NASCAR Pinty’s Stat Advance: ICAR

NASCAR Pinty’s Stat Advance: ICAR

Analyzing the Ecko Unlimited 100

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series returns to the road with the sixth annual Ecko Unlimited 100 at Circuit ICAR on Sunday in Mirabel, Quebec. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Ecko Unlimited 100 Setup:
• Kevin Lacroix took the lead on Lap 2 and led the rest of the way to record his first series win at ICAR last year and also set a record becoming the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race.
• Andrew Ranger has been victorious in three straight races between 2012-2014 and finished second to Lacroix last year at Circuit ICAR. He was two laps away from winning the inaugural 2011 event before being involved in an accident.
• Ranger has won 10 of the 20 road course events in series history contested in his native Quebec: three at ICAR, three at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, four at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Despite not recording a win yet this season, Josten’s Rookie of the Year contender Cayden Lapcevich enters as the points leader in his debut at ICAR on strength of back-to-back runner-up finishes. 

At Circuit ICAR:
History

• The International Center of Advanced Racing (ICAR) is located on the grounds of Montreal-Mirabel International Airport, which closed to passenger flights in 2004.
• The racing facilities began operation in 2008 as a private club, and competition was opened to the public in 2009.
• The complex includes facilities for auto and motorbike racing, drag racing and karting.

Notebook
• Robin Buck won the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series event at Circuit ICAR on June 5, 2011. Alex Tagliani was the series’ first ICAR pole winner.
• Andrew Ranger has won the three races in a row at ICAR between 2012-14. He led wire-to-wire in 2013.
• Qualifying was rained out in 2012. Ranger’s pole-winning effort in 2013 established the track record.
• Ranger has led 49-percent (75/154) of the total laps contested in the first four ICAR races.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer for all five previous NPS ICAR events.

Circuit ICAR Data
Race #:  4 of 12
Track Layout:  2.113-mile, 14-turn road course
Race Length:  30 laps (63.37 miles/102 kilometers)
Telecast: TSN – July 9 at 5 p.m. ET; RDS – July 23 at 2 p.m.

Qualifying/Race Data
2015 Race Winner:  Kevin Lacroix, Dodge, 78.956 mph, 49 mins. 8 secs.
2015 Pole Winner:  Alex Tagliani, Chevrolet, 78.956 mph, 96.342 secs.
Qualifying Record:  Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 79.289 mph, 95.938 seconds, July 7, 2013
Active Category Leaders at Circuit ICAR:

Wins
1. Andrew Ranger … 3
2. Robin Buck … 1
    Kevin Lacroix … 1

Poles
1. Andrew Ranger … 2
    Alex Tagliani … 2

Top Fives
1. L.P. Dumoulin … 5
2. Andrew Ranger … 4
3. Alex Tagliani … 2

Top 10s
1. L.P. Dumoulin … 5
2. Andrew Ranger … 4
3. Three drivers … 3

Laps Led
1. Andrew Ranger … 75
2. Kevin Lacroix … 28
3. Alex Tagliani … 26

Laps Completed
1. L.P. Dumoulin … 154 (all)
    D.J. Kennington … 154
    Andrew Ranger … 154

Starts
1. Eight drivers … 5 (all)

Select Driver Highlights:
Robin Buck (No. 56 OMVIC/ B&B Decals Dodge)
• Has scored two NPS wins with his first coming at the inaugural event at ICAR in 2011. He added a second win at Trois-Rivieres later that season.
• Has made two starts at ICAR.
• In addition to his pair of wins, Buck has collected 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts – all on road courses.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2014 NPS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 24 top fives and 38 top 10s in 62 career starts.
• Has three wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 26 career road course starts.
• Has registered finishes of three fourth and two third-place finishes in the five previous ICAR races.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Fast Eddie/Choko/HGC Chevrolet)
• Has eight wins and 70 top 10s in 112 career starts. Is one of two drivers to compete in every race in NPS history.
• Has 19 top 10s, an average finish of 11th with one win in the second visit at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park last year in 40 career road course starts.
• In the five ICAR events he’s posted an average finish of 16th with a best showing of ninth (2014).

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NPS champion. Currently is tied for second in all-time NPS career wins (19), top fives (74) and top 10s (93), and is one of two drivers to start each of the 112 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,797) and fifth in poles (11).
• Suffered first DNF in 69 races last fall at Riverside after starting on the pole. His most recent DNF before last year also came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
• Has two wins, 26 top fives, 32 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 40 career road course starts.
• In the five ICAR events he’s recorded an average finish of 11th with a best result of fifth (2012).

Gary Klutt (No. 59 Pioneer Family Pools/PoolSuppliesCanada.ca Dodge)
• Has a win, a pole and 11 top 10s in 20 career NPS starts. Both the pole and win came in last year’s season-opener at CTMP.
• Has a win and a pole (CTMP, May 2015), six top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 10 career road races.
• Finished eighth twice in his two previous ICAR starts.

Alex Labbe (No. 36 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear Dodge)
• Has one win (Chaudiere – 2016) four poles, six top fives and 10 top 10s in 18 career starts. His first career pole came at Autodrome St-Eustache and he also won the pole at Chaudiere the past two years.
• In 11 career road course starts he has six top 10s, an average finish of 12th and a best result of fourth.
• Has finishes of sixth (twice), 11th and fourth at ICAR the four previous seasons.

