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Good morning and welcome to another Monday, the 2nd day of the week. Congrats to Mark on his Chicagoland victory. Could this be the year for him to finally win that championship? Not if Tony has anything to say about it. Here’s today’s Stock Car Gazette.
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Sprint Cup Race Recap
Martin Wins Season-High Fourth Race At Chicagoland
by Tom Bowles
Heading into this season, Mark Martin had gone more than three and one half years without a Sprint Cup victory.
Now, he can’t go without one for more than three and a half weeks.
Charging from his 14th starting spot, Martin picked up his season-high fourth victory of 2009 Saturday night, leading 195 of 267 laps in dominating Chicagoland’s Lifelock.com 400. The driver’s 39th career win was his first on the 1.5-mile oval where he had finished no better than 6th in eight previous career starts. But you couldn’t tell that from the way the No. 5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet literally ran roughshod over the field, winning the race off pit road under caution on Lap 41 and running virtually unchallenged up front for most of the race’s next 200 laps.
Indeed, Martin’s only brush with defeat came after the race’s fourth caution on Lap 224, in which Jimmie Johnson got a great jump on the restart and blew by his teammate to take the lead. Temporarily shuffled to fourth, Martin returned to the point 28 laps later when contact between Johnson and Denny Hamlin shuffled the No. 48 backwards on another double file restart. Immediately afterward, Hamlin and Brian Vickers tangled while scrapping for the lead, driving both men up the track and giving Martin the momentum he needed to get back to the front.
The whole sequence didn’t leave Martin too thrilled with NASCAR’s new rules, of which he and his car could have wound up an innocent victim. However, in the end he was able to not only survive but thrive through one more restart — a green-white-checkered with teammate Jeff Gordon alongside — to pull off a victory the day before Rick Hendrick’s 60th birthday.
“The double-file restarts are to mess the best car up so he doesn’t win,” he joked afterwards. “It did … but we luckily pulled it off anyway.”
As for the trio who messed up in front of him, none had hard feelings concerning a sequence of contact that essentially cost each of them a shot at the win.
“That was just hard racing,” Vickers said afterwards. “I don’t know what happened between him (Denny Hamlin) and Jimmie (Johnson). I don’t know if Jimmie (Johnson) just got loose or he (Denny Hamlin) got into Jimmie (Johnson). I thought we had him clear coming off of (turn) two. But, he hung in there on our right rear and he did his job. He was pretty tight. Too tight for his good — and my good. It ended up getting us really loose.”
“The guy on the inside is at the mercy of the guy on the outside,” added Hamlin on the contact. “You can only really run into the corner so hard. We held (Vickers) tight and he got into us and knocked us up the track, but that was double-file restarts. We wouldn’t have been in position to win that race if it wasn’t for that. We took advantage of every opportunity we had tonight.”
In the meantime, Gordon took advantage of slightly fresher tires than the leaders to climb to second by the finish, with Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, and Hamlin rounding out the top 5. Ryan Newman, Vickers, Johnson, Clint Bowyer, and Juan Pablo Montoya finished off the top 10. Most of the 400 miles were run under relatively calm conditions, with just two cautions for debris in the first 200 laps of the race.
The Race To The Chase (Top 12 In Points)
by Phil Allaway
Despite starting way back in 32nd place and enduring several issues on pit road, Tony Stewart was able to drive all the way up through the field at Chicagoland to finish fourth. This resulted in a loss of only five points to Jeff Gordon, who took advantage of fresh tires late in the race to wind up second. The margin between them is now 175 points going into Indianapolis. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson’s tough late-race restart cost him on the track but not in the points, as he held on to third in the standings well ahead of Kurt Busch. Busch was also in contention to win late, but contact with rival Johnson eventually resulted in a tire rub. Busch was forced to pit late under caution to fix the damage, resulting in a 17th place finish that stripped away valuable momentum from his team. Busch remains in fourth, but is now 358 out of the lead with just seven races to go until the Chase.
Denny Hamlin is up one spot to fifth in the standings this week after a strong fifth place finish. Hamlin swapped spots with Carl Edwards, who had a good run on Saturday night, but fell back after contact with Jeff Gordon caused him to fade to 14th. Ryan Newman remains in the seventh position after coming home sixth. Newman was very quiet on Saturday night, but benefitted from the late race chaos to claim a top 10. Kasey Kahne is the big mover of the week, up four positions to eighth after a hard fought race left him third on the track at the checkered flag.
