NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 News & Notes: Kawartha Closing Time For Kennington

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2012) – The 2012 season has belonged to D.J. Kennington and now it’s time for him to close it out.


The scenario for Kennington to claim his second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship in three years is simple and straightforward. Assuming a full 26-car field in the season finale on Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Pinty’s 250 presented by Dodge at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, Ont., Kennington has to finish 19th or better should second-place J.R. Fitzpatrick win the race and lead the most laps. That would give each driver the same point total, but Kennington gets the tiebreaker by virtue of his six victories this season. Andrew Ranger and defending series champion Scott Steckly have been mathematically eliminated from the title hunt. Ranger, like Fitzpatrick, could end up with the same point total as Kennington should Ranger win the race and lead the most laps with Kennington finishing last, but, again, the tiebreaker advantage goes to Kennington.



Kennington’s only finish outside of the top five all season was a 21st-place showing on Sept. 8 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway when his race was undone by a fuel pump problem.


“The Barrie thing was nobody’s fault. We couldn’t see that coming, but it’s crunch time now and we’ll see to everything we can,” said the driver of the No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge.


The St. Thomas, Ont.-based driver is coming off his sixth victory of the season having won at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., on Sept. 15. With that triumph, Kennington tied the single-season series mark established by Ranger in 2009. He’ll have a chance to take sole possession of that record with a win at Kawartha, where he claimed victory in 2009 and 2011.


“It’s been a phenomenal year. I’ve got the best race team out there and they’ve worked tirelessly to make this a possibility,” said Kennington. “We’ve got one race to go, though, and nothing is clinched yet.”


Kennington is not one to count his chickens before they’ve hatched having been a three-time runner-up in the final Canadian Tire Series standings and coming up just a little short on more than one occasion in the former CASCAR series.


“There are just so many things that can go wrong with mechanical equipment and out on the track,” he stated. “We’ll take care of everything we can, but then it’s up to fate which I don’t really like. That’s racing, though.”


Kennington won five races in his first championship season in 2010 and this season has followed a similar tack. Dominance on the ovals and holding serve on the road courses has been the recipe for success. This season he has victories in five of the six oval-track events and a road-course win at Edmonton, Alta.


Earlier in the year he equaled a mark held by the likes of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans, multi-time NASCAR champions Herschel McGriff and Mike Stefanik and longtime NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Ricky Craven by winning five consecutive NASCAR touring series events.


“That’s a great honor to be mentioned with those names, but I’m not sure how much it will mean if we don’t go out and win this championship,” Kennington explained. “So, I guess we’ll just have to go out and do it.”



RACE: Pinty’s 250 presented by Dodge

PLACE: Kawartha Speedway, Fraserville, Ont.

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 22

TIME: 5 p.m. ET

TV SCHEDULE: TSN, Sat., Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, Wed., Oct. 24, 9:30 p.m. ET

RADIO SCHEDULE: NASCAR Home Tracks Radio internet audio stream, Sat., Sept. 22 at 4:25 p.m. ET, at NASCARHomeTracks.com.

TRACK LAYOUT: .375-mile paved oval

2011 WINNER: D.J. Kennington

2011 POLESITTER: Steve Mathews

EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 11-11:30 a.m., Noon-12:30 p.m.; Qualifying 3 p.m.; Autograph Session 3:45 p.m.; Pre-Race Ceremonies 4:25 p.m.

TRACK CONTACT: Jim Clarke, (705) 939-8881, clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com

TWITTER: @KDSpeedway


NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Shon Sbarra, (704) 309-5493 or ssbarra@nascar.com, Twitter: @ShonSbarra

If photographs or graphics are needed for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, please contact Shon Sbarra at ssbarra@nascar.com or (704) 309-5493.



The Race: This is the 12th and final event of the 2012 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 and the seventh of seven oval-track events on the schedule. This is the series’ sixth visit to Kawartha.


The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 250 laps covering 93.75 miles.


The Track: Kawartha Speedway is part of the Kawartha Downs and Speedway complex in Fraserville, Ontario, near Peterborough, east of Toronto. The .375-mile banked asphalt oval speedway with progressive banking is surrounded by a harness-racing horse track, the opposite of Dover (Del.) International Speedway.


The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Kawartha is 17.704 seconds (76.254 mph), set by Mark Dilley on Sept. 23, 2007. The 250-lap race record is held by Pete Shepherd III at 1 hour, 49 minutes, 7 seconds set on Sept. 25, 2010 for an average speed of 51.550 mph.



