Oh, Canada: NASCAR reveals 2017 Pinty’s Series schedule

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NASCAR’s Home Tracks division has announced the schedule for the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada.

It will be the second season with Pinty’s as entitlement sponsor for the series.

The 13-race series will be contested over a four-month period, starting with the season-opening race on May 21 at Canada’s Victoria Day weekend on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont.

The suburban Toronto track will also host the series on Sept. 3 as part of a weekend that features a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there.

The Pinty’s Series will also serve as an undercard for the Toronto Honda Indy Exhibition Place street course race along Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront on July 15.

“From Cayden Lapcevich’s (the former youngest champion in NASCAR history at 16 years old) memorable championship campaign, to the thrilling battles between Quebec’s favorites Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani, Kevin Lacroix and Alex Labbe, the 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series was one for the record books,” George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of weekly & touring series, said in a media release. “With the newly released schedule, the 2017 season is shaping to take that excitement to the next level. The mix of world-class road courses and challenging ovals will provide a great test for drivers and teams, and excite fans across Canada.”

The series’ annual West Coast swing will have a new look, visiting Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for a pair of races on July 25, which will mark the halfway part of the season, followed by a race July 29 at Edmonton International Raceway in Alberta.

In another unique twist, the seventh annual visit to the Circuit ICAR roadcourse on Montreal’s Mirabel International Airport will be contested under the lights on July 8.

The series also returns to Delaware Speedway in Ontario.

The season ends Sept. 16 at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ontario, which will mark the 11th consecutive year the track has hosted the season finale.


Date Track Location
21-May Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ont.
3-Jun Delaware Speedway Delaware, Ont.
17-Jun Autodrome Chaudiere Chaudiere, Que.
8-Jul Circuit ICAR Mirabel, Que.
15-Jul Exhibition Place Toronto, Ont.
25-Jul Wyant Group Raceway* Saskatoon, Sask.
25-Jul Wyant Group Raceway* Saskatoon, Sask.
29-Jul Edmonton International Raceway Wetaskiwin, Alb.
13-Aug Circuit Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières, Que.
19-Aug Riverside International Speedway Antigonish, N.S.
3-Sep Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ont.
9-Sep Autodrome St-Eustache St. Eustache, Que.
16-Sep Kawartha Speedway Fraserville, Ont.

*100-lap twin features


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Sunday’s row-by-row starting lineup for Chevrolet Silverado 250 Truck race in Canada

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Alex Tagliani and Erik Jones will lead the field to green for Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

It’s the second year that Tagliani, a native of Montreal, has sat on the pole for this race.

Here’s how the row-by-row grid stacks up:


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Alex Tagliani sets track record en route to Truck race pole in Canada

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Alex Tagliani made it very clear that Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is his house during Saturday’s qualifying for Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

The Montreal native took the pole with a track record speed of 80.084 mph, marking the second straight year that he’s qualified No. 1 for the Truck event in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Erik Jones qualified second (80.118 mph), followed by Matt Crafton (80.394), points leader Tyler Reddick (80.475) and Cole Custer (80.640).

Last year’s race winner, Ryan Blaney, was not on hand to defend his title. Instead, he finished second in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The qualifying session was delayed for more than a half hour under a red flag period after Robert Mitten slammed his truck into a tire wall at the end of Turn 8.

The truck continued going, climbing the tire wall and eventually came to rest backward and standing up against the catch fence.

The truck was extensively damaged and track officials had to make repairs to the tire wall before qualifying could resume.

Mitten was uninjured in the mishap.

“I was just trying to go as fast as I could,” Mitten told Fox Sports 1. “I didn’t think I did anything wrong. I felt like it was sliding out, I’d catch it, there’s plenty of room there and it didn’t catch.

“The next thing I know, the back end came around and into the wall I went. … I just couldn’t believe it would do that. It just came around. It was a pretty scary experience. It’s a real wallop”

Although Mitten, of Plantation, Florida, qualified 22nd, he told Fox Sports 1 that he doesn’t have a back-up truck and will not race on Sunday.

Sunday’s race is due to take the green flag shortly after 1:30 pm ET.

Here’s how the qualifying session played out:


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Erik Jones tops Alex Tagliani in final Truck practice in Canada

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Erik Jones was the fastest driver in Saturday’s final Truck Series practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Jones led the field with a speed of 110.436 mph. Alex Tagliani, who was fastest in the morning’s first practice session, was a close second in the final practice with a speed of 110.364 mph.

Cameron Hayley was third fastest (110.273), while Johnny Sauter (110.177) and Ben Kennedy (110.132) rounded out the top five.

Several drivers were involved in incidents, including Jennifer Jo Cobb and John Wes Townley, who both slammed into a tire barrier in the same exact spot during practice.

Townley’s truck suffered extensive damage, forcing his team to go to a backup truck. Cobb’s team was working to repair her truck.

Qualifying for Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 race will take place later today at 5:45 pm ET.

Here’s how the final practice session played out:


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