Rain Can’t Slow Lacroix At CTMP

Rain Can’t Slow Lacroix At CTMP

Last-lap Pass of Ranger Nets Pinty’s Season-Opening Win

BOWMANVILLE, Ont — Kevin Lacroix finally figured out Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last fall, and the offseason did nothing to slow him down. Nor did the rain that arrived in force in the final laps of Sunday’s Can-Am 200.

The Saint-Eustache, Quebec, driver scored his second win in a row at the fame 2.459-mile road course. He won the E3 Spark Plug Pole Award Saturday, and then drove by Andrew Ranger on the final lap of Sunday’s race for his fifth career win.

A Lap 49 caution forced the race into overtime, with Lacroix and Ranger swapping the lead multiple times over the final turns before Lacroix’s No.74 Bumper to Bumper/Total/Gates Dodge pulled away for the win by 1.916 seconds.

Lacroix finished 26th (crash), 26th (clutch) and 23rd (rear end) in his first three starts at CTMP before his breakthrough last September. He led three times for a race-high 16 laps.

Gary Klutt snuck by defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich coming out of the final turn to claim the final podium spot. Klutt received the free pass twice in the last 12 laps to rally, while Alex Labbe rounded out the top five. 

LP Dumoulin who started from the rear due to a penalty, rebounded to finish sixth. JF Dumoulin, Jason Hathaway, Brett Taylor and Adam Martin rounded out the top 10.

Rain right before the start soaked the track and required teams to come down before the green flag to change to rain tires. Most teams switched back to slicks as the track dried, but then back to rain tires when showers returned and intensified in the closing stages of the race.

Alex Tagliani, fastest in practice, led 14 laps but slid off track into the tire barrier on Lap 49 to bring out the final caution and push the race to 55 laps. He finished 18th. Anthony Simone, chasing his first career win, led 15 laps before being relegated to 22nd with mechanical issues.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back in action Saturday, June 3rd at the Delaware Speedway for the Choko/Fast Eddie 250 presented by Havoline, for the second race of the season.

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Kevin Lacroix takes the checkered flag at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park ahead of Andrew Ranger Sunday to win the Can-Am 200. Matthew Manor/NASCAR

Eggleston Dominates Again At Orange Show

Eggleston Dominates Again At Orange Show

Claims Second K&N Pro West Win From Pole At California Bullring

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Orange Show Speedway has been a perfect fit for Chris Eggleston.

For the second consecutive season, Eggleston was victorious in the Sunrise Ford 150 presented by Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse. Saturday night, the 28-year-old Erie, Colorado, driver won the Coors Light Pole and dominated the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on the quarter-mile.

It was his second win of the season and seventh time in his career. The victory also marked the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion’s sixth top five finish of the season.

Sheldon Creed and Todd Souza came home second and third, respectively.

Kody Vanderwal and Takuma Koga rounded out the top five. Both earned the free pass midway through the race, and rebounded for career-best finishes.

Series championship points leader Todd Gilliland, who entered the night on a four-race win streak, was involved in a multi-car incident on Lap 121. He rallied to finish sixth and was the last car to finish on the lead lap.

Eggleston led a race-high 71 laps, as there were 12 lead changes among five drivers. He sliced Gilliland’s championship lead down to 11 points.

Bill Kahn and Michael Self finished in seventh and eighth, respectively, both one lap down. Matt Levin and John Wood rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action from Colorado National Speedway on Saturday, June 10 for the Toyota 150, the seventh of 14 races on the schedule. Last year, Eggleston followed up his Orange Show win with a victory at his home track in Colorado.

The Orange Show 150 will air on NBCSN on Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Chris Eggleston dominated the Orange Show 150 from the pole Saturday night en route to his seventh career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory. Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images

QUALIFYING: Eggleston Earns Second Pole

QUALIFYING: Eggleston Earns Second Pole

Looks To Go Back-To-Back In K&N West At Orange Show

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Chris Eggleston has won almost everything possible this weekend at Orange Show Speedway – so far.

The Erie, Colorado, driver and 2015 K&N Pro Series West champion was fastest in practice and then drove his No. 99 NAPA Filters/NAPA Power Premium Toyota to his second careeer Coors Light Pole Award. Eggleston’s pole winning lap of 13.155 seconds (68.415 mph) came on his fourth of fifth circuits of group qualifying around the quarter-mile San Bernardino oval.