Mad Max: Two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner and former Grand American Road Racing Association champion Max Papis will make his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 debut in the Pinty’s 250 presented by Dodge. Earlier this season in Montreal NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars Austin Dillon and Timmy Hill made their Canadian series debuts. The Italian-born Papis has 35 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts to go along with 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 11 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts. He also has competed in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Formula One.


Dodge Dominance: A Dodge has won the previous five Kawartha events, but D.J. Kennington (2009 and 2011) is the only repeat winner at the Ontario oval. Jason Hathaway (2008), Pete Shepherd III (2010) and Scott Steckly (2007) are the other Dodge drivers to visit Victory Lane at Kawartha.


Overtime: The TSN & RDS2 telecasts of the season finale at Kawartha will be 90 minutes in duration as opposed to the normal 60-minute shows. The TSN premiere of the Pinty’s 250 presented by Dodge will be on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET while that of RDS2 will be on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET. There will also be a season recap show that will be telecast by TSN on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. ET.



First To Repeat: With his win in the Wilson Equipment 300 D.J. Kennington became the first repeat winner in the six Canadian Tire Series races at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S. He also won the 2010 event en route to the series championship.


Another Second: J.R. Fitzpatrick led 101 laps in the Wilson Equipment 300 but succumbed to the dominance of Kennington to finish second. It was Fitzpatrick’s third runner-up finish in five starts at the Nova Scotia track.


String ‘Em Up: Noel Dowler, after establishing a career best with a third-place finish on Sept. 8 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway, finished ninth at Riverside for back-to-back top 10s. He reeled off three consecutive top-10 finishes earlier in the season.


Finish Strong: Ron Beauchamp Jr. has a history of strong finishes to the season in the Canadian Tire Series. At Riverside he logged his first top five of the season with a fifth-place effort and now has six top 10s in his last seven starts overall. It was his first top five since a fourth in July 2011 at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C.



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Buescher, Roulos Share Potential Defining Moment in Comeback;

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Monday, September 17, 2012


ARCA Racing Series News & Notes from Salem


(TOLEDO, Ohio) - After leaving Salem Speedway and the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic, Chris Buescher has an 85-point lead atop the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards standings, greater than any leading driver's advantage through 18 races this year.




Immediately following Lap 48 of Saturday's race, though, such a scenario might have been completely unexpected. Buescher (No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford) found himself caught up in a Turn 4 accident with substantial rear end damage, among other issues. Having taken the lead from Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell winner Chase Elliott on the first lap, Buescher had led every lap but found himself driving to pit road. He came back onto the track 15th, the last driver on the lead lap.


Buescher rebounded to finish second, though, passing Elliott with less than 10 laps to go to take the first spot behind race winner Tom Hessert. On a night when Buescher's championship hopes could have taken a severe blow, he actually improved his chances and made the race one to remember.


"It was too eventful for me, that's for sure," Buescher said. "We were really, really good right off the start there. Chase Elliott, I think he was really toying with me for the first couple laps, but he raced me really clean and I tried to return the favor there late in the race. It was a lot of fun with him so I've got to say thanks to him."


Buescher drove to pit road several times following the Lap 48 incident for service from his Roulo Brothers Racing crew. He did not need much time to pass his main championship rival, Frank Kimmel, who assumed second place behind Elliott after the initial crash. On Lap 87, with Kimmel falling back, Buescher passed him for seventh place. By the race's halfway point at Lap 100, Buescher was in the top five.


At night's end, Buescher had clinched the Bill France Four Crown and extended his lead over Kimmel by 25 points. Buescher has now gained 70 points on Kimmel in the last two races after leaving the Illinois State Fairgrounds with a 15-point advantage on August 19.


"The Roulo Brothers did a really nice job, but we ended up with a torn-up race car," he said. "We took second place and got the Four Crown, so that's always good, really good news for us. We still gained some points. All in all, these guys did a nice job battling back. We had our radiator leaking and lost water pressure there. It took everything we could do to keep it cool, so it was a very nice job. I just wish we could have gotten a Ford in Victory Lane here."


Now, one week and two races in October will decide the ARCA Racing Series title. The October 14 event at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and the October 19 season finale at Kansas Speedway place Buescher at tracks where last season he finished first and second, respectively.


