Sep 08

Hathaway rallies late for Barrie win (updated²)

Kennington runner-up to maintain Canadian Tire points lead

Nascar Canadian Tire Series BilingueWhile DJ Kennington and Scott Steckly are locked in a battle for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship, Jason Hathaway played spoiler Sunday by coming away with the win in the Hudco Electric Supply 300 presented by G-Oil.

Hathaway took the lead from Kennington on Lap 284, and the No. 3 Snap on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet survived a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 303 laps on the .333-mile tri-oval. It was hard earned victory in a physical race that saw 10 lead changes among seven different drivers.

“I don’t think there’s a panel on this thing that doesn’t have a mark,” Hathaway said. “We’re at Barrie Speedway, and if anybody thinks they’re coming out of here with no scratches, they’ve got another thing coming.” 

Kennington settled for second in front of JR Fitzpatrick. Scott Steckly, who won the Heluva Good! Pole Award earlier in the day, finished fourth.

Kennington entered the weekend with a three-point lead over Scott Steckly. Due to the physical nature of the event, Kennington made contact with the wall and other cars a number of times as he battled for position. When asked about his racing strategy, Kennington had a simple answer.

“We wanted to win the race pretty bad.” In regards to the championship battle, Kennington then added, “All in all, big picture, it’s going to be a good battle. Scott (Steckly) and I raced pretty hard door-to-door tonight and I think that shows we’re both champions and we’re going to go to Kawartha to battle it out.” Kennington will take a five-point lead over Steckly heading into the season finale in two weeks.

Rookie Alex Guenette finished fifth at Barrrie, followed by Martin Roy, Ryley Seibert, Mark Dilley, Ron Beauchamp Jr., and Joy McColm.

It was the second win of the season and third career victory for the 36-year-old from Dutton, Ont. Hathaway won at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., in August. Hathaway led a race-high 80 laps – one more than Steckly.

The race was scheduled for Saturday, but persistant rain forced NASCAR officials to move qualifying and the race to Sunday.

The Hudco Electric Supply 300 will air on TSN on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. ET, and on RDS on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship will be decided in the season finale Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway in Peterborough, Ont.

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Hudco Electric Supply 300 presented by G Oil
Unofficial Results
Saturday At Barrie Speedway
Barrie, Ontario
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont., Dodge, 303 laps, 60.049 mph.
2. (3) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 303.
3. (7) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 303.
4. (1) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 303.
5. (11) Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 303.
6. (10) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 303.
7. (17) Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 303.
8. (9) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 303.
9. (5) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 303.
10. (13) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 302.
11. (18) Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 297.
12. (14) Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont., Dodge, 297.
13. (16) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 297.
14. (19) Howie Scannell Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 288.
15. (4) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 236, mechanical.
16. (8) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 220.
17. (15) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 182, electrical.
18. (12) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 121, rear end.
19. (2) Pete Shepherd III, Brampton, Ont., Dodge, 41, ring gear.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 40 minutes 49 seconds
Margin of Victory: .255 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: S.Steckly (83.558 mph, 14.347 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 71 laps.
Lead Changes: 10 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: S. Steckly 1-79; J. Hathaway 80-88; L. Dumoulin 89-94; J. Hathaway 95-145; D. Kennington 146; J. White 147-152; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 153-154; D. Kennington 155-187; J. Fitzpatrick 188-255; D. Kennington 256-283; J. Hathaway 284-303.

Standings: 1. D. Kennington, 430; 2. S. Steckly, 425; 3. J. Hathaway, 408; 4. L. Dumoulin, 395; 5. J. Fitzpatrick, 391; 6. M. Roy, 390; 7. J. White, 343; 8. A. Guenette, 341; 9. N. Dowler, 340; 10. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 338.


source: nascar.com


A week-end full of twists and turns for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Currently fourth in the championship standings

Barrie Speedway - Louis-Philippe Dumoulin - photo Matthew Manor CSCGThe second-to-last event of the 2013 season did not give Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and the #47 WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare team a single second to rest on the circuit of the Barrie Speedway.

The Quebecer had done the second best time in the practice session of the previous day. Eighth on the starting grid, he lead the race for many laps, and was in second place during the 200th lap as a mechanical issue forced Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to enter the pits. The members of the WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare team have worked efficiently to get him back out on the track.

The practice session on Saturday, September 7th had been shortened due to persistent rain, and the series officials had taken the decision to postpone the qualifying and the race to Sunday (September 8th).

