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Lapcevich stuck in finishing second


J.R. Fitzpatrick (Photo: Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

J.R. Fitzpatrick (Photo: Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. – J.R. Fitzpatrick turned in another dominant performance to earn his fifth career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and secure a season sweep at the famed Ontario road course.

Fitzpatrick, from Ayr, Ontario, took the lead in the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 for the second and final time on Lap 34 in his No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet and drove to his 10th career victory overall. He’s won a record five of the 10 all-time series events at CTMP, including both in 2014.

Jeff Lapcevich ended up second for the third time in the last four Canadian Tire Series events at CTMP to tie his career-best finish while Marc-Antione Camirand established a personal best when he crossed the line third. Season points leader L.P. Dumoulin finished fourth and Scott Steckly was fifth.

Gary Klutt, D.J. Kennington, Robin Buck, Brad Graham and Joey McColm brought home the top 10.

Polesitter Andrew Ranger, who led 15 laps in the event, finished 29th out of 31 entries with a fuel pump failure.

Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., finished 17th after starting in the 26th position with his Dodge.

The 51-lap race featured six lead changes among five different drivers and was slowed just twice by caution.

With the victory, Fitzpatrick cut seven points off of Dumoulin’s championship lead. With two races remaining in the season Dumoulin now leads Fitzpatrick 378-359. Ranger’s troubles dropped him from a tie for second to a distant third at 327.

The Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 will premiere on TSN2 on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

The Canadian Tire Series will return to action with the Wahta Springs 300 on Sept. 6 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway.

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