"We need to do what we've been doing," he said. "We're showing up with fast cars every week and it's showing. This was about the roughest night we've had in a long time and we ended up second, so we're doing the right things. We're trying really hard. We just need to get a sponsor on this car to help out."


All Top-Fives for Buescher in Four Crown Run: With his second-place finish at Salem Speedway, Chris Buescher clinched the Bill France Four Crown Award over Frank Kimmel and Alex Bowman. Buescher earned 765 race points in the competition.


The award, depictive of the series' versatility, is a separate point fund that tests drivers on four very different tracks. This year's Bill France Four Crown included events in four different months on the calendar: the June 15 race at Michigan International Speedway; the July 1 road course event at New Jersey Motorsports Park's challenging Thunderbolt Raceway; the August 19 dirt mile race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield; and Saturday's short track showdown at Salem. 


The award is certainly important for whom it's named after - Bill France Sr. - but also for what it represents: variety. No other touring series requires drivers to compete on as many different styles of tracks as the ARCA Racing Series does. The award truly captures the essence of ARCA competition.


Buescher won at Michigan just weeks before finishing third at New Jersey. His low point was still a strong fifth-place finish in Springfield. By earning top-fives in each Four Crown race, Buescher became the first Four Crown winner to accomplish that feat since Parker Kligerman took two wins and two runner-up finishes to win the 2009 prize.


Kimmel was the only other driver to drive to top-10 finishes in every Four Crown race. He finished 40 points behind Buescher. Bowman was third, 55 points from the top. Spencer Gallagher (-150) and Brennan Poole (-180) rounded out the top five.


Buescher Continues to Gain: As referenced above, Chris Buescher's 85-point lead atop the standings is greater than any other lead by a first-place driver in the 17 races prior to Saturday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care.


Frank Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota) finished fourth, only two positions behind Buescher, but lost more ground than those positions would indicate. Buescher qualified second to earn 10 bonus points while Kimmel was outside the top three, and Buescher also led laps to earn a five-point bonus there. Still, at just a 4445-4360 deficit to Buescher, Kimmel is in a fair position with two races remaining at tracks where he has a combined seven wins (five at DuQuoin, two at Kansas).


Brennan Poole (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet) finished eighth and remained third, 175 points out of the lead. Alex Bowman (No. 22 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dodge) finished fifth and stands fourth, 220 points under Buescher.


Chad Hackenbracht (No. 58 CGH Motorsports Chevrolet) remained fifth, but Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet) closed his gap to the top five with a 10th-place finish. He now stands just 20 points short of Hackenbracht for fifth place.


The rest of the top 10 also remained unchanged: Spencer Gallagher (No. 23 Allegiant Air Chevrolet), Nelson Canache (No. 35 Venezuela Tourism Chevrolet), Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet), and Josh Williams (No. 02 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Chevrolet) fill the seventh through 10th positions, respectively.


ARCA will release the full and official standings Tuesday. The unofficial top 10 is posted at ARCARacing.com.


Hessert Leads First Oval Laps of '12 in Win: Before Saturday, Tom Hessert had led in just one race in the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Back in July, Hessert led six laps at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the road course in his home state. He took the lead on Lap 123 Saturday and did not look back, accounting for 78 laps and the Aaron's Lap Leader race award to go along with his second career victory.


On the spotter's stand for Hessert was team owner Ken Schrader, who received heavy congratulations from his counterparts for his first ARCA win in two seasons as Hessert's car owner.


"Kenny was here and it's always good to have him at the race track. It's very cool to have him here when we won. I wouldn't have it be any other way."


Hessert confirmed today in a radio interview that he will race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday, October 14. Schrader even invited him to run in a dirt modified race in Terre Haute, Ind. two days before that. Hessert's status for the October 19 season finale at Kansas Speedway is uncertain.


Bowman Takes Rookie Lead after Tight Arrival: Alex Bowman finished fifth in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic just hours after landing in Salem, Ind. to complete a rare racing doubleheader.


Bowman made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut over 200 miles to the northwest at Chicagoland Speedway earlier Saturday afternoon, and had to hustle to arrive at Salem before the green flag. He finished 17th at Chicagoland at 5 p.m. Central, or 6 p.m. Salem time, and almost immediately boarded a helicopter and then a private plane to travel to southern Indiana. Bowman's plane landed at Salem Municipal Airport, just behind Turns 1 and 2 at Salem Speedway, at 7:18 p.m. Fans watched his plane touch the ground as the first several drivers were being introduced. Bowman took a golf cart to pit road, where he signed in with an ARCA official and then waited for his turn to be introduced to the crowd.


