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Jul 09

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300

At Motoplex Speedway

Nascar Canadian Tire Series BilingueThe NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 kicks off its two-race swing through Western Canada with the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 on July 13 at Motoplex Speedway and Event Park in Vernon, B.C.

Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of selected drivers in Vernon, as well as some other statistical trends:

Motoplex Race Setup

  • The winner of the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub has started on the front row in four of six races. The only exceptions were Andrew Ranger starting seventh in 2009 and D.J. Kennington starting third last season.
  • In six Motoplex Speedway starts, Scott Steckly has two wins and has not finished worse than third.
  • Defending race champion D.J. Kennington has an average finishing position of 3.2 after six career starts.
  • Two of four career poles won by Ron Beauchamp Jr. have come at the British Columbia track and he has four consecutive top-10 finishes.

 

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Motoplex Speedway

  • This is the series’ seventh time to compete on the half-mile tri-oval.
  • The race’s television premier is scheduled for Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET on TSN and Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. ET on RDS2.
  • Vernon, B.C., is the westernmost event on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule.
  • The track was known as SunValley Speedway through the 2009 season.
  • At 150 miles, the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 is the longest race of the season.
  • Is one of three 300-lap events on the schedule this year joining Barrie (Ont.) Speedway and Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S.
  • In the previous five races at the track, there has been an average of 7.67 caution periods for 63.83 laps with earliest coming at Lap 3 in 2011 and the latest at Lap 296 in 2009.
  • In four races at Motoplex, the average finishing position for the polesitter is 4.17 and the average starting position for the race winner is 2.67.
  • The Motoplex race has been extended past the 300-lap mark on just two occasions – 2009 and 2010.
  • There has been an average of 11.5 lead changes in six Canadian Tire Series races at Motoplex Speedway.

 

Motoplex Speedway Data

Race: #5 of 12 (7/13/13)

Track Layout: Half-mile tri-oval

Race Length: 300 laps (150 miles)

 

Records

1-Lap Qualifying: D.J. Kennington, Dodge, 18.68 seconds, 99.075 mph, July 31, 2010

300-Lap Race: Andrew Ranger, Ford, 1 hr., 52 min., 29 sec., 81.162 mph, July 18, 2009

 

Race Winners

Scott Steckly ……………………………… 2

J.R. Fitzpatrick…………………………….. 1

D.J. Kennington…………………………… 1

Andrew Ranger…………………………….. 1

Don Thomson Jr. …………………………. 1

 

Pole Winners

Ron Beauchamp Jr. ……………………… 2

Don Thomson Jr. …………………………. 2

D.J. Kennington…………………………… 1

Scott Steckly………………………………. 1

 

Manufacturer Wins

Dodge……………………………………….. 3

Chevrolet……………………………………. 2

Ford………………………………………….. 1

 

Laps Led

D.J. Kennington ……………………….. 481

Scott Steckly……………………………. 461

Andrew Ranger…………………………. 225

Don Thomson Jr. ……………………… 138

J.R. Fitzpatrick………………………….. 135

 

Selected Driver Information:

Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • Finished eighth a year ago at the B.C. track.
  • Has two starts from the pole position at Motoplex – 2009 and 2012.
  • Has top-10 finished in his last four starts on the half-mile tri-oval in Vernon.
  • Has led 113 laps in six Motoplex starts.
  • One of four drivers to start all 79 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen Dodge)

  • Scored a 10th-place finish last season in this event.
  • Recorded a 17th-place finish in his track debut in 2011.
  • Posted a third-place finish last season at Barrie (Ontario) Speedway for his first series top five.

 

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Leland/Beyond Digital Imaging/Dickies Ford)

  • Placed 15th in last year’s Vernon event.
  • Recorded back-to-back top fives in 2010 and 2011 at Motoplex and another in 2008.
  • Has three career Canadian Tire Series wins with the last coming in Sept. 2011 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway.

 

Louis-Philipe Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

  • Finished ninth a season ago in his only career Vernon start.
  • Registered his first Canadian Tire Series victory in the season opener on May 19 on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • Scored his first career pole win last season at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
  • Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.
  • Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

 

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)

  • Was the fourth-place finisher last season in the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300.
  • Won the Canadian Tire Series’ inaugural race in 2007 at the British Columbia half-mile.
  • Has registered three straight top 10s at Motoplex Speedway.
  • Has led 135 laps at the half-mile tri-oval.
  • Seven of his eight career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal (2); his oval track win came in July 2007 at Motoplex Speedway.

 

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge)

  • Finished second to D.J. Kennington last season in Vernon for his best track finish.
  • Has top-10 finishes in four of his six Motoplex starts.
  • One of four drivers to start all 79 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Cameron Hayley (No. 28 Cabinets By Hayley Dodge)

  • Making his Canadian Tire Series debut.
  • Won NASCAR K&N Pro Series portion of inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach in 2013.
  • Finished second in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at 15 years of age.
  • Youngest driver to compete in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (15 years 23 days at Montana 8/13/11).

 

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

  • Picked up his first career Motoplex win last season.
  • Finished second in the 2010 and 2011 British Columbia events.
  • Has top-five finishes in all six of his Motoplex starts.
  • Has led a series-best 481 laps at the Vernon track.
  • Tops the all-time Canadian Tire Series wins list with 18.
  • Won 2010 and 2012 series championships.
  • Scored a single-season series record of seven wins in 2012.
  • One of four drivers to start all 79 NCATS races.

 

Martin Roy (No. 90 Batteries Expert/Gamache Dodge)

  • Finished sixth last season in his only Vernon start.
  • Has a top-10 finish in five of last six series starts dating back to the 2012 season.
  • Won 2012 series Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

 

Ryley Seibert (No. 09 Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks Dodge)

  • Finished 18th last season in his Canadian Tire Series debut at the track.
  • Leads series Rookie-of-the-Year standings this season.

 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

  • Finished third a year ago in Vernon; his worst finish in six starts at the track.
  • Picked up the win in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300.
  • Finished second in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 British Columbia events.
  • Has led 461 laps on the half-mile tri-oval.
  • His 11 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories rank third on the all-time list.
  • Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.
  • One of four drivers to start all 79 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Jason White (No. 21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge)

  • Finished fifth last season at his home track for his first series career top-five finish.
  • Placed seventh in the 2008 Motoplex race.
  • Was 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

LINKS

source: nascar.com

 



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