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Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car is looking forward with great anticipation to a new experience as he and the team head to Ohsweken Speedway today. The Dumoulin Competition team will discover a new oval track there, one that is added on the Pinty's Series schedule this year.
The Ohsweken Speedway is surfaced with dirt rather than the more usual asphalt! “I'm really looking forward to driving on the dirt, even though I don't have much experience on that surface,” said Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.
“I did a learning race at Autodrome Granby in a Sportsman Modified car a few weeks ago. The race was run as part of their season championship, and my goal was to gain experience rather than fight and have an impact on a regular competitor's results,” said Dumoulin.
The Ohsweken Oval is located 100 kilometres south-west of Toronto, near Hamilton. The 3/8-mile track provides action-packed entertainment for 25 years now. The prime location on the Six Nations Reserve allows over 8,000 spectators to come out and cheer on their favourite drivers on summer nights.
“We will put on a good show, even if it will not be easy for us drivers,” adds Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. “Dumoulin Competition has worked very hard to set-up the car for racing on the loose surface, a very different one from what we are used to.”
Indeed, because of the differences, the drivers will take part in two scheduled practice sessions on Monday night, the first at 6:30 PM and the second at 9:30 PM. The second session will feature the 'Qwick Wick Hot Lap' Challenge where the five fastest times will be rewarded.
The format of the Pinty's 100 race on Tuesday evening will also be new for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. The race will be divided into three stages of 25 laps, 25 laps and a final stage of 50 laps. “It's going to be a big learning curve in a short period of time, but we're ready to take on the challenge, I find the format very interesting,” said the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car.
The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières was an intense event, to say the least, with action at all levels. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin could not achieve his goal at the end of that race. He is now looking forward to this event to rectify the situation, and it certainly look positive to him.
“Some drivers have considerable experience on this type of track; we are ready, and we will do well!” The #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car is currently fourth in the NASCAR Pinty's driver standings. Everything is still possible, which is why the Dumoulin Competition team must run to perfection all day, as well as for the rest of the season.
Harrison Burton and the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy team finished 25th in Sunday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.
Burton started the 300-mile race from the rear of the pack after the team changed the master switch prior to the green flag.
Starting at the rear on a short track often leads to a lost lap in the early going, but Burton hung on to the lead lap and ended Stage One, a 70-lap segment, in 26th place and on the lead lap.
After a stop for fresh tires and fuel, he lined up 23rd for the start of the second Stage. With the team employing a strategy of being among the first to make pit stop under the green flag, he wound up 22nd in that 160-lap segment. There were no caution flags during that Stage, and Burton fell a lap behind the leaders.
In the third and final segment of the race, the Menards/Dutch Boy team took a gamble on pitting later in an attempt to unlap themselves, but the race didn’t play out in their favor. They eventually wound up three laps down at the checkered flag.
Burton and the Wood Brothers team now turn their attention to the road course at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and next Sunday’s Go Bowling At The Glen.
Chris Buescher had one of the best drives of his career Sunday afternoon at Richmond Raceway, driving his Fastenal Ford to the front of the field and just missing out on stealing a victory with a third-place finish.
“We were really close,” Buescher said after the race. “Everyone on our Fastenal Mustang did such a tremendous job overnight because we didn't know we were in this position yesterday. I didn't qualify real well, and everyone worked hard and had a fantastic race car today. I think it's a little easy with this format to feel like third place doesn't matter, but it's nice to be close and to keep progressing and getting better as we've gotten through the summer.”
Buescher, who had a career-best finish of 15th to date at the track prior to Sunday, clawed his way up from an 18th-place starting position in the 300-lap race.
After a fairly calm opening stage where he finished 18th, Buescher began his charge forward about 40 laps into stage two as he worked his way to 11th at lap 117, showing early signs of long-run speed. From there he hit pit road at lap 125 under green – one of many green-flag stops on the day – and cycled to 10th at lap 155.
He again hit pit road at lap 171 under green as one of the first takers for service and ultimately cycled out to seventh, where he finished the second segment earning stage points. He would fire off eighth for stage three, the longest one of the day, with just two cautions standing between that and the checkered flag.
After both cautions flew within a 10-lap span, Buescher took the final green in sixth, and 20 laps later worked his way into fourth. Two final stops under green-flag conditions took place in the final 100 laps with the No. 17 crew maintaining his third-place position at lap 295, then again at lap 340 as he was the first to hit pit road from the third spot.
