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.

After a two-year wait caused by the Global Pandemic, the NASCAR Pinty’s series held their much anticipated inaugural race on the dirt. Round ten of the championship, the Pinty’s 100, was held at Ohsweken Speedway. Starting positions were determined by heat races. After which, drivers competed in a 100-lap contest divided into three stages - two twenty-five-lap stages followed by a fifty-lap final around the 0.375-mile dirt oval. The winner of the Pinty’s 100 was awarded a cheque for $25,000.

Twenty-four NASCAR Pinty’s drivers line up on the back straight at Ohsweken Speedway for round ten of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series. On the pole is the winner from Heat Two, D.J. Kennington, in the No. 17 Super Clean / Castrol Edge Dodge Challenger. Beside, Kennington is the winner of Heat One, Marc-Antoine Camirand driving the No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro. Row two is occupied by Ken Schrader and Gary Klutt.
Treyten Lapcevich collected his first Pintys win in this year’s opener. Since then, he has had mixed fortunes, with his title aspirations taking a big hit during the western swing. Returning to the east, Lapcevich finished fifth at Trois-Rivieres. Like many drivers, racing on dirt was a new challenge for him. However, Lapcevich would grab the lead on lap 49 and hold off a hard-charging Stewart Friesen for the victory.
Stewart Friesen was one of many drivers participating in their first NASCAR Pinty’s event. Friesen has a tremendous amount of experience racing on the dirt. He currently competes in the NASCAR Truck Series and sits sixth in the standings with a victory at Fort Worth. During the final stage at Ohsweken, Friesen caught the race leader, Treyten Lapcevich, and put on the pressure but finished second by a margin of 0.219-seconds.
2017 Camping World Truck Series champion and current NASCAR Cup Series competitor Christopher Bell was scheduled to drive the No. 64 Leland Chevrolet Camaro, usually piloted by Mark Dilley. However, Bell was unable to cross the border. A replacement was found in APC Late Model front-runner Jake Sheridan. Sheridan, whose brother races Sprint Cars, adapted quickly, finishing third in his first NASCAR event.
Marc-Antoine Camirand familiarized himself quickly with the new environment, as evidenced by his performance. The No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro driver was near or at the top of the time sheets and won Heat One. Camirand chose to start on the outside of the front row for the finale. He led stage one and much of two before being passed by the eventual winner, Treyten Lapcevich, and finished fourth.
The two-time NASCAR Pinty’s champion, D.J. Kennington, debuted a new paint scheme at Ohsweken with his long-time sponsor Castrol. Kennington tested the dirt earlier in the season when he competed in the Ontario Sports Series and won at Southern Ontario Speedway. He was victorious in the second heat at Ohsweken and started the finale on the pole. Unable to maintain the pace of the leaders, Kennington finished sixth.
On Monday evening, NASCAR competitors were invited to participate in the Qwick Wick Hot Lap Dash. Recording the fastest time and collecting the $1,500 prize was local sprint car competitor Aaron Turkey. Turkey drove the No. 99 Nitro 54 Variety / Buck Down Boys TV Dodge Challenger in the Pinty’s 100 and qualified fourteenth fastest. With series regulars getting quicker over the course of two days, he finished thirteenth.
With almost thirty years of NASCAR Cup experience and four victories, Kenny Schrader was entered in the No. 3 CANUSA / APC sponsored Chevrolet SS. Schrader was one of a handful of drivers with previous experience racing on the dirt, which was evident. He won the final heat race and started in the third position. Schrader ran with the leaders but experienced transmission problems late in the event and finished eighth.
The top three finishers for round ten of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Ohsweken Speedway. In the center is the winner of the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s dirt track event, the Pinty’s 100, Treyten Lapcevich. Standing on the right is the runner-up, Stewart Friesen. The successful NASCAR Truck and Sprint Car driver almost captured the win. Completing the top three is APC Late Model standout Jake Sheridan.

15Treyten LapcevichRGC Sports/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro101-
26Stewart FriesenMister Transmission / Chevrolet Camaro101-
310Jake SheridanLeland/IHL Group / Chevrolet Camaro101-
41Marc-Antoine CamirandGM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro101-
57Alex TaglianiViagra/CanTorque / Chevrolet Camaro101-
62D.J. KenningtonCastrol Edge/Cathcart Trucking / Dodge Challenger101-
78Andrew RangerGM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro101-
83Ken SchraderCANUSA/APC / Chevrolet SS101-
94Gary KluttNewTechWood / Dodge Challenger101-
109Brandon WatsonGMS/Shear Metal Products/APC / Chevrolet Camaro101-
1117Kevin LacroixNAPA Auto Parts / Dodge Challenger101-
1212Dave BaileyTransaxle/Mobil 1 / Dodge Challenger101-
1314Aaron TurkeyBuck Down Boys TV / Dodge Challenger101-
1413Larry JacksonO’Neil Electric/eBay Motors / Dodge Challenger101-
1515Sam FellowsAER Manufacturing / Chevrolet SS101-
1621Dexter StaceyBully’s Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro101-
1718Bryan CathcartDriven 4 Communications / Dodge Challenger101-
1816L.P. DumoulinWeatherTech Canada / Dodge101-
1911Michael GoudieMuskoka Aircraft / Chevrolet Camaro101-
2023Wallace StaceyK Fibre Optic / Chevrolet Camaro101-
2119Raphael LessardFast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro101-
2224Trevor MonaghanLarry Jackson Racing / Dodge Challenger101-
2320Glenn StyresGSR/Ohsweken Speedway / Chevrolet Camaro101-
2422Jean Philippe BergeronProlon/Rousseau / Ford Fusion64Accident

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