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Chevy wins race; Dodge wins championship

by Bill Cawthon on

It all came down to three points. J.R. Fitzpatrick did everything he could, winning the pole and the season-ending Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway. To secure the Canadian Tire Series Championship, Fitzpatrick needed for L.P. Dumoulin to finish no better than 11th.

Dumoulin finished ninth, giving him a season total of 453 points to Fitzpatrick’s 450 tally and securing the Championship.

Dodge won its sixth (and fifth consecutive) season title as Marc-Andre Bergeron, owner of the 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge Challenger, retained the owner points leadership.

Dumoulin is the fourth person to win the championship. Since the series was established in 2007, only three drivers, Andrew Ranger, Scott Steckly and D.J. Kennington have won the title.

The Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, native got his start in open-wheel racing: he didn’t make his NASCAR debut until 2009, didn’t run a full season until 2012, and didn’t win a race until 2013. His first NASCAR oval race victory came this season.

Dumoulin will be among those honored on Saturday, December 12 at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards at the Charlotte, North Carolina, Convention Center.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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