On Sunday July 25, J.R. Fitzpatrick dominated the Canadian Tire 100 presented by Konica Minolta at the Edmonton City Centre Airport in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Fitzpatrick dominated the weekend on the 14-turn temporary road course as he led practice, qualified on pole, and led all 32 laps on route to his second victory of the year.
“The car was really good today,” said Fitzpatrick on NASCAR Online. “We’ve been battling a handling problem all weekend, but it handled pretty well in the race.”
With the win, Fitzpatrick sits at the top of the point standings, 31 points ahead of D.J. Kennington.
Finishing runner-up was Anthony Simone, who tried to mount a charge. Though he didn’t get to Fitzpatrick as a lap 18 caution for Darryl Harr’s stalled car brought a restart on lap 21 and Fitzpatrick got the jump.
“I saw (Simone) creeping closer and closer,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’ve been experimenting with some different fans in the car, but I turned those off during the caution and the car took off after that.”
For Simone, however, it felt like a win after finishing 30th a week earlier.
“This was just like a win for us,” said Simone, out of Holland Landing, Ontario. “(Fitzpatrick) had a better car today, but we’ve struggled so much and I hope that we can build some momentum now. If the caution flag had not come out, then maybe we could have gotten to the last 10 laps and made a run. We’ll take second place. It was a good day.”
Scott Steckley finished third after making a last-lap pass on Trevor Seibert, who ended up fourth with Kerry Micks fifth.
“Seibert’s car was definitely better than ours at the beginning,” said Steckly. “There aren’t very many good passing zones here and he was a little better there, too, which made it hard to set him up for a pass. Finally, there on the last lap I was able to get by him.”
Rounding out the top-10 finishers were Peter Klutt, Jason Hathaway, Don Thomson Jr., Jarrad Whissell and Joey McColm.
For those interested in seeing the race, TSN will be broadcasting it on August 1 at 11 a.m.
For the series, they’ll continue their trek through Western Canada as they’ll be in Vernon, British Columbia at the Motoplex Speedway on Saturday July 31 for the Cruisin’ The Dub 300 presented by A&W.
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