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 penultimate round of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series was held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Drivers would compete for 51-laps around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course in the WeatherTech 200.

The start of the WeatherTech 200 and twenty-six drivers funnel into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s corner one for the penultimate round of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The pole-sitter and points leader Marc-Antoine Camirand leads the charge in the No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro. Behind Camirand are Dodge Challengers of May’s winner, Kevin Lacroix and the other front row qualifier, Gary Klutt.
Marc-Antoine Camirand entered round twelve with a record that included two victories and eight top-five finishes. He topped the standings with a lead of twenty-three markers over D.J. Kennington. His performance in the May event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a disappointing fourteenth place. Returning to the track, Camirand redeemed himself with the pole, a victory, and a strong shot at the title.
Kevin Lacroix was the pre-race favourite to collect the victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as he won the May event and has collected six checkered flags at this track. Driving the No. 74 NAPA Auto Parts / Valvoline / Lacroix Tuning sponsored Dodge Challenger, Lacroix qualified third fastest. However, he moved to first place on lap-6 and would hold the top spot for a total of twelve laps before finishing in second place.
The No. 59 NewTechWood Dodge Challenger was driven by Gary Klutt. Klutt had a single NASCAR Pinty’s Series victory, which he collected in 2015 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It appeared that Klutt would collect his second win during the May event; however, Kevin Lacroix moved him out of first place in the last corner on the final lap. At the WeatherTech 200, Klutt started second and finished third.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series’ three-time champion, L.P. Dumoulin, was yet to earn a victory in 2022. In fact, his season to date was miserable. Dumoulin’s best results were thirds at Toronto and Saskatoon, but many of his other finishes were just inside the top ten and he was an early retirement at Eastbound Speedway. In round twelve, Dumoulin qualified sixth fastest and finished in the fourth position.
Another multi-time champion not having the season he expected was Andrew Ranger. Along with Marc-Antoine Camirand, Ranger joined the newly formed GM Paille Chevrolet Canada team. But, he was not enjoying the same success as Camirand. Ranger was first at Autodrome Chaudiere but retired early from three events. Round twelve would be another challenging weekend as Ranger finished eighth after starting fifth.
The driver of the No. 20 RGC Sports Chevrolet Camaro, Treyten Lapcevich, grabbed victories at Sunset Speedway, which provided him with some redemption from last season when he was knocked out of the lead, and the inaugural dirt event at Ohsweken. Unfortunately, Lapcevich failed to finish two races. He entered round twelve fifth in the standings and his fifth place result allowed him to maintain his position.
J.P. Bergeron was the top finishing rookie in the series’ second 2022 visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Bergeron piloted the No. 1 Prolon Controls / Rousseau Metals Ford Mustang. He trailed the other contender for rookie of the year, Brandon Watson, by forty-nine markers entering round twelve. Bergeron’s tenth place finish to Watson’s eleventh only moved him one point closer with just a single event left in the season.

11Marc-Antoine CamirandGM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro51-
23Kevin LacroixLacroix Tuning / Dodge Challenger51-
32Gary KluttNewTechWood / Dodge Challenger51-
46L.P. DumoulinWeatherTech Canada / Dodge51-
54Treyten LapcevichRGC Sports/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro51-
67Alex TaglianiViagra/CanTorque / Chevrolet Camaro51-
78D.J. KenningtonCastrol Edge/Cathcart Trucking / Dodge Challenger51-
85Andrew RangerGM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro51-
915Sam FellowsAER Manufacturing / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1019Jean Philippe BergeronProlon/Rousseau / Ford Mustang51-
1116Brandon WatsonGMS/Shear Metal Products/APC / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1210Daniel BoisMBS Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1317Dexter StaceyBully’s Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1414Larry JacksonO’Neil Electric/eBay Motors / Dodge Challenger51-
1513Louis-Phillipe MontourGL electricite-automatisation / Dodge Challenger51-
1621Ray Courtemanche Jr.Fast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1723Glenn StyresGSR/Ohsweken Speedway / Chevrolet Camaro51-
1826Brent WhellerQueensway Truck Centre / Dodge Challenger51-
1922Wallace StaceyKFO / Chevrolet Camaro51-
2024Bryan CathcartDriven 4 Communications / Dodge Challenger49-
2112Brett TaylorFast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro48-
2220Mark DilleyLeland/IHL Group / Chevrolet Camaro43Drive Line
2311Matthew ScannellNitro 54 Variety / Dodge Challenger39Accident
2418Ryan KluttLegendary Motorcar Co. LTD / Dodge Challenger20Suspension
2525T.J. RinomatoRGC Sports/Delta Bingo/Velamo / Chevrolet Camaro17Transmission
269Alex GuenetteMoto Illimitées / Ford Fusion10Rear End

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