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Sep 09

Shepherd takes the checkered and wins Canadian Tire Series at Barrie after leaders wreck

Andrew Ranger finishes 2nd

Nascar Canadian Tire Series BilingueBarrie SpeedwayPete Shepherd III was in the right place at the right time to take the victory in the Wahta Springs 300 Sunday at Barrie Speedway. It marked Shepherd’s third career win in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.

Shepherd was running third at the start of a green-white-checkered finish on the tight .333-mile oval when race leader Steve Mathews and second-place J.R. Fitzpatrick got together. The contact allowed Shepherd to slip by into the lead.

Andrew Ranger took second, followed by Noel Dowler. Mathews, who won the pole position in qualifying earlier Sunday afternoon, dropped back to fourth. Dexter Stacey rounded out the top five.

Fitzpatrick led a race-high 113 laps but wound up sixth, followed by Ron Beauchamp Jr., Jason Hathaway, Scott Steckly and rookie Larry Jackson.

Steckly dominated the late stages of the race — leading 110 laps — before contact with Matthews battling for the lead on Lap 294 sent Steckly spinning and set up the final caution. Larry Jackson finished 10th.

Shepherd was making his third start of the season. His previous wins have come at Kawartha in 2010 and Saskatoon in 2011.

Points leader D.J. Kennington encountered early-race mechanical issues and finished 21st, 27 laps down. Kennington’s lead was closed to just 14 over Ranger and 18 over Fitzpatrick with two races remaining.

Kennington and Steckly had accounted for five wins in the previous seven races run at Barrie.

The Wahta Springs 300 will air on TSN, Saturday, Sept. 15 at Noon ET, and on RDS2, Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series returns to the track Saturday, Sept. 15 in the penultimate race of the season for the Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia.

NASCAR CANDADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Wahta Springs 300 Unofficial Results
Sunday At Barrie Speedway, Barrie, Ontario
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (8) Pete Shepherd, III, Brampton, Ont., Dodge, 307 laps, 51.697 mph.
2. (10) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 307.
3. (15) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 307.
4. (1) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 307.
5. (19) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Dodge, 307.
6. (4) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont., Chevrolet, 307.
7. (2) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 307.
8. (7) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 307.
9. (3) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 306.
10. (17) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 305.
11. (12) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 303.
12. (20) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 301.
13. (11) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 300.
14. (16) Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont., Dodge, 299.
15. (22) Mike Scholz, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Chevrolet, 298.
16. (14) Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que., Dodge, 298.
17. (13) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 297.
18. (9) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que, Dodge, 286.
19. (21) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 285.
20. (5) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 282, transmission.
21. (6) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 280.
22. (18) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 132, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 58 minutes 39 seconds
Margin of Victory: .729 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: S.Mathews (84.162 mph, 14.244 seconds)
Caution Flags: 13 for 125 laps.
Lead Changes: 10 among 7 drivers.
Lap Leaders: S. Mathews 1-3; S. Steckly 4-26; J. Fitzpatrick 27-139; P. Shepherd,III 140-156; M. Dilley 157-162; M. Roy 163-164; M. Dilley 165-178; L. Dumoulin 179-206; S. Steckly 207-293; S. Mathews 294-305; P. Shepherd,III 306-307.
Standings: 1. D. Kennington, 422; 2. A. Ranger, 408; 3. J. Fitzpatrick, 404; 4. S. Steckly, 393; 5. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 350; 6. J. Hathaway, 330; 7. L. Dumoulin, 330; 8. J. White, 308; 9. M. Roy, 307; 10. J. Lapcevich, 229.

source: nascar.com

French language version of this release is attached.

FIRST PODIUM FINISH FOR NOEL DOWLER

Sherwood Park, Alberta’s Noel Dowler continues to enjoy a sophomore season in the #5 EMCO Dodge participating in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with improved race results and a season of firsts. Earlier this year Dowler scored his first top ten result in the series and this past weekend at Barrie Speedway Dowler recorded his first podium finish with a third place result.

During practice the #5 EMCO Dodge team worked to have a race that would perform consistently for the 300 lap feature event. Though Dowler did not have a strong qualifying run he was confident they would have a solid race. “The car just felt really good all day” said Dowler. “I knew that we had the car to have a good day” he added.

In the early going Dowler faced another challenge as his #5 EMCO Dodge ended up spinning between turns one and two. “In Barrie you have to expect this sort of thing” he explained. “Fortunately we had this happen early so we just continued with our plan and I knew that the car was good enough for us to get back toward the front” he stated.

