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CREW PROFILE: Sandy Hamilton

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

A big part of any NASCAR driver and team are the crewmembers, who toil behind the scenes in preparing and maintaining the race cars. Throughout the season, we will profile many of these hard working men and women on the NASCAR Home Tracks website to let you see the job they do in the sport.
 
Today's profile features Sandy Hamilton, crew chief for driver Don Thomson Jr. in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

SANDY HAMILTON

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News & Notes: The Road Suits Fitzpatrick’s Style Perfectly

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Although he has yet to make his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut this year, the 2009 race season has already been an eventful one for JR Fitzpatrick.

The 21-year-old driver out of Cambridge, Ont., began the season by leading 17 laps and a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway for TRG Motorsports. He went on to make three more starts for that team, but decided to part ways shortly thereafter.

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Great Homecoming For DJ

by Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Delaware, Ont. – On the third attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, DJ Kennington won the Delaware 200 presented by Belfor Restoration Services in a heated NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race Saturday night at Delaware Speedway in front of a near capacity crowd.

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QUALIFYING: Dilley back in front

by Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

DELAWARE, Ont. – In the first visit to Delaware Speedway for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Mark Dilley posted the fastest qualifying time. He navigated the historic half-mile oval in 19.133 seconds for an average lap speed of 94.078 mph.

Dilley (No. 9 Dodge/Leland Industries Dodge), racing out of Barrie, Ont., earned his first pole since taking the honors at Kawartha Speedway in the 2007 season finale. It is his third series career pole. He also won at his home track of Barrie Speedway in July 2007.

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Kennington Tops Practice Chart Again

by Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

DELAWARE, Ont. - For the second time in as many races, DJ Kennington topped the charts in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series practice. He worked his way around the half-mile oval in 19.015 seconds which works out to an average speed of 94.662 mph after leading the pack in practice two weeks ago at Autodrome St. Eustache.

Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/Mahindra Tractor Dodge), out of nearby St. Thomas, Ont., turned in that quick time on his 32nd lap of the session. He logged 37 laps overall.

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News & Notes: Beauchamp Back In A Better State Of Mind

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

The reasons are many and varied, but Ron Beauchamp Jr. is tired of talking and hearing about hard-luck races.

Just like any sport, racing is a game of inches. The difference between standing on the podium and loading a wrecked race car into the hauler can be too close to measure. Over the last two seasons for Beauchamp (No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge), though, it might as well been measured with a yardstick. Regardless of the steps that he or his team took for the sake of improvement, very little worked.

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Whitlock Starts Final Season With A Bang In Canadian Tire Opener

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

ST. EUSTACHE, Que. – Just days after Dave Whitlock announced his retirement effective at the end of the season, he took control of the Tufoil 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache late in the race and survived a green-white-checkered finish to earn his first career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race.

Whitlock (No. 39 Dickies/NMT Dodge), out of Wyoming, Ont., wrestled the lead from Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford) on Lap 242 and then held off charges from Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) and Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge).

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QUALIFYING: Steckly grabs frst pole of Canadian Tire season

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

ST. EUSTACHE, Que. - Scott Steckly will begin the defense of his 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series title by starting from the pole position in Saturday evening's Tufoil 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache where track position is crucial on the .4-mile flat oval. He turned a lap in 17.255 seconds which translates to an average speed of 83.545 mph.
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PRACTICE: Kennington Paces The Field In St. Eustache

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

St. Eustache, Que. - Teams took to the track in a practice session for the Tufoil 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache, the season-opening event for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. DJ Kennington posted the fastest lap with a time of 17.270 seconds (83.382 mph) on the flat .4-mile oval.

Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/Mahindra Tractor Dodge), who finished third in the final standings a year ago, is looking to get off to a fast start in 2009.

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Fitzpatrick signs with Harvick

Team Release

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) announced today that J.R. Fitzpatrick will compete for the team in selected events in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series throughout the remainder of the 2009 season.

The Cambridge, Ontario, Canada native will pilot a KHI entry in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, beginning with the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on May 29.

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