NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Presented By Mobil 1 Statistical Advance: Antigonish

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Presented By Mobil 1 Statistical Advance: Antigonish

Written by  on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:09
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2012) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 travels to Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., on Saturday, Sept. 15 for the Wilson Equipment 300. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Riverside, as well as some other statistical trends:

Antigonish Race Setup

• Each of the last three Riverside race winners – Andrew Ranger (2009), D.J. Kennington (2010) and Scott Steckly (2011) – have gone on to win the series championship.

• The five events at Antigonish have produced five different race winners.

• Mark Dilley is the only series driver to log a top-10 finish in all five races at the Nova Scotia track.

• Ron Beauchamp Jr. has scored four consecutive top 10s at Riverside International Speedway.

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Riverside International Speedway

• This is the series' sixth visit to the track that is a .333-mile scale version of the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

• The Wilson Equipment 300 will premiere on TSN at Noon ET on Sat. Sept. 22 and on RDS2 at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

• Each of the competing series manufacturers – Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford – has reached Victory Lane.

• Two of the five prior events have been postponed a day due to inclement weather.

• There has been an average of 5.8 caution periods for an average of 48 laps in the five prior races in Antigonish, with the earliest coming on Lap 1 in 2007 and the latest at Lap 289 in 2008.

• The lead has changed hands an average of 10.4 times in Riverside races with a high of 15 in the 2010 race.

• The average starting position of the winner is 2.8, while the polesitter has an average finish of 8.0.

• The closest margin of victory is .202 seconds by Don Thomson Jr. in 2008 and the largest belongs to Andrew Ranger in 2009 at 9.159 seconds.

Riverside Data

Race: #11 of 12 (9/15/12)

Track Layout: .333-mile paved high-banked oval

Race Length: 300 laps (99.99 miles)

Records

1-Lap Qualifying: Scott Steckly, Dodge, 14.488 seconds, 82.973 mph, Sept. 18, 2010

300-Lap Race: Andrew Ranger, Ford, 1 hr., 30 min., 40 sec., 66.110 mph, Sept. 20, 2009

Race Winners

Mark Dilley......................................... 1

D.J. Kennington................................. 1

Andrew Ranger................................... 1

Scott Steckly..................................... 1

Don Thomson Jr. ............................... 1

Pole Winners

Scott Steckly .................................... 2

J.R. Fitzpatrick .................................. 1

Peter Gibbons.................................... 1

D.J. Kennington................................. 1

Manufacturer Wins

Dodge............................................... 3

Chevrolet........................................... 1

Ford.................................................. 1

Laps Led

Scott Steckly.................................. 376

D.J. Kennington.............................. 255

Peter Gibbons................................ 250

Selected Driver Information:

Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Exide/Mobil 1 Dodge)

• Finished eighth a year ago at Riverside.

• Has scored top-10 finishes in the last four Nova Scotia races including a third-place finish in 2008.

• Has recorded top 10s in seven of his last nine starts overall.

• One of just four drivers to start all 73 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

Donald Chisholm (No. 89 Keltic Ford/Nova Construction Ford)

• Finished a series career-best third last season in the Wilson Equipment 300.

• Logged a fifth-place Riverside finish in 2009.

• Has two top-five finishes in the last three Antigonish events.

Mark Dilley (No. 02 PartSource/BDI/Leland Ford)

• Logged a 10th-place finish in last year's Wilson Equipment 300.

• Won the series' inaugural visit to the Nova Scotia track in 2007.

• Has five top 10s in five tries on the high-banked .333-mile oval.

• Is the owner of three career Canadian Tire Series victories.

• Sharing time with Kerry Micks this season behind the wheel of the No. 02 Ford.

Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge)

• Finished 11th last year at Antigonish in his rookie season.

• Posted a career-best finish of third on Sept. 9 at Barrie.

• Logged three straight top-10 finishes from June 16 to July 14.

• Finished third in last year's Rookie of the Year standings.

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

• Posted a 17th-place Riverside finish last year – his second career start on an oval.

• Earned his first career Canadian Tire Series pole position on Aug. 4 at Trois-Rivieres, Que.

• Opened the season with back-to-back top-five road-course finishes.

• Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

• Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)

• Scored a sixth-place finish a year ago at Antigonish.

• Career-best Barrie finish is second in 2007 and 2008.

• Has led 160 laps in series action at the Riverside event.

• Seven of his eight career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal (2).

• Has made a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Vortex Brake Pads/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge)

• Finished seventh in last season's Antigonish race.

• Scored a Riverside-best finish of fifth in 2010 Wilson Equipment 300.

• Has four top-10 finishes in five starts on the .333-mile Nova Scotia track.

• One of only four drivers to start all 73 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

• Finished fourth in last season's Wilson Equipment 300.

• Won the 2010 Antigonish event.

• Has three top-five finishes in five outings in Nova Scotia.

• Has led a total of 255 laps at Riverside International Speedway.

• Had a series record five-race winning streak snapped on aug. 5 at Trois-Rivieres, Que. The streak equaled the modern era NASCAR touring series record shared with Ricky Craven (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-1991), Herschel McGriff (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West-1972), Richie Evans (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-1985) and Mike Stefanik (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-1997) among currently NASCAR-sanctioned series.

• Sits atop the championship standings with a 14-point lead.

• Has 11 top-five finishes in last 12 series starts.

• Won 2010 series championship.

• One of four drivers to start all 73 NCATS races.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 23 Tim Hortons Dodge)

• Placed ninth in 2010 at Antigonish – his last visit to the track.

• Scored a career-high finish of second in 2009 at Riverside.

• Has led 97 laps at Antigonish.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Dodge/GC Motorsports Dodge)

• Earned the win in his last Riverside start in 2009.

• Registered a sixth-place finish in the 2008 Wilson Equipment 300.

• Has led 115 laps at Riverside International Speedway.

• Has finished inside the top 10 in 31 of his last 33 series starts dating back to the 2008 season.

• Tied with Don Thomson Jr. at 11 atop the all-time list for pole wins.

• Won the series championship in 2007 and 2009.

Martin Roy (No. 90 Veloce/Battery Expert Dodge)

• Is making his track debut.

• Is the current leader in the series' Rookie of the Year standings.

Pete Shepherd III (No. 7 National Exhaust Dodge)

• Was the runner-up to race winner Scott Steckly a year ago at Antigonish.

• Finished 10th in his only other Riverside start in 2008.

• Has won races in each of the last three seasons (2010-12).

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

• Is the defending race winner in the Wilson Equipment 300.

• Finished second in the 2010 Riverside event.

• Has three top-10 finishes in five Antigonish starts.

• Has led a series-best 376 laps at Riverside.

• Has 11 top-10 finishes in his last 12 series starts dating back to last season.

• Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.

• One of just four drivers to start all 73 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

Jason White (No. 21 Bowers & Wilkins at Future Shop Dodge)

• Scored an 16th-place finish in last year's Wilson Equipment 300.

• Best Antigonish finish was 10th in 2009.

• Recorded his first series top-five finish on July 14 at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C.

• Was 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

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