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The NASCAR Pinty's Series is back in action on Sunday, concluding a full week and weekend of NASCAR Touring Series action. (NASCAR photo)

PIT BOX: Pinty’s Title Fight Heads For GP3R

A full weekend of NASCAR Touring Series action will culminate on Sunday afternoon as the eighth race of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule brings drivers to Circuit De Trois-Rivieres for the Le 50 Tours Can-Am.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is back in action for the first time in two weeks on Saturday as they visit head to the northwest for a stop at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, for the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

And the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make a mid-week stop at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday for the Bud “King of Beers” 150, the 10th race of the championship points schedule that will mark the second race for teams in the last five days.


NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES AT CIRCUIT TROIS-RIVIÈRES

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Only six races remain in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season, and if anyone plans to set themselves apart in the fight for the championship, they will need to navigate the streets of GP3R first. On the heels of two wins this season, L.P. Dumoulin holds a four-point advantage over Cole Powell entering the Le 50 Tours Can-Am.

Logo Gp3r CmykIn nine career starts at the 1.53-mile street course, Dumoulin has one victory (2014) and has finished eighth or better the last three years. Powell, his closest challenger, will be making his debut at the Quebec venue.

Marc-Antoine Camirand, who is just nine points behind in the championship points battle, is still looking for his first win of the season, but has come close so far. His best finish (second) came in the season-opener, but he’s finished sixth or better in all seven races in 2018.

Circuit Trois-Rivières could also prove redemption for a trio of drivers returning to their home province. Andrew Ranger has never finished worse than second in 11 starts at GP3R, including four wins. He’s sixth in points, but just 21 out of first, and tied with rival Kevin Lacroix. Lacroix won at Gp3R in 2015 and ’16 before transmission woes cut his run short last year. And last year’s winner, Alex Tagliani, sits fourth in the championship race.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Pinty’s Series races at GP3RPinty’s Series drivers’ career stats at GP3R

RACE FACTS

RACE Le 50 Tours Can-Am
PLACE Circuit Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
DATE Sunday, August 12
TIME 2:18 p.m.
TELEVISION Saturday, Aug. 18, Noon (TSN 1/3); Sunday, Aug. 12 (live) (RDS)
TRACK LAYOUT 1.53-mile paved road course
2017 WINNER Alex Tagliani
2017 POLE Andrew Ranger
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage Opens: 10 a.m., Final Practice: 12:30-1:40 p.m., Qualifying — 5:15 p.m.

Sunday — Garage Opens: 9 a.m., GP3R: 2:18 p.m.

TWITTER @NASCARPintys, @GP3R
HASHTAG #NASCARPintys, #Le50ToursCanAm

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field for the event is 34 cars, including provisionals. Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 29 cars will secure starting positions for the Le 50 Tours Can-Am based on the qualifying session. The remaining five spots would be awarded through the provisional process.

NASCAR Road Race style (group) qualifying is in place for this event, and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 29th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The Le 50 Tours Can-Am will be 50 laps (75.50 miles).

There will be a mandatory fuel stop during the Event. The fuel stop must be completed between laps 15 and 30.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: One (1) tire for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying for a total of five (5) tires. If this is a driver’s first event on a road course, the maximum tire allotment available is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying for a total of eight (8) tires.

In the event of rain or wet track conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Director, practice, qualifying and/or the race may start or continue under those conditions. In wet conditions, and at the discretion of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Director, competitors may be required to equip their cars with wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear. All cars must be equipped at all times with a functional defogger and a rear window flashing light part #40R00FRN and should be equipped with a functional windshield wiper motor. The rear window flashing light must be illuminated during wet conditions and must be located inside of the upper left section of the rear window. NASCAR Officials must approve all rear taillight mounting and its location. All teams will be required to have one (1) set of four (4) mounted wet condition tires as specified by Goodyear in their assigned pit stall.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR AT THOMPSON

Justin Bonsignore’s latest test in his path towards the Whelen Modified Tour championship will come Wednesday night, and it comes at a familiar place to him. The Holtsville, New York, driver enters the third of four appearances at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park having won the first two events on the 0.625-mile oval. Last time on track, Bonsignore finished seventh in the Starrett Tools 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway — which marked just the second time this season that his end result didn’t have him inside the top five.