Though Dakoda Armstrong - like Bowman, a past Salem winner for Cunningham Motorsports - had qualified 10th, Bowman had to start at the back of the field because of the driver change.


"Man, it's been a long day," Bowman said after the race. "From everybody at Turner Motorsports to everybody at Cunningham Motorsports, I just can't thank all the guys enough. I struggled a little bit in the Nationwide race and came out here and started off struggling. We were really free, but Paul Andrews and the guys got the No. 22 St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Dodge all tuned up there at the end. We drove around the whole field the best we could to get to fifth, and we were the fastest car on the race track, but it is what it is.


"It's cool to see Tom win another one. He's a great guy and has been a really cool competitor and good friend off the race track."


Bowman was the top-finishing registrant in the Team Messina Rookie Challenge for the race, his ninth such honor this year. Though Brennan Poole has more rookie points when all 18 races are counted, Bowman holds the lead in adjusted points. He has outscored Poole 422-418 over each driver's best 15. Bowman had entered the race with a 12-point deficit in the adjusted standings.


Six Races, Six Top-10s in Elliott's First ARCA Year: Sixteen-year-old Chase Elliott (No. 9 Aaron's Dream Machine/HendrickCars.com Chevrolet) finished a busy week with a third-place finish at Salem Speedway. He led 41 laps.


Earlier in the week, Elliott had traveled to Chicago for media obligations as one of NASCAR's Next 9, highlighting the top drivers in NASCAR's developmental divisions. On Friday, though, Elliott shifted his focus to the ARCA Racing Series, participating at an autograph session in downtown Salem with 12 other drivers. The next day, he posted the fastest practice speed and earned his first Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell.


"It started off good but didn't end the way we wanted it to," Elliott said. "We had a great car. I couldn't have asked for a better car tonight. The way the cautions fell, they didn't really fall our way but you can't do anything about that. The way I ran the tires, I was hoping to get two more there at the end and really get after it hard, but that was just my fault. You live and you learn. We'll just have to come back and be stronger."


Elliott finished his first ARCA season with three top-fives and six top-10s in six starts, with the highlights a second-place finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park in July and Saturday's pole win and third-place run. He ended happy to have made some improvements throughout the year.


"It was a lot of fun," he said. "I feel like we made, from the first race at Mobile and the first race here at Salem, a lot of gains. We had a great run at the road course and a good run here tonight, so I feel like we're making gains. If we can just continue to improve, then next year we'll come back even stronger."


Race runner-up Chris Buescher said Elliott raced him clean while running second to him over the first quarter of the race. Buescher tried to return the favor when passing Elliott for second in the final 10 laps, and Elliott took note.


"I appreciate it," he said. "He raced me clean all night. This is a race track where you have to give and take and the last thing I want to do is mess up what these guys have going for a championship. For him to get in that wreck and come back and rebound like that was extremely impressive. They made the right call on pit strategy and did the right things with their tires."


Kimmel Fourth but Leaves Tires Behind: Frank Kimmel finished fourth at his home track, but did not have the chance to take on new tires late in the race and potentially improve his position.


"The car was pretty daggone good most of the night," Kimmel said. "We stayed out too long on tires and it caught us and we got a lap down. We came in and put on four to get our lap back and drove right back to the front there. We were getting caught up pretty quick there but just ran out of time there at the end. We had two more tires there in the pits. We thought with about 30 to go, hopefully, we'd have a caution and be able to put the two on and try to make a run at it, but it wasn't to be."


The last 48 laps of the race went off without incident, and the veteran commented on the clean racing at the usually tumultuous Salem oval.


"I think it just goes back to how good the equipment is," he said. "These young kids are good race car drivers. They're all bringing really good race cars and we just don't see a lot of silly failures anymore."


On Gridiron or Grid, Mingus Competitive: Mason Mingus (No. 32 811 Call Before You Dig Toyota) arrived at Salem Speedway later than most drivers Saturday morning, traveling in from his home state of Tennessee after playing a high school football game the night before.


The 17-year-old, a student at Franklin Road Academy, helped his team to a 29-28 victory over a school from Kentucky. The next morning, he flew to Salem Speedway and arrived just before the 11:15 a.m. driver meeting in the track grandstands. He then finished sixth in his 12th start of 2012 for Win-Tron Racing, tying his career high.


