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Pinty's News & Notes: Saskatoon
Tagliani Goes For Western Swing Sweep on Wednesday
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 25, 2016) – Alex Tagliani showed why he belongs in the NASCAR Pinty's Series championship conversation after his dominating win on Saturday in Edmonton. He'll try to stay hot Wednesday at Saskatoon's Wyant Group Raceway.
The Lachenaie, Quebec, native enters the Prairie Velocity Thunder 250 on a two-race win streak and will try to become the first driver since Scott Steckly in 2013 to win three races in a row.
With the help of three wins, Tagliani has moved to third place in the standings – just 26 points behind leader Andrew Ranger.
The 44-year-old entered this season never winning more than one race a year and has already scored three victories in the five races he's entered so far in 2016.
While Tagliani is gaining in the driver's championship, his back-to-back wins helped propel his car owner Colin Livingston into the lead in the car owner's championship race.
RACE: Velocity Prairie Thunder 250
PLACE: Wyant Group Raceway, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
DATE: Wednesday, July 27
TIME: 7:30 p.m. MT
TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile asphalt oval
2015 WINNER: Scott Steckly
2015 POLESITTER: Scott Steckly
TRACK TWITTER: @wyantgrprace
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #VPT250
The Race: The eighth annual Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the seventh of 12 events on the 2016 NASCAR Pinty's schedule, and the lone trip to Saskatchewan and Wyant Group Raceway.
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 250 laps (83.25 miles) and will have a five-minute midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 125.
The Track: Wyant Group Raceway was constructed as a .333-mile oval with graduated banking in 2005 and opened to stock car auto racing in 2006. The track has welcomed the Pinty's Series each year since 2009.
Pole Winners: The first seven WGR races have produced four different pole winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly with two apiece. Steckly set the track qualifying record at 14.616 seconds (82.020 mph) in 2014.
Race Winners: Kennington leads active drivers with two wins. Scott Steckly owns overall record with three wins. L.P. Dumoulin earned his first oval victory in this race in 2014.
Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Notes
Tagliani Looks To Tie Mark: Alex Tagliani will try and become the third driver in the history of the Pinty's Series to win back-to-back races during the annual western trip. Scott Steckly swept both races last year and D.J. Kennington equaled that mark in 2012.
Looking For Return To Form: Two former Wyant Group Raceway winners are still looking for their first win of the season – L.P. Dumolin and DJ Kennington. Dumoulin, the most recent Wyant Group winner slated to compete Wednesday, heads into the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 having won the event in 2014. He is coming off a second place finish at Edmonton on Saturday. Kennington, who was running second at Edmonton before mechanical problems ended his night with only six laps to go, is a two-time winner at the Saskatoon track in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
Can Lapcevich Finally Get First Win?: Cayden Lapcevich has already proven he's a talented driver in the Pinty's Series. The Josten's Rookie of the Year points leader has already scored a pair of runner-up finishes and rebounded from an accident to finish third just three days ago in Edmonton. He'll go after his first win at WGR.
Busy Schedule: Wednesday's Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will be the third event in 12 days for the Pinty's Series, the most-compact portion of the 2016 event schedule. The series will get an 18-day break before resuming action at Quebec's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 14.
Touring Chase for the Colours Pole Qualifier Checks in at Peterborough Speedway
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
At the start of the season, every racer in the province has a wish list. For most, it includes earning a starting spot in the prestigious Autumn Colours Classic – presented by Lucas Oil Products – at Peterborough Speedway. Although the 24th annual edition of the event that has become known as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing doesn't take the green flag until October 7th, 8th and 9th, drivers in the OSCAAR Super Late Model, Modified, Midget and Pro Midget fields will get the chance to claim front row starting spots in the marquee show during the Touring Division Chase for the Colours pole qualifier – Saturday, July 30th – at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.
This will be the first of 2 regular season appearance for the fan favourite Super Late Models. The powerful OSCAAR machines will be back Saturday, September 3rd for a 50 lap main event as part of the annual Championship Clash. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says the division has long been a popular attraction at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City.
"We've had drivers from our regular Saturday night divisions move into the OSCAAR ranks throughout the years," said Josiasse. "Its great to have them as part of the Autumn Colours Classic and giving fans the chance to see these cars in action as part of our regular race program always draws a strong crowd."
For the Touring Chase for the Autumn Colours Classic event – Saturday, July 30th – pit gates will open at 2:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 4:00 to allow fans the chance to enjoy the pre race corn roast. The first qualifying heat will take to the track at 6:00.
