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Klutt Makes His Way To First Win  Rookie Captures Checkered Flag After Leaders Collide On Final Lap

Klutt Makes His Way To First Win Rookie Captures Checkered Flag After Leaders Collide On Final Lap

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (May 17, 2015) – Gary Klutt was at the right place at the right time and it paid off for him Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Sitting in third place behind leader Scott Steckly and Andrew Ranger on the final lap, Klutt was able to get past the duo after they made contact in Turns 9 and 10 allowing the Halton Hills, Ontario rookie to win the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 and score his first career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 win in his seventh start.

Steckly, who was going after his first career road course win, took the lead from Matthew Scannell on Lap 36 and was able to remain in front until three-time series champion has his incident with Ranger on the final circuit of the 51-lap season opener.

Jeff Lapcevich followed Klutt to finish second for the fourth time in the past five races at CTMP while J.F. Dumoulin scored a career-best third-place finish in his 20th career start. D.J. Kennington was fourth while Steckly recovered to finish fifth.

Klutt also captured his first career pole award during qualifying on Saturday.

Defending series champion L.P. Dumoulin rebounded from a spin on Lap 38 to finish sixth with Jason Hathaway, Pier-Luc Ouellette, Ranger and Kevin Poitras completing the top 10.

The race was slowed three times by caution with 17 cars finishing on the lead lap.

The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will air on TSN Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m. ET and also on RDS2 Sunday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200

Unofficial Results

Sunday

At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, Ont.

Lap length: 2.459 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 51 laps, 83.068 mph.

2. (6) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 51.

3. (13) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51.

4. (7) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 51.

5. (3) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 51.

6. (4) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51.

7. (10) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.

8. (9) Pier-Luc Ouellette, Montreal, Que., Chevrolet, 51.

9. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 51.

10. (17) Kevin Poitras, Newcastle, Ont., Ford, 51.

11. (15) Ryan Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.

12. (11) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 51.

13. (19) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 51.

14. (8) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 51.

15. (20) Dave Coursol, Saint-Jerome, Que., Dodge, 51.

16. (26) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Ford, 51.

17. (18) Cayden Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 51.

18. (21) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 50.

19. (24) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 50.

20. (22) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 50.

21. (23) Kevin O’Connell, Houston, Texas, Chevrolet, 49.

22. (14) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Chevrolet, 41.

23. (12) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 36.

24. (25) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 32, clutch.

25. (27) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 24, oil leak.

26. (5) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 4, accident.

27. (16) Alex Labbe, Saint-Albert, Que., Dodge, 0, did not start.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 30 minutes 35 seconds

Margin of Victory: .571 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: G.Klut (106.321 mph, 83.261 seconds)

Caution Flags: 3 for 8 laps.

Lead Changes: 8 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: G. Klutt 1-11; A. Ranger 12-14; J. Lapcevich 15-16; D. Kennington 17-18; S. Steckly 19; A. Ranger 20-22; M. Scannell 23-35; S. Steckly 36-50; G. Klutt 51.

Standings: 1. G. Klutt, 47; 2. J. Lapcevich, 43; 3. J. Dumoulin, 41; 4. D. Kennington, 41; 5. S. Steckly, 41; 6. L. Dumoulin, 38; 7. J. Hathaway, 37; 8. P. Ouellette, 36; 9. A. Ranger, 36; 10. K. Poitras, 34.

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Klutt Earns First Pole  Rookie Takes Top Spot For Canadian Tire Series Opener

Klutt Earns First Pole Rookie Takes Top Spot For Canadian Tire Series Opener

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (May 16, 2015) – Gary Klutt got his rookie of the year campaign off to a fast start.

The 22-year-old from Halton Hills, Ontario, earned the pole Saturday for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Klutt, who has six career starts, earned the top spot for Sunday’s Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 with a lap of 1 minute, 23.261 seconds in his No. 59 CTL Corp./Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn asphalt road course.

Klutt’s previous best starting position was seventh at CTMP in 2013.

He’ll start on the front row for Sunday’s race with two-time series champion Andrew Ranger. Ranger piloted the No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil/Exide Dodge to a lap of 1:23.346 (106.213).

Three-time series champion Scott Steckly qualified third at 1:23.398 (106.146) and will make up the second row along with defending series champion L.P. Dumoulin.

Rookie Kevin Lacroix qualified fifth.

D.J. Kennington was sixth, followed by Kerry Micks, rookie Pier-Luc Ouellette — who was fastest in practice — and Jason Hathaway.

The ninth season opener for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the headline for the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend. Sunday’s Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 is scheduled to take the green at 12:30 p.m.

The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will air on TSN on Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m., and on RDS2 on Sunday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Contact:

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Qualifying Results

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1 – Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 Lineup

Race Sunday; Qualifying Saturday

at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, Ont.

