Davey Segal | NASCAR
Add L.P. Dumoulin’s name to the history books.
Capitalizing on misfortune from his championship rival Alex Tagliani, the Trois-Rivieres, Quebec native finished sixth in both the QwickWick 125 and Pinty’s Fall Brawl at Delaware Speedway on Sunday afternoon, allowing him to secure his third career NASCAR Pinty’s Series title.
Following his eighth-place finish at Delaware on Friday, Dumoulin sat five points back to Tagliani entering Sunday’s doubleheader finale. But with 35 laps to go in the first race, Tagliani was involved in a wreck that left him with an 18th-place finish.
Dumoulin’s solid sixth-place run saw him take the championship points lead from the No. 18 for the season finale mere hours later. All he needed to do was finish seventh or better and the title was his, regardless of what Tagliani or DJ Kennington, who won both Friday and Sunday’s first event at Delaware.
In the opening laps, Tagliani limped his beaten and bettered vehicle behind the wall for repairs. Dumoulin took it easy for the 125 laps that followed, bringing his No. 47 home sixth and earning his third career series championship.
The title puts him in elite company. Dumoulin becomes only the third driver in Pinty’s Series history to win three or more championships (Andrew Ranger and Scott Steckly). His two prior title campaigns came in 2014 and 2018.
In his 10 full-time seasons, Dumoulin hasn’t finished worse than sixth in the standings. Having battled with Tagliani throughout the summer, with the two swapping the championship lead throughout, Dumoulin now sits further among the greats in Canadian stock car racing history.
It was a day full of “what could have been” for Treyten Lapcevich. One race removed from his vehement disagreement with DJ Kennington, the driver of the No. 20 led most of the QwickWick 125 before spinning late, collecting Tagliani.
After a flurry of late-race caution and overtime finish, Kennington edged his way by Brandon Watson to win his fifth career race at Delaware and second in three days. It was his second win this season (both at Delaware) and 23rd of his career.
Hours later, Lapcevich dominated once again from the pole. But with 22 laps remaining, he spun into a crash while trying to slow down in Turns 1 and 2, causing significant damage. On the ensuing restart, he spun into the inside wall and was shot back on track, collecting multiple other cars. The damage was enough to force him to retire despite leading the most laps.
Laps later, the third overtime finish in as many races saw Kevin Lacroix leading Ranger to the green flag. But the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing wheelman got around the No. 74 for his second win of the season and 30th of his career.
Dumoulin’s Sunday drive at Delaware was understated yet calculated. He did what he needed to do to secure the ultimate prize for the third time