“It’s unfortunate. Second best time in practice, we really had the car to pull out ahead. It was very close in the qualifications, even if the tire pressure was too low, we were well positioned. We fought for the top spot, and when we were second, we had found our rhythm, the leader and I had managed to distance the third place racer. The pace was great, but the rear end of the WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare Dodge overheated and caught on fire. Thanks to the work of our team, we were able to finish the race [16th place]”, explains Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

Last event – Pinty’s 250

Currently fourth in the championship standings, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and the WeatherTech Canada/ Bellemare team will be on-track on September 21st in order to participate in the last even of the 2013 season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, which will occur on the oval circuit of the Kawartha Downs and Speedway (Fraserville, Ontario).

The Hudco Electric Supply 300 will air on TSN on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. ET, and on RDS on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.

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source: www.dumoulincompetition.com



Castrol Edge Dodge driver DJ Kennington scored another podium finish at Barrie Speedway in round number eleven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this on Sunday afternoon. Kennington showed his skill and quickness throughout the 300 lap race and his runner up finish also help him extend his lead in the overall championship.

The race was scheduled to be run Saturday evening at Barrie Speedway but following the afternoon practice persistent showers forced the postponement until Sunday. Kennington posted a fast qualifying lap and put the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge on the provisional pole. He would settle for the third quickest time and start the feature event on the inside of row two.

The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge driver comfortably ran up near the front of the field all afternoon and lead the race on three separate occasions. “I felt really confident of how the car would perform before the race” said Kennington.

As the race progressed Kennington would make his scheduled pit stops for fuel and tires and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team would also make adjustments always looking to gain that extra edge.

Throughout the final third of the race Kennington waged a great battle with the other frontrunners as they pushed aggressively for the top spot. “It was tough, hard racing” he explained. “It’s how you have to run here to be successful, and each of us wanted the win” he added.

A late race caution would set up a green, white, checker run to the finish. Kennington pushed the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge as hard as he dared but came up one spot short of the victory crossing the finish line second. Still, he knew it was a successful afternoon.

“We sure wanted to pick up another win here but at the same time I had to think about the points. I was pushing pretty hard but I wasn’t going to do anything to risk another good finish” he stated.

After eleven events DJ Kennington leads the overall championship by five points heading into the final race of the season at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, ON on Saturday September 21st.

“We picked up a couple points today and now we’re heading to Kawartha looking to win that one and win a championship” said Kennington.

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



The theme of the weekend was perseverance for Martin Roy and his team, where they earned a top 10 finish despite several mechanical and weather-related factors at the Hudco Electric Supply 300.

The drivers practiced under gloomy skies on Saturday. For Martin Roy’s crew, they were chasing the set up on the Batteries Expert/Veloce/Gamache Dodge and made significant adjustments.

“We’re not very good, but we’re not done yet,” Crew Chief Mario Gosselin said after practice.

While the team worked diligently on the vehicle, the rain persisted and qualifying and the race were postponed until Sunday.

Roy and his team got a fresh start on Sunday under sunny skies and earned a solid 10th place start for the main event. Given the trouble with their racecar the day prior, the team opted to use a cautious strategy for the race.

“At Barrie, the key is to survive,” Roy said of their strategy decision.

Despite the team’s efforts at crafting a reliable and adjustable set up for the weekend, the car wasn’t as good as they hoped. When the race kicked off, Roy was consistent and settled into a comfortable pace.

The team made necessary adjustments during scheduled pit stops, and ran inside the top 10 with ease throughout the day.

#90 faced one minor hiccup late in the race, when contact with another driver bowed the hood. The team made a necessary stop to tape down the hood and improve Roy’s visibility.

Shortly after that incident, Roy made a hard charge in the final laps and was able to thrust himself into the 6th place spot, where he eventually crossed the finish line.

“We did what we came to do: survive,” Roy said after the race. “The car wasn’t as good as we would’ve liked, but we persevered and collected a very good finish. Now onto Kawartha and we’ll be better there.”

After Sunday’s race, Martin Roy sits in 6th place in the overall standings with 390 points. He holds a comfortable 47 point lead over the 7th place driver.

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



Incidents with other drivers continue to plague Ron Beauchamp Jr., but he still managed to earn a top 10 finish on Sunday at the Hudco Electric Supply 300.

#60’s Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge ran well during practice on Saturday, only requiring slight adjustments to improve the existing set up. The team was optimistic for qualifying, but they were forced to wait until Sunday, as a rain delay postponed the main event for the next day.

Sunny skies returned for Sunday, and the team’s confidence carried over to qualifying where #60 earned a 5th place start for the race.