Lap Length: 2.459 miles

1. (59) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 106.321

2. (27) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 106.213

3. (22) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 106.146

4. (47) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 105.953

5. (74) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 105.886

6. (76) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 105.837

7. (17) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 105.654

8. (02) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 105.438

9. (18) Pier-Luc Ouellette, Montreal, Que., Chevrolet, 105.366

10. (3) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 105.343

11. (56) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 105.309

12. (99) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 105.279

13. (04) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 105.255

14. (69) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Chevrolet, 104.030

15. (42) Ryan Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 103.887

16. (36) Alex Labbe, Saint-Albert, Que., Dodge, 103.822

17. (8) Kevin Poitras, Newcastle, Ont., Ford, 102.912

18. (34) Cayden Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 102.332

19. (37) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 102.295

20. (94) Dave Coursol, Saint-Jerome, Que., Dodge, 101.691

21. (25) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 101.513

22. (29) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 100.648

23. (00) Kevin O’Connell, Houston, Texas, Chevrolet, 99.167

24. (67) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 99.138

25. (98) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 98.240

26. (87) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Ford, 96.867

27. (95) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, No speed

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Television Package Announced  TSN, RDS Combine For Bilingual Coverage; Series Debut For FansChoice.tv

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Television Package Announced TSN, RDS Combine For Bilingual Coverage; Series Debut For FansChoice.tv

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2015) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, Canada’s premier racing series, will once again feature bilingual television coverage for its entire schedule of events on TSN and RDS.

TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader, has been the television home of the series since its inaugural 2007 season, while French-language RDS will air races for a fifth straight year. The 2015 season will also see the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut of FansChoice.tv with coverage of practice and qualifying sessions.

Eight of the 11 scheduled NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events in 2015 will have one-hour shows broadcast nationally on a tape-delayed basis on TSN and RDS2, while the fall race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and the season finale from Kawartha Speedway will be 90-minute programs. RDS2 will carry the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres live and TSN will have 90-minute tape-delay coverage of the event.

“TSN and RDS have been fantastic partners in bringing all of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action to fans across Canada for many years now, and we’re very happy to see the tradition continue in 2015,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “We are also thrilled to introduce FansChoice.tv coverage of the events this year for fans to keep even closer tabs on the competition.”

The 2015 broadcast schedule will commence with the season-opening Clarington 200 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, scheduled to premiere on TSN on May 23 and June 14 on RDS2, and will conclude with the season in review show on Nov. 28 on TSN.

The programs are produced by Fuel MediaLab and NASCAR Media Group, and include race coverage, driver interviews and features. All coverage will be broadcast in HD.

For NASCAR Canadian Tire Series telecasts on TSN, Dave Bradley will have play-by-play duties while Billy Rowse Jr. and Adam Ross will share color analysis. Todd Lewis and Spencer Lewis will return to the telecasts as pit reporters, and will be joined this year by Clinton Geoffrey and Tanya Beaudin. The RDS telecasts will once again feature Didier Schraenen and Eric Descarries on the call.

Along with their NASCAR Canadian Tire Series coverage, TSN and RDS are the official broadcasters of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series in Canada.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

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NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES 2015 BROADCAST SCHEDULE ON TSN & RDS2

Race Date Venue TSN Premiere RDS2 Premiere
Sun., May 17 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Sat., May 23, 1 p.m. Sun., June 14, 4:30 p.m.
Sat., June 13 Autodrome Chaudiere Sat., June 20, 12 p.m. Fri., July 3, 10 p.m.
Sat. June 20 Sunset Speedway Sun., June 28, 1 p.m. Fri., July 10, 10 p.m.
Sun., July 5 Circuit ICAR Sat., July 11, 1 p.m. Sat., July 25, 2 p.m.
Sat., July 11 Edmonton International Raceway Sat., July 18, 2:30 p.m. Fri., July 31, 8 p.m.
Wed., July 15 Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Sat., July 25, 12:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 8, 2 p.m.
Sat., July 25 Autodrome St. Eustache Sat., Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 15, 2:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 2 Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Sat., Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m. (LIVE)
Sat., Aug. 15 Riverside International Speedway Sat., Aug. 22, 6 p.m. Fri., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 30 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Sat., Sept. 5, 12 p.m. Fri., Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 19 Kawartha Speedway Sat., Oct. 3, 1 p.m. Thu., Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
2015 Year In Review Sat., Nov. 28, 12 p.m. —-

 

Times are ET. Check local listings for updated broadcast times.

TENTATIVE BROADCAST SCHEDULE – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: CTMP  Analyzing The Pinty’s Presents The Clarington 200 At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: CTMP Analyzing The Pinty’s Presents The Clarington 200 At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 13, 2015) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 is set to start its 2015 season on Sunday with the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 as part of Victoria Day SpeedFest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Race Setup:

  • This will be the 99th overall race in series history, and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will become the first track to play host to 11 series events.
  • Reigning series champion L.P. Dumoulin is a two-time winner at CTMP, and will look to become just the second driver to start a title defense with a win following Scott Steckly (2009, `12).
  • Jeff Lapcevich has finished as the runner-up in three of the last four CTMP events. His 5.9 average finish at the track ranks second all-time among active drivers, trailing only D.J. Kennington’s mark of 4.0.
  • There are 10 drivers with rookie status among the 27 race entries, including five that will make their series debut.

