The 2013 NASCAR Pinty’s Series was picking up speed when it headed to round three: Mosport Speedway.
Also known as The Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the half-mile oval which opened in 1989, had been a mainstay in the series since it’s inception in 2007. The series, then known as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, was set to visit the world-class venue three times in 2013 – twice on the road course and once on the oval.
The oval trip carried special significance. The facility had been purchased in 2011 and it had been announced the oval would be closing to make room for other expansions, including the Driver Development Centre.
The winner of the 2013 Clarington 200 would be the last one to walk away with a trophy from the oval.
D.J. Kennington, the defending race winner and the reigning series champion, was one to watch heading into the event. After finishing fourth in the first two races it looked like his momentum was growing.
In his last five starts at Mosport, Kennington’s worst finish was sixth, giving him a strong opportunity to pick up his first win of the season.
Pete Shepherd III was just coming off a win at Ontario’s Delaware Speedway after a close battle with J.R. Fitzpatrick.
The previous season, he won the pole with a track record. But after leading 41 laps, his day would be cut short due to an axle issue and would finish 16th.
RACING-REFERENCE: Race Results at the Mosport Oval
LP Dumoulin’s start to his season was incredibly strong, claiming his first series win on the road course at CTMP as he embarked on his second full-time season in the series.
Scott Steckly who had won at Mosport in 2011 was another favourite to take home the checkered flag and the championship. However, Steckly wasn’t having the start to the season he wanted, finishing 24th and 21st at the CTMP road course and Delaware, respectively, and was already sitting 36 points behind the leaders.
Heading into Mosport only eight points separated the top five drivers in the points standings: Kennington, Jeff Lapcevich, Jason Hathaway, Noel Dowler and Dumoulin.