“The car felt awesome, I even got a little loose coming out of four but put up a really good qualifying lap,” Beauchamp said.

When the race kicked off, the vehicle continued to run strong, despite a little tightness the crew worked out during scheduled pit stops. #60 ran comfortably in the top 10 all day, running as high as fourth place.

Unfortunately, Beauchamp’s hard work to maintain his positioning throughout the day was thwarted in the final lap of the race. A late caution set up a green, white, checker finish, and on the final lap, #60 was punted and spun by #39.

Beauchamp was able to dust himself off, get turned back around and finish 9th.

“I don’t know what he’s thinking. I’m getting pounded from behind but I‘ve got cars right in front of me. I’m not going to wreck a guy to gain a position,” Beauchamp said after the race. “This is really frustrating, it’s happened to us so often this year, I feel bad for all our supporters, on our way to a solid result and get turned.”

After Sunday’s race, Beauchamp ranks 10th in the season standings, with a cumulative 338 points.

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 battled vehicle trouble in an admirable effort to finish the marathon Hudco Electric Supply 300 on Sunday.

Jason White’s Bowers & Wilkins Dodge felt good in practice on Saturday, and the crew only found fine-tuning necessary to improve the set up. Unfortunately for the drivers, rain postponed qualifying and the race until Sunday.

Luckily, Sunday was all clear skies and qualifying was able to proceed on time. Despite the confidence in his vehicle the day prior, #21 qualified 16th.

“It was a tough qualifying,” White explained. “We had an early spot and the track was really green after all of the rain.”

When the race finally kicked off Sunday afternoon, White quickly settled into the race and opted to postpone pit stops in order to improve track position.

Midway through the contest, White felt the car wasn’t performing as it should. He felt off pace and decided to have the crew inspect the vehicle during a stop. The crew discovered the Bowers & Wilkins Dodge had dropped a cylinder.

The team forged through with the remaining laps regardless of the mechanical issue. White eventually finished 13th, improving three spots from his start.

“It’s tough when you have a day like that,” White said later. “The car was getting beter, the guys were working hard to make adjustments. We were going the right way but then all we could do it was coax it to the finish.”

After Sunday’s race, White is ranked 7th in the season standings with 343 points.

The team looks forward to the next race in Kawartha.

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



Sherwood Park, Alberta’s Noel Dowler and the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge team headed to Barrie Speedway for round number eleven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series looking to score another podium finish as they did last season. However a series of mechanical issues would wind up frustrating the team throughout the weekend.

During the Saturday afternoon practice session the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge team worked to improve the performance of the car and that included a gear change. “We were looking for a little more forward bite from the car” explained Dowler.

Though the race was scheduled for Saturday, steady showers throughout the day and evening forced postponement of the event until Sunday.

Dowler would qualify the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge in clear, sunny skies in the morning but the there was a problem that needed to be addressed. “We had the alternator go bad on us” said Dowler. “That also drained the battery”.

Prior to the start of the 300 lap race the team feverishly completed repairs but would now start from the back of the field. “I wasn’t too worried about it” said Dowler. “We knew it was a long race and the goal was to be there and make a push at the end”.

Dowler smartly maneuvered the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge forward in the field consistently gaining positions until he was running in the top ten. “Everything was going well to that point” said Dowler.

Unfortunately there was more trouble ahead for the #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge. “Unfortunately we had a series of issues. First it was the alternator, the battery, and some electrical issues. We lost the clutch but kept battling and then finally the power steering went”.

The #5 EMCO/Rheem Dodge would collect a 17th place result for the race. “For sure it’s a disappointment but we’ll have our other car ready for the final race at Kawartha in a couple of weeks. That’s a fun, fast track and our whole team is confident we can have a very good day there” said the driver.

After eleven events Noel Dowler sits ninth in the overall season championship standings, just a single point back from eighth spot.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series consists of 12 events from coast to coast in Canada. The final event of the season takes place Saturday September 21st at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, 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: Todd Lewis & TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com


Ray Courtemanche JR. starts 19th, finishes 11th and wins the post race wrestling match in Nascar Canadian Tire Event

 Hudco Electric Supply 300 – Barrie Speedway

Ray Courtemanche JR - Barrie Speedway (3)Barrie Speedway lived up to its reputation in yesterday’s Hudco Electric Supply 300, the eleventh of twelve races in the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

Heavy action throughout the 300-lap race contributed to the excitement, as did a few scuffles in the pits after it was all over. And as is his wont lately, Ray Jr. and his No 29 La Cité de Mirabel Inc. Dodge were right in the middle of the action during and after the race.