Kevin Lacroix (No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/Total/Go Fast Dodge)
• Recorded two wins in seven starts during his debut season in 2015. Won road races at Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Is the first driver in series history to win two of his first four starts, and first to record two victories in rookie season.
• Finished 15th in last year’s final season standings.
• Became the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race last season at ICAR in his first start at the track.

Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge)
• Has made nine career starts in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and recorded his career-best second-place finish twice in the past two races at Sunset Speedway on June 18th and last Friday at Chaudiere.
• Current leader in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series points standings and will make his debut at ICAR on Sunday.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 NPS champion and after his season opening win at CTMP holds the record for all-time wins with 20 and tied for first in poles (17). Has 49 top fives and 72 top 10s in 86 career starts.
• Finished 21st in the inaugural ICAR event, and then won the next three (2012-2014), including the last two from the pole. He led 71 of the 91 laps contested during those three triumphs.
• Currently holds the series’ record for consecutive wins at a track with three (ICAR, 2012-14; Trois-Rivieres, 2008-10).

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Riobel/Complexe JCP/Juste du Chevrolet)
• Has three wins, six poles and 12 top 10s in 36 career NPS starts.
• Has a win (Edmonton, 2008), four poles, five top fives and an average finish of 16th in 14 road course starts.
• Earned the inaugural ICAR pole in 2011 and again last season and has finishes of eighth (2011) and fifth (2014) and third (2015) there.

Other Driver Notes
• Rookie Josh Collins is scheduled to make his first start at ICAR. He’s the first driver in series history to compete in the series from Newfoundland. Finished seventh at Sunset for his best career finish in four starts.
• Elie Arseneau’s best finish in 12 career starts is 12th, recorded in 2011 at ICAR, a facility owned by his family.

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the first for new series sponsor Pinty’s and the 10th overall for the Canadian-based NASCAR division.
• The 2016 schedule features 12 races at 11 different tracks across five provinces and a return to the road course in Toronto as part of the IndyCar weekend in July.
• Quebec native Andrew Ranger took the lead on the penultimate lap of the season opening race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to score the win.
• Alex Tagliani made Quebec drivers two-for-two this season after he won the Leland Industries 300 at Sunset Speedway for his third career series victory.
• Alex Labbe won from the pole last weekend in an exciting finish with rookie Cayden Lapcevich. It was Labbe’s first career win.
• The next race for the NPS will be the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto on Saturday, July 16, at Toronto Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario.

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Columbus

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Columbus

Analyzing The NAPA 150 At Columbus Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway for the final time Saturday for the NAPA 150. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

NAPA 150 Race Setup:
• This marks the K&N Pro Series East’s sixth visit to Columbus since the inaugural race in 2011.
• This will be the track’s 71st and final season.
• No one scheduled to compete in this year’s NAPA 150 has ever won a series event at Columbus.
• Rev Racing has won three of the five competitions held at the .333-mile oval.

At Columbus Motor Speedway:
History
• It began as a motorcycle racing track in 1946 and first played host to stock cars in 1950.
• Columbus is a charter member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, now in its 35th season.
• It is the second track in the state of Ohio in which the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has competed, along with Mansfield Motorsports Park.

Notebook
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is the only NASCAR touring series to have visited Columbus. The inaugural event was July 23, 2011.
• Each of the five events have produced different race winners: Darrell Wallace Jr. in 2011, Cale Conley in 2012, Daniel Suarez in 2013, Sergio Pena in 2014 and Rico Abreu last year.
• As with race wins, each of the five races have featured different pole winners: Max Gresham in 2011, Ben Kennedy in 2012, Dylan Kwasniewski in 2013, Scott Heckert in 2014 and Rico Abreu last season.

Columbus Data:
Race: #8 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, July 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Track Layout: Third-mile asphalt oval
Banking-Turns: Variable between 8-10 degrees
Banking-Straights: None
Race Length: 150 laps (49.95 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: Rico Abreu
2015 Pole Sitter: Rico Abreu
1-lap Qualifying Record: Rico Abreu, Chevrolet, 14.154 seconds (84.697 mph), July 4, 2015

Columbus Motor Speedway Leaders:
Wins
Rico Abreu … 1
Cale Conley … 1
Sergio Pena … 1
Daniel Suarez … 1
Darrell Wallace Jr. … 1

Poles:
Rico Abreu … 1
Max Gresham … 1
Scott Heckert … 1
Ben Kennedy … 1
Dylan Kwasniewski … 1

Laps Completed
Ryan Gifford … 601
Cale Conley … 450
Eddie MacDonald … 452
Brett Moffitt … 452
Kenzie Ruston … 452
Daniel Suarez … 452

Laps Led
Cale Conley … 150
Darrell Wallace Jr … 116
Daniel Suarez … 88
Rico Abreu … 86
Dylan Kwasniewski … 64
Grant Quinlan … 63
Cameron Hayley … 59
Scott Heckert … 57

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Bicycle Playing Cards/Pine Mountain Firewood Chevrolet)

• Heads into the weekend ranked eighth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings with five top 10s.
• This will be his first series start at Columbus.
• His best finish this year was sixth at VIRginia International Raceway.