Bud 150 V21Bonsignore enters 51 points up in the championship standings and will look to put together another dominant run to pad his points lead even further heading for the stretch run.

Chase Dowling, who is second in the championship standings, enters Thompson off a rough outing at Stafford last Friday night after a wreck sidelined him well before the checkered flag. He led 52 laps and finished eighth in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson in April, and scored another top-10 run in the June race. The Roxbury, Connecticut, driver enters Wednesday’s Bud “King of Beers” 150 looking for his first victory — one that would help him close the gap to Bonsignore.

Fresh off his first win in nearly one year, defending Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby will also look to get back in Thompson’s Victory Lane on Wednesday. Coby led 82 laps during the Thompson 125 in June, but a late pit stop sequence cost him a chance to score the win.

Ryan Preece, who is coming off a third-place finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Watkins Glen International last weekend, has won two of his last five starts at Thompson, and will be back to challenge on Wednesday night.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at ThompsonWhelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at Thompson

RACE FACTS

RACE Bud “King of Beers” 150
PLACE Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park
DATE Wednesday, August 8
TIME 7:45 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT 0.625-mile high-banked oval
2017 WINNER Ryan Preece
2017 POLE Rowan Pennink
EVENT SCHEDULE Wednesday: Garage Opens: 1:45 p.m., Final Practice: 3:55-4:55 p.m., Qualifying: 7 p.m., Bud 150: 7:45 p.m. (approx.)
TWITTER @ThompsonSpdwy
HASHTAG #Bud150 #NWMT

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals.

The first 30 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session for the Bud “King Of Beers” 150. The remaining six spots would be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 30th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official, or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

Vehicles will proceed immediately to impound after making a qualifying attempt. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. The vehicles must qualify on their race set up.

The Bud “King Of Beers” 150 will be 150 laps (93.75 miles).

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST at EVERGREEN

After the first of two K&N Pro Series combination races at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is headed for their ninth race of the season. With just six races remaining before a champion is crowned, teams will unload at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, for the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

2018 Kn Logo 01Even though Ryan Partridge and Derek Thorn left Iowa tied for the lead in the championship standings, a 12-point post-race penalty for a shock violation pushed Partridge to second. In his two career starts at Evergreen, Thorn finished third driving for Bob Bruncati Racing. The 2013 K&N Pro Series West champion enters the weekend with one victory (Colorado National) and seven top five finishes in the first eight races of the season.

With the points penalty behind him, Partridge’s path towards his first career championship enters a place where he hasn’t yet been to Victory Lane. In his two Evergreen starts, Partridge has two finishes inside the top five, with a best of second in 2015. Much like his teammate, he is looking for his second win of the season.

RACING-REFERENCE:  Previous K&N Pro Series West races at EvergreenK&N Pro Series West drivers’ career stats at Evergreen

RACE FACTS

RACE NAPA Auto Parts 175 Presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
PLACE Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Washington
DATE Saturday, August 11
TIME 6:30 p.m. (approx.)
TELEVISION Wednesday, August 15, 6 p.m., NBCSN
TRACK LAYOUT 0.625-mile paved oval
2017 WINNER Chris Eggleston
2017 POLE Chris Eggleston
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday — Garage Opens: 9:30 a.m., First Practice: 12:15-1 p.m., Final Practice: 1:15-2 p.m., Qualifying: 4 p.m., NAPA Auto Parts 175: 6:30 p.m. (approx.)
TWITTER @EVGSpeedway
HASHTAG #KNEast

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisional positions. Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 20 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session for the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine starting positions 1st through 20th. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

The NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will be 175 laps (109.375 miles) and will be run in three (3) segments. The five (5) minute breaks will each occur at or near the conclusion of laps 63 and 125.

At the end of the breaks, vehicles will line up with lead lap vehicles to the front. Lead lap vehicles that elected to pit will line up behind the lead lap vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running. Lap down vehicles that elected to pit will line up behind the lap down vehicles that elected not to pit in order of running. The four (4) tires in your pit (change tires) can only be installed during the break. During the break you will be allowed to change all four (4) tires and add fuel. Fuel may only be added during the breaks.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying and to begin the race and four (4) additional tires to use during the event for a total of 12 (twelve) tires.


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