Looking ahead on the schedule finds the return of the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series – along with Peterborough Speedway's Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock and Paul Davis Systems Thunder Cars, plus the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – Saturday, August 6th. The next Fan Appreciation/Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission Night – presented by Pepsi – is Saturday, August 13th. Action on the track includes 4Fun, Mini Stock, Late Model, Ontario Legends and Ontario Modifieds.
Bullring Bullet Points: A hand injury away from the track has kept Mike Wallace out of action, but the popular, hometown Late Model racer is expected back for Fan Appreciation Night. Matt Spence is also expected to make his first Late Model start of the year in the coming weeks.
Full schedule details – along with up to the minute news and results are always available atwww.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
After being kept out of action due to a hand injury, local Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model fan favourite Mike Wallace is expected to be back on the track for the Fan Appreciation/Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission Night – Saturday, August 13th – at Peterborough Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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Le 25 juillet 2016, Québec
Record de pilotes inscrits pour Saint-Félicien
C'est ce samedi 30 juillet que les pilotes de la Série Sportsman Qc Lucas Oil prendront la route en direction de l'Autodrome Saint-Félicien pour le programme Boutique Nascar.com 150.
Avec un nombre record d'inscrits de 25 pilotes, ils participeront à une course de deux fois 75 tours avec inversion des 12 premiers pilotes sur le tour du meneur.
Les séances de qualifications donneront assurément droit aux amateurs présents de voir de beaux dépassements et particulièrement la 3e où nous retrouvons 5 pilotes sur 9 dans le top 10 du classement général à qui on ajoute le #84 Martin Latulippe.
Surveillons aussi le retour en piste du #8 Yves Pelchat de Saint-Félicien qui après une période de convalescence, reprendra le volant. Pelchat avait remporté sa séance de qualification sur ce tracé qu'il connait sur le bout de ses doigts l'an dernier.
Le #16 Rock Poulin a toujours très bien performé sur l'ovale de Saint-Félicien. En effet, lors de la grande majorité de ses présences, il a réussi à se hisser sur le podium. Compétitif et rapide en piste, il est sans aucun doute un des pilotes à surveiller ce samedi.
Le #25 Pier-Luc Labbé avait été un des seuls à réussir à tenir le rythme du pilote Karl Allard lors de sa présence en 2014; parviendra-t-il à être aussi rapide et solide en piste ce samedi?
Est-ce qu'un pilote parviendra à battre le record de piste du #67 Dominic Jacques réalisé lors de la présence de la Série Sportsman Qc l'an dernier. Avec un temps de 17,589, il avait battu son propre record effectué en 2014.
Avec 25 pilotes en piste, la présence de pilotes tels que le #18 Marc Bégin, le #41 Samuel Charland, le #81 Dave Trevors, le #89 Marc Bertrand sans oublier le #17 Jimmy Nadeau et le #40 Sylvain Labbé, nous aurons droit à un spectacle à couper le souffle.
Soyez des nôtres ce samedi pour encourager nos pilotes!
Marie-Claude Levasseur, Relationniste
1e : 77
2e : 48
4e : 18
6e : 25
7e : 61
8e : 8
1e : 88
2e : 98
4e : 17
5e : 22
6e : 37
7e : 07
8e : 3
1e : 56
2e : 16
4e : 89
5e : 67
7e : 84
8e : 93
9e : 4
RAPHAËL LESSARD S'ILLUSTRE AVEC UNE TROISIÈME PLACE À INDIANNAPOLIS
Performance exceptionnelle du Beauceron contre des pilotes aguerris
INDIANNAPOLIS, Indiana, le 22 juillet 2016 – Raphaël Lessard, jeune pilote de 15 ans de Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, est arrivé en 3e position à sa première course à vie sur le prestigieux ovale de Lucas Oil Raceway à Indianapolis dans le cadre du Circle City 100 Presented by CSX Play It Safe en CRA Super Series. Qualifié en 4eposition, Raphaël a dû s'élancer de la 7e place puisque la série inverse les places sur la grille de départ, mais il a éventuellement su remonter parmi les meneurs durant cette épreuve de 100 tours.
Alors qu'il s'insérait dans le Top 3, le pilote de la Toyota Camry #99 FRL Express/Team Coach Imaging /Toyota/JBLAudio/CSX Transportation préparée par l'équipeDavid Gilliland Racing a bénéficié d'un drapeau jaune à la mi-course, ce qui l'a aidé à sécuriser sa 3e place.
On ne peut ignorer le talent d'exception de Raphaël alors qu'il se battait en piste contre des experts de stock car tels Steve Wallace et Erik Jones, pilotes aguerris de la sérier NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity et Coupe Sprint.
