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L.P. Dumoulin claimed his third NASCAR Pinty's Series Championship in 2021. (Photo by Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

Season Rewind: L.P. Dumoulin

On the hunt for his third series championship, L.P. Dumoulin entered the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s season, ready to fight. 

SUNSET SPEEDWAY

Mm2 4182For the first time since 2011, the season didn’t start on the historic CTMP road course. This year, kick-off was at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ont. for two, 125 lap races.

Starting third for the Frontline Workers 125, Dumoulin was optimistic about his chances, especially since he is a former winner at the track. As many battles ensued upfront, the No. 47 got shuffled back but still ended the race in sixth.

For race two, the General Tire 125, Dumoulin had some work ahead of him, as he would have to work his way up from 11th. 

In the end, he finished third, picking up his first podium of the season and sitting second in the standings early on. 

GRAND PRIX DE TROIS-RIVIÈRES

As the reigning race winner and a hometown superstar, Dumoulin was the fan favourite as the series headed to Quebec for the first time since 2019. 

Looking to go back-to-back at GP3R, the 42-year-old showed his speed early, picking up first in practice and the pole award in qualifying.

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The green flag dropped and Dumoulin led the first 12 laps until heading down pit lane for his mandatory stop. After he tried to fight his way back up front but Alex Tagliani and Kevin Lacroix held onto the led tight. 

He remained in third, waiting for his opportunity, until lap 35 when his brother J.F. overtook him on the restart. 

A late-race caution meant the field would restart with four to go in the Guardian Angels 60. In the final laps, L.P. and Lacroix made contact in turn six, sending the No. 47 wide and losing him two spots. 

When the checkered flag dropped, Dumoulin finished fifth while his brother scored second, his best finish ever in the series. 

CIRCUIT ICAR

At the end of August, the series returned to Circuit ICAR, a 0.994-mile road course on an airport tarmac in Mirabel, Que. 

While Dumoulin had never won there before, he did have two podiums and five top-fives. 

Starting fifth for the La Fernandiere 75, the No. 47 remained the for most of the race, even as the rain came out. 

As the field went into NASCAR Overtime, Dumoulin sat in third, prepared to battle it out for the green, white, checkered. 

He fought Tagliani and Andrew Ranger but protected his position and brought the car home on the bottom step of the podium.

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CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK

For the final two road course events of the year, drivers headed to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for a 30-lap sprint race on Saturday and 51-laps on Sunday.

A former winner at CTMP, Dumoulin had qualified second for the Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario and when the green flag dropped he stalked pole winner Gary Klutt for the first 20 laps. 

Heading down the straightaway on lap 21, Dumoulin took to lead and didn’t look back, claiming his first win of the 2021 season and his first at CTMP since 2018. 

The victory briefly gave him the points lead as drivers prepared for the Clarington 200 the next day. 

Starting third, the No. 47 Dodge was upfront battling Lacroix for the lead in the opening laps, but after coming down pit lane for the mandatory stops, he got shuffled back and struggled to crack the top-five again. 

In the end, Dumoulin finished 11th, still on the lead lap and sliding back into second place in the standings. 

FLAMBORO SPEEDWAY

Heading back to the ovals, the 42-year-old driver was looking to close the eight-point gap that Tagliani had on him. 

Starting ninth for the MotoMaster 125, Dumoulin had a relatively quiet race, battling for positions throughout the top ten. 

When the checkered flag dropped, he crossed the finish line in seventh and was hoping to improve on the position in race two. 

But the rain arrived, postponing the remaining event at Flamboro. 

DELAWARE SPEEDWAY

Only one track remained as the series made its return to Delaware Speedway for the first time since 2017. Hosting the three final races of the 2021 season, the championship was anyone’s to win. 

Dumoulin had qualified ninth for the first event, the Canadian Tire 125. 

 The No. 47 flirted with the top-five for all 125 laps of the race, trying to stay out of trouble.

As sparks flew between the leaders, Dumoulin crossed the line in eighth. Tagliani who was the current standings leader, struggled with issues for most of the race, allowing the points gap to close to just five.

On Sunday, it was time to crown a champion.

After qualifying ninth again, Dumoulin’s main objective was to pick up as many points as possible while staying ahead of the No. 18 Chevrolet. 

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The Trois-Rivières, Que. native fought his way up to fourth when the caution came out with three laps r, sending the race into NASCAR Overtime. 

Dumoulin was shuffled back on the final lap but still finished sixth, giving him a seven-point lead ahead of Tagliani for the championship.

The Pinty’s Fall Brawl and 150 laps were all that stood between Dumoulin and the 2021 championship. 

While he did start further back in 11th, he had only one task… Finish seventh or better and the championship was his. 

And he did exactly that. Bringing the No. 47 WeatherTech/Bellemare Dodge home in sixth, he claimed his third NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship eight points ahead of Andrew Ranger. 

Celebrating the 2021 title in a unique way, Dumoulin did a burnout until he parked it in victory lane.