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Jul 14

Steckly returns to Victory Lane (updated²)

Ends drought in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with win at Vernon

2013-07-07_0024Scott Steckly finally got back to Victory Lane. The two-time champion of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 broke a 17-race winless drought Saturday night in the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 at Motoplex Speedway & Event Park.

It was his 12th career win and came after back-to-back runner-up finishes in the last two races for the Milverton, Ontario driver. It was also his third win in the last four races at the Vernon half-mile tri-oval.

Although he pulled away from runner-up Jason Hathaway to win by a margin of 2.197 seconds, Steckly said the final 100 laps involved plenty of hard charging.

“I thought when we got tires with 130 to go that we were just going to ride for a bit, but there was no riding,” Steckly said. “Everybody was going just as hard as they could. I passed Jason and started to ride for a bit and then he passed me back. So, it was time to go.”

Steckly expressed a sense of relief at getting back to Victory Lane for the first time since September of 2011.

“We didn’t win at all last season and you begin to wonder if you’re ever going to win again,” he said.” To win here at Vernon is great. The fans here are amazing. We’re on a roll. We had two second-place finishes the last two races, now a win. We just want to keep the momentum going and go to Saskatoon to win.”

In a season in which many contenders have faltered, Steckly said it’s important to not give up.

“It just proves to you that you’ve got to just keep going for wins and trying to win races, because anything can happen,” he said. “You’ve just got to keep going hard every week and you can’t get down. And that’s what we did. I think we were 24th in points after two races. Now we’re fourth or fifth. So, you’ve just got to keep on going.”

Hathaway, meanwhile, hopes to build momentum from his second-place finish as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series completes its West Coast swing on Wednesday, July 17, with the Velocity Prairie Thunder presented by Bayer CropScience at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

“We had a good run,” Hathaway said of the Vernon event. “We led a bunch of laps. We made good adjustments. There hasn’t been a race this year that we haven’t made good adjustments. We can’t wait to get to Saskatoon. It’s always a good show and we run well there.”

Jim White, driving a car out of Steckly’s shop, had a career-best third-place finish before a hometown crowd.

“This is really important,” White said. “These fans have been supporting us for so long. Without the fans, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing. The support we get is amazing.”

Mark Dilley was fourth, while L.P. Dumoulin finished fifth to take over the points lead from D.J. Kennington, who was ninth.

Ron Beauchamp Jr. was sixth, followed by Cameron Hayley, Ryley Seibert, Kennington and rookie Alex Guenette. Hayley, a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West regular and native of Canada, was making his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut. Pole-winner J.R. Fitzpatrick led the first 39 laps and ran with the leaders early, but ended up finishing 39 laps back in 19th after encountering mechanical trouble.

The A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 will air Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET on TSN, and Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. on RDS.

Dumoulin leads Kennington by two points in the championship standings – 191 to 189. Hathaway is third at 181, followed by Steckly at 177, Martin Roy at 171, Fitzpatrick at 169, Ryley Seibert at 160, Jason White at 153, Noel Dowler at 152 and Beauchamp at 152.