D'ailleurs, David Gilliland, propriétaire de l'écurie pour laquelle Raphaël court, est très fier de son protégé : « Il a fait un boulot fantastique en piste aujourd'hui, nous sommes très fiers de ce qu'il a accompli, surtout que c'était une course très difficile. Il continue de nous impressionner à chaque épreuve. Nous sommes heureux de le compter parmi nous, et nous espérons qu'il gagnera de nombreuses courses avec notre écurie! »
« La course a été dure, car je suis parti de l'intérieur et ça n'a pas été facile. La ligne intérieure était beaucoup moins rapide, mais j'avais une excellente voiture pour les dépassements à l'intérieur justement. J'ai un peu manqué la dernière relance, alors j'ai perdu 2 positions et je me suis retrouvé en 5e place derrière Steve Wallace et mon coéquipier Todd Gilliland. Il a fallu que je me batte avec eux, mais j'ai réussi à passer et à me sauver. Au final, j'ai terminé avec beaucoup d'avance sur eux » a conclu Raphaël sur sa première course en série CRA.
Quant à ses objectifs pour sa prochaine course en série CARS Super Late Model, prévue au Orange County Speedway de Rougement en Caroline du Nord, le 30 juillet prochain, « je veux encore bien réussir, comme la dernière course sur ce circuit où j'étais arrivé 2e derrière Christopher Bell. J'aimerais évidemment faire mieux! »
Nous vous invitons à visiter la page Facebook de Raphaël pour plus de détails et information sur le déroulement de ses sorties en piste, ou sur son compte Twitter@raphael_lessard. Pour des photos de Raphaël Lessard en action ou des documents de référence, veuillez cliquer sur ce lien Dropbox.
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Tagliani Stays Hot In Edmonton
Scores Second Win in a Row in as Many Weeks
WETASKIWIN, Alberta – Alex Tagliani might have missed the season opener, but halfway through the NASCAR Pinty's Series 2016 season, he's quickly becoming a contender for the championship.
Tagliani took the lead on Lap 88 and pulled away late in the caution-filled Alberta Has New Energy 300 Saturday at Edmonton International Raceway to pick up his third win of the season.
The Lachenaie, Quebec native missed the first race of the year in Bowmanville, Ontario, to compete in the Indianapolis 500, but he's quickly moved up the standings to third – now just 26 points behind leader Andrew Ranger.
L.P. Dumoulin continued his recent turnaround with his best showing of the season in second, while Josten's Rookie of the Year leader Cayden Lapcevich rebounded from an accident to finish third.
Jamie Krzysik was fourth with Mark Dilley completing the top five.
Ranger finished sixth with Alex Labbe, Kelly Admiraal, Gary Klutt and D.J. Kennington rounding out the top 10.
Kevin Lacroix won his first E3 Spark Plugs Pole Award during qualifying and led the first four laps of the race before Dilley grabbed the lead on Lap 5.
Lapcevich exchanged the lead twice with Dilley over the next 83 laps before Tagliani got to the front and never looked back.
Kennington was running second to Tagliani late in the race before a mechanical issue forced him to the pits on Lap 294.
The race was slowed nine times by caution for 74 laps.
Lapcevich was able to trim four points off of Ranger's lead in the standings and now sits nine points back (249-240). Tagliani's hot streak has enabled him to help put car owner Colin Livingston in the lead in the owner's standings by seven points over Doug Kennington (256-249).
The NASCAR Pinty's Series continues its western swing on Wednesday visiting Wyant Group Raceway for the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250.
NASCAR Pinty's Series-Alberta Has New Energy 300 Results
At Edmonton International Raceway
Lap length: 0.25 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 300 laps, 42.439 mph.
2. (5) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 300.
3. (2) Cayden Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 300.
4. (7) Jamie Krzysik, Grande Prairie, Alta., Dodge, 300.
5. (3) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Ford, 300.
6. (6) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 300.
7. (18) Alex Labbe, Victoriaville, Que., Ford, 300.
8. (8) Kelly Admiraal, Edmonton, AB, Dodge, 299.
9. (12) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 299.
10. (11) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 294.
11. (13) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Ford, 293.
12. (16) Jason Hankewich, Kindersley, Sask., Chevrolet, 289.
13. (15) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 256, accident.
14. (10) Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 225, overheating.
15. (1) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 198, radiator.
16. (9) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 142, accident.
17. (14) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 103, accident.
18. (17) Ian Admiraal, Sherwood Park, Alta., Chevrolet, 57, electrical.
