NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Statistical Advance: Riverside

Analyzing The Wilson Equipment 300 At Riverside International Speedway

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2014) – The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season will continue with the Wilson Equipment 300 on Saturday at Riverside International Speedway near Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track:

 

Wilson Equipment 300 Setup:

  • Mark Dilley is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the seven all-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 races at Riverside International Speedway. He won 2007’s inaugural event.
  • L.P. Dumoulin brings the season points lead to Riverside, where he has yet to register a top-10 finish in three previous appearances.
  • J.R. Fitzpatrick, second in the standings entering this week, has three runner-up finishes at Riverside. He’s led laps in all six of his starts there.
  • D.J. Kennington is the only driver with multiple Riverside victories. He has yet to reach Victory Lane in 2014.

 

At Riverside International Speedway:

History

  • Opened in 1969 as a .333-mile scaled version of Tennessee’s .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • Played host to the former NASCAR North Tour in the early 1980s.
  • Was completely rebuilt in 2006.
  • Mark Dilley won the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race at Riverside on Sept. 16, 2007. Peter Gibbons captured the first Riverside pole.

 

Notebook

  • The previous seven events have produced six different race victors, led by D.J. Kennington’s two triumphs.
  • There have been four different pole winners in seven events, topped by three from Scott Steckly.
  • Seven drivers have participated in all seven previous events, and five are expected to extend the streak this week.
  • Steckly, in 2011, is the only driver to win from the pole.
  • Andrew Ranger’s 9.159-second margin of victory at Riverside in 2009 is the all-time series record for any track.
  • Dodge has been the winning manufacturer in five events while Chevrolet and Ford have one victory apiece.
  • The first six editions of this event took place in September. The race date moved to August in 2013.

 

Riverside International Speedway Data

Race #:  8 of 11

Track Layout:  .333-mile oval

Banking/Turns:  14 degrees

Banking/Straights:  Frontstretch – 6 degrees, Backstretch – 5 degrees

Race Length:  300 laps (99.99 miles).

TV Coverage:  TSN – Sat., Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m.; RDS2 – Thu., Sept. 11, 8 p.m.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2013 Race Winner:  Jason Hathaway, Dodge, 54.318 mph, 1:50:21

2013 Pole Winner:  Scott Steckly, Dodge, 82.727 mph, 14.491 secs.

Qualifying Record:  Scott Steckly, Dodge, 82.973 mph, 14.448 secs., Sept. 18, 2010

 Category Leaders at Riverside International Speedway:Wins

1. D.J. Kennington … 2

Mark Dilley … 1

Jason Hathaway … 1

Andrew Ranger … 1

Scott Steckly … 1

Don Thomson Jr. … 1

 

Poles

1. Scott Steckly … 3

2. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 2

3. Peter Gibbons … 1

D.J. Kennington … 1

 

Top Fives

1. Mark Dilley … 5

D.J. Kennington … 5

3. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 4

Scott Steckly … 4

 Top 10s

1. Mark Dilley … 7

2. Ron Beauchamp Jr. … 5

D.J. Kennington … 5

Jason Hathaway … 5

Scott Steckly … 5

 Laps Led

1. Scott Steckly … 578

2. D.J. Kennington … 447

3. J.R. Fitzpatrick … 333

 

Laps Completed

1. Mark Dilley … 2,097

2. Scott Steckly … 2,003

3. Jason Hathaway … 1,863

 

Select Driver Highlights:

Donald Chisholm (No. 28 Keltic Ford/Nova Construction Ford)

  • Has seven top 10s in 15 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 starts.
  • This will be his first series appearance of the 2014 season.
  • Has four top 10s, an average finish of 10th and a best result of third (2011) in seven starts at Riverside International Speedway, a facility owned by his family.

 

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford)

  • Has three wins, 28 top fives and 47 top 10s in 81 career starts.
  • Has competed in five of seven races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere.
  • Won the inaugural series race at Riverside and is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all seven previous events there. Has three podiums and an average finish of fifth at the track.

