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May 20

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Recap: Dumoulin snags first series career win (+photos, +results)

Road course ace gets off to fast start in ‘13

18-05-13_0126Louis-Philippe Dumoulin won the Pinty’s presents the Vortex Brake Pads 200 on Sunday in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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Dumoulin, out of Trois-Rivieres, Que., handled all comers on the 2.459-mile road course to pick up his first series career win while leading a race-high 32 laps. The 2011 series rookie of the year had a previous best finish of second last season in his hometown the event – the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

After leading four laps early Dumoulin bided his time behind the wheel of his No. 47 WeatherTech.ca/Bellemare Dodge while everyone cycled through pit stops for tires and fuel. He took the lead from fellow Quebecer Martin Roy on Lap 24 and was out front for the rest of the 51-lap affair.

“I’m really proud of my team and the car was great all weekend,” said Dumoulin. “My crew chief Tyler Case was on top of everything and making sure we made the right decisions. We’re really happy to get out first win.”

In three of the six seasons in series history the winner of the season opener has gone on to win the points championship. However, Dumoulin is in just his second full season of Canadian Tire Series competition and the road course specialist will need to prove his mettle on the eight oval track events on the schedule this season.

“I learned quite a bit last year on the ovals, but it’s pretty tough to beat some of these guys,” he said. “This is a good win and we’ll continue to build on it.”

Runner-up Jeff Lapcevich seemed to be within striking distance after taking the white flag, but a bobble in Turn 1 effectively ended his challenge. The result equaled his best series finish established in 2009 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., and helped raise the spirits of the Lapcevich Racing team after Lapcevich’s father passed away unexpectedly in early April.

“Everything with my dad really set us back,” he said. “I wasn’t even sure we were going to come here and I told the team to get everything ready just a couple of weeks ago. They’ve worked extremely hard and I appreciate it.”

On the final lap the veteran Lapcevich tried some gamesmanship to get past Dumoulin.

“I thought maybe I could rattle him, but I just ended up rattling myself,” said the pilot of the No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge out of Grimsby, Ont. “After that it was over. He would have had to have done something really wrong for me to catch him.”

Jason Hathaway finished third and scored his best Canadian Tire Motorsport Park finish in seven starts on the road course.

“We put a lot of emphasis on our road course program over the offseason and it certainly paid off in running up front most of the day,” Hathaway said.

Defending series champion D.J. Kennington and Robin Buck in fourth and fifth, respectively and Kerry Micks, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Ty Dillon, Noel Dowler, Trevor Seibert and Brad Graham rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Dillon gained some valuable experience on the track that will host its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Pole sitter J.R. Fitzpatrick broke a drive shaft early on and finished a disappointing 27th in the 28-car field. He set a track record in Saturday’s qualifying and led the race’s first six laps before the untimely mechanical difficulty.

The race lead was exchanged six times among six drivers while the action was slowed due to caution three times for 13 laps.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 is back in action next on Saturday, June 15 for the EMCO 200 at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway.

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NASCAR CANDADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Pinty’s presents the Vortex 200 Results

Sunday

At Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Road Course)

Bowmanville, Ontario

Lap length: 2.459 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51 laps, 69.500 mph.

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

3. (11) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 51.

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

5. (7) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 51.

6. (4) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 51.

7. (14) Ty Dillon, Welcome, N.C., Chevrolet, 51.

8. (12) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 51.

9. (18) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 51.

10. (17) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Ford, 51.

11. (21) Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 51.

12. (27) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 51.

13. (24) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 51.

14. (28) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.

15. (15) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 51.

16. (22) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 51.

17. (16) Ryan Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 50.

18. (20) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 49.

19. (8) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 43, suspension.

20. (13) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 37, off track.

21. (9) Howie Scannell Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 22, rear end.

22. (26) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 20, off track.

23. (19) Daniel Bois, Bracebridge, Ont., Dodge, 16, rear end.

24. (3) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 12, accident.

25. (23) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 11, brakes.

26. (6) Alex Guennette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 10, engine.

27. (1) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont., Chevrolet, 7, drive shaft.

28. (25) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 5, engine.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 48 minutes 16 seconds

Margin of Victory: .651 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: J.Fitzpatrick (106.289 mph, 83.286 seconds)

Caution Flags: 3 for 13 laps.

