Thursday, September 1, 2022 by Philippe Brasseur
The race for the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship reaches its home stretch this weekend, with the penultimate event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport).
In first place in the championship, we find Marc-Antoine Camirand who holds 440, or 23 more than DJ Kennington in second place. Concretely, this means that if Kennington finishes in the Top 5 in the last two races, Camirand only needs to finish one or two positions behind him to be assured of finishing ahead of the Ontario veteran in the final season standings. As for Alex Tagliani, ranked 3rd 26 points behind Camirand (therefore 3 points behind Kennington), he can still hope for the title provided that Camirand experiences at least one retirement, this Sunday or at Delaware Speedway for the final at the end of the month.
But the title is not just about these three drivers. Mathematically, the first 7 classified remain in the race for the title to this day. But the chances of Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, 7th with 48 points behind are minimal, while Andrew Ranger and Treyten Lapcevich, currently tied for 5th with 39 points behind must hope for a miracle in the form of a double victory and a cascade of incidents for the 4 drivers ranked ahead of them to be crowned.
Fourth, 28 points behind the leader but only 2 points behind Tagliani, Kevin Lacroix has no choice: The driver of the No.74 NAPA Auto Parts / Valvoline / Lacroix Tuning car will have to win the last two events of the season, and make sure you have the luck on your side to win the NASCAR Pinty’s Championship.
This is one of the most intense end of the championship that has been seen in years and if Lacroix does not start as the favorite for the title, let’s not forget that he has just signed the victory last Saturday at ICAR and which he won at Mosport in May, during the series’ previous visit to this track. « I have no choice but to aim for victory at Mosport, » said Kevin. « Lucky that it’s a track that I know by heart, and on which I always do well » adds the man who, since his first event on this track in 2016, has won 6 victories there. “Mosport always struggles because most of the drivers in the peloton know the track as well as I do, and they could all win in the front row,” confides the driver from St-Eustache.
“Some drivers have nothing to lose and are aiming for victory at all costs, others have to be more careful and strategic in view of the title. I’m between the two, I don’t think I can decide before I’m in the race if I’m taking risks to go for the win, or if I have to be conservative” he concludes.
The green flag for the WeatherTech 200 will be given at 1:05 p.m. this Sunday, September 4. Fans will be invited to meet NASCAR Pinty’s drivers in the paddocks at the series truck at 11:00 a.m. Nissan Sentra Cup, SportsCar Canada Series and Radical Prototypes, as well as the Ontario F1600 Championship are also part of this weekend’s program of activities.
For detailed NASCAR Pinty’s Championship positions, click here.