Juan Pablo Montoya is up two spots this week to the ninth spot after a tenth place finish. He’s followed by Kyle Busch, who is down two spots to tenth after a miserable night. First, the car would not handle, leading to a confrontation with the wall and numerous other “moments” out on the track. Then, the engine lost a cylinder. Kyle Busch gunned the engine big time leaving pit road, leaving many to question whether Kyle was trying to imitate Cole Trickle in Days of Thunder when he clutched his engine. Then, the parts finally blew, causing a wreck. Busch ended up 33rd at the end of the night. In the meantime, Mark Martin, Saturday night’s winner, is now back in the top 12 in 11th position, with Matt Kenseth slipping down to 12th. Greg Biffle dropped even further, to 13th, ten points behind Kenseth, but he’s only 13 points behind Kyle Busch at the moment.
Tracking The Top 35
by Phil Allaway
The distance between the Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34, driven by John Andretti, and the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota of Scott Speed expanded once again Saturday night. The margin is now 190 points, meaning it’s impossible for his car to be overtaken until the second week of August.
Scott Speed qualified second on Thursday night, completing a Red Bull Racing Team sweep of the Front Row. Speed held steady in the Top 5 during the first stint, then fell back like a brick right after the first pit stop, eventually dropping into the 30’s. Adding insult to injury, Speed’s night eventually ended when Paul Menard cut his tire and crashed. Speed was then hit by Jamie McMurray and spun into the No. 31 of Jeff Burton, knocking both cars out of the race and crediting Speed with a 36th place finish.
Andretti’s No. 34, carrying the logos of Long John Silver’s (like Taco Bell, a division of Yum! Foods) had a typical night for him on Saturday, staying out of trouble while not exactly being all that fast out on the track in comparison to the rest of the field. After starting 40th, Andretti slowly moved up the order as other teams ran into issues, eventually finishing 30th, two laps down.
The Front Row Motorsports No. 34 is basically locked into 35th in owners’ points, since they are currently 121 behind the No. 7 of Robby Gordon (who finished 34th, 30 laps down on Saturday night after spending a brief amount of time in the garage).
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NASCAR pleased GM out of bankruptcy
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Couple Wins $1,000,000
Donna Musgrave won a $1 million Saturday night but the convenient store worker said she’s still going to work on Monday. Like a story plucked from a night in Las Vegas, the 60-year-old hailing from a small town in Colorado was the lucky winner of a fan contest where she correctly predicted the first and second place finishers of both the June race at Michigan International Speedway and subsequently July’s Chicagoland Speedway race. Title sponsor LifeLock, an identity theft protection company, held a contest for fans to submit their predictions and whoever picked correctly in Michigan was entered to win a trip to Chicagoland on Saturday night. For Musgrave, winning the trip was reward enough. She and her husband Richard Musgrave, a petroleum worker, agreed the $1 million prize was an unexpected bonus when Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon finished one-two for the second time this season. “I don’t have many words right now,” Donna Musgrave said. “I’ve got so many butterflies in my stomach … what a great contest. I told work I wasn’t coming back if I won but I’ll probably be there.”
Truex’s Car Fails Inspection
The No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr. did not pass a post-race inspection when NASCAR officials discovered the right rear quarter panel was too high on the car. Truex finished 16th in the LifeLock 400 race at Chicagoland Speedway. The car will be taken back to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluations. NASCAR officials will determine if the height problem is a violation that requires a penalty.
Martin Wins At Chicagoland
Martin Wins 4th Race This Year
Although 50 year-old Mark Martin led the most laps of the night (195 of 267) he wasn’t expecting to win, it was his teammate Jimmie Johnson in the lead and pulling away from the field with 17 laps to go in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. But a funny thing happened to Johnson on the way to Victory Circle. Denny Hamlin, who had been running fourth, made it three wide with Johnson and Brian Vickers. Contact was made and Johnson was shuffled out of the picture. That left Vickers and Hamlin racing for the lead with 16 laps to go, with Mark Martin sitting in third place. Vickers and Hamlin got together and handed the lead back to Martin. It was smooth sailing from there despite the fact that Jeff Gordon was closing fast. Gordon’s tires were 20 laps newer but Martin held him off for his fourth win of 2009. It was Martin’s 39th victory in 741 career races. Martin moved back to 11th spot in the points and if he’s able to hold on and makes the Chase, he holds the most bonus points for wins at this time. “I’ve been watching Hornaday,” said Martin, referring to Ron Hornaday’s great restarts in the Truck Series. “I just knew this double-file restart was going to cost us.”
