QUALIFYING: Collin Cabre Claims NJMP Pole

QUALIFYING: Collin Cabre Claims NJMP Pole

Rev Racing driver scores first career K&N East pole

MILLVILLE, NJ – Collin Cabre picked up his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series pole at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Rev Racing driver set the fast lap at 1:23.914 at the 2.25 mile road course, beating out Will Rodgers for the pole.  Rodgers timed in a 1:24.025 second lap.

Championship contenders Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton will share the second row.  Gilliland, who has a six point lead over Burton, qualified in third while Burton timed in fourth.  Chase Purdy rounded out the top-five.

Chase Cabre, Ruben Garcia, Jr., Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Max Tullman and Jay Beasley rounded out the top-10.

The green flag will fly on Saturday afternoon’s JustDrive.com 125 at 4:45pm.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Championship Weekend To Decide Titles

Championship Weekend To Decide Titles

Whelen All-American Season Concludes In Crowning Fashion

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After a full season of racing, one final weekend awaits to decide NASCAR champions across the United States and Canada.

Sunday marks the final day for drivers to collect points throughout the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and while Lee Pulliam is breathing a little easier in his pursuit of history in the form of a fourth Division I title, his won’t be the only on the line.

National champions will be crowned in Divisions II through V, and the UNOH Youth Achievement Award — given to the top performing driver in any division who’s 17-and-under — will be decided. In addition. the U.S. state and Canadian province championships will be finalized, as well as a multitude of tracks in the series will have their championship nights.

DIV. I DIV. I STATE & PROVINCE | DIV. II | DIV. III | DIV. IV | DIV. V

Pulliam has been locked in a season-long battle with Trevor Huddleston.

The Semora, North Carolina, native was clinging to a one-point lead entering last weekend when he put together an impressive performance. After a rough start with an 18th-place finish at Virginia’s Dominion Speedway last Thursday, the asphalt Late Model driver finished first and second at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway on Friday and wrapped up the track championship with a drive from 10th to first at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday.

He capped the weekend with a win and a third-place finish at Southern National Raceway Park in North Carolina on Sunday.

The wins at Myrtle Beach and Anderson pushed Pulliam’s lead to 15 (688-673). He also effectively clinched the South Carolina title.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower.

Pulliam has 19 wins, 35 top fives and 41 top 10s in 43 starts at Myrtle Beach, Anderson, Southern National and Dominion as well as North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway and Caraway Speedway, and Virginia’s South Boston Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway.

Huddleston missed a chance to keep pace, finishing 15th and third in the LKQ Pick Your Parts Late Model division twin features at California’s Irwindale Speedway last Saturday.

The 21-year-old from Agoura, California, still has the opportunity to close out the season with an impressive haul. He enters Saturday’s  Budweiser presents the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship Season Finale at Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday night with a sizeable 125-point cushion on second place. And Irwindale finishes up on Sept. 23 with a double points night, with Huddleston holding a 68-point margin on second-place Dylan Garner. Although the Irwindale finale is outside of the national points window, it provides Huddleston the chance to sweep Division I titles at the California tracks.

Huddleston has a series-leading 20 wins along with 29 top fives and 30 top 10s in 33 starts at Irwindale, Kern and Arizona’s Tucson Speedway.

In Division II, Cody Jolly of Jasper, Missouri, has collected 15 wins in 31 starts between the Ray’s Metal Depot B Modified Division Humboldt Speedway in Kansas and the B Mods Division at Salinas Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma. He wrapped up the track title last weekend at Humboldt. and holds a 33-point edge over Conrad Jorgenson of Minnesota’s Elko Speedway. There’s plenty on the line after Jorgenson, as 10 points separate third from sixth.

Erik Yorke heads to the championship night at Ontario’s Sunset Speedway leading the track’s Mini Stock Division as well as Division II. Yorke has a 10-poin lead on second-place Josh Sink, who races at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska and Adams County Speedway in Iowa. Only three points separate third from fifth.

