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Pinty’s Series Stat Advance: Riverside

Analyzing the Bumper To Bumper 300

August 16, 2017 - 9:36am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series will return to Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, on Saturday for the annual Bumper To Bumper 300. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Bumper To Bumper 300 Setup:
• Antigonish’s own Donald Chisholm started from the pole in this event last season and won this race in 2014 after starting on the pole at Riverside, a track owned by his family.
• Mark Dilley is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 10 NASCAR Pinty’s Series events at the track.
• Alex Labbe leads Kevin Lacroix by 23 points (385-362) heading into the 10th event of the 13-race schedule. 

At Riverside International Speedway:
• Opened in 1969 as a .333-mile scaled version of Tennessee’s .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway.
• Played host to the former NASCAR North Tour in the early 1980s.
• Was completely rebuilt in 2006.
• Mark Dilley won the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Riverside on Sept. 16, 2007. Peter Gibbons captured the first Riverside pole.

• The previous 10 events have produced eight different race victors, led by D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly with two triumphs between them.
• There have been five different pole winners in 10 events, topped by three from Scott Steckly.
• Four drivers have participated in all nine previous events, and three of them (D.J. Kennington, Jason Hathaway and Mark Dilley) are all except Hathaway are expected to extend the streak this week.
• The race has twice been won from the pole: Steckly-2011, Donald Chisholm-2014
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in seven events.
• The first six editions of this event took place in September. The race date moved to August in 2013.

Riverside International Speedway Data
Race #:  10 of 13
Track Layout:  .333-mile oval
Banking/Turns:  14 degrees
Banking/Straights:  Frontstretch – 6 degrees, Backstretch – 5 degrees
Race Length:  300 laps (99.99 miles).
Telecast:  TSN - Sunday, Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m. ET; RDS2 - Fri., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. ET

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 Race Winner:  Cayden Lapcevich, Dodge, 58.899 mph, 1:41:46
2016 Pole Winner:  Donald Chisholm, Dodge, 82.081 mph, 14.605 secs.
Qualifying Record:  D.J. Kennington, Dodge, 83.083 mph, 14.429 secs., Aug. 15, 2015

Active Category Leaders at Riverside International Speedway:
1. D.J. Kennington … 2
2. seven drivers with … 1 

1. D.J. Kennington … 2
    Donald Chisholm … 2
3. three drivers with … 1 

Top Fives
1. Mark Dilley … 7
2. D.J. Kennington … 6
3. Donald Chisholm … 4

Top 10s
1. Mark Dilley … 10
2. D.J. Kennington … 7
3. Donald Chisholm … 6

Laps Led
1. D.J. Kennington … 503
2. Andrew Ranger … 254
3. Donald Chisholm … 168

Laps Completed
1. Mark Dilley … 2,991
2. Donald Chisholm … 2,513
3. D.J. Kennington … 2,379

Select Driver Highlights: 
J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Spectra Premium/Bernier/BellemareDodge) 

• Has six top-five and 26 top 10s in 45 career NPS starts.
• 2017 will mark the second season J.F. will compete full-time in the series. He competed in all 11 events in 2015 in his best season to date finishing the year with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
• Finished fifth in his only previous start at the track in 2015.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge) 
• The 2014 NPS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, one pole, 36 top fives and 53 top 10s in 80 career starts.
• Enters this week fourth in the season standings with six top-five and eight top-10s finishes this season.
• Has made six starts at Riverside scoring his best finish (2nd) last year at the track with three top-10 finishes.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NPS champion maintains series records for top fives (81) and top 10s (109), and is the only driver to start each of the 130 all-time events.
• Ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (3,032) and ranks fifth in poles (12).
• Sits fifth in points after eight races with four top-five and eight top-10 finishes so far this season.
• Has a pair of wins (2010 & 2012), six top fives and an average finish of eighth in 10 Riverside appearances.

Alex Labbe (No. 32 Cam-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford) 
• Has four wins (First came at Chaudière – 2016) with six poles, 19 top fives and 25 top 10s in 36 career starts.
• He has joins Kevin Lacroix as the only three-time winner in the series this season (Delaware, Saskatoon and Edmonton).
• Labbé took over the lead in the standings after his win at Edmonton two weeks ago and leads Kevin Lacroix (385-362).
• Finished second in his first start at the track in 2015 and came home 12th last season at the high-banked track.

