NAS­CAR BE­GINS ITS SEC­OND DECADE OF RAC­ING IN CANADA T

Ignition - - Front Page - By Jamie Maud­s­ley // Pho­tog­ra­phy by Getty Im­ages for NAS­CAR and Yves Cle­ment

Last year's cham­pi­onship chase in­cluded 12 events at 11 fa­cil­i­ties, but there are two big sched­ule changes in store for 2017. The event at Wy­att Group Race­way in Saska­toon has been turned to a twin feature for­mat (sim­i­lar to other re­gional di­vi­sions) and Sun­set Speed­way has been re­placed with a re­turn to Delaware Speed­way.

The his­toric Lon­don, On­tario-area half-mile oval re­turns to the sched­ule on June 3 for the first time since 2013 when Pete Shep­herd was vic­to­ri­ous. Dur­ing a five-year run begin­ning in 2009, it was D.J. Ken­ning­ton's play­ground, as the for­mer track Late Model cham­pion won three of five races.

In Fe­bru­ary, Ken­ning­ton, a twotime se­ries cham­pion be­came the first Cana­dian to race in the Day­tona 500 since 1988. A strong run was un­done by late-race con­tact which rel­e­gated him to a 36th-place fin­ish.

How­ever, the St. Thomas, On­tario driver will be a fa­vorite to win at Delaware, and should be a ti­tle con­tender through­out the sea­son.

The other racer the D.J.K. Rac­ing sta­ble is An­drew Ranger, an­other two-time cham­pion. The for­mer Indycar racer will try to add to his se­ries record 18 road course wins on the five left-right events on the cal­en­dar.

An­other Que­bec road course racer (and 2014 se­ries cham­pion), L.P. Du­moulin swept the events at Cana­dian Tire Mo­tor­sport Park in 2013 will be look­ing to cap­ture his sec­ond se­ries ti­tle this sea­son.

Kevin Lacroix fin­ished fourth in the cham­pi­onship in 2016 on the strength of two wins and will be look­ing to re­turn to chase the ti­tle. He'll be joined by fel­low Que­bec race win­ners, third-place fin­isher in the 2016 cham­pi­onship and three-time race win­ner Alex Tagliani, and sin­gle race win­ner Alex

he green flag at the sea­son-opener on Vic­to­ria Day week­end at Cana­dian Tire Mo­tor­sport Park will mark the sec­ond decade of com­pe­ti­tion in Canada for the NAS­CAR Pinty's Se­ries. The se­ries will once again travel from Al­berta to Nova Sco­tia in 2017, as the top stock car driv­ers in Canada wage a sea­son-long bat­tle for the cham­pi­onship.

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