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May 22

Rain can’t slow Lacroix at CTMP

Last-lap Pass of Ranger Nets Pinty’s Season-Opening Win

2017-05-21-3568Kevin Lacroix finally figured out Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last fall, and the offseason did nothing to slow him down. Nor did the rain that arrived in force in the final laps of Sunday’s Can-Am 200.

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The Saint-Eustache, Quebec, driver scored his second win in a row at the fame 2.459-mile road course. He won the E3 Spark Plug Pole Award Saturday, and then drove by Andrew Ranger on the final lap of Sunday’s race for his fifth career win.

A Lap 49 caution forced the race into overtime, with Lacroix and Ranger swapping the lead multiple times over the final turns before Lacroix pulled away for the win by 1.916 seconds.

Lacroix finished 26th (crash), 26th (clutch) and 23rd (rear end) in his first three starts at CTMP before his breakthrough last September.

Gary Klutt snuck by defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich coming out of the final turn to claim the final podium spot. Klutt received the free pass twice in the last 12 laps to rally, while Alex Labbe rounded out the top five.

LP Dumoulin who started from the rear due to a penalty, rebounded to finish sixth. JF Dumoulin, Jason Hathaway, Brett Taylor and Adam Martin rounded out the top 10.

Alex Tagliani, fastest in practice, crashed on Lap 49 to bring out the final caution and push the race to 55 laps. He finished 18th.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back in action Saturday, June 3rd at the Delaware Speedway for the Choko/ Fast Eddie 250 presented by Havoline, for the second race of the season.

RACE RESULTS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE 

NASCAR Pinty’s Series-CAN-AM 200 Results

Sunday At Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Bowmanville, Ontario

Lap length: 2.459 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 55 laps, 69.366 mph.
  2. (6) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 55.
  3. (4) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 55.
  4. (11) Cayden Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 55.
  5. (5) Alex Labbe, Victoriaville, Que., Ford, 55.
  6. (3) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 55.
  7. (12) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 55.
  8. (9) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 55.
  9. (19) Brett Taylor, Calgary, Alta., Dodge, 55.
  10. (14) Adam Martin, Ayr, Ont., Ford, 55.
  11. (18) David Michaud, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 55.
  12. (15) Ryan Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 53.
  13. (22) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 53.
  14. (16) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Chevrolet, 52.
  15. (25) Charles Harvey, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 51.
  16. (17) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 51.
  17. (8) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 50.
  18. (2) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 49.
  19. (23) Martin Cote, Shefford, Que, Dodge, 48.
  20. (13) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Ford, 43.
  21. (24) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 38.
  22. (7) Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Dodge, 29.
  23. (10) Christopher Bell, Norman, Ok., Dodge, 29, brakes.
  24. (21) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 12, rear end.
  25. (20) Carl Gauthier, Petewawa, On, Chevrolet, 1, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 56 minutes 59 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.916 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: K.Lacroix (106.900 mph, 82.81 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 17 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K. Lacroix 1-4; A. Ranger 5-7; A. Simone 8-22; A. Tagliani 23-36; L.Dumoulin 37-42; K. Lacroix 43-53; A. Ranger 54; K. Lacroix 55.

Standings: 1. K. Lacroix, 48; 2. A. Ranger, 43; 3. G. Klutt, 41; 4. C. Lapcevich, 40; 5. A. Labbe, 39; 6. L. Dumoulin, 39; 7. J. Dumoulin, 37; 8. J. Hathaway, 36; 9. B. Taylor, 35; 10. A. Martin, 34.

source: NASCAR.com

 

Kevin Lacroix wins Nascar Pinty’s season opener at CTMP

2017-05-21-3103Kevin Lacroix, driver of the car #74, renews last year’s Victoria Day Speedfest win as he grabs the checkered flag during a rainy Can-Am 200.

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Saint-Eustache driver Kevin Lacroix grabs his first win during NASCSAR Pinty’s season opener at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). Renewing with victory lane at CTMP as he had won the same race, under different weather conditions.