Cole Roelofs holds a 51-point lead in Division IV, racing out of Michigan’s Berlin Speedway and Kalamazoo Speedway. Former national champion AJ Sanders Jr (2014) sits in second racing at Caraway, Southern National and North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium. And in Division V, Dustin Thompson has a 29-point lead on Evan Hrabik. Both race at I-80 and Adams. Hrabik is just six points ahead of Johnny Walker (Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway) and Tommy Davis Jr. (Anderson and South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway).

Ryan Vargas, who is third in Late Model points at Irwindale and also races at Kern, leads the UNOH Youth Achievement Award standings by 14 over Brennon Lacy (Salina) and 15 over Daniel Montanari. There is just 16 points between Lacy and sixth-place.

UNOH YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: NATIONAL | TRACK STANDINGS

The final champions will be announced next week, and will be honored in December in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the annual champions celebration.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. 

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

PRACTICE: Kumpen And Rabello Lead The Field

PRACTICE: Kumpen And Rabello Lead The Field

Free Practice Kicks Off The Semi Finals Weekend

Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) posted the fastest lap time of the the day on Friday at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in the two practice sessions that opened the Semi Finals weekend in Italy. Brazilian Rookie Felipe Rabello (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS)  topped the charts in ELITE 2 Division.

Kumpen clocked a 1’14.470 lap around the 2.5 Km track in the final practice session, distancing points leader Borja Garcia (#7 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) by .116 seconds in a tight battle for the lead. Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), who was fastest in the first session and showed an impressive potential but got his best lap of the afternoon canceled due to a yellow flag infraction was third, two tenths behind the leader.

Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Stienes Longin (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) rounded out the top-5 with the Italian leading the Junior Trophy. Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang), Freddy Nordstrom (#44 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS), Lucas Lasserre (#33 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS), Marc Goossens (#90 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) and Christophe Bouchut completed the top-10.

In what was his first day at the wheel of a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series car, motorsport icon Nicola Larini posted the 16th fastest time on the #1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang.

Fabrizio Armetta (#41 The Club Motorsport Ford Mustang) led the Challenger Trophy in 13th place.

It was Felipe Rabello (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) who took the lead in the ELITE 2 Division, by lapping around the Autodromo di Franciacorta in 1’15.761 in the first practice session. The Brazilian bested by .123 seconds Final Practice leader Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS). The two rookies were the only drivers to lap below the 1’16 mark. 

Justin Kunz (#11 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) was third in 1’16.312, just ahead of points leader Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) and Nicki Petersen (#33 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS). 

Ulysse Delsaux (#3 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang), debutant Denny Zardo (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry), Claudio Giudice (#4 Scuderia Giudici Ford Mustang), Roberto Benedetti (#41 The Club Motorsport Ford Mustang), who led the Legend Trophy and Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang)  completed the top-10. 

Carmen Boix Gil (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) was fastest in the Lady Cup.

Qualifying for the NASCAR GP Of Italy will be up on Saturday at 10:00 and all the sessions will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.

 

PRACTICE RESULTS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: New Jersey

K&N Pro East Stat Advance: New Jersey

Analyzing the JustDrive.com125 at New Jersey Motorsports Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, for the JustDrive.com 125 on Saturday, September 16. Below is a look at the race itself and some of the selected participants.

JustDrive.com 125 Race Setup: 
• With his fourth win in the last six races, Todd Gilliland of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, took the series point lead for the first time this season following the most recent event at Virginia’s Langley Speedway.
• Gilliland, who is also the current NASCAR K&N Pro Series West point leader, holds a six-point lead over Harrison Burton, himself a four-time winner this season who has a series-high 10 top fives through 12 races.
• With just two races remaining this season, the series heads to the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course — the second road course race in a span of three races on the schedule. 

At New Jersey Motorsports Park:
History:
• Sits adjacent to Millville Airport, which became known as the “America’s First Defense Airport” in 1941, and has strong ties to World War II.
• Has two road courses, the marquee Thunderbolt course, which is 2.25-miles in length, and the shorter Lightning layout.
• Has hosted only one NASCAR touring series event in its storied history, a K&N Pro Series East race last season.

Notebook:
• This is the series’ second visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park.
• Noah Gragson won last season at the facility, making him the first and only NASCAR winner to date at NJMP.

