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 five of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series was a thirty-five-lap contest held around the eleven-turn 1.755-mile temporary street circuit at Toronto’s Exhibition Place.
|Twenty-five NASCAR Pinty’s competitors enter corner nine at Toronto’s Exhibition Place for round five of the championship. On the pole and pacing the field is the No. 27 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro of Andrew Ranger. Beside Ranger is L.P. Dumoulin driving the No. 47 WeatherTech / Bellemare Dodge Challenger. The second row is occupied by Alex Tagliani in the No. 18 Chevrolet Camaro and the No. 74 Challenger of Kevin Lacroix.|
|Kevin Lacroix scored his second victory of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s season in round five at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Lacroix recorded the fourth fastest time in the qualifying session driving the No. 74 ESR / Lacroix Tuning Dodge Challenger. He moved up the order quickly and grabbed the lead on the lap-5 restart. Despite pressure from Andrew Ranger, Lacroix held on for the win and took over the points lead.|
|The three-time series champion, Andrew Ranger, delivered mixed results in 2022. Ranger was victorious at Autodrome Chaudiere but retired at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Eastbound Speedway. Seeking redemption, Ranger put the No. 27 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro on the pole. He led the first four laps before being passed by Kevin Lacroix. Unable to retake the position, Ranger finished second.|
|Another former NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, L.P. Dumoulin, was also having a difficult start to the season. His best result to date was a fourth at Autodrome Chaudiere and his worst moment was losing the right rear wheel at Eastbound Speedway. Driving the No. 47 WeatherTech / Bellemare Dodge Challenger, he qualified second fastest at Toronto. Dumoulin lost a position early in the race and finished third.|
|The top finishing rookie was Daniel Bois in the No. 31 MBS Motorsports prepared Chevrolet Camaro. In his first and only start of 2022, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bois was running near the front; however, he finished twelfth when the car ran low on fuel. He qualified tenth in round five at Toronto and passes on Matthew Scannell and Louis-Philippe Montour netted Bois a seventh place result.|
|Marc-Antoine Camirand had two podium finishes, of which one was a victory in the most recent race. He led the championship, driving the No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro. At Toronto, Camirand qualified fifth fastest but started at the back when the team decided to change the qualifying tires. Despite contact with Peter Klutt on lap-5, he would finish ninth but drop to second in the point standings.|
|The first caution of the race occurred on the opening lap when there was contact between the No. 66 Chevrolet Camaro of Wallace Stacey and Glenn Styres in the No. 0 Camaro. Stacey’s crew would make repairs to the Camaro, which allowed him to soldier on and salvage a twentieth-place finish. Styres didn’t receive as much damage in the incident and continued but retired after completing nine laps.|
|The podium for round five of the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. In the center is the winner for a second time this season is Kevin Lacroix. Lacroix’s NASCAR record also included a victory at Toronto in 2017. On the right side is the runner-up, Andrew Ranger. The series three-time champion has three wins at this track. Completing the rostrum is L.P. Dumoulin, who collected his best result in 2022.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||4||Kevin Lacroix||Lacroix Tuning / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|2||1||Andrew Ranger||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|3||2||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada / Dodge||35||-|
|4||7||Gary Klutt||NewTechWood / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|5||3||Alex Tagliani||Viagra/CanTorque / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|6||8||Alex Guenette||Motos Illimitées/DLGL / Ford Fusion||35||-|
|7||10||Daniel Bois||MBS Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|8||6||Louis-Phillipe Montour||GL electricite-automatisation / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|9||5||Marc-Antoine Camirand||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|10||13||Treyten Lapcevich||RGC Sports/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|11||14||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge/Cathcart Trucking / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|12||9||Matthew Scannell||Arthur Electric/BSquared Decals / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|13||16||Jean Philippe Bergeron||Prolon/Rousseau / Ford Mustang||35||-|
|14||12||Sam Fellows||AER Manufacturing / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|15||18||Ray Courtemanche Jr.||Fast Eddie Speedwear / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|16||25||Brandon Watson||GMS/Shear Metal Products/APC / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|17||23||Brent Wheller||Queensway Truck Centre / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|18||21||T.J. Rinomato||RGC Sports/Delta Bingo/Velamo / Chevrolet Camaro||34||-|
|19||15||Dexter Stacey||Bully’s Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro||34||-|
|20||22||Wallace Stacey||KFO / Chevrolet Camaro||31||-|
|21||19||Mark Dilley||Leland/IHL Group / Chevrolet Camaro||17||Overheating|
|22||20||Bryan Cathcart||Driven 4 Communications / Dodge Challenger||12||Rear End|
|23||11||Peter Klutt||Legendary Motorcar Co. LTD / Dodge Challenger||10||Suspension|
|24||24||Glenn Styres||GSR/Ohsweken Speedway / Chevrolet Camaro||9||Electrical|
|25||17||Larry Jackson||O’Neil Electric/eBay Motors / Dodge Challenger||4||Axle|
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