NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: St-Eustache
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Analyzing The Lucas Oil National 250 At Autodrome St-Eustache
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2015) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will head to Quebec for the third of four events in the province this year with the Lucas Oil National 250 presented by Lacroix Tuning on Saturday at Autodrome St-Eustache. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:
Lucas Oil National 250 Setup:
· Season points leader Scott Steckly is the two-time defending winner at Autodrome St-Eustache. In NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 history, only Andrew Ranger has won three consecutive races at one track.
· Steckly will also look to match the series record for total wins at one track, currently held by J.R. Fitzpatrick with five at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
· Additionally, Steckly has won the two previous races this year, which means he will vie to become the first driver to win three consecutive events since 2013, when he last did it.
· St-Eustache native and Circuit ICAR winner Kevin Lacroix is set to make his first oval start, and just his third overall in the series.
At Autodrome St-Eustache:
· Was founded in 1965 as Fury Speedway de Fabreville, and the current configuration has played host various types of racing since 1970. The track was purchased by Alan Labrosse prior to the 2008 race season.
· Facility also includes a 1-mile road course and .125-mile drag strip.
· Was a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member track from 2004-09, and returned to the program in 2014.
· Welcomed the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for four events from 2008-10, and again in 2013-14.
· Was the only oval in Quebec to play host to a NCATS event prior to 2014.
· Scott Steckly won the inaugural NCATS Autodrome St-Eustache event on July 5, 2008.
· The previous six events have produced three different race victors, led by Steckly’s four.
· Each of the six prior races has featured a different polesitter.
· Three drivers have participated in all six events, and three are expected to extend the streak this week.
· A driver has yet to win from the pole, and only one event has run beyond the scheduled 250-lap distance.
· Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in all six events.
Autodrome St-Eustache Data
Race #: 7 of 11
Track Layout: .4-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 250 laps (100 miles)
TV Coverage: TSN – Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.; RDS2 – Aug. 15, 2:30 p.m.
2014 Race Winner: Scott Steckly
2014 Pole Winner: Alex Labbe
Qualifying Record: Alex Labbe, Dodge, 84.109 mph, 17.210 secs., July 26, 2014
Category Leaders at Autodrome St-Eustache:
1. Scott Steckly … 4
2. D.J. Kennington … 1
Dave Whitlock … 1
1. six drivers with … 1
1. Scott Steckly … 6
2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 3
D.J. Kennington … 3
1. Scott Steckly … 6
2. Andrew Ranger … 5
3. four drivers with … 4
1. Scott Steckly … 583
2. Andrew Ranger … 230
3. Kerry Micks … 133
1. Scott Steckly … 1,509 (all)
2. Jason Hathaway … 1,476
3. D.J. Kennington … 1,388
Select Driver Highlights:
· Has a pole and six top 10s in 13 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
· Ranks eighth in points this year with four top 10s.
· Has four top 10s in five career oval starts with an average finish of ninth and a best result of fifth, recorded in each of the two previous races.
· This will be his first start at Autodrome St-Eustache.
Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)
· Has three wins, three poles, 30 top fives and 50 top 10s in 88 career starts.
· Has competed in four of six events this year and ranks 14th in points.
· All of his wins and poles have come on ovals, where he has 40 top 10s and an average finish of ninth in 65 starts.
· Has participated in five of the six previous events at ASE, where he’s posted three top 10s, an average finish of 13th and a best result of fifth in 2009.
L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)
· The 2014 NCATS Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 20 top fives and 33 top 10s in 54 career starts.
· Ranks fifth in points with top 10s in five of six events.
· Has a win (Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, 2014), 17 top 10s and an average finish of 10th in 29 career oval starts. His streak of 10-consecutive top-10 finishes on ovals ended last week at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
· Has finishes of sixth and third in his two previous ASE appearances.
Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Fast Eddie/Choko/HGC Chevrolet)
· Has six wins and 64 top 10s in 104 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
· Ranks second in points on the strength of a win (Autodrome Chaudiere) and five top 10s in six starts.
· All six of his wins have come on ovals, where he has posted 47 top 10s and an average finish of eighth in 67 starts.
· Has three top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of fourth (2010) in the six previous ASE events.
D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
· The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion. Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (70) and top 10s (86), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 104 all-time events. Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
· Has a streak of 67-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside International Speedway in 2009.
· Sits sixth in points after six races with four top 10s and a best finish of third at Chaudiere.
· Sixteen of his wins and all 10 of his career poles have been earned on ovals. He has an average finish of sixth with 42 races led and 56 top 10s in 67 career oval events.
· Has a win (2010), a pole (‘09) and an average finish of eighth at ASE.
Gary Klutt (No. 59 CLT Corp./Legendary Motorcar Dodge)
· Has a win, two poles and eight top 10s in 12 career NCATS starts.
· Ranks third in points with top-10 finishes in five of six races this year.
· Has a pole (Sunset Speedway, 2015), three top 10s and an average finish of 12th in five career oval appearances.
· This will be his first start at ASE.
Alex Labbe (No. 36 Lou’s BBQ Dodge)
· Has seven top 10s in 12 career NCATS starts with a best finish of second at Riverside in 2014 and at Chaudiere in 2015.
· Has top-10 finishes in each of his three starts this year and ranks 13th in the standings.
· Has two poles, three top 10s and an average finish of seventh in four career oval starts.
· Won the pole in track record time, but did not finish with suspension issues, last year in his only previous series appearance at ASE.
Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge)
· The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series’ all-time wins lead (19) and poles (15). Has 46 top fives and 65 top 10s in 78 career starts.
· Is fourth in points after six events with five top 10s and a best finish of second at Circuit ICAR.
· Has four wins, 16 races led, 34 top 10s and an average finish of seventh in 45 career oval starts.
· Has finished in the top 10 in all five of his ASE starts with a best result of fourth in both 2008 and 2009.
Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)
· Has a series-leading three championships (2008, ‘11, ‘13) through the first eight years of NCATS competition.
· Owner of 18 wins, 15 poles, 64 top fives and 77 top 10s. His poles, top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 4,403 and is one of three drivers to start each of the 104 all-time events.
· Has a series record 18 wins on ovals, where he’s posted 43 top fives, 50 top 10s, 47 races led and an average finish of sixth in 67 events.
· Has an average finish of 1.7 across the six all-time ASE events. Won in 2008, ‘09, ‘13 and ‘14. Also earned the pole there in 2009.
Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/CGI/CanTorque Chevrolet)
· Has two wins, six poles and 14 top 10s in 30 career NCATS starts.
· Ranks ninth in points despite missing the season opener to qualify for the Indy 500. Has top-10 finishes in each of his five starts.
· Has a win (Sunset, 2015), a pole (Edmonton, ‘14), six top 10s and an average finish of 12th in 14 oval starts.
· Has finishes of 24th (2008) and 12th (`14) in two previous ASE appearances.
Up To Speed:
· The 2015 season is the ninth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
· The 2015 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
· Rookie Gary Klutt won the season-opening Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 from the pole at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.
· Jason Hathaway reached Budweiser 300 Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Autodrome Chaudiere on June 13.
· Alex Tagliani earned his first NCATS oval victory on June 20 when he won the inaugural Sunset Speedway event.
· Kevin Lacroix reached Victory Lane in just his second NCATS appearance when he won at Circuit ICAR on July 5.
· The western swing began on July 11 at Edmonton International Raceway with Scott Steckly winning in wire-to-wire fashion, a series first in an oval event.
· Steckly completed his western swing sweep as he won from the pole on July 15 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
· Following the Lucas Oil National 250, the series will return to Quebec on Aug. 2 for the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.