NASCAR Pinty’s Clarington 200 Race Results

NASCAR Pinty’s Clarington 200 Race Results

Photos by: Ray MacAloney©2021

Congratulations to Marc-Antoine Camirand and teammate Alex Tagliani of 22RacingTeam on their first and second place finishes in today’s race. The Clarington 200 was the second race of a double header weekend for the NASCAR Pinty’s series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Finishing in third was Kyle Marcelli in what turned out to be his first complete race without any mechanical issues with his car. Rounding out the top 10 are the following:

4th – Kevin Lacroix

5th – Andrew Ranger

6th- Gary Klutt

7th- Matthew Scannell

8th- Brett Taylor

9th- Dexter Stacey

10th- Alex Guenette

Marc-Antoine Camirand Wins the Clarington 200 at CTMP!

Marc-Antoine Camirand Wins the Clarington 200 at CTMP!

Photo By: Ray MacAloney©2021


 Camirand Wins the Clarington 200 at CTMP!

NASCAR Pinty’s series – Clarington 200 and Olymel GPO

 Bowmanville, ON, September 5, 2021—Marc-Antoine Camirand sealed a long-awaited victory, on Sunday, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series was at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The driver of the GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was eager to come back strong for this weekend’s doubleheader on the fast-paced road course, and that is just what he did: he secured his second NASCAR Pinty’s career win on Sunday, and he added another podium finish, on Saturday.

 After a difficult beginning of the season including two DNFs in a row, this very strong weekend is just what Camirand had hoped for a long time. Primed by his runner-up finish on Saturday, he entered the Clarington 200 aiming at another podium finish.

Sixth on the starting grid, Camirand felt that his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was very fast, but he knew he needed to be patient to be in good position at the end of the 51-lap race.

22 Racing team pit stop strategy for fuel and tires turned out to work just perfectly. “My crew chief Randy Steckly called me to the pits for a quick refueling early in the race, during the first caution around lap 8. Then, I went back to the pits around mid-race to take new tires. From that moment, I knew that I was in a good position to fight for the victory. While the other drivers still had to stop, I was just behind them,” Camirand explained.

Camirand climbed to the second spot and kept putting pressure on the leader, his 22 Racing teammate Alex Tagliani. “Alex didn’t stop for tires, so I knew that I would be faster at the end. I just had to be patient, because I didn’t want to push too much to save my mechanic,” he said.

With five laps to go, his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was still very fast, and Camirand finally took the lead outside turn four and never looked back again, even creating a small gap behind him. He captured his second win in career in the NASCAR Pinty’s series, his first since Saint-Eustache in September 2018.

“It feels so good to finally be back in the winners’ circle! We had been having hard luck for some time now, and I knew we were able to achieve great results here, where we’ve had success in the past. I am so happy and relieved that all our hard work finally pays off! We are looking forward to the next races and we are heading up there with momentum!,” Camirand stated.

On Saturday, Camirand had also achieved a long-awaited podium finish, during the Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario. Sixth after qualifying, he managed to keep a good pace throughout the 30-lap race.

Camirand moved up to second place with a few laps to go and managed to put pressure on the race leader. “My GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was fast at the end, but I missed some time. I think that if I were given one or two laps more, I could have a chance for the win on Saturday, but I’m very happy with this runner-up finish! It is a great way to come back strong after weeks of misfortune,” Camirand concluded.

After this strong weekend on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course, Marc-Antoine Camirand takes his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro to oval tracks, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series resumes next Sunday for a doubleheader at Flamboro Speedway, located in Milgrove, ON.

Hard Luck for Marc-Antoine Camirand and GM Paillé in Trois-Rivières

Hard Luck for Marc-Antoine Camirand and GM Paillé in Trois-Rivières

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Trois-Rivières, August 15th, 2021 – Marc-Antoine Camirand and GM Paillé were full of hope when they entered the 51st Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières; Camirand had not one, but two chances to improve his own record for most victories (14) at GP3R, as he was racing in the Défi Urbain Chevrolet and the NASCAR Pinty’s series. Although he qualified strong for both races, he was forced to retire early in both events.


Camirand had been fast all weekend at the wheel of his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Pinty’s series. Second in practice, he also qualified outside pole for Les 60 tours des Anges Gardiens, the main event of the 51st Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. 


“I really thought that it would be a great weekend for me at GP3R. I wanted to achieve a 15th win at this event,” stated the driver from Saint-Léonard-d’Aston, located just 20 minutes south of Trois-Rivières.


After the green flag dropped for Sunday’s race, Camirand managed to stay in second place and kept a good pace behind the leader. He knew that his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was fast and that he would be able to fight for the lead later in the race. Unfortunately, he completed only nine laps out of 60 and was forced out of the race because of a transmission failure.


“I am so disappointed of how the weekend finally turned out. I know that we had a car to win and it makes the situation even more frustrating. There is nothing that I could have done differently. We have been having hard luck for a few years here in Trois-Rivières and I’m just hoping that this is now behind me… We will come back next year to finally get that 15th win at GP3R,” Camirand told.


Marc-Antoine Camirand and the GM Paillé team also experienced difficulty on Saturday, for the Défi Urbain Chevrolet. DIRT Sportsman Modified were on the GP3R narrow street course in a unique race, as these cars are used to race on clay oval. 


Marc-Antoine Camirand teamed up with dirt track specialist David Hébert with ONE Racing team, and quickly managed to adapt to these open-wheel cars used to turn left only on a totally different racing surface. 


He qualified on pole on Friday, and he was aiming at a podium finish for his first race in a DIRT Sportsman Modified car. Camirand didn’t make it through the first turn of the race, as he was pushed from behind at the green flag and wasn’t able to turn. His GM Paillé ONEc car ended up in the tire barrier outside turn one. 


“I’m the one who had to dictate the pace before the green, but the car behind entered turn one faster than me and pushed into my rear bumper so hard that I couldn’t make my car turn right. I really thought that I could have a good race, but it’s a shame that it ended up that way. I’m disappointed for my sponsor GM Paillé and ONE Racing team who worked very hard to prepare the car for GP3R”, Camirand explained.


Camirand’s teammate in the Défi Urbain Chevrolet, David Hébert, was having a strong race in the GM Paillé ONE car. He was fighting for the lead with only a few laps to go, but he was given a disputed penalty and was forced to go to the rear of the pack.


Marc-Antoine Camirand will be back on track at the wheel of his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro in two weeks, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series heads to Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, QC, on Saturday, August 28th, then to Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction, QC for a doubleheader on Sunday, August 29th. David Hébert and the GM Paillé ONE car will be back on dirt at Autodrome Granby, next Friday.