Kyle Benjamin (No. 40 FEVR Chevrolet)
• Is third in the standings with four top fives and five top 10s.
• Finished 16th at Columbus last year after starting eighth.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging/Konica Minolta Toyota)
• Is 13th in the standings headed into the NAPA 150 with one top 10.
• This will be his first series start at Columbus.
• He won his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway
• Is a member of the 2106-17 NASCAR Next class.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota)
• Is ranked ninth in the standings headed into the weekend with two top 10s.
• He finished 13th at Columbus last season after starting 16th.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Spencer Davis (No. 92 Davis Poultry Chevrolet)
• Is second in the standings with one win and five top fives.
• This will be his first K&N East start at the Ohio oval.
• He earned his first series victory at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Tyler Dippel (No. 38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet)
• Is sixth in the standings with one win and three top 10s.
• This will be his first series start at .333-mile oval.
• Earned his first K&N Pro Series East win at Mobile.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toyota)
• Heads into the weekend ranked 12th in the standings with three top 10s.
• This will be his first K&N Pro Series East start at the Columbus short track
• Earned his best finish, sixth, at Dominion.
• Is a NASCAR Next alumnus.

Noah Gragson (No. 7 SPEEDVEAGS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford)
• Is fourth in the standings with one win, two top fives and four top 10s.
• This will be his Columbus debut.
• In a track of the same size (California’s All American Speedway) in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, he finished eighth.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Justin Haley (No. 5 Braun Auto Chevrolet)
• Leads the K&N Pro East standings with one win, six top fives and seven top 10s.
• Earned his first series win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway.
• In two starts at Columbus, he finished 23rd in 2014 and ninth last season.

Austin Theriault (No. 1 Tanagi Toyota)
• Is ranked fifth in the standings with three top fives and four top 10s.
• This will be his first K&N Pro Series East start at Columbus.
• Earned his best finish, third, at VIRginia International Raceway.

Other Driver Notes:
• Dominque Van Wieringen led 88 of the 150 lap feature at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, she ultimately finished 16th.
• Todd Gilliland will be making his fourth K&N Pro Series East start. The NASCAR Next driver has earned one win, two top fives and three top 10s.

Up To Speed:
• The 2016 season is the 30th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2016 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland earned his first K&N Pro Series East victory in his series debut at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February.
• Tyler Dippel collected his first series win in just his second start at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway in March.
• Justin Haley recorded his first K&N Pro Series East win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway in March after leading a total of 28 laps.
• Chad Finchum earned his first series victory at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Austin Cindric kept the new winner trend going winning the Biscuitville 125 in his series debut at VIRginia International Raceway.
• Spencer Davis took home his first K&N East victory at the series’ inaugural visit to Virginia’s Dominion Raceway.
• Noah Gragson collected his first K&N Pro Series East victory in the series’ return to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

Whelen South. Mod. Stat Advance: Caraway

Whelen South. Mod. Stat Advance: Caraway

Analyzing The Davis Roofing 150 At Caraway Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season gets back underway Friday at Caraway Speedway with the Davis Roofing 150. This will be the third of four scheduled visits to the track for the tour this year. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at Caraway:

Davis Roofing 150 Setup:
• 2010 tour champion Burt Myers repeated as winner at Caraway in the most recent event for the tour winning the Dogwood 150, in addition to winning in the season opener at the track in March.
• George Brunnhoelzl III enters the Davis Roofing 150 as the winner of the other two previous tour events this past spring. The West Babylon, New York, native already owns the Caraway track record for most tour wins with 12.
• Seuss and Brunnhoelzl have combined to win 16 of the last 26 tour races at Caraway, and 23 of 36 since 2008.

At Caraway Speedway:
History

• Caraway Speedway is celebrating its 51st season of competition this year. The .455-mile oval opened in 1966 as a dirt track and was paved in 1972.
• Caraway held three NASCAR XFINITY Series events from 1982-83, won by Dale Earnhardt, Jack Ingram and Butch Lindley.
• Caraway has featured weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing each year since 1986.
• The first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway Speedway was held on March 26, 2005 and won by Ted Christopher.

Notebook
• Caraway has held the most events in NWSMT history with 58 entering this race. No other track has played host to more than 11.
• There have been 12 different winners across the 58 previous NWSMT events at Caraway, led by Brunnhoelzl with 12.
• Eight different drivers have earned Coors Light Pole Awards at Caraway since the first race in 2005. Burt Myers leads that contingent with 13. He was also the inaugural event’s polesitter.
• Jason Myers, who set the track record in qualifying for the 2015 season opener for his first career pole on the tour and repeated this season winning the pole in the season opener, is the only driver to compete in all 58 previous NWSMT events at Caraway.
• Brian Loftin, Junior Miller and L.W. Miller combined to win 17 of the first 21 NWSMT races at Caraway. Brunnhoelzl and Andy Seuss have accounted for 23 victories in the last 35 trips.
• L.W. Miller holds the record for consecutive victories at Caraway with five, which spanned the 2006-07 seasons. Seuss is second with four straight wins between the 2013-14 seasons.
• Seven Caraway races have been won wire-to-wire, including back-to-back wins most recently by Seuss in 2014.
• Seuss was the youngest Caraway race winner on Oct. 4, 2008, at 21 years, six months, 19 days.
• Junior Miller was the oldest Caraway victor at 55 years, four months, 14 days on Sept. 9, 2006.

