NASCAR Pinty's Series

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NASCAR Pinty's Series
NASCAR Pinty's Series logo 2018.png
CategoryStock cars
CountryCanada
United States
Inaugural season2007
ManufacturersChevrolet · Dodge · Ford
Tire suppliersGeneral Tire
Drivers' championAndrew Ranger
Teams' championDJK Racing
Makes' championDodge
Official websitePinty's Series
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The NASCAR Pinty's Series (French: Série NASCAR Pinty's), commonly abbreviated as NPS, is a national NASCAR racing series in Canada, with one race in the United States, that is a continuation of the old CASCAR Super Series which was founded in 1981.

History[edit]

In September 2006 NASCAR announced the purchase of the Cascar Super Series, the top Canadian stock-car racing series at the time. At the same time, they announced a long-term sponsorship agreement with Canadian Tire as the title sponsor. They also announced a television contract with TSN to carry all events with select races being aired live. Three of the series races, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal, had crowds in excess of 50,000 fans.

The 2007 season was the inaugural season for the series with the first event being held on May 26, 2007, at Cayuga Motor Speedway with Don Thomson Jr. winning in a spirited battle. Andrew Ranger, in his first year of stock-car competition, won the second race, at Mosport International Raceway. He took over the lead in the points standings after that event and never relinquished it on his way to the first championship. The first season saw five races decided on last-lap passes.

NASCAR Pinty's Series cars at Autodrome Chaudiere in 2015

The 2008 season featured Scott Steckly who dominated many events. He won three of the first four events of the year and held the lead in the driver championship point standings all season long. He set a series record with four victories throughout the year.

The third season had Andrew Ranger taking centre stage by winning his second series championship in three seasons. He completed his transition from the open-wheel racing world by incorporating his road courses experience with a strong performances on the oval tracks. During the season, he won a single-season series record six races—three on road courses and three on ovals.

The 2010 season belonged to D.J. Kennington. He won his first series title on the power of five wins, nine top-fives and eleven top-10 finishes. Kennington battled JR Fitzpatrick for the points lead all season as the two exchanged the top spot an unprecedented five times. Kennington also finished second to fellow Pinty's Series competitor Jason Bowles in the Toyota All-Star Showdown.

In 2011, Steckly had a strong season where he won three events and finished in the runner-up position four times on his way to capture his second championship over Kennington, who had a pair of wins. Long-time road racer Robin Buck and rookie Peter Shepherd won their first events. Ranger won the two biggest events of the year in dominant fashion at Montreal and Toronto. Former champion Don Thomson Jr. retired after a lengthy career.

In 2012, Kennington won a record seven events, including five consecutively, during the summer. Kennington won his second championship in three years. He faced competition from runners-up J.R. Fitzpatrick and Ranger who both won two events.[1]

On February 17, 2015, Canadian Tire announced they would not renew their sponsorship of the series after the 2015 season.[2] On December 7, NASCAR and Pinty's Delicious Foods Inc. announced a six-year agreement to sponsor the series beginning with the 2016 season.[3]

The 2018 Pinty's Series also included its first race in the United States, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, replacing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on their fall race weekend that continues to feature the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, now the featured division with the Musket 250.

For the 2019 season Continental AG replaced Goodyear as exclusive tire supplier for the series with their General Tire branding.[4] Also it was announced that all races would be live in the United States through fanschoice.tv and six races live through TSN in Canada.[5]

Diversity[edit]

Pinty's Series logo from 2015–2017

The NASCAR Pinty's Series contains drivers with many different agendas and backgrounds. Veteran Canadian drivers compete in the series on a part-time basis for fun while maintaining full-time careers, while others are serious championship contenders. In recent years, a NASCAR regional series driver from the United States will often run in the races to gain experience and with NASCAR's specification engine rule. Drivers include Cale Gale, Jason Bowles, Timmy Hill, Tony Stewart, Dave Blaney and Austin Dillon.[6] Drivers with open-wheel and road racing backgrounds have also attempted races, including, Jacques Villeneuve, Max Papis, Alex Tagliani, Jean-François Dumoulin and Patrick Carpentier. Even former National Hockey League player Patrice Brisebois runs in the major events which now feature over 40 cars.

