Pinty’s Stat Advance: Toronto

Pinty’s Stat Advance: Toronto

Analyzing the Grand Prix at Honda Indy Toronto

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a successful return to Honda Indy Toronto last season the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto is set to be held on the street course located near downtown Toronto for the second straight year. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series at the road course and selected drivers:

Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto Setup:
• This is the series’ fourth visit overall to the track.
• Andrew Ranger won back-to-back events at Exhibition Place in 2010 and 2011, winning the pole and leading every lap in the inaugural visit for the series. Alex Tagliani edged Ranger in a green-white-checkered finish in the return for the series last season.
• Kevin Lacroix enters this race having won both road-course events so far this season for the series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in May and last Saturday at Circuit ICAR.

At Honda Indy Toronto:

History
• This will be the 31st event at Honda Indy Toronto. IndyCar will be competing on Sunday, with the NPS racing on Saturday.
grand_prix_logo_fa_0• Ranger and Kerry Micks are the only drivers to finish in the top five in all three previous NPS events in Toronto.
• The event weekend was originally known as the Molson Toronto Indy, the event dates back to 1986 at the site formerly known as Exhibition Place.

Notebook
• Andrew Ranger, Kerry Micks and Peter Klutt are the only drivers to have completed every lap of competition in all three previous events (110).
• Ranger has led 73 of the 110 laps ran in competition in the previous three events at the facility.
• This will also be the 100th career NASCAR Pinty’s Series start for Ranger.
• Alex Tagliani gave Chevrolet its first victory at Toronto last year with Dodge winning the first two events at the facility in 2011 and 2011, respectively.

Honda Indy Toronto Data

Race #: 5 of 13
Track Layout: 2.82 kilometers (1.755-mile) 11-turn road course on the streets of Toronto at Exhibition Place
Race Length: 35 laps (61.4 miles/100 kilometers)
Telecast: TSN – Saturday, July 22, 2 p.m. ET; RDS – Aug. 6, 2 p.m. ET

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 Race Winner:
Andrew Tagliani, Chevrolet, 63.146 mph, 1 hour, 1 min. 42 secs.
2016 Pole Winner: Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 81.091 mph, 77.912 secs.
Qualifying Record: Jason Bowles, Dodge, 82.801 mph, 76.26 secs., July 9, 2011

Active Category Leaders at Honda Indy Toronto:

Wins
1. Andrew Ranger … 2
2. Alex Tagliani … 1

Poles
1. Andrew Ranger … 2

Top Fives
1. Andrew Ranger … 3
Kerry Micks … 3
3. DJ Kennington … 2

Top 10s
1. Andrew Ranger … 3
2. Kerry Micks … 3
3. Peter Klutt … 3

Laps Led
1. Andrew Ranger … 73
2. Alex Tagliani … 13

Laps Completed
1. Andrew Ranger … 110 (all)
2. Peter Klutt … 110
3. Kerry Micks … 110

Starts
1. 10 drivers … 3 (all)

Select Driver Highlights:

J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Spectra Premium/Bernier/BellemareDodge)
• Has five top-five and 23 top 10s in 40 career NPS starts.
• 2017 will mark the second season J.F. will compete full-time in the series. He competed in all 11 events in 2015 in his best season to date finishing the year with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
• Has made two starts at Toronto finishing 10th last season for his best finish to date on the road course.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2014 NPS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, one pole, 32 top fives and 48 top 10s in 75 career starts.
• Enters this week fourth in the season standings with two top-five and three top-10s finishes this season.
• Has an average finish of 10th at Toronto with his best finish in three starts of fourth in this race last year.

Larry Jackson (No. 25 Wonder/Dunright Foam Inc/CBRT/B&B Decals Dodge)
• He has one top five and 8 top 10s in 43 career starts.
• Finished 24th in his lone start at Toronto last season after he suffered mechanical issues 10 laps in the race.
• He scored his lone top-five finish at Sunset Speedway in 2016.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NPS champion maintains series records for top fives (79) and top 10s (104), and is the only driver to start each of the 125 all-time events.
• Ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (2,938) and ranks fifth in poles (11).
• Sits seventh in points after four races with two top-five and three top-10 finishes so far this season.
• In the three races at Toronto he’s finished third, fifth and 25th last year.

Gary Klutt (No. 59 Pioneer Family Pools/PoolSuppliesCanada.ca Dodge)
• Has a win, two poles and 19 top 10s in 30 career NPS starts. He won the pole and his lone win in the 2015 season-opener at CTMP. His other pole came at Sunset Speedway also in 2015.
• Finished sixth last year on his only previous start at Toronto.
• Will compete against his brother Ryan this weekend in the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto.

