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Pinty’s Stat Advance: GP3R

Analyzing the Can-Am Le 50 Tours

August 9, 2017 - 11:42am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series will head to Quebec for the third time this season for the Can-Am Le 50 Tours on Sunday at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

Can-Am Le 50 Tours Setup:
• Kevin Lacroix has won the last two races on the street course and enters this race second in the points standings and winner of all three previous road course races on the schedule this season.
• Andrew Ranger has finished either first or second in all 10 previous events at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
• Trois-Rivieres native L.P. Dumoulin, winner of this race in 2014, is in search of his first trip to Victory Lane in 2017.
• 2013 Trois-Rivieres winner D.J. Kennington, second in career victories, will look to end a 46-race winless drought.

At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:
History

• The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres began in 1967 when members of the Club Autosport Mauricien decided to organize a race in the streets of the city.
• It’s the oldest street course in North America. This year is the 47th edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
• Kerry Micks won the inaugural NASCAR Pinty Series Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres event on Aug. 19, 2007.

Notebook
• The previous 10 events have produced six different race victors, led by Andrew Ranger’s four triumphs.
• There have been six different pole winners in nine events. Andrew Ranger leads with three.
• Five drivers have participated in all 10 previous events, and three of them are scheduled to extend the streak this week. They are Ranger, Kennington and J.F. Dumoulin.
• Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in seven events while Ford-powered cars have won the other three.
• Ranger, in 2010, and Lacroix last year are the only drivers to win from the pole.
• The .012-second margin of victory for Micks over Ranger in 2007 is the closest finish in series history.

Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Data
Race #: 9 of 13
Track Layout: 1.53-mile, 11-turn temporary street course
Race Length: 50 laps (76.5 miles/123 kilometers).
Telecast: RDS2 – Live; TSN, Saturday, Aug. 19, Noon

Qualifying/Race Data
2016 Race Winner: Kevin Lacroix, Dodge, 57.137 mph, 1 hr. 11 mins. 17 secs.
2016 Pole Winner:  Kevin Lacroix, Dodge, 82.345 mph, 66.889 secs.
Qualifying Record:  Kevin Lacroix, Dodge, 82.345 mph, 66.889 secs., Aug. 13, 2016

Active Category Leaders at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:
Wins

1. Andrew Ranger … 4
2. Kevin Lacroix … 2
3. Four drivers … 1

Poles
1. Andrew Ranger … 3
2. Alex Tagliani … 2
3. Four drivers … 1

Top Fives
1. Andrew Ranger … 10
2. D.J. Kennington … 5
3. L.P. Dumoulin … 4

Top 10s
1. Andrew Ranger … 10
2. D.J. Kennington … 8
3. J.F. Dumoulin … 6

Laps Led
1. Andrew Ranger … 95
2. Kevin Lacroix ... 88
3. L.P. Dumoulin … 43

Laps Completed
1. D.J. Kennington… 457 (all)
    Andrew Ranger … 457
3. J.F. Dumoulin … 385

Select Driver Highlights:
Marc-Antoine Camirand (No. 22 Paille GMC Chevrolet)

• Has a pole and seven top five and 11 top-10s in 21 career NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts.
• This will be his third start of the season.
• Has five top 10s, an average finish of 16th and a best result of third (twice) in 12 road course starts.
• Made his series debut at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in 2013, and earned his first pole there in 2014. Finished sixth at GP3R in 2015 for his best finish in four starts.

J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Spectra Premium/Bernier/BellemareDodge)
• Has six top-five and 25 top 10s in 44 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.
• Has six top 10s, an average finish of 12th and a best result of fourth (2014) in 10 Trois-Rivieres events.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
• The 2014 NPS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, one pole, 35 top fives and 52 top 10s in 79 career starts.
• Enters this week fifth in the season standings with five top-five and seven top-10s finishes this season.
• Has one win (2014), pole (2012), four top fives in eight races at Trois-Rivieres.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge)
• The 2010 and 2012 NPS champion maintains series records for top fives (81) and top 10s (108), and is the only driver to start each of the 129 all-time events.
• Ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (3,032) and ranks fifth in poles (12).
• Sits fourth in points after eight races with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes so far this season.
• Has a win (2013), five top fives and an average finish of seventh in 10 Trois-Rivieres appearances.

Alex Labbé (No. 32 Cam-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford)
• Has four wins (First came at Chaudière – 2016) with six poles, 18 top fives and 24 top 10s in 35 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 (346-336).
• He has two top-five and three top-10 finishes in five previous starts in this race. His best finish to date was fourth in 2015 and 2016.

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 26 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 has won both races he’s entered at GP3R and will attempt to tie Andrew Ranger’s record of three consecutive wins in this event. He also won from the pole last year in this race. 

Cayden Lapcevich (No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge)
• The defending NPS champion has five wins, 15 top-five, 21 top-10 and one pole in 26 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 has one top-10 finish in two career starts at Trois-Rivieres coming home sixth last season.

Adam Martin (No. 9 Johnsonville/Oliviers/Reser’s Ford)
• He has two top-five and six top-10 finishes in 14 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.
• This will be his first start at GP3R.

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 21. Has 55 top fives and 84 top 10s in 102 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.
• Leads all competitors with four wins and six runner-up finishes in 10 previous starts at Trois-Rivieres and leads the division with three E3 Spark Plug Pole Awards in the event.

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 Lowes Canada/EpiPen/St.Hubert Dodge)
• Has five wins, eight poles and 20 top fives, 33 top 10s in 53 careers NPS starts.
• Three of his five wins at have come on the ovals (Sunset Speedway 2015-16 and Edmonton in 2016). His road course wins came last season in Toronto and the road course in Edmonton in 2008.
• Has two poles, three top-five and three top-10 finishes in seven starts at Trois-Rivieres.

Other Driver Notes
• Robin Buck has one win (2011) and two top-five finishes in five starts at Trois-Rivieres. This will be the part-time driver’s third start of the season.
• Simon Dion-Viens has one top-10 finish in four starts in this event.

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.