Lead Changes: 6 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Fitzpatrick 1-6; L. Dumoulin 7-10; S. Steckly 11-12; J. Lapcevich 13-15; T. Seibert 16-21; M. Roy 22-23; L. Dumoulin 24-51.

Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 48; 2. J. Lapcevich, 43; 3. J. Hathaway, 41; 4. D. Kennington, 40; 5. R. Buck, 39; 6. K. Micks, 38; 7. T. Dillon, 37; 8. N. Dowler, 36; 9. T. Seibert, 36; 10. B. Graham, 34.

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KENNINGTON OPENS SEASON WITH STRONG RESULT

After months of preparations NASCAR Canadian Tire Series defending champion DJ Kennington was anxious to kick off the new season and pick up where he left of last year. The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver did just that with an excellent result in the opening round for 2013 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this past weekend.

Right from the start of practice the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge performed beautifully and was among the quickest cars. That continued through qualifying and Kennington recorded the fifth quickest time to begin the race from the inside of row three. “The boys did their homework and the car was really good all day” said Kennington. “We were set up perfectly”.

As the race began Sunday afternoon, race fans watching live on television coast to coast saw Kennington had little difficulty keeping the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge near the front all afternoon. “I thought the first few cars would try and get away but was confident we’d be in the mix for the end of the race with the strategy we had mapped out” explained Kennington.

The team brought Kennington in for a scheduled fuel stop early and then made a second stop to change all four tires on the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge later in the race. “Everything was playing out pretty much as we expected” said the driver.

In the closing laps Kennington pushed harder and gained a position to take over fourth spot and in the closing laps was looking to secure a podium finish but came up just a little short. “I just ran out of time and couldn’t quite get that next spot” said Kennington. “But this is a great result for us to start the season, another top five at this really tough track so we’ll take it and head for Delaware” he added.

The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team will return to action for round two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Saturday June 15 at Delaware Speedway near London, ON.

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 DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook. 

source: source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com, toddlewissports.com

 

BUCK GRABS FIFTH IN QUAKER STATE DODGE

It was a partnership that came together very quickly that put Robin Buck at the wheel of the familiar looking #66 Quaker State Dodge for round number one of the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this past weekend. But the experienced driver and team once again combined for very good race and claimed a fifth place result.

When practice began on Saturday the #66 Quaker State Dodge ran comfortably in the top ten. Buck wasn’t concerned about being the fastest car but rather setting the car up for the race on Sunday. In qualifying Buck didn’t push too hard to achieve a better time. “We knew exactly what we wanted from the car and we have that” explained Buck. “We have a good starting spot and we’ll be fine”.

As the race began in front of a huge crowd on sight and lives on television, the #66 Quaker State Dodge was running strong up near the front with Buck using his usual smooth and consistent style. “I expected some guys to try and get away in the early going, but we expected that the race would come down to the final laps and we wanted to save something for the end” said Buck.

The event played out pretty much according to plan and the #66 Quaker State Dodge was in very good position in the late stages. “Following the last caution it was time to try and push” explained Buck. “I was following the #17 car and he looked to be maneuvering his way around the #3 and I was hoping to go with him but he kind of got squeezed”.

Though he continued his attempts to the end Buck would not gain any further positions and cross the finish line in the #66 Quaker State Dodge in fifth spot. “Of course I would have liked to pick up another position or two at the end but I didn’t want to force the issue too much with the #17, we’re not running for championship points and he is so I was being respectful. Still to put this program together so quickly and come out with a top five is very good. I want to thank the whole team for all their efforts”.

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TOUGH START TO THE SEASON FOR TEAM MOPAR

Lady Luck seemed to hold a grudge against Ron Beauchamp Jr. on opening day of the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season this past weekend.

Hard times for Beauchamp and his team surfaced even before setting foot on the racetrack for the Vortex Brake Pads 200. On the way to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the team suffered a flat tire… a sign of things to come.

Beauchamp’s #60 Mopar Parts/Pennzoil/Exide Dodge performed well through practice, Beauchamp feeling confident behind the wheel of a brand new car. The feeling was short lived, however, as there was a problem with the intake valve in the first lap of qualifying. The vehicle’s speed suffered due to the complication and #60 qualified 22nd for the main event. Ultimately, Beauchamp and his crew made the decision to change engines before the race, relegating #60 to the back of the field.

