After I posted the above image the other day, someone suggested that this sequence was just waiting to be turned into an animated gif. A bit of poking about and it would seem that I have taught myself how to create one. So, here you have it: DJ Kennington getting into the back of Stefan Rzadzinksi in the closing stages of the first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race of 2014.
Earlier this week, I told you about our man Russ Bond’s adventure in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. While Russ made it out more or less unscathed, others were not so lucky.
In the first third of the race, the track went full course yellow when the #22 of Scott Steckly got into the tires, ending his race. I was shooting from the top of turn 4 and could see the clean up efforts taking place in 3, when suddenly the #59 of Ryan Klutt appeared with its back end caved in. When Steckly’s car came by on a flatbed, the front end was all messed up. Coincidence? I haven’t spoken to either driver, so I’m not sure.
Not long after the race went to green flag again, Ryan’s Dad Peter’s #42 lost its hood somewhere. This is not the first time I have shot photos of Peter without his hood.
Regular readers will recognize Russ Bond from our World’s Fastest Car Review series. He is also the host of the Two Minute Test Drive at the wildly successful Motoring TV. What you might not know is that Bond has been part of The Garage Blog family since before TGB was even thought of. Russ and I were guest hosts on a radio show called Guy’s Garage, a show which steered me towards a second career in automotive media. It’s hard to believe that was 13 years ago!
Collectively, we’ve done some pretty cool stuff over those years, but I’ve gotta say that Rustye entering his first ever NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race might be the coolest.
As our not so nasty Winter wears on in Ontario, everyone involved with racing is itching to get on track. As has become tradition, many Canadian racers begin their season at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, presented by our friends at Inside Track. Running this weekend at Toronto’s International Centre, the CME has something for everyone from fans to photographers and of course racers.
For the fans, there will be cars ranging from drag racers to road racers and everything in between. The show stage will feature appearances by drivers, along with other exciting interactive events:
- NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) Champ, Randy Lajoie
- Canadian Indycar star James Hinchcliffe
- NASCAR star Carl Edwards
- Canadian racing legend and Mosport owner, Ron Fellows
- NASCAR team owner and engine builder extraordinaire, Robert Yates
- Meet the media fan forum
- Inside Track Reader’s Choice Awards
- NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Driver Q & A
October 20, 2011. Sun Peaks, British Columbia racer Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team had a season to remember in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. This year White forged a bold new partnership with Derek Lynch and the Kawartha Speedway Group and obtained powerful Dodge horsepower from DJK Racing and the results were all positive.
White made the changes to focus on his on track performance while allowing Lynch to lead the team as Crew Chief. And with the addition of more powerful motors White felt they would be a stronger team in 2011. Ã¢â‚¬Å“By defining roles and allowing me to concentrate on the driving I knew weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be better and the results were there right awayÃ¢â‚¬Â said White.
Team press release
December 7, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jeff Lapcevich will compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series again in 2012 with Tim Hortons branding on his familiar family-owned #23 Dodge.
The Grimsby veteran recently renewed one of CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s longest-running motorsports marketing partnerships, and his team is optimistic looking forward.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Signing our deal with Tim Hortons this early in the off-season gives us great optimism,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Lapcevich. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have one of the best partners in all of racing, but until an agreement is in place you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to get too excited.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lapcevich has raced his Fastline Motorsports entry in most of the NASCAR CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s races since the series began in 2007, and his children compete year-round in quarter midget sprint cars.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had a good season this year,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Lapcevich. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The cars are competitive, and we made some great strides in 2011.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In recent years Lapcevich has kept his NASCAR schedule relatively close to home choosing to not make the western swing. While the series visited British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatoon, Lapcevich was focused on his children competing in the quarter midgets.
Cayden and Treyten Lapcevich have won numerous quarter midget titles across North America, and their schedules never end.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to do a lot of racing next year,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Lapcevich. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The boys started their indoor season recently in Ohio, and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re off to a great start.Ã¢â‚¬Â
November 21, 2011. Sun Peaks, British Columbia racer Jason White has been one of the most well liked participants since arriving in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in 2008. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always a crowd looking for autographs from the #21 A & W Dodge driver during each race weekend. So itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really not a huge surprise that Jason White to have been voted the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Most Popular Driver for 2011.
All summer race fans were encouraged to vote for their favourite driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series by logging onto the NASCAR Home Tracks website. Following the tabulation of the votes NASCAR informed the winners by tweeting congratulations to all of the Regional Series winners including Jason White, Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
This recognition is very special for Jason White and his #21 A & W Dodge team. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is such an honour for meÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“To have thousands of race fans take the time to cast their votes for me means a lot. Without all the race fans from coast to coast we wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to do thisÃ¢â‚¬Â added White.
This past year White went out of his way to get closer and more involved with the Canadian race fans. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I always try to spend as much time with people at the race track and sponsor appearances as I canÃ¢â‚¬Â explained White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We made a real concerted effort this season to keep them updated on everything happening with the #21 A & W Dodge team through social media as well and we got some very positive feedback that the fans appreciated thatÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
Team press release by Adam Ross
Grimsby veteran survives multiple mishaps to finish strong
September 12, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON Ã¢â‚¬â€œ At first glance Jeff LapcevichÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tim Hortons-sponsored Dodge looked more like a crash victim than a top-five finisher Saturday night, but the Grimsby racer survived numerous skirmishes to finish fifth at Barrie Speedway Saturday.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Wild Wing 300 lived up to its name. The smallest speedway on the schedule often features beating and banging, and this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race was no exception.
September 11, 2011. DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team returned to Barrie Speedway this past weekend for round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series looking to pick up their fourth win at the track. While they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t score the victory, Kennington did tighten up the pointÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race for the overall championship.
September 11, 2011. Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge returned to Barrie Speedway for round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series looking for the same kind of night that had them starting from the pole position at the track one year ago. The night started out well but the rough racing we typically see at Barrie soon took its toll.
During the afternoon practice the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge showed speed but didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t handle the way Beauchamp was hoping. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car was a little bit tightÃ¢â‚¬Â said Beauchamp. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We changed the set up a little bit for this year looking for more speed so we needed some changes after practiceÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.