The unique 2020 Pinty’s FanCave Challenge season saw multiple debuts and returns throughout the series.
Many fan favourite drivers, teams and tracks gave it their all during the abbreviated schedule, leading to many exciting highlights.
This is where the most notable moments ranked with you, the fans.
JR Fitzpatrick Returns
Just days before drivers and teams were heading to Flamboro Speedway, 22 Racing announced that a familiar face would be joining them for the remaining races.
After six years, J.R. Fitzpatrick was returning to the series driving the No. 24 PartyCasino Camaro.
Right out the gate, the Cambridge, Ontario, native picked up a fifth and third-place finish in his first series events since 2014.
At Jukasa Motor Speedway, Fitzpatrick scored fifth in the first event but fell to 11th in the final race after a crash left him two laps down.
— NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) August 29, 2020
Treyten Lapcevich Makes Series Debut
The Lapcevichs have always made their mark in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and when it was announced that 16-year-old Treyten would make his series debut at Sunset, fans were ecstatic.
Filling in for Alex Tagliani in the No. 18, the rookie was a strong contender for a win before racing began.
In the first race, Lapcevich battled for top-five positions the whole time, but the real excitement came in overtime.
Heading into the final turns, the leaders wrecked and it became a drag race to the checkered flag between Lapcevich and LP Dumoulin.
However, he came up just short of the win but claiming a podium finish in his debut.
Race two gave Lapcevich the opportunity to show even more skill, leading 14 laps and finishing fourth.
Treyton’s older brother, Cayden, is a six-time race winner and the 2016 series champion. Their dad, Jeff, made 63 career series starts between 2007-15.
BRONZE – Return to Sunset Speedway
In December 2019, when the original 2020 schedule was announced, fans were excited to see Sunset return to the circuit. As the global COVID-19 pandemic brought about changes to the calendar, the season was eventually replaced with the 2020 Pinty’s FanCave Challenge, kicking off at that same track.
Jason Hathaway and Kevin Lacroix were clear contenders once the green flag dropped, but on-track battles cost them the first race, allowing LP Dumoulin to claim the first checkered flag there since 2016.
In the second race, Hathaway, who finished runner-up at the track in 2015, took home the win.
— NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) August 15, 2020
SILVER – Series Debut at Flamboro
The 2020 Pinty’s FanCave Challenge opened an opportunity for the series to visit a new track – Flamboro Speedway.
Located just north of Hamilton, Ontatrio, the track fit perfectly into the revised schedule.
Hathaway and Lacroix dominated the third-mile oval, each winning one of the races in the doubleheader.
Flamboro is set to rejoin the series in 2021 on July 18.
GOLD – Hathaway Wins Title
Jason Hathaway is no stranger to success in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series but a championship title was one thing he had yet to cross off his bucket list.
In 2015, he came close to winning the championship, finishing runner-up to Scott Steckly — just four points short.
Upon returning to the series in 2019, Hathaway won at Riverside International Speedway and Autodrome St-Eustache.
The revised 2020 schedule gave the 43-year-old and Ed Hakonson Racing the chance to perfect their oval program and potentially dominate.
Right from the start, the No. 3 Kubota/Choko/Kugel Bearings/Total Chevrolet was the one to beat. By the time Jukasa rolled around, his only competitor for the title was Lacroix, a mere 8 points behind him.
Winning the first race of the final event put Hathaway even further ahead and in the end, the title was his for the taking.
Over the course of the Pinty’s FanCave Challenge, Hathaway won three of the six races (one at each track), and finished on the podium five times.