When the race kicked off Beauchamp found his groove, and he moved inside the top 20. But before #60 could collect more spots, he sustained contact from the #15, requiring a stop so the crew could make repairs to the body of the Mopar Parts/Pennzoil/Exide Dodge. #60 went down a lap but his vehicle remained fast and he was able to continue fighting for position on the track.

Beauchamp and his team needed to move forward as quickly as possible, so they strategized to wait and swap out the vehicle’s tires late in the race. Their theory proved successful, as Beauchamp was quick to collect more spots.

Just as the race became salvageable, #60 broke something in transmission with only a few laps remaining. Beauchamp eventually crossed the finish line in 16th place.

“We had a lot of tough luck this weekend, trouble in qualifying hurt us and then the late malfunction was our breaking point,” he said after the race. “The Mopar Parts/Pennzoil/Exide Dodge was quick though. This is a good race car and hopefully we’ve got the bad luck behind us.”

Ron Beauchamp and the #60Mopar Parts/Pennzoil/Exide Dodge will get back in action at round two of the series June 15 at Delaware Speedway near London, ON.

To get more information about the #60 Mopar Parts/Pennzoil/Exide Batteries team you can log on to www.beauchampmotorsports.com and www.mopar.ca

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HUGE GAINS FOR THORNDYKE IN SEASON OPENER

David Thorndyke put his auto racing savvy on display in the first race of 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire season at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

After some testing that provided valuable insight, Thorndyke and his crew were hopeful for a solid opening contest at the Vortex Brake Pads 200 on Sunday. However, qualifying didn’t quite go their way, causing the #67 Lubesource/ Thorsons EVT Chevrolet to line up at the back of the field.

“With the cautions during the qualifying period we just didn’t get our tires up to temperature so we wound up at the back,” Thorndyke explained later.

Once the race kicked off, Thorndyke put the less than desirable qualifying time behind him and focused on his strategy for the main event. #67 made an interesting decision to conserve his tires for the entire race, utilizing his skill to carefully make passes for position while not abusing the vehicle’s tires.

“We knew to make this work I had to be patient and manage the tires,” he said.

Action was plentiful in the early going. #67 made significant gains in the field and pitted early on with the rest of the front-runners for fuel. Thorndyke continued to expertly navigate the Chevrolet through the pack, eventually gaining an admirable 14 positions and crossing the finish line in 14th place.

“There isn’t a mark on the race car, we were competitive, I made some passes and had a good day, we’re thrilled” said the driver David Thorndyke.

“The team worked really hard and it took us a while to fine tune the car but I knew when we got it right we’d be really good – and we were” said Crew Chief Adam Thorndyke

David Thorndyke and the #67 LubeSource/Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team will return to action Labour Day weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. For more NASCAR Canadian Tire Series information log onto http://hometracks.nascar.com and to learn more about the #67 LubeSource Chevy team go to www.promotiveracing.com

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Alex Guenette at first race of 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series – Great Promise Then Frustration!

With the 4th best time in open practice, followed by a sixth place on the starting grid after qualifying, there was certainly good reason for Alex and the No. 39 team to expect good results at this NCaTS season opener. Dropping to a comfortable 8th after the first eight race laps, Alex was bumped off the track, and damage to car led to a forced retirement by lap 10. Not the result the team had hoped for!

May 20, 2013 – Alex Guénette was well aware when he showed up at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the opening round of the 2013 NCaTS that he had the equipment and the team he needed to do well. “Team Manager Dave Jacombs and my new Crew Chief, Mike Knott, knew exactly what I needed at the start of the weekend to take full advantage of my growing knowledge of the track. It was all up to me to deliver the goods!”

Starting 6th on the grid, Alex dropped to 8th by lap 9 and was satisfied to watch the leaders show him a quicker way around the track. “By lap 9, I was preparing to attack the guys right in front of me when I was bumped in the left door going through corner 3.” The forced ride in the dirt damaged the radiator and led to an engine failure one lap later.

In the final analysis, Alex learned several important lessons during his shortened race. “Car No. 76 (Jeff Lapcevich, who ended up second in the race) was really quick, and it may have been better for me to let him go by if he was mush quicker than me, and then deal with him later. He may even have opened the way for me to pass the other guys in front of me. Or maybe I should not wait, and stay in Full Attack mode right off the start, to prevent other quick cars from getting close enough to bump me.”

