BOWMANVILLE, ON - MAY 17:  During the Pinty's presents the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17, 2015 in Bowmanville, Canada.  (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Setting the Scene: 2015 Pinty’s Series Replay from CTMP

Another chapter in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series began in 2015 at Canadian Tire Motorport Park.

The historic road course hosted the opening round of the then NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, and the Pinty’s Presents the Clarington 200 promised plenty of compelling drama for the upcoming season.

Reining series champion, LP Dumoulin had his sights set on being the first driver to win back-to-back titles, and the Quebec driver swept the CTMP events in 2013. Defending race winner J.R. Fitzpartrick had stepped away from the series.

Andrew Ranger had two CTMP wins, but finished outside the top 20 in both 2014 events, while veteran Scott Steckly was still in search of his first win there.

RACING-REFERENCE: NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Among the drivers were also in the battle for Rookie of the Year honours included local driver Gary Klutt from Halton Hills, Ontario.

Entering his final season in the series, Jeff Lapcevich was another driver who had yet to see victory at the track. He had scored a runner-up finish at both races in 2014. As Jeff was stepping away, his son Cayden, then 15 was making his series’ debut.