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 five of the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series was held at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Drivers would compete in the thirty-five-lap Tiffany Gate Grand Prix of Toronto around the eleven-turn 1.755-mile temporary street circuit.
|The pace lap for the Tiffany Gate Grand Prix of Toronto. Twenty-five drivers prepare to enter the final corners on the temporary street circuit. The pole-sitter, Alex Tagliani, leads the field in the No. 18 St. Hubert / NTN / Qwick Wick Chevrolet Camaro and the No. 27 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro of the second fastest qualifier, Andrew Ranger. The Dodges of L.P. Dumoulin and Kevin Lacroix occupy row two.|
|On Friday afternoon Alex Tagliani scored his third victory at Toronto’s Exhibition Place and his first of the 2023 season. Tagliani put the No. 18 St. Hubert / NTN / Qwick Wick / Genatec Chevrolet Camaro on the pole. However, it was not a flag-to-flag romp. He led until the first caution period and was passed on the restart by Andrew Ranger. A bold move in turn five on the sixteenth lap gave Tagliani the first-place and the win.|
|Kevin Lacroix entered round five in Toronto with four top-five finishes in as many events. He was also the defending race winner and had a victory in 2017. The No. 74 NAPA Auto Parts / Valvoline Dodge Challenger driver was fourth fastest in qualifying. After passing L.P. Dumoulin, he chased the leaders Alex Tagliani and Andrew Ranger. Lacroix got by Ranger and finished in the runner-up position.|
|Marc-Antoine Camirand drove the familiar No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro. Camirand won round three at Autodrome Chaudiere but was later penalized for a technical infraction. At Toronto, his problems started early. On the second lap of practice, the suspension broke, damaging the driveshaft. Without a qualifying time, Camirand started eighteenth. He powered his way through the field and finished third.|
|The No. 47 WeatherTech Dodge Challenger is driven by three-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, L.P. Dumoulin. After four rounds, he was fifth in the points standings, with his best result being fifth-place finishes at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Autodrome Chaudiere. Dumoulin recorded the third-fastest time in qualifying. In the race, he lost positions to Kevin Lacroix and Marc-Antoine Camirand to finish fourth.|
|Andrew Ranger is a three-time NASCAR Pinty’s champion. His racing resume also includes three victories in Toronto. Ranger hasn’t had much luck this season, but he led the practice session in Toronto and qualified second in the No. 27 GM Paille Chevrolet Camaro. He grabbed the race lead on the first restart. Five circuits later, Ranger lost the top spot to Alex Tagliani. Late in the contest, he developed brake issues and finished fifth.|
|After collecting three victories in the first four races, Treyten Lapcevich leads the 2023 title chase by twenty-three points. However, the streets of Toronto would be more of a challenge for the driver of the No. 20 FBM / GSR Chevrolet Camaro. He was gridded seventh for the thirty-five contest. Issues for Gary Klutt and Thomas Nepveu resulted in a sixth-place finish. However, his championship lead fell to nineteen markers.|
|The podium for round five of the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. In the center is the winner, Alex Tagliani. This was Tagliani’s third victory in Toronto. Standing on the right is the runner-up, Kevin Lacroix. Lacroix, second in the standings, inched closer to the points leader, Treyten Lapcevich. Completing the rostrum is the third-place finisher from GM Paille, Marc-Antoine Camirand.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||1||Alex Tagliani||St. Hubert/NTN/Qwick Wick / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|2||4||Kevin Lacroix||NAPA Synthetic Motor Oil/Valvoline / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|3||18||Marc-Antoine Camirand||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|4||3||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|5||2||Andrew Ranger||GM Paille Chevrolet / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|6||7||Treyten Lapcevich||FBM/Delta Bingo / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|7||10||Jean Philippe Bergeron||Prolon Controls/Rousseau Metals / Ford Mustang||35||-|
|8||8||Alex Guenette||ASSA ABLOY/Motos Illiimitées / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|9||12||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge/Spark Power / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|10||14||Matthew Scannell||Nitro 54 Variety / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|11||24||J.F. Dumoulin||Kamloop / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|12||9||Kyle Steckly||APC/Dayco / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|13||20||Larry Jackson||O'Neil Electric / Dodge Challenger||35||-|
|14||17||Darryl Timmers||Curb Records/Kint Inc / Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|15||22||Herby Drescher||Herby's Lifts / Dodge Challenger||34||-|
|16||11||Sam Fellows||AER Manufacturing / Chevrolet Camaro||34||-|
|17||23||Trevor Monaghan||GSR/Solo Performance Exhaust / Chevrolet Camaro||33||-|
|18||6||Thomas Nepveu||Evirum/Home Hardware / Ford Mustang||33||-|
|19||13||Brandon Watson||Leland/GMS/RGC/Shear Meta / Chevrolet Camaro||32||Suspension|
|20||25||J.F. Laberge||Dagobert / Chevrolet Camaro||26||Mechanical|
|21||21||Glenn Styres||GSR/Ohsweken Speedway / Chevrolet Camaro||24||Brakes|
|22||16||Peter Klutt||Legendary Motorcar / Dodge Challenger||20||Shock Absorbers|
|23||5||Gary Klutt||Bothwell-Accurate/Ace Hill / Dodge Challenger||6||Shifter|
|24||19||Dexter Stacey||ReCap/Bully's Truck Stop / Chevrolet Camaro||6||Transmission|
|25||15||Daniel Bois||Sierra Excavating/A&G / Chevrolet Camaro||1||Accident|
|26||26||Serge Bourdeau||Excellence Dodge Chrysler / Dodge Challenger||0||Did Not Start|
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