In 2011, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a record three female drivers, Maryeve Dufault, Caitlin Johnston and Isabelle Tremblay, attempted the event, female drivers make up a portion of the field.[7]

The series is a development, or feeder, series for NASCAR's top national touring divisions. Driver like Fitzpatrick, Kennington, Ranger, Steckly and Thomson Jr. have competed in the Xfinity Series, while Pierre Bourque and Derek White have raced in the Camping World Truck Series. Ranger finished third in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series event in Montreal after battling with eventual race winner Carl Edwards for much of the race. He competed in the 2011 Sprint Cup Series event at Watkins Glen for FAS Lane Racing finishing 35th after suffering from transmission failure.

On June 2, 2019, Julia Landauer became the first woman in NASCAR Canada history to lead a lap when she led lap 72 of the APC 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway.[8]

Tracks[edit]

Races in the NASCAR Pinty's Series as of 2017. Red dots represent ovals, blue dots represent road courses, orange dots represent street circuits.

The following are the tracks which have been, and are currently used in the NASCAR Pinty's Series:

Years Track Location Type
2014–present Autodrome Chaudière Vallée-Jonction, Quebec 1/4-mile oval
2008–2010,
2013–present
Autodrome Saint-Eustache Saint-Eustache, Quebec 2/5-mile oval
2007–2014 Barrie Speedway Barrie, Ontario 1/3-mile tri-oval
2007–present Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ontario Road course
2007–2013 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway Bowmanville, Ontario 1/2-mile paper clip oval
2007–2012 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal, Quebec Semi-permanent road course
2011–2017 Circuit ICAR Mirabel, Quebec Road course
2007–present Circuit Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières, Quebec Street circuit
2009–2013,
2017–present
Delaware Speedway Delaware, Ontario 1/2-mile oval
2007–2010,
2012
Edmonton Indy Edmonton, Alberta Airport street circuit
2014–present Edmonton International Raceway Wetaskiwin, Alberta 1/4-mile oval
2010–2011,
2016–present
Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario Street circuit
2007–2008,
2017–present
Jukasa Motor Speedway Cayuga, Ontario 5/8-mile oval
2007–2016 Kawartha Speedway Peterborough, Ontario 3/8-mile oval
2007–2013 Motoplex Speedway Vernon, British Columbia 1/2-mile D-shaped oval
2007–present Riverside International Speedway Antigonish, Nova Scotia 1/3-mile oval
2015–2016 Sunset Speedway Innisfil, Ontario 1/3-mile oval
2009–present Wyant Group Raceway Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1/3-mile oval
2018-present New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, New Hampshire 1.058-mile oval

Cars[edit]

Jason White's Chevy

A gradual implementation of both competition and safety-based modifications have been made to the cars used in the CASCAR Super Series.[9] These include a move to a Goodyear 9.5" tires, the same size that is used in all NASCAR stock-car series, on-dash electrical and ignition systems, in-car fire-suppression equipment and increased fuel cell protection. In 2009, the option of utilizing the NASCAR spec engine program was introduced. The cars use steel tube-framed silhouette stock cars powered by carbureted V8 engines. The cars have a relatively high minimum weight, so development of lightweight components is minimal. A number of components are specified by the rules, as parity is given priority over vehicle development. Manufacturer involvement is therefore limited largely to supply arrangements for long-developed crate motors, and branding on the largely standard bodywork.


