Statistical Advance: Analyzing The EMCO 200 At Delaware Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 11, 2013) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 makes its annual visit to Delaware (Ont.) Speedway for the first oval-track race in 2013. The EMCO 200 is set to take the green flag at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 15. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of selected drivers at Delaware, as well as some other statistical trends:

 

Delaware Speedway Race Setup


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·         D.J. Kennington has been dominant in winning three of the four Delaware races and leading a series-best 392 laps which is 47.7 percent of the total laps run.

·         Scott Steckly has three top-five finishes in four starts at the track with an average finish of 5.8 and runner-up finishes in each of the last two seasons.

·         Jason Hathaway has top-10 finishes in each of his last three Delaware starts with his best finish of third coming a year ago.

·         Points leader L.P. Dumoulin has just one Delaware start – 10th-place finish in 2012 – under his belt.

 

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Delaware Speedway

·         This is the series’ fifth visit to the half-mile oval in Southern Ontario.

·         Dodge has earned all four wins and starts from the pole.

·         There has been an average of 8.5 caution periods for an average of 65 laps in the four prior races with the earliest coming at Lap 2 in 2010 and the latest at Lap 210 in 2009 during attempts at a green-white-checkered finish.

·         The average starting position of the winner is 3.5, while the pole sitter has an average finish of ninth.

·         The most laps led by a race winner are 130 by D.J. Kennington in 2010 and the fewest is 46 by Don Thomson Jr. in 2011.

·         There has been an average of 10.25 lead changes in the four events.

·         Two of the four events have gone beyond the 200-lap advertised distance, but each of the last two races ended at the scheduled 200-lap mark.

·         The race’s television premieres are scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN and Monday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET on RDS2.

 

Delaware Speedway Data

Race: #2 of 12 (6/15/13)

Track Layout: Half-mile paved oval

Race Length: 200 laps (100 miles)

 

Records

1-Lap Qualifying: Mark Dilley, Dodge, 19.133 seconds, 94.078 mph, June 6, 2009

200-Lap Race: D.J. Kennington, Dodge, 1 hr., 22 min., 15 sec., 72.948 mph, June 23, 2012

 

Race Winners

D.J. Kennington ………………………….. 3

Don Thomson Jr. …………………………. 1

 

Pole Winners

D.J. Kennington ………………………….. 2

Mark Dilley …………………………………. 1

Pete Shepherd III …………………………. 1

 

Manufacturer Wins

Dodge……………………………………….. 4

Laps Led

D.J. Kennington ……………………….. 392

J.R. Fitzpatrick …………………………. 156

Mark Dilley ……………………………….. 61

Selected Driver Information:

Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge)

·         Finished 11th last season in the EMCO 200.

·         Scored a career-best Delaware finish of second in 2009.

·         Has three top-10 finishes in four starts at the Ontario oval.

·         Has competed 818 of the possible 822 laps at Delaware.

·         One of four drivers to start all 76 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Leland/Beyond Digital Imaging/Dickies Ford)

·         Finished seventh a season ago at Delaware; his best finish in four starts.

·         Has led a total of 61 laps on the half-mile oval.

·         Holds the 1-lap qualifying track record for the series at 19.133 seconds (94.078 mph) set on June 6, 2009.

·         Has posted top-10 finishes in three of his last four series starts dating back to last season.

·         Has three career series wins with the last on Sept. 10, 2011 at Barrie Speedway.

 

Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen Dodge)

·         Finished ninth last season at Delaware in his only start at the track.

·         Has scored a top 10 in three of his last four series starts dating back to last season.

·         Posted a third-place finish last season at Barrie (Ontario) Speedway for his first series top five.

 

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

·         Scored a 10th-place finish in his Delaware Speedway debut last season.

·         Registered his first Canadian Tire Series victory in the season opener on May 19 on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

·         Scored his first career pole win last season at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

·         Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

·         Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

 

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)

·         Settled for a 14th-place finish last year in the EMCO 200 after a brake line problem scuttled a race in which he led 92 laps.

·         Scored a Delaware-best finish of second in the 2010 race.

·         Also finished fifth in the 2011 EMCO 200.

·         Has led 156 laps at the Southern Ontario half-mile track.

·         Seven of his eight career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal (2); his oval track win came in July 2007 at Motoplex Speedway.

 

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge)

·         Finished third last year at Delaware; his best finish in four starts.

·         Has recorded three straight top-10 finishes at Delaware.

·         One of four drivers to start all 76 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

·         Won last year’s EMCO 200 from the pole position.

·         Also won Delaware events in 2009 and 2010.

·         Finished third in the 2011 edition of the EMCO 200.

·         In four Delaware outings, starts from an average position of 1.8 and averages a 1.5 finishing position.

·         Has led a series-best 392 laps at the Ontario oval; 47.7 percent of the laps run.

·         Tops the all-time Canadian Tire Series wins list with 18.

·         Won 2010 and 2012 series championships.

·         Scored a single-season series record of seven wins in 2012.

·         One of four drivers to start all 76 NCATS races.

 

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)

·         Placed 19th a year ago at Delaware.

·         Scored a track career-best finish of third in the 2010 Delaware race.

·         Has posted a top-10 finish in 10 of his last 13 series starts dating back to the 2011 season.

·         Changed car number to 76 from 23 to honor the passing of his father, Joe, earlier this year.

 

Steve Mathews (No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford)

·         Finished 17th last year in the EMCO 200.

·         Posted a track-best finish of fourth in the 2011 Delaware event.

·         Has two series career pole wins – Kawartha (2011) and Barrie (2012).

 

Martin Roy (No. 90 Batteries Expert/Gamache Dodge)

·         Registered a 12th-place finish in last year’s EMCO 200 in his only start at the track

·         Won 2012 series Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

 

Pete Shepherd III (No. 7 National Exhaust Dodge)

·         Was fifth in last year’s edition of the EMCO 200

·         Finished fifth in his series track debut in 2010 at Delaware.

·         Started from the pole in the 2011 Delaware race.

·         Has top-five finishes in his last three Canadian Tire Series starts dating back to last season.

 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Johnsonville Dodge)

·         Scored a runner-up finish a year ago at Delaware.

·         Finished second in the 2011 EMCO 200 and third in 2009.

·         Has led 60 laps in four Delaware Speedway starts.

·         His 11 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories rank third on the all-time list.

·         Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.

·         One of four drivers to start all 75 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

 

Jason White (No. 21 Bowers & Wilkins Dodge)

·         Finished sixth in last year’s EMCO 200; his best finish in four visits to Delaware.

·         Placed 10th in the 2011 Delaware race.

·         Was 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.


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