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1
A&W Cruisin The Dub 300
Unoffical Results Saturday At Motoplex Speedway Vernon, British Columbia
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 300 laps, 71.457 mph.
2. (10) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 300.
3. (9) James White, Kamloops. BC, Dodge, 300.
4. (5) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 300.
5. (2) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que, Dodge, 300.
6. (13) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 300.
7. (12) Cameron Hayley, Calgary, Alta., Dodge, 300.
8. (14) Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 300.
9. (3) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 300.
10. (7) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que, Dodge, 299.
11. (6) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que, Dodge, 298.
12. (16) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 298.
13. (8) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 297.
14. (17) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 297.
15. (15) James Van Domselaar, Fort Saskatchewan, Ab, Chevrolet, 293.
16. (21) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que, Dodge, 291.
17. (11) Kelly Admiraal, Edmonton, Ab., Chevrolet, 268.
18. (19) Nick Jewell, Fort Frances, MA, Dodge, 264.
19. (1) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 261.
20. (20) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 156, fuel pump.
21. (18) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 4, electrical.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours 5 minutes 57 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.197 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Fitzpatrick (98.560 mph, 18.263 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 63 laps.
Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J. Fitzpatrick 1-39; D. Kennington 40-113; S. Steckly 114-147; L. Dumoulin 148-163; J. Hathaway 164-217; S. Steckly 218-224; J. Hathaway 225-234; S. Steckly 235; J. Hathaway 236-243; S. Steckly 244-300.
Standings: 1. L. Dumoulin, 191; 2. D. Kennington, 189; 3. J. Hathaway, 181; 4. S. Steckly, 177; 5. M. Roy, 171; 6. J. Fitzpatrick, 169; 7. R. Seibert, 160; 8. J. White, 153; 9. N. Dowler, 152; 10. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 152.

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source: nascar.com

 

FLAT TIRE HURTS KENNINGTON AT MOTOPLEX

Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington was poised to make his return to the winners circle in round number five of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this past Saturday at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC. Running second in the late stages a flat tire would take them out of contention for the win.

The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was quickest during the second afternoon practice session and Kennington would qualify on the inside of row two for the 300 lap feature event. “The car felt really good and we were confident that it would be very strong as the race went on” said Kennington.

Their prediction proved correct. When the green flag waved Kennington looked to maintain a strong position up near the front of the field and settle into a comfortable pace for the many laps that lay ahead.

That continued until lap 40 when Kennington pushed the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge into the lead. “I didn’t push the car too hard but wanted to see how it handled out front of the field. Kennington would stay out front through lap 113.

In the late stages Kennington was running second with his sights set on putting the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge back out front for the finish. With 50 laps remaining the car began to slow and the driver immediately knew he had a tire going down.

Forced to pit road to make the change Kennington would battle to the finish and bring the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge home with a ninth place result. “Everything was playing out the way we wanted and then just a bit of bad luck bit us” said Kennington. “Still another top ten for us which is good but we’re anxious to get a victory” he added.

“We’ll get another chance to grab a win right away when we get to Saskatoon to race their on Wednesday.

Kennington has finished in the top ten in all five races this year and is second in the overall standings, just two points from the top spot.

DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team are back in next July 17th at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, SK.

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

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin on top of championship

Third time in the top-5 this season

2013-07-06_0022Objective achieved. Behind the wheel of the #47 WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare Dodge, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has crossed the finished line in fifth place yesterday on the Motoplex Speedway track in Vernon, British Columbia, and is now enjoying first place in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series standings.

In 2012, the Quebecer had demonstrated his ability to compete with the series’ veterans, and this year he is proving to be a worthy opponent and a serious contender for victory.

Second on the starting grid (18.395), the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare Dodge skillfully drifts between the first and fourth places. Having led the A&W Cruisin The Dub 300 event for sixteen laps (148th to 163rd), an unplanned pit stop relegated him to ninth position, with a lap down (200th lap). Let’s take note of the enthusiasm and strategic collaboration between Tyler Case (crew chief), Warren Jones (spotter) and the mechanical team, the whole group joining forces with Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has allowed the driver to cleverly make his way to the leaders of the race and cross the finish line in the top-5, his personal record on oval track to date.

“The #47 WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare car was the fastest on the track on several occasions during the race. We had put everything in place to end up on the podium and things are looking good for the rest of the season. We were able to overtake many opponents during restarts, which is something that says a lot about the car’s performance. I had a lot of fun and it was encouraging because we could push forward on all fronts,” explains Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

Sixth event of the season: Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 presented by Bayer CropScience

The second and last stop in Western Canada will occur this Wednesday July 17th on the site of the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway (Saskatoon, Sask.), known for being a fast and highly-technical track. Once again, it is with determination and consistency that the #47 WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare team wants to perform to the level of its major partners.

