With the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series making its annual trip North of the border this weekend, fans can expect to see a few familiar names on the entry list at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
2019 will mark be the seventh edition of the Chevy Silverado 250 and the 20th NASCAR Pinty’s race at the track.
Four Pinty’s Series regulars are set to race on Sunday, including two pulling double-duty – racing in the Truck Series after the Total Quartz 200.
Fans in Canada can stream the Gander Trucks race for free on NASCAR.com starting at 2:30 p.m.
Alex Tagliani is returning to the Truck Series at CTMP for his fifth series start, but with a new team. He will be driving the No. 51 CanTorque Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
The Montreal, Quebec driver won the Total Quartz 200 last year and immediately went from celebrating back into action for another 64 laps around the track. Tagliani already has two poles, one top five and two top 10s in the series over four starts.
Took @KyleBusch @KBMteam #51 @CanTorque @spectrapremium @RONAinc #machine @NASCAR_Trucks out for a spin #allsystemscheck ? I was ready to drive that baby straight to Canada ?? #Racing #fans @CTMPOfficial #nascar pic.twitter.com/VmuVBiXFd7
– Alex Tagliani (@tagliani) August 21, 2019
The 27-year old from Halton Hills, Ont. will be making his third start in the Gander Trucks, this time in the No. 44 Chevrolet for Niece Motorsports.
Klutt won the NASCAR Pinty’s Series pole and finished third in the season opener at CTMP in May. His best Gander Trucks finish was 11th at CTMP in 2016.
Trucking this weekend @CTMPOfficial in the #44 @NieceMotorsport Chevrolet Silverado. Wouldn’t be possible without the support from @ColorCompass, @BASFCorporation Insta-Panels, MIRKA, Insulthane, Middleport Mechanical Heating & Cooling, Ohswekenhttps://t.co/rkIQUMGTpd pic.twitter.com/Wgzejq6Ok0
– Gary Klutt (@Garyklutt) August 21, 2019
While Raphael Lessard won’t be racing back to back this Sunday, he has starts in both the Pinty’s Series and Truck Series this season. Lessard will take the green flag in the No. 54 Toyota for DGR Crosley.
CTMP will mark Lessard’s fifth start in the Truck Series. The phenom earned a top 10 finish at Iowa Speedway with DGR Crosley in June. And, of course, Lessard won at Chaudiere in the Pinty’s Series earlier this season.
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Excited to be heading to @ctmpofficial this weekend ??? I’ll be driving the #54 #FRLExpress truck of @dgr_crosley team! This is the only race of the series in Canada. See you there! – Vraiment hâte de rouler au Canadian Tire Motorsport Park ce week-end. Je conduirai la camionnette #54 #FRLExpress de l’équipe DGR Crosley ! C’est la seule course de la série au Canada ??? Rendez-vous là-bas ! Photo : @syfotos
It has been a few races since Jason White made an appearance in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, stepping out of the car after his milestone 100th career race. While he won’t be returning this weekend, he will be in familiar territory driving the No. 34 Chevrolet for Reaume Brothers Racing. This is White’s third start in the truck series after racing at CTMP and ISM Raceway last season.
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