Alex Labbé (No. 32 Cam-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford)
• Has two wins (First came at Chaudière – 2016) with five poles, 14 top fives and 20 top 10s in 31 career starts.
• Scored his second NPS race win race in the series’ return to Delaware Speedway.
• Labbé sits second the points standings five points behind leader Kevin Lacroix.
• He qualified sixth and finished 12th in his lone start on the street course at Toronto last season.

Kevin Lacroix (No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/Gates/Go Fast Dodge)
• Has three poles, six wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 22 career starts.
• Only driver to recorded two wins in seven starts during his rookie season in 2015. Won road races at Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Won from the pole at CTMP in last month’s season opener and enters this race as the most recent winner in the series taking his second career win at Circuit ICAR last weekend. He also retook the points lead by five points (174-169) over Alex Labbé with the win.
• Qualified fourth and finished third last season in his only start to date at Toronto.

Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76 APC/Fastline Motorsports Dodge)
• The defending NPS champion has four wins, 12 top-five, 17 top-10 and one pole in 22 career starts.
• Became the youngest champion in the history of the NPS last season at 16 years, 10 months and 16 days. He also became the youngest race winner in the history of the series with his victory at Wyant Group Raceway last July.
• Recently named a member of the NASCAR Next class highlighting young and up-and-coming talent within NASCAR.
• Finished eighth in his first career start at Toronto last year.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series’ all-time leader in wins at 22 and holds the record for the poles with 20. Has 55 top fives and 82 top 10s in 99 career starts.
• Finished second in last year’s final season standings.
• Won the first two NPS events at Toronto in 2010 and 2011 and finished second in last year’s race.
• Currently holds the series’ record for consecutive wins at a track with three (ICAR, 2012-14; Trois-Rivieres, 2008-10).
• If he wins this Saturday, the street course in Toronto would be the fifth road course that Ranger has won three or more races on during his NPS career.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 Lowes Canada/EpiPen/St.Hubert Chevrolet)
• Has five wins, eight poles and 19 top fives, 31 top 10s in 49 career NPS starts.
• Four of his five wins at have come on the ovals (Sunset Speedway 2015-16 and Edmonton 2008 & 2016). His lone road course win came last season in Toronto.
• This will be his 50th career series start on Saturday.

Other Driver Notes
• Marc-Antoine Camirand will try and stay on a hot streak starting his second consecutive series race after finishing third last weekend at ICAR. It was his seventh career top-five finish in 20 starts and first since 2015.
• Adam Martin finished 17th at Toronto last year in his only start at the track.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the second for series sponsor Pinty’s and the 11th overall for the Canadian-based NASCAR division.
• The 2017 schedule features 13 races at 12 different tracks across five provinces and featured a return to Delaware Speedway for the first time since 2013 earlier this season.
• Quebec native Kevin Lacroix won from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in May for his third career series win.
• Alex Labbé made Quebec drivers two-for-two this season after he won the CHOKO/Fast Eddie 250 at Delaware Speedway for his second career series victory.
• Defending series champion and current NASCAR Next member Cayden Lapcevich took the lead late from Alex Labbé to score his first win of the season at Autodrome Chaudière.
• Kevin Lacroix used some muscle to make the pass in NASCAR overtime to score his second win of the season and second at Circuit ICAR. He won there during his rookie season in 2015.

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: New Hampshire

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: New Hampshire

Analyzing the United Site Services 70

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, for the United Site Services 70 on Saturday, July 15. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

United Site Services 70 Race Setup: 
• Harrison Burton continued his breakout sophomore season last week at Thompson, winning for the fourth time in the last six races to open a 22-point lead atop the standings as he chases his first career series title.
• Burton and Todd Gilliland are the only two drivers are the only ones to finish in the top 10 in all eight races to date. 

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
History:
• The track opened in 1990 on the site of the old Briar Motorsports Park road course and immediately became New England’s largest sports facility of any kind. Measuring 1.058 miles in length, it is the largest speedway in the region, and with seating for nearly 100,000 people, it has the largest capacity of any venue.
• Tommy Ellis won the first NASCAR-sanctioned race held at New Hampshire, winning a 300-lap combination event involving both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• NHMS has hosted 70 previous NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events. The track plays host to two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, as it has every year since 1997.

Notebook:
• The list of winners at New Hampshire is a virtual who’s who of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition, including Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano, current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson, current NASCAR XFINITY Series title contender William Byron, four-time series champion Andy Santerre, and multi-time series champions Mike Stefanik, Jamie Aube, Brad Leighton and Mike Olsen.
• There have been 30 different winners in K&N Pro Series East competition at NHMS, including active driver Eddie MacDonald with three wins.
• Ten times in series history a driver has won at NHMS en route to the K&N Pro Series East title that season. It’s happened seven times since 2004, and four drivers won twice at NHMS during their run to the title — Ricky Craven (1991), Brad Leighton (1999), Joey Logano (2007) and Ryan Truex (2010).