The first race of the year took place during a rainstorm, making it harder than usual for the driver. Though the rain didn’t stop Kevin in the #74 Bumper To Bumper/ Total/ Go Fast / PFC Brakes/ Gates Corporation prepared by Don Thomson, crew chief of Lacroix Motorsport. The car was excellent from start to finish.

Having qualified in pole position during Saturday’s session on a dry track, Kevin was apprehending his first start under the heavy rain. “It was the first time that I was starting a race under such bad weather conditions, and starting first was intimidating since I had no one in front to help me with the pace. But after a few laps, I was already feeling much better in the car,” declares Kevin.

Kevin Lacroix and Andrew Ranger fought one of the greatest battles seen in NASCAR Pinty’s so far, as the two were side by side and overtaking each other at almost every corner, fighting for the lead of the race, and ultimately the win. Previously, Lacroix had been able to distance himself from the pack at every restart during the race, thinking that Ranger was way behind, this is why he slowed down a bit since he couldn’t see well because of the fog in his windshield.

It is when Lacroix went off the track because he slipped that Ranger passed him, and that Kevin realized he was in a position to lose the race. “When I came back on the track and saw Andrew, this is when I put pressure on myself to accelerate and find a good pace. I must admit that it was very stressful not seeing well.”

This season would not be possible without Kevin Lacroix’s partner: Bumper to Bumper, Total, Go Fast, PFC Brakes and Gates Corporation. “I want to thank all my sponsors this year, without them, this adventure would not be possible.”

Kevin’s next race will be on the Delaware Speedway oval track June 3rd. “I am confident that the race will go well, we made some very good lap time during practice and qualifying last year, and we have a brand new car for oval racing. My challenge will be to keep my focus throughout the whole race,” concludes Kevin Lacroix.

source: kevinlacroix.com, Service Presse poleposition.ca

 

Ranger snags podium finish for Team Mopar in opener 

Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team were excited to debut the new Mopar M1 engine for the season opening round of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series this past Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).  Many of hours of development and testing went into the project and Ranger rewarded the team’s effort with a runner up finish in it’s first on track competition.

Showing well during practice Ranger would post the sixth fastest time and line up the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge on the outside of row three.  “I hoped we’d have a little better starting spot but I wasn’t worried about it,” said Ranger.  “The handling of the car was very good so I thought we’d be good for the race” he added.

The ever-evolving weather conditions on race day played havoc with the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge strategy.  The race began in wet conditions but then began to dry.  “We made a decision to stay out when some teams changed to slick tires from wet and that put us out front of the field.  But it may have worked against us a bit later” said Ranger following the race.

Following a hard charge after making the switch to slick tires Rangers pushed the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge back toward the front of the field.  When of course the weather changed again.  “It was crazy,” he said.  “But in the closing laps we were back on the rain tires and in the hunt for the win” said the driver.

A late caution period would send the race into overtime and a green, white, checker finish.  On the final restart Ranger powered the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge to the lead but after working so hard earlier in the race on the wet tires the car developed a push and Ranger was forced to surrender the spot and settle for second at the finish.

“It got very wild on the last restart” said Ranger.  “I pushed hard to the lead but then I went wide and couldn’t make it stick.  But with all the crazy things that happened today it’s good to open the new year with a great finish, I’m very happy.  Great job by everyone.

Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team return to action on Saturday June 3rd at Delaware Speedway near London, Ontario.

Race fans can get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team news during the off-season by going to www.mopar.ca and clicking on Motorsports.

source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

Tagliani, so close only to skid of the track in the rain

Heartbreaking Crash for Alex Tagliani at Opening Race of the  2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Season at CTMP

Fighting for the lead with two laps to go at the Can-Am 200, held Sunday at  Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course, Alex Tagliani crashed into the tire barrier, ending any hope of a win. The heartbreaking finish put an end to what had been an excellent weekend for the #18 EpiPen Lowe’s St-Hubert Dodge driver, who was quickest in Saturday’s lone practice session and set the second fastest time in qualifying later that day. Tagliani was running third at the time of the incident.