“We want to come back as strong in Saskatoon, and the important thing is to distance our competitors by gaining more points. Getting the maximum amount of them each time we have an opportunity and finish the races in the leading pack are our main objectives,” mentions the Dumoulin Competition driver.

WeatherTech Canada designs, develops and produces high quality, digitally custom fit automotive accessories; including FloorLiners, All-Weather Floor Mats, Cargo Liners, TechLiners and No-Drill Mudflaps. All products are made in the USA on North American machinery and are sold to both end user consumers as well as car manufacturers. Engineers use the newest technology available to measure the geometric complexity of the vehicle ensuring a constantly perfect fit. WeatherTech… Where Technology and All Weather Protection meet! Meet LP Dumoulin on www.weatherTech.ca.

Group Bellemare: Competitive and dynamic, Thomas Bellemare’s innovative and growing family team is ready to take on any challenge. With support from senior members and a qualified team of managers, the third-generation Bellemares are reaching new heights. Built upon a solid past, the company moves forward with an exceptional team of experts and seeks a select group of clients. Our clients continue to benefit from our wide variety of services that target a large number of sectors. As a result, our visibility is constantly on the rise.Working with the Bellemare team has become a measure of success. Start off right by choosing a winning team! www.groupebellemare.com

Passion-Performance-Partnerships

source: www.dumoulincompetition.com

 

TEAM MOPAR BOUNCES BACK IN BC

Ron Beauchamp Jr.’s satisfying performance at today’s A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 lifted him to a top 10 position in the season standings.

Beauchamp was in the hunt for redemption after a disappointing 15th place finish in last week’s Jiffy Lube 100 in Mirabel, Que.

The team spent a good portion of practice working to improve the handling on #60’s Mopar Parts/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge. They eventually made their way to qualifying, earning a 13th place start.

#60 had a scare early on, almost putting an end to the race before it started. Beauchamp was spun out on the first lap, a frustrating reminder of the string of incidents he’s suffered this season at the hands of other drivers. #60 was able to recover from the encounter, despite his vehicle running a little bit tight afterwards.

Beauchamp charged through the field, running as high as second place. His pace was interrupted on restarts, shuffling him back a few spots as the race progressed. Late in the contest, Beauchamp edged his way into the top 5, but eventually finished 6th.

“It was a good bounce back for the team,” Beauchamp said after the race. “The car wasn’t perfect but we were fast all night. We definitely have some momentum going into the next race at Saskatoon.”

Beauchamp has collected 152 points on the season, pushing him into the season standing’s top 10 after today.

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

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

JASON WHITE RETURNS HOME TO RACE

Jason White worked hard to give his home crowd an exciting race to watch at Sunday’s A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 at Motoplex Speedway & Event Park.

White started off the day full of energy, excited to cruise the track alongside his brother Jim in front of their hometown crowd in British Columbia.

The team put extra elbow grease into the #21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge during practice, giving them confidence heading into the day’s qualifying laps. White secured an 8th place qualifying time.

“We had a really good qualifying time, it really got me excited for the race,” White said afterwards.

Once the main event kicked off, #21 looked to settle into a rhythm but handling issues of his Bowers & Wilkins Dodge were working against him. Despite the vehicle issues, the team hustled their way through pit stops and worked diligently. White did his best to muscle his way through the race and maintain pace with the rest of the field.

#21 held on, eventually crossing the finish line in 13th place.

“We battled hard all night but were missing something,” White explained. “I’m super proud of my brother who scored a podium finish. It’s always fun to race against him.”

Including today’s results, Jason White sits in 8th place overall with 153 points.

To keep up with the latest news about Jason White and the #21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge team follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RacinJasonWhite Get more information about the NCATS series at http://hometracks.nascar.com/series/canadian_tire_series

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

 

FRUSTRATION FOR DOWLER AND TEAM EMCO

Sherwood Park, Alberta’s Noel Dowler and the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge looked for a change in fortune as the team began the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Western swing at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC this past Saturday night. But even a very fast race car wasn’t enough to change their luck.