Loudon Data:
Race: #9 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, July 15, 6:45 p.m. ET
Track Layout: 1.058-mile slightly banked asphalt oval
Banking/Turns: 7 degrees (turns), 2 degrees (straightaways)
Race Length: 70 laps (74.06 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: Corey LaJoie
2016 Pole Sitter: Kyle Benjamin
1-lap Qualifying Record: Ben Rhodes, 128.580 mph (29.622 seconds, July 2014)
70-lap Race Record: 102.861 mph (William Byron, 2015)

Selected Driver Highlights:
Hunter Baize (No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota)
• Sits seventh in the series standings with one top five and five top-10 finishes in eight races.
• Finished fourth at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for his best career finish and first top five since Iowa Speedway last season.
• Started sixth and finished sixth last season in his only series career start at NHMS.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet)
• Sits fourth in the standings with one win, five top fives and five top 10s through eight races.
• Won the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway for his first career K&N Pro Series East victory.
• Heads into the weekend on the strength of three straight top fives after three consecutive finishes of 14th or worse dropped him out of the series point lead.
• Has two top 10s, including a best finish of sixth, in three career starts at NHMS.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)
• Holds the K&N Pro Series East points lead with four wins, seven top fives and eight top 10s in eight races this season.
• Won at Bristol for his first career K&N Pro Series win.
• Also has wins at South Boston, Memphis and Thompson this season.
• Leads the series with seven top-five finishes this season and is one of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in every start.
• Finished seventh last season in his only career start at NHMS.

Chase Cabre (No. 4 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota)
• Sits fifth in the standings with three top fives and five top 10s in eight races this season.
• Posted a career-best finish of second at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway.
• Won the pole for both legs of the Twin 100s at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on May 6, his first two career series poles.
• Enters the weekend having posted five consecutive top-10 finishes.
• Has never competed with the K&N Pro Series East at NHMS.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 UTI/NTI Toyota)
• Sits sixth in the standings with two top fives and six top 10s in eight races this season, having already matched or set new career highs for top fives and top 10s.
• Finished a career-best second at Bristol in the spring
• Was the 2015 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion with four wins, 15 top fives and 41 top 10s in 61 career starts in that series.
• Finished 20th in his only career start at NHMS.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Is the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, having scored six wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 14 races in 2016.
• Became the youngest champion in NASCAR touring series history at 16 years, five months, and joined his grandfather Butch Gilliland as a K&N West champion (1997).
• One of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all eight races this season, he sits second in the current K&N East standings with five top fives and eight top 10s through eight races.
• Won at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway for his first win of the season in the East.
• Finished second at NHMS last season after qualifying seventh.

Trey Hutchens (No. 14 Hutchens Motorsports Chevrolet)
• Making his fourth K&N Pro Series East start of the season as part of a part-time schedule.
• Has one top 10 in four career starts at NHMS, finishing a career best eighth in this race last season.
• Finished 10th at Memphis for his best finish of the season.

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Making his second consecutive series start and third of the season as part of a part-time schedule.
• Leads all active drivers with three career wins at NHMS, including a sweep of the two races at the track in 2008.
• In 28 career starts at NHMS, MacDonald has five top fives, 14 top 10s and seven qualifying efforts inside the top five.
• Has seven career series wins, most recently at Bristol in 2014.

Chase Purdy (No. 17 Bama Buggies/Textron Off-Road Toyota)
• Is third in the standings with two top fives and four top 10s through eight races.
• Finished a career-high second in the first of two 100-lap events at South Boston and matched that effort two weeks ago at Berlin.
• Won his third consecutive pole last week at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, giving him five straight starts on the front row entering the race at NHMS.
• Is the highest-ranking rookie in the K&N Pro Series East after eight races.
• Has never competed at NHMS.

Andy Seuss (No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet)
• The Hampstead, New Hampshire, native is making his first career K&N Pro Series East start.
• The two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion has 22 career Modified victories.
• Has made 16 previous starts at NHMS in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, with one top five and four top 10s, finishing a career-best fourth in 2013.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 31st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2017 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Ronnie Bassett Jr. earned his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna.
• Point leader Harrison Burton earned his first career win at Bristol and became the series’ first four-time winner this season with a victory at Thompson.
• Chase Purdy has won three straight poles heading to NHMS.