Starting second next to Kevin Lacroix, the Quebec driver fought with the front-runners through the entire race, leading the event from laps 23 to 35 of the scheduled 51-lap competition. It was the first time in his short, four-year Pinty’s Series career, that the Canadian driver has taken part in the season opener. Even though he was classified 18th today, he was able to score valuable points, as compared to recording none last year.

“We started the race on wet tires and I maintained second place behind Kevin (Lacroix) for a while,” said the EpiPen-Lowe’s-St Hubert Team driver at the end of the race. “During the first caution period, I entered the pits for slick tires because the track was drying up. I wound up at the rear of the field but eventually moved back up to second place. During a race restart (lap 23), I moved past Simone (Anthony) to lead for a stint. Then it started to rain again, and the team missed a few opportunities to bring me into the pits for a tire change. With two laps to go, the car started to slide on the water as I was entering corner 2, and it took off right into the tire wall. It’s kind of sad because we had a very good car. We lost a good opportunity to score decent points today.”

The Can-Am 200, pushed to 55 laps due to the late race incident, was won by Kevin Lacroix of Saint-Eustache, Quebec who crossed the finish line 1.916 second ahead of Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Quebec. Ontario drives Gary Klutt of Halton Hills and Cayden Lapcevich of Grimsby rounded out the top four.

Twenty-five drivers started the race and 11 crossed the finish line on the lead lap. The race was under caution five times for 18 laps.

Tagliani has a top-five, and two top-10 finishes in five starts at CTMP. In 46 NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts, he has five wins, seven poles, 17 top-fives and 28 top-ten finishes.

TV coverage of the Can-Am 200 will be aired on TSN3 on Saturday, May 27 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Round 2 of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be held the evening of June 3 at the Delaware Speedway in London, Ontario.

source: Max d’Orsonnens, Tagliani Autosport

 

A Race Filled With Twists And Turns For Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

It’s under demanding weather conditions that the #47 WeatherTech Canada/ Groupe Bellemare team stood out today on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park circuit. On the starting grid in third place, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin started the race on the tail-end due to a penalty in the pits. More determined than ever, he quickly rose to the top 3 to then lead the race for many laps. He showed off all of his racing talents by finishing the race in sixth place and as the leading driver racing with slick tires.

Before the start of the race, rain was present, which ended up forcing the drivers to make a pit stop to get appropriate tires installed. The tire strategy employed by the WeatherTech Canada/ Groupe Bellemare crew was efficient up until the moment rain intensified on lap 35. Alternating between first and second place, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was able to skillfully solidify his position until the last few laps.

“The car performed well both in dry conditions and in the rain. We fought among the leaders throughout the whole race. However, with the severe conditions at the end of the race, our strategy didn’t pay off because we made the decision to retain the slick tires. The most important thing is that we know the #47 WeatherTech Canada/ Groupe Bellemare car is fast, and it bodes well for the rest of the season. We’re very proud of that”, shares Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.
Next event: Delaware Speedway, Delaware Ontario

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin will once again be on-track for the upcoming event on the Delaware Speedway oval circuit, this coming June 3rd (start of the race at 7 PM).

* Results of the race: http://hometracks.nascar.com/results/nps-ctmp-52117-results

source: dumoulincompetition.com

 

Jean-François Dumoulin… Determination

First race with Spectra Premium’s NSCR100 radiator

The #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA crew has demonstrated all its determination and perseverance today, on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park circuit. In twelfth on the starting grid, Jean-François Dumoulin has been able to come back strong several times during this race marked by unstable weather conditions, even making his way to fourth place a few laps before the end. The Spectra Premium ambassador has been able to defend his place decisively, and crossed the finish line in seventh place, despite the unrelenting rain and his slick-tire-equipped car.

