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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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Dumoulin Earns First NASCAR Championship Wins NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Crown As Fitzpatrick Takes Kawartha Finale

Dumoulin Earns First NASCAR Championship Wins NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Crown As Fitzpatrick Takes Kawartha Finale

FRASERVILLE, Ont., Canada – JR Fitzpatrick did everything he could. LP Dumoulin did what he needed.

The result was Dumoulin was crowned the champion of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Saturday, while Fitzpatrick walked away with the winner’s trophy for the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway.

Final championship margin: Three points.

It capped a remarkable career transformation for the 35-year-old Dumoulin, who got his start in open-wheel racing and didn’t make his NASCAR debut until 2009. He ran his first full season in 2012, won his first NASCAR race last year and first NASCAR oval race this season.

And now the Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, native became the first driver besides Andrew Ranger, Scott Steckly and DJ Kennington to take home the coveted national championship for Canadian stock-car racing.

Dumoulin qualified 15th and finished ninth at Kawartha. It was enough for him to edge Fitzpatrick for the title after the latter won the pole award and led the most laps en route to his third victory of the season.

Fitzpatrick led three times for 171 laps, including the final 78. A late caution gave Steckly one more shot with seven to go, but Fitzpatrick pulled away to win by .229 seconds. It was all for naught, though, as a 100-lap green flag run in the middle of the race left just 10 cars on the lead lap and all but ensured Dumoulin the title. He entered the race with a 16-point lead and needed to only finish 11th or better to claim the championship.

Defending race and series champion Steckly finished second at Kawartha, while Jason Hathaway, Mark Dilley and Kennington rounded out the top five.

Jeff Lapcevich was sixth, followed by Steve Mathews, rookie Matthew Scannell, Dumoulin and Jim White.

Kennington finished third in points, 48 back of Fitzpatrick. Steckly edged Hathaway by one point for fourth.

The Pinty’s 250 will air on TSN on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. ET, and on RDS2 on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 p.m. TSN will also air a 2014 Season In Review on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.

Dumoulin will be honored for his championship season along with NASCAR’s other touring series champions on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards in the Grand Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Pinty’s 250 Results
Saturday
At Kawartha Speedway
Fraserville, Ont.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 250 laps, 54.322 mph.
2. (3) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 250.
3. (12) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 250.
4. (9) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 250.
5. (11) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 250.
6. (13) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 250.
7. (5) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 250.
8. (18) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 250.
9. (15) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 250.
10. (8) James White, Kamloops. B.C., Dodge, 250.
11. (20) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chevrolet, 249.
12. (10) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S., Ford, 249.
13. (6) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 249.
14. (7) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 248.
15. (14) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 248.
16. (21) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 248.
17. (17) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d’Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 247.
18. (22) Trevor Monaghan, Hamilton, Ont., Dodge, 246.
19. (23) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 246.
20. (16) Dwayne Baker, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 241.
21. (4) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 193, mechanical.
22. (19) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 179, clutch.
23. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 144, steering.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 43 minutes 33 seconds
Margin of Victory: .229 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Fitzpatrick (76.159 mph, 17.726 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 52 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Fitzpatrick 1-55; A. Simone 56-58; L. Jackson 59-63; S. Mathews 64-95; J. Fitzpatrick 96-133; S. Steckly 134-172; J. Fitzpatrick 173-250.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 453; 2. J. Fitzpatrick, 450; 3. D. Kennington, 402; 4. S. Steckly, 394; 5. J. Hathaway, 393; 6. A. Ranger, 378; 7. N. Dowler, 366; 8. J. McColm, 347; 9. A. Tagliani, 273; 10. M. Dilley, 271..

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Kawartha Analyzing The Pinty’s 250 At Kawartha Speedway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Kawartha Analyzing The Pinty’s 250 At Kawartha Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2014) – The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season will conclude and a champion will be crowned with Saturday’s Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Pinty’s 250 Setup:
• Entering the finale, L.P. Dumoulin has a 16-point lead on J.R. Fitzpatrick in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship standings. Both will vie for their first championship and Kawartha Speedway win this week.
• With a finish of 11th or better in the Pinty’s 250, Dumoulin would become just the second Quebec driver in series history to earn the championship, joining two-time titlist Andre Ranger.
• A two-time championship runner-up, Fitzpatrick’s first title would mark the sixth time in eight years of series competition that the trophy would reside in Ontario.
• In the seven previous races at Kawartha, D.J. Kennington has earned a record three wins. He’ll contend for victory No. 4 to end the second-longest winless drought of his career (14 races).
• Kennington and Scott Steckly are tied for the most oval track wins in series history with 16 apiece. Steckly has won twice at Kawartha.

