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Camirand Levels the Score with Lapcevich with Chaudiere Win

The third NASCAR Pinty’s race of 2023 came down to the same two players

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It’s not entirely the way Marc-Antoine Camirand views it but he and Treyten Lapcevich should be even.

The defending NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion was on the receiving end of a bump-and-run on the final corner of the most recent race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park but repaid the favor to the second third-generation racer on Saturday at Autodrome Chaudière.

Lapcevich dominated the Bud Light 300 to the tune of 160 laps led but was undermined by a caution for a Thomas Nepveu spin with 10 laps to go.

Lapcevich surprisingly chose the outside for the final restart and Camirand slid up the track in Turn 2 on corner exit and pinched his new rival into the outside retaining wall. Just like at Mosport, both drivers finished the race in first or second, but the results were reversed.

Was that a bit of payback from the reigning champion?

“No, truly, I passed him clean,” Camirand said. “So, I still have one shot at him, maybe a little down the road in the season.”

Clean is debatable, but it certainly was no different than what transpired between the two of them in Bowmanville and this one left Lapcevich a little miffed.

“I gave him (Camirand) the bottom because I was best on the top all day long and then he put me down in the fence on the backstretch, put me in the fence on the front stretch,” Lapcevich said. “Just used me up.”

Raphael Lessard, who took over in the No. 92 during the halfway break to relieve the injured Dexter Stacey, who is currently suffering a fractured elbow, completed the podium.

“The car was actually really good. It turned really good in the center, but I was fighting loose. I feel like the top-four were pretty equal in time and that caution helped us at the end,” said Lessard, who raced 160 of the 300 laps. “I have to thank everybody at EHR, Dexter for the opportunity.”

Andrew Ranger and Donald Theetge contended for the win early in the afternoon before issues that set their cars on fire ended their days. Glenn Styres was the first to retire from the race, after suffering a similar issue to Ranger and Theetge.

How Lapcevich won Mosport

How Camirand won Chaudiere

They’re square, right?

Pinty’s Series Bud Light 300
Autodrome Chaudiere
June 10 2023

  1. Marc-Antoine Camirand
  2. Treyten Lapcevich
  3. Dexter Stacey
  4. Kevin Lacroix
  5. L.P. Dumoulin
  6. D.J. Kennington
  7. Alex Tagliani
  8. Brandon Watson
  9. Larry Jackson
  10. Alex Guenette
  11. Sam Fellows
  12. Malcolm Strachan
  13. J.P. Bergeron
  14. Thomas Nepveu *
  15. Brandon McFarlane *
  16. Mathieu Kingsbury
  17. Wallace Stacey
  18. Josh Collins *
  19. Donald Theetge
  20. Andrew Ranger
  21. Glenn Styres

Updated Championship Standings
3/13

Treyten Lapcevich
Marc-Antoine Camirand -9
Kevin Lacroix -17
L.P. Dumoulin -23
Alex Guenette -25
D.J. Kennington -27
Dexter Stacey -31
J.P. Bergeron -38
Larry Jackson -38
Alex Tagliani -39
Malcolm Strachan -44
Brandon Watson -46
Wallace Stacey -56
Andrew Ranger-62
Thomas Nepveu -66
Glenn Styres -69

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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