Getting revved up for the Canadian Motorsports Expo this weekend in Toronto

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

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A season of firsts for Jason White

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. “By defining roles and allowing me to concentrate on the driving I knew we’d be better and the results were there right away” said White.
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Tim Hortons renews Lapcevich marketing partnership for 2012

Team press release

December 7, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON – 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 Canada’s longest-running motorsports marketing partnerships, and his team is optimistic looking forward.

“Signing our deal with Tim Hortons this early in the off-season gives us great optimism,” said Lapcevich. “We have one of the best partners in all of racing, but until an agreement is in place you don’t want to get too excited.”

Lapcevich has raced his Fastline Motorsports entry in most of the NASCAR Canada’s races since the series began in 2007, and his children compete year-round in quarter midget sprint cars.

“We had a good season this year,” said Lapcevich. “The cars are competitive, and we made some great strides in 2011.”

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.

“We’re going to do a lot of racing next year,” said Lapcevich. “The boys started their indoor season recently in Ohio, and they’re off to a great start.”
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Jason White voted most popular driver

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. There’s always a crowd looking for autographs from the #21 A & W Dodge driver during each race weekend. So it’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. “This is such an honour for me” said White. “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 wouldn’t be able to do this” added White.

This past year White went out of his way to get closer and more involved with the Canadian race fans. “I always try to spend as much time with people at the race track and sponsor appearances as I can” explained White. “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 that” he stated.
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Topsy turvy top-five for Lapcevich in Barrie NASCAR race

Team press release by Adam Ross

Grimsby veteran survives multiple mishaps to finish strong

September 12, 2011, GRIMSBY, ON – At first glance Jeff Lapcevich’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 year’s race was no exception.
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Kennington tightens points battle

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 didn’t score the victory, Kennington did tighten up the point’s race for the overall championship.
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Beauchamp gets banged around in Mopar Dodge

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 didn’t handle the way Beauchamp was hoping. “The car was a little bit tight” said Beauchamp. “We changed the set up a little bit for this year looking for more speed so we needed some changes after practice” he added.
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Jason White gets a jolt in Barrie

September 11, 2011. Racer Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team resumed action in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series this past weekend at Barrie Speedway for round number ten. White showed speed, poise and was en route to a fantastic finish when fortunes quickly changed.

In three previous visits to Barrie the #21 A & W Dodge team hasn’t achieved the desired results. During practice and then in qualifying White was confident their luck was changing. “As usual my Crew Chief Derek Lynch and his crew prepared the car really well and I felt really good heading into the race” said White.
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BOURQUE SHOWS IMPRESSIVE SPEED IN AARON’S DREAM MACHINE

Barrie, ON. (September 11, 2011) NASCAR driver Pierre Bourque excitedly accepted the challenge of racing his first ever event in the#00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Dodge at Barrie Speedway for round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. And right from the first practice laps Bourque was up to the challenge.

Racing on the one third mile oval of Barrie Speedway has been described as like trying to fly a jet airplane in a gymnasium. With that Bourque set out to make that as comfortable a process as possible in the #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Dodge. “It is a very challenging race track” said Bourque. “But I felt very comfortable right away and we backed that up with practice times that were just outside the top ten” he added.
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Some bright spots during the Wild Wing 300

With all of the excitement of the big boys playing bumper cars, it would be a shame not to mention some of the bright spots further back in the field. There are some great racers in the mid pack who often times endure bouts of racers luck or budget related failures. Each of the folks below proved they are stars worthy of racing in a pro series like the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

Joey McColm in the #50 Dodge is a favorite among the other competitors thanks to his friendly nature and his tenacious efforts to succeed despite having older equipment than the rest of the field. In last night’s race, McColm was battling as high as 5th in the latter stages of the race, with hardly any marks on the car. Some of the late race action moved him back to 8th at the finish, but Joey showed that he has what it takes to run up front and race cleanly.

Always a fan favorite, Isabelle Tremblay has had her ups and downs over the past couple of seasons as she peddles the pink #07 as fast as she can. She has made a few mistakes on track and has been targeted by some old boy style initiations, but she has hung on and worked hard to hone her craft. In Barrie, Tremblay did a great job of staying out of trouble and putting in some consistent laps which landed her in 11th at the end of the night. No small feat with all of that action.
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