Saturday’s qualifiers paved the way for adjustments which allowed Jean-François Dumoulin to make a quick comeback during the Can-Am 200 event. Furthermore, the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA car could fully deploy its performance potential in the race. “We’re quite proud of the team’s accomplishments this weekend. The car is performing well, and the NSCR100 Spectra Premium radiator has been very efficient throughout the race. On the second-tolast relaunch, we made the decision to keep the slick tires. However, the rain intensified, and the water accumulation on the track made racing difficult for the last few laps. Seventh place is very encouraging for the rest of the season. It’s the first time I get to participate in the NASCAR Pinty’s championship, and everything is being done to ensure our success”, shares the driver of the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA car.

Next race: Delaware Speedway (Delaware, Ontario)

Jean-François Dumoulin and the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare/ MIA team will be on-track this upcoming June 6 for the return of the NASCAR Pinty’s series on the Delaware Speedway circuit.

* Results of the race: http://hometracks.nascar.com/results/nps-ctmp-52117-results

“Passion – Performance – Partnerships”

source: dumoulincompetition.com

 

Alex Labbe rise up to grab a solid top-5

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series kicked off its 2017 season last Sunday onto the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the Can-Am 200. Behind the wheel of the Ford Fusion Can-Am/Kappa No. 32, young driver Alex Labbé fought all day against the deluge of Mother Nature to grab his first top-5 of the year.

Starting 5th on the grid, the young protégé of Go FAS Racing has launched the race under quite unpredictable weather conditions. Early in the race Labbé did not push it too hard since he anticipated some various neutralization in the first half of the race. Fortunately his strategy paid off because with only 22 laps completed a pilot slipped dangerously bringing the entire field under the yellow flag. The No. 32 team’s crew chief, Mario Gosselin took advantages of caution and called his driver to the pits for much needed adjustments to the car according to the current rather dry conditions.

The modifications applied have given remarkable power to the ride. A few laps later, Alex was back among the top-10 and managed his way to the 7th place. “Mario made the right adjustments,” explains Alex Labbé. “As soon as I came out of the pits, I made several passes and I did not give respite to the others. The Ford Can-Am/Kappa was fast, but when the rain struck, it quickly became very hard to drive. It was a tough fight for everyone, we couldn’t see a thing on the backstretch. ”

A Result That Aligns With The Main Goal

The team supported by BRP (Bombardier’s recreational products) leaves Bowmanville sits in 5th in the drivers and owners’ standings. Labbé added: “The most important thing for us this year is to be constant. We are very satisfied with our weekend and we remain focused on our goal to win the championship.”

Alex Labbé will head to Charlotte to take part in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday. While the Go FAS Racing team will be back on track on June 3 at the Delaware Speedway.

Loyal Partners

All Can-Am, Kappa and Cyclops Gear have been supporting Alex Labbe in the NASCAR Pinty’s season with Go FAS Racing in 2016. Labbe has finished seventh in the championship standing with a first win at the Autodrome Chaudière, four pole positions in qualifications, six top-5 and eight top-10 in 12 starts.

  • Event: Can-Am 200
  • Series: NASCAR Pinty’s
  • Location: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville
  • Format: 200 miles, 51 laps.
  • Start/Finish: 5th/5th
  • Team: Go FAS Racing

source: gofasracing.ca

 

Jason White puts on a charge at CTMP

Veteran racer Jason White returned to competition in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series for the season opening event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this past Sunday.  The driver of the #21 Powder Ventures Excavating/Your GMC Store Chevrolet showed some slick moves during the race and just missed out on a terrific finish.

Working with the Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) group this year White was thrilled to be back in action.  “Every off season seems a little longer and I just miss the competition and the great people,” he stated.  “It’s great to be working with CBRT on a program this season.

White was also impressed with the car’s performance during Saturday practice and qualifying.  “It is a hot rod,” said White.  “Really felt good, even better than when we tested the car a couple weeks ago.  Good work by the team”.

White would begin the scheduled 51 lap race from the outside of row eight and looked to move the #21 Powder Ventures Excavating/Your GMC Store Chevrolet forward in the early going and was successful.  “It was pretty crazy out there.  We started and the track was wet, then it started drying up and you had guys switching to slick tires.  We kept doing our thing and kept moving up,” he stated.