Michael Self (13.262 seconds, 67.863 mph) qualified second in the No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford, with Will Rogers, Todd Gilliland and Ron Norman rounding out the top five starters for Saturday evening’s Orange Show 150.

Sheldon Creed will start sixth. Eggleston’s teammate, Derek Kraus, will roll off seventh, followed by Nicole Behar, Julia Landauer and Todd Soua.

The Orange Show 150 is scheduled to go green at 8:15 p.m. Eggleston is the defending winner of the event.

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PRACTICE: Eggleston Paces K&N West

PRACTICE: Eggleston Paces K&N West

Turns Fastest Time in Two Sessions At Orange Show

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Chris Eggleston topped the speed charts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Orange Show Speedway on Saturday afternoon, showing competitors right off the bat that he and the No. 99 NAPA Filters/NAPA Power Premium Toyota team meant business.

Eggleston’s lap of 13.311 seconds (67.613 mph), coming in the second session, was the fastest lap out of two practice sessions for the Orange Show 150 at the quarter-mile oval. He was third on the speed charts in the first practice, turning a lap of 13.538 seconds (66.480 mph) as well. Eggleston is the defending winner of this event.

Series points leader and Eggleston’s teammate, Todd Gilliland, was second overall in the two sessions, turning a fastest lap of 13.333 seconds (67.502 mph). Rounding out the top five overall speeds were Michael Self, Derek Kraus and Will Rogers.

Self had the fastest lap in the first practice.

Sheldon Creed held the top spot for most of the first practice and ended up sixth on the overall speed charts. Nicole Behar, Blaine Perkins, Ron Norman and Julia Landauer rounded out the top ten.

The Orange Show 150 will go green at 8:15 p.m. from Orange Show Speedway.

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K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Orange Show

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Orange Show

Analyzing the Sunrise Ford 150 at Orange Show Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season continues with the Sunrise Ford 150 presented by Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse at California’s Orange Show Speedway on Saturday, May 20. Below is a look at the Sunrise Ford 150 and some of the selected participants.

Sunrise Ford 150 Race Setup: 
• Reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has won four straight races entering Orange Show and can tie the series record for consecutive wins this weekend.
• His fifth straight pole award to open the season last weekend at Washington’s Spokane County Raceway broke the old series mark of four in a row.
• Gilliland owns a 20-point lead over Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston.

At Orange Show Speedway:
History:
• In continual operation since 1947, the quarter-mile Orange Show Speedway is one of the continually running race track’s in the country.
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West made its inaugural visit to San Bernardino, California, in 1966, and the series held at least one race at the track in every season through 1973 before returning in 1978 for one race.
• After a 38-year hiatus, the K&N Pro Series returned to Orange Show in 2016.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ 12th event all-time at Orange Show.
• Six different drivers have won previously at Orange Show, with Marvin Porter winning the inaugural event in 1966. Jack McCoy leads all drivers with four wins at Orange Show, including three in a row from 1969-1971.
• Six different drivers have earned poles at Orange Show, led by Jack McCoy with three.
• The record for most cautions in an event at Orange Show is nine, set in 2016, when 63 laps were run under the yellow flag.
• There have been an average of 2.7 lead changes in K&N Pro Series West races at the track.

Orange Show Data:
Race: #6 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, May 20, 8:15 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .25-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps (37.5 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: Chris Eggleston
2016 Pole Sitter: Ryan Partridge
1-lap Qualifying Record: Ryan Partridge, Ford, 67.154 mph, May 2016.
150-lap Race Record: Johnny Anderson, Chevrolet, 46 minutes, 19 seconds, (48.578 mph), July 1971.

Category Leaders at Orange Show:
Wins
Jack McCoy … 4
Chris Eggleston … 1
Several others tied … 1

Poles
Jack McCoy … 3
Ray Elder … 2
Ryan Partridge … 1
Several others tied … 1

Laps Completed
Ray Elder … 1292
Jack McCoy … 1045
Jimmy Insolo … 929
Dick Bown … 596
Ivan Baldwin … 539

Laps Led
Jack McCoy … 635
Hershel McGriff … 103
Ray Elder … 191
Ryan Partridge … 137

Selected Driver Highlights:
Nicole Behar (No. 33 Custom Welding & Fabrication Toyota)
• Currently sits tied for fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings with one top five and five top 10s in five starts this season.
• Finished a career-best second at Irwindale in 2015.
• Finished 10th in the final series standings in 2015, her only full season with the series.