At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:

History

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

Notebook

  • CTMP has welcomed the NCATS 10 times previously, which is tied for the most events any track has held since the series began competition in 2007.
  • This is the third season in a row that CTMP will have two NCATS road course events after single races there from 2007-12.
  • Seven drivers have participated in all 10 previous events, and five are expected to extend the streak this week.
  • The 10 previous races have produced four different winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick’s five.
  • There have been four different pole winners in the 10 contests, led by Andrew Ranger’s five.
  • There has yet to be a wire-to-wire victory at CTMP, but both of Ranger’s wins were earned from the pole.
  • Fitzpatrick was the youngest CTMP race winner at 20 years, 1 month and 6 days in 2008.
  • P. Dumoulin was the oldest CTMP victor at 34 years, 6 months and 11 days in 2013.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Data

Race #:  1 of 11 overall, 1 of 2 at CTMP

Track Layout:  2.459-mile, 10-turn road course

Race Length:  51 laps (125.4 miles, 201.8 kilometers)

Telecast:  May 23, 1 p.m. ET, TSN; June 14, 4:30 p.m., RDS2

Qualifying/Race Data

2014 Race Winner:  J.R. Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet, 69.219 mph, 1 hr. 55 mins. 6 secs.

2014 Pole Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 106.712 mph, 82.956 secs.

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

Active Category Leaders at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:Wins

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

Poles

  1. Andrew Ranger … 5
  2. Scott Steckly … 2
  3. Jeff Lapcevich … 1

Top Fives

  1. D.J. Kennington … 8
  2. L.P. Dumoulin … 5

Andrew Ranger … 5

Scott Steckly … 5

 Top 10s

  1. D.J. Kennington … 10
  2. Jeff Lapcevich … 9
  3. Andrew Ranger … 6

Laps Led

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

Laps Completed

  1. D.J. Kennington … 506 (all)

Jeff Lapcevich … 506

  1. Kerry Micks … 488

Select Driver Highlights:

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

  • Has a pole and two top 10s in seven career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
  • Has an average start position of fifth and an average finish of 17.5 in six career road course races.
  • First top-five, and best career finish, was a third-place effort last August at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Has finishes of sixth, 19th and third in three career starts at CTMP.

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

  • Has nine top 10s in 19 career NCATS starts.
  • All 19 of his appearances have come on road courses, where he’s posted an average finish of 14th and a best result of fourth at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in 2014.
  • Has finishes of 22nd, 15th and 12th in three career starts at CTMP.

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 29 top 10s in 48 career starts.
  • Has three wins, a pole, 14 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 22 career road course starts.
  • First two career triumphs came at CTMP in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
  • Has five top fives and an average finish of sixth in six CTMP starts.

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

  • Has five wins and 59 top 10s in 98 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
  • Has 15 top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of second (Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2012) in 35 career road course starts.
  • Has four top 10s, an average finish of 15.5 and a best result of third (May 2013) across the 10 CTMP events.

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

  • The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (68) and top 10s (82), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 98 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Is tied with Scott Steckly for the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16, and has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
  • Has a streak of 61-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
  • Has two wins, 23 top fives, 27 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 35 career road course starts.
  • Has a win (2011), a series-best average finish of fourth and is the only driver with top 10s in all 10 events at CTMP.

Alex Labbe (No. 36 Lou’s BBQ/VR Victoriaville Dodge)

  • Has a pole, a pair of top fives and four top 10s in nine career starts. The pole came at Autodrome St-Eustache and his best career finish was second at Riverside, both in 2014.
  • Has three top 10s, an average finish of 15th and a best result of fourth (Circuit ICAR in 2014) in seven career road course starts.
  • This will be his first career NCATS appearance at CTMP, and first in Ontario.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)

  • Has a pole, 16 top fives and 40 top 10s in 60 career starts.
  • Has 23 top 10s and an average finish of eight in 28 career road course starts.
  • Has top 10s in nine of the 10 all-time CTMP with an average finish of sixth, and three runner-ups (May 2013, May 2014, Aug. 2014). His one pole also came at CTMP in Sept. 2013.

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

  • Has three wins, four poles and 52 top 10s in 82 career starts.
  • Has two wins, a pole, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 34 career road course starts.
  • Has four top 10s, an average finish of 12.5 and a best result of fifth (2010) in the 10 previous CTMP events.

Kevin O’Connell (No. 00 Gemini Southern Chevrolet)

  • With his NCATS debut in this race, he will become the first driver to compete in all three of NASCAR’s international series. He raced with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2013 and the NASCAR Mexico Series earlier this year.
  • Has six career NASCAR XFINITY Series starts, all on road courses, with an average finish of 28th and a best result of third at Road America in 2014. Also has four career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West road course appearances.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil/Exide Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time wins lead (19) and ranks second in poles (15). Has 43 top fives and 60 top 10s in 72 career starts.
  • Has 15 wins, all 15 of his poles, 27 top fives and both an average start and average finish of fourth in 32 career road course starts. His 25 races led and 421 laps led are both series road course records.
  • Has two wins (2007, `09), a record five poles (2007, `09, `10, May & Aug. `14), six top 10s and an average finish of eighth in eight previous CTMP appearances.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Mobil 1 Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 59 top fives and 72 top 10s in 98 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,722 and is one of three drivers to start each of the 98 all-time events.
  • Has three poles, three runner-ups, 19 top fives, 28 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 35 career road course starts.
  • Has five top fives, an average finish of 12th and a best result of third (2012) across the 10 CTMP races.

