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HISTORY: NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES

 

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series is the premier motorsports division in Canada, where capacity crowds enjoying hotly-contested racing fueling Canada’s tremendous support for the NASCAR brand. With events held at a variety of road courses and oval tracks across the country, it is truly Canada’s national series. In 2017, drivers made a trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, marking the first stop in the United States in series history.

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The NASCAR Pinty’s Series field comes to the green flag in the inaugural event in 2007. (Inside Track Motorsports News)

In 12 seasons, multiple drivers have made the leap to compete at the NASCAR national series level. The 2017 series champion, Alex Labbe, Marc-Antoine Camirand, J.R. Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington, Andrew Ranger, Scott Steckly, Alex Tagliani and Don Thomson Jr. are among a list of drivers who have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Kennington has also competed in NASCAR’s top series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Andrew Ranger, in his first year of stock-car competition, won the second race on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2007. He took over the lead in the point standings after that event and never relinquished it on his way to the first championship.

In December of 2015, NASCAR in Canada announced a new name and entitlement sponsor – one that’s familiar to race fans across the country. NASCAR and Pinty’s Foods Inc. announced a six-year series entitlement sponsorship agreement of NASCAR’s Canadian-based series that began on Jan. 1, 2016.

NASCAR announced in September 2006 the purchase of the CASCAR Super Series, the top stock-car racing series in Canada. At the same time, they announced a sponsorship agreement with Canadian Tire Corporation as the entitlement sponsor of the new series.

The series receives exceptional national broadcast coverage on TSN and RDS, providing both English and French-language race telecasts.

NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES FIRSTS

 

First Champion: Andrew Ranger

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The NASCAR Pinty’s Series inaugural race was held at Jukasa Motor Speedway in 2007.

First Woman To Qualify For A Race: Ashley Taws, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, August 2008

First Josten’s Rookie of the Year: J.R. Fitzpatrick

First United States Race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, September 2018


YEAR-BY-YEAR: NASCAR Pinty’s Series Results & Point Standings


NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES STATS & RECORDS

 

Number of Series Races: 147 (Beginning of 2019)

Most Career Starts: 

Most Career Wins:


FULL LIST: NASCAR Pinty’s Series All-Time Wins Leaders


Most Races Won in a Season:

Most Career Poles:

TORONTO, ON - July 13 2018: Pinty's Grand Prix of the NASCAR Pinty's Series at Toronto Indy on July 13, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario (Photo: Matthew Manor/NASCAR)
Andrew Ranger has scored the most poles in NASCAR Pinty’s Series history. (Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

FULL LIST: NASCAR Pinty’s Series All-Time Poles Leaders


Most Poles Won in a Season:

Most Consecutive Races Won:

Most Top Five Finishes in a Season:

  • D.J. Kennington… 11 (2012)
  • Alex Labbe… 11 (2017)
  • Six different times a driver recorded 9 top five finishes in the same season
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D.J. Kennington celebrates the 2010 series championship, one of his two. He’s been a part of all 147 series races entering 2019.

Most Laps Led in a Season:

Highest Race Finish by a Female: 8th by two drivers — Erica Thiering (September 2014) & Isabelle Tremblay (June 2011)

Highest Points Finish by a Female: Isabelle Tremblay (12th in 2011)

Drivers To Win Both The Final Race & Title in Same Season:

Youngest Sunoco Rookies of the Year:

*Ages used recorded at final series event of that season

Youngest Driver To Win A Race:

  • Cayden Lapcevich — 16 years, 8 months (Wyant Group Raceway, July 2016)
  • Cayden Lapcevich — 16 years, 9 months (Riverside International Speedway, August 2016)
  • Cayden Lapcevich — 16 years, 10 months (Autodrome St. Eustache, September 2016)
SASKATOON, SK - JULY 27: Cayden Lapcevich, driver of #76 Bay King Chysler Dodge wins the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 at Wyant Group Raceway on July 27, 2016 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Cayden Lapcevich
Cayden Lapcevich is the youngest winner in NASCAR Pinty’s Series history, and the only driver to win Rookie of the Year and the championship in the same season. (Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Smallest Margin in Championship Standings:

*Point standings based of a 43-1 scale

Closest Finishes in Series History:

Most Lead Changes in a Single Race:

Most Cautions in a Single Race:

Worst Starting Position For A Winner:

Largest Number of Cars To Start A Race:

Number of Different Race Winners (Season): 8 — three times (2007, 2008, 2018)

Car Owners To Win More Than One Title:

  • Dave Jacombs (2007, 2009)
  • Scott Steckly (2008, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Doug Kennington (2010, 2012)
  • Mark-Andre Bergeron (2014, 2018)
PETERBOROUGH, ON - SEPTEMBER 22: Scott Steckly, driver of the #22 Canadian Tire/Johnsonville Dodge hoists the championship trophy after winning the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Kawartha Speedway on September 22, 2013 in Peterborough, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Manor/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Scott Steckly
Scott Steckly has won the championship both as a driver and an owner. (Matthew Manor/NASCAR via Getty Images)

QUALIFYING RECORDS — 2019 TRACKS

 

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario

1-lap qualifying record: 107.275 mph, 82.510 seconds (Kevin Lacroix, September 2017)

Jukasa Motor Speedway, Hamilton, Ontario

1-lap qualifying record: 121.111 mph, 18.578 seconds (D.J. Kennington, September 2017)

Autodrome Chaudiere, Chaudière, Quebec

1-lap qualifying record: 69.482 mph, 12.953 seconds (Alex Labbe, June 2016)

Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

1-lap qualifying record: 82.801 mph, 76.260 seconds (Jason Bowles, July 2011)

1-lap qualifying record: 82.345 mph, 66.889 seconds (Kevin Lacroix, August 2016)

Riverside International Speedway, Aintigonish, N.S.

1-lap qualifying record: 83.083 mph, 14.429 seconds (D.J. Kennington, August 2015)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H. 

1-lap qualifying record: 119.548 mph, 31.860 seconds (Cole Powell, September 2018)

BOWMANVILLE, ON - MAY 20: Castrol 200 for the NASCAR Pinty's Series at Canadian Tire Motor Sport Park on May 2018 in Bowmanville, Ontario.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series visits Canadian Tire Motorsport Park each year. (NASCAR)