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BOWMANVILLE, ON - MAY 20: Castrol 200 for the NASCAR Pinty's Series at Canadian Tire Motor Sport Park on May 20, 2018 in Bowmanville, Ontario.
LP Dumoulin ended his winless streak in the NASCAR Pinty's Series opener in May and will look for back-to-back wins Saturday. (Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

L.P. Dumoulin Going After Second Straight Win to Begin Season

After scoring his first win since 2014 in the season opener last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, L.P. Dumoulin will try and score his first back-to-back wins in his career this weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

Dumoulin already has a win on an oval scoring a victory at Wyant Group Raceway during his championship season in 2014 and will go for another one Saturday night in the Rankin Construction 200.

Dumoulin finished third in the Pinty’s Series season finale last season in the first race at the track since 2008 and is ready to return to the track.

“I loved racing at Jukasa (Motor Speedway) last season,” said Dumoulin. “The race track is really nice and super smooth and we had a great time there and a good race in the season finale.

“It’s also the home track so to speak for my sponsor Weather Tech so we’ll have a lot of people there on Saturday cheering us on and we want to give them another win to celebrate with us in Victory Lane.”

Dumoulin just hopes he doesn’t have another long dry spell between wins.

“I don’t want to go that long again between wins for sure,” added Dumoulin. “My guys have worked really hard over the winter to step up our program and we feel confident we’ll have a good car for the race.”

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Dumoulin also thanked his crew for the hard work over the past few years to improve his cars and the results are showing up on the track. He also isn’t afraid to get as much input as he can, so he also got a long-time friend and experienced racer and crew chief to offer some advice during the test last week.

“My friend Mario Gosselin came over to our test last week to offer some advice,” said Dumoulin. “He’s raced a lot himself on ovals and has a lot of experience so we asked him to come over and hang out with us during the test and we appreciated that a lot.”

Gosselin won the 2017 Pinty’s Series championship with driver Alex Labbe last season and is leading the effort as Labbe is competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season in the United States.

“My team has done a great job giving me a great car at CTMP for the road course and I’ve actually done better on ovals over the past few years and my team has a really good car ready for me this weekend,” said Dumoulin. “We’re going after the championship this season and to win a championship you have to win races and that’s what we’re going after this weekend at Jukasa. To get back-to-back wins would be great for our team.”

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Plenty of Challengers

Donald Theetge and Kevin Lacroix also finished in the top five in last year’s lone visit to Jukasa and will both be back to challenge Dumoulin for the win.

Lacroix will also be one to watch as he’s yet to record a win on an oval track, he’s already won a couple of pole awards on ovals. He will be looking for a little redemption after he lost a chance to win at CTMP in May after he and Andrew Ranger made contact on the final lap.

For Theetge, who was about to score his first Pinty’s Series win in the season finale before he was nudged up the track by eventual race winner Lapcevich, he hopes to also have a chance to be in contention for a win as he competes full-time in the series for the first time.

Jukasa promoter Alex Nagy said he expects the same action-packed racing this weekend when the Pinty’s Series returns for the first of two scheduled visits to the track this season.

“It’s impossible to point to just one driver to keep an eye on this Saturday,” notes Nagy. “I know that our fans are in for a treat as soon as the field hits the grid this weekend. This is the perfect time to be a Pinty’s Series fan because there’s so much excitement around the roster and what the season has in store. The drivers had a fantastic race at (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) in May and I’m positive they’ll be bringing that same energy to Jukasa for Round 2.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Pinty’s Series races at Jukasa | Pinty’s Series drivers’ career stats at Jukasa

Pinty’s Series News & Notes

DJ Kennington Looks To End Streak: After L.P. Dumoulin ended his winless streak at 40 races, Kennington wants to end his streak at 52 since his last trip to Victory Lane. Kennington sits tied for second with 19 series wins and wants to end the longest drought of his career.

Cole Powell Hopes to Continue Momentum: After finishing an impressive sixth in his first Pinty’s Series race and also first NASCAR race on a road course, the Mount Brydges, Ontario driver returns to an oval track where he has a lot of experience.

New Look For Pete Shepherd III: Peter Shepherd III will make his 2018 debut and will feature a new look on his No. 79 Jacombs Racing Ford. Shepherd and VRX eSports announced a partnership to amplity VRX’s eSports program, especially with driver development connections as well as SIM racing exhibitions. Shepherd has five wins and 13 top fives in 24 career series starts.

Brett Taylor Continues Rookie Campaign: Brett Taylor was forced to start the race at CTMP in 19th after qualifying was cancelled due to fog and advanced 10 spots to finish ninth in his first start for Canada’s Best Race Team and will also compete at Jukasa Motor Speedway for the first time on Saturday.

Up Next: The Pinty’s Series will travel to Chaudiere, Quebec for the first of two races in the province this season for the Autodrome Chaudiere 250. The fast quarter-mile track will host the Pinty’s Series for the fifth consecutive season on Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m.