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• Has six career K&N West wins with 24 top fives and 27 top 10s in 36 career starts.
• Was the 2015 series champion as a rookie for Bill McAnally Racing.
• Won the season opener at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway in March and is the defending race winner at Orange Show.
• Has an average starting position of 2.0 and average finishing position of 2.4 in five races this season.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Won six of 14 races last season with 11 top fives and 13 top 10s en route to the K&N Pro Series West championship, becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR, national or touring, history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a series champion (1997).
• Enters the weekend on the strength of a four-race winning streak with four wins, five top fives and five top 10s in five races this season to lead the point standings by 20 over Chris Eggleston.
• Has won all five 21 Means 21 Pole Awards for the series this season.
• Has yet to finish worse than second in any race this season.
• Finished fourth at Orange Show last season in his only career start at the track.
• Was named to the 2017 NASCAR Next class on Tuesday.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
• Made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut with the East at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and finished third.
• Sits third in the current standings with three top fives and four top 10s through five races.
• Finished a career-best second at California’s Kern County Raceway Park in March.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Finished fourth in the championship standings last season to become the highest finishing female driver in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West history.
• Has climbed to seventh in the standings with three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at Spokane last weekend.
• Finished fifth at Orange Show last season in her only career start at the track.

Blaine Perkins (No. 21 Four Star Fruit Chevrolet)
• Is eighth in the current standings with three top 10s in five races this season.
• Has a career-best finish of fifth last season at Colorado National Speedway.
• Finished ninth last season in his only career start at Orange Show.

Michael Self (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Despite missing the season opener, ranks 11th in the current standings with two top fives and four top 10s in four starts.
• Has six career K&N Pro Series West wins.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Solvang Brewing Company Ford)
• Competed in six races a year ago and is running for K&N West Rookie of the Year this season.
• Ranks sixth in the overall standings with four top fives and four top 10s in five races this year.
• Posted a career best finish of third at Kern County in March.

Kody Vanderwal (No. 32 Trident Processes/Billtrite & Signs/Becker Safety Ford)
• Sits ninth in the K&N Pro Series West standings with three top 10s in five starts as a rookie in 2017.
• Finished a career-high eighth in his series debut at the season opener in Tucson

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 64th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks across the United States.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland won the season opener last year at Irwindale Speedway, the first of two straight wins to open the year.
• Todd Gilliland swept the Twin 100s at Irwindale in March and has won four straight races to date.
• Chris Eggleston won the season opener at Tucson.

Pinty’s News & Notes: CTMP

Pinty’s News & Notes: CTMP

Lapcevich Aims To Stay In Front Of Stout Field

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Cayden Lapcevich has gone from the underdog to the hunted.

The 17-year-old from Grimsby, Ontario, had a record-setting 2016 as he collected three wins and nine top fives in 12 races en route to sweeping the NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship and Josten’s Rookie of the Year Award. He broke the NASCAR mark as youngest champion in national or touring series history, and established himself as one of the sport’s brightest rising young stars.

can-am_200_ctmpHe’s back for an encore, beginning with Sunday’s Can-Am 200, at Canadian Tire Motorport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. And he will have plenty of stout challengers.

While Lapcevich was pulling away to claim the Pinty’s Series title, the field for Canada’s national championship was one of the most competitive in series history. 

Second through sixth were separated by just eight points at the end of the season. That group included Alex Tagliani, who missed the opener at CTMP to compete in the Indianapolis 500, as well as former series champions Andrew Ranger, L.P. Dumoulin and D.J. Kennington.

Four drivers won multiple races, including Kevin Lacroix, who bounced back from mechanical issues that relegated him to a 23rd at CTMP in the opener to win the return race there in September.

In the first 10 years of the series, Ranger, Kennington and Steckly all won multiple titles, but no driver has won back-to-back championships. Kennington came the closest: He was second in 2013, two behind Steckly, a year after capturing his second crown.

Don’t bet against Lapcevich winning two in a row and making more series history, but if he’s going to do it, he’s going to have to top a loaded field.

