In September 2006, NASCAR announced the purchase of Canada’s premier stock car series - CASCAR.
They also revealed a long-term sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Tire Corporation.
The series debuted in 2007 at Cayuga Speedway.
The first season included many of the teams that had previously participated in the CASCAR series.
The 2014 championship opened at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as it had done since 2012. The schedule looked much as it had in 2013. The opening round was followed by two events in Quebec - Autodrome Chaudiere and Circuit ICAR. The series then headed to western Canada and competed at Edmonton International Raceway and the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon. Then the championship returned to Quebec for races at Autodrome Saint-Eustache and Circuit Trois-Rivieres. Next on the schedule were Riverside International Speedway and the second visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The season finale was held at Kawartha Speedway.
The series cars are constructed to specifications and rules common to 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, Challenger and Charger), Ford (Fusion) and Chevrolet (Monte Carlo and Impala SS). Engine type and displacement are dictated by the make and model of the vehicle. The carbureted eight-cylinder motors produce approximately 650-horsepower.
Round one of the eleven contested during the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire season, took place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The race was held in May on the Victoria Day long weekend.
Twenty-eight drivers were scheduled to compete for fifty-one laps (201.8-kilometers) around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course in the Clarington 200. However, a late race caution caused the event to go into overtime and set up a green-white-checkered flag finish. As a result, the contest ran for fifty-four laps.
|A penalty for the fastest qualifier, Andrew Ranger, moved J.R. Fitzpatrick to the top starting position. Fitzpatrick made the most of the opportunity and led the pack of twenty-eight NASCAR Canadian Tire competitors into turn one. Hot on his heels is the No. 76 Dodge of Jeff Lapcevich who qualified third but started on the outside of the front row.|
|Series veteran, Jeff Lapcevich was not only an experienced stock car racer but had many miles under his belt competing in showroom stock endurance road racing series. This made Lapcevich very versatile and was always a threat to win on a road course. It was no surprise to those in the know that he qualified third and was in the runner-up position at the finish.|
|Another experienced road racer in the field was Robin Buck. Buck’s car racing career began with Formula Fords. He was only running a partial schedule which included the two events at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Buck made the most of the appearance – he started seventh in the No. 66 Quaker State Dodge and captured the final position on the podium.|
|Andrew Ranger qualified on the pole but was had to start in the twenty-fourth position after the crew made unauthorized adjustments in impound. Ranger moved into the top-ten early in the race. But the weekend continued to go downhill for the two-time series champion. He lost time when he had to pit for an ignition issue. Ranger finished three laps behind the leaders in twenty-first place.|
|L.P. Dumoulin scored his first NASCAR Canadian Tire win at Canadian Tire Motorsport. It seemed only natural that his initial victory would occur on a road course as Dumoulin join the series after a successful open wheel career. In the season opener, he started from the fifth position on the grid and after fifty-four laps of racing was fourth.|
|Since the series inception, D.J. Kennington had won two championships (2010 and 2012), been the runner-up four times and finished third in the final standings once. Kennington’s results could be attributed to his speed and his ability to consistency finish events and finish them at or near the top of the results sheet. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he was fifth at the checkered flag after a thirteenth place start.|
|A pleasant surprise at the conclusion of the event was the performance of Hugo Vannini. In 2013, Vannini, driving the VTI Motorsports Ford Fusion competed in ten of the twelve scheduled races. His best finish during the season was an eighth at Delaware. In the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he topped that result with a seventh after starting twentieth.|
|Jason Hathaway was one of three drivers that had started all the NASCAR Canadian Tire races since 2007 – the other two being – Scott Steckly and D.J. Kennington. In the opening round, he was as quick as ever, qualifying in the fourth grid position. Unfortunately, for Hathaway and the team he retired on lap-35 with an engine issue – he was classified twenty-fourth.|
|J.R. Fitzpatrick won the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2012 and he was victorious again in 2014. Fitzpatrick was the second fastest qualifier but started first when the pole-sitter, Andrew Ranger, was penalized for an unapproved change to the car. Fitzpatrick dominated the contest – leading forty-nine of the fifty-four laps on his way to the checkered flag.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVERS||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||2||J.R. Fitzpatrick||Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet||54||-|
|2||3||Jeff Lapcevich||Tim Hortons Dodge||54||-|
|3||7||Robin Buck||Quaker State Dodge||54||-|
|4||5||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare / Dodge||54||-|
|5||13||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge||54||-|
|6||12||Kerry Micks||Johnsonville/Leland/Go Tire Ford||54||-|
|7||20||Hugo Vannini||VTI Motorsports Ford||54||-|
|8||8||Luc Lesage||Sportchief Dodge||54||-|
|9||6||Peter Klutt||Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet||54||-|
|10||22||Ray Courtemanche Jr.||La Cité de Mirabel Inc./Blackshape Dodge||54||-|
|11||26||David Thorndyke||LubeSource/Thorsons EVT Chevrolet||54||-|
|12||16||Matthew Scannell||OMVIC Dodge||54||-|
|13||11||Stefan Rzadzinski||EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge||54||-|
|14||28||Jocelyn Fecteau||Octane Dodge||54||-|
|15||25||Bob Attrell||Castrol/Jumpstart Dodge||53||-|
|16||19||Matt Pritiko||Global Warranty Chevrolet||53||-|
|17||17||Joey McColm||PartSource/Toronto Maple Leafs Dodge||53||-|
|18||23||Russ Bond||Door Doctor/Motoring TV Ford||52||-|
|19||9||Marc-Antoine Camirand||Headrush Chevrolet||52||-|
|20||27||Derek White||Headrush/99 Resto Bar Chevrolet||52||-|
|21||1||Andrew Ranger||Mopar/Exide Dodge||51||-|
|22||15||Noel Dowler||EMCO/Rheem Dodge||41||Oil Line|
|23||21||Steve Mathews||TSC Stores/CBSF/Bill Mathews Ford Ford||37||Oil Leak|
|24||4||Jason Hathaway||Rockstar Energy Drink/Roto Static Chevrolet||35||Engine|
|25||10||Scott Steckly||Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge||23||Accident|
|26||14||Ryan Klutt||K-Line/Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet||23||Vibration|
|27||24||Jason White||Bowers & Wilkins Dodge||21||-|
|28||18||Anthony Simone||Innovative Plumbing & Mechanical Dodge||4||Suspension|
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