New Jersey Data:
Race: #13 of 14 overall
Race Date: Saturday, September 16, 4:45 p.m. ET
Track Layout: 2.25-mile road course
Race Length: 55 laps (126.5 miles)

Qualifying/Race Data:
2016 Winner: Noah Gragson
2016 Pole Sitter: Justin Haley
1-lap Qualifying Record: Justin Haley, 99.473 mph (1 minute, 23.239 seconds, September 2016)
125-mile Race Record: Noah Gragson, 82.755 mph (1 hour, 31 minutes, 43 seconds, September 2016)

Category Leaders At New Jersey
Wins
Noah Gragson … 1

Poles
Justin Haley … 1

Top Fives
Kyle Benjamin … 1
Collin Cabre … 1
Noah Gragson … 1
Justin Haley … 1
Dominique Van Wieringen … 1 

Laps Led
Dominique Van Wieringen … 22
John Holleman IV … 20
Noah Gragson … 8
Spencer Davis … 4
Justin Haley … 1

Selected Driver Highlights:
Ronnie Bassett Jr. (No. 04 Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet)
• Sits fourth in the current East standings with one win, seven top fives and nine top 10s through 12 races this season.
• Won the season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway for his first career win.
• Heads into the weekend on the strength of five top-10 finishes in his last seven starts, including a fourth-place finish in the most recent event at Langley.
• Finished fifth at Virginia International Raceway in 2016 for his best career road course finish.

Jay Beasley (No. 42 Honda Generators Toyota)
• Sits seventh in the series standings with three top fives and seven top 10s in 12 races this season, his third full season in the series.
• Finished a season-high fourth at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway in July, and he also finished in the top five at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway and in the most recent race at Watkins Glen International.
• His fifth-place finish at Watkins Glen marked his best career run on a road course.
• Has never competed at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Harrison Burton (No. 12 DEX Imaging Toyota)
• Sits second in the K&N Pro Series East standings with four wins, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s in 12 races this season.
• Won at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April for his first career K&N Pro Series win.
• Also, has wins at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway, Memphis and Thompson this season.
• Leads the series with 10 top-five finishes this season and is one of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in every start.
• Finished seventh in the most recent race at Langley, marking his worst finish of the season and first finish outside the top five since Berlin in July.

Collin Cabre (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota)
• Sits ninth in the series standings with one top five and four top 10s in 12 races this season.
• Finished a season-high fifth in the most recent event at Langley.
• Finished fourth last season at New Jersey Motorsports Park, matching his career-best finish on a road course. He also finished fourth at Virginia International Raceway in 2015.

Ruben Garcia Jr. (No. 6 UTI/NTI Toyota)
• Finished a career-best second at Bristol and has five top-10 finishes over the last six races entering New Jersey.
• Sits fifth in the East standings with three top fives and nine top 10s in 12 races this season overall, having already set new career highs for top fives and top 10s.
• Was the 2015 NASCAR Peak Mexico Series champion with four wins, 15 top fives and 41 top 10s in 64 career starts in that series.
• Finished sixth last season at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Won four of the last six K&N Pro Series East races with at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway, and owns 18 career K&N Pro Series wins between the East and West.
• One of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all 12 East races this season, he leads the current K&N East standings with four wins, nine top fives and 12 top 10s through 12 races.

Chase Purdy (No. 17 Bama Buggies/Textron Off Road Toyota)
• Sits third in the series standings with five top fives and seven top 10s in 12 races this season, and he is the only rookie ranked in the top five in the overall standings.
• Won four straight poles, beginning in Memphis and finishing in New Hampshire, and has a series-leading five runner-up finishes in 2017, including in his most recent start at Langley.

