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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Spencer Lewis

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Steckly Without Title Sponsor For 2015

Steckly Without Title Sponsor For 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Jones Scott Steckly

Driven Motorsport Innovations 22 Racing

(705) 730-4044 519-504-2193

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Tom Bryant

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(386) 310-6060;

tbryant@nascar.com

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NASCAR Announces Canadian Tire Series Schedule Update

NASCAR Announces Canadian Tire Series Schedule Update

Inaugural Event At Sunset Added To 2015 Slate

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

704-201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Joins NASCAR

Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Joins NASCAR

Newest Addition To Whelen All-American Series Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

704-201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Week Kicks Off

NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Week Kicks Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Integrated Marketing Communications
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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
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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.

Contact:
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NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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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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