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News & Notes: Passion Of NASCAR Excites Former Open-Wheeler Tagliani

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Passion is a compelling thing, and passion is as part of NASCAR as the Daytona 500. It’s that fervor which excites Alex Tagliani (No. 7 Wal-Mart/Ubisoft Ford), who is in his first full season in stock cars after making the switch from the open-wheeled world.

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Steckly Pulls Out All The Stops

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BARRIE, Ont. – Racing at Barrie Speedway is about speed, patience, luck and survival. The .333-mile track is prototypical short track racing. Scott Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) had all of those characteristics in his arsenal in winning the A&W 300 Saturday night.

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Record Qualifying Run For Thomson

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BARRIE, Ont. – Don Thomson Jr. established a new track record and put his No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet on the pole for tonight’s A&W 300 at Barrie Speedway.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver out of Ayr, Ont., laid down a time of 13.903 seconds during time trials for an average speed of 86.226 mph. Thomson bettered the previous track record of 13.969 seconds (85.819 mph) set by D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/NPP Dodge) last June 30. It was Thomson’s second pole of the young season and the fourth of his career in the Canadian Tire Series.

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Dilley Fastest In Abbreviated Practice

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BARRIE, ONT - After a road course event two weeks ago at Mosport International Speedway, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio was back on an oval track. The tight .333-mile bullring of Barrie Speedway is the site for this round and the A&W 300.

NASCAR and track officials along with the race teams have had to battle rain in the area all day. As a result of the inclement weather, this afternoon’s practice session was cut short. However, all cars were able to take hot laps.

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News & Notes: Kennington Logs Miles On And Off The Track

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Traveling from track to track and series to series has garnered much attention this season thanks to the exploits of Kyle Busch, who has used helicopters and  jets to work his way between tracks to compete in  NASCAR’s top three series.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio has its own version of Busch in D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/NPP Dodge). Kennington’s travels from the NASCAR Nationwide Series to the Canadian Tire Series, however, come via cars and pick-up trucks.

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Fitzpatrick’s Last Lap Heroics Pay Off

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. – J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet) used his one and only chance to get to Victory Lane for the first time since Edmonton last July. The chance came on the final lap of the Dickies 200 presented by Lucas Oil at Mosport International Raceway when he had to work past two cars on a wet race track. On that final lap, the Cambridge, Ont., driver overtook D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/NPP Dodge) and teammate Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet).

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Steckly Continues Roll With Dickies Pole

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. – Scott Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) continued his recent dominance of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio Saturday by establishing a new track record and winning the pole for Sunday’s Dickies 200 presented by Lucas Oil.

The Milverton, Ont., driver navigated the 2.459-mile road course at Mosport International Raceway in 85.375 seconds for an average speed of 103.688 mph. That bested the track record set a year ago by Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford) by .061 seconds.

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Dilley Quickest In Canadian Tire Practice At Mosport Road Course

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. – The two morning practice sessions for the Dickies 200 presented by Lucas Oil, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event at Mosport International Raceway are in the books and Mark Dilley (No. 9 Dodge/Leland Dodge) posted the fastest time at 1:25.725 which works out to an average lap speed of 104.987 mph.

The 29-car field had a pair of 30-minute practice sessions to shake out their cars on the 2.459-mile road course situated in the rolling hills of Ontario, east of Toronto.

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Tagliani Participates in Charity Walk

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver Alex Tagilani was in Toronto for the 5th Annual Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles on June 8. Gathered along Lakeshore Boulevard, supporters took part in fundraising for children’s hospitals across Canada.

Tagliani, a Quebec native, was there along with his No. 7 Wal-Mart/Ubisoft Ford greeting fans and signing autographs.

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Whissell To Make Canadian Tire Series Debut at Mosport

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Jarrad Whissell has been road racing for the past three seasons and now he wants to see how he stacks up against Canada’s best stock car racers on the 2.459-mile road course of Mosport International Raceway. The event will be his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio debut. The Whissell Motorsports team intends to compete at all four road course events on the Canadian Tire Series schedule in 2008.

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