Whelen Modified News & Notes: NHMS

Whelen Modified News & Notes: NHMS

Coby Looking To Continue New Hampshire Magic

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Over the last three years, Doug Coby has collected plenty of accolades on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The four-time and defending series champion has won the last three championships, becoming the only driver in the modern era to accomplish the feat. And over that three-year stretch, Coby has used success at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway to help him along. 

eastern_propaneoil_100In his career at the ‘Magic Mile’, Coby has four career wins in 27 starts, along with 11 top five finishes. His last 10 races there have seen him finish on the podium eight times, including his four career victories. In his last three races, Coby visited Victory Lane twice and finished third in the other. Luckily for Coby, he couldn’t be heading to a better track as he looks to gain ground in the championship standings. Tthe 37-year-old has finished inside the top-10 in just half of the races and enters NHMS sixth in the championship standings, 54 points from the top. As he looks to capture a record-breaking fourth straight title, collecting maximum points possible could be a must.

But if he’s going to do that, he will need to go through Starrett Tools driver Timmy Solomito. The Islip, N.Y. driver has three victories in the first six races this season and leads the standings by 13 points over Rowan Pennink. Eric Goodale, Justin Bonsignore and Max Zachem round out the top five heading into Loudon

The first of two races at the New Hampshire oval also comes with the first of two non-points races of the season on Friday afternoon. The 35-lap Whelen Engineering All-Star Shootout scheduled for 2 p.m. will include some of the top drivers of the unified tour looking to capture glory. The Whelen Modified Tour will be part of a tripleheader on Saturday, with the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East also in action. 

 

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FAST FACTS:

The Race: The Whelen All-Star Shootout is a special non-points event. The Eastern Propane & Oil 100 will be the seventh of the 16 races on the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points schedule. It will be the first of the two stops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season. 

The Procedure: The starting field for Friday’s Whelen All-Star Shootout is limited to 20 cars: Past NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified champions, race winners from NWMT and NWSMT events prior, and 2016 NWMT and NWSMT Rookies of the Year. Once the above criteria has been met, if any of the starting positions remain available, NASCAR may allow additional teams based on number of seconds, thirds, so on in the NWMT and NWSMT from 2005 to present. A random draw will determine starting positions.

Saturday’s 100 lapper is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will make the field through the qualifying process and there will also be four provisionals that could be awared through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 100 laps (105.8 miles).

The Track: This will be the 66th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on the 1.058-mile oval, dating all the way back to the inaugural race in September 1980. The first ever race on the ‘Magic Mile’ saw Mike McLaughlin visit Victory Lane. The Whelen All-Star race has been held since 2014 and past winners include Bobby Santos (2016), Woody Pitkat (2015) and Ryan Newman (2014). No driver has swept both races on the weekend.

Race Winners: in the 65 previous Whelen Modified Tour races at NHMS, 21 different drives have visited Victory Lane in the championship points events. Mike Stefanik leads all drivers with seven career modified wins at NHMS. Doug Coby and Justin Bonsignore split the tour races at the oval last season. 

Pole Winners: There have been 26 different drivers start from the top spot at New Hampshire. Last season, Ron Silk captured the pole in the July event, while Mother Nature rained out qualifying in September. 

NHMS Notes:

Stars Coming Out: The first of two non-points events on the 2017 schedule will take place on Friday afternoon at the ‘Magic Mile’. The 35-lap race will include some of the top drivers of the unified Whelen Modified Tour, including defending champion Doug Coby and 2013 series champion Ryan Preece. Veterans like Jamie Tomaino and two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion

whelen_allstarshootout_2017

 Andy Seuss will also be a part of the event. Max Zachem will pilot the Mystic Missile for the shootout, while Monster Energy Cup Series regular Ryan Newman will also return to the series. Newman was the winner of the inaugural shootout in 2014. 

Silk Teams With Brady Bunch: Former Whelen Modified Tour champion Ron Silk will return to the series on Saturday after missing the last three races. After parting ways with Danny Watts, Silk had been looking for a ride until the Brady race team came to the front. Silk will wheel the iconic No. 00 at NHMS Saturday, a place he has been in Victory Lane at before. In his 26 career NHMS starts, Silk has two of his 10 career wins there. He also has finished inside the top five in his last four appearances at the New Hampshire oval. 

Suess Is Busy: Home-state hero Andy Seuss will be part of a tripleheader this weekend. The Hampstead, New Hampshire driver will compete in the Whelen All-Star Shootout on Friday before he competes in the 100 lap Nor’easter 100 for the Whelen Modified Tour early on Saturday. In the evening, Seuss will run the Ted Marsh owned No. 11 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car as well. In 16 career NWMT starts at NHMS, Seuss has four top-10 finishes. 

Newman Is Back: Former Whelen Modified Tour winner and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman will return to his modified past on Saturday afternoon. The South Bend, Indiana driver has four career series wins in his 23 starts, including two at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In the two races there last season, Newman finished fifth and has finished inside the top five in half of his NHMS starts. 