At Kawartha Speedway:
• Has welcomed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 seven times previously. Held inaugural NCATS event on Sept. 23, 2007, which was won by Scott Steckly.
• Seven drivers have participated in all seven previous events, and five are expected to extend the streak this week.
• The seven previous races have produced four different winners, led by D.J. Kennington’s three.
• Each of the seven previous events has produced a different pole winner.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all seven previous races.
• The 2008 and 2009 races were cut short by rain.
• Jason Hathaway, Pete Shepherd III and Steckly all earned their first career victory at Kawartha.
• There has yet to be a wire-to-wire victory at Kawartha, and last year Steckly became the first to win from the pole.
• Pete Shepherd III was the youngest Kawartha race winner at 24 years, one month and 12 days in 2010.
• Steckly was the oldest Kawartha victor at 41 years, six months and 20 days in 2013.

Kawartha Speedway Data
Race #: 11 of 11
Track Layout: .375-mile, banked asphalt oval
Race Length: 250 laps (93.75 miles)
Telecast: TSN – Sat., Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m.; RDS2 – Wed., Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: Scott Steckly, 49.791 mph, 1 hr. 55 mins. 41 secs.
2013 Pole Winner: Scott Steckly, 75.817 mph, 17.806 secs.
Qualifying Record: Mark Dilley, Dodge, 76.254 mph, 17.704 secs., 9/23/07

Category Leaders at Kawartha Speedway:
Wins
1. D.J. Kennington … 3
2. Scott Steckly … 2
3. Jason Hathaway … 1
Pete Shepherd III … 1

Poles
1. seven drivers with … 1

Top Fives
1. D.J. Kennington … 6
2. Scott Steckly … 4
3. four drivers with … 3

Top 10s
1. D.J. Kennington … 6
2. Scott Steckly … 6
3. three drivers with … 5

Laps Led
1. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 315
2. D.J. Kennington … 278
3. Scott Steckly … 216

Laps Completed
1. Scott Steckly … 1,646
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 1,645
3. Mark Dilley … 1,630

Select Driver Highlights:
Donald Chisholm (No. 28 Keltic Ford/Nova Construction Ford)
• Has a win, a pole and eight top 10s in 16 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
• This will be his second series appearance of the 2014 season. He won from the pole at Riverside International Speedway in August.
• Has three top 10s, and an average finish of 13th and a best result of seventh (2013) in six previous starts at Kawartha Speedway.

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, 29 top fives and 48 top 10s in 83 career starts.
• Has competed in seven of 10 races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere.
• Has a pole (2007), four top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of fourth (2010) in the seven previous events at Kawartha.

Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO/Empire Mechanical Dodge)
• Has 18 top 10s in 44 career starts and a best finish of third at Barrie Speedway in 2012.
• Ranks seventh in points this year with seven top 10s and a best finish of sixth at Autodrome St-Eustache.
• Has an average finish of 18th and a best result of sixth (2013) in three Kawartha starts.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 18 top fives and 27 top 10s in 47 career starts.
• Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in nine of 10 races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
• Has an average finish of 16th and a best result of 10th (2012) in three starts at Kawartha.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet)
• Has 10 wins, 15 poles, 42 top fives and 63 top 10s in 88 career starts.
• Held the points lead following the first four events and enters the finale ranked second with top 10s in all 10 races.
• Won both races this year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to extend his series record for wins there to five.
• Has two top fives, an average finish of 15th and a best result of third (2011, `12) in seven Kawartha appearances.
• His lone oval win was his first series victory – Motoplex Speedway in 2007.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/Fast Eddie Chevrolet)
• Has five wins and 58 top 10s in 97 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
• Ranks fifth in points this season, highlighted by wins at Autodrome Chaudiere and Barrie Speedway.
• All five of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including Kawartha in 2008, which was his first victory.
• Has that win, two additional top 10s and an average finish of 10th in the seven previous Kawartha races.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (66) and top 10s (81), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 97 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 on ovals.
• Has a streak of 60-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside in 2009.
• Ranks third in points after 10 events with eight top 10s a best result of third at both Riverside and Barrie.
• Has three wins (2009, `11, `12), a pole (2010), six top fives and an average finish of fifth across the seven previous Kawartha races.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)
• Has a pole and 39 top 10s in 59 career NCATS starts with a best career finish of second (four times).
• Has four top fives and an additional top 10 in six starts this year. Was runner-up in both CTMP races.
• Has an average finish of 10th and a best result of third (2013) in six previous Kawartha starts.
• Best career oval finish was second at Riverside in 2009.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in wins (19) and poles (15). Has 43 top fives and 60 top 10s in 71 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses.
• Is fourth in points with six top 10s and wins at Circuit ICAR and Edmonton International Raceway.
• Has an average finish of sixth and a best result of second (2012) in three Kawartha starts.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/AW Millwright Dodge)
• Earned a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) in the first seven years of NCATS competition.
• Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 58 top fives and 71 top 10s in 97 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,944.
• All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals, including two at Kawartha.
• Ranks sixth in points after 10 races with six top 10s, highlighted by a win at St-Eustache.
• Has two wins (2007, `13), six top 10s and an average finish of fifth in the seven previous Kawartha events.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles, six top fives and two additional top 10s in 24 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
• Has a pair of top fives in eight starts this season. Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying as well as Riverside when he raced the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in NASCAR Nationwide Series action.
• This will be his first career appearance at Kawartha. Has an average finish of 11th in five oval starts this year.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
• The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
• Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day due to rain.
• Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
• The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
• L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
• Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion when he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
• Dumoulin scored his first hometown win when he took the checkered flag in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10. Marc-Antoine Camirand earned his first career pole prior to the race.
• Donald Chisholm won the day as he registered his first career pole and race victory in front of a hometown crowd at Riverside International Speedway on Aug. 16.
• Fitzpatrick swept the season series at CTMP with a victory on Aug. 31. Ranger also ended up as the pole winner for both events at the famed road course.
• Hathaway successfully defended his win at Barrie Speedway on Sept. 6 after Fitzpatrick earned his first pole of the year.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Kawartha

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: Kawartha

• 2014 Season Concludes With Pinty’s 250
• Dumoulin, Fitzpatrick Vie For First Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2014) – When the checkered flag falls on the season finale Pinty’s 250 Saturday at Kawartha Speedway, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will have a first-time titlist as either L.P. Dumoulin or J.R. Fitzpatrick will take home the championship trophy.

Dumoulin enters the season-ending event with a 16-point advantage on Fitzpatrick, 418-402. The Trois-Rivieres native can become only the second driver from Quebec to capture the championship in series history, joining two-time titlist Andrew Ranger.

In the point-per-position scoring format that also includes bonus points for winning the race, leading a lap and leading the most laps, there are a number of combinations that would see Dumoulin crowned the champ. Simply put, however, the championship hardware would head home with Dumoulin’s No. 47 Dodge team with a finish of 11th or better at Kawartha, a .375-mile oval in Fraserville, Ontario.

Dumoulin has posted a pair of wins and a series-high nine top-five finishes through 10 races this year. His only result outside of the top five was a sixth-place run at Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway. Nothing is guaranteed at Kawartha, however, where Dumoulin has posted an average finish of 16th in three previous starts.

A two-time championship runner-up, Fitzpatrick has a tough hill to climb for his first crown. Not only does he have the 16-point deficit to overcome, but he’s not fared much better at Kawartha through the years than Dumoulin, with an average finish of 15th across seven starts. The Ayr, Ontario, native does bring plenty of momentum into the finale, however, with finishes of first and second the last two times out this year.

Dumoulin or Fitzpatrick will become just the fourth different champion since the Canadian Tire Series began competition in 2007. In the seven previous seasons, Scott Steckly has captured the title three times with two apiece from D.J. Kennington and Ranger.