As the laps ticked away White would push the #21 Powder Ventures Excavating/Your GMC Store Chevy forward and found himself inside the top-ten.  “If you just stay consistent here it can work very well for you” he explained.

Track conditions were anything but consistent on the day as heavier rain showers moved into the area and soaked the track in the late stages.  White continued to look for opportunities to improve his position but would slide off course.  Things then went from bad to worse for the #21 Powder Ventures Excavating/Your GMC Store Chevy driver as the car stalled and wouldn’t re-fire.

“We lost a couple laps waiting for help and that put us back,” said a disappointed driver.  “We got going again to come home 14th but it could have been a really good day.  But we ran so consistently all day and I’m excited to get back at it in a couple of weeks” said White.

Jason White returns to action in the #21 Powder Ventures Excavating/Your GMC Store Chevrolet on Saturday June 3rd at Delaware Speedway near London, Ontario.

To keep up with the latest news about Jason White and the #21Powder Ventures team follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RacinJasonWhite

source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

Western Boys put on a show for CBRT 

Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) hit the track with four entries for this past weekends opening round of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).  And when the racing action was completed in soggy and challenging conditions on Sunday afternoon it was the two guys from Western Canada that were turning heads and getting plenty of attention.

Brett Taylor of Calgary, Alberta came into the race with very little experience racing in the rain.  He handled himself like a series veteran and finished in the top-ten amongst some of the best road racers in the series claiming a ninth place result.

For his outstanding performance during the race Taylor was earned two contingency awards for the event: the Coca Cola “Move of the Race” award and the Jostens “Rookie of the Race” award.

“Racin” Jason White from Sun Peaks, British Columbia has had some success at CTMP in the past also put in a solid performance.  White climbed from his 16th starting spot on the grid and moved into the top-ten.  His strategy of running consistent lap times has always served him well but it was a late spin that took him out of a better finishing position.

One of the keys to both drivers running up front was the teamwork and strategy by the CBRT bunch.  “NASCAR declared a wet race to start but then the track dried up a little and some guys swapped for slicks” explained CBRT General Manager Joey McColm.  “Our drivers kept up a really quick pace and we knew more rain was coming.  So we made the call to leave them out and we had a pretty good day.  If the rain came back a bit earlier, it might have been an even better day”.

This kind of result and solid teamwork has McColm looking forward to the rest of the season.  “All the hard work everyone did in the off season showed on a tough day like today,” said McColm.  “All of our sponsors & guests that were here were really pleased and looking forward to being back again in a couple of weeks” he added.

The CBRT drivers will be back on track on Saturday June 3rd for the first oval race of the year at Delaware Speedway near London, Ontario.

Be sure to check out the new CBRT website www.cbrteams.com and there are still openings for interested drivers to join the 2017 season.  Find out more through the website. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series consists of 13 races on ovals and street courses across Canada.  You can watch all races on TSN and RDS.  Stay tuned for broadcast schedule details.

source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

Thorndyke roars forward in opener

David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team spent plenty of hours during the off-season preparing their car for the new year of competition in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).  While they had to battle a few mechanical gremlins during the weekend it was all worth it, Thorndyke gained nine positions during the race to finish 13th.

Much of the off season work was done by Car Chief Adam Thorndyke who explained it as “just taking the time to clean up a bunch of things.  Moving some of the lines and just making everything a little simpler and up to date”.

During Saturday practice and qualifying there were some expected hiccups during the first race weekend.  “Just a few little things” said David Thorndyke.  “We got them all looked after before the race.

The #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet would roll off from 22nd at the start of the 51-lap event Sunday afternoon but the team knew they wouldn’t be there for long.  “I did gain a few spots in the early going,” said the driver.  “But we also had a strategy for the race we thought would work well for us and it did”.

While the track conditions changed and caused others to try and stay ahead of things by switching from rain tires to slicks the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet remained on grooved rain tires for the duration.  “We knew rain was coming and we thought it was better to stick with the rain tires rather than losing time on pit road switching a couple of times as others did” he explained.