Close Finishes: The Whelen Modified Tour portion of the weekend has been known for some of the closest finishes in track history. In 2008, Chuck Hossfeld defeated Ted Christopher by just .001 seconds at the checkered flag. In this race last season, Doug Coby defeated Donny Lia by just 0.037 seconds. 

Home Tracks: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Part of Tripleheader Saturday

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be part of a tripleheader on Saturday at NHMS. The tour will be the first race of the day and will be followed by the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The final race of the day will be the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Friday, some of the Whelen Modified Tour drivers will also be part of the 35 lap Whelen All-Star Shootout, which begins at 2 p.m. 

Pinty’s News & Notes: Toronto

Pinty’s News & Notes: Toronto

Streets of Toronto Poses Tough Test For Road-Course Aces

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a successful return for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series to be a part of the IndyCar weekend in Toronto last season, Canada’s national championship for stock car racing is return to the popular event and headline Saturday’s racing.

The Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto delivered as promised last season as Alex Tagliani and Andrew Ranger had the fans on their feet in the final laps of the race with Tagliani holding off Ranger in a green-white-checkered finish on the 2.82 kilometers (1.755-mile) course.

grand_prix_logo_faRanger, who will be making his 100th career NASCAR Pinty’s Series start on Saturday, entered last year’s race as a two-time defending winner of this event for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. He started from the pole position and remained in the top three throughout the race and gave Tagliani, who took the lead on Lap 25, a serious challenge in his attempt for a third consecutive win.

In 2017, Tagliani is still looking for his first victory of the season and enters the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto with one of his best performances of the year last week at Circuit ICAR. Although he finished fifth, Tagliani started from the pole position and led a race-high 61 laps.

Series points leader Kevin Lacroix enters Toronto as the hottest driver through the first four races of the season picking up a pair of wins so far, The St. Eustache, Quebec, native won the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in addition to capturing the checkered flag last week at Quebec’s Circuit ICAR.

Last year, Lacroix passed Ranger in Toronto on the first lap of the race and led the first eight circuits before Ranger got back in front. Lacroix went on to finish third in his first start on the special street course located near downtown Toronto.

Kerry Micks joins Ranger as the only driver to finish in the top five in all three NPS races on the course and they’ll be joined by six other drivers set to make their fourth start in the biggest attended event of the season for the series.

Micks, who makes a majority of his series’ starts on road courses, finished fourth in 2011 and fifth in 2016 and 2010, respectively.

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Fast Facts:

The Race: This event is the fifth of 13 races on the NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule and the third of five road-course events. This is the series’ fourth time participating in the event in Toronto.

The Procedure: The starting field is 32 cars, including provisionals. The first 27 cars will qualify through NASCAR road race style qualifying. There will be two qualifying groups based on practice times. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 35 laps, covering almost 100 kilometers (61.4 miles).

The Track: The 11-turn, 2.82 kilometers (1.755-mile) temporary road course is set up on the streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place, a unique site situated along the shores of Lake Ontario immediately west of downtown Toronto. Exhibition Place is home to more than 100 special events and trade and consumer shows annually.

The History: Originally known as the Molson Toronto Indy, the event dates back to 1986 at the site formerly known as Exhibition Place. The CASCAR Super Series, predecessor to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, was a regular support series at the event.

The Pole Winners: Andrew Ranger was the inaugural event’s pole winner in 2010 and also won the pole last year. Jason Bowles captured the pole in 2011 and set the track record at 76.260 seconds (82.801 mph) on July 9, 2011.

The Race Winners: Two-time race winner Andrew Ranger set a NPS race record time of 69.065 mph at Toronto on July 17, 2010. Alex Tagliani scored his second career road-course win at this event last year.

Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto Notes:

Returning Drivers: Joining Ranger and Micks in starting their fourth race at the facility include: D.J. Kennington, Peter Klutt, Jason White, Mark Dilley, L.P. Dumoulin, and Robin Buck. 

Quebec Drivers Leading the Way in 2017: With his win last week at ICAR, Kevin Lacroix became the first repeat winner of the season in the NPS and enters the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto with a five-point lead over Alex Labbe (174-169) in the championship standings. Labbe, who won in the series return to Delaware Speedway last month, holds an 11-point cushion over third-place Andrew Ranger who has 158.

Ranger Usually Out Front: In his two wins in 2010 and 2011 Andrew Ranger has done it in dominating fashion leading every lap in the inaugural event (36) and he followed that performance the following year he led 26 of 37 laps. The Roxton Pond, Quebec native also led 11 laps last season and has been out front in 73 of the possible 110 laps in the three previous races.