Caraway Speedway Data
Race: #5 of 11 overall, 3 of 4 at Caraway
Track Layout:  .455-mile asphalt oval
Banking/Turns:  13 degrees
Banking/Straights:  9 degrees
Race Length:  150 laps / 68.25 miles

Qualifying/Race Data
2015 Pole Winner:  Andy Seuss
2015 Race Winner:  George Brunnhoelzl III
Track Qualifying Record:  Jason Myers, Ford, 15.563 sec., 105.250 mph, March 15, 2015

Active Category Leaders at Caraway:
Wins

1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 12
2. Andy Seuss … 11
3. Burt Myers … 4

Poles
1. Burt Myers … 13
2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 11
3. Andy Seuss … 9

Top Fives
1. George Brunnhoelzl III … 28
2. Andy Seuss … 26
3. Burt Myers … 23
    Jason Myers … 23

Top 10s
1. Jason Myers … 44
2. Burt Myers … 41
3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 35

Laps Led
1. Andy Seuss … 1,678
2. George Brunnhoelzl III … 1,486
3. Burt Myers … 736

Laps Completed
1. Burt Myers … 7,994
2. Jason Myers … 7,967
3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 6,647

Starts
1. Jason Myers … 58
2. Burt Myers … 56
3. George Brunnhoelzl III … 45
    Andy Seuss … 45

Selected Driver Highlights:
JR Bertuccio (No. 2 Gershow Recycling Chevrolet)
• Has two wins and 28 top 10s in 50 career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour starts. The wins came at Southern National Motorsports Park and Bristol Motor Speedway (NWSMT) in 2014.
• Enjoyed his best career finish to date in the final points standings (fourth) in 2014.
• Has six top fives and 14 top 10s in 23 career starts at Caraway Speedway.

Danny Bohn (No. 40 William Smith Trucking/Lewisville Motors Chevrolet)
• This New Jersey native has four wins, seven poles, 22 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes in 44 career starts.
• Finished in the top 10 in the final standings each year from 2012-14 and competed part-time last year. Returns to full-time competition this season with Frank and Chris Fleming.
• Has an average finish of fifth with a pair of wins, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 13 career Caraway starts.

Kyle Bonsignore (No. 22 Snap-On Tools Chevrolet)
• Has made six career NWSMT starts with his lone top-five and three top-10 finishes coming earlier this season.
• Collected his first career top-five finish on the southern tour in April at South Boston.
• One of two Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders this season in the NWSMT.

George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Composite Technologies Chevrolet)
• Has a record four NWSMT championships (2009, `11, `12, `13).
• Has 27 wins, 26 poles, 53 podiums, 70 top fives, 85 top 10s and 3,602 laps led in 107 career starts.
• Holds NWSMT all-time records for wins and laps led. Ranks second in poles, third in top fives and fourth in top 10s.
• Has recorded at least one win a season in every year he has competed full-time on the NWSMT since 2008. Ran on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010.
• Has 12 wins, 11 poles, 23 podiums, 28 top fives, 35 top 10s and 1,486 laps led in 45 starts at Caraway.
• Has finished on the podium in 22 of his last 30 starts at Caraway, including all 12 wins.

Kyle Ebersole (No. 5 Ebersole Excavating Ford)
• Has two wins, 21 top fives and 37 top 10s in 50 career starts. The first victory was earned at Langley Speedway in 2013 and the second came at South Boston Speedway in 2014.
• Ranked fifth in points with eight top-10 finishes last season.
• Has an average finish of eighth with nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes with a career-best showing of second (2013) in 20 career Caraway starts.

Jeremy Gerstner (No. 15 GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet)
• Competing fulltime again this season for modified veteran car owner Grady Jeffreys Sr.
• Has scored two top-five finishes and 10 top 10s in 28 career starts with a best finish of third at Bowman Gray in 2015.
• Scored his first top-10 finish at Caraway in this year’s season opener and has made 10 previous starts at the track.

Bobby Measmer Jr. (No. 74 Powerhouse Recycling/Lead 2 Real Estate Chevrolet)
• The Concord, N.C., driver has one pole (South Boston, 2015), four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 28 career starts.
• Has two top-fives and six top-10 finishes in 10 career starts at Caraway.
• Finished a career-best second in the season opener in March and also collected his only other career top-five finish on the tour at Caraway in 2015.

Burt Myers (No. 1 Remington SCT/Speedway Auto Auction Ford)
• The 2010 NWSMT champion has 18 wins, a tour record 29 poles, 72 top fives and 110 top 10s in 132 career starts.
• Finished fourth in the final standings last season with one win, six top fives and eight top 10s in 10 races. It was his third consecutive finish inside the top five in the final standings.
• Won the season opener and the most recent race at Caraway in April and now has four wins, a record 13 poles, 23 top fives and 41 top 10s in 56 career Caraway starts.
• Was the NWSMT’s inaugural event pole sitter at Caraway, and won the second-ever race there on April 9, 2005.

