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C’est Magnifique

- June 22nd, 2014

Not since Ron Fellows restarted at the back and came through the field of the Sprint Cup cars at Watkins Glen in 2004 to finish second behind Tony Stewart has there been such a dramatic comeback by a Canadian in NASCAR as Alex Tagliani pulled off on Saturday at the Nationwide Series Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.
And he did it mostly in the rain.
If the race had been another 100 yards, I am convinced Tagliani would have beaten race winner Brendan Gaughan.
What made Tagliani’s finish that much more impressive is that he had run out of gas in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford Mustang with one lap left.
A caution on the final lap allowed Tagliani to be pushed to pit lane where he gassed up, put on four fresh Goodyear slicks and went to work on the green-white-checkered finish.
In two laps he went from 23rd position to the bumper of Gaughan’s No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
The native of the Montreal suburb of Lachenaie showed team owner Roger Penske he picked the right driver to pilot his Nationwide car in two races this season.
“It was pretty intense,” Tagliani said afterwards. “Maybe I threw a bad spell on myself because I said it was impossible that I was going to win this race, like something’s going to happen, and then on the white flag, something happened (ran out of gas).
“It’s what it is and it has to be in the cards, and if it’s not, you just have to take whatever comes to you.”
It was somewhat ironic, however, that in the winner’s circle Gaughan credited Fellows for helping him hone his road racing skills at his Ron Fellows Performance Racing School at Spring Mountain Motor Resort in Nevada and that was the main reason he was able to finish ahead of Tagliani.

CTMP gets nod for 2014 Camping World Truck race

- October 25th, 2013

As expected by just about everyone, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is on the NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule next season.
After a record setting 50,000 fans jammed the facility on Labour Day this season for the inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 Truck series event, it was a no brainer for NASCAR bosses to renew its contract to race on the 3.957 km Grand Prix road course at the Bowmanville track for the same weekend  — Aug. 29-31 — next season.
Track president and general manager Myles Brandt welcomed the news, but admitted he was not worried about being left off the calendar.
“No, we were not surprised, but at the same time you never know about these things,” Brandt said on Friday.
The race this year was a surprise, in that fans began lining up at the track mid-week before the event and on race day the line of cars trying to get to the facility 80 kms east of Toronto stretched five kilometres.
Brandt said he expects an even bigger crowd for next year’s race and has been preparing for just that right from the time the last truck finished the race last month.
“We will be able to accommodate a lot more campers next year,” he said. “We have widened the camping areas with easier access.”
Brandt said he fully expects the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will once again be a companion race, although that schedule has yet to be released.
“We asked the fans what they wanted,” he said. “And they said they wanted the Canadian Tire Series back and we will have a third series, yet to be announced, on the weekend as well.”
Speculation is that it will be the Canadian Touring Car Championship.
New for the CTMP grounds next year will be a bigger upper paddock area, to give the Truck teams more space, closer to the track itself, to work on their machines.
“We expect paving that new paddock to be begin any day now,” Brandt said.
While Brandt did not announce who the title sponsor would be for the 2014 race, it is expected that Chevrolet would be back with its Silverado brand.
Next on CTMP’s wish list is a NASCAR Nationwide Series race, possibly as soon as  the 2015 season.

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event

- April 22nd, 2010

I have been told that the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will preview its season with a media event May 8 at Vaughn Mills….Most, if not all of the drivers, for the 2010 season will be at the event with their cars and Sharpies for autographs…