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.
  • The next race, June 13 at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere, will be the 100th overall race in NCATS history.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP  · Season Opener Set For Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend Lapcevich Takes On Dual Role In 2015

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP · Season Opener Set For Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend Lapcevich Takes On Dual Role In 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2015) – Jeff Lapcevich enters the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 in a fascinating place, both professionally and personally. As a racer, the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1’s season-opening event might just present his best shot yet at a victory, while as a father, it also marks a monumental moment in the mentorship of his son Cayden’s budding career.

Jeff, 44, has competed with the Canadian Tire Series since its inception in 2007. Toward the end of last year, he alluded to turning the wheel of his No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge over to Cayden for 2015 and beyond. But it turns out that they will instead compete together for the first time in this race.

Not only will the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 be Cayden’s first Canadian Tire Series appearance, but it will also mark his first career road-course competition. The 15-year-old will need all of the help he can get from his father, who has been right by Cayden’s side through the progression of his young career.

Since he won’t be able to advise Cayden throughout the race, pre-event preparation will be key. Jeff sent Cayden to the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona for road racing instruction, and they’ll look to take full advantage of the practice sessions at CTMP together before going their separate ways once the green flag drops.

Jeff’s work with his son is just one half of the challenge he faces heading into the Clarington 200 though. He’s got to get behind the wheel himself.

A veteran of 60 career Canadian Tire Series starts, Jeff is still looking for the elusive first trip to the Winner’s Circle. He’s been awfully close of late, however, with runner-up finishes in three of the last four series events at CTMP. The one outlier in the last two years, an eighth-place finish in the 2013 summer race, saw him lead a road-course career-high 17 laps.

Jeff, originally from Ancaster, Ontario, ran second to J.R. Fitzpatrick in both 2014 CTMP races, but Fitzpatrick will not defend those wins this year. If Lapcevich can put forth the same type of performance, a long-awaited trip to the top step on the podium may very well be in the cards.

RACE: Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200

PLACE: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ont.

DATE: Sunday, May 17

TIME: 12:30 p.m. ET

TELECAST: May 23, 1 p.m. ET on TSN; June 14, 4:30 p.m. on RDS2

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

2014 WINNER: J.R. Fitzpatrick

2014 POLESITTER: Andrew Ranger

EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday – Practice 11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m., Final Practice 12:45-1:15 p.m., Qualifying 3:45-4:35 p.m., Sunday – Driver Autograph Session 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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

TRACK TWITTER: @CTMPOfficial

EVENT TWITTER HASHTAGS: #PintysClarington200 #SpeedFest

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

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Fast Facts

The Race: The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will be the 2015 season-opening event for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, and the first of two events at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The race will headline CTMP’s Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 32 cars, including provisionals. The first 27 cars will have secured starting positions through NASCAR road-race style group qualifying. The qualifying groups will be determined by practice times, and the sessions will be 20 minutes apiece. The remaining five starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 51 laps (125.4 miles, 201.8 kilometers).

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

Race Winners: There have been four different race winners in 10 all-time races at the CTMP road course. J.R. Fitzpatrick has the most wins with five, including a 2014 sweep.

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

Pinty’s Presents The Clarington 200 Notes

Season Overview: The 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season will visit 10 tracks in five provinces. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will host two events – the May 17 season opener and the Aug. 30 date in conjunction with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. Four events will be contested on road courses while seven races will be held on oval tracks, including the series’ inaugural visit to Ontario’s Sunset Speedway on June 20.

CTMP Openers: For the fourth straight year, the Canadian Tire Series opens the season on the 2.459-mile CTMP road course. It’s the fifth consecutive season to open at the Ontario facility overall, as the 2011 campaign commenced at the half-mile oval that was formerly on the grounds.

Race No. 99: The Clarington 200 will be the 99th all-time event for the Canadian Tire Series. A new era of stock car racing in Canada was launched on May 26, 2007 at Ontario’s Cayuga Motor Speedway with the series’ inaugural event. Milestone race No. 100 is scheduled for June 13 at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec.

Title Defense: Reigning series champion L.P. Dumoulin will open up his title defense at CTMP, a place where he’s won twice and has a five-race top-five streak. In six previous seasons, only Scott Steckly (2009 and 2012) began a defense with a win the following season.

Thomson Stays With the Series: In one of the latest offseason moves, Don Thomson Jr. has joined Lapcevich Racing as crew chief for Jeff and Cayden Lapcevich’s efforts in 2015. Thomson, a winner of seven Canadian Tire Series events as a driver from 2007-11, was most-recently associated with Fitzpatrick Motorsports where he led J.R. Fitzpatrick to five victories, including three at CTMP. Thomson will call the shots for Jeff in the No. 76 in his two planned starts this year at CTMP, and for Cayden in the No. 34 in his remaining appearances.

O’Connell International: Kevin O’Connell is set to make history as the first driver to compete in all three of NASCAR’s international series. O’Connell, originally from Houston, Texas, made his overseas debut in the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series event at England’s famed Brands Hatch Circuit and added a NASCAR Mexico Series start earlier this year at Phoenix International Raceway. A veteran of six NASCAR XFINITY Series road course events, O’Connell will run the No. 00 White Motorsports entry at CTMP.

