Analyzing The JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 29, 2015) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will head to Quebec for the fourth and final time this year with the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tourson Sunday at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:
JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Setup:
- Andrew Ranger, last week’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 winner, has finished either first or second (four times each) across all eight all-time events at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
- Trois-Rivieres native L.P. Dumoulin, the defending winner of the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours as well as the reigning series champion, is in search of his first trip to Victory Lane in 2015.
- Season points leader Scott Steckly, who ranks third on the all-time wins list, will vie for his first road course triumph while 2013 Trois-Rivieres winner D.J. Kennington, second in career victories, will look to end a 22-race winless drought.
At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:
- The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres began in 1967 when members of the Club Autosport Mauricien decided to organize a race in the streets of the city.
- It is the oldest street course in North America. This year is the 46th edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
- Kerry Micks won the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres event on Aug. 19, 2007.
- The previous eight events have produced five different race victors, led by Andrew Ranger’s four triumphs.
- There have been five different pole winners in eight events. Three drivers have two apiece.
- Six drivers have participated in all eight previous events, and each are expected to extend the streak this week.
- Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in five events while Ford-powered cars have won the other three.
- Ranger, in 2010, is the only driver to win from the pole.
- The .012-second margin of victory for Micks over Ranger in 2007 is the closest finish in series history.
Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Data
Race #: 8 of 11
Track Layout: 1.53-mile, 11-turn temporary street course
Race Length: 50 laps (76.5 miles/123 kilometers).
Telecast: RDS2 – Live; TSN – Sat., Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m.
2014 Race Winner: L.P. Dumoulin, Dodge, 50.954 mph, 1 hr. 31 mins. 53 secs.
2014 Pole Winner: Marc-Antoine Camirand, Chevrolet, 82.086 mph, 67.100 secs.
Qualifying Record: Alex Tagliani, Dodge, 82.111 mph, 67.080 secs., Aug. 11, 2013
Active Category Leaders at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres:Wins
- Andrew Ranger … 4
- L.P. Dumoulin … 1
D.J. Kennington … 1
Kerry Micks … 1
- Andrew Ranger … 2
Alex Tagliani … 2
- Marc-Antoine Camirand … 1
L.P. Dumoulin … 1
- Andrew Ranger … 8
- D.J. Kennington … 5
- L.P. Dumoulin … 3
Jeff Lapcevich … 3
Kerry Micks … 3
- Andrew Ranger … 8
- Jeff Lapcevich … 7
- D.J. Kennington … 6
Scott Steckly … 6
- Andrew Ranger … 83
- Kerry Micks … 59
- L.P. Dumoulin … 43
- D.J. Kennington… 357 (all)
Andrew Ranger … 357
- Jason Hathaway … 344
Select Driver Highlights:
Marc-Antoine Camirand (No. 99 Grafoid/Braille Battery Chevrolet)
- Has a pole and seven top 10s in 14 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
- Ranks seventh in points this year with three top fives and five top 10s.
- Has two top 10s, an average finish of 17th and a best result of third in eight series road course starts.
- Made his series debut at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in 2013, and earned his first pole there in 2014. Recorded finishes of 29th and 20th, respectively, in those two events.
J.F. Dumoulin (No. 04 Spectra Premium/Bernier Crepeau Dodge)
- Has 13 top 10s in 26 career starts with a best finish of third in the 2015 opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
- Sits eighth in the standings with four top 10s in seven events in his first full-time season. Leads all drivers in laps completed so far this year.
- In 21 series road course starts he’s posted nine top 10s with an average finish of 13th.
- Has five top 10s, an average finish of 11th and a best result of fourth (2014) across the eight Trois-Rivieres events.
L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
- The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 21 top fives and 34 top 10s in 55 career starts.
- Ranks fourth in points with top 10s in six of seven events.
- Has three wins, a pole, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 24 career road course starts.
- Has a win (2014), a pole (2012), three top fives and an average finish of 10th in six races at Trois-Rivieres.
Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Fast Eddie/Choko/HGC Chevrolet)
- Has six wins and 64 top 10s in 105 career starts. Is one of three drivers that have run every race in NCATS history.
- Ranks second in points on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and five top 10s in seven starts.
- Recorded 16 top 10s across the 37 all-time road course events with an average finish of 14th.