Time of Race: 1 hour 46 minutes 2 seconds
Margin of Victory: 4.675 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: K.Lacroix * (69.724 mph, 12.908 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 74 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K. Lacroix 1-4; M. Dilley 5-23; C. Lapcevich 24-29; M. Dilley 30-53; C. Lapcevich 54-87; A. Tagliani 88-300.
Standings: 1. A. Ranger, 249; 2. C. Lapcevich, 240; 3. A. Tagliani, 223; 4. A. Labbe, 212; 5. K. Lacroix, 211; 6. L. Dumoulin, 210; 7. D. Kennington, 207; 8. G. Klutt, 206; 9. L. Jackson, 184; 10. J. Hathaway, 184.
Final Appeals Upheld in Dirt Late Model Dream Suspensions
Posted: 23 Jul 2016 04:16 PM PDT
CONCORD, N.C. – July 23, 2016 –World Racing Group Commission Chairman Potestas, motorsports executive John Darby, upheld penalties issued by DIRTcar following Eldora Speedway's Dirt Late Model Dream.
The #B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, #22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, #20 driven by Jimmy Owens, #33X driven by Ricky Thornton and #0 driven by Scott Bloomquist were penalized after tire samples collected at the event and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis.
Darby interviewed all five competitors, DIRTcar Officials and visited the testing facility to inspect the testing procedure.
In an effort to promote consistency for the length of suspensions, Darby decided that the final suspension should be defined by weeks, not months as prescribed in the original penalty. The original three-month suspension will now be a 12-week suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, including World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series competition. The suspensions commenced on June 21, 2016 and will now conclude on Sept. 13, 2016.
After appealing the penalties to a three-member panel and having the penalties upheld, all five competitors exercised their final appeal option to the Chairman Potestas.
For more information on DIRTcar Racing and all DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned divisions, visit DIRTcar.com. For more information on Eldora Speedway, visit EldoraSpeedway.com.
Groveton, NH- Stark NH's Shawn Swallow (04) broke through for his first North Country Ford Late Model victory and did it in fitting fashion on Swallow & Sons Concrete Mid Season Championship Night. With countless friends and family in attendance Swallow left no doubt who had the best car by winning the first and third of the three 25 lap segments and finished 3 points ahead of runner ups Derek Ming (5) and Beetle Bailey (2). A sea of people surrounded an emotional Swallow in victory lane who finally saw all his and his teams hard work pay off. Ming ended up second overall getting the spot over Bailey on the tiebreaker. Groveton's Mike Kenison (3) and Doug Laleme (74) completed the top 5.
After struggling in the opening Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman segment, Craftsbury, VT's Joel Hodgdon (36vt) and the car he affectionately refers to as "Stupid" went into beast mode winning the final 2 segments and claiming his second straight victory and third of the season. Family was the key word of the day at Speedway 51 as Hodgdon celebrated in victory lane with his fiancé and his baby girl. Despite a strong runner up finish by Brendon Moodie (94) the Wolcott, VT driver surrendered the points lead to Hodgdon with double points on the line. Newcomer Doug Crowningshield (14) just edged out fellow 1st timer Jason Woodard (68) for third Place while Colby Bourgois (82) rounded out the top 5.
Jaden Perry (92) of Hardwick, VT capitalized on a win in the Schweppes Street Stocks first segment and a fourth place finish in the second to take his first victory of 2016 edging out Duxbury, VT's Reilly Lanphear (21). Point leader Bunker Hodgdon (83) was able to recover from a tough first segment where he got together with Lanphear while racing for second to take home third overall edging Jared Plumley (12) on the tie breaker. Dylan Laleme (4) secured a top 5 finish with a win in segment 2.
Garrett LaBounty (76) won his second race in a row and took sole possession of the points lead in the A.B. Excavating Dare Devil division. Labounty got to the front of the field on the outside line and after battling Evan Hallstrom (1) for a handful of laps he was able to make his way to the front and would hold on for the win. Hallstrom was able to keep the hard charging Kasey Beattie (45) behind him after a late restart to finish second. Josh Plumley (12) finished fourth followed by Scottie Tibbetts (04).
Robbie Curtis (8) beat a firld of 13 to win the second race of the White Mountain Community College Pure Stocks 5 race Shoot Out. Curtis started fifth in the feature but quickly got to the front, after a couple laps he was able to get around Kevin Keane (07) and he wouldn't look back. Keane came home second despite having a tire going down on the last lap. Todd Derrington got to the bumper of Keane in the final corner but had to settle for third. Nate Swallow (04) and Jaime Swallow Sr (11) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
More info at www.speedway51int.com