Annual Western Trip Up Next: After the NPS finishes its event in Toronto, the competitors and officials will head west for the annual trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta. This year the schedule will be a little different as the series will first stop at Wyant Group Raceway on July 26th for a pair of 100-lap features. Three days later the series will compete at Edmonton International Raceway for a 300-lap race.

K&N Pro East News & Notes: New Hampshire

K&N Pro East News & Notes: New Hampshire

Annual New England Event Helps Paint Championship Picture

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East continues its three weeks of action Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, for the United Site Services 70.

New Hampshire has held more series races than any other track on the circuit, ushering the K&N Pro Series from the early days as a regional touring series through its current incarnation as a true development stop on the NASCAR ladder. But the 1.058-mile oval located less than an hour from Boston, has done more than simply play host to 70 races since 1990. It’s also been a testing ground of a team’s championship mettle.

Ten times, the driver that went on to win the K&N Pro Series championship won at least once during their title season at NHMS. Since 2004, seven champions have visited victory lane — including current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader Kyle Larson, who won in Loudon en route to the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title. In addition, a series champions have won twice at NHMS four times, beginning with 1991 champion Ricky Craven and continuing in 2007 with the Joey Logano and in 2010 with Ryan Truex. Most recently, William Byron — who is second in the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings with two wins this season — won at New Hampshire in 2015 before securing his championship that year.

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FAST FACTS:
The Race: The United Site Services 70 will be the ninth of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through the group qualifying process while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 70 laps, spanning 74.06 miles.

The Track: This is the 71st race for the K&N Pro Series East at the 1.058-mile slightly banked oval, dating back to September 1990. This is the fourth straight year the series has raced on the summer stop for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, after running on the September weekend in 2012 and 2013. It’s the largest oval on the K&N Pro Series East schedule.

Race Winners: There have been 30 different winners in the 60 all-time stand-alone races at Loudon. New Hampshire native Brad Leighton has the most series wins at the “Magic Mile” with eight, while Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three.

Pole Winners: Of the 33 different drivers to earn a pole award at New Hampshire, Kelly Moore has the most in K&N Pro Series East history with six. Ben Rhodes set a new qualifying record in 2014 with a time of 29.622 seconds (128.580 mph).

UNITED SITE SERVICES 70 NOTES: 
On A Roll: Second-generation driver Harrison Burton enters the weekend at New Hampshire with the series point lead and on the strength of his fourth win in the last six races last time out at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

After entering the season without a win, Burton has collected victories at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Virginia’s South Boston Speedway, Tennessee’s Memphis International Raceway and Thompson. The NASCAR Next driver holds a 22-point lead over Todd Gilliland in the championship standings after accumulating seven top fives in eight races this season and he and Gilliland are the only drivers to have finished inside the top-10 in every start to date.

NHMS has been good to the Burton family in the past. Jeff Burton, Harrison’s father, won four times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the Magic Mile, including in 2000 when he became the only driver to win after leading every lap of a race at the track.

Hometown Tripleheader: Local driver Andy Seuss will be a busy man this weekend at New Hampshire.

Seuss, who grew up in nearby Hampstead, New Hampshire, will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut in the United Site Services 70. Seuss, a two-time champion in the former NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, will also compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event earlier in the day on Saturday.

The weekend will begin for the driver with 22 career Modified wins on his resume on Friday in the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout, a 35-lap non-points race.

Launching Pad: A number of drivers who have gone on to NASCAR national series success got a jumpstart on their careers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In addition to Ricky Craven, the 1991 series champion who won three times at the track in K&N Pro Series East competition, Daytona 500 winners Joey Logano and Derrike Cope also won K&N Pro Series East races at NHMS. Mike McLaughlin won four times in the series at Loudon, while current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Matt DiBenedetto and Corey LaJoie all have wins at the track. 

NHMS has been so significant to the K&N Pro Series East, that nine of the 10 drivers named to the series’ ‘Top 10 Drivers of the First 25 Years of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series’ in 2011 all won races there.

The NFL Comes To New England: Former National Football League All-Pro linebacker Shawne Merriman will have an influence on the United Site Services 70.

The Patriot Motorsports Group will have three entries in the field on Saturday, led by Jesse Iwuji – who drives for Merriman in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – in the No. 36. Stafford Smith of Eagle, Idaho, will pilot the No. 38 while John Wood, also of Eagle, Idaho, will drive the No. 36 car. Iwuji is also the owner of the No. 34 this weekend.

Preview Whelen Euro Series: Raceway Venray

Preview Whelen Euro Series: Raceway Venray

The European NASCAR Series Goes Short Track Racing In The Netherlands

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will return to action on July 15-16 in the Netherlands, at Raceway Venray with four exciting oval races that will be crucial on the road to the European NASCAR title. The Fastest Half-mile Oval In Europe will host the third edition of the Autospeedway American Style, an event mixing a spectacular amount of door-to-door racing with an American-flavoured meeting, featuring US cars and a unique memorabilia market.

