Running his first full-time season since 2011, Dexter Stacey teamed up with Ed Hakonson Racing to drive the No. 92 Chevrolet. The 28-year-old had raced with EHR in the Pinty’s FanCave Challenge the season prior, picking up three top-tens during the COVID shortened season.
Starting the 2021 season off in Innisfil, Ont., Stacey sported an Every Child Matters paint scheme to support survivors and victims of indigenous residential schools.
The Frontline Workers 125 was the first of two races that night, the bulk of which was delayed due to rain. The No. 92 Chevrolet started 16th and began to work his way to the front of the field.
On lap 64, Stacey was involved in a crash on the front stretch, bringing not only his race but his whole night to an end as the team was unable to repair the car in time for the General Tire 125.
GRAND PRIX DE TROIS-RIVIÈRES
For the third event of the 2021 season, the series made its long-awaited return to the streets of Trois-Rivières, Que. Stacey’s last time out at the street course did not go as planned, wrecking out halfway through the race. After qualifying 15th, his best starting position at the track, the No. 92 team was itching to hit the track.
The 28-year-old remained on the lead lap for the entire race, picking up the tenth position, his best finish there. Leaving the street course, Stacey sat 13th in the points standings, a drastic improvement from Sunset.
For the first time since 2017, the series was back on the airport tarmac at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Que. His first two times out at the track (2011 & ’12), Stacey finished outside the top-20 on both occasions. Coming off a great finish at GP3R two weeks earlier, the whole No. 92 Chevrolet team was optimistic for another road course.
Despite starting 11th, Stacey eventually fell off the lead lap but continued to battle for top-ten positions. On lap 76, he got the free pass, bringing him back onto the lead lap, so when the checkered flag flew, Stacey found himself in seventh place and one position higher in the points standings.
CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
For the first time in NASCAR Pinty’s history, the series was going to run a doubleheader at the famed Bowmanville, Ont. road course. Starting the weekend with a 30 lap sprint on Saturday, Stacey captured a decent starting position for race one. Remaining on the lead lap for the entire race, he matched his best finish of seventh at CTMP, heading into the full Labour Day weekend event on Sunday.
For the Clarington 200, the No. 92 Bully’s Truck Stop Chevrolet started 15th and continued on the lead lap for all 51 laps, eventually bringing the car home in ninth place and finally cracking the top-10 in the points standings.
As the series headed back to the ovals, Stacey and his team were elated after their last four results. After starting 13th, the 28-year-old battled within the top ten for the first half of the race. However, the engine on the No. 92 failed on lap 71, causing the car to slow and come to a rest, in turn, three.
The issue ended his day and since race two was postponed due to rain, it saved the team from possibly missing another race.
The final three races of the season came down to Delaware Speedway in an intense tripleheader event. Friday night for the Canadian Tire 125, Stacey started 15th and had some trouble on lap 60 after he spun in turn two, putting him a lap down. During the next caution, he was given the free pass and fought his way back to claim tenth place.
On Sunday, the Kahnawake, Que., driver started 13th for the QwickWick 125 and despite spinning on lap 48, he was able to keep the car on the lead lap for the entire race, ending in seventh place.
But the day wasn’t over yet, with one race left to go, it was time for the Pinty’s Fall Brawl. After starting 14th, Stacey fought his way into the top-ten and stayed there for the entire race, battling through multiple late-race restarts. The No. 92 Bully’s Truck Stop Chevrolet came home in seventh and claimed the ninth-place position in the points standings.