Louis-Philippe Dumoulin fourth at Vallée-Jonction, for the first of seven NASCAR Canada races on oval tracks

Registered this year again in the NASCAR Canada, a series he is a three-time champion, and at the wheel of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare | Omnifab car, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin finished the first oval race of the season, this Saturday in front of the packed grandstands of the Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction, in fourth place. Considering that this was the first of seven consecutive events on oval and that Dumoulin fought throughout the 300 laps in the leading group, the result is extremely promising for the rest of the season.

“The car was performing well and we made good adjustments. Finishing fourth, just off the podium, is good even if I was aiming for even better, but I especially remember that we were competitive throughout the race, without ever experiencing a drop in pace. It’s promising for the upcoming oval events,” mentions Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

Third in free practice and then sixth at the end of the qualifying session, the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare | Omnifab car managed to climb into the Top 3 in the first part of the event, stopped at the 170th of 300 laps. Then, he conceded a place to the eventual winner Andrew Ranger during the second segment, of 130 laps. “In the second portion of the race, all was still going very well, especially considering that our group of leaders had to overtake a lot of backmarkers without giving up too much pace. In my case, I would say that the pace was very good. I was waiting for a restart to try to contest the lead… but that there was no yellow flag for the entire second segment, no full course yellow until the checkered flag!” explains the Trois-Rivières driver.

Dumoulin delighted the thousands of fans in the grandstands with a great battle with Donald Theetge and was hoping for a full course yellow to “shuffle the cards” among the leading trio. “I like clean driving, races with a lot of action and without incident. But let’s say that in this case, a restart at the end of the race would have suited me! That’s what I had planned at the beginning of the second part of the race. In the end, we waited for the full course yellow for 150 laps but it never came. From then on, our strategy was in jeopardy. We were simply basing our hopes on the average number of yellow flags during this type of race and especially towards the end, which is much higher,” confides the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare | Omnifab car.

The results of this race are still excellent for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, who has just started the season with two Top 4s on two different types of tracks. “I am very happy with this fourth position which marks a start to the season where we are constantly at the forefront. In my opinion, if we can keep a fast car like that for the next oval races, we will have a very good season” he concluded.

The next events of the NASCAR Canada series will take place in the Maritime Provinces, while the first of three races in this region will be presented on the Avondale oval, in Newfoundland, on June 22.