As if constant side-by-side battles at an average speed exceeding 160 Km/h were not enough, Raceway Venray will present a new layer of asphalt in turn one, three and four to further enhance racing in the only oval-track event of the 2017 NWES season. The Dutch event will also be a fast-paced one, as all the on-track action will be compacted over two days, making experience and a smart tactic fundamental to score the maximum amount of points in a year in which many of the ELITE 1 protagonists cannot afford to lose ground midway through the regular season.  

Four past NWES oval race winners will be on the grid in the ELITE 1 Division – Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang), Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS), Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) and Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) – while a new oval master will be crowned in the ELITE 2 Division, which is more open than ever. Will Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) and Ulysse Delsaux (#3 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) put their oval experience to good use to dominate, or will Maciej Dreszer and Guillaume Dumarey find their way to Victory Lane?

Fans from all over the world will be able to follow all the action from Raceway Venray live on Fanschoice.tv and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.

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ELITE 1 Division

Gabillon vs. Kumpen, third round – If Frederic Gabillon holds the record for the most wins on oval in NWES with 5, it’s Anthony Kumpen who won the most at Raceway Venray (2), including a memorable success with a spare car in 2015. The two veterans split the Dutch weekend in 2016 and are the obvious favorites for the fifth and sixth races of this season, but never before there have been so many contenders, beginning with points leader Borja Garcia, who started from the pole at Venray last year and looks poised to win on oval for the first time.

Junior Trophy Trio Going For The Win –  Twelve points encompass the top three drivers in the Junior Trophy before Venray, all three are strong on ovals and all three are looking for their first ELITE 1 win. Trophy leader Salvador Tineo Arroyo has five top-5 finishes in six oval races in ELITE 2, Thomas Ferrando trails by one point and scored two ELITE 1 podiums on oval in 2016, while only a contact prevented Gianmarco Ercoli from pulling a stunning ELITE 1 win last year at Venray.

No mistakes allowed – How much of a difference six months can make! Last year Gabillon never finished outside the top-5, while four rounds into 2017, with a competition reinforced by many young talents coming up from the ELITE 2 Division, all the protagonists have had at least one disappointing result. Mastering the track, the weekend’s format and and staying focused lap after lap will be key to shape up the points battle before the Series heads to Germany for a new event at the Hockenheimring.

ELITE 2 Division

Ferrando and Delsaux going after first oval win – The two French drivers monopolized the first step of the ELITE 2 podium this year, but despite their vast oval experience – both took part in their first NASCAR races at the legendary Bowman Gray Stadium in the US with the NWES Development Program and collected multiple podium finishes in NWES – they are both chasing their first oval win. Delsaux, who currently sits second in points, can boast a successful experience in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna Speedway that may give him an edge on his friend and arch-rival Ferrando in the third chapter of this season-long duel.

Tight battle in Rookie Cup and Legend Trophy – Maciej Dreszer, Guillaume Dumarey and Felipe Rabello are separated by just 11 points in the battle for the Rookie Cup entering the Venray weekend and the Polish DF1 Racing driver has a mere 1-point advantage on his Belgian rival, but none of the three has ever raced on ovals, making any prediction impossible. The situation is reversed in the Legend Trophy, where two veterans like Jerry De Weerdt and Dario Caso are split by one single point but have had plenty of miles on oval and will definitely put up another great battle for the trophy.

Guillaume Deflandre Returns – In his second outing in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, the new Racing Total team led by Marko Stipp will field Guillaume Deflandre in the ELITE 2 Division. The 19-year-old returning talent has a solid background on ovals, having scored an ELITE 2 pole position at Tours Speedway in 2015 and two top-5s in the 2016 season.

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Burton Continues Roll At Thompson

Burton Continues Roll At Thompson

Powers To Fourth K&N Pro East Win, Extends Points Lead

THOMPSON, Conn. — Harrison Burton continues to put a disappointing rookie season in the rearview mirror with a sensational sophomore campaign.

The 16-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, outdueled fellow NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland in a thrilling side-by-side battle for the lead and claimed the Busch North Throwback 100 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. It was Burton’s third win in the last four races and fourth win of the year out of eight starts.

Just past halfway through the 2017 schedule, Burton has already opened up a 22-point lead over Gilliland in the championship race.

Burton finished seventh in points last year in his first season, with five top 10s in 14 races and every manner of bad luck. What a difference a year makes. Saturday was his seventh top five in eight races, and his sixth-place finish last week at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway marked his worst run of the season.

