J.R. Fitzpatrick dominates the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200

Photo Credit: Mathew Manor/NASCAR

After having victory lane elude him all season last year, J.R. Fitzpatrick would dominate the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to kick off the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season.

“It was pretty good – obviously,” Fitzpatrick commented. “We just focused on trying to stay up front. The biggest strategy that I had was to save my stuff for the end and it seemed the longer we went, the stronger the car got so it was a really good feeling. It was exciting how it all worked out.”

After qualifying second, Fitzpatrick wasted no time grabbing the race lead behind the wheel of his No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet. Fitzpatrick looked to have victory easily in hand when the caution flew, followed by a lengthy red flag to clean up oil all around the track after Noel Dowler lost a motor. The restart would come with a couple laps to go and Fitzpatrick was able to hold off a final charge from Jeff Lapcevich.

“The last few laps were pretty hairy running out on all that oil as we were talking on the way up here whether it’s better to be running first, second or third as whoever hits it first is in trouble,” Fitzpatrick commented. “I think they had a good idea what we were running through after I hit it. It was a scary moment for me, but glad it worked out.”

For Fitzpatrick, it marks his ninth career victory and his first victory since winning at CTMP on August 18, 2012. The dominance by the Cambridge, Ontario native is no surprise, though, as it marked his fourth career win at CTMP.

Jeff Lapcevich would finish second for his second straight runner-up finish at CTMP after finishing second to L.P. Dumoulin last season. It marks the 13th career top-five finish for the driver of the No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge. Robin Buck would finish third, followed by L.P Dumoulin and D.J. Kennington.

Kerry Micks, Hugo Vannini, Luc Lesage, Peter Klutt and Ray Courtemanche Jr. completed the top 10. Pole sitter Andrew Ranger would finish 21st after having to drop the rear of the field at the start of the event for unapproved adjustments.

Unfortunately, a pair of pre-season championship favourites did not have hte day that they were expecting. Jason Hathaway finished 24th after blowing a motor at lap 35, while defending series champion Scott Steckly finished 24th after getting into the wall after trying to get into turn three too aggressively.

The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will air on TSN on Sunday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET. It will air on RDS2 on Friday, June 13 at 10:30 p.m.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns on June 14th for the inaugural Budweiser 300 at Autodrome Chaudiére in Vallée-Jonction, Que.

 

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 2 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick Equipment Express Chevrolet 54 48 5 Running
2 3 76 Jeff Lapcevich Tim Hortons Dodge 54 42 Running
3 7 66 Robin Buck Quaker State Dodge 54 41 Running
4 5 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge 54 40 Running
5 13 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge 54 39 Running
6 12 02 Kerry Micks Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford 54 38 Running
7 20 97 Hugo Vannini VTI Motorsports Ford 54 37 Running
8 8 24 Luc Lesage * Sportchief Dodge 54 36 Running
9 6 42 Peter Klutt Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet 54 35 Running
10 22 29 Ray Courtemanche Jr. La Cité de Mirabel Inc./Blackshape Dodge 54 34 Running
11 26 67 David Thorndyke LubeSource/Thorsons EVT Chevrolet 54 33 Running
12 16 56 Matthew Scannell * OMVIC/K&K Auto/Trailers by Jim Bray Dodge 54 32 Running
13 11 18 Stefan Rzadzinski * EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge 54 31 Running
14 28 77 Jocelyn Fecteau * Octane Dodge 54 30 Running
15 25 83 Bob Attrell * Castrol/Jumpstart Dodge 53 29 Running
16 19 99 Matt Pritiko * Global Warranty Chevrolet 53 28 Running
17 17 25 Joey McColm PartSource/Toronto Maple Leafs Dodge 53 28 1 Running
18 23 9 Russ Bond * Door Doctor/Motoring TV Ford 52 26 Running
19 9 88 Marc-Antoine Camirand * Headrush Chevrolet 52 26 1 Running
20 27 0 Derek White Headrush/99 Resto Bar Chevrolet 52 24 Running
21 1 27 Andrew Ranger Mopar/Exide Dodge 51 23 Running
22 15 5 Noel Dowler EMCO/Rheem Dodge 41 22 Oil Line
23 21 87 Steve Mathews TSC Stores/CBSF/Bill Mathews Ford Ford 37 22 1 Oil Leak
24 4 3 Jason Hathaway Rockstar Energy Drink/Roto Static Chevrolet 35 20 Engine
25 10 22 Scott Steckly Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge 23 19 Accident
26 14 59 Ryan Klutt * K-Line/Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet 23 18 Vibration
27 24 28 Jason White Bowers & Wilkins Dodge 21 17 Running
28 18 95 Anthony Simone Innovative Plumbing & Mechanical Dodge 4 16 Suspension

 

About Ashley McCubbin 3102 Articles
Joining OnPitRoad.com mid-2013 season, Ashley McCubbin is now the Managing Editor and contributes to each racing division as needed. Since studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber, Ashley has published articles on a couple of different websites, while serving as a public relations representative for different short track teams. Born in North York, Ontario, Ashley currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area. She has spent her entire life at the short track level, falling in love with the sport at the age of five. Beyond her love of short track racing, she also has grown an interest for both NASCAR and the IndyCar Racing Series. She also enjoys taking photos and working on websites, while playing a couple rounds of Candy Crush afterwards.

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