2023 marks the seventeenth season of the Canadian NASCAR championship.
Pinty’s Delicious Foods continues to be the series, title sponsor.
The season opens on May 13 at Sunset Speedway and thirteen races later, it ends on September 24 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 must weigh no less than 3000-lbs. Body styles are from manufacturers such as Dodge (Challenger), Ford (Mustang) and Chevrolet (Camaro). 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 two of the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series was held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Drivers would compete on the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course for fifty-one laps in an event titled the eBay Motors 200.
Wet conditions on Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park prevented competitors from taking to the track for practice and qualifying. A fifteen-minute warm-up session was held Sunday morning and the grid was set by last year’s final championship standings.
|Twenty-five competitors prepare to exit Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s corner one for round two of the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Leading the field is the pole-sitter and last year’s champion, Marc-Antoine Camirand, in the No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro. Behind Camirand is the other front-row starter and the 2022 series runner-up, Kevin Lacroix, driving the No. 74 Adaptive One Dodge Challenger.|
|Treyten Lapcevich made it two victories in a row as he begins his campaign to secure this year’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series title. Just a week earlier, Lapcevich won after battling with Alex Guenette at Sunset Speedway. He started fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Lapcevich passed Gary Klutt for second place with less than ten laps to go. An aggressive move on Marc-Antoine Camirand on the final lap gave Lapcevich the win.|
|Last season’s champion, Marc-Antoine Camirand, started on the pole in the No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro. Camirand led the first eight laps before being passed by Kevin Lacroix. He returned to first place with a move on the leader Gary Klutt. Camirand held the top spot for eight circuits. However, on the final lap in the last corner, Treyten Lapcevich muscled his way past, leaving Camirand with a runner-up result.|
|Gary Klutt is running a partial schedule this year and his first race of the season was round two at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Klutt drove the No. 59 Bothwell-Accurate / Ace Hill Dodge Challenger. The former race winner was gridded ninth for the eBay Motors 200. He moved into contention early and led laps seventeen to forty-two. However, Klutt was no match for Marc-Antoine Camirand and Treyten Lapcevich. He finished third.|
|Finishing in the fourth position was last year’s series runner-up, Kevin Lacroix. The No. 74 Adaptive One Dodge Challenger driver opened his season with a third-place result at Sunset Speedway. Lacroix started the fifty-one-lap contest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on the outside of the front row. He led laps nine to thirteen but wasn’t up to the pace the leaders Lapcevich, Camirand and Klutt set.|
|Returning for another season of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series was the three-time champion (2014, 2018 and 2021) L.P. Dumoulin. Dumoulin is racing the familiar No. 74 WeatherTech / Bellemare sponsored Dodge Charger. As the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park grid was set by last year’s points, Dumoulin started in the seventh position. A late race pass on Matthew Scannell resulted in a fifth-place finish.|
|Alex Guenette’s victory last season at Trois-Rivieres helped him secure a full-time ride in the No. 3 ASSA ABLOY / Motos Illimitees Chevrolet Camaro. He almost won the opening race at Sunset Speedway after starting third. Guenette’s limited schedule in 2022 meant he started fourteenth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. However, he advanced seven positions during the eBay Motors 200 and finished seventh.|
|As is often the case, the final turn on the last lap determines the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park winner. Race one victor Treyten Lapcevich was behind last year’s champion, Marc-Antoine Camirand, on lap-50. As they entered corner ten, Camirand protected his line by hugging the apex of the turn. Lapcevich moved to the inside of Camirand and made contact. Camirand was pushed wide, with Lapcevich taking the win.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||4||Treyten Lapcevich||FBM/Delta Bingo / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|2||1||Marc-Antoine Camirand||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|3||9||Gary Klutt||Bothwell-Accurate/Ace Hill / Dodge Challenger||51||-|
|4||2||Kevin Lacroix||NAPA Synthetic Motor Oil/Valvoline / Dodge Challenger||51||-|
|5||7||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada / Dodge Challenger||51||-|
|6||5||Alex Tagliani||St. Hubert/NTN/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|7||14||Alex Guenette||ASSA ABLOY/Motos Illiimitées / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|8||3||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge/Spark Power / Dodge Challenger||51||-|
|9||11||Dexter Stacey||ReCap / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|10||10||Jean Philippe Bergeron||Prolon Controls/Rousseau Metals / Ford Mustang||51||-|
|11||18||Daniel Bois||Sierra Excavating/A&G / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|12||16||Malcolm Strachan||Curb Records/DarkhorseTrailers / Chevrolet Camaro||51||-|
|13||15||Larry Jackson||O'Neil Electric/Wonder / Dodge Challenger||51||-|
|14||24||Matthew Scannell||Nitro 54 Variety / Dodge Challenger||51||-|
|15||23||Jocelyn Fecteau||Phil&Fred/OffRoad227 / Chevrolet Camaro||50||-|
|16||12||Wallace Stacey||K-Fibre Optic / Chevrolet Camaro||50||-|
|17||21||Ryan Klutt||Legendary Motorcar / Chevrolet Camaro||50||-|
|18||8||Andrew Ranger||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||50||-|
|19||22||Herby Drescher||Herby's Lifts / Dodge Challenger||49||-|
|20||13||Glenn Styres||GSR/Ohsweken Speedway / Chevrolet Camaro||33||Mechanical|
|21||6||Brandon Watson||Leland/GMS/RGC/Shear Meta / Chevrolet Camaro||23||Engine|
|22||20||Michael Goudie||Muskoka Meat Center/Muskoka Aircraft / Ford Mustang||23||Accident|
|23||25||Peter Klutt||Legendary Motorcar / Dodge Challenger||19||Ignition|
|24||19||Simon Charbonneau||TransGestion Vehicle Transport / Dodge Challenger||10||Accident|
|25||17||Thomas Nepveu||Evirum/Home Hardware / Ford Mustang||1||Suspension|
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