Despite a valiant effort to pass the No. 4 car and eventual winner, Buescher came up just short to finish third, his seventh top-10 of the season and second top five.
The No. 17 team has two chances left at a race win to catapult them into the playoffs, with the next opportunity next week at Watkins Glen. Race coverage Sunday is set for 3 p.m. ET on USA, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Brad Keselowski put the ROUSHParts.com Ford to the front of the field early Sunday afternoon at Richmond, thanks in part to a solid qualifying effort on Saturday, running inside the top five early before going on to finish 15th.
Keselowski posted a P8 qualifying effort on Saturday – his best to date outside of Daytona – and took advantage of the early track position, which proved to be vital throughout the afternoon. He powered the No. 6 to the fourth spot by the end of stage one earning solid stage points early.
Following service under the stage break, Keselowski lined up ninth, then a series of two green-flag pit stops cycled in the stage as he ultimately finished 11th in the segment. From there, Keselowski still maintained solid track position restarting 11th, and was eighth at the time of the race’s final restart at lap 256, but faded late despite another pair of green-flag stops to finish 15th.
Watkins Glen stands as the No. 6 team’s next opportunity, with race coverage next Sunday set for 3 p.m. ET on USA. Coverage can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 2 Menards/Duracell Ford Mustang – Austin Cindric
Race Finish: 12th
Stage 1 Finish: 25th
Stage 2 Finish: 17th
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings: 15th (-326)
Race Rundown: Austin Cindric and the No. 2 Menards/Duracell team netted a 12th-place finish after putting up a resilient fight Sunday at Richmond Raceway. Cindric rolled off the grid 33rd in the lineup but wasted little time on his quest to advance up the leaderboard. By lap 15, the Menards Ford had reached 25th, but settled into that position through the end of Stage 1. Receiving four tires, fuel, and adjustments to kick off Stage 2, Cindric navigated the 160-lap segment to position himself in the 17th position at the end of the second segment. Undergoing various pit stops over the course of the final stage, Cindric continued to gain track position, leading him to a 12th-place finish.
Cindric’s Thoughts: Certainly, it was interesting no doubt starting near the rear of the field. Proud of the hustle from my Menards guys all day to make the car better and move forward. We’re making good progress and look forward to Watkins Glen.”
No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Race Finish: 10th
Stage 1 Finish: 6th
Stage 2 Finish: 5th
Laps Led: 1
Point Standings: 2nd (-116)
Race Rundown: Ryan Blaney drove the No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford Mustang to a 10th-place finish on Sunday afternoon at Richmond Raceway. At the drop of the green, Blaney used some calculated moves to drive from his 10th-place starting spot to sixth early on. From there, he would hold court and finish sixth in the first stage. Excellent work by the BODYARMOR team would get him out fourth as the second stage started. Despite falling back a few spots early, Blaney ran solidly in the top-five for all of Stage 2, despite a car that was becoming more and more ill-handling in traffic. A couple of early cautions at the start of the final stage slightly shuffled pit strategy, with Blaney getting off sequence on tires and battling back from 10th. He would settle into ninth while fighting a BODYARMOR Mustang that drastically changed handling characteristics in the second half of the race. Blaney would fall back to 13th but battled back to finish 10th.
Blaney’s Thoughts: “Big thanks to everybody on the BODYARMOR Ford Mustang. I’ve been coming to Richmond a long time and would’ve been excited with 10th but for sure wanted to get a bit more this time. Just proud of everybody on the crew sticking with me all day and look forward to the next two races. I think we’ve got great shots at Watkins Glen and Daytona, and we’ll be prepared for anything.”
No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Joey Logano
Race Finish: 6th
Stage 1 Finish: 7th
Stage 2 Finish: 1st (Third stage win of 2022)
Laps Led: 222 (Race-high)
Point Standings: 6th (-164)
Race Rundown: Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Mustang team had a dominant car in the middle portions of the race but fell back late and finished sixth at Richmond Raceway on Sunday. Early in the race, Logano used some very aggressive moves in the second lane to drive into the top-eight just 15 laps into the race. Logano would end the first stage in the seventh position. He would have an amazing restart at the beginning of stage 2 from his sixth place restarting position and took the lead on lap 81. Logano would lead through green flag stops during the second stage and only briefly gave up the top spot as the stops cycled out. Keeping a nearly two-second buffer, Logano would take the Stage 2 victory. Logano briefly fell back to second to begin the final stage but retook the lead shortly thereafter and began working to save his tires. Fellow Ford driver Kevin Harvick began to track Logano down, taking the top spot with less than 70 laps to go. Logano quickly brought the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang to pit road for what would be his final stop of the day. However, over the long run to end the race, the Shell-Pennzoil Ford slipped back to sixth at the finish.
