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The last race of the summer season on the schedule is here & the Canadian Dodge NASCAR teams are going to try to not disappoint their fans by bringing in yet another victory this season.

This week the series travels to Riverside International Raceway a tight .333 mile bullring in Antigonish, Nova Scotia for the Wilson Equipment 300!





Here is the breakdown noted for this race:


Canadian Tire News & Notes: Antigonish

Hathaway Right In the Middle Of It This Year


By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

August 12, 2013 - 3:35pm



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

Jason Hathaway is out of the fringe and into the mix.

Always on the edge of contention, but never quite in the thick of it would be the best way to describe Hathaway until this year. With four races remaining this season the Dutton, Ont., driver already has established a career-high in top-five finishes with five. However, according to Hathaway not that much is different for the No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge team.

“We haven’t made wholesale changes or anything,” said Hathaway. “The biggest difference is that I’ve been more involved this year than ever before. Circumstances have worked out for me to be more hands on. I think that has provided some stability and camaraderie with myself and the team.”

Hathaway has been with Ed Hakonson Racing since the start of the Canadian Tire Series in 2007. Hathaway, along with Ron Beauchamp Jr., D.J. Kennington and Scott Steckly, are the only four drivers to start all 83 races in series history.

Hathaway picked up a win in the 2008 season finale at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, Ont. Despite not reaching Victory Lane since, there is a sense around the team that a return trip is in the making.

“We could have easily won either or both of the races out west (Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C., and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Sask.) and at St. Eustache (Que.) for that matter. Not to take anything away from (Steckly), but I’m not sure that all of those races were his to win.”

Steckly rebounded from a pair of sub-par finishes to start the season to win three consecutive races to springboard into the top spot in the point standings.

“Everybody has bad luck in this sport and we’ve had ours, but we could easily be leading the points right now,” he said. “In fact, I kind of expected to, but that hasn’t worked out yet.”

The operative word in that statement might be ‘yet.’ Like his rivals Kennington and Steckly, Hathaway runs well on both road courses and ovals as evidenced by a third-place finish on Aug. 11 at Trois-Rivieres, Que., behind the likes of Andrew Ranger and Jacques Villeneuve.

Just 16 points separate the top four drivers in the point standings with Hathaway holding down the third spot – 14 points behind Steckly at the top of the heap.

Nevertheless, that’s in the rear view mirror now and a date at Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway is dead ahead. Hathaway, who has four top 10s in six Nova Scotia starts, is no different than any driver that has ever raced there.

“I love it,” Hathaway said of the third-mile scale version of the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. “It’s just a fun track to race. The banking makes all of the difference.”

The banking is the difference for the track, but it’s the higher level of competition that’s the difference for the Hathaway camp in 2013.




FAST FACTS

The Race:

This is the ninth event of the 2013 season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 and the sixth of eight oval-track events on the schedule. This is the series’ seventh visit to the Antigonish track.

The Procedure:

The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 300 laps covering 99.99 miles.

The Track:

Riverside Speedway originally opened in 1969 and was modeled after the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. In 2005, the track was completely demolished and rebuilt including a new racing surface, concrete walls, lighting, grandstands and control tower. Like its U.S. counterpart in eastern Tennessee, Riverside features high-banked turns. Here, the turns are banked 14 degrees. The frontstretch is 440 feet long with banking of six degrees while the backstretch is also 440 feet but with five-degree banking.

The Records:

The one-lap qualifying record for the Canadian Tire Series is 14.484 seconds (82.767 mph), set by Scott Steckly on Sept. 18, 2010. The 300-lap race record is held by Andrew Ranger at 1 hour, 30 minutes, 40 seconds, set on Sept. 20, 2009 for an average speed of 66.110 mph.


ANTIGONISH RACE NOTES

Start Of A String?:

Already with two Riverside International Speedway wins under his belt, D.J. Kennington could build upon his Trois-Rivieres win. Kennington won a series record five straight races en route to his second series championship a year ago.

Good Luck Charm:

A trend has emerged in the last four Riverside races. Andrew Ranger claimed the win in 2009 while Kennington took the checkered flag in 2010 followed by Scott Steckly in 2011. Last season Kennington earned his second win in Nova Scotia. The common thread is that all four of those drivers went on to claim the series title.