Jason Myers (No. 4 Adams Towing/Corks, Caps & Taps Ford)
• Has recorded three wins, 45 top fives and 102 top 10s in a NWSMT-record 136 career starts. Has competed in all but one race (2005-Martinsville Speedway) in the tour’s previous 11 seasons.
• Finished 2015 a career-best third place in the final standings as the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race all season.
• Is the only driver to participate in all 58 previous NWSMT races at Caraway, where he has a win (2013), a pole (2015), 22 top fives and a record 44 top 10s.
• Won the Coors Light Pole Award in the season opener and established the current track qualifying record last season with a fast time of 15.563 seconds (105.250 mph).

Austin Pickens (No. 33 Greenbriar Landscape Chevrolet)
• Has made four starts this season competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
• Recorded first career top-10 finish in April at South Boston.
• Joins Gerstner as the only other full-time competitor in the NWSMT this season from the state of Florida. The Orlando, Florida native drives for veteran car owner Gary Fountain, Sr.

Gary Putnam (No. 77 Curb Records Chevrolet)
• Has 27 top 10s in 59 career starts with a career best finish of fifth at Caraway in 2013.
• Finished in the top 10 in the final 2015 standings with six top 10s in 10 races, equaling his career-best showing of eighth place in 2014.
• Has 11 top 10s and an average finish of 11th in 25 career starts at Caraway.

Andy Seuss (No. 11 Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet)
• Has 21 wins, 12 poles, 66 top fives and 86 top 10s in 108 career NWSMT starts. His 21 wins rank second all-time.
• The two-time defending champion won last year at Caraway, Bristol and South Boston. He had five top fives and eight top 10s in 10 races.
• Ranks second to George Brunnhoelzl III with 11 career wins at Caraway. Also has nine poles, 26 top fives, 34 top 10s and led a record 1,678 laps led in 45 total starts there.
• Four of his five career wire-to-wire wins have come at Caraway, including the first two races held in 2014 at the track.

Up To Speed:
• Burt Myers made a late pass around Danny Bohn to pick up the season-opening win and 17th overall in his career in the southern tour.
• George Brunnhoelzl III made a late pass by Ted Christopher to add to his record-setting number of wins on the tour with his first victory of the year and 26th overall.
• Brunnhoelzl III won back-to-back races on the schedule for the seventh time in his career after taking the checkered flag in the South Boston 150.
• Burt Myers held off his brother Jason is winning the Dogwood 150 in the most recent race on the tour at Caraway in April. First time in his career he’s picked up two wins before the annual spring break.

NASCAR Pinty’s Series News & Notes: ICAR

NASCAR Pinty’s Series News & Notes: ICAR

Lacroix Returns to Site of First Career Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Lacroix made just his second career NASCAR Pinty’s Series start in this event last season but quickly made sure everyone in the field knew who he was right away.

Lacroix started fourth and quickly moved past Andrew Ranger on Lap 2 and never looked back in the Ecko Unlimited 100 to score his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win. The Saint-Eustache, Que, native also made history winning the first caution-free race in the history of the series.

Lacroix went on to also score a win at Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres last August to become the first rookie competitor in the history of the series to score two wins in a season.

If not for an experienced Alex Tagliani at Sunset Speedway and a side-by-side duel with Alex Labbe last weekend at Chaudiere, Cayden Lapcevich might share that distinction with Lacroix this season. Lapcevich has finished second in those two events and will try put a rookie driver in Victory Lane for the second year in a row at ICAR.

Lacroix has scored two top-10 finishes so far this season and a win at ICAR could help offset his disappointing finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park when mechanical issues ended his day early.

Another driver looking forward to competing this Sunday at ICAR has to be Andrew Ranger. Ranger has won three of the five races held at Circuit ICAR and finished second last year to Lacroix.

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Fast Facts:
The Race:
The Ecko Unlimited 100 is the fourth event of the 2016 season for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and the second of five road course events on the schedule. This is the series’ sixth all-time visit to Circuit ICAR.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 25 cars will qualify through NASCAR Road Race (group) qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 30 laps covering 63.37 miles (102 kilometers).

The Track: Circuit ICAR is located northwest of Montreal, Quebec, on the grounds of Montreal-Mirabel Airport, which has been closed to commercial flights since 2004. The complex has over three kilometers of road circuits with multiple configurations, a quarter-mile drag strip, skid pad, drift park, autocross track and a one-kilometer karting track designed by Jacques Villeneuve.

The Pole Winners: Alex Tagliani was the inaugural event’s pole winner in 2011. Andrew Ranger, who has earned the pole the last two years, set the track record in 2013 at 95.938 seconds (79.289 mph).

The Race Winners: The first ICAR event saw Robin Buck take the checkered flag and Ranger was victorious in the three subsequent races in Mirabel before Kevin Lacroix captured the win last season.

ECKO Unlimited 100 Notes:
Challenging Schedule Ahead:
Following a long offseason, and just three events since the season began in mid-May, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule will kick into high gear this week. Starting with the Ecko Unlimited 100, the Canadian Tire Series will contest four event in the month of July. Following Circuit ICAR, the series returns to Toronto on July 16. Just six days later the annual western swing will take the series to Alberta on July 23 at Edmonton International Raceway and to Wyant Group Raceway (formerly known as Auto Clearing Motor Speedway) in Saskatoon on July 27. 

Second of Five Road Course Races: ICAR will play host to the second of five road-course events for the Pinty’s Series in 2016. The season opened at Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 22, and the series will return there on Sept. 4. The third of five road course races will be contested at Toronto Exhibition Place on July 16 before the series returns Quebec for the annual stop at Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 14.