RACE: Pinty’s 250
PLACE: Kawartha Speedway, Fraserville, Ont.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 20
TIME: 5 p.m. EDT
TELECAST: TSN-Sat., Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m./RDS2-Wed., Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .375-mile, banked asphalt oval
2013 POLE SITTER: Scot Steckly
2013 WINNER: Scott Steckly
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 11-11:30 a.m., Final Practice 12-12:30 p.m., Qualifying 3 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 3:45 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Dave Middleton, 705-939-6316, dmiddleton@kawarthadowns.com
TRACK TWITTER: @KDSpeedway
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #Pintys250
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 Pinty’s 250 will be the 11th and final event on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the eighth all-time trip to Kawartha Speedway.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will have secured starting positions based on two lap time trials and the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 250 laps (93.75 miles).

The Track: Kawartha Speedway is part of the Kawartha Downs and Speedway complex in Fraserville, Ontario, east of Toronto near Peterborough. The .375-mile asphalt oval speedway with progressive banking is surrounded by a harness-racing horse track.

Pole Winners: The seven previous Kawartha races have each produced a different pole winner. Mark Dilley set the series’ track qualifying record on Sept. 23, 2007 at 17.704 seconds (76.254 mph).

Race Winners: There have been four different winners in the first seven Canadian Tire Series events at Kawartha, led by D.J. Kennington’s three triumphs.

Kawartha Race Notes:
Kennington Looks to Keep Win Streak Alive: Two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 titlist D.J. Kennington has earned at least one win in six of the seven previous season of series completion, including the last five years in a row, but he has yet to reach Victory Lane in 10 outings this year. Kennington’s last shot at a 2014 win will be this week at Kawartha Speedway, where he has three victories in seven starts.

Top Five Points Streak on the Line for Steckly: Three-time champion Scott Steckly has finished in the top five in the final points standings each year since 2008, but enters the Kawartha finale ranked sixth, a single tally behind Jason Hathaway. Steckley’s only year outside the top five was a 10th-place finish in the 2007 inaugural season.

Kawartha Winner, Series Champion: In each of the two previous seasons, the Pinty’s 250 winner has also earned the season championship. Kennington took home both trophies in 2012 and Steckly matched the feat a year ago. Current season championship contenders L.P. Dumoulin and J.R. Fitzpatrick will vie not only for their first title, but a first win at Kawartha as well.

McColm Positioned for Best Season: Joey McColm has essentially locked-up the best season of his Canadian Tire Series career. Mostly a part-time competitor since 2007, this is just his second full-time campaign. In 2010 McColm posted three top 10s across 13 events and finished 11th in points while this season he’s already recorded a career-best five top 10s and ranks eighth.

Solid Debut Season for Thiering: Rookie Erica Thiering has performed admirably in her first foray in the Canadian Tire Series. In four starts, the Alberta native has posted an average finish of 10.5 and has been the rookie of the race a series-high three times. Thiering ranks second in the rookie standings behind Matthew Scannell, but Saturday’s Pinty’s 250 will be just her fifth start, so she will not meet the required eight starts to be eligible for rookie of the year.

First Oval Race for Camirand, Klutt: They may have a combined 11 Canadian Tire Series appearances between them on road courses, but Saturday’s Pinty’s 250 will be the oval track debuts for Marc-Antoine Camirand and Gary Klutt. Camirand finished third in his most recent series appearance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in September for his best result in six starts. Klutt’s five previous starts have resulted in a best finish of sixth in that same CTMP race.

Chisholm Looks to Stay Perfect: Donald Chisholm will put his perfect 1-for-1 record this year on the line Saturday at Kawartha. Chisholm took home the checkered flag at his home track, Riverside International Speedway, in his only previous Canadian Tire Series appearance this year. Chisholm has 16 career series starts, 14 of which have come between Riverside and Kawartha. In six previous Kawartha races he has an average finish of 13th.