New Date:

After six seasons of September dates a couple of which were impacted by inclement weather, the Riverside date moves to August this year.

Close Quarters:

Steckly brings a four-point edge over Kennington in the championship point standings, but Steckly’s gaze must look beyond that as Jason Hathaway is just 14 points away and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin lurks at just 16 tallies off the pace.

Round And Round:

At Riverside, the Canadian Tire Series will race 300 laps for the win for the second of three times this season. The first 300-lap affair was at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C., in July and the last will be in September at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway.



Race: Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief

Place: Riverside International Speedway, Antigonish, N.S.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 17

Time: 8 p.m. Atlantic Time

TV Schedule: TSN, Sun., Aug. 25, 1 p.m. ET; RDS2, Fri., Sept. 13, 7 p.m. ET

Track Layout: .333-mile high-banked oval

2012 Winner: D.J. Kennington

2012 Pole Sitter: J.R. Fitzpatrick

Event Schedule: Practice 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Qualifying 4 p.m.
 

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Coming off his first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 victory of the season D.J. Kennington has his sight set on a third career win at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in the Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief on Saturday, Aug. 17. Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR


By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

August 13, 2013 - 12:49pm



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 makes its annual trek eastward to the Canadian Maritimes for a date at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., for the Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief on Saturday, Aug. 17. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of selected drivers at Antigonish, as well as some other statistical trends:

Antigonish Race Setup

• Each of the last four Riverside race winners – Andrew Ranger (2009), D.J. Kennington (2010 and 2012) and Scott Steckly (2011) – have gone on to win the series championship.

• Kennington is the only repeat winner on the high-banked Nova Scotia track.

• Mark Dilley is the only series driver to log a top-10 finish in all six races at the Antigonish track.

• Ron Beauchamp Jr. has four top-five finishes in his last five Riverside starts and five consecutive top 10s.


NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Riverside International Speedway

• This is the series’ seventh visit to the track that is a .333-mile scale version of the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

• The Wilson Equipment 300 will premiere on TSN at 1 p.m. ET on Sun. Aug. 25 and on RDS2 at 7 p.m. ET on Fri., Sept. 13.

• Each of the competing series manufacturers – Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford – has reached Victory Lane with Dodge leading the way at four.

• The 2007 and 2009 events were postponed a day due to inclement weather.

• There has been an average of 5.8 caution periods for an average of 47.2 laps in the six prior races in Antigonish, with the earliest coming on Lap 1 in 2007 and the latest at Lap 289 in 2008.

• The lead has changed hands an average of 10 times in Riverside races with a high of 15 in the 2010 race.

• The average starting position of the winner is 3.2, while the pole sitter has an average finish of 7.0.

• The closest margin of victory is .202 seconds by Don Thomson Jr. in 2008 and the largest belongs to Andrew Ranger in 2009 at 9.159 seconds which holds the all-time series record for any track.

• None of the previous Riverside events have been extended past the advertised 300-lap distance.




Riverside Data

Race: #11 of 12 (9/15/12)

Track Layout: .333-mile paved high-banked oval

Race Length: 300 laps (99.99 miles)



Records

1-Lap Qualifying:

Scott Steckly, Dodge, 14.488 seconds, 82.973 mph, Sept. 18, 2010

300-Lap Race:

Andrew Ranger, Ford, 1 hr., 30 min., 40 sec., 66.110 mph, Sept. 20, 2009


Race Winners

D.J. Kennington ... 2
Mark Dilley ... 1
Andrew Ranger ... 1
Scott Steckly ... 1
Don Thomson Jr. ... 1


Pole Winners

J.R. Fitzpatrick ... 2
Scott Steckly ... 2
Peter Gibbons ... 1
D.J. Kennington ... 1


Manufacturer Wins

Dodge ... 4
Chevrolet ... 1
Ford ... 1


Laps Led

D.J. Kennington ... 443
Scott Steckly ... 376
J.R. Fitzpatrick ... 261


Selected Driver Information:

Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge)

• Finished fifth last season at Riverside.
• Best track finish in six starts was third in 2008.
• Has led 65 laps at the Nova Scotia track.
• Has top-10 finishes in three of his last four series starts.
• One of four drivers to start all 83 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen Dodge)

• Posted a ninth-place effort last season at Riverside.
• Scored an 11th-place finish in his 2011 track debut.
• Has a top-10 finish in two of his last three series starts.