Specifications[edit]

  • Power: 525 hp (391 kW)
  • Weight: 3,050 lb (1,380 kg)
  • Height: 49 in (1,245 mm)
  • Length: 198 in (5,029 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 107.5 in (2,730 mm)
  • Width: 75 in (1,905 mm)

Manufacturer representation[edit]

Two Fords a Dodge and a Chevy lead in 2009

Types of cars used include the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger. The NASCAR Pinty's Series is the only NASCAR series in which Dodge still provides factory support, as the series is supported by the Canadian arm of Fiat Automobili, S.p.A., having pulled out of the United States and Mexican series after 2012, and is also the only series Toyota does not participate in; it was also the last NASCAR series which had factory support from Pontiac prior to going out of business in 2010 after General Motors' seizure.

Fiat Chrysler automobiles
Ford Motor Company
General Motors

List of series champions[edit]

The No. 27 team celebrates their 2009 championship
Year Champion Owner Make No. Points (margin) Manufacturers'
champion
2007 Andrew Ranger Dave Jacombs Ford 27 1896 (103) Ford
2008 Scott Steckly Scott Steckly Dodge 22 2070 (24) Dodge
2009 Andrew Ranger David Jacombs Ford 27 2190 (167) Ford
2010 D. J. Kennington Doug Kennington Dodge 17 2117 (87) Dodge
2011 Scott Steckly Scott Steckly Dodge 22 1960 (79) Dodge
2012 D. J. Kennington Doug Kennington Dodge 17 517 (27) Dodge
2013 Scott Steckly Scott Steckly Dodge 22 473 (2) Dodge
2014 L. P. Dumoulin Marc-Andre Bergeron Dodge 47 453 (3) Dodge
2015 Scott Steckly Scott Steckly Dodge 22 446 (4) Dodge
2016 Cayden Lapcevich Sherri Lapcevich Dodge 76 505 (54) Dodge
2017 Alex Labbé Alain Lord Mounir Ford 32 542 (16) Ford
2018 L. P. Dumoulin Marc-André Bergeron Dodge 47 523 (7) Dodge
2019 Andrew Ranger Doug Kennington Dodge 27 550 (11) Dodge

Al-time wins[edit]

All-time wins under the NASCAR banner, starting at 2007 season. Does not include CASCAR SuperSeries wins. As of the Pinty’s Fall Brawl at Jukasa Motor Speedway (September 28, 2019)

Driver Wins
Andrew Ranger 28
D. J. Kennington 20
Scott Steckly 19
Kevin Lacroix 12
J. R. Fitzpatrick 11
Jason Hathaway 11
L. P. Dumoulin 9
Alex Tagliani 9
Don Thomson, Jr. 7
Alex Labbé 6
Cayden Lapcevich 6
Peter Shepherd III 5
Mark Dilley 3
Kerry Micks 3
Robin Buck 2
Marc-Antoine Camirand 1
Donald Chisholm 1
Gary Klutt 1
Raphael Lessard 1
Derek Lynch 1
Cole Powell 1
Brett Taylor 1
Donald Theetge 1
Dave Whitlock 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacPherson, Greg. "NCATS: Kennington's 7th win of 2012 secures his 2nd championship". insidetracknews.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. ^ Pappone, Jeff (February 17, 2015). "Canadian Tire ending partnership with Canadian NASCAR series". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "Pinty's To Sponsor Canadian Series". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "General Tire to Serve as Exclusive Tire Supplier For NASCAR's K&N Pro Series, Pinty's Series and PEAK Mexico Series – NASCAR Home Tracks". hometracks.nascar.com. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  5. ^ "NASCAR Pinty's Series TV and Live Streaming Schedules Announced – NASCAR Home Tracks". hometracks.nascar.com. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  6. ^ "NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE: Max Papis Scheduled To Race Season Finale - Racing News". racingnewsnetwork.com. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ "/R E P E A T -- Isabelle Tremblay, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver - Media invitation/". www.newswire.ca. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  8. ^ Southers, Tim (June 4, 2019). "Pinty's Notebook: Julia Landauer makes history at Jukasa". Motorsport.com. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  9. ^ About at cascar.com, Retrieved July 3, 2007

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