NASCAR BEGINS ITS SECOND DECADE OF RACING IN CANADA T
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.