"Yeah, it was definitely a busy two days," Mingus said. "We had a great game last night. It came down to the very end. We had to play all four quarters all out and won by one. Then we get on a plane this morning and flew here. I got here just in time to go to the driver meeting. I'm definitely exhausted at this point, but we had a good run going. We needed one more caution. We got hurt on the start and fell back and it cost us a lap. We fought it. We had two tires; I think us and Kimmel might have been the only people with two tires still in the pits, so it's too bad we didn't have one more caution. I think we would have had something for them. We had a great race car."


Mingus will turn 18 this November and plans to return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2013.


"We're ready to come back here next year. I think we'll have a car to win."


Duno Captures Second Hard Charger Award: Milka Duno (No. 94 David Leiner Racing/Milka Way Toyota) started 26th and improved to 13th by the checkered flag in Saturday's race, and her 13-position improvement helped her earn the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award for the event. Duno earned the honor once prior to Saturday, at New Jersey Motorsports Park in July.


"It's a great feeling to win the CGS Imaging Hard Charger of the Race Award, especially at a challenging track like Salem," Duno said in a team press release. "We've been doing really well gaining positions in the races and (crew chief and team owner) Dave Leiner and the team have been working very hard. We need to work on our qualifying runs and if we can get more out of the car there then we'll have a chance to finish up in the top."


Career Highs for Several in Top 20: Outside of Tom Hessert and Mason Mingus, six drivers in the top 20 surpassed or matched career-best finishes in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic.


Frank Kimmel II (No. 09 Casite.com/Motor Honey/Roush Yates Performance Parts Ford) finished seventh to match his result at Salem from last fall. He led 34 laps around the middle of Saturday's race, and at one point lapped even his own father.


Ed Pompa (No. 10 Classic 3/Fast Track Dodge) was 16th, Tim Walter (No. 2 MPBToday.com/racersfood Dodge) was 19th, and Ronnie Souders Jr. (No. 87 Power Bore Cylinder Sleeves Chevrolet) was 20th; all of those performances were career bests.


Debut drivers finishing in the top 20 included Evan Pardo (No. 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge) in 14th and Caleb Armstrong (No. 15 Mudd Advertising/Drive for Savings Chevrolet) in 15th.


"Driving an ARCA car took a lot of getting used to and I was a couple seconds off from where I needed to be in practice, but Carter 2 Motorsports was really patient with me and coached me, which helped me pick up a second in qualifying," Pardo said in a team press release. "As the race started I was just trying to find a groove and get comfortable but by the end of the race the No. 40 Dodge was set perfect and it showed as we ran with the third-place car. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work: C2M and my sponsor, Life Partners Inc. I had a blast and can't wait to do it again."


The third debut driver in the field, England's Jack Clarke, finished 30th.


Fans Supportive at Salem: Salem Speedway co-owner Beverly Thompson said campers started to arrive at the southern Indiana facility on Monday, and general manager Richard Deaton said the facility hosted its largest camper turnout for an ARCA Racing Series event. That was evident on Saturday before and after the race, as the camper lots were near capacity, just like the grandstands. Many fans stayed after Saturday's race to enjoy a live concert behind the main grandstand.


Another Attempt at DuQuoin: Points leader Chris Buescher is the defending race winner as the second dirt race of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season is up next, on Sunday, October 14 in DuQuoin, Ill.

Practice for the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care will begin at 9 a.m. and last for one hour, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell starting at 11. The 100-lap, 100-mile race will take place at 1 p.m. All times are Central. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day, and ARCA Racing Network hosts Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg will deliver a live audio call for the race on the site. The race had been scheduled for Labor Day, but was postponed because of severe weather in southern Illinois.


2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards' 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.


The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama's Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota's Elko Speedway for the first time.


Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.



Griffin Hickman, ARCA

Don Radebaugh, ARCA


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September 15, 2012. Antigonish, NS – Scott Steckly returned to the Riverside International Speedway on Saturday with a previous Riverside victory under his belt and a chip on his shoulder about the win that got away last weekend in Barrie.


After a collision with another driver last weekend at the Barrie Speedway that ripped a possible first-place win from his grip, Steckly and his #22 Canadian Tire Dodge headed to Riverside with the knowledge he can win it all in Antigonish. Steckly won on September 17 last year with a textbook race – setting the pace in practice, earning pole position and eventually finishing in the top spot.

This year Steckly showed he was still a contender for a second year and after a good practice, eventually qualified 2nd.

