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

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

Written by  on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:10
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 travels to Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, Ont., on Saturday, Sept. 22 for the Pinty's 250 presented by Dodge to close out the 2012 season. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Kawartha, as well as some other statistical trends:

Kawartha Race Setup

• This is the 75th race for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

• D.J. Kennington, a two-time Kawartha winner, has to finish 19th or better to clinch his second series title.

• Kennington along with Ron Beauchamp Jr. and Scott Steckly have four top-10 finishes in five starts at the .375-mile speedway.

• Fifteen different drivers have led laps at Kawartha led by Kennington with 252.

• Pete Shepherd III has top-10 finishes in all three of his Kawartha starts including a win in 2010.

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Kawartha Speedway

• This is the series' sixth visit to the track that is a .375-mile progressive-banked track in Fraserville, Ont.

• The Pinty's 250 presented by Dodge will premiere on TSN at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sat. Oct. 6 and on RDS2 at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

• Each of the five previous winners at Kawartha has driven a Dodge.

• For three of the five previous winners –Scott Steckly, Jason Hathaway and Pete Shepherd III – the Kawartha victory was the first of their series career.

• Both the 2008 and 2009 events at Kawartha Speedway were cut short due to rain.

• There has been an average of 8.8 caution periods for an average of 66.4 laps in the five prior races at Kawartha, with the earliest coming on Lap 2 in 2009 and the latest at Lap 247 in 2007.

• The lead has changed hands an average of 9.8 times in Kawartha races with a high of 14 in the 2009 event.

• The average starting position of the winner is 7.8, while the polesitter has an average finish of 6.4.

Kawartha Data

Race: #12 of 12 (9/22/12)

Track Layout: .375-mile paved oval

Race Length: 250 laps (93.75 miles)

Records

1-Lap Qualifying: Mark Dilley, Dodge, 17.704 seconds, 76.254 mph, Sept. 23, 2007

250-Lap Race: Pete Shepherd III, Dodge, 1 hr., 49 min., 7 sec., 51.550 mph, Sept. 25, 2010

Race Winners

D.J. Kennington................................. 2

Jason Hathaway................................. 1

Pete Shepherd III................................ 1

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

Pole Winners

Ron Beauchamp Jr. ........................... 1

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

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

Steve Mathews................................... 1

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

Manufacturer Wins

Dodge............................................... 5

Laps Led

D.J. Kennington.............................. 252

Don Thomson Jr. ........................... 199

Pete Shepherd III............................. 151

Selected Driver Information:

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

• Finished 17th a year ago at Kawartha.

• Scored third-place Kawartha finishes in 2007 and 2008.

• Has led 65 laps at the Ontario oval in five starts.

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

• One of just four drivers to start all 74 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

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

• Recorded a 22nd-place finish a year ago at Kawartha.

• Logged a 10th-place Kawartha finish in his 2008 track debut.

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

• Posted a fifth-place finish in last year's Pinty's 250.

• Scored a series career-best finish of fourth at Kawartha in 2010.

• 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 25th last year at Kawartha 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 16th-place Kawartha finish last year in his track debut.

• 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 third-place finish a year ago at Kawartha.

• Has led 87 laps in series action at the Kawartha 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 21st in last season's Kawartha race – his worst finish in five starts.

• Won the rain-shortened 2008 race at Kawartha.

• Has three top-10 finishes in five starts on the .375-mile Ontario track.

• One of only four drivers to start all 74 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

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

• Won at Kawartha a season ago to go with his 2009 victory.

• Has Kawartha finishes of second in 2009 and third in 2010.

• Has four top-five finishes in five outings at Kawartha.

• Has led a series-best 252 laps at the .375-mile 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 23-point lead and needs to finish 19th or better to claim his second series title.

• Has 12 top-five finishes in last 13 series starts.

• Won 2010 series championship.

• One of four drivers to start all 74 NCATS races.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 23 Tim Hortons Dodge)

• Placed ninth last season at Kawartha.

• Scored a series career-best finish of eighth in 2010 at the Ontario oval.

Steve Mathews (No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford)

• Finished seventh a season ago at Kawartha.

• Won first career pole position in last year's event at the Ontario track.

• Registered a fourth-place finish in his last start at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway to equal his series-career best.

• Has led 44 laps in three Kawartha starts.

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

• Registered a ninth-place finish in 2009 at Kawartha – his last start at the track.

• Logged a sixth-place finish in the 2007 Kawartha event.

• Has led 63 laps at the .375-mile speedway.

• Has finished inside the top 10 in 31 of his last 34 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.

Pete Shepherd III (No. 7 National Exhaust Dodge)

• Finished 10th a year ago at Kawartha.

• Won the 2010 event at the Ontario track.

• Has led 151 laps in three series starts at Kawartha.

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

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

• Was runner-up to Kennington in last year's Kawartha event.

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

• Has four top-10 finishes in five Kawartha starts.

• Has led 103 laps at Kawartha.

• Has 11 top-10 finishes in his last 13 series starts dating back to last season.

• Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.

• One of just four drivers to start all 74 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

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

• Scored an eighth-place finish in last year's Kawartha event.

• Finished eighth in his 2007 track debut.

• 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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Event Schedule: http://hmtk.co/QUL4iy

From Shon Sbarra / Integrated Marketing Communications


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