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FAST FACTS:

The Race: The Can-Am 200 will be the first of 13 races on the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule. It is the first of two stops at CTMP, and one of five road-course events. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 32 cars, including provisionals. The first 27 cars will secure starting positions based on the road-course qualifying process. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 51 laps (125.4 miles / 200 kilometers).

The Track: The 2.459-mile road course originally opened in 1961 as Mosport Park. The venue originally also included an oval track. Andrew Ranger won the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series event in June of 2007, and the track’s road course has held two series events annually since 2013. The track was renamed from Mosport International Raceway to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in February 2012. It held the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Sept. 1, 2013.

Race Winners: There have been seven different winners in the 14 previous NASCAR Pinty’s Series races at CTMP. The last five events have featured five different winners. J.R. Fitzpatrick has five wins and Andrew Ranger three. All three of Ranger’s wins have come in the Victoria Day Weekend race.

Pole Winners: Seven different drivers have won the pole. Ranger with six and Steckly with two are the only two drivers with multiple pole awards. Alex Tagliani set the track record at 106.952 mph in qualifying for last September’s race.

Can-Am 200 Notes: 

FAST START: As the opening race of the season, the Can-Am 200 will set the one for the season. Cayden Lapcevich showed he was a legitimate championship contender with his fourth-place run against the road-course crowd last year. In the series first 10 years, the eventual champion has finished outside the top seven only once (Scott Steckly, 24th in 2013) and inside the top five seven times. Throw in the fall race at CTMP, and Steckly’s 11th in 2013, was the only other time an eventual champion finished outside the top seven at CTMP. Conversely, the spring race winner has ended the season in the top five in points eight of 10 seasons. Only Andrew Ranger (2007 and 2009) has won the race and the championship in the same season.

NEW LOOK FOR TAGLIANI: Alex Tagliani has traditionally skipped this event to compete in the Indianapolis 500. This year, though, with Lowe’s Canada on board joining Epi-Pen, Tagliani is committed to running the full slate and chase Canada’s national stock car championship. The popular driver from Quebec has a top five and two top 10s in four starts at CTMP, with an average finish of 12.5. He set the track record in qualifying in last fall’s race and will be a threat to win Sunday.

BACK FOR MORE: Jason Hathaway stepped away from full-time racing in the Pinty’s Series in style last season, closing out the year with a victory in the season finale. Hathaway, who has started all 121 races in series history, will continue the streak at least one more race as he’s entered into the Can-Am 200. He’s had up-and-down luck at Bowmanville, with three top fives and also three DNFs in 14 starts. He won the fall race in 2015.

ANSWERING THE BELL: Another of the sport’s top young drivers, 22-year-old Christopher Bell will make his series debut. Bell, who has three career wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his second in the 2017 standings, will drive the No. 22 for four-time championship driver Scott Steckly. Bell finished fifth in his only previous start in the truck series at CTMP (2016). Steckly had six top fives in 12 starts at CTMP, and 2017 Daytona truck winner Kaz Grala finished 20th in the No. 22 last year there. 

FAMILIAR FACE: L.P. Dumoulin is second among active drivers (behind Kennington) with an average finish of sixth in 10 starts at CTMP. He has two wins and seven top fives at the track, including a victory in 2013’s spring race. Dumoulin recently announced a renewal with WeatherTech Canada for two more seasons on the No. 47 Dodge.

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Orange Show

K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Orange Show

Analyzing the Sunrise Ford 150 at Orange Show Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season continues with the Sunrise Ford 150 presented by Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse at California’s Orange Show Speedway on Saturday, May 20. Below is a look at the Sunrise Ford 150 and some of the selected participants.

Sunrise Ford 150 Race Setup: 
• Reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has won four straight races entering Orange Show and can tie the series record for consecutive wins this weekend.
• His fifth straight pole award to open the season last weekend at Washington’s Spokane County Raceway broke the old series mark of four in a row.
• Gilliland owns a 20-point lead over Bill McAnally Racing teammate Chris Eggleston.