Logano’s Thoughts: “Yeah, I think just as the sun went down and the track cooled off and lost some turn on our car. Kevin (Harvick) and some others got a lot better the last couple of runs in the race. When it was hot and slick that was probably our strength with the Shell-Pennzoil Mustang. We had good turn and then once it cooled off, we lost the turn but still weren’t really good on the exits. Then you start playing defense and running too hard. It was a downhill slope from there. I was hoping for a late race caution, that was our only prayer at the end there. Overall, we got a stage win and playoff points and that is something to be proud of. It stinks when you say we led 222 laps but not the right one.”
Penske Racing PR
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Ross Chastain of Trackhouse Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
SHR Race Finish:
● Kevin Harvick (Started 13th, Finished 1st / Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
● Aric Almirola (Started 32nd, Finished 8th / Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
● Chase Briscoe (Started 15th, Finished 23rd / Running, completed 397 of 400 laps)
● Cole Custer (Started 7th, Finished 26th / Running, completed 397 of 400 laps)
● Kevin Harvick (8th with 665 points, 217 out of first)
● Aric Almirola (16th with 552 points, 330 out of first)
● Chase Briscoe (17th with 549 points, 333 out of first)
● Cole Custer (25th with 403 points, 479 out of first)
● Harvick’s victory in the Federated Auto Parts 400 marked the 95th overall win for SHR. It was the organization’s 69th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series victory, its third of the season and its second at Richmond.
● SHR scored its first win at Richmond on April 26, 2015 with former driver Kurt Busch.
● This was SHR’s 33rd NASCAR Cup Series victory with Ford. Kurt Busch won the 2017 Daytona 500 to deliver the organization’s first win with Ford.
● Harvick’s win in the Federated Auto Parts 400 was his milestone 60th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, tying him with Kyle Busch for ninth on the series’ all-time win list. It was Harvick's second of the season and his fourth at Richmond. His margin over second-place Christopher Bell was .441 of a second.
● Harvick has now won 25 NASCAR Cup Series races with Ford. He is one of only 13 drivers to win 20 or more races with the manufacturer. He stands 10th on Ford’s all-time win list and is now only one win away from tying Brad Keselowski, Junior Johnson and Fred Lorenzen for ninth. Harvick has won more races driving a Mustang (15) than any other driver since the iconic muscle car became Ford’s flagship model in 2019.
● This was Ford’s 717th all-time NASCAR Cup Series victory, its sixth of the season and its second straight. Harvick won last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
● This was Ford’s 34th all-time NASCAR Cup Series win at Richmond. It won its first race at the track on May 5, 1957 with Paul Goldsmith.
● This was Harvick’s 37th NASCAR Cup Series victory since joining SHR in 2014.
● This was Harvick’s third straight top-10 at Richmond. He finished eighth in this race last year and second in the series’ prior visit to the track in April.
● Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has only one finish outside the top-15 at Richmond.
● Harvick’s 29 top-10s at Richmond are the most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.
● Harvick finished fourth in Stage 2 to earn seven bonus points.
● Harvick led twice for 55 laps, increasing his laps led total at Richmond to 1,235.
● Harvick has now led 11,462 laps since joining SHR in 2014. He has led 15,888 laps in his entire NASCAR Cup Series career.
● Almirola earned his seventh top-10 of the season and his eighth top-10 in 21 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond.
● Almirola finished sixth in Stage 2 to earn five bonus points.
● Briscoe finished ninth in Stage 2 to earn two bonus points.
● Custer finished ninth in Stage 1 to earn two bonus points.
● Custer led once for two laps – his first laps led at Richmond.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 28 laps.
● Only 11 of the 36 drivers in the Federated Auto Parts 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Chase Elliott remains the championship leader after Richmond with a 116-point advantage over second-place Ryan Blaney.
