It seems everybody is still chasing Jason Hathaway and Kevin Lacroix.
Just like the first weekend, the pair dominated rounds three and four of the Pinty’s FanCave Challenge Saturday at Ontario’s Flamboro Speedway.
The Pinty’s 125 saw two familiar friends on the front row – Hathaway and J.R. Fitzpatrick in his series return.
But it was the No. 3 Kubota/Choko/Kugel Bearings Chevrolet which led all 125 laps.
"I knew we had a good car here in practice, we were pretty good on the couple runs we had out there," said Hathaway. "I set my car up for the long run. It played out in my favour and my style."
Lacroix’s speed in race one began to threaten Hathaway’s chance of a weekend sweep and the No. 74 Bumper to Bumper/Total/GoFast Dodge started on the front row for race two.
We are halfway through the PartyCasino 125 and @kevinlacroix74 still dominates the field ??
– NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) August 29, 2020
While they did have their battles, the PartyCasino 125 was Lacroix’s for the taking.
The 31-year-old from St-Eustache, Quebec claimed his 13th career victory and third on an oval.
"The car was just a little bit tight in the corners in the first race. So we just needed a small adjustment to make it better," explained Lacroix. "We came and tested a few weeks ago and we progressed with the car and it paid off here at the track today and at Sunset."
J.R. Fitzpatrick Returns
Fitzpatrick’s return to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series was one that was long-awaited by many fans.
The 32-year-old from Cambridge, Ontario, proved he was still a force to be reckoned with in the series, after posting fast times in practice and continuous battles.
After getting spun on lap 81 of the Pinty’s 125, Fitzpatrick lost his momentum and finish sixth.
After starting eighth in the PartyCasino 125, Fitzpatrick fought his way back through the field for a third-place finish.
"The car was really good, though not quite as good as the 74 and the 3," said Fitzpatrick. "Everyone is so close here that if you’re off by a little bit then you’re off by a mile."
"I’m happy to be here and I’m happy that 22 Racing gave me the opportunity," he continued. "Hopefully there are good things to come in the future."
Points Battle Tightens
With only one more track and two more chances to win, the Pinty’s FanCave Challenge will be decided at Ontario’s Jukasa Motor Speedway. The final doubleheader is set for Hagersville, Ontario, on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Hathaway has an eight-point lead over Lacroix with D.J. Kennington just 17 points back.
– NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) August 30, 2020
Lacroix scored his first oval win at Jukasa in 2018 and has never finished outside the top five there.
While Hathaway has yet to win on the 0.625-mile oval, the EHR cars had major strength at Jukasa last year, with Taylor scoring his first Pinty’s Series win, beating Hathaway to the line.
Don’t count Kennington out either.
The No. 17 Castol Edge Dodge last went to Victory Lane at Jukasa back in 2018 and has had a strong car all year.
The Pinty’s 125 will air on TSN on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 4:30 p.m. ET, and the PartyCasino 125 will air on TSN on Saturday, Sept. 12 at noon.
Each race also will air on RDS/RDS2, and MAVTV in the United States. Fans in the United States can stream races after they air on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.