Tagliani Looks to Maintain Momentum: After missing the season-opener at CTMP due to his commitments to run the Indianapolis 500, Alex Tagliani is making it known he’ll be a driver to contend with this season. After scoring his second consecutive win at Sunset Speedway on June 18, the Lachenaie, Que., native finished third at Chaudiere to climb to 10th-place in the season standings. Tagliani finished third at ICAR last season.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Columbus

K&N Pro East News & Notes: Columbus

Rev Racing Hopes To Repeat Success In Final Visit To Ohio Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make its sixth and final visit to Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway this weekend for the NAPA 150.

The third-mile oval, is celebrating its 71st and final season, and Saturday’s night 150-lap feature is one of the big highlights on the calendar of the track’s final season. It has also been a welcome stop for Rev Racing.

The track has seen its fair share of historic moments in the K&N Pro Series East and Rev Racing has been a part of most of them. Since 2011, Rev Racing has won three of the five races. Darrell Wallace Jr. won the inaugural event for the team in 2011, Daniel Suarez scored his first series win at the track in 2013 and Sergio Pena won there in 2014.

Last year, Rev Racing entries finished 4-10-12-13 at the .333-mile semi-banked oval. In 2014 the team finished 1-5-13 and 2013 they finished 1-4-10. Only 2012 was an off year with the team posting results of 6-13-12 after Kyle Larson cut a tire with 10 laps to go and dropped from second to sixth. 

In the first seven events of the season, Rev Racing has collected six tops 10s and sits 9th, 12th, 14th and 17th in the K&N Pro Series East championship standings.

Rev Racing will be led this weekend by veteran and NASCAR Next driver Collin Cabre. The Tampa, Florida, native earned his first series win last season in the series finale at the Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Cabre will look to score his first win of the season this weekend and improve upon his 13th place finish at the track last season.

Cabre will be joined by his rookie teammates and fellow Drive For Diversity drivers, JA Avila, Ruben Garcia Jr. and Ali Kern, who will all be making their K&N Pro Series East debuts at Columbus this weekend. It will be a homecoming for Kern, who is from Fremont, Ohio.

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Fast Facts:
The Race: The NAPA 150 will be the eighth of 14 races on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It’s the seventh of 10 oval track events. It will be the series’ sixth visit to the Ohio oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 27 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps, spanning 49.95 miles.

The Track: A charter member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Columbus Motor Speedway is a .333-mile asphalt oval that began as a motorcycle racing track in 1946 and first played host to stock cars in 1950. The track has announced it will be closing at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

NAPA 150 Race Notes:
Championship Points Update: Justin Haley has built himself a nice lead headed into the NAPA 150. The 17-year-old Winamac, Indiana, driver has a 22-point lead over Spencer Davis in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings. Trailing behind are Kyle Benjamin and Noah Gragson in third and fourth, respectively. Haley leads Benjamin by 27 points and Gragson by 31 points.

Toyota Domination: Toyota has dominated the competition at Columbus Motor Speedway, winning four of the five previous K&N Pro Series East races at the track. Rico Abreu broke the trend last year, piloting his Chevrolet to Victory Lane in his first series’ win.

New Columbus Winner To Be Crowned: Columbus will have a new winner crowned Saturday. Of the 19 drivers currently slated to compete in the NAPA 150, none have won a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at the Ohio oval.  

Davis Debuts With New Team: Spencer Davis will make his first start with his family owned team this weekend at Columbus. The NASCAR Next driver competed for Ranier Racing with MDM the first seven events of the season, winning at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway. 

Red, White & Boom: The K&N Pro Series East and Columbus Motor Speedway will be returning to the Red, White and Boom parade in downtown Columbus Friday evening. Stop by the K&N Filters and Columbus Motor Speedway booth prior to the parade to meet some drivers and pick up some K&N swag. Stick around to see us in the parade and watch some fireworks.

NASCAR Home Tracks: Action Packed Saturday Schedule
Saturday will also feature NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action with Late Models, Columbus Modifieds and Crazy Compacts events. Kyle Purvis is leading the Columbus Div. 1 Late Model competition with 495 points. Donnie Hill follows with 472 points. Terry Humphrey sits atop the Div. II Columbus Modifieds standings and Jeremy Menninger trails closely behind with 538 points. Michael Robison leads the Div. IV Crazy Compacts standings with Bill McElfresh following in second (501-446 points). 

 

Whelen Southern Mod. News & Notes: Caraway

Whelen Southern Mod. News & Notes: Caraway

Myers Enters Davis Roofing 150 Looking for Third Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the first time in his storied career in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Burt Myers has accomplished something unique in 2016.

The 2010 tour champion has always been known as a strong second-half performer, but this season he’s already picked up a pair of wins before July.

Myers will look to add to his resume Friday if he can win the Davis Roofing 150 ay Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina. If Myers wins he will become the fourth driver in the 11-year history of the tour to win three or more races in a row at Caraway.

The Walnut Cove, North Carolina, veteran won the season opener and went in to the spring break winning at the .455-mile track in April. His wins enabled him to lead the point standings by nine over four-time series champion George Brunnhoelzl III, who also picked up a pair of wins in the spring.

