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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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Jacombs Shows The Way

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

The transition from driver to team owner for Dave Jacombs was more happenstance than a premeditated plan, but he couldn’t be happier with his role and its impact on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

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Five Things To Watch: Who will break through this year?

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

The 2009 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will open this weekend at Autodrome St. Eustache (Que.) with the Tufoil 250. With the long winter behind everybody and another race season at hand, here are five things to watch as the upcoming season progresses.

Who will be this year’s surprise entrant to the championship fray?

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News & Notes: Holland's Hanssen A Rookie In The Truest Sense

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

When the green flag flies for the first time of the season this Saturday in St. Eustache, Joey Hanssen officially will have made the jump—a big one. However, the confident 17-year-old aims to dive headfirst into the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
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Whitlock sets retirement date

Team Release

Following is a release from Dave Whitlock (No. 39 Dickies/NMT Dodge) announcing his retirement at the conclusion of the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season. The 42-year-old Whitlock, who makes his home in Wyoming, Ont., cites that it is time to spend more time with his family and pursue his other business interests.

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Confident Steckly Is Ready To Go

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

The easy part – collecting the spoils of a champion and relishing the victory over a long winter – of Scott Steckly’s 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship is over. The hard part was emerging from the middle of the pack to title contender and on to collecting that coveted ring. However, the most difficult part still remains as unfinished business – defending the championship, proving it was not a fluke.

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Gale Heads North To Race

Team Release

Canadian NASCAR fans won't have to cross any international borders to watch Kevin Harvick Inc.'s (KHI) exciting young driver, Cale Gale, this season as Farwell Racing Inc (FRI) announced today that Gale will drive the all new No. 13 Rheem Chevrolet Impala for much of the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season.

The 24-year-old driver from Mobile, Ala. - named after NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough - is currently under contract with KHI and spends time behind the wheel of KHI's No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet. 

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Canadian Tire Series Teams Test

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

DELAWARE, Ontario – Several NASCAR Canadian Tire Series teams convened at Delaware Speedway for a test session to shake off some of the rust from a long off-season. Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) turned in the fastest lap of the day. He navigated the half-mile oval in 19.028 seconds for an average speed of 94.597 mph.

“It felt really good to get back out there,” said Micks. “The car responded to all of the changes we threw at it.”

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