2021 marks the fifteenth season for the Canadian NASCAR championship.
Pinty’s Delicious Foods continues to be the series title sponsor.
Due to COVID 19, last season’s championship was conducted without spectators in attendance. This year, fans returned to the track, but their numbers are restricted by local health guidelines regarding the gathering of large groups.
The series’ schedule for 2021 was quite different from those of previous years. The season opened on August 1st with a doubleheader at Sunset Speedway. Two weeks later, the teams travelled to Quebec for events at Trois-Rivieres, Circuit ICAR and Autodrome Chaudiere. The championship returns to Ontario for races on Saturday and Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Labor Day weekend. The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event is followed by the series fourth doubleheader at Flamboro Speedway. The championship ends on September 26th at Delaware Speedway.
The cars competing in the championship 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 (Challenger and Charger), Ford (Fusion) and Chevrolet (Camaro and Impala SS). Engine type and displacement are dictated by the make and model of the vehicle. The carbureted eight-cylinder motors produce approximately 550-horsepower. Depending on the gearing, these cars are estimated to have a top speed of 160-mph.
Flamboro was scheduled to host two rounds of the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s series – Motomaster 125 and Qwick Wick 125. Unfortunately, rain prevented the Qwick Wick 125 from taking place and it will be rescheduled for a later date.
|The start of Motomaster 125 at Flamboro Speedway. On the pole is series rookie Treyten Lapcevich, in the No. 20 RGC Sports / Qwick Wick Chevrolet Camaro. On the outside of Lapcevich is the No. 51 Miles for Migraine / Canadian Super Sellers Dodge Challenger of Andrew Ranger. Row two is occupied by Brett Taylor and the points leader, Alex Tagliani. A total of eighteen drivers took the green flag, with three failing to finish.|
|Andrew Ranger, the series three-time champion, captured the victory at Flamboro Speedway. Ranger, driving the No. 51 Miles for Migraine / Canadian Super Sellers sponsored Dodge Challenger, qualified second fastest during the time trials. In the race, he moved into first place when Treyten Lapcevich encountered an issue. Ranger would lead 110 of the 125-lap contest to collect his twenty-ninth series win.|
|NASCAR Pinty’s series veteran, DJ Kennington, has two NASCAR titles on his racing resume. Kennington entered the Motomaster 125 eighth in points, with his best result being a runner-up result at Sunset Speedway. At Flamboro, he put the No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge Challenger third on the grid. Kennington was in second place for much of the race and kept the pressure on Andrew Ranger but could not make the pass.|
|While DJ Kennington equaled his best performance of the season, Ed Hakonson driver Brett Taylor had his best result of the year at Flamboro Speedway. Taylor drove the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro with support from TCB Trailers and Fast Eddie Speedwear. He qualified fourth fastest and inherited the third spot when the leader, Treyten Lapcevich, had problems. Taylor held the position to the checkered flag.|
|Former open racer Alex Tagliani entered round seven at Flamboro Speedway with the championship lead and left the event with an even bigger gap over L.P. Dumoulin. Consistency has been the secret to Tagliani’s success. To date, he has six top-five finishes, one of which was a victory at Trois-Rivieres. Tagliani started the Motomaster 125 in the eighth position and advanced to a fourth-place finish.|
|Despite only competing in the NASCAR Pinty’s series on a part-time basis, Pete Shepherd III has racked up an impressive record, which includes five victories. This season he is competing on the ovals while Kyle Marcelli races on the road courses for Dave Jacombs. Unfortunately, Shepherd crashed the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro in practice. The team prepared a backup Ford Fusion and he started at last but finished fifth.|
|Second place in the title chase is held by LP Dumoulin. This season Dumoulin, the series 2014 and 2018 champion, had a victory in race one at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park but also recorded his worst finish, an eleventh-place, the next day. During the qualifying session, the No. 47 WeatherTech / Bellemare Dodge Challenger was ninth fastest. A steady performance by Dumoulin resulted in a seventh-place finish.|
|Rookie contender, Teyten Lapcevich, has many laps around Flamboro Speedway. In fact, earlier in the season, he won race one of the Grisdale Late Model Triple Crown. So it came as no surprise to Flamboro regulars when Lapcevich won the E3 Spark Plug pole position. He would lead the race until lap-15 when the No. 20 RGC Sports / Qwick Wick Chevrolet Camaro stopped on track. Lapcevich lost a lap and finished ninth.|
|Another driver familiar with Flamboro Speedway is Brandon Watson. Watson won the 2017 APC United Late Model championship and is this year’s points leader. In round seven, he was piloting the No. 64 Leland Industries / RGC Sports Chevrolet Camaro usually reserved for series veteran Mark Dilley. Watson qualified eleventh fastest and was the highest finishing rookie in the sixth position.|
|Kevin Lacroix has had an ‘up and down’ season which has left him sixth in the championship standings. Lacroix scored a win in round four at Circuit ICAR, but he has also failed to finish two events. At Flamboro Speedway, he missed practice when the team changed an engine in the No. 74 Lacroix Tuning Dodge Challenger. Lacroix qualified fourteenth but was the first to retire with a power steering issue.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||3||Andrew Ranger||Miles for Migraine / Dodge Challenger||125||-|
|2||9||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge/Spark Power / Dodge Challenger||125||-|
|3||12||Brett Taylor||Fast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro||125||-|
|4||5||Alex Tagliani||St. Hubert/CanTorque / Chevrolet Camaro||125||-|
|5||10||Pete Shepherd III||APC / Ford Fusion||125||-|
|6||16||Brandon Watson||RGC Sports / Chevrolet Camaro||125||-|
|7||2||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada / Dodge||125||-|
|8||14||Alex Guenette||Motos Illimitees/DLGL.com / Dodge Challenger||125||-|
|9||8||Treyten Lapcevich||RGC Sports/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro||124||-|
|10||8||Donald Theetge||Theetge Chevrolet/XPN / Chevrolet Camaro||124||-|
|11||13||Malcolm Strachan||RCLUB/Formula Car Thrills / Chevrolet SS||123||-|
|12||22||Brent Wheller||Ridgid/Ryobi / Dodge Challenger||122||-|
|13||22||Shae Gemmel||North Country Property Maintenance / Chevrolet Camaro||121||-|
|14||24||Sam Fellows||Brock St. Brewing Company / Chevrolet Camaro||118||-|
|15||6||Marc-Antoine Camirand||GM Paille / Chevrolet Camaro||117||-|
|16||18||Larry Jackson||O'Neil Electric Supply / Dodge Challenger||100||Rear Gear|
|17||15||Dexter Stacey||Bully's Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro||71||Engine|
|18||4||Kevin Lacroix||Lacroix Tuning / Dodge Challenger||68||Power Steering|
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