The 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season was one of the most competitive in recent memory. Fans watched as Canada’s best duked it out for motorsport’s highest honour in the Great White North. The season saw eight different winners in 13 races, with LP Dumoulin securing his second championship in the tightest points battles in history and leaving fans wanting more.
Eight months later the wait is over.
This weekend the NASCAR teams thunder into the rolling hills of the Clarington region, making their first of two stops at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). The Clarington 200 will kick off the Pinty’s Series’ 13th season and there will be a multitude of storyline to follow leading up to May 19.
NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
What to Watch For:
New Year, New Season.
Last season saw LP Dumoulin conquer the NASCAR Pinty’s Series for the second time making him the series’ fourth driver with multiple titles. Now the Trois-Rivieres, Quebec driver will look to make history by becoming the first to do it back-to-back. Dumoulin kicked off last season with a CTMP victory and is a favorite to win again.
In addition to Dumoulin, Andrew Ranger, Kevin Lacroix and Alex Tagliani won multiple races last year and return for 2019. Coincidentally, those four drivers have combined to win the last six races at CTMP. Series veteran D.J. Kennington will return for his 13th season. Kennington is the only driver to start all 147 races in series history.
This season also will see the return of several familiar faces. 2017 series champion Alex Labbe reunites with long-time car owner Dave Jacombs after spending last season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Jason Hathaway, one of the series’ original drivers returns to his familiar bright orange No. 3 Kubota Chevrolet after stepping out from behind the wheel in 2017. And Mark Dilley returns to full-time competition for the first time since 2011.
|PLACE||Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ont|
|DATE||Sunday May 19|
|TIME||1:30 p.m. (approx.)|
|TRACK LAYOUT||2.459 Mile road course|
|2018 WINNER||LP Dumoulin|
|2018 POLE||LP Dumoulin|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Saturday, May 18: Garage Opens: 9:15 a.m. Final Practice: 11:55 a.m.; Qualifying: 5:15 p.m.; Sunday, May 19: Garage & Credentials Open: 9:00 a.m.; Driver/Crew Chief/Spotter Meeting: 10:00 a.m.; Driver Autograph Session: 11:15 a.m.; Driver Introductions: 1:05 p.m. CLARINGTON 200: 1:30 p.m|
Crew Chief Handout:
The maximum starting field is 32 cars, including provisionals. The first 27 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session for the Clarington 200 The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process.
NASCAR group qualifying is in place for this event. The qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s fastest single lap from the official practice session.
NASCAR Road Race style (group) qualifying. Qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s best overall lap time from the practice session(s). Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a full course caution, after entering the track, if a vehicle then returns to pit road, the vehicle may not return to the track, make any further qualifying laps and the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. In the event of a full course caution, all vehicles must exit the track. Vehicles that elect to continue must proceed directly to the re-entry area of pit road and stop to the outside of pit road.
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 for use during the race for a total of twelve (12) tires. *If purchasing additional tires for the race, there is a maximum of two (2) left and two (2) right side tires allowed.
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