“It’s like I said last week, the cars have been running good week in and week out and you see that we have a lot better understanding of what’s going on with how we adjusted on the car after the first run and were able to get our car handling a lot better. I think as it got dark, the racetrack really came to our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang. We’re just going to keep doing the things that we’re doing. I think we just have to keep an open mind about things and keep progressing and keep understanding the car, understanding what we could have done better today, understanding what we could have done better in qualifying yesterday, and do the same thing over and over. You know, it’s not really fair to just look at results, because at the beginning of the year we didn’t fire off as good as we thought. We didn’t have the improvement. It took us a few months, but we’ve had three or maybe four months now of really solid runs, really good speed, ever since Dover really, that we’ve been really close. We’ve had some bad luck, had some mistakes that I’ve got to clean up. We’ve made progress through all of it. The results don’t always show it. We were running really well at the 600 and we ended up upside down. There’s no doubt in my mind we could’ve competed for a win at the Indy road course and we were on fire. We’re making highlight reels for all the wrong reasons. We’ve been fast in those processes, though. We just have to put it all together to show those results like we did here today. Just got to thank Mobil 1, Busch Light, GEARWRENCH, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Rheem, Ford, Xfinity, Morton Buildings, E-Z-Go, everybody who helps Stewart-Haas on this 4 car.” – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang
“When the clouds came and the track cooled, we kind of lost it. The first couple runs of the race we were so fast. We drove from 32nd up to the top-five. Our Smithfield Ford Mustang was really good on the long run. We took care of the tires really well and it did everything I needed it to do. As the pace picked up and the track cooled off, I just couldn’t get the car to rotate like I needed it to and just couldn’t quite carry the speed those other cars could. It was a good day. We’ve had a rough month, so to come here and rebound and have a good run – we need a win, but to have a good run is a confidence booster.” – Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Go Bowling! At The Glen on Sunday, Aug. 21 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. The 90-lap race around the 2.45-mile, seven-turn road course begins at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
The 23-year old has a diverse racing background starting in open wheel cars and winning over 15 USAC midget races before transitioning to the bigger USAC Silver crown cars and to stock cars. Breidinger finished 9th in the 2021 Allen Crowe 100 completing all 100 miles and had a creditable run two weeks later at DuQuoin. Of the top 6 in ARCA points she is the only one with any mile dirt track experience.
During the early part of the 20th century women competed on the same race tracks as the men, even before the passage of the Suffrage Act. Ladies such as Elfreda Mais and Ora Holbein competed on the dusty dirt tracks of America including the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Most of the races they competed in were not true contests, but were “hipped” meaning the outcome was predetermined. Women drivers disappeared from the Springfield landscape for nearly 80 years, before a resurgence from the ladies in 2000. Two women competed in the ARCA Atlas-Allen Crowe 100 that year, with Shawna Robinson and Karla Lampe participating and Robinson finishing 12th on the lead lap. In 2020 Hailie Deegan posted the best finish in a major race at Springfield by any female driver, leading one lap and finishing second to eventual winner Ryan Unzicker.
Breidinger has a couple of other aces up her uniform sleeves come August 21. The Venturini team she drives for has won 5 of the last 9 ARCA events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and crew chief Kevin Reed went to victory lane with Brennan Poole in 2013 and Christian Eckes in 2018.
The event is all part of a huge weekend of racing that begins Friday night, August 19 at Lincoln Speedway featuring MOWA Sprint Cars, Saturday afternoon, August 20 with USAC Silver Crown and Sportsman at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Saturday night at Macon Speedway with POWRi National Midgets, and Sunday afternoon, August 21 with ARCA and Sportsman at the Illinois State Fair.
Advance tickets for the Illinois State Fair races are available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200, by calling the Illinois State Fair box office at 217-782-1979, or by stopping by the Illinois State Fair box office. Advance sale discounted tickets for the ARCA Menards Series event on Sunday, August 21 can be purchased in Central Illinois area Menards stores for a price of just $20.
TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL TOP-20 RACE RESULTS:
5th CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA CAMARO ZL1
11th WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1
14th KYLE LARSON, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1
16th AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 HUK PERFORMANCE FISHING CAMARO ZL1
17th TY DILLON, NO. 42 ALLEGIANT CAMARO ZL1
18th ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 MOOSE FRATERNITY CAMARO ZL1
19th DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 COMMSCOPE CAMARO ZL1
20th ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1
TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:
1st Kevin Harvick (Ford)
2nd Christopher Bell (Toyota)
3rd Chris Buescher (Ford)
4th Denny Hamlin (Toyota)
5th Chase Elliott (Chevy)
The NASCAR Cup Series season continues next Sunday, August 21, at Watkins Glen International with the Go Bowling at the Glen at 3 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on USA Network, the NBCSports Gold App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA CAMARO ZL1 - Finished 5th
"The track was very similar there early and late, if anything, I feel like it got a little faster. It wasn't a huge deal, just needed to be a little more forward there to have a shot. It was really odd, I didn't think it was driving any better, but in comparison to people around us, we were going forward. So, just normal Richmond. Just more confusing I feel like. I have been here and had cars like that where you are not driving good, but you are moving forward. Then you will have days where you feel like your car is driving good and you are not going anywhere or vice versa. This place is really strange and the track had gained a lot of grip there at the end too. There were obviously a lot of different strategies going on, and it was nice to get a top five out of a tough day yesterday."
WHERE DO YOU FEEL THIS TEAM IS AS WE RUMBLE TOWARD THE PLAYOFFS?
"Yeah, obviously we want to be better and Michigan was a big time struggle for us. This weekend was too all the way up until the last few runs. We will go to work and try to finish these last two weeks strong and get ready for Darlington."
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 HUK PERFORMANCE FISHING CAMARO ZL1 - Finished 16th
"I had fun at Richmond Raceway today and everyone on the No. 3 Huk Performance Fishing Chevrolet team did a great job. We started off the race loose. We came to pit road during the stage break and my crew chief, Justin Alexander, made a good call to get my car tightened up during the second stage. On lap 243 we caught a lucky break by catching a caution, saving us a lap. We struggled most of the day with the handling of our Chevrolet, but towards the end of the race we hit on a setup that really worked well with the track. We were posting solid lap times in Stage 3, even on old tires. I wish we could’ve had that at the beginning of the race. We would’ve been jamming. All-in-all, we’ll take this 16th-place finish and head to Watkins Glen International."
JUSTIN HALEY, NO. 31 LEAFFILTER GUTTER PROTECTION CAMARO ZL1 - Finished 21st
“Our No.31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro had speed all weekend and was a top-10 car in practice. Our qualifying effort didn’t show it, but we knew we had a solid car for the race. The speed carried over to the race, and we had good pit stops throughout the race, which got us some decent track position. Overall, I’m proud of our guys for a solid P21 finish. We are looking forward to Watkins Glen, a road course I really enjoy!”
NOAH GRAGSON, NO. 16 CHEVY ACCESSORIES CAMARO ZL1 - Finished 24th
"We battled all day with our Chevy Accessories Camaro. We could never just get it fine-tuned. The guys worked really hard, and we had great pit stops. We just kind of missed it overall, but I'm still proud of the effort. We will keep working hard and try to be better next time."
ERIK JONES, NO. 43 FOCUSFACTOR CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 35th
"We were just in the wrong spot and got caught in someone else’s mess. We made contact and killed the right front. We struggled all day with our FOCUSfactor Chevy, just couldn’t find the balance we needed to run up front. Not our day. We’ll load up and get ready for Watkins Glen next weekend."
TEAM CHEVY RACE QUICK NOTES
- After starting in second place, Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 1 Moose Fraternity Camaro ZL1, took the lead and never looked back to lead all 70 laps en route to winning the Stage.
Team Chevy Stage One: Top-10
- 1st Ross Chastain, No. 1 Moose Fraternity Camaro ZL1
- 3rd Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrickcars.com Camaro ZL1
- 5th William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Camaro ZL1
- 8th Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1
- Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 5 Hendrickcars.com Camaro, finished second in Stage Two while Chastain, Stage One winner, faded on the long green run and finished 12th.
Team Chevy Stage Two: Top-10
- 2nd Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrickcars.com Camaro ZL1
- 8th Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Camaro ZL1
Final Stage / Post-Race Notes:
- Chase Elliott (5th) led Chevrolet to the only top-10 finish of the day at Richmond Raceway.
- With 24 NASCAR Cup Series races in the books, Chevrolet continues to lead in lead the series in wins (13), top-fives (55), top-10s (103), and stage wins (21).