Kasey Kahne finished third and Sprint Cup points leader Tony Stewart brought his Chevrolet home in fourth place. Hamlin finished fifth followed by Ryan Newman, pole sitter Brian Vickers, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Juan Pablo Montoya to round out the top ten. The top rookie was Joey Logano, he finished 18th. — The Sprint Cup drivers are off next weekend so the next race on the Sprint Cup schedule – the 20th event of 36-races for the 2009 Sprint Cup Championship, the Brickyard 400 will be on Sunday July 26th, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The race begins at approximately 1:30 PM. eastern time — with live, high-definition coverage provided by ESPN beginning with its pre-race show at 12:30 p.m. eastern time. The race will also be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 128 and MRN radio.
Mayfield Fed Up With NASCAR Lies
ESPN is reporting that suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield has broken his silence, vehemently denying allegations of drug use and adamantly defending himself from recent NASCAR claims in an exclusive interview with ESPN. A federal appeals court issued an injunction last week that lifted Mayfield’s indefinite suspension. NASCAR appealed that ruling on Monday. Mayfield has not returned to the track. “Every time there’s an action [by NASCAR], there’s going to be a reaction. From here on out,” Mayfield said in a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Statesville, N.C. “I try to be nice. I try to be respectful to them. I try to do everything right. But I’m not getting drug through the mud no more.” Mayfield repeated his stance that he never took methamphetamine. He also said he no longer consumes alcohol, largely due to the fact, he said, his father was a “bad alcoholic.” Asked if he had ever taken illegal drugs, Mayfield responded, “What are you calling illegal? I’ve drank beer. I don’t drink beer at all anymore. I don’t drink. Don’t do anything.” He said he feels as though NASCAR is attempting to make an example of him. “I feel like that’s exactly what they thought I was going to be. Exactly. To a ‘T,’” Mayfield said. “Now, all the sudden, Brian’s [France, NASCAR's chairman] coming back saying, ‘Well, we have positive tests all the time.’ Well, if it’s a zero-tolerance policy, how in the h*** do you have people testing positive all the time?
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Sixteen Years ago, we lost Davey Allison
Mark Martin wins at Chicago: #5-Mark Martin won the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway for his 4th win of 2009 and the 39th of his career. He dominated most of the race, leading 195 of the 267 laps. #24-Jeff Gordon finshed second, followed by #9-Kahne, #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #39-Newman, #48-Johnson, #33-Bowyer, and #42-Montoya. There were 7 cautions for 30 laps and 10 lead changes among 6 leaders.
# UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings [after Chicago, race 19 of 36]:
1) #14-Tony Stewart 2884 [2 wins], finished 4th
2) #24-Jeff Gordon 2709 -175 [1 win], 2nd
3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2672 -212 [2 wins], 8th
4) #2-Kurt Busch 2526 -358 [1 win], 17th
5) #11-Denny Hamlin 2457 -427, 5th
6) #99-Carl Edwards 2438 -446, 14th
7) #39-Ryan Newman 2385 -499, 6th
8) #9-Kasey Kahne 2336 -548 [1 win], 3rd
9) #42-Juan Montoya 2321 -563, 10th
10) #18-Kyle Busch 2298 -586 [3 wins], 33rd
11) #5-Mark Martin 2296 -588 [4 wins], 1st
12) #17-Matt Kenseth 2295 -589 [2 wins], 23rd
Contenders for the top-12/chase:
13) #16-Greg Biffle 2285, 10 points out of 10th, 31st
14) #00-David Reutimann 2219 -76 [1 win], 12th
15) #33-Clint Bowyer 2169 -126, 9th
16) #83-Brian Vickers 2149 -146, 7th
17) #31-Jeff Burton 2113 -182, 37th
Brad Keselowski wasn’t kidding when he said he had “options” for next season. In addition to being close to re-signing a deal with JR Motorsports to run in the Nationwide Series, the latest buzz has Special K paired with Red Bull Racing. If Keselowski indeed stays with JRM, the only scenario that would work on the Cup side would be with a Chevy team. Maybe Red Bull is closer to inking a Chevy deal. Rick Hendrick said on Saturday that HMS has the resources to include Red Bull in its engine program.(FoxSports)(7-13-2009)
