Dumoulin takes NASCAR Canada title by 3 points
FRASERVILLE, Ontario (Sept. 22, 2014) – Initially, it was a great success.
L. P. Dumoulin won his first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship when he finished ninth in the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway.
J.R. Fitzpatrick won the race but finished three points behind Dumoulin in the title chase. D.J. Kennington was third in the standings.
Goodyear supplies the Series with bias-ply racing slicks from the same line the tiremaker supplies teams in the K&N Pro Series East and Pro Series West. The tires Goodyear manufactures the three series are produced in the same Goodyear plant that generates the tires used by NASCAR’s three national series, the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
The race saw six lead changes but Fitzpatrick led 171 of the event’s 250 laps, including the final 78. Dumoulin knew he could win the title by finishing 11th or better and he did what was needed to secure the championship.
Scott Steckly finished second in the race by .229 of a second. Jason Hathaway took third, followed by Mark Dilley and Kennington. The winner averaged 54.322 mph for the race distance. Fitzpatrick won the pole with a qualifying lap averaging 76.159 mph around the .375-mile Kawartha oval.
Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.