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 one of the 2023 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-one drivers prepare for the start of round one for the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series. On the pole is the No. 20 FBM / Delta Bingo Chevrolet Camaro of the defending race winner, Treyten Lapcevich. Sharing the front row with Lapcevich, is Donald Theetge driving the No. 80 Groupe Theetge / XPN Chevrolet Camaro. Behind the fastest qualifiers are the Camaros of Alex Guenette and Alex Tagliani.|
|Treyten Lapcevich captured his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win at last year’s Sunset race. Lapcevich drove the No. 20 FBM / Delta Bingo Chevrolet Camaro prepared by 22 Racing this season. He gave notice early in the event by topping the timesheets in practice and qualifying. Lapcevich led the first 246-circuits before giving way to Alex Guenette. A decisive pass on the final lap in the last corner gave Lapcevich the victory.|
|With a victory at Trois-Rivieres last season, Alex Guenette demonstrated why he deserved a full-time ride. His opportunity has come with Team 3 Red / Ed Hakonson Racing. In the first round of the 2023 season, Guenette drove the No. 3 ASSA ABLOY / Motos Illimitees Chevrolet Camaro and qualified third fastest. He kept the pressure on the eventual race winner, Treyten Lapcevich, and would lead three laps before finishing second.|
|Kevin Lacroix has been a series regular since 2015 and has finished second in the final standings on four occasions. The driver of the No. 74 NAPA Synthetic Motor Oil / Valvoline Dodge Challenger recorded the fifth fastest time in qualifying. Lacroix was in third place during the late stages of the race. He kept the pressure on both Treyten Lapcevich and Alex Guenette. Lacroix would finish third by a margin of 0.483-seconds.|
|GM Paille was back for another season of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series with last year’s champion Marc-Antoine Camirand and Andrew Ranger, who has three titles to his credit. Ranger qualified eighth, but contact during the race caused his Camaro to overheat, relegating him to a seventeenth-place result. Camirand in the No. 96 Chevrolet Camaro started tenth but battled his way to the front and finished fourth.|
|Donald Theetge made his series debut in 2011 but only completed full-time from 2018 to 2020. This year, Theetge is taking a run at the championship in the No. 80 Groupe Theetge / XPN Chevrolet Camaro. He qualified second for the NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250. Theetge remained in contention during the race, but contact with Marc-Antoine Camirand resulted in a fifth-place finish.|
|During the round one race at Sunset Speedway, two-time series champion D.J. Kennington moved up and down the lap chart. Kennington qualified ninth fastest when driving the familiar No. 17 Castrol Edge / Spark Power / CIM Metals Dodge Challenger. In the race, the car developed a handling problem and he lost a lap. However, after several pit stops, the crew made adjustments, allowing Kennington to finish sixth.|
|The top three finishers for the opening round of the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Sunset Speedway. In the center is the pole-sitter and winner, Treyten Lapcevich. Lapcevich won his first NASCAR victory at last year’s NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250. On the left from Team 3 Red / Ed Hakonson Racing is the runner-up, Alex Guenette. The final position is occupied by series veteran Kevin Lacroix.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||1||Treyten Lapcevich||FBM/Delta Bingo / Chevrolet Camaro||250||-|
|2||3||Alex Guenette||ASSA ABLOY/Motos Illiimitées / Chevrolet Camaro||250||-|
|3||5||Kevin Lacroix||NAPA Synthetic Motor Oil/Valvoline / Dodge Challenger||250||-|
|4||10||Marc-Antoine Camirand||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||250||-|
|5||2||Donald Theetge||Groupe Theetge/XPN / Chevrolet Camaro||250||-|
|6||9||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge/Spark Power / Dodge Challenger||250||-|
|7||7||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada / Dodge||250||-|
|8||17||Jean Philippe Bergeron||Prolon Controls/Rousseau Metals / Ford Mustang||250||-|
|9||11||Larry Jackson||O'Neil Electric/Wonder / Dodge Challenger||250||-|
|10||13||Brandon Watson||Leland/GMS/RGC/Shear Meta / Chevrolet Camaro||250||-|
|11||18||Brandon McFarlane||Oceanex/Make-A-Wish / Chevrolet Camaro||250||-|
|12||16||Dexter Stacey||ReCap / Chevrolet Camaro||249||-|
|13||15||Malcolm Strachan||Curb Records/DarkhorseTrailers / Chevrolet Camaro||248||-|
|14||14||Daniel Bois||Sierra Excavating/A&G / Chevrolet Camaro||247||-|
|15||21||Josh Collins||Wing 'N' It/Make-A-Wish / Chevrolet Camaro||247||-|
|16||20||Wallace Stacey||K-Fibre Optic / Chevrolet Camaro||247||-|
|17||8||Andrew Ranger||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||232||-|
|18||6||Kyle Steckly||APC/Pennzoil/Dayco / Chevrolet Camaro||230||-|
|19||4||Alex Tagliani||St. Hubert/NTN/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro||219||-|
|20||12||Thomas Nepveu||Evirum/Home Hardware / Ford Mustang||213||-|
|21||19||Glenn Styres||GSR/Ohsweken Speedway / Chevrolet Camaro||200||-|
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