The call worked and as conditions again deteriorated David Thorndyke kept the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet on track and looking to gain track position.  “It did get a little dicey in the late going.  The rain was pretty heavy and even with all we did it was tough to see with the windshield fogging up” he stated.

Thorndyke persevered and brought the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet home with a satisfying 13th place result.  “We had a good car today, we gained a bunch of positions and the car is perfectly in tact.  If the rain came a bit earlier we would have done even better, but still, it was a good day for us” he summed up.  “

David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team will be in action next at the Pinty’s Grand Prix on July 15th during the Toronto Indy weekend.

source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

Robin Buck Charges Forward In Opener 

Veteran racer Robin Buck brought a spectacular looking #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge out for competition during the first round of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  While Buck worked hard to get everything he could out of the car, they experienced some growing pains that impacted the final race result.

During Saturday afternoon practice rear brakes were an issues for the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge but the Avion Motorsports team worked to sort out the problem.  “There’s usually some issues the first time out,” explained Buck and once we got the brakes addressed we could focus on getting the car better” he added.

It was a disappointing 17th starting spot for Buck in the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge but he also felt that he’d be able to move up in the field.  “We knew that if we kept working on the car and if the rain that was predicted arrived then it should work in our favour,” said the driver.

Rain did dampen the track prior to the start but when some others felt the track was dry enough to switch to slicks Buck stayed on course in his #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge.  “Despite staying on rain tires our times were competitive,” said Buck.  “And we moved up into the top five in the early going”.

Another issue appeared later in the race with the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge and that proved to be a serious setback.  “We had an axle start to go and I could feel the rear end tightening up as we went along until finally it broke.  The team replaced it but that obviously hurt our result,” stated Buck.

Despite the mechanical issue Buck is very optimistic for the races ahead on their schedule.  “We were pretty good today,” said Buck.  “I’m not sure if we were a top five car but top-ten for sure and that’s a very good starting point for this collaboration”.

“We have a bit of work to do, but we’ll be very competitive at the next race and have another good showing for the Ontario Chrysler Dealers and the Ram Brand”.

Robin Buck will be back in the #43 Ontario Chrysler Dealers Challenger again on July 15th as the NASCAR Pinty’s Series competes as the feature attraction on Saturday during the Toronto Indy weekend.

source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

Kennington fights to the finish at season opener

DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team opened up a new season of competition in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at the traditional kick off to summer, the Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) near Bowmanville, Ontario.  Kennington and team overcame significant obstacles during the race to collect a top-ten finish this past Sunday afternoon.

Throughout practice Kennington was pleased with the performance of the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge and posted a qualifying run that had him starting the scheduled 51 lap race on the outside of row four.  “Very solid for the first outing” was how Kennington described the first day on track for 2017.

Conditions for race day were significantly different with rain soaking the track just prior to the start.  “We weren’t sure what to expect,” said Kennington.  “It was also a lot cooler which changes how the car drives,” he added.

Off the start Kennington was quick to move the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge up several positions and then evaluate how the track condition was beginning to change.  “We had to start on the rain tires but then it became a question of when to switch to slicks with the drying track” he explained.

Choosing when to switch tires was just one of the adversities Kennington faced in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge.  Contact later in the race would show visible body damage but the real issue was on the left front suspension.  “One of the pieces was damaged and I had no choice but to make a pit stop,” said the driver.

The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team changed out the damaged part as quickly as they could and had Kennington back into the battle.  “That was a tough break that put us a few laps down.  Credit to the guys though to fix me up, it could have been worse.

Fighting to the finish through ever changing track conditions, car damage and a late caution flag that resulted in a green, white, checker finish.  Kennington brought the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge across the finish line with a 17th place result.

“It’s a bit of a sour day after we felt so good heading into the weekend,” said Kennington.  “But I’m thrilled we’ll be heading to Delaware Speedway next” he added.

The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team returns to action Saturday June 3rd at Delaware Speedway just outside London, Ontario.