Alex is learning many key lessons. “My guys gave me a perfect car that was also easy to drive quickly. In addition to learning quicker lines, I also saw how important it is to manage your engine, tires and brakes, but also your pace – to know when to push your hardest and when to give your brakes and tires a break. I will certainly put all this knowledge to good use over the coming races.”

The NCaTS circus will now go back to a short oval, at Delaware Speedway, this coming June 15.

source: www.alexguenette.com

 

JASON WHITE RUNS STRONG IN SEASON OPENER

Jason White was thrilled for the inaugural race of the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday, but the day dealt him a handful of obstacles to tackle behind the wheel of his #21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge prepared by DJK Racing.

White was feeling confident about his vehicle early in qualifying, the Dodge handled well at a steady pace. However, #21 was caught by surprise as he burned up an electrical line in the vehicle, cutting his session short with smoke under the hood. Despite the electrical malfunction, White still managed to register the second-fastest time in his qualifying group.

#21 lined up for the Vortex Brake Pads 200 in 15th place, and ran solidly through the early going. He established his strategy early on, purposefully pitting only for fuel and reserving his stop for fresh tires later in the race. White moved steadily through the pack, pushing as high as 3rd place.

“What a hotrod we had running up there as high as second for a while,” White said after the race. “We wanted to wait to take tires to keep our momentum strong.”

The contest was shaping up quite well for White towards the end. He made his calculated stop for tires during the late caution period and was in position for a very good finish.

“I think I had the freshest tires and the cautions fell where we needed them to,” he said.

But things went south for #21 quickly, as #47 brake checked the field on a restart and White made significant contact with neighboring vehicles, resulting in damaged body work. #21 was still able to finish the race, soldiering through the remaining laps and finishing the race right where he started – 15th place.

“I don’t know if it was “brain fade or what. It’s disappointing NASCAR didn’t penalize the culprit,” White said later. “It took out some good cars with that move including mine.”

Regardless of the day’s challenges, White says he’s excited to be back behind the wheel and looks forward to the next race, June 15 at Delaware Speedway near London, ON.

To keep up with 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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DOWLER SCORES TOP TEN IN SEASON OPENER

Sherwood Park, Alberta’s Noel Dowler and the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge team demonstrated that hard work pays off in round number one of the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire series this past weekend. Following months of hard work in the off season the team also dealt with adversity during the race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and battled hard to record an eighth place finish.

The #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge performed well during the Saturday practice sessions posting lap times just outside the top ten. In qualifying Dowler was able to record a very respectable 12th starting spot on the grid but felt he should have done better. “I was a little disappointed in qualifying” said Dowler. “I know there is even more speed in the car than we showed”.

When the green flag flew for the race Sunday afternoon fans at the track and watching live on television at home saw the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge running strong and consistent competitive laps all afternoon. “The car was really fast and handling beautifully all day” said Dowler. “I was pretty confident we had the opportunity for a really good day” he added.

As the race laps ticked off Dowler was in position for an excellent result. “Our strategy was working well for us, we made our fuel stop early and were waiting to take tires late and all looked good” said the driver.

Following a caution period fortunes looked to be changing dramatically for the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge team. Dowler sustained contact as cars bunched up on the restart doing severe body damage to the car. “I was pretty upset at that point but this team didn’t give up one bit” explained Dowler. “Our new Crew Chief Bud Roy had the guys make repairs to our ripped up race car and got me back out so hats off to them for some great work”.

With temporary repairs made Dowler looked to salvage all he could in the closing laps and the 20 year old battled his way back up to eighth position at the finish. “The #5 #EMCO/Rheem Dodge was better than where we finished but to come out with an eighth place finish says a lot about this team. They did a great job today and I’m really excited and think we’re going to have a really good season” said Dowler.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series consists of 12 events from coast to coast in Canada. The next event is Saturday June 15 at Delaware Speedway near London, ON. For more information about Noel Dowler and the #5 EMCO Dodge/Rheem team log onto www.apollomotorsports.ca and follow him on twitter, @noeldowler.

 source: source: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com, toddlewissports.com