HISTORY: NASCAR PINTY'S SERIES
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series is the premier motorsports division in Canada, where capacity crowds enjoying hotly-contested racing fueling Canada’s tremendous support for the NASCAR brand. With events held at a variety of road courses and oval tracks across the country, it is truly Canada’s national series. In 2017, drivers made a trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, marking the first stop in the United States in series history.
In 13 seasons, multiple drivers have made the leap to compete at the NASCAR national series level. The 2017 series champion, Alex Labbe, Marc-Antoine Camirand, J.R. Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington, Gary Klutt, Andrew Ranger, Scott Steckly, Alex Tagliani and Don Thomson Jr. are among a list of drivers who have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Kennington and Klutt have also competed in NASCAR’s top series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Andrew Ranger, in his first year of stock-car competition, won the second race on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2007. He took over the lead in the point standings after that event and never relinquished it on his way to the first championship.
In December of 2015, NASCAR in Canada announced a new name and entitlement sponsor – one that’s familiar to race fans across the country. NASCAR and Pinty’s Foods Inc. announced a six-year series entitlement sponsorship agreement of NASCAR’s Canadian-based series that began on Jan. 1, 2016.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the original schedule was replaced by the Pinty's FanCave Challenge. A series of three double-headers, six races in total. The series returned to Sunset Speedway for the first time since 2016 and made its debut at Flamboro Speedway.
NASCAR announced in September 2006 the purchase of the CASCAR Super Series, the top stock-car racing series in Canada. At the same time, they announced a sponsorship agreement with Canadian Tire Corporation as the entitlement sponsor of the new series.
The series receives exceptional national broadcast coverage on TSN and RDS, providing both English and French-language race telecasts.
NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES FIRSTS
First Race: Cayuga International Speedway, Hamilton, Ontario, May 2007
First Race Winner: Don Thomson, Jr.
First Pole Winner: Peter Gibbons
First Champion: Andrew Ranger
First Woman to qualify for a race: Ashley Taws, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, August 2008
First Josten’s Rookie of the year: J.R. Fitzpatrick
First United States Race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, September 2018
First Woman to lead a lap: Julia Landauer, Jukasa Motor Speedway, 2019
YEAR-BY-YEAR: NASCAR Pinty’s Series Results & Point Standings
NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES STATS AND RECORDS
Number of Series Races: 166 (As of March of 2021)
Most Top Five Finishes in a Season:
D.J. Kennington… 11 (2012)
Alex Labbe… 11 (2017)
Andrew Ranger ...10 (2019)
Kevin Lacroix ...10 (2019)
*11 different times a driver recorded 9 top-five finishes in the same season*
Oldest Josten's Rookie of the Year:
T.J. Rinomato - 50-years-old (2019)
*Ages used recorded at the final series event of that season*
Youngest Driver To Win A Race:
Cayden Lapcevich — 16 years, 8 months (Wyant Group Raceway, July 2016)
Cayden Lapcevich — 16 years, 9 months (Riverside International Speedway, August 2016)
Cayden Lapcevich — 16 years, 10 months (Autodrome St. Eustache, September 2016)
Raphael Lessard - 17 years, 11 months (Autodrome Chaudière, June 2019)
Smallest Margin in Championship Standings:
*2 — Scott Steckly over D.J. Kennington (2013)
*3 — L.P. Dumoulin over J.R. Fitzpatrick (2014)
*4 — Scott Steckly over Jason Hathaway (2015)
*Point standings based of a 43-1 scale*
Closest Finishes in Series History:
.012 seconds — Kerry Micks over Andrew Ranger — GP3R 2007
.015 seconds — D.J. Kennington over Don Thomson Jr. — Barrie 2010
.029 seconds — J.R. Fitzpatrick over Scott Steckly — Sun Valley 2007
.045 seconds — Peter Shepherd III over D.J. Kennington — Auto Clearing 2011
.048 seconds — Kevin Lacroix over Andrew Ranger — GP3R 2015
Largest Number of Cars To Start A Race:
37 - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (2011)
36 - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2013)
34 - Montreal (2009) - Montreal (2010) - Montreal (2012)
33 - Montreal (2008) - Toronto (2011) - GP3R (2011) - GP3R (2014)
Car Owners To Win More Than One Title:
Dave Jacombs (2007, 2009)
Scott Steckly (2008, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Doug Kennington (2010, 2012, 2019)
Mark-Andre Bergeron (2014, 2018)
QUALIFYING RECORDS — 2019 TRACKS
1-lap qualifying record: 108.006 mph, 81.962 seconds (Gary Klutt, May 2019)
1-lap qualifying record: 121.111 mph, 18.578 seconds (D.J. Kennington, September 2017)
1-lap qualifying record: 69.482 mph, 12.953 seconds (Alex Labbe, June 2016)
1-lap qualifying record: 81.891 mph, 14.639 seconds (Cayden Lapcevich, June 2016)
1-lap qualifying record: 83.221 mph, 75.918 seconds (Alex Tagliani, July 2019)
1-lap qualifying record: 71.919 mph, 12.514 seconds (Alex Tagliani, July 2014)
1-lap qualifying record: 82.020 mph, 14.616 seconds (Scott Steckly, July 2014)
1-lap qualifying record: 82.345 mph, 66.889 seconds (Kevin Lacroix, August 2016)
*No lap record has been set for this track as of March 2021*
1-lap qualifying record: 49.943 mph, 49.304 seconds (Alex Tagliani, July 2017)