NASCAR Pinty’s Series Tour Statistical Advance: CTMP

NASCAR Pinty's Series Tour Statistical Advance: CTMP

Analyzing the Can-Am 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 31, 2016) – The with just three races remaining in the 2016 NASCAR Pinty's Series season, all eyes will be on the top five drivers in the points standings. The series returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for the second time this season and the world-class facility has hosted the NPS more than any other track (13). Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:


Can-Am 200 Race Setup:
• Andrew Ranger will look to add to his record 22 series wins this weekend and regain the lead in the points standings he lost to Cayden Lapcevich after the series' most recent race at Riverside.
• D.J. Kennington's average finish of fourth is the best among all active drivers at the road course.
• A total of 10 Josten's Rookie of the Year competitors are slated to compete in the race this Sunday.


At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:

• Opened in 1961 as Mosport Park. The name Mosport was a contraction of motor sport.
• Has played host to the American Le Mans Series, CASCAR Super Series, Can-Am, Formula 1, IndyCar, Tudor United SportsCar and USAC Champ Car, among others, through the years.
• Welcomed the NASCAR Pinty's Series for the first time on June 17, 2007 in an event won by Andrew Ranger.
• Was renamed from Mosport International Raceway to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in February 2012.
• Held its inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Sept. 1, 2013, won by Chase Elliott.


• CTMP has welcomed the NPSS 13 times previously, the most events any track has held since the series began competition in 2007.
• This is the fourth season in a row that CTMP will hold two NPS road course events after single races there from 2007-12.
• Three drivers (Jason Hathaway, D.J. Kennington and Kerry Micks) have participated in all 13 previous events, and three are expected to extend the streak this weekend.
• The 13 previous races have produced six different winners, led by J.R. Fitzpatrick's five.
• There have been six different pole winners in the 13 contests, led by Andrew Ranger's six.
• There has yet to be a wire-to-wire victory at CTMP, but two of Ranger's wins were earned from the pole, as was Gary Klutt's last in 2015.
• Fitzpatrick was the youngest CTMP race winner at 20 years, 1 month and 6 days in 2008.
• L.P. Dumoulin was the oldest CTMP victor at 34 years, 6 months and 11 days in 2013.


Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Data
Race #:  10 of 12 overall, 2 of 2 at CTMP
Track Layout:  2.459-mile, 10-turn road course
Race Length:  51 laps (125.4 miles, 201.8 kilometers)
Telecast: TSN - Sun., Sept. 11, 2 p.m.; RDS2 - Tues., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. ET 


Qualifying/Race Data
2015 Race Winner:  Jason Hathaway, Dodge, 76.108 mph, 1 hr. 38 mins. 52 secs.
2015 Pole Winner:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 106.904 mph, 82.807 secs.
Qualifying Record:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 106.904 mph, 82.807 secs., 8/30/15


Active Category Leaders at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:

1. Andrew Ranger … 3
2. L.P. Dumoulin … 2
3. D.J. Kennington … 1
    Gary Klutt … 1


1. Andrew Ranger … 6
2. Gary Klutt … 1
    Alex Labbe … 1


Top Fives
1. D.J. Kennington … 12
2. L.P. Dumoulin … 6
    Andrew Ranger … 6


Top 10s
1. D.J. Kennington … 13
2. Andrew Ranger … 9
3. Robin Buck … 8


Laps Led
1. Andrew Ranger … 89
2. L.P. Dumoulin … 53
3. Jason Hathaway … 37


Laps Completed
1. D.J. Kennington … 659 (all)
2. Kerry Micks … 641
3. Andrew Ranger … 543


Select Driver Highlights:
L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

• The 2014 NPS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 28 top fives and 43 top 10s in 68 career starts.
• This will be his ninth appearance at CTMP with two wins, six top-five and seven top-10s.
• Finished fourth in last year's final season standings.
• This will be his 10th appearance at CTMP.


Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Raybestos/Fast Eddie/Choko/HGC Chevrolet)
• Has eight wins and 71 top 10s in 118 career starts. Is one of two drivers that have participated in every race in NPS history.
• Finished a career-best second in last year's final season standings.
• This will be his 14th appearance at CTMP with one win, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes.


