Analyzing The Edmonton 100 At Edmonton City Centre Airport
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 17, 2012) – In the second race of its three-event Western Canadian swing, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to Alberta to be a part of the Edmonton Indy after a one-year hiatus. The Edmonton 100 on the 2.256-mile, 13-turn temporary circuit at Edmonton City Centre Airport is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. MT. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Edmonton, as well as some other statistical trends:
Edmonton Race Setup
- This is the Canadian Tire Series’ first time on the new 2.256-mile, 13-turn race course.
- J.R. Fitzpatrick is a two-time Edmonton winner and has not finished worse than fourth in four career starts.
- Andrew Ranger won at Edmonton in 2009 and has won 12 of his 21 series road-course starts and has not finished worse than third in his three Alberta starts.
- Points leader D.J. Kennington and winner of the last three series events has finished outside of the top 10 in his last two Edmonton starts.
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Edmonton
- This is the series’ fifth time to compete in Edmonton, but first on the new 2.256-mile, 13-turn race course.
- The race’s television premier is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN2 and Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10 p.m. ET on RDS2.
- The four previous Edmonton events were competed on the old 1.973-mile, 14-turn track.
- The Edmonton 100 is 101.66 kilometers (63.16 miles) in length.
- Is one of five road-course events on the 2012 schedule – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Que., Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (Que.) are the others.
- In the previous four Edmonton events, there has been an average of 2.25 caution periods for 7.25 laps with earliest coming at Lap 9 in 2007 and the latest at Lap 27 in 2009.
- In four races at Edmonton, the average finishing position for the polesitter is 1.75 and the average starting position for the race winner is 1.5.
Race: #6 of 12 (7/22/12)
Track Layout: 2.256-mile temporary road course
Race Length: 28 laps (63.16 miles or 101.66 kilometers)
1-Lap Qualifying: J.R. Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet, 80.318 seconds, 88.433 mph, July 24, 2010
32-Lap Race: J.R. Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet, 49 min., 23 sec., 76.709 mph, July 25, 2010
(Note: The above records are for the old 1.973-mile race course. The 2011 event will be contested on the newer 2.256-mile configuration.)
J.R. Fitzpatrick…………………………….. 2
Andrew Ranger…………………………….. 1
Alex Tagliani ……………………………….. 1
Andrew Ranger ……………………………. 3
J.R. Fitzpatrick ……………………………. 1
Andrew Ranger…………………………… 64
J.R. Fitzpatrick…………………………… 33
Alex Tagliani………………………………. 31
Selected Driver Information:
Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge)
- Finished 18th in his last visit to Edmonton.
- Best Edmonton finish was sixth in 2009.
- Has recorded top 10s in three of his last four starts overall.
- One of just four drivers to start all 68 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.
Robin Buck (No. 66 Quaker State Dodge)
- Finished third in 2007 in Edmonton for his only start in Alberta.
- Registered two wins and four top-five finishes in his five 2011 road-course starts.
- Has scored six top 10s in his last eight Canadian Tire Series start – all on road courses.
- Earned both of his series-career wins – Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres – last season.
Kevin Dowler (No. 35 Whitemud Mechanical/EMCO Dodge)
- Finished 14th in 2007 at Edmonton in his only start in his home province.
- Made his first series start since 2007 on July 14 at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C.
- Was a relief driver for Jason Hathaway, who had an injured wrist, last season.
- Former CASCAR champion.
- Son, Noel, is a Canadian Tire Series regular competitor.
Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge)
- Making his first Edmonton start in 2012.
- Has a current streak of three consecutive top-10 finishes.
- Scored a season-best finish of 11th last season at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S.
- Finished third in last year’s Rookie of the Year standings.
L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellmare Dodge)
- Making his Edmonton debut this year.
- Opened the season with back-to-back top-five road-course finishes.
- Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.
- Now a teammate of defending series champion Scott Steckly.
- Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)
- Won both the 2007 and 2010 Canadian Tire Series events in Edmonton.
- Finished second in 2009 and fourth in 2008 on the Edmonton airport course.
- Has top-five finishes in all four of his Edmonton outings.
- Has led 33 laps in series action at the Alberta event.
- Has five top-10 finishes in his last seven series road-course starts.
- Six of his seven career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal.
- Has made a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season.
Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge)
- Finished sixth in the 2010 Edmonton 100 – his best in four starts.
- Has a streak of four consecutive top10 finishes in Edmonton.
- Has scored top-five finishes in his last three starts this season.
- One of only four drivers to start all 68 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.
D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
- Finished 15th at Edmonton in 2010.
- Finished fourth in 2007 and fifth in 2008 at the Alberta event.
- Has won the last three events and is the first driver in series history to win three consecutive races.
- Sits atop the championship standings.
- Has a current streak of seven straight top-five finishes and eight consecutive top 10s.
- Has 14 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories – second on the all-time list behind Andrew Ranger (15).
- Won 2010 series championship.
- One of four drivers to start all 68 NCATS races.
Kerry Micks (No. 02 Leland/BDI/PartSource Ford)
- Scored a fifth-place Edmonton finish in 2010 – his best in four starts.
- Finished eighth in 2008 edition of Edmonton 100.
- Has top-10 finishes in five of his last six starts dating back to the Montreal race last year.
- Two of his three series-career wins have come on road-course wins (Montreal and Trois-Rivieres in 2007).
- Sharing time with Kerry Micks this season behind the wheel of the No. 02 Ford.
Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Dodge/GC Motorsports Dodge)
- Won the 2009 Edmonton race in his last start at the track.
- Finished second in 2007 and third in 2008 at Edmonton.
- Has led a series-high 64 laps in Edmonton.
- Has top-10 finishes in his last seven of his last eight Canadian Tire Series starts.
- Has won 12 of his 21 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series road-course starts.
- Has finished inside the top 10 in 26 of his last 28 series starts dating back to the 2008 season.
- Is the series’ all-time leader with 15 victories.
- Tied with Don Thomson Jr. at 11 atop the all-time list for pole wins.
- Won the series championship in 2007 and 2009.
Trevor Seibert (No. 69 Lake Excavating Dodge)
- Finished fourth in his 2010 start on the Edmonton City Centre Airport track.
- Scored a fourth-place finish in the 2009 Alberta event.
Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)
- Has finished third in each of his last two Canadian Tire Series starts in Edmonton.
- Was the runner-up to Alex Tagliani in the 2008 Edmonton event.
- Has six top-five finishes in his last seven starts dating back to last season.
- Has 11 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories which ranks third on the all-time list.
- Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.
- One of just four drivers to start all 68 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.
James Van Domselaar (No. 14 Steel-Craft Door Products Chevrolet)
- Recorded a 12th-place finish in 2010 – his best in four Edmonton starts.
Jarrad Whissell (No. 44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford)
- Posted a ninth-place finish in the 2010 edition of the Edmonton 100.
- Finished 11th in 2008 and 17th in 2008 at Edmonton.
Jason White (No. 21 A&W/Bowers & Wilkins Dodge)
- Scored a 21st-place finish in his last Edmonton start in 2010.
- Best Edmonton finish was 15th in 2008 and 2009.
- Recorded his first series top-five finish on July 14 at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C.
- Was 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.