Last Time Out: Barrie
The 10th race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season was contested on Sept. 6 at Barrie Speedway. Here are some highlights from the Wahta Springs 300:
• Jason Hathaway captured the checkered flag at Barrie for the second year in a row when he won a drag race to the finish line with J.R. Fitzpatrick. It was his fifth career victory.
• Fitzpatrick finished as the runner-up while D.J. Kennington crossed the line in third to tie his season-best finish.
• Fitzpatrick earned his 15th pole prior to the event to move back into a tie with Andrew Ranger for the series’ all-time lead.
• Rookies Eric Thiering and Matthew Scannell, who finished eighth and ninth respectively, registered the best finishes so far in their first year of competition.

Next Time Out: Touring Awards
Following the season finale at Kawartha Speedway, the next engagement on the calendar will be to celebrate all of the NASCAR regional touring series champions at the 2014 NASCAR Touring Awards. The annual postseason event will take place in the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Dec. 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Hathaway Scores Back-To-Back Barrie Wins Survives Green-White-Checkered Finish For Fifth Career Victory

Hathaway Scores Back-To-Back Barrie Wins Survives Green-White-Checkered Finish For Fifth Career Victory

BARRIE, Ont. (Sept. 6, 2014) – It took a few extra laps, but Jason Hathaway left Barrie Speedway with a win Saturday night.

The Dutton, Ontario, native won the Wahta Springs 300 for the second year in a row. It marked Hathaway’s second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 victory of the season and fifth of his career.

Pole winner J.R. Fitzpatrick finished second, followed by D.J. Kennington, L.P. Dumoulin and Jeff Lapcevich.

Joey McColm, Noel Dowler, Erica Thiering, Matthew Scannell and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top 10.

Saturday was the best career finish for rookies Thiering and Scannell.

Hathaway became the first back-to-back winner at the track since Scott Steckly won both series events at the .333-mile tri-oval in 2008.

“I knew in the end there, I wasn’t going to give it up, no matter what it took,” Hathaway said. “It was a hell of a battle with J.R. [Fitzpatrick] tonight, and I’m glad it was him and nobody else, because we come out smiling at the end and shaking hands, talking about it all week because he and I are real good buddies.”

An accident on the frontstretch involving Tagliani on Lap 298 set up the green-white-checkered finish attempt. Fitzpatrick, looking for his first Barrie win, got the edge on the restart from the outside row and led by a nose at the white flag, but ultimately couldn’t overcome Hathaway for the checkered flag.

“I got the run I needed, going into Turn 3 (of the final lap) I was ahead and he shoved me up the hill just an extra little bit where I couldn’t get to the throttle as soon as him,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was exciting for the fans. It was close, really close.”

The final margin of victory was a miniscule 0.121 seconds.

With one race to go, Dumoulin now leads Fitzpatrick in the championship standings by a tally of 418-402.

The Wahta Springs 300 will air on TSN5 on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. EDT, and on RDS2 on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship will be decided in the season finale on Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ont.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pres. by Mobil 1-Wahta Springs 300
Unofficial Results
Saturday
At Barrie Speedway
Barrie, Ont.
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Chevrolet, 307 laps, 56.171 mph.
2. (1) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 307.
3. (11) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 307.
4. (6) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 307.
5. (7) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 307.
6. (9) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 307.
7. (13) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 307.
8. (17) Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 305.
9. (16) Matthew Scannell, Milton. Ont., Dodge, 302.
10. (8) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 297.
11. (5) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Dodge, 283, accident.
12. (10) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 258, suspension.
13. (3) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 200.
14. (15) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Dodge, 195, overheating.
15. (14) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 184, carburetor.
16. (12) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 184, rear gear.
17. (2) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 91, rear gear.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 49 minutes 12 seconds
Margin of Victory: .121 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Fitzpatrick (84.304 mph, 14.22 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 69 laps.
Lead Changes: 8 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Fitzpatrick 1-76; J. Hathaway 77-108; J. Fitzpatrick 109; J. Hathaway 110-127; A. Ranger 128-159; J. Fitzpatrick 160-173; J. Hathaway 174-304; J. Fitzpatrick 305-306; J. Hathaway 307.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 418; 2. J. Fitzpatrick, 402; 3. D. Kennington, 363; 4. A. Ranger, 357; 5. J. Hathaway, 352; 6. S. Steckly, 351; 7. N. Dowler, 338; 8. J. McColm, 317; 9. A. Tagliani, 250; 10. M. Dilley, 231.

