Tagliani Returns to Track He Dominated in Win Last Year

NASCAR Pinty's News & Notes: Sunset

Tagliani Returns to Track He Dominated in Win Last Year


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Pinty's Series will return to Sunset Speedway for the second consecutive year this Saturday for the Leland Industries 300 presented by Dickies and Alex Tagliani hopes this year's race is a repeat of last year's dominating performance.

Tagliani took the lead on Lap 108 and never looked back on the way to his second career series win. He also made series history by becoming the first driver the 10 seasons of the series to lap the entire field during a race with the win.

The Lachenaie, Quebec, native scored his lone other series win on the road course in Edmonton in 2008.

Tagliani passed teenager Cayden Lapcevich during a long green-flag stretch on the .333-mile oval that enabled him to drive away from the field for his first career oval track win. The popular racing veteran was making his 27th career start in the series. He had previously scored a win at Wisconsin's Road America in the open-wheel CHAMP Car Series.

He'll have plenty of competition if he hopes to compete.

Jason Hathaway picked up a pair of wins on ovals last year and ran second to Tagliani at Sunset. And Cayden Lapcevich finished third at his home track as a 16-year-old after leading more than 40 laps. Rookie Josh Collins will make his first career start in the NPS this Saturday at Sunset and will be joined by fellow Jostens Rookie of the Year contender Kevin Lacroix.


RACE: Leland Industries 300 pres. by Dickies
PLACE: Sunset Speedway, Innisfil, Ont.
DATE: Saturday, June 18
TIME: 6:30 p.m. ET
TELECAST: TSN2 – June 25 at Noon. ET; RDS2 – July 9 at 10:30 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile asphalt oval
2015 POLESITTER: Gary Klutt
2015 RACE WINNER: Alex Tagliani
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Final Practice 12:30-1 p.m., Qualifying 3 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 4:20 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Spencer Lewis, 416-856-3730limpertwo@hotmail.com
TRACK TWITTER: @Sunset_Speedway
NASCAR CONTACT: Tim Southers, 386-235-3634,tsouthers@nascar.com, Twitter: @Tsouth1968


Fast Facts:

The Race: The Leland Industries 300 presented by Dickies will be the second of 12 events on the NASCAR Pinty's Series schedule, and the second consecutive season for the NPS to visit Sunset Speedway.

The Procedure:
 The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will have secured starting positions through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 300 laps (100 miles) and is an impound race with two change tires allowed.

The Track:
 Sunset Speedway opened in 1968 as a quarter-mile oval. The track was resurfaced and expanded to .333-miles in 2009.

Leland 300 presented by Dickies Notes:

Klutt Will Try and Make It Two-For-Two: NASCAR Next driver Gary Klutt was able to capture the pole for the Leland Industries 300 presented by Dickies for the second consecutive season. Klutt, who picked up his first career win last year in the season opener at CTMP, started from the pole and finished sixth at Sunset last season.


Home Track Advantage: Track manager and NPS competitor Mark Dilley may have more local knowledge than any driver in the field, but he's not the only one with experience there. Jostens Rookie of the Year candidate Lapcevich has also competed at the Ontario oval in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and won the track's super stock division title in 2014.

Clean Race Helped Tagliani Lap FIeld:
 Tagliani set a blistering pace last year at Sunset, and was also assisted by a relatively clean race on the short track. The race was slowed on Lap 9 for a two car accident and the race went back to green flag conditions on Lap 20. By the time the third caution flag waved on Lap 288 for a multi-car spin, Tagliani had put the rest of the field a lap down.

Home Tracks: Shepherd Enjoys Early Season Lead at Sunset

Although was unseated last year as Ontario's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series provincial champion Gord Shepherd is off to a good start this season in his attempt to win his second provincial title in three years. Shepherd has yet to visit Victory Lane this season, however, the veteran has used four top-five finishes to enjoy an eight-point lead over Jason Hathaway in the standings (128-120). Last year's Ontario champion and third-place finisher in the overall NWAAS championship standings – Taylor Holdaway – sits third with a pair of wins and 102 points as of the June 5 standings.


Tim Southers
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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PASS South And SMRS Mods To Kickoff Doubleheader Weekend At Anderson

PASS South And SMRS Mods To Kickoff Doubleheader Weekend At Anderson


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CHARLOTTE, NC (June 14) – For the first time in series history, the Pro All Stars (PASS) South Super Late Models will compete on back-to-back nights this weekend.  The PASS Carolina Doubleheader will see the South's original Super Late Model tour compete on Friday night at Anderson Motor Speedway in upstate South Carolina, then move across the border on Saturday night to Hickory Motor Speedway.

The Electric City Twin 125's is one of the biggest shows to hit Anderson Motor Speedway, as both the PASS South Super Late Models and Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Tour Modifieds will compete on Friday night.  This year's race will once again fall on Father's Day weekend, making it a very special event for all the drivers that will be competing.

Last year, third-generation driver Jared Irvan held off Roger Lee Newton and Clay Rogers to score his first career PASS South Super Late Model win.  Irvan hopes to return to victory lane this weekend, along with his famous dad, 1991 Daytona 500 winner, Ernie.

