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Sep 24

Alex Labbe claims First Pinty’s Championship (updated)

Lapcevich wins season finale; Labbe celebrates maiden title

After 13 races that took the series to five different provinces, it was only fitting a champion was crowned at the birthplace of NASCAR in Canada. Following the Pinty’s Fall Brawl at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Alex Labbe claimed his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship by 16 points over rival Kevin Lacroix. 

The 24-year-old from Victoriaville, Quebec, finished the year with an impressive five wins, 11 top fives and 12 top 10s. Tallying up 542 points, Labbe claims the highest honour in Canadian stock car racing, the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship.

Following his championship season, Labbe announced his intentions to run full time in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series in 2018.

The Pinty’s Fall Brawl lived up to its name and was not without its drama. Late race contact between NASCAR Next driver Cayden Lapcevich and D.J Kennington culminated in Lapcevich executing a bump and run pass Donald Theetge in the final corner to claim victory at Jukasa. The 2016 Pinty’s Series champion lead only three laps to score his third win of the 2017 season and the sixth of his career.

Second place finisher Donald Theetge led 134 laps throughout the race, to tie his best career NASCAR Pinty’s Series finish. LP Dumoulin snuck home to a third place, his third podium of the season.

Kevin Lacroix and JF Dumoulin rounded out the top five.

Alex Tagliani and Larry Jackson finished sixth and seventh respectively, while Donald Chisholm, Noel Dowler and Andrew Ranger completed the top 10.

Series Champion Alex Labbe, only had to start to clinch the title. Labbe started the 200-lap feature second before retiring from the race on Lap 62 from suspension issues, which resulted in a 20th-place finish.

In addition to Labbe’s championship, Alain Lord Mounir claimed the 2017 Owner’s championship for the No.32 Can-am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ Ford and Adam Martin claimed Jostens Rookie of the Year honours.

The Pinty’s Fall Brawl will air on TSN Sunday, Oct 1 at 11:30 a.m. ET, and on RDS Saturday Oct 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Alex Labbe will be honoured at the NASCAR Touring Series Championship Banquet in Charlotte this December.

Cayden Lapcevich celebrates his third NASCAR Pinty’s Series win of 2017. Matthew Manor/ NASCAR

source: hometracks.nascar.com

 

The #47 Weathertech Canada / Groupe Bellemare Team ends its season with a great finish on the podium

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin finishes fourth in the driver championship

After taking the start from last place (20th) on the grid yesterday, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin put on an incredible show for the 90 guests from WeatherTech Canada in attendance at the Jukasa Motor Speedway to provide support for their driver and team. Everyone on the team was under a great deal of pressure and working hard all day on suspension settings to correct an understeer problem and then changing engines between practice and the race.The complex engine change was not completed in time for the qualifying session, forcing Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to start from last place in the #47

WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare car, and then working his way through the field up to a fantastic third place finish.The 200-lap race was strewn with incidents and yellow flag interruptions. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and the team made the most of their two pit stops during caution periods. The team put on two new right-side tires and fuel on laps 46 and 122, almost precisely when they wanted that to happen. Billy Burns, the #47

WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare crew chief then made a crucial decision: stay on track late in the race during the last caution period to gain track positions rather than stop for tires. This put Louis-Philippe Dumoulin in third position on the track, where he finished after managing his pace to perfection and holding position in front of quick cars with newer tires running him down.After the race, the happy driver of the #47

WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare car told us that “We had to change engines, and the team was up to the challenge. That was big! A podium finish was exactly what we needed to close out the season on a great note. I had good fights with my brother Jean-François and the other lead cars throughout the race, and I am very proud of our team.” Thank you

As the 2017 season comes to an end on a positive competitive note for Dumoulin Competition, we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our partners, the Dumoulin extended family, all our friends, and our all-important team members and their families whose real sacrifices makes it all possible. We obviously also owe a debt of gratitude to all our fans and to members of the media, who together create a level of excitement that helps make all if this possible.

We will be back stronger next year, with more and exciting projects as we continue to live by our motto, “Passion – Performance – Partnerships” as you all do. And please stay in touch on our Facebook, Twitter and Internet sites, where we love to hear from you.

2 SET THE DATE ASIDE: October 9

th, 2017 – “BBQ Party”To benefit the Quebec Cancer Foundation

The “Le Grand Défoulement Dumoulin Compétition” fund raiser for the Quebec Cancer Foundation will continue over this last race of the season. Every contribution from you is a step towards the podium for the all-important “Race Against Cancer”. We are also holding a great

BBQ Party on October 9, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, with the complete Dumoulin Competition team personnel and drivers in attendance. Come meet everyone, buy a souvenir and take pictures of the race cars and rigs.