Strong Rookie Class: The veteran-laden Canadian Tire Series will see some new faces on a consistent basis in 2015 as Marc-Antoine Camirand, Gary Klutt and Erica Thiering all plan to compete full-time for the Jostens Rookie of the Year Award. Dwayne Baker, Cayden Lapcevich and Kevin Lacroix also figure to impact the rookie race as each has plans to run between four and seven events.

CTMP Series Debuts: As of the beginning of the week, there were five drivers included on the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 entry list that will vie to make their Canadian Tire Series debut. In addition to the aforementioned Lacroix, Lapcevich and O’Connell, the other first-timers will be Pier-Luc Ouellette and Kevin Poitras. Ouellette is set to sub for Alex Tagliani, who will be absent to participate in Indianapolis 500 qualifying, in the No. 18 Dodge.

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Gary Klutt Ready For Cross Canada Tour With NASCAR Canadian Tire Series In 2015

Gary Klutt Ready For Cross Canada Tour With NASCAR Canadian Tire Series In 2015

Image Credit- Ryan Dupont

HALTON HILLS, ON- After a successful part-time campaign last season, second-generation star Gary Klutt is ready for a full-time NCATS schedule in 2015.

“It’s hard to express just how excited our whole team is for this opportunity,” beamed Klutt. “Putting this deal together has really been a labour of love for us. We’ve worked all off-season to get our cars ready, and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against the top competition in the country”

Klutt turned heads in 2014 with a pair of spirited top-10 performances at Circuit ICAR and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“Being able to post the results that we did last year was a huge encouragement,” explained Klutt. “We’ve been building on our program since our first series start in 2010. Last year was when we realized that it was all starting to pay off”

“It showed us – and everyone else – that we’re ready to race against the very best,” continued Klutt.

The former karting standout will compete for Rookie of the Year honours with the help of primary sponsor Canadian Title Loans.

“I couldn’t possibly thank Canadian Title Loans enough for this opportunity,” smiled Klutt. “They were a huge support last year, and having them back on-board will help us follow this series across the country”

Klutt will once again reunite with Crew Chief John Fletcher for the 11-race series.

“I have the utmost respect for John and what he can do on top of the pit box,” explained Klutt. “We were able to develop a phenomenal working relationship last season, and I look forward to seeing what we’re able to put together this year”

“He makes everything so much easier,” continued the 22-year old. “His coaching and guidance makes a world of difference.”

Klutt will kick off his first full-time campaign with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on May 17th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

A small number of sponsorship packages are still available. Interested parties can contact Gary at gary@legendarymotorcar.com.

By Spencer Lewis

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Steckly Without Title Sponsor For 2015

Steckly Without Title Sponsor For 2015

Canadian Tire have made changes to their plans in 2015 and into 2016 and those are having a direct impact on Scott Steckly and his future in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. While it was reported in the Globe & Mail a few weeks ago that Canadian Tire would leave the series at the end of 2015, their decision has impacted Steckly immediately as they discontinue their partnership effective this year.

“I am really proud to have represented Canadian Tire for the past six years,” said Steckly from his Milverton, Ontario race facility. “We feel we have done a great job for them over the years, while meeting a lot of terrific people and forming lasting relationships along the way. We can do nothing but respect their decision and move on.”

Steckly is the only three time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion, with 16 wins, 13 poles, 59 top five and 72 top ten finishes. He is among the leaders in every category that NASCAR tracks.

“We will continue to field the #18 EpiPen entry of Alex Tagliani and possibly another full time ride out of the 22 Racing stable. However at this moment I may have a limited role behind the wheel of my ride,” stated Steckly. “My cars are all ready to go and we continue to work to find partners but at this point we do not have enough funding to complete the full season,” he added. “With Canadian Tires help we are continuing to work with their vendor community to form partnerships for 2015 and beyond.”

22 Racing has some very interesting and unique sponsorship options available that are really designed to help build both a company’s brand on the track as well as help generate sales off the track. We are interested in talking with anyone who may be interested, no matter the budget.

Scott would like to thank his long time partners who are continuing to sponsor his 22 Racing Team in 2015.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the only National motorsports program in Canada with eleven events across the Country from Alberta to Nova Scotia. For more information visit nascarhometracks.com

More information on Scott Steckly and 22 Racing can be found on their website at 22racing.ca or on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or you can Like the 22RacingTeam fan page on Facebook.

For sponsorship opportunities on more information on Scott Steckly & 22 Racing please contact:

Linda Jones Scott Steckly

Driven Motorsport Innovations 22 Racing

(705) 730-4044 519-504-2193

Email: ljones@drivenmi.com ssteckly@perth.net

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NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding Canadian Tire

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding Canadian Tire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2014) – “Canadian Tire has been a valued partner since 2007 and we appreciate their efforts to grow NASCAR racing in Canada. The series continues to be Canada’s premier motorsports league, and we expect there to be very strong interest in this premium entitlement sponsorship opportunity. We look forward to working with all of our partners in Canada to continue delivering exciting NASCAR racing to our fans.”

Contact:

Tom Bryant

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(386) 310-6060;

tbryant@nascar.com

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NASCAR Announces Canadian Tire Series Schedule Update

NASCAR Announces Canadian Tire Series Schedule Update

Inaugural Event At Sunset Added To 2015 Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that a June 20 date at Ontario’s Sunset Speedway has been added to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 2015 event schedule.

The Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville will mark the inaugural visit for the series to the .333-mile, high-banked oval located in Innisfil, Ontario, just 40 minutes north of Toronto. Sunset Speedway, which originally opened in 1968, will become the 18th different facility to play host to the Canadian Tire Series since its inaugural 2007 campaign, and the third new track to welcome the series in the last two seasons.

Although the Canadian Tire Series has not previously visited Sunset, there are some connections. Series veteran Mark Dilley serves as the track’s general manager and fellow competitor Jeff Lapcevich’s son Cayden, who plans to make his Canadian Tire Series debut in 2015, is the reigning champion in Sunset’s super stock division.

It was also announced today that Sunset has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, becoming the third track in Canada to feature weekly NASCAR-sanctioned racing.

The addition of the Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville to the 2015 schedule came on the heels of the recent announcement by the new ownership group of Barrie Speedway that it has ceased racing operations, which forced the cancellation of the Canadian Tire Series’ scheduled Sept. 12 event.

The 2015 Canadian Tire Series schedule will open at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as the headliner to Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend on May 16-17.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

704-201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Joins NASCAR

Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Joins NASCAR

Newest Addition To Whelen All-American Series Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Ontario, Canada’s Sunset Speedway has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program as a weekly NASCAR Home Track for the 2015 season.

The .333-mile, high-banked oval is located in Innisfil, Ontario, just 40 minutes north of Toronto. Sunset Speedway, which originally opened in 1968, will become the third NASCAR-sanctioned weekly track in Canada.

“We are pleased to welcome Sunset Speedway to the NASCAR family,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president for regional and touring series. “Sunset is a fantastic facility with great competition and it will anchor NASCAR racing in Ontario.”

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. Competitors at more than 50 paved and dirt tracks throughout North America vie for track, state and province, and overall series championships in Divisions I-V.

Sunset will also play host to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on June 20 for the Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville.

“It is a very exciting year for me and the whole Sunset team,” said Mark Dilley, Sunset Speedway’s general manager. “Our goal has always been to host a NASCAR, and that day has finally come. Not only will we have the inaugural Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville, but we will see a full year of NASCAR racing with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. It is a great opportunity for all of the fans, competitors and staff at Sunset, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Sunset’s first night of NASCAR-sanctioned competition will be Saturday, May 2. Late models are the feature division at Sunset, and will be designated NASCAR Division I. The super stocks will compete as Division II, mini stocks Division III and mighty minis Division IV.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America and Europe are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

For more information on Sunset Speedway, please visit sunsetspeedway.ca.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

704-201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Schedule Announced Nationwide Slate Of Events For 2015

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Schedule Announced Nationwide Slate Of Events For 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2014) – NASCAR announced today the 2015 schedule for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

The nationwide slate features 11 dates across five provinces and includes seven oval and four road course events.

“The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the national series of Canada, and this schedule once again gives fans from across the country a chance to catch the exciting competition,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president for regional and touring series. “From Alberta to Nova Scotia, the series will once again visit many of the premiere racing facilities Canada has to offer.”

The season will open at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s road course for the third year in a row on May 17, and the series will return there on Aug. 30 to join the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Kawartha Speedway has played host to the last race on the schedule each year of the Canadian Tire Series’ existence, and that tradition will continue in 2015 with the Sept. 19 season finale.

The remainder of the 2015 schedule includes:
• Premiere road course dates in Quebec at Circuit ICAR (July 5) and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (Aug. 2).
• Traditional visits to NASCAR-sanctioned weekly tracks Autodrome St-Eustache (July 25) in Quebec and Barrie Speedway (Sept. 12) in Ontario.
• Annual western swing once again features Alberta’s Edmonton International Raceway (July 11) – also a NASCAR-sanctioned oval – and Saskatoon’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway (July 15).
• A return to Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere (June 13) following 2014’s exciting inaugural event.
• The ninth annual visit to the Maritimes and Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia (Aug. 15).

L.P. Dumoulin will be the defending Canadian Tire Series champion in 2015. The Quebec native was formally recognized for his first series title last week as part of the NASCAR Touring Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

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

2015 NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Track Location
5/17 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ont.
6/13 Autodrome Chaudiere Valle-Jonction, Que.
7/5 Circuit ICAR Mirabel, Que.
7/11 Edmonton International Raceway Wetaskiwin, Alta.
7/15 Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Saskatoon, Sask.
7/25 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, Que.
8/2 Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Trois-Rivieres, Que.
8/15 Riverside International Speedway Antigonish, N.S.
8/30 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ont.
9/12 Barrie Speedway Barrie, Ont.
9/19 Kawartha Speedway Fraserville, Ont.
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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NASCAR Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlist Top Performers Of 2014 Celebrated At NASCAR Hall Of Fame

NASCAR Night Of Champions Honors Seven Titlist Top Performers Of 2014 Celebrated At NASCAR Hall Of Fame

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 13, 2014) — The culmination and coronation of a season-long – and career-defining – road to NASCAR glory came Saturday night for seven drivers.

Abraham Calderón summed it up the best on stage at the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions.