Louis-Philipe Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

• Finished 11th a season ago in the Wilson Equipment 300.
• Scored a 17th-place finish in his track debut in 2011.
• Registered his first Canadian Tire Series victory in the season opener on May 19 on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
• Scored his first career pole win last season at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
• Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.
• Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.


Alex Guenette (No. 39 Motos Illimitées/DLGL Dodge)

• Making track debut this season.
• Scored a season-best finish of second in last start on July 27 at St. Eustache, Que.
• Trails Ryley Seibert atop the series’ rookie-of-the-year standings by just one point.


Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge)

• Recorded a 17th-place finish in last year’s Antigonish event.
• Best track finish was fifth in 2010 covering six starts at the track.
• Has top-10 finishes in four of his six Riverside starts.
• One of four drivers to start all 83 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

• Is the defending race winner at Riverside International Speedway.
• Also won the 2010 Antigonish event.
• Has four top-five finishes in six starts on the Nova Scotia track.
• Has led a series-high 443 laps at Antigonish.
• Tops the all-time Canadian Tire Series wins list with 19.
• Won 2010 and 2012 series championships.
• Scored a single-season series record of seven wins in 2012.
• One of four drivers to start all 83 NCATS races.

Martin Roy (No. 90 Batteries Expert/Veloce/Gamache Dodge)

• Registered an eighth-place finish last year in his Antigonish debut.
• Has a top-10 finish in five of his last seven series starts.
• Won 2012 series Rookie-of-the-Year honors.


Ryley Seibert (No. 09 Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks Dodge)

• Making track debut in this year’s Wilson Equipment 300.
• Scored a season-best finish of eighth on July 13 at his home track – Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C.
• Leads Alex Guenette in series’ Rookie-of-the-Year standings this season by one point.


Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

• Finished fourth last year at the Nova Scotia track.
• Won the 2011 Antigonish event.
• Has three straight top-five finishes at Riverside.
• Has a slim four-point advantage over Kennington in the championship standings.
• His 14 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories rank third on the all-time list.
• Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.
• One of four drivers to start all 83 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


Jason White (No. 21 Bowers&Wilkins/Cathcart Trucking Dodge)

• Recorded a track-best finish of seventh last year in Antigonish.
• Scored a season-best finish of fifth on July 27 at St. Eustache, Que.
• Was the 2008 series rookie of the year.
 

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Dodge Team & Driver Practice Results

Dodge Drivers in Bold type


First Practice

Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm In Lap Laps Diff


1 3 Jason Hathaway Snap on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink 14.641 13 16

2 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick Equipment Express 14.671 11 14 0.030

3 02 Mark Dilley Johnsonville/Leland/BDI 14.736 19 19 0.095
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4 28 Donald Chisholm Nova Construction / Keltic Ford 14.738 17 35 0.097

5 5 Noel Dowler EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen 14.795 15 32 0.154

6 39 Alex Guenette * Kawasaki/Motos Illimitees, DLGL 14.806 17 42 0.165

7 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors 14.810 17 25 0.169

8 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare 14.839 19 42 0.198

9 60 Ron Beauchamp, Jr. Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil 14.905 25 31 0.264

10 90 Martin Roy Batteries Expert/Veloce 14.923 30 37 0.282

11 09 Ryley Seibert * Lake Excavating/Emco/Marshall's 15.007 28 37 0.366

12 97 Hugo Vannini VTI Motorsports 15.030 26 30 0.389

13 56 Larry Jackson Touchwood Cabinets/B&B Decals 15.079 24 24 0.438

14 29 Ray Courtemanche Jr. La Cite De Mirabel Inc. 15.126 38 47 0.485

15 69 Trevor Seibert Lake Excavating/EMCO Waterworks 15.257 35 43 0.616

16 21 Jason White Bowers & Wilkins 15.277 24 28 0.636

17 22 Scott Steckly Canadian Tire/Sylvania 0



Final Practice

Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm In Lap Laps Diff

1 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick Equipment Express Chevrolet 14.544 16 38