After a violent accident at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park a week ago, Ray Jr. submitted to several tests in Bowmanville on the day of the accident and later in the week in Montreal. He was declared fit to race by his doctors and the NASCAR medical team on Friday, and hurried to make it to the track in time for Saturday’s (Delayed to Sunday because of rain on Saturday) race in Barrie. The short oval brings the cars together in a tighter pack than on longer tracks, making the long race a real challenge for the drivers who must also contend with lapped cars, those with new or worn out tires, and fatigue. Ray Jr. loves racing in Barrie. “We are changing direction for the whole lap, which makes the track very physical with no straight portion to relax even for a second. It requires the highest possible degree of concentration to deal with the traffic and the speed differential between all the cars on this, the shortest track we go to in the series.”

After starting from the 19th position on the grid, Ray Jr., took advantage of incidents, of a well handling car and of his growing knowledge of the track to work his way into the Top 10 pack late in the event. “The car was handling well so that I was able to pass cars on my way towards the front. At the last restart, people started to run into each other and I lost out in the exchange, ending up 11th at the finish, and 12th in the season points tally.”

The end of the race signaled the start of serious discussions amongst driver who felt offended by someone else’s actions during the race. Ray Jr. became involved in two such “meetings”. As he related with a smile, “I was sitting in my car taking a breather when the driver of No 50 undid my window net and started hitting me on the helmet. He was quickly stopped by NASCAR officials who had anticipated this trouble. I was out of my car when the driver of No 28 started shouting at me. An older gentleman tried to tell him that my weak comprehension of the English language did not let me keep up with his rapid discourse. At that point, the driver started to manhandle the older man. I jumped in the middle of this argument and separated the two until more NASCAR officials arrived to calm things down.” Ray Jr. was summoned to the NASCAR truck at that point, where everyone had a good laugh and Ray Jr. was told that he had acted correctly in both instances. Case(s) closed!

Ray Jr and Daniel Proulx, a principal at La Cité de Mirabel Inc., enjoyed every aspect of the event. According to Daniel, “Racing on a short oval is a contact sport, a little bit like hockey on four wheels. The emotion adds to the spectacle and the enjoyment of the spectators, which is what we are after in terms of exposure for La Cité de Mirabel Inc.”

The La Cité de Mirabel team will be at Kawartha Speedway for the Pinty’s 250, the last round of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, to be held this coming September 21.

source: Baldwin Marketing, Julie Baldwin


Fighting fifth-place finish for Alex Guénette at Barrie Speedway

Hudco Electric Supply 300 – NASCAR Canadian Tire

Alex Guénette - Barrie SpeedwayNASCAR Canadian Tire Series rookie Alex Guenette drove like a veteran at his first visit to this tight tri-oval, finishing a strong 5th after starting 11th and spending most of the race in the Top-5 group at the front of the race.

The Hudco Electric Supply 300, run on the small third-mile oval, was scheduled for Saturday evening, but intermittent showers caused the organizers to postpone qualifying and the race to Sunday. The rain had washed the race surface clean of rubber deposits which did not help Alex on Sunday. “We had been third quickest time in Saturday practice, on a set-up that made the most of the rubber deposits.

For qualifying and the race, the team had to guess at new settings, and as Alex says, “They guessed right. Experience does come in handy after all. We had been told that the track was difficult to learn, but we were comfortable right from the start of practice on Saturday and again on Sunday. The clean track had little traction when I qualified early in the session, so I did not push too hard on cold tires. But I was sure that we would be OK in the long race as rubber would build up again and my car would get quicker as the race wore on.”

Starting 11th on the No 39 Motos Illimitées/DLGL/Polaris Dodge, prepared by Jacombs Racing, Alex proceeded to fight his way to the leading group over the first third of the race. Alex then stuck to this Top 5 group for the rest of the race, and was 6th for the last Green-White-Checkered restart. He then fought off challenges from behind and even passed another car, securing his second 5th–place of his Rookie season.

According to Alex, “The handling of the car was excellent throughout the race, as good as the top three runners. The team executed great pit stops and allowed me to gain a few position over the course of the 300 laps. We are all very happy with the result we achieved.”

This great performance allowed Alex to build on his lead in the 2013 Rookie Of The Year title race, with only one race left in the 2013 season.

The final race will take place on September 21, at Kawartha Speedway, near Peterborough, ON.

The « Hudco Electric Supply 300 » will be shown on TSN on September 14 at 2pm and on RDS on October 4 at 8pm.

source: alexguenette.com