Ryan Truex passes Park to win again: After getting passed for the lead with less than five laps remaining, former Sprint Cup Series winner Steve Park had a message for fans concerning the driver that left him settling for a second place finish. “You guys better get his autograph tonight because he ain’t going to be around here much longer,” Park said of 17-year old Ryan Truex. After losing the lead to Park on a lap 95 restart, Truex rallied back on the next lap to retake the top spot from him and went on to win the Camping World East Series Pepsi Full Fender Frenzy 100 Saturday at Thompson International Speedway. It was the second victory of the season for the Truex, of Mayetta, N.J., the younger brother of Sprint Cup Series regular Martin Truex Jr. Corey LaJoie, the 17-year old son of two-time Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie, finished 19th in his Camping World East debut. LaJoie was running ninth on lap 52 when he went to the pits with motor issues and retired from the event.(Hartford Courant)(7-13-2009)
Biffle Returning Home for Short-Track Race: During an upcoming off-weekend from his Sprint Cup duties driving the #16 3M Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, Greg Biffle will return home to the northwest for a 10-lap exhibition race at Sunset Speedway in Banks, Oregon. Sunset Speedway is a local dirt track just over 30 miles from Biffle’s hometown of Vancouver, Washington. The exhibition race will be part of the Saturday night racing events on July 18th and will also feature Biffle’s brother Jeff who is a regular at Sunset Speedway.(Roush Fenway PR)(7-13-2009)
Phoenix offers $25 Reserved seats for November Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway is offering a $25 reserved seat to fans for the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil on November 15 – an unprecedented value to watch the semifinal race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. Beyond the hard-charging Sprint Cup action of the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, fans can secure three full nights of NASCAR action for a mere $47 by purchasing the NASCAR Extreme Value Ticket Package. PIR is offering a $15 reserved seat to its Nationwide Series race on Saturday, November 14 and a $7 reserved seat for the Lucas Oil 150 in the Camping World Truck Series on Friday, November 13. PIR kicks off the November race weekend with grassroots USAC racing as part of the famed Copper World Classic on Thursday, November 12. Tickets for the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(7-13-2009)
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On Anniversary, Montoya Looks Forward – www.racintoday.com/archives/7611
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KHI & RWI form alliance: ESPN reported during pre-race coverage that Kevin Harvick, Inc. and Rusty Wallace, Inc. have formed a technical alliance to work together the rest of the season. #66-Steve Wallace is driving a car this weekend that was built by KHI and the teams will share data and information.(7-10-2009)
Logano helps GameStop celebrate Family Night In: Joey Logano on Family Night In: “I spend a lot of my life on the road, so the time that I get to spend with my family at home is really special to me. One of our favorite activities is playing video games together, and I’m really excited that my Nationwide Series sponsor, GameStop, has come up with Family Night In to encourage other families across the country to do the same!” Family Night In is a fun idea from GameStop that shows families that you don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money to have a great time – all you need is each other and some quality time at home! This summer GameStop is offering special discounts to families who want to get in on the action. For more information visit www.gamestop.com/familynightin.(GameStop PR)(7-10-2009)
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The brief and troubled tenure of Wisconsin Motorsports as the race promoter at the Milwaukee Mile is over.On Friday, the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board announced that Claude Napier, Wisconsin Motorsports’ president and CEO, had given the fair permission to seek a new racing promoter. Napier had taken over in February.”We appreciate Mr. Napier’s passion and personal investment in his efforts to keep major racing at the Milwaukee Mile,” Susan Crane, chairwoman of the State Fair Park Board, said in a prepared statement. “The Fair Board will continue to make every effort to secure a new promoter to continue the tradition of racing at the Milwaukee Mile.”