“This championship was a dream a few years ago,” said the 26-year-old Monterrey, Mexico driver as he accepted the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series title. “It was really hard. But now that it’s real, it’s way better than I could ever imagine.”

The evening concluded with all seven drivers on stage together: Calderón, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion LP Dumoulin, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Greg Pursley, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Ben Rhodes.

The individual high-point of the evening for each of the drivers came on the stage at the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, when NASCAR President Mike Helton handed out the prestigious championship rings and awarded the series championship trophies.

“Tonight, the past, the present and future all converge,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional touring and weekly racing. “The past, celebrated through the storied history of many of these series. The present, represented by a mixture of seasoned veterans winning another NASCAR championship and young guns winning their first. And most importantly, the future, drivers recognized on this stage in the past few years are already having a huge impact in NASCAR’s three national series. And given the talent tonight, that trend will definitely continue.”

Coby and Pursley each won their second touring series titles, while the other five are all first-time winners.

For Pursley, the championship was the crowning achievement on a long and storied career that also included a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title and 20 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West wins in 99 starts.

Rhodes joined current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Joey Logano, Ryan Truex and Kyle Larson in winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the same season. Kumpen, who has an impressive sports car resume, won the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series title in his first season driving stock cars.

“For a European race driver, a NASCAR championship seemed like an impossible goal,” said Anthony Kumpen.

Kumpen won his championship by one point over two-time titlist Ander Vilarino, while Rhodes clinched his with a race remaining in the season. Seuss, Coby and Pursley all staked themselves to early season leads and held off their challengers. Dumoulin used a stretch of five consecutive podium finishes in the summer months to lock up the top spot, while Calderón emerged victorious in the series’ five-race Desafio.

The seven champions combined for 14 wins, 67 top fives and 86 top 10s in 95 races.

“Everybody knows that most championship stories have a bump along the way,” said Coby, who became just the fifth different driver in 30 years of the Whelen Modified Tour to earn multiple championships. “We just did our thing and took care of business at each race.

“My team was resilient and they absolutely refused to flinch under pressure, and that is what defined our season and that is what makes them champions.”

Said Seuss: “One fact I’ll always point to about this championship is we completed every lap but one. That’s a testament to the team we have working on this car in the shop and at the track. This is a team sport and I couldn’t do it without all of you.”

The championship car owners and crew chiefs were also recognized Saturday night.

The champions weren’t the only ones to pick up hardware.

In addition to the championship awards, each series rookie of the year was honored. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award winners were Rhodes, James Bickford in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Tommy Solomito in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Spencer Davis in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Top rookie performers in the three international series were Matthew Scannell in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Mario Dominguez in Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series and Eddie Cheever III in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

The Most Popular Driver Awards for each series were also presented during the ceremony. The seven drivers honored with the award, which was voted on by the fans through NASCAR.com, were Ben Rhodes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Brandon McReynolds of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, JR Fitzpatrick in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Rodrigo Marban of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, Freddy Nordström from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Melissa Fifield from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Andy Seuss from the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

The top-10 drivers and car owners from each of NASCAR’s touring series also were recognized during the gala.

The awards ceremony was streamed live online at NASCARHomeTracks.com – the official online home of NASCAR’s touring series – in English, French and Spanish.

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

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NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Week Kicks Off

NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Week Kicks Off

• Media, Fans Invited To GoPro Motorplex For Champions Event Wednesday
• Season Culminates With Awards Shows At Charlotte Convention Center

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2014) – All that’s left is to hand out is the hardware. And settle some bragging rights.

The 2014 NASCAR Champions Week in North Carolina kicks off Wednesday with the annual Media & Champions Karting Challenge at GoPro Motorplex in Moorseville, and culminates with two nights of celebration at the Charlotte Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will be Friday, and the NASCAR Touring Series Night of Champions follows on Saturday. Both nights will air live on FansChoice.tv and streamed simultaneously on NASCARHomeTracks.com, beginning with the Red Carpet Pre-Show at 5 p.m. The awards begin at 6 p.m. each night. The shows will air in English, French and Spanish.

Before they get to the stage to deliver their championship speeches and accept their NASCAR Champions ring from NASCAR President Mike Helton, the seven champions of the NASCAR touring series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions will square off with each other and the media.

Champions at the event will include:
• Ben Rhodes, Louisville, Kentucky (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East)
• Greg Pursley, Newhall, California (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West)
• Doug Coby, Milford, Connecticut (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour)
• Andy Seuss, Hampstead, New Hampshire (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour)
• Anthony Kumpen, Hasselt, Belgium (NASCAR Whelen Euro Series)
L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1)
• Abraham Calderón, Monterrey, Mexico (NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series)
• Anthony Anders, Easley, South Carolina (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series)

GoPro Motorplex will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and drivers will be practicing throughout the morning. The track is open to the public until 1 p.m., and fans are encouraged to come out to meet the drivers and race against them.

The Media & Champions Karting Challenge begins at 1:30 p.m. with additional practice for just the media and drivers. The race – in which each of the champions will be paired with a media member in a relay format – will kick off at 2:50 p.m. This will be followed by a 15-minute sprint face-off between the eight champions.