At Orange Show Speedway:
History:
• In continual operation since 1947, the quarter-mile Orange Show Speedway is one of the continually running race track’s in the country.
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West made its inaugural visit to San Bernardino, California, in 1966, and the series held at least one race at the track in every season through 1973 before returning in 1978 for one race.
• After a 38-year hiatus, the K&N Pro Series returned to Orange Show in 2016.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ 12th event all-time at Orange Show.
• Six different drivers have won previously at Orange Show, with Marvin Porter winning the inaugural event in 1966. Jack McCoy leads all drivers with four wins at Orange Show, including three in a row from 1969-1971.
• Six different drivers have earned poles at Orange Show, led by Jack McCoy with three.
• The record for most cautions in an event at Orange Show is nine, set in 2016, when 63 laps were run under the yellow flag.
• There have been an average of 2.7 lead changes in K&N Pro Series West races at the track.

Orange Show Data:
Race: #6 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, May 20, 8:15 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .25-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps (37.5 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: Chris Eggleston
2016 Pole Sitter: Ryan Partridge
1-lap Qualifying Record: Ryan Partridge, Ford, 67.154 mph, May 2016.
150-lap Race Record: Johnny Anderson, Chevrolet, 46 minutes, 19 seconds, (48.578 mph), July 1971.

Category Leaders at Orange Show:
Wins
Jack McCoy … 4
Chris Eggleston … 1
Several others tied … 1

Poles
Jack McCoy … 3
Ray Elder … 2
Ryan Partridge … 1
Several others tied … 1

Laps Completed
Ray Elder … 1292
Jack McCoy … 1045
Jimmy Insolo … 929
Dick Bown … 596
Ivan Baldwin … 539

Laps Led
Jack McCoy … 635
Hershel McGriff … 103
Ray Elder … 191
Ryan Partridge … 137

Selected Driver Highlights:
Nicole Behar (No. 33 Custom Welding & Fabrication Toyota)
• Currently sits tied for fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings with one top five and five top 10s in five starts this season.
• Finished a career-best second at Irwindale in 2015.
• Finished 10th in the final series standings in 2015, her only full season with the series.

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• Has six career K&N West wins with 24 top fives and 27 top 10s in 36 career starts.
• Was the 2015 series champion as a rookie for Bill McAnally Racing.
• Won the season opener at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway in March and is the defending race winner at Orange Show.
• Has an average starting position of 2.0 and average finishing position of 2.4 in five races this season.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Won six of 14 races last season with 11 top fives and 13 top 10s en route to the K&N Pro Series West championship, becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR, national or touring, history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a series champion (1997).
• Enters the weekend on the strength of a four-race winning streak with four wins, five top fives and five top 10s in five races this season to lead the point standings by 20 over Chris Eggleston.
• Has won all five 21 Means 21 Pole Awards for the series this season.
• Has yet to finish worse than second in any race this season.
• Finished fourth at Orange Show last season in his only career start at the track.
• Was named to the 2017 NASCAR Next class on Tuesday.

Derek Kraus (No. 19 Carlyle Tools Toyota)
• Made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut with the East at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and finished third.
• Sits third in the current standings with three top fives and four top 10s through five races.
• Finished a career-best second at California’s Kern County Raceway Park in March.

Julia Landauer (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Finished fourth in the championship standings last season to become the highest finishing female driver in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West history.
• Has climbed to seventh in the standings with three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at Spokane last weekend.
• Finished fifth at Orange Show last season in her only career start at the track.

Blaine Perkins (No. 21 Four Star Fruit Chevrolet)
• Is eighth in the current standings with three top 10s in five races this season.
• Has a career-best finish of fifth last season at Colorado National Speedway.
• Finished ninth last season in his only career start at Orange Show.

Michael Self (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Despite missing the season opener, ranks 11th in the current standings with two top fives and four top 10s in four starts.
• Has six career K&N Pro Series West wins.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Solvang Brewing Company Ford)
• Competed in six races a year ago and is running for K&N West Rookie of the Year this season.
• Ranks sixth in the overall standings with four top fives and four top 10s in five races this year.
• Posted a career best finish of third at Kern County in March.

Kody Vanderwal (No. 32 Trident Processes/Billtrite & Signs/Becker Safety Ford)
• Sits ninth in the K&N Pro Series West standings with three top 10s in five starts as a rookie in 2017.
• Finished a career-high eighth in his series debut at the season opener in Tucson

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 64th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks across the United States.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland won the season opener last year at Irwindale Speedway, the first of two straight wins to open the year.
• Todd Gilliland swept the Twin 100s at Irwindale in March and has won four straight races to date.
• Chris Eggleston won the season opener at Tucson.

