NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Dodge Dealers Dodge Avenger 300 Results

Fitzpatrick Edges Steckly in B.C. Dodge Dealers Dodge Avenger 300 at Sunvalley Speedway in Vernon, BC

The fourth stop of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series wrapped up with J.R. Fitzpatrick edging out Scott Steckly by a nose (.029 seconds) in a photo finish to win the British Columbia Dodge Dealers Dodge Avenger 300 at Sunvalley Speedway in Vernon, B.C on Sunday, July 15th. He took advantage of a late caution, which set up a green-white-checkered finish for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio event.

Steckly had the best car in the race, but it took him about three laps for the car to handle properly. Fitzpatrick noticed this on previous restarts and knew that he had a chance on the three-lap dash to the finish. The two cars raced door to door for the entirety of the three laps before Fitzpatrick got the nose of his car across the line just slightly ahead of Steckly’s.

“It was so close that I didn’t even know that I won until I was into turn one,” said Fitzpatrick. “I was just digging as hard as I could. I knew that it took (Steckly) a few laps to get going.”

The race was slowed by eight caution periods covering 68 laps and had 13 lead changes among seven drivers.

Peter Gibbons, who raced among the leaders all evening long finished third. Kerry Micks and D.J. Kennington finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Dave Whitlock, Jason Hathaway, John Gaunt, Andrew Ranger and Don Thomson Jr. rounded out the top 10.

In the championship point standings, Ranger took over sole possession of the top spot and now leads Gibbons by 12 points and Mark Dilley by 15 points.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio is in action next weekend for a date on the street course at the Rexall Grand Prix Edmonton.

British Columbia Dodge Dealers Dodge Avenger 300 Results

Sunday
At Sunvalley Speedway
Vernon, British Columbia
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
 1. (2) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ontario, Chevrolet, 300 laps, 59.269 mph, $6,130.
 2. (4) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ontario, Dodge, 300, $6,100.
 3. (7) Peter Gibbons, Stouffville, Ontario, Chevrolet, 300, $3,435.
 4. (5) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ontario, Ford, 300, $2,380.
 5. (3) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ontario, Dodge, 300, $3,365.
 6. (17) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ontario, Dodge, 300, $3,060.
 7. (11) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ontario, Dodge, 300, $2,510.
 8. (14) John Gaunt, Barrie, Ontario, Dodge, 300, $2,205.
 9. (9) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Quebec, Ford, 300, $1,905.
 10. (1) Don Thomson, Ayr, Ontario, Chevrolet, 300, $3,350.
 11. (13) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ontario, Dodge, 300, $1,535.
 12. (8) Jim White, Kamloops, British Columbia, Dodge, 300, $1,480.
 13. (10) Doug Brown, Brantford, Ontario, Dodge, 298, $1,425.
 14. (12) Jason White, Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Chevrolet, 294, $1,400.
 15. (6) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ontario, Dodge, 290, accident, $1,373.
 16. (19) Ron Beauchamp, Windsor, Ontario, Dodge, 257, $1,347.
 17. (16) Derek Lynch, Warksworth, Ontario, Dodge, 207, accident, $1,320.
 18. (15) James Ward, Kelowna, British Columbia, Ford, 206, rear end, $1,295.
 19. (18) Norm Hunger, Delta, British Columbia, Pontiac, 196, $1,270.
 20. (20) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ontario, Dodge, 195, $1,215.
 21. (23) Trent Guest, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Dodge, 194, $1,190.
 22. (22) Brian McCoughan, Okotoks, Alberta, Dodge, 57, transmission, $1,160.
 23. (21) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ontario, Pontiac, 28, overheating, $1,135.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours 31 minutes 51 seconds
Margin of Victory: .029 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) (98.366 mph, 18.299 seconds)
Caution Flags: 8 for 68 laps.
Lead Changes: 13 among 7 drivers.
Lap Leaders: J.Fitzpatrick 1-39; K.Micks 40-59; S.Steckly 60-109; K.Micks 110-126;P.Gibbons 127-145; D.Whitlock 146-165; B.Graham 166-186; M.Dilley 187-205; S.Steckly 206-251; J.Fitzpatrick 252; S.Steckly 253-288; P.Gibbons 289; S.Steckly 290-299;J.Fitzpatrick 300.

Standings: 1. A.Ranger, 638; 2. P.Gibbons, 626; 3. M.Dilley, 623; 4. D.Kennington, 599; 5. J.Fitzpatrick, 598; 6. D.Thomson, 585; 7. R.Beauchamp, 570; 8. J.Gaunt, 570; 9. K.Micks, 564; 10. J.Hathaway, 540.

Source: NASCAR Canadian Tire Series

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