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.

Round one of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series was held at Sunset Speedway. Drivers would compete on the 0.333-mile banked oval for two-hundred and fifty-laps in an event titled the NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250.

The pace lap at Sunset Speedway and twenty drivers prepare for the start of round one for the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Two of Ontario’s fastest Late Model racers occupy the front row. On the pole is the No. 9 Shear Metal Products Chevrolet Camaro of the two-time APC United Late Model champion, Brandon Watson. Beside Watson is Treyten Lapcevich driving the No. 20 RGC Sports Chevrolet Camaro.
The season opener at Sunset Speedway would provide Treyten Lapcevich with redemption. In 2021, Lapcevich was in contention to win both races at Sunset, but incidents in both contests eliminated any hope of victory. This year, he started on the outside of the front row. On the final lap, Lapcevich was third, but contact between Marc–Antoine Camirand and Raphael Lessard allowed him to grab the top spot.
Aggressive driving netted Raphael Lessard victories in last year’s Frontline Workers 125 and the General Tire 125. He returns this season competing at the oval events driving the No. 8 RJ Investment Chevrolet Camaro. Ray Courtemanche Jr. will pilot the car on the road courses. Lessard qualified fourth fastest. He was second for the final restart, but contact with Marc-Antoine Camirand prevented him from taking the win.
It was an eventful day for last season’s APC United Late Model Series champion, Brandon Watson. Watson, who has many laps around Sunset Speedway, put the No. 9 Shear Metal Products Chevrolet Camaro on the pole. He led the first thirty-eight laps but spun on the fifty-third circuit and lost a lap. Watson spent the remainder of the contest moving back to the front and at the checker; he was in third place.
The most significant accident of the NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250 occurred on lap-148. In corner three, there was contact between the No. 71 Driven 4 Communications Dodge of Brian Cathcart, Dexter Stacey in the No. 92 Bully’s Truck Stop Chevrolet Camaro and the No. 0 Ohsweken Speedway Chevrolet Camaro driven by Glenn Styres. Stacey and Styres were eliminated from the event, but Cathcart would finish fourteenth.
Marc-Antoine Camirand was part of the newly formed GM Paille team, which included three-time series champion Andrew Ranger. Camirand qualified fifth quickest in the No. 96 Chevrolet Camaro. He wasted little time moving to the front and leading 203-laps. Camirand lined up on the outside of the front row on the final restart. Unfortunately, there was contact with Raphael Lessard which resulted in a fourth-place finish.
The two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion, DJ Kennington, returned to the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series in the familiar No. 17 Dodge Challenger with long-time sponsor Castrol. He was sixth fastest during the qualifying session for round one at Sunset Speedway. Kennington got a flat tire early in the race and spent the rest of the contest chasing the leaders. He would finish in the eleventh position.
The top three finishers for the NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250 at Sunset Speedway. In the center is the winner Treyten Lapcevich. This was Lapcevich’s first victory in his thirteenth NASCAR start. On the left side is the runner-up Raphael Lessard, who swept the twin 125s last season at Sunset. The final position is occupied by the race’s pole winner and reigning APC United Late Model champion, Brandon Davis.

12Treyten LapcevichRGC Sports/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro252-
24Raphael LessardRJ Investment/Fast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro252-
31Brandon WatsonGMS/Shear Metal Products/APC / Chevrolet Camaro252-
45Marc-Antoine CamirandGM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro252-
511Kevin LacroixBumper to Bumper/Lacroix Tuning / Dodge Challenger252-
610Gary KluttNewTechWood / Dodge Challenger251-
78Alex TaglianiViagra/CanTorque / Chevrolet Camaro250-
814Jean Philippe BergeronProlon/Rousseau / Ford Fusion250-
93L.P. DumoulinWeatherTech Canada / Dodge250-
1012Mark DilleyLeland/IHL Group / Chevrolet Camaro248-
116D.J. KenningtonCastrol Edge/Cathcart Trucking / Dodge Challenger248-
1213Andrew RangerGM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro248-
1318Sam FellowsCURB Records/AER Manufacturing / Chevrolet Camaro247-
1419Bryan CathcartDriven 4 Communications / Dodge Challenger246-
1516T.J. RinomatoRGC Sports/Delta Bingo/Velamo / Chevrolet Camaro245-
1620Wallace StaceyKFO / Chevrolet Camaro187-
177Larry JacksonO’Neil Electric/eBay Motors/Castrol / Dodge Challenger162Electrical
1817Dexter StaceyBully’s Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro145Accident
1915Glenn StyresGSR/Ohsweken Speedway / Chevrolet Camaro144Accident
209Brett TaylorNorth Country/Fast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro57Differential

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