D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NPS champion. Maintains series records for top fives (75) and top 10s (98), and is one of two drivers to start each of the 118 all-time events.
• Ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (2,820) and ranks fifth in poles (11).
• Sits seventh in points after nine races with eight top 10s and a best finish of third at CTMP.
• Finished seventh in last year's final season standings.
• Has one win, a series best 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in his previous 13 appearances at CTMP. He's never finished below seventh at the road course.


Gary Klutt (No. 59 Pioneer Tools/CLT Financing Corp. Dodge)
• Has a win, a pole and 16 top 10s in 25 career NPS starts. Both the pole and win came in last year's season-opener at CTMP.
• Finished fifth in last year's final season standings winning Josten's Rookie of the Year honors.
• The NASCAR Next driver has scored four top-10s in six previous starts at CTMP.


Alex Labbe (No. 36 Cam-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's BBQ Ford)
• Has one win (Chaudiere – 2016) five poles, nine top fives and 14 top 10s in 24 career starts. 
• Has top-10 finishes in three of his five appearances this year.
• Has nine top 10s with an average finish of 11th in 13 career road course starts.
• This will be his third start at CTMP. Labbe won the pole for the Victoria Day weekend race at CTMP in May and finishes fifth for his lone top-five finish so far at the facility.


Kevin Lacroix (No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/Total/Go Fast Dodge)
• Has two poles, three wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 15 career starts. 
• Recorded two wins in seven starts during his debut season in 2015. Won road races at Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Won from the pole at Trois-Rivieres for the second year in a row in August.
• Is the first driver in series history to record two victories in rookie season.
• Became the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race last season at ICAR.
• This will be his fourth appearance at CTMP.


Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge)
• Has made 14 career starts in the NASCAR Pinty's Series and recorded his first career win at Wyant Group Raceway in July. He picked up his second win two weeks ago in Riverside.
• Enters this race leading the NPS points standings for the first time in his young career by 12 points over Andrew Ranger (373-361).
• Recorded his first top-five finish at CTMP in May and has two top-10 finishes in three previous starts at the Bowmanville course.


Kerry Micks (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
• Has three wins, four poles, 31 top fives and 55 top 10s in 91 career starts.
• Has made five previous starts this year. Best finish was fifth in the return to the road course in Toronto.
• Has two wins, a pole, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 10.5 in 37 career road course starts.
• Has participated in all 12 CTMP races and has an average finish of 12th with a best run of second (2008).


Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series' all-time leader in wins at 22 and holds the record for the poles with 19. Has 53 top fives and 77 top 10s in 92 career starts.
• Finished third in last year's final season standings.
• Has three wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes with a series best six pole awards in 11 previous starts at CTMP.


Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Riobel/Complexe JCP/Juste du Chevrolet)
• Has five wins, six poles and 16 top fives, 26 top 10s in 42 career NPS starts.
• Three of his five wins at have come on the ovals (Sunset Speedway 2015-16, Edmonton).
• In three previous starts at CTMP, he has one top five and two top-10 finishes.


Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the first for new series sponsor Pinty's and the 10th overall for the Canadian-based NASCAR division.
• The 2016 schedule features 12 races at 11 different tracks across five provinces and a return to the road course in Toronto as part of the IndyCar weekend in July.
• Quebec native Andrew Ranger took the lead on the penultimate lap of the season opening race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to score the win.
• Alex Tagliani made Quebec drivers two-for-two this season after he won the Leland Industries 300 at Sunset Speedway for his third career series victory.
• Alex Labbe won from the pole last weekend in an exciting finish with rookie Cayden Lapcevich. It was Labbe's first career win.
• Andrew Ranger retook the points lead and also became the first multi-race winner of the season with his third win at ICAR two weeks ago.
• Alex Tagliani was able to hold off Andrew Ranger in a green-white-checkered finish in the series return to the road course in Toronto for his second win of the season.
• Alex Tagliani took the lead on Lap 88 and remained out front the rest of the way to score his second consecutive win and third of the season at Edmonton. Tagliani will try and become the first driver since Scott Steckly in 2013 to win three NPS races in a row.
• After finishing second twice earlier this season, Josten's Rookie of the Year contender Cayden Lapcevich scored his first series win at Wyant Group Raceway. He also became the youngest winner in the history of the series.
• Kevin Lacroix set a new track record in qualifying and went on to lead every lap at Trois-Rivieres to pick up his second straight win at the historic road course and third win of his career.
• Rookie Cayden Lapcevich took the lead from Jason Hathaway with 10 laps remaining to score his second win of the season and overtake the points lead in the process.