In 2012 at GoPro Motorplex, current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson won the Champions Sprint, while four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III and Kyle Rickey of Motor Racing Network (MRN) won the Media & Champions Challenge. Past Champions Karting winners also include Max Gresham (2011), Bobby Santos (2010), Ryan Truex (2009) and Brian Loftin (2008). Last year, the Champions event was held on iRacing simulators at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Ryan Preece grabbing the top honors among the champions.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will take place Friday. Among those honored will be Anders as the 2014 national champion in addition to his South Carolina and Greenville Pickens Speedway late model titles. The awards will also recognize the Division I champions from 58 tracks across the United States and Canada, state and provincial champions and top rookies, Div. II-V national champions, and other special award winners.

On the following evening, NASCAR’s touring series champions will be recognized at the traditional NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Honorees will include the champions from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. In addition, the series championship car owners and crew chiefs will receive their trophies, as well as the Most Popular Drivers and rookies of the year.

Top finishers and special awards winners will also receive their trophies and recognition during the annual Grand Champions Breakfasts at the Westin in Charlotte on Friday (NASCAR Whelen All-American Series) and Saturday (NASCAR Touring Series). For the first time, these events will be simultaneously streamed live on FansChoice.tv and NASCARHomeTracks.com.

For more information, contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 301-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

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NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2014) – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2014 are:
• Ben Rhodes (Louisville, Ky.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville, N.C.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ayr, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
• Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
• Freddy Nordstrom (London), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Andy Seuss (Hampstead, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

First-time award winners from the group include Rhodes, McReynolds, Marban and Fifield while Nordstrom and Seuss retained their popular status from last year’s balloting.

Rhodes, the 2014 champion of the K&N Pro Series East, garnered the most votes of any driver in 2014, 450 more than Marban of the Mexico Toyota Series. K&N Pro Series East drivers also received the most collective votes of any series, 2,133 more than the Mexico Toyota Series.

The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series where championship runner-up Fitzpatrick edged Alex Tagliani by just 48 votes. Fitzpatrick was also the Most Popular Driver in the series’ inaugural 2007 season.

McReynolds captured 42-percent of the K&N Pro Series West vote for the largest individual share of any series while the largest margin of victory came in the Mexico Toyota Series where Marban outdistanced the nearest competition by 1,226 votes.

Fifield, a rookie in 2014, made history as the first female competitor to take home the Most Popular Driver Award in 30 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition.

Nordstrom and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour titlist Seuss now have the most career awards among the 2014 selectees with three apiece. Nordstrom’s have come in successive fashion while Seuss previously won in 2009 and 2013.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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

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Scannell Is Canadian Tire Series’ Top Rookie Third-Generation Driver Takes Home First-Year Honor

Scannell Is Canadian Tire Series’ Top Rookie Third-Generation Driver Takes Home First-Year Honor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2014) – Blood is thicker than frozen water for Matthew Scannell, who shelved his stick and skates in hockey-crazed Canada and followed in the family footsteps by grabbing a steering wheel and gear shifter.

Four years later, the 17-year-old Scannell became the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Rookie of the Year.

Scannell, from Rockwood, Ontario, used to split his recreational time between hockey and racing, but when time commitments for the latter increased, the decision was easy.

“It’s always been pretty much racing,” Scannell said. “It’s something I thought I wanted to do in the future. I enjoyed hockey at the time because my friends all did it, but I started go-karts when I was seven and I always dreamed of going to the [United] States and trying to make a living at racing.”

Scannell is a third-generation driver. Howie Scannell Sr. was a Canadian stock car racer, as is the younger Scannell’s father, Howie Jr. A veteran of 26 Canadian Tire Series races, Scannell Jr. essentially vacated the driver’s seat for his son, for whom he now serves as the crew chief.

Scannell took home the Canadian Tire Series first-year driver award with 56 rookie points behind the wheel of the No. 56 OMVIC Dodge. He recorded three top-10s in eight starts, and a 12th-place ranking in the championship points standings.

“For what we had, I think we did fairly well,” Scannell said. “We had some good luck and some bad luck. I got a lot of seat time, good exposure, and I learned a lot. As far as the whole year goes, I think it was valuable towards my learning curve.”

Scannell showed progress as the season went along. His two best finishes were the last two races of the season, ninth at Barrie Speedway and eighth at Kawartha Speedway, which served as inspiration for the 2015 season.

“At the end [at Barrie] we were just as quick as the lead pack,” Scannell said. “It was a confidence boost to know that we could go out there and run competitive.”

The Scannells are currently seeking sponsorship, with the intent to compete full-time in 2015. He hopes to make a home in the Canadian Tire Series moving forward.

“It would be great to go run for championships in the Canadian Tire Series,” Scannell said. “The guys we’re going up against, they’ve been doing it for years, and it’s pretty tough to do. You’ve got to be on the ball every race, every week that you go to the track.”

Scannell has a success story to point to as a blueprint. This year’s series champion, L.P. Dumoulin, earned the rookie award in 2011.

The teen is appreciative of what it took to get him to this point, and of the opportunity he has been provided.

“I have to thank my dad for working on the cars all year, the crew for all of their support, car owner Jim Bray for providing me with the opportunity to race, and my mom and my family for supporting me throughout the season,” Scannell said.

Scannell’s accomplishment will be recognized at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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

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