Throughout practice the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge was consistently quick and the team was optimistic of the evening ahead. As the green flag waved on the 300 lap feature event Dowler was quick to move forward from his starting position. “The car felt absolutely great” said Dowler. “I was able to gain some spots right away” he added.

The #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge team fortunes would change before too long when the fuel pump malfunctioned. The team worked as quickly as possible to make repairs but their hopes of a top finish were dashed.

Dowler continued to work hard in the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge but other mechanical issues would plague the team and it was a battle just to reach the finish. “That’s three tough races in a row for us” said a disappointed driver after the race”.

“We’ll take some motivation knowing that the car was really fast and we get a chance to get back in action right away Wednesday in Saskatoon. I really like that track and look forward to getting back there. It’s time to get back on track”.

Despite the disappointment in BC after five events Noel Dowler sits ninth, only a point out of eight spot in the overall championship standings.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series consists of 12 events from coast to coast in Canada. The next event takes place at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, SK this Wednesday July 17th. 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: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

Alex Guenette A Fighting 10th In NASCAR Canadian Tire Series BC Visit

A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 at Motoplex Speedway, Vernon (BC)

In his first visit to the Motoplex tri-oval, the young racer qualified 7th and finished 10th in a race full of incidents, fighting off heavy traffic as well as a penalty from the officials that was withdrawn during the race, but too late to allow Alex to regain the two laps he had lost and climb back up the finishing order.

Vernon (BC), July 15, 2013 – Race day looked promising for the Montreal-based racer, who was visiting the short tri-oval for the first time. Alex was ready to make the most of this opportunity. “The car was working perfectly, and I managed to qualify 7th, less than 0.3sec off the pole time. Things looked great for the 300 lap race that would start in daylight and finish in cooler night temperatures. I was pumped!”

The handling of the car was a bit off for the first 60 laps of the race, then started to feel more comfortable, especially after the team made a few adjustments at the first pit stop. NASCAR officials thought they saw an infraction during the pit stop and penalized Alex, which dropped him a lap behind the leaders. This played havoc with the team’s race strategy, and Alex had to play catch-up from that point on to get the lap back, running absolutely flat out rather than managing his brakes and tires for the long race.

Oddly enough, the officials then reversed their decision, but the damage had been done. According to Alex, “My car was getting quicker, as my best laps were 262 and 271. I gained back a lot of time on pure speed, but I could never reach the “Lucky Dog” position late in the race to get back on the lead lap. I ended up one lap down in one of the three best cars on the track. This is a tough one to accept.”

The next race for the Moto Illimitées/DLGL team will be held this coming Wednesday, July 17, at Auto Clearing Speedway, a short oval track near Saskatoon, (SK)

source: alexguenette.com, Service Presse poleposition.ca

 

MARTIN ROY RUNS FAST AT MOTOPLEX SPEEDWAY

Martin Roy was unable to recover lost ground at today’s A&W Cruisin’ The Dub at Motoplex Speedyway and Event Park, but was able to hang on to his positioning in the season standings.

The #90 Batteries Expert/Gamache/Veloce Dodge ran well before arriving in Vernon but the team worked to make it even better during practice. Their efforts paid off, Roy was able to capture a solid 6th place qualifying time.

When the main event kicked off, Roy ran near the front in the early going. However, when #90 his scheduled stop for tires the crew members had trouble with one of the air guns.

The crew worked quickly to resolve the issue and complete the stop, but Roy went down two laps. He soldiered through the remaining laps but was unable to recover.

#90 crossed the finish line in 11th place.

“We had a tough night,” Roy said later. “The car was very fast but getting down early hurt us. We were as fast as the front runners”

Roy and his crew are keeping their heads up and looking forward to the race in Saskatoon later this week. Despite the unfavorable outcome in Vernon, Roy is still hanging on to his 5th place positioning in the season standings, with 171 points.

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