Place: “Provigo Le Marché de Trois-Rivières”, 3925 Boulevard des Forges (Quebec)

Date: October 9th, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Come join us!

source: dumoulincompetition.com

 

RANGER AND TEAM MOPAR SCORE TOP-TEN IN SEASON FINALE 

Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team were excited heading into the final race of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series this past Saturday night at Jukasa Speedway.  Following a successful test session last week they expected plenty of speed from their #27 machine.  The inconsistencies that plagued their oval program this season arose once again yet Ranger still managed another top-ten result.

During the afternoon practice session Ranger felt very positive about the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge.  “The car felt good,” he said “I think we found a base to start with from the test and it’s definitely helped,” he added.

Ranger would qualify the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge in the seventh position and begin the 200-lap race from row four.  Right from the drop of the green it was high intensity racing throughout the field.

The first caution period of the night came before the one quarter point and Ranger brought his #27 Mopar Parts Dodge to pit road for scheduled service receiving fuel and further handling adjustments.  “The track was much different at night when the temperatures cooled down and the team made some changes to try and help me with the car” explained the driver.

As the race went on once again the handling of the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge became a challenger for Ranger.  The smallest of adjustments would have dramatic effects on the car, yet Ranger persevered and push his car as hard as he could.

The #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team took advantage of a late caution period to again change tires with hopes of helping the driver make one last charge during the final laps.  Ranger would cross the finish line with a tenth place finish.

“It was another tough night,” said Ranger.  “The team worked really hard to make the car better all night, they really did, but it was so hard to find just the right balance” he stated.

Following this final event of the season the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge of Andrew Ranger can look back on the 2017 season on a number of positives.  Ranger finished in the top-ten in 11 of the 12 races he participated in and finished seventh in the overall driver standings despite missing once race due to illness.

“The road course program, we are great.  The ovals, we still have some work to do,” said Ranger.  “But I want to give my thanks to my crew chief Dave Wight and whole group of Mopar guys for this season.  A big effort by everyone all year long, great job guys”.

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

 

Sixth place finish for Alex Tagliani at Jukasa Motor Speedway

2017-09-09_0235Second Half Race Contact Foils Strong Run at Jukasa Motor Speedway for Alex Tagliani, Drives into Top Six.

Alex Tagliani finished sixth overall in the 13th and final round of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season finale held Saturday night at Jukasa Motor Speedway located in Hagersville, Ontario. Starting fifth, for the Pinty’s Fall Brawl 200-lap race (200 km), the driver from Lachenaie, Quebec was fighting for third place when contact bent the front suspension of his number 18 EpiPen-Lowe’s-St Hubert-Spectra Premium racecar, foiling a strong run.

“We had a fine car at the start of the race and I moved up to third from fifth place on the grid. The car was running real well,” Alex Tagliani said. “During our first pit stop, the Tagliani Autosport/22 Racing Team decided for fuel only, saving a tire change for the next pit. Several competitors spent more time in the pits to change all four, enabling us to return on track in fifth place. During the second full course caution (lap 81) the team put a fresh set of four tires on the EpiPen-Lowe’s-St Hubert-Spectra Premium Dodge. This enabled us to run with tires that had 50 laps less use than some of my rivals. But while moving up the field, I had contact on lap 136 which resulted in a bent front suspension. A sixth place finish, only five seconds back from the winner while battling handling problems, is quite an achievement. Tonight, credit goes once again to the team, which gave me a very competitive car. We could have finished the season on a higher note, but luck was not on our side.”

The 200 lap race held on the one-kilometre (0.625-mile) oval was won, controversially, by Cayden Lapcevich who late in the race bumped his way into the Winners Circle, edging out Donald Theetge, who had a few words to say to the winner after the race. Third place went to Louis-Philippe Dumoulin followed by Kevin Lacroix. Jean-François Dumoulin finished fifth, ahead of Tagliani. Twenty drivers started the race and 16 crossed the finish line with 11 on the lead lap. The race was under caution five times for 38 laps.

In the final standings of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Tagliani finished sixth overall with 477 points, 11 from fifth place held by DJ Kennington. Newly crowned champion Alex Labbé only had to start the race to confirm his title. He retired with mechanical problems on lap 62.

In 58 NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts, Tagliani has six wins, eight poles, 22 top-fives and 38 top-ten finishes. Telecast for the Pinty’s Fall Brawl will be aired on TSN on Sunday, October 1, at 11:30 a.m. ET.

source: Max d’Orsonnens Tagliani Autosport

 

KENNINGTON CLAIMS POLE, GETS PUNTED

DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team blazed into Jukasa Speedway for the final round of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series on Saturday night.  With a fast race car all day Kennington claimed the pole position in qualifying but was bumped out of contention for the victory in the 200-lap feature event.

