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.

With the exception of last year, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) has hosted NASCAR Pinty’s races since 2007. This season the track would present the Olymel 30 on Saturday and end the weekend with the Clarington 200.

The start of Saturday’s Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario and twenty-four competitors stream into Canadian Tires Motorsport Park’s corner one for thirty-laps around the ten turn 2.459-mile road course. Leading the field is the pole-sitter, Gary Klutt, in the No. 59 Trailcon Leasing Dodge Challenger. Behind Klutt and running side-by-side are the Dodges of second and third fastest qualifiers, L.P. Dumoulin and Andrew Ranger.
The series 2014 and 2018 champion, L.P. Dumoulin, scored his first victory of the season and his fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Saturday’s Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario. Dumoulin qualified second fastest in the No. 47 WeatherTech Dodge Challenger and grabbed first-place and the win when the leader had a mechanical issue. On Sunday, he had some bad luck and finished eleventh but is second in the title chase.
Delivering his best result of the season was rookie Treyten Lapcevich, who finished third in Saturday’s Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario. Lapcevich started eighth in the No. 20 RGC Sports Chevrolet Camaro and moved up the order to earn the final spot on the podium. Later that day, he competed at Flamboro and finished second in a Late Model race. Trouble struck on Sunday and Lapcevich finished twenty-first.
The first lap through Moss Corner for the fifty-one-lap Clarington 200. At the front of the pack is the pole-winning No. 74 Bumper to Bumper Dodge Challenger driven by Kevin Lacroix. Behind Lacroix is Saturday’s fastest qualifier, Gary Klutt, in the No. 59 Trailcon Leasing Dodge Challenger. Chasing the leaders is yesterday’s winner, L.P. Dumoulin, the runner-up, Marc-Antoine Camirand and Alex Tagliani.
The driver collecting the most points this weekend was Marc-Antoine Camirand. Camirand earned a runner-up result in the Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario and won the Clarington 200. He started fifth in Saturday’s race and benefited from the misfortune of others to finish second. The next day, Camirand passed the leader, Alex Tagliani, with five laps remaining in the contest and held on for this second series victory.
The points leader entering the doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and heading to the next rounds at Flamboro Speedway is Alex Tagliani. The driver of the No. 22 Viagra/St. Hubert Chevrolet Camaro qualified fifth fastest for round five and finished in the same position. On Sunday, Tagliani was leading the Clarington 200 when a pass on lap-47 by Marc-Antoine Camirand relegated him to a runner-up result.
Kyle Marcelli may fit NASCAR’s criteria as a rookie, but he is an accomplished road racer. Dave Jacombs is using Marcelli for his expertise in this area and on the ovals; Jacombs has enlisted the services of Pete Shepherd. In his first outing, Marcelli was competitive until the axle failed. In the first race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he was forced to retire with an alternator issue, but on Sunday, Marcelli finished third.
Gary Klutt has always been quick at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In 2015, he scored his first and only series win at this track. Although this was Klutt’s only start of the season, he put the No. 59 Trailcon Leasing Dodge Challenger on the pole for the Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario. Unfortunately, a mechanical issue resulted in a fifth-place finish. On Sunday, Klutt qualified on the outside of the front row and finished fifth.
In the past, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has been kind to Kevin Lacroix. He has scored four victories at this track but wouldn’t add to his growing list this weekend. Lacroix qualified fourth for Saturday’s contest, driving the No. 74 Lacroix Tuning Dodge Challenger, but retired after just ten laps with a transmission problem. The next day, he captured the pole for the Clarington 200 and finished in the fourth position.

12L.P. DumoulinWeatherTech Canada / Dodge30-
26Marc-Antoine CamirandGM Paille / Chevrolet Camaro30-
38Treyten LapcevichRGC Sports/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro30-
45Alex TaglianiViagra/St. Hubert / Chevrolet Camaro30-
51Gary KluttTrailcon Leasing / Dodge Challenger30-
69D.J. KenningtonCastrol Edge / Dodge Challenger30-
715Dexter StaceyBully's Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro30-
812Brett TaylorTCB Trailers / Chevrolet Camaro30-
97Matthew ScannellO'Neil Electric / Dodge Challenger30-
1011Peter KluttLegendary Motorcar / Chevrolet Camaro30-
1114Alex GuenetteDLGL.com / Dodge Challenger30-
1216Mark DilleyRGC Sports / Chevrolet Camaro30-
1317J.F. LabergeTAG Motorsport / Chevrolet Camaro30-
1424Sam FellowsCurb Records / Chevrolet Camaro30-
1518Larry JacksonO'Neil Electric Tools / Dodge Challenger30-
1619Jocelyn FecteauSweetRide / Dodge Challenger30-
1720Ray Courtemanche, Jr.Equitable Bank / Chevrolet Camaro30-
1821David ThorndykeThorsons EVT / Chevrolet Camaro30-
193Andrew RangerMiles for Migraine / Dodge Challenger30-
2022Brent WhellerRidgid/Ryobi / Dodge Challenger29-
2113Malcolm StrachanRCLUB / Chevrolet SS28-
2210Kyle MarcelliSimcoe Building Centre / Ford Fusion20Alternator
2323T.J. RinomatoRGC Sports / Chevrolet Camaro19Transmission
244Kevin LacroixLacroix Tuning / Dodge Challenger10Transmission

16Marc-Antoine CamirandGM Paille / Chevrolet Camaro51-
27Alex TaglianiViagra/St. Hubert / Chevrolet Camaro51-
39Kyle MarcelliSimcoe Building Centre / Ford Fusion51-
41Kevin LacroixLacroix Tuning / Dodge Challenger51-
54Andrew RangerMiles for Migraine / Dodge Challenger51-
62Gary KluttTrailcon Leasing / Dodge Challenger51-
78Matthew ScannellO'Neil Electric / Dodge Challenger51-
810Brett TaylorFast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro51-
915Dexter StaceyBully's Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1012Alex GuenetteMotos Illimitees / Dodge Challenger51-
113L.P. DumoulinWeatherTech Canada / Dodge51-
1218Mark DilleyLeland Industries / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1319Sam FellowsCurb Records / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1413Ryan KluttLegendary Motorcar / Chevrolet Camaro50-
1520Ray Courtemanche, Jr.Equitable Bank / Chevrolet Camaro50-
1621David ThorndykeThorsons EVT / Chevrolet Camaro50-
1723T.J. RinomatoRGC Sports/IHL / Chevrolet Camaro50-
1814Malcolm StrachanFormula Car Thrills / Darkhorse Trail / Chevrolet SS48-
1916Jocelyn FecteauGoth Rider Coffee / Dodge Challenger48-
2017Larry JacksonMilwaukee Tools / Dodge Challenger40Engine
215Treyten LapcevichQwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro32-
2222Brent WhellerRidgid/Ryobi / Dodge Challenger25Electrical
2324J.F. LabergeDagobert / Chevrolet Camaro20Accident
2411D.J. KenningtonCastrol Edge / Dodge Challenger3Valve

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