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Barrie Analyzing The Wahta Springs 300 At Barrie Speedway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Barrie Analyzing The Wahta Springs 300 At Barrie Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2014) – The penultimate race of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season will take place at Ontario’s Barrie Speedway on Saturday with the Wahta Springs 300. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Wahta Springs 300 Setup:
• With two races to go, L.P. Dumoulin has a 19-point lead on J.R. Fitzpatrick in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship standings. Both will vie for their first Barrie Speedway win this week.
• East of the last six NCATS visits to Barrie have featured a different winner.
• In nine previous series races at Barrie, D.J. Kennington has earned a record three wins. He’ll contend for win No. 4 to end the second-longest winless drought of his career (13 races).
• Kennington and Scott Steckly are tied for the most oval track wins in series history with 16 apiece. Steckly has won twice at Barrie.

At Barrie Speedway:
History
• Opened in 1965 as a .25-mile oval.
• Widened and reconfigured to a .333-mile tri-oval in 1999.
• A NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned track since 2007.
• Held inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 event on July 1, 2007, which was won by D.J. Kennington.

Notebook
• Barrie has welcomed the NCATS nine times previously, the most events at any oval since the series began competition in 2007.
• Six drivers have participated in all nine previous events, and five are expected to extend the streak this week.
• The nine previous races have produced six different winners, led by Kennington’s three.
• There have been seven different pole winners in the nine contests, led by two apiece from Scott Steckly and Don Thomson Jr.
• There has yet to be a wire-to-wire victory at Barrie, or a driver that won from the pole.
• Pete Shepherd III was the youngest Barrie race winner at 26 years and 27 days in 2012.
• Don Thomson Jr. was the oldest Barrie victor at 47 years and 19 days in 2009.

Barrie Speedway Data
Race #: 10 of 11
Track Layout: .333-mile, banked asphalt tri-oval
Race Length: 300 laps (99.99 miles)
Telecast: TSN – Sat., Sept. 13, 2 p.m., RDS2 – Thu., Sept. 25, 8 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: Jason Hathaway, 60.049 mph, 1 hr. 40 mins. 49 secs.
2013 Pole Winner: Scott Steckly, 83.558 mph, 14.347 secs.
Qualifying Record: Don Thomson Jr., Chevrolet, 86.226 mph, 13.903 secs., 6/28/08

Category Leaders at Barrie Speedway:
Wins
1. D.J. Kennington … 3
2. Scott Steckly … 2
3. four drivers with … 1

Poles
1. Scott Steckly … 2
Don Thomson Jr. … 2
3. five drivers with … 1

Top Fives
1. Don Thompson Jr … 7
2. D.J. Kennington … 5
Scott Steckly … 5

Top 10s
1. D.J. Kennington … 8
2. Scott Steckly … 7
Don Thomson Jr. … 7

Laps Led
1. Scott Steckly … 847
2. Don Thomson Jr … 409
3. D.J. Kennington … 385

Laps Completed
1. D.J. Kennington … 2,680
2. Jason Hathaway … 2,656
3. Mark Dilley … 2,654

Select Driver Highlights:
Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, 29 top fives and 48 top 10s in 82 career starts.
• Has competed in six of nine races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere.
• Has a win (2011), six top 10s and an average finish of eighth in the nine previous Barrie Speedway events.

