currently holds the series’ record for consecutive wins at a track with three (ICAR, 2012-14; Trois-Rivieres, 2008-10). 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 61 top fives and 74 top 10s. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,953 and is one of three drivers to start each of the 101 all-time events.
  • Has three poles, 20 top fives, 29 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 36 road course starts. Has been a runner-up on the road on four occasions, including twice at ICAR.
  • Has finishes of second, third, second and seventh in the four ICAR events. 

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

  • Has two wins, five poles, eight top fives and 11 top 10s in 27 career NCATS starts.
  • Has a win (Edmonton, 2008), four poles, five top fives and an average finish of 16th in 14 road course starts.
  • Earned the inaugural ICAR pole and has finishes of eighth (2011) and fifth (2014) there. 

Other Driver Notes

  • Marc-Antoine Camirand’s best finish (third, CTMP, May 2015) and one pole (Trois-Rivieres, 2014) were both recorded on road courses.
  • Anthony Simone’s best career finish is second, recorded three times, all in road course events (CTMP, 2009; Trois-Rivieres, 2009; Edmonton, 2010).
  • Trevor Seibert’s personal best are third place finishes on road circuits (Trois-Rivieres, 2007; Edmonton, 2012).
  • Elie Arseneau’s best finish in 11 career starts is 12th, recorded in 2011 at ICAR, a facility owned by his family. 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
  • The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
  • Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
  • Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
  • Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
  • Following Circuit ICAR the series will make its annual Western Swing to Edmonton International Raceway (July 11) and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway (July 15). 

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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