Lapcevich Wins Pinty’s Finale, Labbe Takes Championship

Cayden Lapcevich (left) scored his third NASCAR Pinty’s Series win of 2017 Saturday night at Jukasa Motor Speedway, while Alex Labbe (right) wrapped up his first series championship. Photos by Matthew Manor/NASCAR

After 13 races that took the series to five different provinces, it was only fitting a champion was crowned at the birthplace of NASCAR in Canada.

Following the Pinty’s Fall Brawl at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Alex Labbe claimed his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship by 16 points over rival Kevin Lacroix.

The 24-year-old from Victoriaville, Quebec, finished the year with an impressive five wins, 11 top fives and 12 top 10s. Tallying up 542 points, Labbe claims the highest honour in Canadian stock car racing, the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship.

Following his championship season, Labbe announced his intentions to run full time in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series in 2018.

The Pinty’s Fall Brawl lived up to its name and was not without its drama. Late race contact between NASCAR Next driver Cayden Lapcevich and D.J. Kennington culminated in Lapcevich executing a bump and run pass Donald Theetge in the final corner to claim victory at Jukasa. The 2016 Pinty’s Series champion lead only three laps to score his third win of the 2017 season and the sixth of his career.

Second place finisher Donald Theetge led 134 laps throughout the race, to tie his best career NASCAR Pinty’s Series finish. LP Dumoulin snuck home to a third place, his third podium of the season.

Kevin Lacroix and JF Dumoulin rounded out the top five.

Alex Tagliani and Larry Jackson finished sixth and seventh respectively, while Donald Chisholm, Noel Dowler and Andrew Ranger completed the top 10.

Series Champion Alex Labbe only had to start to clinch the title. Labbe started the 200-lap feature second before retiring from the race on lap 62 from suspension issues, which resulted in a 20th-place finish.

In addition to Labbe’s championship, Alain Lord Mounir claimed the 2017 Owner’s championship and Adam Martin claimed Jostens Rookie of the Year honors.

Alex Labbe will be honored at the NASCAR Touring Series Championship Banquet in Charlotte this December.

NASCAR Pinty’s Series
Jukasa Motor Speedway – Hagersville, Ontario, Canada
Pinty’s Fall Brawl – September 23, 2017

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 4 76 Cayden Lapcevich Auto Credit National/Fastline Motorsports Dodge 200 47 4 Running
2 3 22 Donald Theetge * Circuit Acura/Le Soliet/L’Antidote Media Dodge 200 44 2 Running
3 20 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge 200 41 Running
4 9 74 Kevin Lacroix Bumper to Bumper/Total/Gates/Go Fast Dodge 200 41 1 Running
5 17 4 J.F. Dumoulin Spectra Premium/Bellemare/Bernier Dodge 200 39 Running
6 5 18 Alex Tagliani Epipen/Lowe’s/St. Hubert/Fast Wheels Dodge 200 38 Running
7 11 25 Larry Jackson CBRT/Piloti/Wonder Ford 200 37 Running
8 6 89 Donald Chisholm Nova Construction/Keltic Ford Ford 200 37 1 Running
9 12 5 Noel Dowler EMCO/MFP/Empire Mechanical Dodge 200 35 Running
10 7 27 Andrew Ranger Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge 200 34 Running
11 14 99 Brandon White Goodleaf’s Recycling Chevrolet 200 33 Running
12 18 56 Brad Graham Tunks&Kosi/B&B Decals/Trailers by Jim Bray Dodge 198 32 Running
13 13 28 Armani Williams * CBRT/Race4Autism Dodge 196 31 Running
14 10 4 Trevor Monaghan Yvon Insulation/Care4MacKids Dodge 195 30 Running
15 8 95 Anthony Simone Innovative Plumbing/InkYourRide Dodge 192 29 Running
16 19 11 Martin Cote * GO-VR.com Dodge 189 28 Running
17 1 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge/CIM Metals Dodge 182 28 1 Steering
18 16 2 Mark Dilley Leland/Dickies/Beyond Digital Ford 113 27 1 Vibration
19 15 9 Adam Martin * Johsonville/Oliviers/Reser’s Ford 109 25 Ignition
20 2 32 Alex Labbe Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford 62 24 Suspension

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: D.J. Kennington, Time: 18.578 Seconds, Speed: 121.111 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 24 mins, 47 secs Average Speed: 88.461 mph Margin of Victory: .366 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 43-51 (Car 32 contact turn #1wall{free pass[56]} ); 81-88 (Car 76 contact turn #1 wall [56]); 122-129 (Car 95 contact turn #2 wall [76]); 143-147 (Car 28 contact turn #2 wall [5]); 181-188 (Car 17 spin turn #3 [99]). 5 for 38 laps.

Lap Leaders: D.J. Kennington 1-18, Donald Theetge * 19-45, Kevin Lacroix 46, Mark Dilley 47, Kevin Lacroix 48-61, Donald Theetge * 62-84, Donald Chisholm 85-95, D.J. Kennington 96-112, Donald Theetge * 113-129, Kevin Lacroix 130, Donald Theetge * 131-189, Cayden Lapcevich 190-191, Donald Theetge * 192-199, Cayden Lapcevich 200.

Total Laps Led: Donald Theetge * 134, D.J. Kennington 35, Kevin Lacroix 16, Donald Chisholm 11, Cayden Lapcevich 3, Mark Dilley 1.  13 changes involving 6 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Alex Labbe 542, Kevin Lacroix 526, Cayden Lapcevich 509, L.P. Dumoulin 497, D.J. Kennington 486, Alex Tagliani 477, Andrew Ranger 454, J.F. Dumoulin 451, Adam Martin * 415, Anthony Simone 344

*Denotes Jostens Rookie of the Year candidate 

 

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