Will Rodgers (No. 7 Solvang Brewing Company Ford)
• Has made only one career K&N Pro Series East start, which he won at Watkins Glen in August.
• Sits fourth in the K&N Pro Series West standings with seven top fives and nine top 10s in 11 starts this season.
• Posted his career-best finish in the West series of second at Sonoma in June, an effort he matched in August at Evergreen.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the 31st for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2017 East schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across the United States.
• Ronnie Bassett Jr. earned his first career East win in the season opener at New Smyrna.
• Harrison Burton earned his first career win at Bristol and became the series first four-time winner this season with a victory at Thompson.
• Todd Gilliland has won four of the last six races, including two straight at Loudon and Iowa, to take the point lead for the first time this season.
• Chase Purdy won four straight poles beginning at Memphis and ending at Loudon.
• The series has visited New Jersey Motorsports Park only once in its history, a race won by Noah Gragson last season.

Race Central Live 2017: Franciacorta

The American NASCAR Weekend at Franciacorta

EVENT LINKS: TICKETS | SCHEDULE | RACE CENTRAL LIVE | ENTRY LIST | LIVE TIMING | LIVE STREAMING

RESULTS: PRACTICE | ELITE CLUB ROUND 3 | QUALIFYING | ELITE 1 Semi Final 1 | ELITE 2 Semi Final 1 | ELITE 2 Semi Final 2 | ELITE 1 Semi Final 2

Motorsports Icon Nicola Larini To Join NWES At Franciacorta

Motorsports Icon Nicola Larini To Join NWES At Franciacorta

Former Formula 1, DTM and WTCC Driver To Pilot The #1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang

Another world class motorsport icon is about to enter the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series field, making the September 16-17 Semi Finals at the Autodromo di Franciacorta, Italy a must for every race fan. Former Formula 1, DTM and WTCC factory driver Nicola Larini will make his NASCAR debut in the NASCAR GP Of Italy driving the #1 Ford Mustang for Alex Caffi Motorsport in the ELITE 1 Division.

“When Alex Caffi told me about this opportunity I was really happy to take it! The series is fascinating with its cars all about pure racing and letting the drivers make the difference. It will be interesting. I’m sure it will not be easy though, because joining a new top level category always means you have to confront with strong drivers with a lot of experience, so I hope to have enough time to adapt and find a strong pace,” said Larini, whose career features 49 starts in Formula 1, highlighted by a second place at Imola driving for Ferrari in 1994. “I want to thank the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Alex Caffi Motorsport for this fantastic opportunity and I hope to both have fun and entertain the many Italian fans. I’m a competitor, so I don’t just want to show up, I always want to compete and get the best result I can!”

“It’s a great honor to welcome Nicola racing in Euro NASCAR, especially for the Italian GP! I am really happy and proud the NWES is becoming the place to race for every driver coming from all over the world and every kind of racing discipline! Our pure racing cars, with great power and no electronics, are probably the ultimate challenge in Europe! With 28 cars, over 60 top level drivers from 20 Nationalities and tens of thousands of fans, NWES is probably today the best and most exciting Touring series in Europe!” said Jerome Galpin, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President / CEO.

In his long and eclectic career, the Italian not only drove four full seasons in Formula 1 and worked many years as the Ferrari F1 test driver, piloting the “Rossa” in four GPs but also successfully competed in a wide variety of disciplines, often sharing the track with Caffi. Larini won the Italian Formula 3 Championship in 1986, the Italian Super Touring Car Championship in 1992, made history in 1993 by conquering the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) with Alfa Romeo and competed as Factory driver for Chevrolet in WTCC. Most recently, the Camaiore native appeared in the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe.

“Nicola is a dear friend and we crossed paths many, many times along the way. He’s among the most accomplished drivers in Europe and having him is a great opportunity for everybody,” said team owner Alex Caffi. “We want to provide him the best opportunity to shine and I’m sure he will have a big smile on his face at the end of the weekend.”

Larini will share the #1 Ford Mustang with Lady Cup leader Carmen Boix Gil (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang), while on the team’s #2 Mustang Maltese driver Fabio Spatafora will make his return to NWES in the ELITE 1 Division alongside Carlo Alberto Forte, who will look for a strong result in the ELITE 2 Division. 