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

source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

Mixed results for Avion Motorsports

The hard working group at Avion Motorsports accomplished a feat they were very proud of this past weekend at round number one of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).  For the first time in team history they prepared and entered three teams for competition.

For Avion principal Trevor Seibert and Team Manager Al Lebert while that is a proud accomplishment, they realize it is just the first step to a season of growth that lies ahead.

In addition to fielding three teams the Avion Motorsports group also had to deal with extremely challenging and changing weather conditions during Sunday’s race.  What began as a wet race first had a drying racetrack, which called for changes in strategy.  When heavy rain returned that meant more on the fly adjustments.

One of the reasons for optimism is the performance of Charles Harvey from Terrebonne, Quebec.  With only one previous start in the Pinty’s series Harvey not only survived the difficult conditions and stiff competition but he managed to climb ten positions during the race to score a finish of 15th in the #09 Havoline Dodge.

Also looking strong in the early going was racing veteran Robin Buck from Milton, Ontario.  Buck smartly moved his Ontario Chrysler Dealers Dodge forward and climbed from 17th into the top five but a mechanical failure would put him down several laps.

Driver Carl Gautier of Petawawa, Ontario piloting the #69 Security Experts/Esse Canada Chevrolet pulled off course early to avoid an on track incident in the very difficult conditions.

“We had just about everything thrown at us this weekend,” said Al Lebert.  “There were a few curveballs with things that didn’t go quite as well as we hoped but we also took some good strides forward.  I’m pretty excited to get back to the shop and use some of what we learned today to be better.

The Avion Motorsports team will be back in action next on Saturday June 3rd at Delaware Speedway near London, Ontario.

You can learn the get the latest info on drivers and the team on their website www.avionmotorsports.com and make sure the “like” their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AvionMotorsports/

source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com

 

Martin scores top-10 finish in NASCAR Pinty’s Series opener

Rookie-of-the-year Contender overcomes torrential rain to secure top finish

Adam Martin finished 10th in the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series opener this weekend. The official results list Martin as the 10th on the lead lap, but that doesn’t begin to tell the story of the weekend.

Martin entered the Can-Am 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with just three prior road course races under his belt. The track formerly called Mosport is among Canada’s most challenging race tracks, and throw in torrential rains and it becomes treacherous.

The young racer from Ayr, Ontario, showed great poise completing all the laps and racing among the best in the country to score his great result.

“Nothing could have prepared me for that,” said Martin after the race. “These NASCAR stock cars are tough to control in dry conditions, but racing in the rain made my Johnsonville Ford a real handful.

“I’m proud of how we started the season. We got faster every time we went on the race track, and the team made great pit stops to keep me in contention.”

Martin started 14th in his number 9 Johnsonville Sausage, Oliviers Chocolates and Candies Ford, and he knew the learning curve would be steep.

Race officials brought all cars down pit road prior to the start on Sunday to allow them to change to wet-track setups .The process allows cars to be outfitted with grooved tires, a brake light for safety, and whatever means the teams choose to keep the windshield clear for visibility.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect when the race started,” admitted Martin. “Visibility was low, and there was nearly no grip at all in the car.”

The talented field of racers contended the early portion of the event on a wet track, but as time went on conditions improved. Most teams switched back to the traditional Goodyear slick tires with no tread to give maximum grip on dry pavement during the race. Martin maintained his position near the front of the pack, but as the race entered its final laps the skies opened up.

A late accident led to NASCAR’s version of overtime. Back on grooved rain tires Martin charged into the top-10, and ultimately crossed the finish line 10th.

“Today was a great learning day,” said Martin. “We raced in every possible condition, and the car was fast throughout the race. This is a great start to our season.”

Martin will continue his quest to earn the Rookie of the Year championship next month when the series visits Delaware Speedway on June 3rd.

Martin is supported by Johnsonville Sausage, Olivier’s Chocolates and Candies, Reser’s Fine Foods, Secure Drive, STIHL Canada, Little Potato Company and Legacy Auto Leasing as sponsors.

source: Adam Martin team PR

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