In the first of two back-to-back races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, it was another familiar name in Victory Lane.
Two-time series champion L.P. Dumoulin earned his first victory of the season in the Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario at CTMP, leading the final 10 laps and surviving a restart with six laps to go. The win marks the fourth of Dumoulin’s career at the Bowmanville, Ontario venue and the first since 2018. He now sits one win behind Kevin Lacroix and J.R. Fitzpatrick for the most victories all-time at the track.
Dumoulin grabbed the lead from Gary Klutt, who paced the opening 20 circuits from the pole, with 10 laps remaining and held off a hard-charging Marc-Antione Camirand for the victory.
The result is also Dumoulin’s third consecutive top-five this season and fifth top 10. He hasn’t finished worse than sixth in the season-opener at Sunset. Entering the race four points behind Alex Tagliani in the series standings, Dumoulin now sits atop the standings ahead of the 51-lap event tomorrow afternoon.
Camirand finished second for the third time in his 11-race career at CTMP, his first top-five finish of the season after back-to-back DNF’s at GP3R and Circuit ICAR. Treyten Lapcevich also earned his best finish this year in third, with Alex Tagliani and Klutt rounding out the top five.
D.J. Kennington, Andrew Ranger (battled a smoking issue all race and pitted on Lap 13 from the top five), Dexter Stacey, Brett Taylor and Matthew Scannel completed the top 10 finishers.
Entering the race third in the standings and winner of the last event at Circuit ICAR, Kevin Lacroix finished 24th, 20 laps down after spinning in the turn five hairpin from the runner-up spot. He was unable to re-fire his No. 74 Bumper to Bumper/Lacroix Tuning Dodge, ending his day early and marking his second DNF of the season (Sunset 2).
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will take to CTMP once again tomorrow (Sunday, September 5) at 1:30 pm ET for the Clarington 200, the sixth race of the 2021 season.