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Dodge makes history in Bowmanville

by Bill Cawthon on

Andrew Ranger and the No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge made a little history by taking the checkered flag in the season-opening Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.


It was the first-ever win in the NASCAR Pinty’s series. Pinty’s is a Canadian food company that took over the NASCAR Home Tracks series from Canadian Tire.

Ranger, who led for just three laps during the race, was the first of four Dodge drivers to cross the finish line, coming in more than a half-second ahead of runner-up Robin Buck. Former series champ D.J. Kennington, Cayden Lapcevich, and Alex Labbe completed the top five; Labbe was the only driver not in a Dodge.


Conspicuous by their absences were 2015 series champion Scott Steckly and the #22 Dodge. Canadian Tire ended its sponsorship of both the series and the four-time series champion; despite missing the first race, Steckly is still hopeful that he will find a sponsor.

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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