Brunnhoelzl, who already owns the Caraway record for most tour wins with 12, is the defending winner of the July race at Caraway.

Danny Bohn finished third in the spring race and returns driving for Chris and Frank Fleming. He led 36 laps in the most recent race at Caraway after earning the Coors Light Pole Award. Bohn will join defending champion Andy Seuss as another favorite that could leave Caraway Friday with their first win of the season.

Seuss is second in career wins at Caraway with 11. The two-time defending champion and Bruinnhoelzl have won 16 of the last 26 tour races held at the track since 2011.

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Fast Facts
The Race:
The Davis Roofing 150 at Caraway Speedway will be the fifth of 11 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship events in 2016. This is the tour’s 59th visit to the historic oval, and the third of four races this year at the track.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (68.25 miles) and teams have an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

The Track: Caraway is a .455-mile banked asphalt oval located in rural Sophia, North Carolina. The facility opened in 1966 with a dirt racing surface and was paved in 1972. Caraway, which features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, has played host to more NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events than any other track in the tour’s history (57).

The Records: Jason Myers set the tour’s track qualifying record on March 15, 2015 with a mark of 15.563 seconds (105.250 mph).

Davis Roofing 150 Notes
Jason Myers Keeps Streak Alive:
Jason Myers is the only driver in the history of the tour to start all 58 previous races held at Caraway Speedway. He has one win, 23 top fives and 44 top 10s at the track. 

Bohn Joins Former Winners in the Field: Danny Bohn will join Burt Myers, Jason Myers, George Brunnhoelzl, and Andy Seuss as past Caraway winners in the Davis Roofing 150 starting lineup.

Hutchens Expected to Make Second Start of Season: Recent high school graduate Trey Hutchens III, is expected to make his second tour start of the season. The president of his high school senior class won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors last season.

PIT BOX: Haley Leads K&N East To Columbus

PIT BOX: Haley Leads K&N East To Columbus

Pinty’s Ready For ICAR; Whelen Southern Mods Return To Action

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to action after its annual spring break Friday at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina. The Davis Roofing 150 will be the third of four events at the .455-mile speedway. Burt Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III each visited Victory Lane twice in the spring, with Myers holding a nine-point lead over the four-time series champion. Brunnhoelzl is the defending winner of the July race at Caraway and leads all competitors with 12 wins there. Myers will attempt to become the fourth driver in the history of the tour to score three consecutive wins at the speedway.

• Columbus Speedway in Ohio is celebrating its 71st and final season, and Saturday night’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series is the big highlights of the track’s calendar. The third-mile oval has seen its share of historic moments in the series, from Darrell Wallace Jr’s win in the inaugural event to the first career wins by Cale Conley (2012), Daniel Suarez (2013) and Rico Abreu (2015). This year has already seen seven different winners in the seven races. Columbus’ NAPA 150 marks the beginning of the second half of the schedule, and Justin Haley has built a 22-point cushion through remarkable consistency (six top fives, including a win and two seconds). Second-place Spencer Davis and third-place Kyle Benjamin still look to get back into the championship race, while Rev Racing has won three of the five races at Columbus.

• After back-to-back short tracks, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series remains in Quebec with a visit to the road course with the ECKO Unlimited 100 at Circuit ICAR. Kevin Lacroix won last year’s event in just his second career start. Lacroix took the lead from pole-sitter Alex Tagliani on the second lap and never looked back in the first caution-free race in series history. Lacroix, who set the series’ record by becoming the first driver to win in their first first two starts. Andrew Ranger finished second, breaking his streak of three straight wins at the 2.125-mile, 16-turn course on the former runways of the Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. Sixteen-year-old Cayden Lapcevich enters the weekend with the championship points lead by six points over Ranger and eight over last weekend’s winner, Alex Labbe.

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR

Davis Roofing 150 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C.
Friday, July 1, 8:30 p.m.
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NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST

NAPA 150 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 2, 9 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, Friday, July 8, 12:30 p.m. ET
Twitter: #NAPA150, #KNEast, @COLUMBUSPEEDWAY

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NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES

Ecko Unlimited 100 at Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
Sunday, July 3, 2:40 p.m.
TV: TSN1/TSN3/TSN4, Saturday, July 9, 5 p.m.
Twitter: #Ecko100, #NPS, @ICARXP

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Whelen Euro ELITE 1: Gabillon Sweeps The Weekend

Whelen Euro ELITE 1: Gabillon Sweeps The Weekend

Dominates The Michelin 75, Enters The Playoffs As Points Leader

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With a dominating performance in the Michelin 75, Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) grabbed his third win of the season, the eighth of his NASCAR career and the fourth at Tours Speedway, sweeping the French weekend.

“Fantastic! This is how we wanted to close the regular season. It was a tough race because every caution erased my advantage,” said the Frenchman. “It was a great weekend, with RDV Competition we did a great job as a team and now we must focus on the playoffs. No mistakes allowed from now on. It will be really important to finish all the races and be at the front.”

Gabillon started from the pole and after an early caution was able to pull away from the rest of the field, building a gap that went up to 3 seconds as the Uzès-native swftly navigated through  lapped traffic. Behind him, a tight battle for second involved Riccardo Geltrude (#7 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang), Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS)  and Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS).