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Hornaday to visit Longhorn’s Kentucky-based facility: On his way to Kentucky Speedway, Ron Hornaday will be stopping by the Swedish Match Manufacturing facility located in Owensboro, Kentucky. This plant produces all varieties of the Longhorn Moist Snuff brand, as well as other Swedish Match tobacco products. Hornaday is slated to tour the facility and work on the line as they make cans of Longhorn, as well as meet with Swedish Match employees and sign autographs. Hornaday will be behind the wheel of the #33-Longhorn Chevy Silverado for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 18th.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(7-13-2009)
Johnny Benson wants to race as soon as possible, but that could be weeks away. He must first get through surgery to pin his shoulder — and find a truck ride. “When one door closes, another opens,” Benson said. “We’ll hopefully sign on with a good team and win another truck championship. We’ve had some interesting calls and have listened to some great opportunities. I’m going to get back in shape and get back on the track. I can’t imagine not doing this. I don’t think I could handle not racing. I’d like to race at least another three, four years before I retire.”(Detroit Free Press)(7-10-2009)
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ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie Parker Kligerman in Control; Wins Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway
NEWTON IA (7-11-09) – Apparently, there’s no stopping 18-year-old ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Parker Kligerman, not lately anyway. The Westport, Connecticut driver drove away from Richard Childress Racing’s (RCR) Austin Dillon after the final restart Saturday night at Iowa Speedway to win the Prairie Meadows 200, his fourth victory in the last five events on tour.
This one’s for my crew,” said Kligerman, who continued to pad his point lead in the process.
“We started off this weekend making a lot of changes after practice because we wanted to be good for qualifying and the car wasn’t quite right during practice. That was unusual for us because normally we’re good right off of the truck but we didn’t get to test here so it affected us heading into the race weekend.
“At the beginning of the race the 16 [Joey Coulter] was faster than us. Then we made a pit stop and the crew made some adjustments and the track started to come to us and we picked up some speed. I just want to thank Kerry Scherer, Briggs Cunningham, Mark Gibson, my crew chief Chris Carrier and everyone at Penske Racing. We seem to be doing really well this year and we won again tonight so I think we picked up some points in the championship race.”
Kligerman, in the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, led 142 of 200 laps, including the final 52 circuits en route to his fourth series victory in only his 12th series start.
Dillon had the best opportunity to challenge the eventual winner during a late-race restart under 20 laps to go, but just couldn’t get close enough to make a difference. Nonetheless, Dillon still finished second albeit nearly three seconds away.
“That’s twice that we have lost it to Parker [Kligerman],” said Dillon who also finished second to Kligerman at Michigan Int’l Speedway. “I have to congratulate our team; they’ve been good all year. We don’t get to come out and race with the ARCA RE/MAX Series every weekend but whenever we do we have a great time. If we ever get a chance to actually start up front in one of these races I think we would have a chance to win. We used up our car trying to work up to the front.”
Dillon, who was fastest in practice, had to go to a back-up car for the race after he damaged his primary car in qualifying after spinning off turn two.
“After starting at the end for switching to a backup car after that qualifying mishap, it was a good race overall. This is a tough track. Very physically demanding. You have to work hard to pass.
I’m going to come back for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race and I think racing here in the ARCA RE/MAX Series will help me when I come back because we learned a lot.”
Joey Coulter, in the Darrell Gwynn Foundation-Tempest Cycles Chevrolet, had the fastest car at the beginning of the race and led 47 laps overall before his car tightened up too much at the end.
“The last set of tires we just tightened up a little bit,” said Coulter. “We tested here and we were fastest at the test. We were real fast in practice yesterday and we qualified on the pole so needless to say this is one of my favorite racetracks that I’ve run on so far. I’ve got to congratulate Parker [Kligerman, race winner]; he is really on a roll right now.”
Coulter also earned his career-first Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell earlier in the day.
Sixteen-year-old Chris Buescher battled from one lap down to finish fourth in the David Ragan Fan Club Ford.
Brian Ickler was fifth in the BrianIckler.com Toyota.
The next event for the ARCA RE/MAX Series will be the Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 Saturday night, July 18th.
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Benny Gordon to Come Back to Compete with USARacing at Motor Mile Speedway
Du Bois, Pa. (July 10, 2009) – Former Pro Cup Champion, Benny Gordon, will be taking a break from NASCAR Nationwide Series competition to return to the USARacing Series on July 18th. Benny and his North South Motorsports team will be headed to the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA, for the Heritage Trucks 250 presented by Collision Plus Paint & Body / 94.9 Star Country.
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Saint-Eustache, July 9, 2009 – Alan Labrosse, owner of Autodrome St-Eustache and promoter of the Tide 250, is pleased to announce that racecar superstar Jacques.
Pritiko rolling in stock car seat now
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The 21-year-old Londoner wants to be in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series next year, but in the meantime will settle for learning what it takes to drive a …
STECKLY CLAIMS TIDE 250
Extends Series Career Win Mark To Six
St. Eustache, Que. – Defending NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion Scott Steckly isn’t quite ready to surrender his crown. He won the Tide 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache on Sunday afternoon.