 

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

  • The 2011 NCATS Rookie of the Year has four wins, a pole, 16 top fives and 24 top 10s in 44 career starts.
  • First two career triumphs came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history.
  • Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in all seven races, highlighted by his first career oval victory at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and a hometown win last week at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
  • Has an average finish of 15th and a best result of 11th (2012) in three previous Riverside starts.

 

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet)

  • Has nine wins, shares the series record with 14 poles, has 40 top fives and 60 top 10s in 85 career starts.
  • Won the 2014 opener at CTMP to extend his series record for wins at the road course to four.
  • Held the points lead following the first four events and now ranks second with top 10s in all seven races.
  • Has two poles (2008, `12), three runner-ups and an average finish of seventh in six Riverside races. Did not compete in the 2009 event. Has led laps in all six of his appearances there.

 

Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/HGC Chevrolet)

  • Has four wins and 57 top 10s in 94 career starts. Is one of three drivers to compete in every race in NCATS history.
  • Ranks fourth in points this season, highlighted by a win at Autodrome Chaudiere and podiums in both of the western swing events.
  • All four of his career wins have been earned on ovals, including three of his last seven circle track starts.
  • Is the defending Riverside winner, where he has five top 10s and an average finish of eighth across the seven events.

 

D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

  • The 2010 and 2012 NCATS champion.  Maintains series record for career wins (tied-19), top fives (64) and top 10s (78), and is one of three drivers to start each of the 94 all-time events.Also ranks second in series history in laps led (2,754) and fifth in poles (10).
  • Holds the NCATS record for most career oval victories with 16, and has won at eight different circle tracks. All 10 of his career poles have been earned ovals.
  • Has a streak of 57-consecutive races without at DNF. Last DNF came at Riverside in 2007.
  • Ranks sixth in points after six events with a best result of fifth in both the CTMP opener and at Edmonton International Raceway.
  • Has two wins (2010, `12), a pole (2009), four podiums and an average finish of seventh in the seven previous Riverside races. Has led laps in six of those seven starts.

 

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge)

  • The 2007 and 2009 champion is tied for the series all-time lead in both wins (19) and poles (14). Has 42 top fives and 59 top 10s in 68 career NCATS starts.
  • Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses, including this year at Circuit ICAR.
  • Ranks third in points with two wins and five top 10s. The second victory came at Edmonton.
  • Has a win (2009), two top 10s and an average finish of eighth in four Riverside appearances.

 

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge)

  • Has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.
  • Owner of 16 wins, 13 poles, 57 top fives and 70 top 10s in 94 career starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,944.
  • All 16 of his career triumphs have come on ovals. He’s won at eight different circle tracks.
  • Ranks fifth in points after seven races with five top 10s, highlighted by a win at Autodrome St-Eustache.
  • Has a win (2011), three poles (2010, `11, `13), four top fives and an average finish of seventh in seven Riverside races. Has led a record 578 laps total, and has run up front in five of seven starts there.

 

Up To Speed:

  • The 2014 season is the eighth for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
  • The 2014 schedule features 11 races at 10 different tracks across five provinces.
  • J.R. Fitzpatrick opened the campaign with a dominant victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 18. Andrew Ranger set the track record in qualifying.
  • Steve Mathews earned his third career pole and Jason Hathaway took the checkered flag for the fourth time in his career on June 15 in the series’ inaugural visit to Autodrome Chaudiere. The race was postponed one day due to rain.
  • Ranger swept the weekend at Circuit ICAR with his second straight pole and third win in a row in the event on July 6.
  • The western swing began on July 11 with the series’ inaugural visit to Edmonton International Raceway. Alex Tagliani earned his fifth career pole and Ranger took down a second straight victory.
  • L.P. Dumoulin closed out the western swing in Victory Lane at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 16. Scott Steckly earned the pole.
  • Steckly broke through for his first win of the year in dominant fashion as he repeated as victor at Autodrome St-Eustache on July 26.
  • Dumoulin scored his first hometown win when he took the checkered flag in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Aug. 10. Marc-Antoine Camirand earned his first career pole prior to the race.
  • Following the Wilson Equipment 300, the series will return to Bowmanville, Ontario, for the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 on Aug. 31 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.


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