Gabillon’s advantage disappeared when a spin by Gian Maria Gabbiani (#12 Virgin Radio Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) triggered a caution on lap 62. A contact in the following restart with 5 laps to go sent Geltrude spinning while he was trying to hold on to the second place and led to a Green-White-Checkered finish. Gabillon mastered the restart once again and took the checkered flag with a .569 seconds advantage on Ferrando, who had the better hand on Rocca for second overall and for first in the Junior “Jerome Sarran” Trophy classification. The Italian on the other hand scored his first podium finish of the 2016 season ahead of Day and Kumpen, who rounded out the top-5.

Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang), Freddy Nordstrom (#44 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), Bert Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), Riccardo Geltrude (#7 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) and Ulysse Delsaux (#31 McDonald’s RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) completed the top-10, with Delsaux posting his first fastest lap of the race in the ELITE 1 Division.

Gabillon will lead a tight battle for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Championship entering the playoffs on September 17-18 at Adria Raceway. The Italian track will host the NWES Semi Finals, awarding double points, for the first time.

Whelen Euro Elite 2: Longin Returns To Victory Lane

Whelen Euro Elite 2: Longin Returns To Victory Lane

Takes Commanding 6th Win In GWC Finish

It took just a couple of races to Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) to return to the Victory Lane for the sixth time this year and it was a special one. The Belgian dominated the ELITE 2 Tours Evenements 75 and grabbed the checkered flag in a Green-White Checkered finish, further reinforcing his points lead before the playoffs.

Overcoming the difficulty of driving a spare car made the win even sweeter for Longin. His PK Carsport team had to resort to a spare car after a technical problem sent Bert Longin in the wall few minutes into the first free practice session on Friday and received help from fellow competitors at Brass Racing. PK Carsport quickly regrouped and provided the ELITE 2 points leader a strong car.

“It is unbelivable! We had to skip free practice on Friday and yesterday’s race was very difficult, but today it was almost perfect and I really thank everybody at Brass Racing for giving us their #90 car. Winning 6 races in the regular season is amazing!” said Longin, who is just one win shy of a NWES record for the most wins in a single season. “ Now we have to think about the playoffs because with double points anything can happen. You must finish all the races and I hope to finish on the podium both in Adria and Zolder.”

After finishing third on Saturday, Stienes Longin started from the pole and led every lap, imposing a commanding pace and swiftly navigating through five restarts, including a Green-White-Checkered dash to the finish.

Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) and Riccardo Geltrude (#7 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) battled all race long for second and it was the Frenchman to finish behind Longin by just over .3 seconds, while the Italian lost a bunch of positions in the last restart and ended up seventh overall and first in the Rookie Cup.

A solid Guillaume Deflandre (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and Gabriele Gardel (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) rounded out the top-5. Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) was sixth under the checkered flag ahead of Geltrude, Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) and Legend Trophy leader Renzo Calcinati (#12 Virgin Radio Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang). Willy Gruber (#26 Dexwet Renauer Team Ford Mustang) closed the top-10.

Stienes Longin will enter the playoffs, beginning in Adria, Italy on September 17-18, as the ELITE 2 points leader with an almost perfect score and a solid margin on Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS). 

 

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Solomito Scores Home Track Win

Solomito Scores Home Track Win

Edges Bonsignore For Whelen Modified Win At Riverhead

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — While Timmy Solomito’s first career win earlier this year was a ‘dream come true,’ Saturday night’s victory at his home track was twice as sweet.

The 24-year-old Islip, New York driver, piloted the No. 16 Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford to the win in the Riverhead 200 at Long Island’s Riverhead Speedway. To get to Victory Lane for a second time, Solomito had to hold off Justin Bonsignore in a green-white-checkered finish that capped a wild night on the historic quarter-mile.

“Since I set out on the tour, this is something I always wanted to do, win in front of my hometown crowd,” Solomito said. “To finally get a win here means a lot.”

It was a Riverhead sweep of the podium, as Bonsignore settled for second and Donny Lia came home third.

Jimmy Blewett, who had to drop to the rear on the start for making changes after qualifying, charged his way up to fourth. And Dave Sapienza rounded out the top five.

Solomito has won a number of the extra-distance NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified events at Riverhead, but was 0-for-5 in tour starts. He did nearly come away with a win in 2013, only to finish third after losing the lead to eventual winner Ryan Preece with 24 laps to go.
 
Bonsignore is a former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion at Riverside and was looking to win his third straight tour race there. But Solomito got a strong jump on the race’s final restart as the late caution pushed the race to 212 laps.

Earlier in the day, Doug Coby won his fifth Coors Light Pole Award in six races this season. Coby led a race-high 81 laps but spun after contact with Bonsignore as the two battled along with Solomito for the lead on Lap 196. Coby salvaged a 10th-place finish and maintained a 17-point lead over Max Zachem.

Zachem finished sixth, followed by Eric Goodale, Chase Dowling, rookie Matt Swanson and Coby.

Bonsignore is third in points, one ahead of Lia and two ahead of Solomito.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads north next month for the New England 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 16. It’s part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at the “Magic Mile,” which includes the non-points All-Star Shootout for the Whelen Modifieds on Friday, July 15.

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Timmy Solomito takes the checkered flag to win Saturday night’s Riverhead 200 at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. Fran Lawlor/NASCAR

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