2022 marks the sixteenth season for the Canadian NASCAR championship.
Pinty’s Delicious Foods continues to be the series, title sponsor.
Due to COVID 19, the last couple of years has reduced the number of races and limited spectator attendance. In 2022, the federal and provincial governments have lifted many of the restrictions, which means the NASCAR Pinty’s series has a full race calendar and will see the return of fans.
The season opens on May 14th at Sunset Speedway. The teams make the first of two stops at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park a week later. On June 11th, the series travels to Quebec for an event at Autodrome Chaudiere. At the end of the month, the championship will make its first visit to Newfoundland at Eastbound International Speedway. Then it’s back to Ontario, where drivers compete in the high-profile race at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. After a two-year absence, the series returns to western Canada for an event at Edmonton International Raceway and a doubleheader at Sutherland Automotive Speedway in Saskatoon. The first week in August marks the championship’s annual return to the streets of Trois-Rivieres. In another first, competitors will race on the dirt on August 16th at Ontario’s Ohsweken Speedway. After a weekend at Circuit ICAR, the series returns to Ontario for the race second race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The championship ends on September 25th at Delaware Speedway.
The cars competing in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series 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.
The second of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series was held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Drivers would compete on the ten turn 2.459-mile road course in an event titled the eBay Motors 200.
Qualifying was canceled after a severe storm swept through the area, damaging property and leaving parts of the track without power. The starting line-up was determined using the morning practice times.
|The start of a very wet round two of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Leading the field of twenty-five competitors into corner one is the defending series champion and pole-sitter, L.P. Dumoulin, in the No. 47 Weathertech/Bellemare Dodge Challenger. On the outside of Dumoulin is the third-fastest qualifier, Marc-Antoine Camirand, driving the No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro.|
|Kevin Lacroix won his sixth Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race. He was gridded eighth for the event but wasted little time moving to the front. By lap-8, Lacroix was by the leader, Marc-Antoine Camirand, and despite contact with Peter Klutt, he held the top spot. Lacroix wasn’t challenged until the final restart when he was passed by Gary Klutt on the last lap. An aggressive pass on Klutt gave him the victory.|
|Former open-wheel racer and series veteran Alex Tagliani drove the No. 18 Viagra /Qwick Wick Chevrolet Camaro. Tagliani was the sixth-fastest in the practice session, which put him in the same position for the start. He remained in contention for much of the contest. Tagliani was in third place for the final overtime. He would be one of two beneficiaries of the contact between Lacroix and Klutt and finish second.|
|The other driver to benefit from the incident between Kevin Lacroix and Gary Klutt was Dexter Stacey, who collected the final position on the podium. Stacey started the eBay 200 in the twelfth spot. The difficult conditions seemed to favour the driver of the No. 92 Bully`s Truck Stop Chevrolet. He got the wave by during the first final overtime and was now on the lead lap. Stacey`s third place was his best series result.|
|The turning point of the eBay Motors 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Heading into the second and final overtime, Gary Klutt was second to Kevin Lacroix. During the last lap Klutt, in the No. 59 NewTechWood Dodge Challenger, passed Lacroix. However, Lacroix remained close and between corners nine and ten, he moved Klutt out of the way and was the first to the checkered flag.|
|Treyten Lapcevich won round one at Sunset Speedway driving the No. 20 Chevrolet Camaro. This would be Lapcevich`s second visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Proving he`s a quick study, Lapcevich was fastest early in the practice session, but an accident left the car damaged. Repairs were made and he started on the outside of the front row. Lapcevich drove a cautious race to a sixth-place finish and is second in the championship.|
|Until the final corner of the last lap of the eBay Motors 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, it appeared that Gary Klutt would score his second series victory. He earned his first win in 2015 when there was last-lap contact between Andrew Ranger and Scott Steckly. Klutt started tenth in this year`s event and was in contention at the end of the contest, but the incident with Kevin Lacroix resulted in a fourth place.|
|The highest finishing rookie at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was Louis-Philippe Montour. Montour has extensive road racing experience and finished second in the TCR division of last season’s FEL Motorsports Sports Car Championship Canada. He made his NASCAR Pinty`s Series debut at Trois-Rivieres, collecting an eighth-place. In round two, Montour qualified twenty-first and was fifth at the checker.|
|Sitting fifth in the title chase, after just two rounds, of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty`s Series is rookie Brandon Watson. Watson qualified on the pole at the season opener and despite a spin and falling a lap behind the leaders, he finished third. The two-time APC Series champion was fifteen fastest in practice driving the No. 9 Shear Metal Products Chevrolet Camaro. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Watson earned an eighth-place result.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||8||Kevin Lacroix||Lacroix Tuning / Dodge Challenger||57||-|
|2||6||Alex Tagliani||Viagra/CanTorque / Chevrolet Camaro||57||-|
|3||12||Dexter Stacey||Bully’s Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro||57||-|
|4||10||Gary Klutt||NewTechWood / Dodge Challenger||57||-|
|5||21||Louis-Phillipe Montour||GL electricite-automatisation / Dodge Challenger||57||-|
|6||2||Treyten Lapcevich||RGC Sports/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro||56||-|
|7||1||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada / Dodge||56||-|
|8||15||Brandon Watson||GMS/Shear Metal Products/APC / Chevrolet Camaro||56||-|
|9||14||Jean Philippe Bergeron||Prolon/Rousseau / Ford Mustang||56||-|
|10||17||Larry Jackson||O’Neil Electric/eBay Motors / Dodge Challenger||56||-|
|11||7||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge/Cathcart Trucking / Dodge Challenger||56||-|
|12||11||Daniel Bois||MBS Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro||55||Fuel|
|13||4||Brett Taylor||Fast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro||55||-|
|14||3||Marc-Antoine Camirand||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||54||-|
|15||19||Mark Dilley||Leland/IHL Group / Chevrolet Camaro||54||-|
|16||20||T.J. Rinomato||RGC Sports/Delta Bingo/Velamo / Chevrolet Camaro||53||-|
|17||13||Peter Klutt||Legendary Motorcar Co. LTD / Dodge Challenger||51||Accident|
|18||25||Glenn Styres||GSR/Ohsweken Speedway / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|19||24||Wallace Stacey||KFO / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|20||22||Bryan Cathcart||Driven 4 Communications / Dodge Challenger||49||-|
|21||23||Brent Wheller||Queensway Truck Centre / Dodge Challenger||48||-|
|22||5||Matthew Scannell||Arthur Electric / Dodge Challenger||46||Oil Leak|
|23||18||Ray Courtemanche Jr.||Fast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro||44||Accident|
|24||9||Andrew Ranger||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||18||Oil Leak|
|25||16||Sam Fellows||AER Manufacturing / Chevrolet Camaro||9||Vibration|
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