The series made its return to Thompson for the first time since 2009. The historic Connecticut oval was a staple of the early years of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, when it was primarily a New England-based series under the Busch North banner. Burton added his name to a list of series winners at Thompson that include NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Trevor Bayne, and former Cup driver Ricky Craven.

Burton was presented the trophy in Victory Lane by Joey Kourafas, who won the series’ inaugural championship in 1987.

To get there, Burton had to fight his way past Gilliland. The two engaged in a door-to-door battle for several laps before Burton took the lead on Lap 75 and pulled away. Burton finished .719 seconds ahead of Gilliland, who led a race-high 58 laps.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. came home third.

Four-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, making his first K&N Pro Series start, finished fourth. Coby has four Whelen Modified Tour wins at Thompson.

Ronnie’s brother, Dillon Bassett, rounded out the top five. Ryan Preece finished sixth, followed by Chase Purdy, Ruben Garcia Jr., Jay Beasley and Chase Cabre.

Earlier in the day, Purdy broke Truex’s track record in qualifying en route to collecting his third straight 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light.

The Busch North Throwback 100 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East stays in New England, as it heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the United Site Services 70 on Saturday, July 15.

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Harrison Burton (12) chases down Todd Gilliland (16) in the late stages on Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park. Adam Glanzman/NASCAR

Lacroix Surges Late for ICAR Victory

Lacroix Surges Late for ICAR Victory

Makes Move On Last Restart To Claim Pinty’s Second Win of 2017

MIRABEL, Que. — A late caution set up an overtime opportunity for Kevin Lacroix, and he pounced.

The 28-year-old driver out of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, used the extra laps Saturday evening to go take the lead and hold off a charging Andrew Ranger to the checkered flag of the Ecko Unlimited 75 at Circuit ICAR

It was Lacroix’s second win in three years on the flat road course of the Mirabel airport. This time, it was accomplished on the new .624 mile layout. It was also the second win of the season for Lacroix, the championship points leader four races into the 13-race calendar.

A caution for a stopped race car on Lap 73 pushed the race to 79 laps. Lacroix took the lead from Marc-Antoine Camirand coming out of turn one in NASCAR overtime. It was then a hard battle with Andrew Ranger, with Lacroix taking home the win by .114 seconds.

Ranger nearly passed Lacroix coming to line, before settling for second. Ranger has four wins and two seconds in seven starts at ICAR, including a runner-up finish to Lacroix in 2015.

Camirand led 13 laps and came home third. 

Alex Labbe, who came into this race as the series points leader, finished fourth. Alex Tagliani won the E3 Spark Plugs Pole Award earlier in the afternoon and led a race-high 61 laps before coming home fifth. 

Simone Dion-Viens finished sixth, followed by Larry Jackson, DJ Kennington, Anthony Simone and David Michuad.

With the win, Lacroix opened a five-point lead on Lacroix and 16 over Ranger. LP Dumoulin is another eight points back, one point ahead of defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich. Lapcevich qualified fifth but wound up 16th after suspension issue cut his race short at Lap 56.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back in action Saturday, July 15 for the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto at Exhibition Place. 

The Ecko Unlimited 75 will air on TSN on Saturday, July 15 at noon, and on RDS on Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m.

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Kevin Lacroix (left) edges Andrew Ranger at the line to win the Ecko Unlimited 75 at Circuit ICAR Saturday. Matthew Manor/NASCAR

QUALIFYING: Purdy Posts Record Run

QUALIFYING: Purdy Posts Record Run

Breaks Truex’s 15-year-old K&N Pro East Mark At Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. — Chase Purdy will never know how fast his primary car would have gone, but his backup isn’t bad for the Busch North Throwback 100.

The 17-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi, won his third straight 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light Saturday evening at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. In the process, he broke the track record set by Martin Truex Jr. in 2002.

Purdy damaged his car before he recorded an official lap in the first practice earlier in the day. After posting the fourth fastest lap in the final session, Purdy piloted his No. 44 Bama Buggies/Textron Offroad Toyota to a lap of 20.197 seconds (111.403 mph) around the .625-mile oval.

Truex’s record was 20.200 (111.386 mph) set in July 2002.

Todd Gilliland, coming off a win at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway last week, qualified second at 20.249.

The Busch North Throwback 100 honors the New England roots of the series. Purdy’s car is done in the 1994 champion Dale Shaw, while Gilliland’s No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota carries the name of New England Racing Hall of Famer Stub Fadden.

Harrison Burton was third in qualifying, followed by Ryan Preece and Dillon Bassett. Bassett had the fastest overall lap in practice.

His brother, Ronnie Bassett Jr., was sixth, followed by Chase Cabre, Doug Coby, Jared Irvan and Ruben Garcia Jr.

The Busch North Throwback 100 is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

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