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NASCAR Pinty’s Triple-header at Delaware: L.P. Dumoulin Earns Third Pinty’s Championship as Kennington, Ranger Win

Delaware, ON, Sept 26/21 (by Davey Segal NASCAR): Add L.P. Dumoulin’s name to the history books. Capitalizing on misfortune from his championship rival Alex Tagliani, the Trois-Rivières, native finished sixth in both the QwickWick 125 and Pinty’s Fall Brawl at Delaware Speedway on Sunday afternoon, allowing him to secure his third career NASCAR Pinty’s Series title.

Following his eighth-place finish at Delaware on Friday, Dumoulin sat five points back to Tagliani entering Sunday’s doubleheader finale. But with 35 laps to go in the first race, Tagliani was involved in a wreck that left him with an 18th-place finish.

Dumoulin’s solid sixth-place run saw him take the championship points lead from the No. 18 going into the season finale mere hours later. All he needed to do was finish seventh or better and the title was his, regardless of what Tagliani or D.J. Kennington, who won both Friday and Sunday’s first event at Delaware, might do.

In the opening laps of the finale Tagliani limped his beaten and battered vehicle behind the wall for repairs. Dumoulin took it easy for the 125 laps that followed, bringing his No. 47 home sixth and earning his third career series championship.

The title puts him in elite company. Dumoulin becomes only the third driver in Pinty’s Series history to win three or more championships (Andrew Ranger and Scott Steckly). His two prior title campaigns came in 2014 and 2018.

In his 10 full-time seasons, Dumoulin hasn’t finished worse than sixth in the standings. Having battled with Tagliani throughout the summer, with the two swapping the championship lead throughout, Dumoulin now sits further among the greats in Canadian stock car racing history.

It was a day full of “what could have been” for Treyten Lapcevich. One race removed from his vehement disagreement with D.J. Kennington on Friday, the driver of the No. 20 led most of the QwickWick 125 before spinning late, collecting Tagliani.

After a flurry of late-race caution and overtime finish, Kennington edged his way by Brandon Watson to win his fifth career race at Delaware and second in three days. It was his second win this season (both at Delaware) and 23rd of his career.

Hours later in the season finale, Lapcevich dominated once again from the pole. But with 22 laps remaining, he spun into a crash while trying to slow down in Turns 1 and 2, causing significant damage. On the ensuing restart, he spun into the inside wall and was shot back on track, collecting multiple other cars. The damage was enough to force him to retire despite leading the most laps.

Five laps later, the third overtime in as many races saw Kevin Lacroix leading Ranger to the green flag but the Ranger got around the No. 74 for his second win of the season and 30th of his career.

• Click HERE for the Race Results of Pinty’s Race #9, the QwickWick 125
• Click HERE for the Race Results of the season finale, Race #10, the Pinty’s Fall Brawl

Race #8: D.J. Kennington Uses Last Lap Bump-And-Run to Win Friday’s race at Delaware

Delaware, ON, Sept 24/21 (by Davey Seagal/NASCAR): Coming into the first race of the Delaware triple-header with the most starts out of anybody in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series field at Delaware Speedway, D.J. Kennington used his experience to earn his fourth victory at the track, thanks to a bump-and-run on Tretyen Lapcevich on the final lap.

It was Kennington and Lapcevich battling all night long, as the two traded the lead several times before a caution with 10 laps remaining set up what was a restart for the ages. Lapcevich’s No. 20 cleared Kennington’s No. 17 for the lead with five laps to go, but the two-time series champion stayed close and set himself up for the race-winning move.

Entering Turns 3 and 4 coming to the checkered flag, Kennington drove it in deep, nudged Lapcevich in the right rear quarter panel out of the groove and drove on to collect his first checkered flag of the season and 22nd of his Pinty’s Series career.

Lapcevich, who led more than half the race from the pole, was none too pleased with the move, calling it “an act of desperation.” He also needed to be restrained by series officials as Kennington pulled into Victory Lane, and then visited with the winner as the two exchanged words.

Per Lapcevich’s Twitter post-race, the move may have had to do with his brother Cayden, who had multiple run-ins with Kennington over the years. But Kennington was having none of it, complimenting the youngster’s skill set.

The win marked Kennington’s third top-five finish of the season (second in a row) in the series’ first race at Delaware since 2017. The win also brings his average finish over seven races at the Ontario oval to a staggering 2.0.

Lapcevich, Andrew Ranger, Kevin Lacroix and Cole Powell completed the top five finishers, with Shae Gemmell, Alex Guenette, L.P. Dumoulin, J. R. Fitzpatrick and Dexter Stacey rounding out the top 10.

By virtue of his eighth-place run, Dumoulin shaved off six points to Tagliani, putting him only five markers behind with the final two races to go in the season. Tagliani’s troubles in these last two races opened the door for Dumoulin to win the season championship.

• Click HERE for the Race Results of Friday’s Pinty’s Race #8, The Canadian Tire 125


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