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 was 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.

Barrie Speedway was the penultimate event on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Title Series calendar. The 0.333-mile banked tri-oval hosted The Wahta Springs 300.

Pacing the seventeen entries was the pole-sitter, J.R. Fitzpatrick in the Equipment Express Chevrolet. Sharing the front row with the No. 84 Chevrolet is Steve Mathews driving a Ford Fusion. Behind Fitzpatrick and Matthews are third and fourth place starters – Scott Steckly and Jason Hathaway, respectively.
Jason Hathaway won round two at Autodrome Chaudiere and entered Barrie sixth in points. It was not long after the starter dropped the green flag that the fourth place starter, Hathaway, was on the tail of the race leader, J.R. Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick and Hathaway battled to the end of the event with Hathaway taking the lead on the last lap and winning by a margin of 0.121-seconds.
When qualifying was completed, J.R. Fitzpatrick was the quickest of the seventeen starters – this was Fitzpatrick’s fifteenth career pole which tied him with Andrew Ranger. Fitzpatrick led the field for the first seventy-six laps before he was overtaken by Jason Hathaway. Hathaway and Fitzpatrick dueled at the end of the race with Fitzpatrick taking the runner-up position.
Steven Mathews only participated in a limited number of events but he was always quick on the ovals. Case in point – Barrie where Matthews started second, driving the Matthews Motors Ford Fusion. Matthews ran with the leaders until he tangled with Anthony Simone. Shortly after the incident, he retired with a differential issue.
Two-time series champion, D.J. Kennington had a poor qualifying effort. Kennington was gridded eleventh in the No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge. The veteran was able to move up the race order and at the checkered flag was third. With one race remaining in the championship, he was a distant third in points to L.P. Dumoulin and J.R. Fitzpatrick.
Championship leader, L.P. Dumoulin saw his point’s advantage shrink at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park when J.R. Fitzpatrick took the victory. With two races remaining his only challenge was to finish ahead of Fitzpatrick. At Barrie, Dumoulin qualified sixth and finished fourth. Unfortunately for him, his main rival won the pole and finished second.
It was a tough day for Scott Steckly. The defending series champion qualified third but suffered an issue with the differential. Ever conscious of points, the team took the car behind the wall and replaced the rear end. Steckly completed 200 of the 307-laps and was credited with a thirteenth place finish.
A deal was brokered, at the track, which saw Kerry Micks drive one of D.J. Kennington’s back-up Dodges. The car was hastily prepared (as should be obvious by the state of the number) for qualifying. Without any practice, Micks qualified fifteenth but started at the back of the field for unapproved adjustments. Unfortunately, his race ended on lap-195 with an overheating engine.
After starting tenth, Mark Dilley ran as high as fourth place. Unfortunately, on lap-258, Dilley hit the turn two wall which brought out the race’s sixth caution. When the left front suspension collapsed on No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland sponsored Ford Fusion, Dilley retired.
In 2014, Alex Tagliani entered most of the series races. During the season his best result was a pair of fifths - ICAR and Saskatoon. Barrie would be Tagliani’s worst event. With two laps left in the contest, Tagliani was involved in an incident that required the red flag. After his car had been removed from the track, the event ended with an exciting green-white-checkered finish.

14Jason HathawayRockstar Energy Drink/Fast Eddie / Chevrolet307-
21J.R. FitzpatrickEquipment Express/Autism Speaks / Chevrolet307-
311D.J. KenningtonCastrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors / Dodge307-
46L.P. DumoulinWeatherTech Canada/Bellemare / Dodge307-
57Jeff LapcevichTim Hortons / Dodge307-
69Joey McColmPartSource/Toronto Maple Leafs / Dodge307-
713Noel DowlerEmpire Mechanical / Dodge307-
817Erica / Dodge305-
916Matthew ScannellOMVIC / Dodge302-
108Alex TaglianiEpiPen/Dicom Express / Dodge297-
114Anthony SimoneInnovative Plumbing & Mechanical / Dodge283Accident
1210Mark DilleyJohnsonville/Leland/Duivennoorden / Ford258Suspension
133Scott StecklyCanadian Tire/Sturdy Formed / Dodge200-
1415Kerry MicksJohnsonville/Leland/Duivennoorden / Dodge195Overheating
1514Andrew RangerMopar/Exide / Dodge184Carburetor
1612Larry JacksonOMVIC/B&B Decals / Dodge184Differential
172Steve MathewsMathews Motors/Mathews Automotive / Ford91Differential

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