In 2009, the Canadian NASCAR series was in its third season. With Canadian Tire as the primary sponsor, NASCAR had developed a successful format that attracted competitors and fans.

There were some changes to the 2009 schedule – mainly the order of the race weekends. The title chase started at Autodrome St. Eustache and was followed by a race at Delaware Speedway which replaced the event previously conducted at Cayuga Speedway. Next up was the first road course event of the year at Mosport. There would be an additional event held at this facility – a race on the oval track in August. After Mosport, teams made their second visit to Autodrome St. Eustache. The western swing included races at Vernon, Edmonton and Saskatoon. Saskatoon replaced the second date held by Cayuga Speedway in 2008. The crews traveled east to events in Quebec – Trois Rivieres and Montreal. Then it was back to Ontario and Barrie Speedway with the penultimate round taking place at Riverside Speedway in Nova Scotia. The championship would end in late September at Kawartha Speedway. In total, there were thirteen race weekends and the series would visit twelve different tracks in six provinces.

The cars competing in the championship are constructed to specifications and rules typical of most stock car series. The chassis is a steel tube frame design covered with a fiberglass body and is required to weigh no less than 3000-lbs. Body styles are from manufacturers such as Dodge (Avenger), Pontiac (Grand Prix), Ford (Fusion) and Chevrolet (Monte Carlo SS). Engine type and displacement are dictated by the make and model of the vehicle. The carbureted eight-cylinder motors produce approximately 650-horsepower. Depending on the gearing, these cars are estimated to have a top speed of 160-mph.

Round nine of the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series took place on the eleven-turn 1.530-mile Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in the 41st running of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Twenty-nine drivers line-up for forty-three-laps around the eleven-turn 1.530-mile temporary street course at Trois Rivieres. On the pole is open-wheel racer, Alex Tagliani making a special appearance in the No. 03 Canadian Tire sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. Sharing the front row with Tagliani is the Dodge Avenger driven by D.J. Kennington. The third and fourth fastest qualifiers were Andrew Ranger and Anthony Simone.
Turn one on the first lap and local Trois-Rivieres resident, J.F. Dumoulin driving the Group Bellemare sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS tangles with the Active Green + Ross Ford Fusion of Robin Buck. With visible damage to the suspension, Buck’s Ford was transported to corner two on a flatbed. The damage Dumoulin’s Chevrolet also forced him to retire before completing a lap.
The 2007 champion, Andrew Ranger entered the Trois-Rivieres event with the point’s lead. Ranger’s season included victories Mosport, Vernon, Edmonton and on the Mosport oval. At Trois-Rivieres, he qualified third but moved into second place at the start of the contest. Ranger battled with Tagliani until Tagliani lost an engine on lap-25. A green-white-checker was required end the race but Ranger held on for the win.
Former open-wheel racer, Anthony Simone transitioned to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in 2008. It was a dismal debut for the rookie as his number of retirements exceeded his finishes. 2009 got off to a much better start for Simone. In round three at the Mosport road course, he started sixth and took the runner-up spot. At Trois-Rivieres, Simone was fourth quickest in qualifying and grabbed another second-place finish.
At Trois-Rivieres, D.J. Kennington matched his best qualifying performance of the season – second. Kennington also started on the outside of the front row at St. Eustache and Vernon. In the qualifying session, he was just 0.338-seconds slower than the pole-sitter, Alex Tagliani. Kennington ran in the top-five for most of the contest and finished third. Steckly’s retirement gave him the runner-up spot in the standings.
Former Formula 1 and Indianapolis 500 champion, Jacques Villeneuve made his second start in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Trois-Rivieres. Villeneuve’s first event was at St. Eustache where he crashed on the first lap. At Trois-Rivieres, he fared much better and was fifth quickest in the qualifying session. During the race, Villeneuve maintained contact with the leaders and finished fourth.
Ron Beauchamp, Jr. drove the No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1 sponsored Dodge Avenger. The highlight of Beauchamp’s season thus far was a runner-up finish in round two at Delaware. With only one finish outside the top-ten after eight events, he was fourth in points. Another steady performance at Trois-Rivieres netted Beauchamp a fifth-place result and moved him to third in the Drivers’ standings.
Open wheel driver, Alex Tagliani joined the series in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo sponsored by the local Canadian Tire Dealers. In qualifying, Tagliani set a new lap record and started on the pole. At the start, he jumped into the lead but was challenged by Andrew Ranger. He lost the lead to Ranger on lap-8 but was back out front four-circuits later. Unfortunately for Tagliani, his race ended on lap-25 when he lost an engine.
Defending NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion, Scott Steckly had two victories to his credit and was second in the Driver’s points chase heading into Trois-Rivieres. In qualifying, he was seventh quickest. Unfortunately for Steckly, the Canadian Tire sponsored Dodge Avenger stopped on track after completing only twelve laps. He retired with a transmission issue.

FINISHSTARTDRIVERSSPONSOR / CARLAPSRETIREMENTS
12Andrew RangerWAL-MART/Tide / Ford Fusion43-
24Anthony SimoneCrown Modular/United Lumber / Chevrolet Monte Carol SS43-
32D.J. KenningtonMahindra Tractor/Castrol / Dodge Avenger43-
45Jacques VilleneuveTide/Walmart / Ford Fusion43-
58Ron Beauchamp, Jr.Mopar/Mobil 1 / Dodge Avenger43-
612Kerry MicksBeyond Digital Imaging / Ford Fusion43-
716Jeff LapcevichTim Hortons / Chevrolet Impala SS43-
86Don Thomson, Jr.Home Hardware / Chevrolet Impala SS43-
914Joey HanssenPrime Champ / Dodge Avenger43-
1021Kent NuhnThe Fuel Genie / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS43-
1127Cale GaleRheem Canada / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS43-
1211L.P. DumoulinMaskimo/Sanavrac / Dodge Avenger43-
1325Andre CoursolCarquest Canada/Castrol / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS43-
1428Derek WhiteOCR Gaz Bar / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS42-
1523Jason WhiteA&W/Zimmer-Wheaton GMC / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS41-
1613Jason HathawaySnap-on Tools/Vortex Brake Pads / Dodge Avenger37-
1719Patrice BriseboisL'equipeur/Dreams Take Flight / Dodge Avenger32-
1820Jarrad WhissellSMS Equipment/Komatsu / Ford Fusion32-
1910Mark DilleyDodge/Leland Industries / Dodge Avenger32Rear End
2024Howie Scannell, Jr.Lucas Oil/RC Trailers / Dodge Avenger30Off Track
2122Dave WhitlockDickies/NMT / Dodge Avenger28Rear End
221Alex TaglianiCanadian Tire Motomaster / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS25Engine
2326Dexter StaceyWJS Motorsports / Pontiac Grand Prix25Suspension
2418Pierre BourqueWoundedWarriors.ca / Dodge Avenger21Transmission
2529David ThorndykeThorsons EVT/iRacing.com / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS16Rear End
269Trevor SeibertLake Excavating/Avion Motorsports / Ford Fusion13Engine
277Scott StecklyCanadian Tire/Tow Truck in a Box / Dodge Avenger12Transmission
2815J.F. DumoulinGroup Bellemare / Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS0Accident
2917Robin BuckActive Green+Ross/Durabody / Ford Fusion0Accident


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