Pinty’s News & Notes: CTMP

Pinty’s News & Notes: CTMP

Lapcevich Aims To Stay In Front Of Stout Field

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Cayden Lapcevich has gone from the underdog to the hunted.

The 17-year-old from Grimsby, Ontario, had a record-setting 2016 as he collected three wins and nine top fives in 12 races en route to sweeping the NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship and Josten’s Rookie of the Year Award. He broke the NASCAR mark as youngest champion in national or touring series history, and established himself as one of the sport’s brightest rising young stars.

can-am_200_ctmpHe’s back for an encore, beginning with Sunday’s Can-Am 200, at Canadian Tire Motorport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. And he will have plenty of stout challengers.

While Lapcevich was pulling away to claim the Pinty’s Series title, the field for Canada’s national championship was one of the most competitive in series history. 

Second through sixth were separated by just eight points at the end of the season. That group included Alex Tagliani, who missed the opener at CTMP to compete in the Indianapolis 500, as well as former series champions Andrew Ranger, L.P. Dumoulin and D.J. Kennington.

Four drivers won multiple races, including Kevin Lacroix, who bounced back from mechanical issues that relegated him to a 23rd at CTMP in the opener to win the return race there in September.

In the first 10 years of the series, Ranger, Kennington and Steckly all won multiple titles, but no driver has won back-to-back championships. Kennington came the closest: He was second in 2013, two behind Steckly, a year after capturing his second crown.

Don’t bet against Lapcevich winning two in a row and making more series history, but if he’s going to do it, he’s going to have to top a loaded field.

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FAST FACTS:

The Race: The Can-Am 200 will be the first of 13 races on the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule. It is the first of two stops at CTMP, and one of five road-course events. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 32 cars, including provisionals. The first 27 cars will secure starting positions based on the road-course qualifying process. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 51 laps (125.4 miles / 200 kilometers).

The Track: The 2.459-mile road course originally opened in 1961 as Mosport Park. The venue originally also included an oval track. Andrew Ranger won the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series event in June of 2007, and the track’s road course has held two series events annually since 2013. The track was renamed from Mosport International Raceway to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in February 2012. It held the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Sept. 1, 2013.

Race Winners: There have been seven different winners in the 14 previous NASCAR Pinty’s Series races at CTMP. The last five events have featured five different winners. J.R. Fitzpatrick has five wins and Andrew Ranger three. All three of Ranger’s wins have come in the Victoria Day Weekend race.

Pole Winners: Seven different drivers have won the pole. Ranger with six and Steckly with two are the only two drivers with multiple pole awards. Alex Tagliani set the track record at 106.952 mph in qualifying for last September’s race.

Can-Am 200 Notes: 

FAST START: As the opening race of the season, the Can-Am 200 will set the one for the season. Cayden Lapcevich showed he was a legitimate championship contender with his fourth-place run against the road-course crowd last year. In the series first 10 years, the eventual champion has finished outside the top seven only once (Scott Steckly, 24th in 2013) and inside the top five seven times. Throw in the fall race at CTMP, and Steckly’s 11th in 2013, was the only other time an eventual champion finished outside the top seven at CTMP. Conversely, the spring race winner has ended the season in the top five in points eight of 10 seasons. Only Andrew Ranger (2007 and 2009) has won the race and the championship in the same season.

NEW LOOK FOR TAGLIANI: Alex Tagliani has traditionally skipped this event to compete in the Indianapolis 500. This year, though, with Lowe’s Canada on board joining Epi-Pen, Tagliani is committed to running the full slate and chase Canada’s national stock car championship. The popular driver from Quebec has a top five and two top 10s in four starts at CTMP, with an average finish of 12.5. He set the track record in qualifying in last fall’s race and will be a threat to win Sunday.

BACK FOR MORE: Jason Hathaway stepped away from full-time racing in the Pinty’s Series in style last season, closing out the year with a victory in the season finale. Hathaway, who has started all 121 races in series history, will continue the streak at least one more race as he’s entered into the Can-Am 200. He’s had up-and-down luck at Bowmanville, with three top fives and also three DNFs in 14 starts. He won the fall race in 2015.

ANSWERING THE BELL: Another of the sport’s top young drivers, 22-year-old Christopher Bell will make his series debut. Bell, who has three career wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his second in the 2017 standings, will drive the No. 22 for four-time championship driver Scott Steckly. Bell finished fifth in his only previous start in the truck series at CTMP (2016). Steckly had six top fives in 12 starts at CTMP, and 2017 Daytona truck winner Kaz Grala finished 20th in the No. 22 last year there. 