Once the race kicked off, #22 stayed inside the top five early on, but his Canadian Tire Dodge wasn’t running up to par.

“We added a spring rubber in the left rear and made a wedge adjustment in the right rear,” he explained after the race. “It helped a bit.”

Steckly continued to run near the front of the field, strategizing to wait longer than the rest to refresh his tires. When the crew finally made the decision to pit, they made additional adjustments to try and improve the car.

“I think we went a little too far in the changes when we took the new tires,” #22 said later. “The car just got too tight towards the end.”

Steckly battled to the finish with his tighter vehicle, striving for third place up until the final corners. Unfortunately for #22, he was edged out in the eleventh hour and finished 4th.

“Not a bad result but not what we’re capable of,” he said.

After Saturday’s race, Steckly holds on to his 4th place positioning in the overall standings with 433 points, a comfortable 44-point lead over 5th place driver Ron Beauchamp Jr.

The Wilson Equipment 300 will premiere on TSN at 12 noon ET on Sat. Sept. 22 and on RDS2 at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday Oct. 17.

Saturday Sept. 22 will be the final event of the 12 race 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season at Kawartha Speedway in Peterborough, ON.  For more information please visit kawarthaspeedway.com

22 Racing is supported by the following sponsors:  Canadian Tire, Motomaster Eliminator, Sylvania, Erb Group, Mobil 1 and AW Millwrights.

For more information on Scott Steckly & 22 Racing please contact:

Linda Jones

Wide Open Motorsport Solutions

(705) 730-4044

Email: ljones@wideopensolutions.ca


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PASS North/National Series: Ben Rowe rules Beech Ridge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media contact Norm Desjardins - racewithpass@yahoo.com


Scarborough ME (9/16) Ben Rowe took advantage of a lap 281 restart to wrestle the lead away from Joey Doiron and win the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) 300 presented by Southern Maine Motors.com at Scarborough Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Sunday.


The victory was Rowe's first of 2012 and his second in PASS North's richest extra distance event. Doiron hung tough in second and Travis Benjamin finished third. Series point leader Cassius Clark raced under the checkers fourth and Trevor Sanborn returned to the track with a solid fifth.


Rowe was solid all weekend, winning his Saturday qualifier to start on the pole alongside Jay Fogleman. That pair ran one-two for the first 75 laps except for laps 29-32 when Fogleman got the best of Rowe on a restart. Rowe flexed his muscles on lap 33 and led until lap 95 when Cassius Clark took a turn at the point. Kelly Moore was having a great run and he got the best of Clark on a lap 101 restart and stayed out front through the half way mark with Benjamin up to second, Rowe third, Fogleman fourth and Clark now fifth.


Rowe claimed second just before a lap 158 caution that sent many of the front runners to the pits for tires and adjustments. Lonnie Sommerville was quickest out of the pits, rejoining the field in tenth. Meanwhile Rowe was back in control with Moore second.


The next caution ended strong the strong runs of Moore , DJ Shaw, Tony Ricci and Brad Babb . The lap 162 backstretch melee involved ten cars and ended the day for Moore,Babb, Ricci and Mike Rowe. Shaw returned briefly, finishing 20th and loosing substantial ground in the PASS North points battle.


Both Benjamin and Cassius Clark took turns at the front as the field approached the 200 lap mark. Rowe and Benjamin took on tires when the caution flew on lap 184 and Rowe beat Trevor Sanborn, Scott Mulkern and Benjamin back to the battle.


It was Sommerville and Cassius Clark leading the field to green and the preferred outside starting spot got Clark the lead, but a quick caution turned the tables and Sommerville regained control. Rowe had the freshest rubber and he was quickly moving to the front, taking the lead from Sommerville on lap 228.


Joey Doiron had a tough time on qualifying day and the spring Beech Ridge winner started the 300 26th. It was clear early on that Doiron had one of the fastest race cars on the speedway as he clawed his way up from the back of the pack. With 50 laps to go he was on the charge, second to Rowe and ready to pounce when his opportunity came. A lap 257 restart proved to be that opportunity and he took full advantage, taking the lead and looking like he might drive away from the field as Rowe and Benjamin battled for second.


But the yellow flag flew one final time and Rowe had that premium outside starting spot for the restart. Rowe reclaimed the lead he had held much of the day, crossing the stripe .322 seconds ahead of Doiron.


Thirteen of the thirty two starters completed all 300 green flag laps. Eleven caution flags slowed the race pace.