Kevin Lacroix (No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/Total/Go Fast Dodge) 
• Has four poles, seven wins, 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts.
• Only driver to recorded two wins in seven starts during his rookie season in 2015. Won road races at Circuit ICAR and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Won from the pole at CTMP in last month’s season opener and won two races in a row in July taking his second career win at Circuit ICAR and scoring his first win in Toronto.
• Became the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race last season at ICAR in his first start at the track. 
• He finished 10th last season in his only start to date at Riverside.

Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge) 
• The defending NPS champion has five wins, 15 top-five, 22 top-10 and one pole in 27 career starts.
• Became the youngest champion in the history of the NPS last season at 16 years, 10 months and 16 days. He also became the youngest race winner in the history of the series with his victory at Wyant Group Raceway last July.
• Recently named a member of the NASCAR Next class highlighting young and up-and-coming talent within NASCAR.
• He took the lead on Lap 290 and went on to win at Riverside last season in his only start at Riverside.

Adam Martin (No. 9 Johnsonville/Oliviers/Reser’s Ford)
• He has two top-five and six top-10 finishes in 15 career starts and is ninth in the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship points standings entering this race.
• Finished fourth in his first series start at Sunset Speedway in 2016.
• The young driver finished sixth last year at Riverside in his first start at the track.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge) 
• The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series’ all-time leader in wins at 22 and holds the record for the poles with 22. Has 56 top fives and 85 top 10s in 103 career starts.
• Finished second in last year’s final season standings.
• Currently holds the series’ record for consecutive wins at a track with three (ICAR, 2012-14; Trois-Rivieres, 2008-10).
• Missed the last race at Edmonton when he fell ill during practice and had to receive treatment at an Edmonton area hospital.
• Scored a win at Riverside in 2009 and has collected three top-five and four top-10 finishes in seven career starts. 

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 Lowes Canada/EpiPen/St.Hubert Dodge)
• Has six wins, eight poles and 21 top fives, 34 top 10s in 54 careers NPS starts.
• Three of his six wins at have come on the ovals (Sunset Speedway 2015-16 and Edmonton in 2016). His road course wins came last week at GP3R and last season in Toronto. He scored his first win on the road course in Edmonton in 2008.
• He led a race-high 164 laps and finished ninth in his lone start at Riverside last year.

Other Driver Notes
• Donald Chisholm has made 19 starts in the series with one win (Riverside, 2014), two poles (Riverside 2014 & 2016) with four top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

Up To Speed:
• The 2017 season is the second for series sponsor Pinty’s and the 11th overall for the Canadian-based NASCAR division.
• The 2017 schedule features 13 races at 12 different tracks across five provinces and featured a return to Delaware Speedway for the first time since 2013 earlier this season.
• Quebec native Kevin Lacroix won from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in May for his third career series win.
• Alex Labbé made Quebec drivers two-for-two this season after he won the CHOKO/Fast Eddie 250 at Delaware Speedway for his second career series victory.
• Defending series champion and current NASCAR Next member Cayden Lapcevich took the lead late from Alex Labbé to score his first win of the season at Autodrome Chaudière.
• Kevin Lacroix used some muscle to make the pass in NASCAR overtime to score his second win of the season and second at Circuit ICAR. He won there during his rookie season in 2015.
• Kevin Lacroix took advantage of some contact between contenders early in the race and withstood a late challenge by Marc-Antoine Camirand before he also crashed out of the race to win his second consecutive series race and third of the season in the race in Toronto.
• Alex Labbe held off D.J. Kennington in NASCAR OT to become the second multi-race winner of the season winning the first of the Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100s.
• Cayden Lapcevich joined Alex Labbe and Kevin Lacroix as a repeat winner taking the second race of the Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100s at Wyant Group Raceway.
• Alex Labbe became the second driver to score his third win this season holding off a hard-charging Donald Theetge to pick up his second win during the three-race western swing through Saskatoon and Edmonton. He also overtook Kevin Lacroix in the points standings for the first time this season.
• Alex Tagliani held off a hard-charging Andrew Ranger to score his first win of the season and first at GP3R.