Noel Dowler (No. 5 Empire Mechanical Chevrolet)
• Has six top 10s in 43 career starts.
• Ranks seventh in points this year with six top 10s and a best finish of sixth at St-Eustache.
• Has an average finish of 12th and an overall career-best result of third (2012) in three Barrie starts.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 17 top fives and 26 top 10s in 46 career starts.
• First two career triumphs came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
• Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in eight of nine races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
• Has an average finish of 13th and a best results of 11th (2012) in three starts at Barrie.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet)
• Has 10 wins, 14 poles, 41 top fives and 62 top 10s in 87 career starts.
• Held the points lead following the first four events and is currently second with top 10s in all nine races.
• Won both races this year at CTMP to extend his series record for wins at the road course to five.
• Has six top 10s, an average finish of 8.5 and a best result of third (2013) in eight previous Barrie appearances.
• His lone oval win was his first series victory – Motoplex Speedway in 2007.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 57 top 10s in 96 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
• Ranks sixth in points this season, highlighted by a win at Autodrome Chaudiere and podiums in both of the western swing events.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including this race last year.
• Has that win, six top 10s and an average finish of ninth in the nine previous Barrie races.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (65) and top 10s (80), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 96 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 on ovals.
• Has a streak of 59-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2007.
• Ranks fourth in points after nine events with a best result of third at Riverside.
• Has three wins (2-2007, 2010), eight top 10s and an average finish of sixth across the nine previous Barrie races.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)
• Has a pole and 38 top 10s in 58 career NCATS starts with a best career finish of fourth (four times).
• Has competed in five of nine events this year – the four road course contests and Autodrome St-Eustache.
• Has an average finish of 11th and a best results of fifth (2011) in five previous Barrie starts.
• Best career oval finish was second at Riverside in 2009.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in wins (19) and owns the poles (15) record outright. Has 43 top fives and 60 top 10s in 70 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses.
• Is third in points with six top 10s and wins at Circuit ICAR and Edmonton International Raceway.
• Has five top 10s, an average finish of seventh and a best result of second (2012) in six Barrie races.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sturdy Forms Dodge)
• Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.
• Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 58 top fives and 71 top 10s in 96 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,944.
• All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals, including two at Barrie.
• Ranks fifth in points after nine races with six top 10s, highlighted by a win at St-Eustache.
• Has two wins (2-2008), seven top 10s and an average finish of seventh in the nine previous Barrie events.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles, six top fives and two additional top 10s in 23 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
• Has a pair of top 10s in seven starts this season. Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying as well as Riverside when he raced the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in NASCAR Nationwide Series action.
• Finished third in his only previous NCATS start at Barrie in 2008.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
• The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
• Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day due to rain.
• Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
• The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
• L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
• Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion when he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
• Dumoulin scored his first hometown win when he took the checkered flag in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10. Marc-Antoine Camirand earned his first career pole prior to the race.
• Donald Chisholm won the day as he registered his first career pole and race victory in front of a hometown crowd at Riverside International Speedway on Aug. 16.
• Fitzpatrick swept the season series at CTMP with a victory on Aug. 31. Ranger also ended up as the pole winner for both events at the famed road course.
• Following the Wahta Springs 300, the 2014 season will conclude on Sept. 20 at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 16 top fives and 25 top 10s in 45 career starts.
• First two career triumphs came at CTMP in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
• Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in seven of eight races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win at Trois-Rivieres.
• Has four top fives and an average finish of seventh in five CTMP starts.

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

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Princess Auto/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 57 top 10s in 95 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
• Ranks fourth in points this season, highlighted by a win at Autodrome Chaudiere and podiums in both of the western swing events.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals. Best career road course finish was second at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2012.
• Has four top 10s, an average finish of 14th and a best result of third (May 2013) across the nine CTMP events.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (65) and top 10s (79), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 95 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
• Is tied with Scott Steckly for the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16, and has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
• Has a streak of 58-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2007.
• Ranks fifth in points after eight events with a best result of third recorded last time out at Riverside.
• Has a win (2011), a series-best average finish of 3.7 and top 10s in all nine events at CTMP.

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

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

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in both wins (19) and poles (14). Has 43 top fives and 60 top 10s in 69 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses, including this year at Circuit ICAR.
• Is tied for second in points with two wins and six top 10s. The second victory came at Edmonton.
• Has two wins (2007, `09), a record four poles (2007, `09, `10, May `14), six top 10s and an average finish of fifth in seven previous CTMP appearances.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge)
• Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.
• Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 57 top fives and 70 top 10s in 95 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,944.
• All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. Has five career road course runner-ups.
• Ranks sixth in points after eight races with five top 10s, highlighted by a win at St-Eustache.
• Has four top fives, an average finish of 13th and a best result of third (2012) across the nine CTMP races.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge)
• Has a win, five poles, six top fives and two additional top 10s in 22 career NCATS starts. The victory was earned at Edmonton City Centre Airport in 2008.
• Has a pair of top 10s in six starts this season. Missed the CTMP opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying as well as Riverside when he raced the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course in NASCAR Nationwide Series action.
• Finished fifth in his only previous NCATS start at CTMP in 2008.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
• The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
• Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day due to rain.
• Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
• The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
• L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
• Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion when he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
• Dumoulin scored his first hometown win when he took the checkered flag in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10. Marc-Antoine Camirand earned his first career pole prior to the race.
• Donald Chisholm won the day as he registered his first career pole and race victory in front of a hometown crowd at Riverside International Speedway on Aug. 16.
• Following the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200, the series will head to Ontario’s Barrie Speedway, for the Wahta Springs 300 on Sept. 6.