Confidence was high with the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team as they began the last race of the season.  Kennington was quick throughout the practice session and set a new track record for the restored 5/8-mile track’s new configuration with a time of 18.578 seconds and a speed of 121.111 MPH.  “The car was a rocket, I think there was still a little more speed in it” he said after the qualifying session.

As the 200-lap race began Kennington would hold the lead in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge for the first 18 laps before surrendering the position.  “The car was a little loose in the cooler conditions,” explained the driver  “I didn’t push too hard because I knew we’d adjust during the pit stops and be able to get back up front”.

The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge crew performed flawless service for Kennington during scheduled stops, first for fuel and then changing right side tires.  When a caution period came later in the race DJ made a final stop for fresh left side tires.  When the race restarted he was back on the charge and headed for the front.  “Everyone else took four tires at once and we saved our last stop for later” said Kennington.

In the closing stages of the race Kennington raced the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge towards the front.  He moved into second place with 45 laps remaining and with 30 to go had his sights set on the leader.  “I was closing the gap and I knew I could get there and with the fresher tires go for the win” said Kennington.

He would never get the chance.  In the closing laps as Kennington was looking for the lead in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge the #76 car punted him from behind and sent him spinning into the outside wall.  The damage inflicted was significant enough that with only a handful of laps remaining repairs couldn’t be made in time to return.  Their night was over, a shot at victory taken from them.

“That’s not how professionals race” said Kennington.  “Our Castrol car was fast and handling great and we never got the chance to race for the win because we got taken out.  I’m all for racing guys hard all day long but you don’t dump somebody that’s got a winning car” said an exasperated driver.

The result is doubly bitter, as this was the final race of the season for the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team.  “This is a lousy way to end the year,” said Kennington.  “We were really good tonight, I’m so proud of all the guys.  We had a few tough days this season but they all dug in and worked so hard every weekend I can’t thank them enough.  And the amazing support we get from Castrol and all our partners, I’m really disappointed for them about how things went tonight.  We’ll lick our wounds for a while with this one but it’ll motivate us too” he added.

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

 

CBRT HAS SOLID NIGHT IN SEASON FINALE

Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) hit the track at Jukasa Speedway for the final race of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series this past Saturday and drivers Larry Jackson in the #25 CBRT/Piloti Ford and Armani Williams in the #28 Race4Autism Dodge each had considerable success at the track formerly known as Cayuga Speedway.

The revamped 5/8-mileoval provided a fast playground for the CBRT cars as they hit the track for practice and qualifying during the afternoon.  Jackson would qualify 11th quickest and Williams 13th.  “It was good work by the team prepping the cars and nice efforts by both guys during qualifying” said CBRT General Manager Joey McColm.

During the race Williams ran steadily all night long in the #28 Race4Autism Dodge and crossed the finish line where he began in 13th position.  “I’m really proud of Armani tonight” said McColm.  “This was only his fifth race in the series, he seemed to get better every lap.  He did have a little trouble late but overall a really good effort,” he added.

Jackson showed considerable speed during the 200-lap event and had his #25 CBRT/Piloti Ford up near the front of the field during the midpoint of the race.  Jackson would come home with a seventh place finish, his fourth top-ten of the season.  “I think we showed what we’re capable of tonight,” said McColm.  “Larry’s worked hard all year and it’s great to see him with another good result”.

This was the final event of the 2017 season for the CBRT group and McColm said he was proud of what they’d been able to accomplish this season.

“It was an honour to work with so many great racers this year.  Our whole team was awesome getting each of the drivers settled in when they were with us, it’s not easy getting the car just right for so many different drivers, but they did it”.

“I’m also really pleased with how many partners joined us at CBRT this year, their support was fantastic.  And best of all how many race fans we were able to spend time with at all the events across Canada.  It’s great to see the joy on their faces at the tracks.  All we did this year gives us a lot of motivation to work hard over the winter and do more in 2018”.

The race from Jukasa Speedway will be broadcast on TSN Sunday October 1st at 11:30AM ET.

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.

  • Get the latest info on all the CBRT drivers at these coordinates:
  • Follow Larry Jackson on Twitter @LarryJacksonvrm Instagram @larryjackson84
  • Follow Armani Williams on Twitter @TeamArmaniRacin
  • Follow Joey McColm on Twitter @JoeyMcColm
  • Follow CBRT on Twitter/Instagram @CBRTeams

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

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