FAMILIAR FACE: L.P. Dumoulin is second among active drivers (behind Kennington) with an average finish of sixth in 10 starts at CTMP. He has two wins and seven top fives at the track, including a victory in 2013’s spring race. Dumoulin recently announced a renewal with WeatherTech Canada for two more seasons on the No. 47 Dodge.

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Orange Show

K&N Pro West News & Notes: Orange Show

Record-Setting Campaign Continues For Gilliland

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Most drivers will tell you that the key to winning races is starting up front. Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland is taking that adage to new heights as the series heads to California’s Orange Show Speedway on Saturday for the Orange Show 150.

orange_show_logoWith Gilliland’s 21 Means 21 Pole Award last weekend at Washington’s Spokane County Raceway, the Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, driver earned his record breaking fifth consecutive pole — the previous record of four straight was established by Jim Insolo in 1978 and shared by Ron Eaton, who accomplished the feat in 1982.

Now with five consecutive poles and the point lead heading into Orange Show, Gilliland, who became the youngest NASCAR national or touring series champion last season, is on the verge of making even more history. The 17-year-old, the NASCAR Next driver celebrated his birthday on Monday, has his sights set on a fifth consecutive win to tie the series mark set by Hershel McGriff, who won five straight races during the 1972 season.

In an interesting bit of symmetry, one of McGriff’s wins during that record-setting run came at Orange Show. He won his fourth of his five consecutive wins at the San Bernardino oval during the 30-race season in which McGriff won 12 times. 

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FAST FACTS:
The Race:
The Orange Show 150 will be the sixth of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 22 cars, including provisionals. The first 18 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (37.5 miles) with a five-minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

The Track: A .25-mile asphalt oval, Orange Show Speedway is the longest continually-operated race track in the nation, having held competition since 1947.

Race Winners: There have been six different winners in the nine previous NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races held at Orange Show. Jack McCoy won four times at the speedway, including three straight from 1969-1971.

Pole Winners:
In the six previous events at Orange Show, there have also been six different pole winners. There have only been two drivers to take home multiple poles at Orange Show, Jack McCoy and Ray Elder. McCoy won three poles at the .25-mile oval while Ray Elder earned two.

Orange Show 150 Notes: 
Success Rate: Chris Eggleston, who won the season opener at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway, returns to Orange Show as the track’s winningest active driver at the track. In fact, he’s the only driver entered in the Orange Show 150 to have previously win at the San Bernardino oval.

Eggleston won last year’s 150-lap event at Orange Show in the series’ return to the facility after a 38-year absence. Eggleston led the final seven laps en route to victory after starting third in the field, taking the lead from pole sitter Ryan Partridge in the closing stages of the event.

The Erie, Colorado, native and the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, has five top-five finishes through five races this season, having finished on the podium in all but the second event of the season at California’s Kern County Raceway Park, where he finished fourth. 

Rookie Crop: A total of four rookies sit in the top nine positions in the K&N Pro Series West standings headed into the Orange Show 150.

Derek Kraus of Stratford, Wisconsin, ranks third in the standings and is closing in his first career win. Kraus, who has three top-five finishes through the first five races of the season, finished second at Spokane last weekend. It was his second series career runner-up finish.

Garret Archer sits fourth, just three points behind Kraus, with an identical stat line of three top fives and four top 10s through the first five races. Will Rodgers is sixth in the standings and  Kody Vanderwal ninth.

Learning Curve:
Jesse Iwuji returns to the site of his best career finish this weekend at Orange Show.

Iwuji, of Carrollton, Texas, posted his only career top-10 finish at Orange Show last season, and the timing of the tight quarter-mile on the schedule couldn’t be better for the 29-year-old driver. Iwuji enters this weekend coming off his best finish of the season, 15th at Spokane County.

Iwuji is driving the No. 36 Champion Parts/Lights Out/Bullet Proof Energy Chevrolet owned by former National Football League linebacker Shawne Merriman.

Big Apple: After finishing fourth in the final standings a year ago to become in the highest-finishing female in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West history, Julia Landauer’s season got off to a slow start before taking steps in the right direction over the last two races.

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