Qualifying races went to Rowe, Fogleman, and Corey Bubar, who set the race's fastest lap (15.230) before retiring early with mechanical issues. Consolation rounds were won by Glen Luce and Johnny Clark. Bill Rodgers captured the last chance qualifier.


Both the PASS North and PASS National Championship Series move on to North Woodstock New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park September 22 for 150 laps. Post time at White Mountain is 5:00 PM.


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Unofficial Results – PASS North/National Championship event - PASS 300 presented by Southern Maine Motors.com – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway – Scarborough ME – 9/16/12


1 4 Ben Rowe Turner ME 2 73 Joey Doiron Berwick ME 3 17 Travis Benjamin Morrill ME

4 77 Cassius Clark Farmington ME 5 29 Trevor Sanborn E Parsonsfield ME 6 4F Jay Fogleman Durham NC 7 48 Lonnie Sommerville NB CA 8 54 Johnny Clark Farmingdale ME 9 10 Scott Dragon Milton VT 10 53 Bill Rodgers Old Orchard Beach ME 11 84 Scott Mulkern Falmouth ME 12 7L Glen Luce Turner ME 13 7G Curtis Gerry Waterboro ME 14 2 Matt Matheson Geary NB CA 15 88 Kyle DeSouza E Providence RI 16 75 Gary Smith Bangor ME 17 8 Alan Tardiff Lyman ME 18 15 Scott Chubbuck Dresden ME 19 26 John Donahue Graniteville VT 20 60 DJ Shaw Ctr. Conway NH 21 47 Kelly Moore Scarborough ME 22 41 Brad Babb Windham ME 23 55 Tony Ricci Gorham ME 24 24 Mike Rowe Turner ME 25 87 Matt Harris Fredericton NB CA 26 79 Keith McKinnon Saco ME 27 22 Aaron Ricker Tamworth NH 28 33 David Oliver Scarborough ME 29 7 Donnie Whitten Wells ME 30 42 Corey Bubar Windham ME 31 38 Dan McKeage Gorham ME 32 16 Donnie Colpritt Scarborough ME



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Castrol TT300 à l'Autodrome St-Eustache LAPERLE VAINQUEUR ET CHAMPION 2012

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Patrick Laperle de St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, le pilote de la Fusion LaSalle Ford, a bien su gérer sa course et il a remporté les honneurs du Castrol TT300 disputé, hier après-midi à l’Autodrome St-Eustache. Pour Laperle, il s’agissait de sa quatrième victoire de la saison et son deuxième titre ACT-Castrol consécutif et son troisième en carrière. Laperle a devancé Jonathan Bouvrette qui a connu sa meilleure sortie de la saison 2012, au volant de la Chevrolet Impala/Alain Bouvrette Électrique et Karl Allard de St-Félicien de l’équipe Larue Équipement de Déneigement qui a connu sa part d’ennuis pour rebondir à la toute fin.


Malheureusement, les espoirs de Jean-François Déry de Québec se sont éclipsés de bonne heure dans la course alors qu’il a été impliqué dans le premier de nombreux accrochages au 35e passage. David Michaud de Ste-Anne-des-Plaines et Donald Theetge de Québec étaient également impliqués. Il a perdu de nombreux dans les puits pour que ses équipes puissent réparer les dégâts et il a conclu ce Castrol TT-300 en 14e place avec 30 tours de retard sur le vainqueur.


C’est sans contredit Bouvrette qui a donné le plus de fil à retordre à Laperle. D’ailleurs, c’est lui qui a mené le plus grand nombre de tours où six pilotes ont joué à la chaise musicale pour la commande dix occasions. Cette course a véritablement été un marathon de ralentissements (19) en raison de dérapages et d’accrochages et le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est qu’il n’y avait pas trop de voitures intactes à la toute fin. Plusieurs ont été contraints à l’abandon et seulement 15 voitures ont rallié la ligne d’arrivée.


Il a même fallu que l’on déploie le drapeau rouge au 112e passage pour calmer les ardeurs de certains et Tom Curley était loin d’être heureux de la tournure des événements et c’est la raison qu’il a demandé l’arrêt de la course.


Seulement six compétiteurs ont terminé sur le même nombre de tours que le vainqueur. Dany Trépanier de St-Édouard de Lotbinière, le gagnant du Showdown Bud 200, a terminé quatrième suivi de son concitoyen Patrick Hamel et la recrue de l’année, Étienne Cliche de Vallée-Jonction. Au lancement de la course, Cliche a prouvé son grand talent en menant le bal durant les 40 premiers passages en gagnant les quatre premières relances. À un certain moment, il avait plus d’un tiers de piste d’avance sur ses poursuivants dont Patrick Cliche, Allard et Bouvrette.