"Last year was really special and I would like to go back there and do the same thing," says Irvan, who carries the same paint scheme on his black #28 that Ernie raced in the late 1990s.  "At Anderson you really have to save your tires and get that straight exit off the corner.  You've gotta just stay sucked on the bottom, the lower you get the better you go.  It seems like the lower you are on that track the better your tires wear, so it's really important to hit your line every lap."

For the final time prior to the 14th Annual North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway in November, the SMRS Tour Modifieds will join the PASS South contingent on Friday at Anderson.  In 2012, Brandon Ward claimed his second career PASS South Super Late Model win there and hopes to return to victory lane on Friday night, but this time, in his SMRS Modified.  Plus as an added bonus, Ward and his competitors will be competing for the Precision Built Spindles Pole Award paying $150 to the fast qualifier.

"I expect the SMRS race at Anderson to be really good," says Ward, driver of the kpmoto.com/Foothill Ford #19.  "It's a unique racetrack with very little grip.  Combine that with very hot temperatures, it could turn out to be who has the most tire left at the end and not necessarily the best car.  In the past with the PASS Supers, Anderson has normally had a bottom and middle groove that enabled us to race side-by-side and move around a lot."  

As Irvan looks to defend his win from a year ago, PASS South points leaders, Kodie Conner and Matt Craig will be seeking their first career wins, as well as veterans Jimmy Doyle, Trey Jarrell, Jody Measamer, and Lee Hansard.  Dalton Sargeant's busy week will continue at Anderson, along with fellow Floridians, Jeff and Tyler Scofield.  Wes Burton will make his second start of the season and former PASS Pro Late Model racer, Jacob Schneider, will make his Super Late Model debut.

All the action gets under way on Thursday at Anderson Motor Speedway with an optional practice for PASS Super Late Models only from 5:30 PM – 8 PM.  On Friday, practice will begin at 3 PM with qualifying starting at 6 PM, followed by the Pit Party, and main events going green at 8 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, SMRS Tour Modifieds, USAC Eastern Midgets, B-M Modifieds, and Front Wheel Drive.

PASS South Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedules for Anderson Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and Modifieds and boasts such marquee events as the legendary HP Hood Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.


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Cranking Up the Season’s Hottest Action at Peterborough Speedway


Cranking Up the Season's Hottest Action at Peterborough Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


With summer's arrival just around the corner, the year's biggest shows at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved are still to come.


Things are starting to heat-up and multiple wins, combined with some competitive runs have the early-season point chases in each of Peterborough Speedway's weekly racing divisions are tighter than ever. Drivers are looking to gain any advantage possible that could lead their team to the 2016 track championship. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says it's a great time to be a fan at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City.


"We've had several caution-free main events and 30 lap feature races decided by the length of a front bumper," said Josiasse. "From week-to-week, there's no telling who might be the next participant to find their way to Dart Heating & Air Conditioning victory lane. New fan favourites are emerging as each lap clicks off the scoreboard and the pack battles for the checkered flag."


Don't miss your chance to see what all the excitement is about as the INEX Ontario Legends Series joins the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car and Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model divisions Saturday, June 18th.


Looking ahead on the schedule finds the annual Autism Awareness Night – Saturday, June 25th – with the Can Am TQ Midgets, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Late Model and Legends classes, with Kid's Barrel Races at intermission. For each event, pit gates will open at 3:00 with the spectator areas unlocked at 5:00 and the night's first qualifying heat at 6:00.


Full schedule details, along with up to the minute news and results are always available at www.peterboroughspeedway.com, by liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


2011 Autumn Colours Classic winner Chris Mitchell (#22) battles former track champion Bryan Sudsbury during Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model action at Peterborough Speedway.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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Tagliani se joint à la liste relevée de pilotes


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Le 14 juin 2016, Vallée-Jonction

Tagliani se joint à la liste relevée de pilotes

Après les frères Dumoulin, Alex Labbé et Andrew Ranger, c'est une fierté de pouvoir compter parmi nous lors du programme de ce weekend à l'Autodrome ChaudièreVallée-Jonction le pilote vétéran #18 Alex Tagliani

Faisant ses débuts en karting de 1987 à 1994, celui que l'on surnomme affectueusement « Tag » accède rapidement aux classes supérieures. D'abord en Formule Ford 1600 ainsi qu'en Formule Atlantic où il obtient plusieurs victoires ce qui le fait terminer en 3e position en 1997. 

En 2000, Tag accède au Champ Car au sein de l'écurie Player's Forsythe. Dès ses débuts, il s'affirme comme un étant un des pilotes les plus prometteurs de la série. Après avoir fait plusieurs coups d'éclat, mais ne parvenant pas à atteindre le podium, c'est en 2004, lors de l'épreuve Road America qu'il décroche sa toute première victoire en Champ Car (CART) alors qu'il évolue au sein de l'écurie Rocketsports

En 2007 il débute dans la série Nascar Canadian Tire avec Jacombs Racing et ce pendant 2 ans. Sur 25 départs, il obtiendra 9 top10, 5 pôles et 1 victoire. 

Alex Tagliani n'a plus de preuves à faire dans le Stock Car et ce sera un privilège de le compter par nous ce samedi alors que nombreux seront les pilotes en piste à se battre pour la victoire

Vous avez vous procurer vos billets en prévente en communiquant avec André Poulin au 581-998-7388.

Marie-Claude Levasseur, Relationniste

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