The 2019 NASCAR Pinty’s Season saw many great moments.
Two brothers sat atop the podium for the first time. A Quebec native won at his home track in his series debut. There was a bittersweet goodbye to a beloved track, a veteran fan-favourite who made a triumphant return, and a 50-year-old who won Josten’s Rookie of the Year honours.
There were too many, so we asked the fans for their favourite moments from the 2019 season.
It was a close tally, but here are the podium moments.
There were so many iconic moments from the 2019 season, we just had to mention these too.
LP Dumoulin’s Win at GP3R
The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres is one of the most coveted race wins on the NASCAR Pinty’s circuit but means even more for home-town heroes J.F and LP Dumoulin.
2019 marked 50 years of racing for the Dumoulin Family, a milestone that was being celebrated during the 50th edition of GP3R.
Heading into the weekend Alex Tagliani was looking to go three in a row at the street circuit while the youngest Dumoulin brother – LP, was looking to make a historic weekend even more remarkable.
With 6 laps to go, a turned car off a blind corner, allowed the No. 47 WeatherTech/Bellemare Dodge to get ahead of Tagliani. A moment that ended up giving LP the race win.
And if that wasn’t monumental enough, JF joined his brother atop the podium in third place, a first for the team and the series.
Farewell Autodrome St-Eustache
Autodrome St-Eustache was a fan favourite on the NASCAR Pinty’s schedule for many years. In 2018, it was announced that the track had been sold and would be demolished at the end of the 2019 season.
In the series’ final race at the beloved track, fans, crew members and drivers all said their goodbyes but not before an intense battle ensued on track.
Kevin Lacroix was eager to finally claim a win at his home track and push himself ahead in the point standings.
However, in the end, it was Jason Hathaway who claimed the checkered flag, just days after his son Maxson was born, while Lacroix finished second, his best finish at the track.
— NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) September 10, 2019
BRONZE – Brett Taylor’s First Career Win
It was undeniable that Brett Taylor’s No. 46 CanTorque Dodge was fast the second he hit the track at Jukasa Motor Speedway for the final race of the season.
In fact, Taylor’s car had been gaining speed all year. The Alberta native scored his first podium finish just two months prior in Saskatoon after moving to Ed Hakonson Racing.
After recording the second-fastest lap in practice at Jukasa, qualifying was rained out, and Taylor was given a front-row starting position.
With 50 to go in the race, Taylor found himself battling his teammate Hathaway for the lead.
Taylor continued to push Hathaway until the very last lap. With two turns left to go, Taylor gave Hathaway a bump on the inside and dove down, effectively taking the lead and stealing the race win.
The victory put the 2018 Josten’s Rookie of the Year on the map as a major contender heading into the next season, where he picked up two more podium finishes in an abbreviated season.
SILVER – Andrew Ranger’s third Championship
It was never a matter of if but when would Andrew Ranger score a third series championship. It had been a while since the 2007 and 2009 champions had come close, but this year, he was on a hot streak.
The whole season was a battle between him and Kevin Lacroix. One dominated the road courses, the other, the ovals. The two were untouchable.
Heading into the second last race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, just two points separated the drivers.
Lacroix, the reigning race winner, held onto the lead until eight laps to go when Ranger blew past him. In the closing laps, the gap grew and the battle shifted to Lacroix and Alex Labbe for second place.
Coming to the checkered flag, fireworks sparked between the two as Labbe got into the side of the No. 74, sending Lacroix into the wall just a few meters short of the finish line.
Ranger left NHMS with the win and an 11-point gap heading into the final race. At Jukasa, the driver of the No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil Dodge didn’t need to win, he just needed to finish ahead of Lacroix.
In the end, Ranger held onto the points lead, finishing fourth — just one spot ahead of Lacroix — and claiming his third championship.
— NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) September 29, 2019
GOLD – Raphael Lessard Wins his Series Debut
Before the start of the 2019 season, it was announced that up-and-coming star, Raphael Lessard, would be making his NASCAR Pinty’s Series debut at his home track Autodrome Chaudiere.
Teaming up with Dumoulin Competition for the affair, it was clear from the start that the then 17-year-old rookie would be a contender for the win.
Fellow star, Alex Labbe claimed the pole with LP Dumoulin beside him and Lessard qualified sixth.
However, it didn’t take him to find the front. On lap 133, Lessard took the lead from Dumoulin and never relinquished it.
As the laps wound down, rain began to threaten the finish and the racing got dicey. With less than 30 laps to go, the caution came out after a wreck between Hathway and Dumoulin.
The restart was halted and then red-flagged as the rain arrived on lap 286. After leading 153 laps, Raphael Lessard was declared the winner, making history as the first driver to win in his Pinty’s Series debut since the series’ inaugural 2007 season.