2 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors 14.552 26 30 0.008

3 28 Donald Chisholm Nova Construction / Keltic Ford 14.593 5 37 0.049

4 3 Jason Hathaway Snap on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink 14.598 21 22 0.054

5 39 Alex Guenette * Kawasaki/Motos Illimitees, DLGL 14.607 22 36 0.063

6 02 Mark Dilley Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford 14.634 27 36 0.090

7 5 Noel Dowler EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen 14.640 34 43 0.096

8 90 Martin Roy Batteries Expert/Veloce 14.676 11 43 0.132

9 60 Ron Beauchamp, Jr. Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil 14.681 23 26 0.137

10 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare 14.684 48 51 0.140

11 21 Jason White Bowers & Wilkins 14.888 10 36 0.344

12 56 Larry Jackson Touchwood Cabinets/B&B Decals 14.899 7 32 0.355

13 22 Scott Steckly Canadian Tire/Sylvania 14.916 8 8 0.372

14 97 Hugo Vannini VTI Motorsports 14.924 55 56 0.380

15 29 Ray Courtemanche Jr. La Cite De Mirabel Inc. 15.032 24 55 0.488

16 09 Ryley Seibert * Lake Excavating/Emco/Marshall's 15.087 19 63 0.543

17 69 Trevor Seibert Lake Excavating/EMCO Waterworks 15.460 10 30 0.916





Dodge Team & Driver Qualifying Results




POS CAR DRIVER TEAM TIME SPEED

1 22 Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont. Canadian Tire Dodge 14.491 82.727

2 90 Martin Roy, Napierville, Que. Batteries Expert/Gamache/Veloce Dodge 14.501 82.670

3 28 Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S. Keltic Ford/Nova Construction Ford 14.504 82.653

4 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont. Equipment Express Chevrolet 14.514 82.596

5 17 D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont. Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge 14.645 81.857

6 5 Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta. EMCO/Praxair/Safety Kleen Dodge 14.653 81.813

7 3 Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont. Snap-On Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge 14.703 81.534

8 60 Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont. Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge 14.737 81.346

9 47 L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que. WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge 14.743 81.313

10 39 Alex Guenette, Terrebonne, Que. * Kawasaki/Motos Illimitées/DLGL Dodge 14.779 81.115

11 56 Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont. Touch Wood Cabinets/B&B Decals Dodge 14.805 80.973

12 02 Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont. Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford 14.900 80.456

13 69 Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C. Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks Dodge 14.953 80.171

14 21 Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C. Bowers & Wilkins/Cathcart Trucking Dodge 15.022 79.803

15 97 Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que. VTI Motorsports Ford 15.054 79.633

16 29 Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que. La Cite De Mirabel Inc. Dodge 15.441 77.637

17 09 Ryley Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C. * Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks Dodge 15.533 77.178





Race Starts at 6 PM CDT - 7 PM EDT.

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Jason Hathaway ended a winless streak that stretched back to September 2008 as he crossed the finish line .342 seconds ahead of D.J. Kennington to take the checkered flag in Saturday's Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Hathaway's second career win in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series competition was also a special gift for Ed Hakonson, owner of the No. 3 Snap-On Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge, who celebrated his 64th birthday at the race. The last of seven lead changes came on Lap 295 of the 300-lap race, when Hathaway passed pole-winner and current points leader Scott Steckley. Steckley had to settle for third, but it was his fourth consecutive top-five finish so he kept a narrow four-point lead over defending Canadian Tire Series champion Kennington. Mark Dilley in the No. 2 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford, was the top non-Dodge finisher, coming..

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Jason Hathaway ended a winless streak that stretched back to September 2008 as he crossed the finish line .342 seconds ahead of D.J. Kennington to take the checkered flag in Saturday's Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Hathaway's second career win in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series competition was also a special gift for Ed Hakonson, owner of the No. 3 Snap-On Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge, who celebrated his 64th birthday at the race. The last of seven lead changes came on Lap 295 of the 300-lap race, when Hathaway passed pole-winner and current points leader Scott Steckley. Steckley had to settle for third, but it was his fourth consecutive top-five finish so he kept a narrow four-point lead over defending Canadian Tire Series champion Kennington. Mark Dilley in the No. 2 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford, was the top non-Dodge finisher, coming..

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