“Once again we’ll have an international lineup. With Carmen we’ll focus on the Lady Cup bringing her up in the ELITE 2 Division standings. With Fabio we were working since some time to put the deal together and we are happy to have him with us and Carlo – he was really unlucky at Hockenheim – will definitely look for a good result in ELITE 2,” concluded Caffi, whose team fielded drivers from all over the world in 2017 and won the first two ELITE 1 races of the season at Valencia with now points leader Borja Garcia. “I am very happy about our season so far, we had many great drivers and also gave some opportunities to young talents like Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer, we are consolidating the team and working to go for the title in 2018 in this extremely competitive, formative and cost-effective championship”.

The NASCAR GP of Italy will begin on Friday, September 15 with four practice sessions and will continue in the next two days with four exciting NASCAR races which will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Facebook page.

 

NASCAR GP OF ITALY  – Semi Finals
SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ARE CET)

 

Friday, September 15

12:15 – 12:45 Elite 1 PRACTICE (30 min)
12:50 – 13:20 Elite 2 PRACTICE (30 min)
15:00 – 15:30 Elite 1 FINAL PRACTICE (30 min)
15:35 – 16:05 Elite 2 FINAL PRACTICE (30 min)

Saturday, September 16

10:00 – 10:08 Elite 1 QUALIFYING (8 min)
10:12 – 10:17 Elite 1 SUPERPOLE (5 min)
10:23 – 10:31 Elite 2 QUALIFYING (8 min)
10:35 – 10:40 Elite 2 SUPERPOLE (5 min)
13:30 – 14:10 Elite 1 RACE 1 ELITE 1 (25 LAPS – 63.00 Km)
17:30 – 18:10 Elite 2 RACE 1 ELITE 2 (25 LAPS – 63.00 Km)

Sunday, September 17

10:30 – 11:10 Elite 2 RACE 2 ELITE 2 (25 LAPS – 63.00 Km)
14:30 – 15:10 Elite 1 RACE 2 ELITE 1 (25 LAPS – 63.00 Km)

Labbe Dominates for St-Eustache Victory

Labbe Dominates for St-Eustache Victory

Quebec Driver Claims Fifth Pinty’s Win of 2017

ST-EUSTACHE, Que — Alex Labbe’s 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season has been nothing short of amazing. He continued his dream season Saturday night by winning the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Bumper to Bumper and Coors Light at Autodrome St-Eustache. 

The 24-year-old driver from Victoriaville, Quebec, came into this event with the championship points lead over Kevin Lacroix, and the two battled hard in the early stages of the race.

Labbe’s No.32 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford passed Donald Theetge for the lead on Lap 82, and never looked back. He lapped every other driver on the race track with the exception of Theetge, cruising to a 15.933 second victory. Labbe went on to lead the final 169-lap run to the checkered.

With the victory and Lacroix’s fourth-place finish, Labbe will carry a 33-point lead into the season finale in two weeks.

Saturday’s win marked Labbe’s fifth of 2017 and sixth of his career. He has won five of the seven oval track races that have been run this season, including three consecutive oval track wins coming at Edmonton, Riverside and St-Eustache. 

Theetge finished second scoring his second podium finish of the year and was also the Josten’s Rookie of the Race. Defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich finished third. 

Lacroix, who won the E3 Spark Plugs Pole Award earlier in the day, and LP Dumoulin were fourth and fifth, respectively. 

JF Dumoulin, DJ Kennington, Andrew Ranger, Mark Dilley and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top 10.

Lucas Oil 250 presented by Bumper to Bumper and Coors Light will air on TSN on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m., and on RDS on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will conclude the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 23, with the Jukasa 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway, where a champion will be crowned. 

RESULTS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE REPLAY

Alex Labbe (32) leads Cayden Lapcevich (76) in the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Bumper to Bumper and Coors Light Matthew Murnaghan/ NASCAR

QUALIFYING: Lacroix Rolls to St-Eustache Pole

QUALIFYING: Lacroix Rolls to St-Eustache Pole

Captures Second Consecutive Pinty’s Pole Award

ST-EUSTACHE, Que — Kevin Lacroix put on a dominating performance last race at CTMP. He continued his domination by winning the E3 Spark Plugs Pole Award for the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Bumper to Bumper and Coors Light at Autodome St-Eustache.

