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The NASCAR Pinty's Series returns to Delaware Speedway for the first time since 2017. (Photo by Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

PIT BOX: It All Comes Down to Delaware Triple Header

As the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s Series finale nears, the battle for the championship still remains undecided.

Alex Tagliani leads the standings with 11-points over L.P. Dumoulin and with three races remaining the series welcomes back a beloved track – Delaware Speedway.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Last time out at the half-mile oval, Alex Labbe scored the win over Tagliani but it’s D.J. Kennington who holds the most wins at the track (3) and is still looking for his first win this season. It is very possible that the two-time champion could see victory lane at his home track once again.

Another driver that calls Delaware home is Pete Shepherd III who also won at the track back in 2013. Despite having early trouble at Flamboro during the MotoMaster 125, the No. 7 Chevrolet was super fast and will definitely be a contender in the triple header.

Treyten Lapcevich has shown speed at every track this season. While the No. 20 RGC Sports/QwickWick Chevrolet had suffered mechanical issues at a few tracks, expect the Rookie of the Year contender to be fast when he hits the track on Friday and Sunday.

In his lone start at Delaware, Tagliani managed a second-place finish. The 47-year-old from Montreal, Que. has finished inside the top-five in all but one race this season and is on the hunt for his first NASCAR Pinty’s Championship. Don’t be surprised if the No. 18 Chevrolet picks up his second win of the season this weekend and extends his lead.

In 2017, Dumoulin finished fourth at Delaware, his best at the track. So far this season, the No. 47 WeatherTech/Bellemare Dodge has collected a win at CTMP, four top-fives and six top-tens. With three races still remaining the two-time champion cannot be counted out.

Andrew Ranger will be looking to go back-to-back after his win at Flamboro. The driver of the No. 51 Dodge has three starts at Delaware with a best finish of fourth that came in 2012. Sitting third in the points standings, Ranger could still make a mad dash for the championship title.

With such a large number of different drivers visiting victory lane this year, the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s Championship is setting up to be one of the most intense finales yet.

Racing-Reference: Previous Races at Delaware | Drivers Stats at Delaware

RACE FACTS

RACE Canadian Tire 125 | QwickWick 125 | Pinty’s Fall Brawl
PLACE Delaware, Ontario
DATE Friday, Sept. 24 & Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021
TIME Race 1 – 9:00 P.M. | Race 2 – 3:55 P.M. | Race 3 – 5:20 P.M.
STREAMING Live Streaming –  TSN.ca & NBC TrackPass
TRACK LAYOUT 1/2-mile paved oval
2017 WINNER Alex Labbe
EVENT SCHEDULE Friday, Sept 24 — Garage Opens: 1:45 p.m. ET; Practice: 3:45 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.; Single Car Qualifying: 6:20 – 6:50 p.m.; Driver Introductions: 8:50 p.m.; Canadian Tire 125: 9:00 p.m. ET

Sunday, Sept. 26 — Garage opens: 9:30 a.m. ET; Practice: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.; Single Car Qualifying: 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.; Driver Introductions: 3:40 p.m.; QwickWick 125: 3:55 P.M. ET; Pinty’s Fall Brawl: 5:20 p.m. ET

TWITTER @DelawareSpdway | @NASCARPintys

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