The inaugural race in Newfoundland and Labrador saw intense battles, heartbreaks for some and dominancy for Marc-Antoine Camirand
Teams arrived at Eastbound International Speedway for the PRO•LINE 225 Presented by QwickWick on Saturday ready to race but due to rain and cold track conditions, the event was postponed to Sunday.
Brandon Watson and Treyten Lapcevich took the green flag, but it didn’t take long for Camirand to nose his way up front and take the lead away on lap 87.
He only surrendered that lead for a single lap when he and Lapcevich battled it out on a late-race restart.
In the end, Camirand took home the win for the series’ first race on the Rock.
“The car was really fast again today like it was at Vallée-Jonction and Sunset,” said Camirand. “We came close a couple of times, but this time was our turn.”
“Lapcevich was fast, but I was keeping my car for the last ten laps, and I was keeping my tires for the end,” continued Camirand. “I knew that my car was very fast on the long run, and it paid off.”
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Lapcevich, who already has a win under his belt this season finished second after multiple attempts to take the lead away from the No. 96.
“I think we may have had something for the No. 96 but every time I got to his outside, he would rub me up the frontstretch wall,” said Lapcevich. “I wish we could have raced for it, but it is what it is. Overall, it’s a good points day for the No. FBM/QwickWick/RGC Sports team.
Now the team hauler drivers begin their long journey home to Ontario and Quebec, catching the ferry back to Nova Scotia on Monday night.
KLUTT’S CONSISTENCY CONTINUES
In his first full-time season back in the series since 2016, Gary Klutt has been silently stalking that second win each week.
After a sixth-place finish at Sunset, Klutt was hot on the heels of a victory at CTMP, until contact with Kevin Lacroix in the final turn, relegated him to fourth.
At Chaudiere, he finished seventh, navigating each late-race restart with ease. And now at Eastbound, Klutt finished fifth after 225 laps up front battling in the top-five.
The cards have fallen in his favour thus far, after several top contenders have seen problems, bumping Klutt up to third in the standings.
POINTS BATTLE SHAKE-UP
Prior to Newfoundland, the top six in the standings were separated by only five points.
Now, Camirand sits at the top with a ten-point cushion ahead of Lacroix and Klutt. Brandon Watson sits one marker back of second and third with 154 points while Lapcevich is placed fifth with 150.
Overall, the top seven are separated by 18 points with 3/4 of the season left to go.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series heads to the streets of Toronto at Exhibition Place for round five of the 2022 season.
The series is set to return to the streets of Toronto for round five of the 2022 season after being postponed the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 11-turn, 1.786-mile street circuit around Exhibition Place will bring NASCAR Pinty’s action to the heart of downtown Toronto.
Alex Tagliani, Kevin Lacroix, and Andrew Ranger are the only drivers to win at the track, but drivers like L.P. Dumoulin, Gary Klutt and Camirand are always strong contenders for the Grand Prix.
The PRO•LINE 225 Presented by QwickWick will air on TSN on Sunday, July 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET, ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series Kwik Trip 250 at Road America.