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

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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes: CTMP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RACE: Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200
PLACE: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ont.
DATE: Sunday, Aug. 31
TIME: 10 a.m. EDT
TELECAST: TSN2 – Sat., Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m.; RDS2 – TBA
TRACK LAYOUT: 2.459-mile, 10-turn asphalt road course
2013 WINNER: L.P. Dumoulin
2013 POLESITTER: Jeff Lapcevich
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday – Practice 10:40-11:25 a.m., Final Practice 1:10-2 p.m., Qualifying 4:40 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 3-3:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Ryan Chalmers, 905-983-9141, ryan@ctmpark.com
TRACK TWITTER: @CTMPOfficial
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #PintysClarington200
NASCAR CONTACT: Jason Cunningham, 704-201-6658, jcunningham@nascar.com, Twitter: @NASCAR_NE
If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, please contact Jason Cunningham.

Fast Facts:
The Race: The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will be the ninth of 11 events on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule, and the second of two dates at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 34 cars, including provisionals. The first 29 cars will have secured starting positions through NASCAR road race style group qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 51 laps (125.4 miles, 201.8 kilometers).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 16 top fives and 24 top 10s in 44 career starts.
• First two career triumphs came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
• Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in all seven races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win last week at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Has an average finish of 15th and a best result of 11th (2012) in three previous Riverside starts.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet)
• Has nine wins, shares the series record with 14 poles, has 40 top fives and 60 top 10s in 85 career starts.
• Won the 2014 opener at CTMP to extend his series record for wins at the road course to four.
• Held the points lead following the first four events and now ranks second with top 10s in all seven races.
• Has two poles (2008, `12), three runner-ups and an average finish of seventh in six Riverside races. Did not compete in the 2009 event. Has led laps in all six of his appearances there.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/HGC Chevrolet)
• Has four wins and 57 top 10s in 94 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
• Ranks fourth in points this season, highlighted by a win at Autodrome Chaudiere and podiums in both of the western swing events.
• All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including three of his last seven circle track starts.
• Is the defending Riverside winner, where he has five top 10s and an average finish of eighth across the seven events.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (64) and top 10s (78), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 94 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
• Holds the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16, and has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
• Has a streak of 57-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside in 2007.
• Ranks sixth in points after six events with a best result of fifth in both the CTMP opener and at Edmonton International Raceway.
• Has two wins (2010, `12), a pole (2009), four podiums and an average finish of seventh in the seven previous Riverside races. Has led laps in six of those seven starts.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in both wins (19) and poles (14). Has 42 top fives and 59 top 10s in 68 career NCATS starts.
• Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses, including this year at Circuit ICAR.
• Ranks third in points with two wins and five top 10s. The second victory came at Edmonton.
• Has a win (2009), two top 10s and an average finish of eighth in four Riverside appearances.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge)
• Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.
• Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 57 top fives and 70 top 10s in 94 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,944.
• All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. He’s won at eight different circle tracks.
• Ranks fifth in points after seven races with five top 10s, highlighted by a win at Autodrome St-Eustache.
• Has a win (2011), three poles (2010, `11, `13), four top fives and an average finish of seventh in seven Riverside races. Has led a record 578 laps total, and has run up front in five of seven starts there.

Up To Speed:
• The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
• The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
• J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
• Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day due to rain.
• Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
• The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
• L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
• Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion as he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
• Dumoulin scored his first hometown win when he took the checkered flag in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10. Marc-Antoine Camirand earned his first career pole prior to the race.
• Following the Wilson Equipment 300, the series will return to Bowmanville, Ontario, for the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 on Aug. 31 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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

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