Steckly, out of Milverton, Ont., led 43 of the final 44 laps, but still had to withstand a challenge from DJ Kennington on a restart with six laps to go. Steckly was able to hold on and beat Kennington to the line by .319 seconds.
It was Steckly’s first win of the season and first carrying the Canadian Tire colors, his new primary sponsor this season. Overall, he extended his own series career win record to six. His last win came at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway on Sept. 6, 2008.
Steckly, who was forced to serve a drive-through penalty after jumping an early restart, was able to overcome the error and make his way back to the front.
“The restart thing was my fault and that just made it harder,” said Steckly. “It is great to get back to Victory Lane. I wish it wouldn’t have taken four races, but we’ll take it.”
John Gaunt finished third for this second career podium finish. He was followed by local favorite Andrew Ranger and Dave Whitlock, winner of the Tufoil 250 in St. Eustache on May 23, in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Kerry Micks, Brad Graham, Jason Hathaway, Andre Coursol and Joey Hanssen rounded out the top 10.
Ranger, in a brand new race car sporting a NASCAR spec engine under the hood, controlled the early portion of the race, but was hounded by Kennington and Micks for much of the way.
Former Formula One champion and Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve made his series debut much to the delight of the crowd, but the joy was quickly doused after an accident on the first lap. Starting the race on the inside lane left him with no where to go as cars stacked up in front. The crew tried to make repairs but to no avail. He finished 22nd.
The race was slowed due to caution 12 times for a total of 64 laps.
Earlier in the day, Kennington set a track record in qualifying besting the record of Don Thomson Jr. set on July 5, 2008. Kennington recorded a time of 17.210 seconds compared to Thomson’s time of 17.219 seconds on the .4-mile flat oval.
Unofficially in the point standings, Ranger assumes the lead from Ron Beauchamp Jr. Kennington is second, 17 points behind Ranger. Beauchamp slipped to third in the standings after finishing 12th.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 begins its three-race swing to western Canada next Saturday at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. for the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300.
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Tide 250 Unofficial Results
At Autodrome St. Eustache
St. Eustache, Que.
Lap length: 0.4 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 250 laps, 52.121 mph, $11,500.
2. (1) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 250, $7,000.
3. (3) John Gaunt, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 250, $5,500.
4. (4) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Ford, 250, $4,300.
5. (12) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ont., Dodge, 250, $3,500.
6. (5) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 250, $2,600.
7. (15) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Dodge, 250, $2,500.
8. (16) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 250, $2,400.
9. (19) Andre Coursol, St. Jerome, Que., Chevrolet, 250, $2,300.
10. (21) Joey Hanssen, Venray, Holland, Dodge, 250, $3,250.
11. (13) Jonathan Bouvrette, St. Therese, Que., Ford, 250, $2,000.
12. (11) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 249, $1,800.
13. (14) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ont., Chevrolet, 238, $1,700.
14. (17) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Chevrolet, 234, $1,650.
15. (9) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Chevrolet, 206, $1,600.
16. (18) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 194, suspension, $1,500.
17. (2) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Chevrolet, 194, $1,450.
18. (8) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Chevrolet, 166, accident, $1,400.
19. (22) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 136, accident, $1,350.
20. (7) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 112, engine, $1,300.
21. (20) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Pontiac, 29, differential, $1,250.
22. (10) Jacques Villeneuve, Montreal, Que., Ford, 0, accident, $1,225.
Time of Race: 1 hour 55 minutes 7 seconds
Margin of Victory: .319 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kennington (83.672 mph, 17.21 seconds)
Caution Flags: 12 for 64 laps.
Lead Changes: 16 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kennington 1; A. Ranger 2-28; S. Steckly 29-31; K. Micks 32-39; A. Ranger 40-96; S. Steckly 97; A. Ranger 98-99; S. Steckly 100-147; J. Gaunt 148-150; D. Kennington 151; J. Gaunt 152-180; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 181-204; S. Steckly 205-234; J. Gaunt 235; S. Steckly 236-243; D. Kennington 244; S. Steckly 245-250.
Standings: 1. A. Ranger, 657; 2. D. Kennington, 640; 3. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 632; 4. S. Steckly, 628; 5. K. Micks, 605; 6. D. Whitlock, 597; 7. A. Simone, 577; 8. J. Hathaway, 534; 9. M. Dilley, 512; 10. K. Nuhn, 508.
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