Kennington's Challenger

A preliminary report from the NASCAR Canadian Tire series opener in Cambridge, Ontario reveals that Dodge has won the top five spots in the 50-lap race, triumphing over from Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota.

The Canadian Tire series is run by NASCAR using NASCAR-specification cars and engines, but takes place in Canada. Dodge withdrew from U.S. NASCAR racing late last year, making the announcement shortly before winning the Sprint Cup after ten years of efforts.

Fitzpatrick, who set a track record while qualifying, held the lead for Chevrolet in Lap 1, holding the lead until lap 7 when he headed down pit road with a driveshaft problem and Dumoulin (Dodge) assumed the lead. By lap 19, the top five were T. Seibert, Jason White (Dodge), Graham, Martin Roy (Dodge), and Dumoulin (Dodge); White lost several positions in lap 21. In Lap 22, Roy took the lead from Seibert, who was then passed by Dumoulin.

Top non-Dodge finishes: Chevrolet: Seventh - Ty Dillon in the No. 4 Fitzpatrick Motorsports car. Ford: Sixth - Kerry Micks in the 02 Leland/BDI/Dickies car.
CANADIAN TIRE SERIES VORTEX 200: DODGE DRIVER RESULTS
FinishDriverCarTeam/SponsorLaps CompletedStatus
1L.P. Dumoulin (Dodge)47WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare51Running
2Jeff Lapcevich (Dodge)76Tim Hortons51Running
3Jason Hathaway (Dodge)3Snap-On Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink51Running
4D.J. Kennington (Dodge)17Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors51Running
5Robin Buck (Dodge)66Quaker State51Running
8Noel Dowler5EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen51Running
9Trevor Seibert69Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks51Running
11Ryley Seibert9Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks51Running
12Ray Courtemanche Jr.29La Cité De Mirabel Inc.51Running
15Jason White21Bowers & Wilkins51Running
16Ron Beauchamp, Jr.60Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil51Running
20Martin Roy90Batteries Expert/Gamache37Off Track
21Howie Scannell Jr.56IGPC Ethanol/K&B Auto Service22Rear End
22Larry Jackson98K&K Insurance/Trailers by Jim Bray20Off Track
23Daniel Bois28Thermal Technology Service16Rear End
24Scott Steckly22Canadian Tire/Johnsonville12Accident
25Joey McColm8Canada's Best Store Fixtures11Brakes
26Alex Guennette39Motos Illimitées/DLGL10Engine
A total of 28 cars were in the field. Results unofficial pending review.