- Has five top 10s, an average finish of 11th and a best result of third (2008) in the eight previous Trois-Rivieres events.
D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
- The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series records for top fives (71) and top 10s (87), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 105 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in wins (19), laps led (2,758) and fifth in poles (10).
- Has a streak of 68-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
- Sits sixth in points after six races with five top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
- Has two wins, 24 top fives, 29 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in the 37 all-time road races.
- Has a win (2013), five top fives and an average finish of seventh in eight Trois-Rivieres appearances.
Gary Klutt (No. 59 CLT Corp./Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet)
- Has a win, two poles and nine top 10s in 13 career NCATS starts.
- Ranks fifth in points with top-10 finishes in five of seven races this year.
- Has a win and a pole (CTMP, 2015), five top 10s and an average finish of 10th in seven career road course starts.
- Finished 28th last year in his only previous start at Trois-Rivieres.
Alex Labbe (No. 36 Lou’s BBQ/Cathcart Trucking Dodge)
- Has seven top 10s in 13 career NCATS starts with a best finish of second at Riverside in 2014 and at Chaudiere in 2015.
- Has top-10 finishes in three of his four starts this year and ranks 12th in the standings.
- Has four top 10s with an average finish of 14th in eight career road course starts.
- Posted an average finish of 18th with a best result of seventh (2013) in three previous Trois-Rivieres races.
Kerry Micks (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
- Has three wins, four poles, 30 top fives and 52 top 10s in 84 career starts.
- Only previous appearances this year were the two road races.
- Has two wins, a pole, 21 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 36 career road course starts.
- Won 2007’s inaugural Trois-Rivieres event, where he has posted five top 10s and an average finish of 10th across the eight all-time events.
Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)
- The 2007 and 2009 champion is the series’ all-time wins leader with 20 and is tied for the poles record with 15. Has 47 top fives and 66 top 10s in 79 career starts.
- Is third in points after seven events with six top 10s, highlighted by a win last time out at Autodrome St-Eustache.
- Has 15 wins, 15 poles, 26 races led, 28 top fives, 31 top 10s and an average finish of fourth in 34 career road races.
- Has finished either first (2008, `09, `10, `12) or second (2007, `11, `13, `14) in each of the eight all-time Trois-Rivieres events.
- Also has three wins in nine career NASCAR K&N Pro Series road course starts.
Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)
- Has a series-leading three championships (2008, ‘11, ‘13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
- Owner of 18 wins, 15 poles, 64 top fives and 78 top 10s. Is now tied for the all-time poles lead with Andrew Ranger while his top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time. His wins total sits third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in races (54) and laps led (4,638), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 105 all-time events.
- Has three poles, 21 top fives, 30 top 10s and an average finish of 8.5 in 37 career road course starts. Has been a runner-up on the road on four occasions.
- Has six top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of second (2008) in the eight Trois-Rivieres races.
Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/CGI/CanTorque Chevrolet)
- Has two wins, six poles and 15 top 10s in 31 career NCATS starts.
- Ranks ninth in points despite missing the season opener to qualify for the Indy 500. Has top-10 finishes in each of his six starts.
- Has a win (Edmonton City Centre Airport, 2008), five poles, six top fives and an average finish of 15th in 15 series road course starts.
- Has two poles (2009, `13) an average finish of 19th and a best results of fifth (2013) in five previous Trois-Rivieres appearances.
Other Driver Notes
- Kevin Lacroix won the series’ last road course race at Circuit ICAR, in what was just his second career start.
- Patrice Brisebois (12th – 2013) and Derek White (seventh – 2011) recorded their best career finishes at Trois-Rivieres.
- Among the entrants for this race, Trois-Rivieres was the site for the series debuts of Brisebois, Camirand, Simon Dion-Viens, J.F. Dumoulin and L.P. Dumoulin.
Up To Speed:
- The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
- The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
- Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
- Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
- Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
- Kevin Lacroix reached Victory Lane in just his second NCATS appearance when he won at Circuit ICAR on July 5.
- The western swing began on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway with Scott Steckly winning in wire-to-wire fashion, a series first in an oval event.
- Steckly completed his western swing sweep as he won from the pole on July 15 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
- Andrew Ranger extended his streak for years with a win to nine with his first career victory at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 25.
- Following the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours, the series will have an off-week before returning to action on Aug. 15 at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.