Tim Southers
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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GRANDE FINALE du championnat ACT propulsé par Viau Ford

GRANDE FINALE du championnat ACT propulsé par Viau Ford

C’est samedi le 3 septembre à l’Autodrome Montmagny qu’on connaitra le dénouement de la saison ACT propulsée par Viau Ford avec le couronnement de son champion de l’édition 2016. Patrick Laperle est l’actuel meneur avec 730 points, son objectif c’est un 4e championnat ACT Québec, rien de moins, il détient présentement 15  points d’avance sur son plus proche rival, Donald Theetge. L’intensité sera à son comble ce samedi entre les deux meneurs, Theetge n’entend pas terminer deuxième. On pourrait assister à une lutte à trois puisque Dany Trépanier, le champion défendant, n’a pas renoncé au titre. Il croit encore à ses chances malgré un écart de 25 points, selon lui tout est encore possible. Pour Jean-François Déry 4e au championnat ça sera difficile de ravir le titre avec 33 points d’écart ses chances sont surtout mathématiques à moins d’une catastrophe parmi les meneurs mais Déry vise la victoire, il pourrait devenir un acteur important dans l’issue du championnat.

Un peloton relevé pour la dernière épreuve de la saison
Ce n’est pas moins de 23 pilotes qui ont signifié leur intention de participer à la dernière épreuve de la saison, une course de 100 tours présentée à l’Autodrome Montmagny. Les réguliers, tous des fiers pilotes comme Jonathan Bouvrette, Martin Goulet Jr, Simon Roussin, Daniel Bergeron, Gaétan Longtin ainsi que le vétéran Claude Leclerc ont l’intention de terminer sur une bonne note afin de revenir en force l’an prochain.

Deux pilotes talentueux font leur début en ACT. 
Il s’agit de Samuel Charland, pilote de Sportsman Québec qui sera à bord de la deuxième voiture préparée par Jean-François Déry et  Éric Gagnon, qui a évolué cette saison en Sportsman ASE, prendra le volant de la deuxième voiture de Dany Trépanier. Deux pilotes rapides qui voudront s’imposer. 
L’action ne manquera pas car d’autres pilotes veulent aussi en mettre plein la vue, on n’a qu’à penser à Michaël Lavoie, un pilote qui possède beaucoup d’expérience en Stock Car. Patrick Cliche, Gaétan Gaudreau, Carl Poulin, Marc-André Cliche et le duo de frère Jean et Marco Bilodeau, tous des pilotes qu’il faudra surveiller. 
Vous voulez voir de l’action, vous voulez savoir qui sera champion de ACT 2016 ? Alors, c’est un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer ce samedi à l’Autodrome Montmagny. 
Yvan Provencher pour ACT Québec propulsé par Viau Ford

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Labor Day Weekend at Airborne

Labor Day Weekend at Airborne
PLATTSBURGH- Labor Day Weekend is upon us and that means the racing season is winding down at Airborne Park Speedway. Just four point counting events remain for the three regular racing divisions.
            The Ernie's Discount Tools Sportsman Modifed point battle is coming down to four-time defending champion, Nick Heywood and the veteran racing professor, Bucko Branham. Heywood leads the division with eight wins and 908 points. Branham has collected three wins and 889 points, 19 out of the top spot. This weekend, the Sportsman Modifieds will run double features and will be a perfect opportunity for Branham to cut into the differential between himself and Heywood.
            50 laps will be the scheduled distance this weekend for the Jeffords Steel Renegade Division. The all-time winningest driver in the division, Robert Gordon has three wins and 759 points to lead the division. Defending champion, Richie Turner, also has three wins but sits 29 points back with 730.
            The Busch Beer Mini Modifieds will run double features this weekend. Dale O'Neil has dominated the division, picking up 11 wins on the season and accumulating 821 points. Josh LaPorte sits second in points with three wins and 772 points.
            Racing action begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, with gates opening at 4 p.m. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. Admission prices for the Labor Day show will be $12 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and $25 for two adults and two children.

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