The St-Eustache, Quebec, driver set a lap time of 17.171 seconds (83.862mph) to claim pole at the 0.4 mile bullring. His second consecutive pole in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and fourth of 2017. Lacroix’s time just barely missed the track record of 17.139 set by Alex Labbe in 2014. 

Lacroix’s No.74 Bumper to Bumper/ Total/ Gofast/ Gates Dodge comes into this event 26 points back of points leader Alex Labbe. It is clear that Lacroix is fast and will be looking for a good finish in tonight’s race. 

Series points leader Alex Labbe set a time of 17.289 (83.290), he will roll of the grid from the second position. Anthony Simone will start third with a time of 17.372 (82.892). 

Donald Theetge and Mark Dilley will complete the top five starters. 

D.J Kennington and L.P Dumoulin will start sixth and seventh respectively.

Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani and J.F Dumoulin will round out the top ten. 

The green flag for the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Bumper to Bumper and Coors Light is set to drop at 8:30 p.m.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

PRACTICE: Labbe Fastest at St.Eustache

PRACTICE: Labbe Fastest at St.Eustache

Quebec Driver Quickest in Pinty’s Practice Session

ST-EUSTACHE, Que — Points leader Alex Labbe has been fast at the oval tracks all year. He continued his fast pace by setting the quickest time during practice for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series’ Lucas Oil 250 presented by Bumper to Bumper and Coors Light at Autodrome St-Eustache. 

The 24-year-old driver from Victoriaville, Quebec, set a blistering lap time of 17.224 seconds (83.604mph) around the 0.4 mile bullring to top the speed charts. 

Labbe’s No.32 Can-Am/ Kappa/ Cyclops Gear/ Lous BBQ Ford has won four out the six oval races run this season, he is looking for his first win at Autodrome St-Eustache. 

CTMP winner and local favorite Kevin Lacroix finished second with a time of 17.270 (83.382) just missing the top spot by 0.046 seconds. Donald Theetge set the third fastest time (17.425/ 82.687).

Anthony Simone and LP Dumoulin rounded out the top five. 

Cayden Lapcevich and JF Dumoulin finished sixth and seventh respectively.

DJ Kennington, Mark Dilley and Adam Martin complete the top ten.

Qualifying for the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Bumper to Bumper and Coors Light is set for 4:45 p.m, while the green flag is set to drop at 8:30 p.m.

PRACTICE RESULTS

Martin Has Josten’s Rookie Title Wrapped Up

Martin Has Josten’s Rookie Title Wrapped Up

Ontario Driver Looks To Close Pinty’s Season On Strong Note

TORONTO — When Adam Martin decided to compete full-time during the 2017 season in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series he and his team set some specific goals.

Among those goals were to win the Jostens Rookie of the Year Award and he can now say it: Mission Accomplished.

By taking the green flag last week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the recently turned 20 year-old driver clinched his first post-season award in the series.

“It feels good that we accomplished that with our team,” said an ecstatic Martin after being notified he had clinched the award. “We started off with a couple of tough finishes early in the season, but we got things turned around and have been scoring some good results.”

Martin ran six races during his part-time campaign in 2016 to prepare for this year and he feels the more experience he can gain can only make him a better driver and that is starting to pay dividends for him and the team.

“One thing I’ve noticed is that I’m able to give more and better feedback about the car to my crew chief Terry (Wilson),” added Martin. “The more feedback I can give can only help us score better finishes.”

Heading into the Lucas Oil 250 this Saturday at Autodrome St. Eustache, Martin enjoys a 43-point advantage over Donald Theetge with two races remaining on the schedule.

“On behalf of the team I want to thank Jostens for sponsoring the rookie of the year award for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series,” Martin said. “This series features some of the best drivers in Canada and to be able to earn this award is something special for me and the entire team.”

Through the first 11 races of the 2017 season, Martin has scored four top-10 finishes and scored a season-best eighth-place showing at Riverside International Speedway two weeks ago. ASE was one of the tracks Martin visited last year, coming home fourth in his first start at the track.

“We had a great car there last year and were able to get our second top-five finish last year,” Martin said. “I feel good that with my experience there from last year we can hopefully improve and get a podium finish this Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to going back there this weekend,” he added.

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