From that point Dowler’s day became much better. The #5 EMCO Dodge team knew that with the majority of the race remaining hope was not lost. “We got thrown off our strategy a little bit but with the car set up so well by the team we were doing okay” said Dowler.

The #5 EMCO Dodge team completed their final pit stop of the afternoon and the rest was now up to Dowler. The second year driver moved the car smartly into the top-ten and then continued to look for opportunities to gain positions. With a late caution flag slowing the field, Dowler found himself close to the front of the pack with one more restart opportunity to gain more positions.

With the race set up for a green, white, checkered finish Dowler dug deep on the restart looking to move up. He would get a little assistance as the first two cars in the running order would have contact and spin out. On the final lap he continued to push and would cross the finish line third overall.

“What a great day for the whole team” said Dowler. “We had a little luck working for us at the end but we also had a really good race car, we didn’t get down when we had some troubles early and we raced back to put ourselves in position for this result. I’m really happy for everybody at EMCO, Kohler, Rheem and the whole team. This is a great boost for us” he added.

With the third place finish Noel Dowler also climbs to tenth in the overall championship standings.

The 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is back in action on Saturday September 15th at Riverside Speedway near Antigonish, NS. The series features 12 events from coast to coast including races during the Edmonton Indy weekend and the NASCAR Nationwide event in Montreal. For more information about Noel Dowler Jr. log onto www.apollomotorsports.ca  and follow him on twitter, @noeldowler.

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PATIENCE AND STRATEGY FOR LP DUMOULIN

Since the beginning of the season, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has demonstrated his potential and qualities as a racer on oval circuits while competing with the leading group in each race, and this regardless of the qualifying results. Leaving the starting grid in thirteenth place, the Quebecer quickly positioned the n°47 WeatherTech.ca/Bellemare Dodge in the top-10. In fifth place during the 301st lap, he was positioning himself to obtain his best result on this type of track this season when a mechanical complication occurred during the second-to-last lap.

« During the last restart I was competing with Andrew for the top-5. We were very close to the podium, perhaps even a victory. The WeatherTech.ca car was quick, the team had worked very well, but a piece of the suspension broke. This is part of racing and for the last two races we remain focused on our championship objective », shares Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, who led the race for a total of twenty-eight laps.

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was behind the wheel of the n° 47 WeatherTech.ca/Bellemare Dodge for his first laps at the start of the Wahta Springs « 300 » (13 caution flags – 125/307 laps). The heavy rainfall that occurred Saturday at Barrie Speedway (Ontario) forced the officials to reschedule the race on Sunday.

« Yesterday’s rain [Saturday September 8th] significantly reduced the practice times. During the qualifications the time results were very, very, very close, we were all almost within the same second. The car was handling very well and we were confident for the race », explains the n°47 WeatherTech.ca/Bellemare Dodge driver.

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin will be on the track for the eleventh race of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Season on September 15th at the Riverside International Speedway, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (practice at 12:30 pm; Qualifications at 4 pm; Wilson Equipment Limited « 300 » start at 7 pm).

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BEAUCHAMP BOUNCED ASIDE IN BARRIE

Despite running a smart and effective strategy throughout the course of the Wahta Springs 300 on Sunday, Ron Beauchamp Jr. fell victim to another vehicle and lost a chance at a top 5 finish.

Beauchamp and his crew had a solid test session at the Barrie Speedway and learned some things they believed would help them. They had a good practice, only making some minor adjustments to the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge in preparation for qualifying. The crew made the right adjustments, and #60 earned a strong 2nd place starting position.

Once the race kicked off, #60 upheld the strategy: pit for fuel early and then tires. The team ended up taking their last two tires later than the rest of the front-runners. Their game plan was successful; Beauchamp ran in and around the top 5 for most of the 307-lap race.

“Our plan was working really well,” Beauchamp said afterwards. “We got our tires later than the other guys, we had a really strong car and were coming for the leaders.”

#60 continued to run strong, marching steadily towards the front and running fourth, when Beauchamp was suddenly struck by the #3 car.

Once Beauchamp regrouped from the collision, he couldn’t recover the lost ground and ended up closing out the green-white-checker finish in 7th place.

“I definitely think we had a podium-finishing car today,” he said. “Instead we had a better finish taken from us and that’s disappointing.”

After today, Beauchamp is ranked 5th overall with 350 points and a solid 20-point lead over 6th-ranked Jason Hathaway.

Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team will be back in action this coming Saturday September 15th at Riverside Speedway near Antigonish, NS. For more information about the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries team log on to www.beauchampmotorsports.com and www.mopar.ca

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JASON WHITE PERSEVERES AT BARRIE

Despite having a solid vehicle to rely on, Jason White had a tough day at the Wahta Springs 300 at the Barrie Speedway on Sunday that just continued to get worse – a day he described as “quicksand.”

The team’s #21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge was a car to be proud of in practice, and White kicked off the weekend on a high note. Unfortunately for White, his expectations didn’t pan out in qualifying. A spot of rain threw him off his groove right before the qualifying laps and #21 registered a 13th-place time.

White’s black cloud followed him to the main event, where early in the race he had some contact with car #07.

“Once we got tagged by the #07 car, which set us back in the pack,” he explained later. “Once that happens, it’s tough to climb out of the quicksand.”

White battled hard to keep from sinking deeper in his proverbial quicksand, aiming to run consistent laps to rekindle the lap he lost after the incident with #07.

“We had to keep fighting to get anywhere, it’s just how it is at Barrie,” White said.

Speed bumps kept springing up throughout the course of the race, and he ended up getting turned around yet again towards the final laps. White kept working hard to make the best of his luckless afternoon eventually finishing 17th under a green-white-checker finish.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the day, White still saw the bright side.

“It was a pretty frustrating day, but the car is in good shape,” he remarked. “We won’t have much to do getting ready for Riverside and I’m looking forward to racing on that track – it’s a lot of fun.”

After today’s race, White is ranked 8th overall with 308 points.

Jason White and the #21 Dodge team will compete in the entire 2012 NCATS schedule that will take the team from coast to coast in Canada for the 12 events. Next on the schedule; teams head east to Riverside Speedway near Antigonish, NS on September 15th. For the latest news about Jason White and the #21 Dodge team check out the team website at www.jasonwhiteracing.com  and be sure to follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite You can get more information about the NCATS series at www.hometracks.nascar.com

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DJ KENNINGTON SUPRISES EVERYONE WITH NEW COLOURS AT BARRIE

Normally at NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events we see DJ Kennington piloting the familiar #17 Castrol Edge Dodge. But for round number 10 at Barrie Speedway on Sunday Kennington caught the racing world of guard with an eye catching new look. For this one event Kennington would race the #17 SuperClean Dodge.

The project was kept very quiet in advance with only a handful of people aware of the surprise to be revealed. “It was an idea that came up a few weeks ago” said Kennington. “We’re happy to have SuperClean products as part of our program this year and for the Barrie race we had coupons and sample giveaways and then we had this idea to make an even bigger splash and we came up with this great look for the #17 SuperClean Dodge and it sure got a lot of attention from everyone he explained.

Once the action began on the track though he had a different look to the car Kennington’s #17 SuperClean Dodge was running well. Rain sprinkles fell on the track just before qualifying and Kennington was one of the first to attempt time trails. He would manage the sixth quickest time.

As the 300 lap feature event began Kennington began looking for opportunities to move the #17 SuperClean Dodge forward in the field. “We didn’t have the best qualifying but as the race started to get going it was getting better” said the driver.

Continuing his steady progress in the #17 SuperClean Dodge Kennington ran comfortably inside the top five and following scheduled pit stops for service felt they were in a good position for the second half of the race. Suddenly, their fortunes changed.

Without warning the #17 SuperClean Dodge slowed on the track and fell back in the field. Kennington quickly brought the car to the attention of the crew. After diagnosing the problem with the fuel pump the team made the change and returned him to the race many laps down, their opportunity at a good result was lost.

“From there we just soldiered on as best we could. The car was right back to running fast after we changed part change, unfortunately these things happen”.

The #17 SuperClean Dodge would be classified 21st at the finish and tighten up the championship battle that Kennington still leads. “We knew even with a good lead that this sort of thing sometimes happens” explained Kennington. “We’re not hanging out heads though; we’ll be back next week ready to go at Riverside. I feel bad we couldn’t have a better finish for SuperClean with them on the car this weekend”.

Even with the disappointing result at Barrie Kennington sits atop the overall championship standings, 14 points ahead of second place.

DJ Kennington will be back in his familiar #17 Castrol Edge Dodge as the team returns to action this coming Saturday September 15th at Riverside Speedway near Antigonish, NS.

Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news in several ways. Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca  and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and fans should also “like” the team Facebook Page DJK Racing.

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source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com