Statistical Advance: Analyzing The EMCO 200 At Ontario’s Delaware Speedway

[media-credit name=”delawarespeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”311″][/media-credit]DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series tackles an oval track for the second time in as many weeks at Delaware (Ont.) Speedway. The EMCO 200 presented by Niagara Plumbing Supply and McKeough Supply is set for Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of selected drivers at Delaware, as well as some other statistical trends:

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Delaware Speedway
• This is the series’ fourth time to compete on the half-mile oval.
• Dodge has earned all three wins and starts from the pole.
• There has been an average of 10 caution periods for an average of 75.33 laps in the three prior races with the earliest coming at Lap 2 in 2010 and the latest at Lap 210 in 2009 during attempts at a green-white-checkered finish.
• The average starting position of the winner is 4.33, while the polesitter has an average finish of 11.33.
• The most laps led by a race winner are 130 by D.J. Kennington in 2010 and the fewest is 46 by Don Thomson Jr. last season.
• Two of the three events have gone beyond the 200-lap advertised distance with last year’s EMCO 200 being the exception.
• Eight drivers – Steve Côté, Ray Courtemanche Jr., Noel Dowler, L.P. Dumoulin, Larry Jackson, Martin Roy, Howie Scannell Jr., Mike Scholz – are making their track debut.
• The race’s television premieres are scheduled for Sunday, July 8 at 3 p.m. ET on TSN and Wednesday, July 25 at 10 p.m. ET on RDS2.

Delaware Speedway Race Setup
• D.J. Kennington is a two-time winner at Delaware and has led 293 laps which accounts for over 47 percent of the series total at the track.
• D.J. Kennington has not yet won on the half-mile oval, but has scored five consecutive top-10 finishes at the track.
• Ron Beauchamp Jr. and Kennington are the only two 2012 EMCO 200 entrants with three top-10 finishes at the track.
• Eight drivers on the entry list will be making their track debut in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series action at the Southern Ontario oval.

EVENT SCHEDULE | ENTRY LIST

Delaware Speedway Data
Race:
 #4 of 12 (6/23/12)
Track Layout: Half-mile oval
Race Length: 200 laps (100 miles)

Records
1-Lap Qualifying:
 Mark Dilley, Dodge, 19.133 seconds, 94.078 mph, June 6, 2009
200-Lap Race: Don Thomson Jr., Dodge, 1 hr., 25 min., 12 sec., 70.423 mph, June 11, 2011

Race Winners
D.J. Kennington … 2
Don Thomson Jr. … 1

Pole Winners
Mark Dilley … 1
D.J. Kennington … 1
Pete Shepherd … 1

Manufacturer Wins
Dodge … 3

Laps Led
D.J. Kennington … 293
J.R. Fitzpatrick … 64
Mark Dilley … 61

Select Driver Highlights:
Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge)
• Finished ninth last season in the EMCO 200.
• All three starts at Delaware Speedway have resulted in top-10 finishes including a runner-up finish in 2009.
• Has scored back-to-back top 10s in his last two starts.
• One of just four drivers to start all 66 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

Mark Dilley (No. 02 PartSource/BDI/Leland Ford)
• Placed 11th a season ago at Delaware, his best series finish at the track.
• Has led 61 laps on the half-mile oval.
• Scored a second-place finish in his 2012 debut last week at the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
• Sharing time with Kerry Micks this season behind the wheel of the No. 02 Ford.

Steve Côté (No. 99 White Motorsports Chevrolet)
• Making his track debut in this year’s EMCO 200.
• Recorded a career-best finish of ninth in last week’s Clarington 200 to take over the lead in the Rookie of the Year standings.
• Was the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Quebec provincial champion while competing at Autodrome St. Eustache (Que.).
• Finished second in Modified division last season at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., an annual stop on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule.

Noel Dowler (No. 5 EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge)
• Making his track debut in this year’s EMCO 200.
• Logged his first series-career top-10 finish last week in the Clarington 200 at CTMP.
• Scored a season-best finish of 11th last season at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S.
• Finished third in last year’s Rookie of the Year standings.

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellmare Dodge)
• Making his Delaware Speedway debut.
• Making just his fifth career start on an oval.
• Opened the season with back-to-back top-five finishes.
• Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.
• Now a teammate of defending series champion Scott Steckly.
• Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)
• Finished fifth a season ago at Delaware Speedway.
• Was the runner-up in the 2010 EMCO 200.
• Has led a total of 64 laps on the half-mile Ontario track.
• Leads the 2012 series championship point standings.
• Six of his seven career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal.
• Has made a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season.

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge)
• Recorded a series career-best eighth-place finish a year ago in the EMCO 200.
• Has scored consecutive top-10 finishes at Delaware Speedway.
• One of only four drivers to start all 66 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)
• Finished third last season at Delaware after starting from the outside-pole position.
• Won the first two series events on the Southern Ontario half-mile track.
• Has led a total of 293 laps at Delaware which accounts for 47.1 percent of the laps completed by the Canadian Tire Series.
• Has a current streak of five straight top-five finishes and six consecutive top 10s.
• Has 12 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories – second on the all-time list behind Andrew Ranger (15).
• Won 2010 series championship.
• One of four drivers to start all 66 NCATS races.

Jeff Lapcevich (No. 23 Tim Hortons Dodge)
• Placed 13th a year ago at Delaware Speedway.
• Best finish at the track was third in 2010.
• Has a streak of seven straight top-10 finishes in Canadian Tire Series action.
• In 2012, is competing fulltime in the Canadian Tire Series for the first time.

Steve Mathews (No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford)
• Logged a fourth-place finish last season at Delaware Speedway.
• Finished 19th in his series track debut in 2010.
• Recorded his first career pole win in last season’s finale at Kawartha Speedway.

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Dodge/GC Motorsport Dodge)
• Has not competed at the track since finishing eighth in the 2009 EMCO 200.
• Has top-10 finishes in his last six Canadian Tire Series starts.
• Has finished inside the top 10 in 25 of his last 26 series starts dating back to the 2008 season.
• Is the series’ all-time leader with 15 victories.
• Tied with Don Thomson Jr. at 11 atop the all-time list for pole wins.
• Won the series championship in 2007 and 2009.

Martin Roy (No. 90 Veloce/Gamache Truck Center Dodge)
• Making his track debut in this year’s EMCO 200 and his second series start on an oval track.
• Is second to Steve Côté in the 2012 Rookie of the Year standings.

Pete Shepherd III (No. 7 National Exhaust Dodge)
• Finished 17th last season at Delaware Speedway after earning his first series start from the pole position.
• Scored a fifth-place finish in 2010 at the track.
• Has led a total of 38 laps in his two starts on the half-mile track.
• Closed 2011 with a pair of top-10 finishes.

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)
• Finished second to Don Thomson Jr. a year ago in the EMCO 200.
• Has a pair of top-five performances in three starts on the half-mile Southern Ontario oval.
• Has four top-five finishes in his last five starts dating back to last season.
• Has scored a top-10 finish in six of his last eight series starts.
• Has 11 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories which ranks third on the all-time list.
• Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.
• One of just four drivers to start all 66 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.

Jason White (No. 21 A&W/Bowers & Wilkins Dodge)
• Finished 10th last season at Delaware Speedway for his best finish in three tries.
• Was 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com

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