En six occasions, trois fois chacun, Bouvrette et Laperle se sont échangé le premier rang et c’est finalement Laperle qui a eu le dernier mot, mais Bouvrette n’a pas à rougir de sa prestation, car il a été battu par un grand champion et que son tour devrait arriver très prochainement s’il poursuit ainsi.                                                                                                   




Quant à Allard, après être venu en contact avec Bouvrette dans le quatrième virage au 277e tour, il a été obligé de repartir à l’arrière et il a tout de même réussi à remonter jusqu’en troisième position. Officieusement, son résultat jumelé avec l’abandon de Theetge, lui permettrait de clore la saison au troisième échelon.


L’accident le plus spectaculaire est survenue à la sortie du deuxième virage et impliquant les voitures de Jacques Poulin, Patrick Cliche, Alex Guénette, Simon Roussin et Steven Boissonneault qui a vu Cliche grimper sur sa monture.


Boissonneault s’est retiré tout comme Claude Leclerc, Réjean Bissonnette, Brandon White, Maxime Pelletier, Gaétan Gaudreault, Derek Lynch, Maxime Pelletier, Donald Theetge, Daniel Descoste et Sylvain Lacombe. Dans la première moitié de l’épreuve, Sylvain Lacombe de Terrebonne, le multiple vainqueur de cet événement annuel qui était parti de la 23e position, était remonté jusqu’en troisième et plusieurs le voyait déjà sur la première marche du podium, mais malheureusement pour lui, les choses se sont gâtées par la suite.


C’est à Martin Goulet de Mascouche que revient l’honneur d’avoir effectué la meilleure remontée. Parti 25e, il a terminé septième alors qu’à sa première course en LMS, le jeune Alex Guénette (15 ans) s’est classé 13e.


Ce Castrol TT300 mettait un terme à la saison 2012 de la série ACT-Castrol, mais samedi prochain, Laperle, Theetge, Déry, Trépanier, Michaud et André Beaudoin en remplacement de Karl Allard, se retrouveront au New-Hampshire Motor Speedway pour le Bond Auto Invitational.


Les autres classes

Les pilotes de la série Revstar étaient également de la partie pour la tenue de cet événement. André Manny et Jonathan Archambault ont été les gagnants des qualifications, tandis que Yannick Mathieu (59) est celui qui a remporté les honneurs de la finale en devançant Josiane Plante (97) et Gabriel Richer (10).


En Sport Compacte Lucas Oil, le pilote de Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Patrick Boucher a remporté sa première finale de la saison devant Stéphane Gauvreau (68) de St-Joseph-du-Lac et Maxime Gauvreau (95) de La Plaine. Les mesures d’une pièce de la voiture de Gauvreau (68) seront vérifiées en début de la semaine afin de confirmer sa deuxième position. Pour le gagnant Patrick Boucher, ce fut une journée parfaite, celui-ci ayant gagné sa qualification, tandis que l’autre qualification a été remportée par Lyne Valiquette (13) de Mirabel.


Le pilote de St-Léonard de Portneuf, Sylvain Denis, qui a eu la douleur de perdre son père au cours de la semaine passée, et qui lui dédiait cette course, a été le meilleur en Légende Modifiée en remportant la victoire. Sébastien Lapolice (11), de St-Adolphe et Jimmy Turcotte (25)  de Gatineau ont remporté la victoire en préliminaires.


Journée parfaite également pour Steve Ladouceur, de Ste-Agathe qui a remporté la préliminaire et la finale de la catégorie Production, Tandis qu’en Challenge 4, une deuxième victoire par défaut, suite à une pénalité infligée à la voiture #72 de Stéphane Davidson, pour le jeune Jérémie Fournier, le #64.


Toutes ces divisions de l’ANCA croiseront le fer une dernière fois de la saison le 30 septembre, lors de l’ANCA 300 (4 finales de 75 tours), à moins que dame nature s’en mêle et force les dirigeants de l’ASE à annuler le programme pour cause de pluie.


Tous les résultats et classements des divisions de l’ANCA, suite au programme du TT-300 seront sur le site web www.anca-qc.com au cours de la journée de lundi.


À ne pas rater, le reportage photographique de l’événement sur Flagworld.com






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