By: Ashley McCubbin
Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face – especially when they’re mad, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.
Throughout the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season, there were quite a few of these moments. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.
“I’m so proud of my team – the entire Rick Ware Racing team. Everybody worked so hard for the last race. I started second there with a lot of green white checkered, and I was very nervous as anything can happen. I was able to exit pretty good there off of corner four and right on the bumper of Kevin (Laroix), and Kevin made a little mistake there and I was able to pass him on the last lap. I was very nervous, but it’s a great win to end the season for us.” – Andrew Ranger at Delaware Speedway
“We’re looking at some options. It’d be fun to see if we can get something going for the years to come. It’s definitely in the back of our heads to run a full-time series here. They’re a lot of fun to drive and it’s good to do something different. (The) APC (Late Model Series) has been a lot of fun, but we’ll just have to see how it goes and play it by ear. We’ll see throughout the winter what comes up and go from there.” – Brandon Watson
“There’s a few things moving in parallel. I’d never raced an oval race until I came into Pinty’s. I was a road racer out in western Canada and there’s some confidence and some skill that I needed to build on in the last five years, so that progression and that skill has been nurtured throughout each lap in these races. Racing against top tier guys in Canada makes you step up even faster, and so that’s one aspect to the progression of results is that I’ve been progressing as a driver. Then there’s obviously the power house of EHR. Everybody affiliated with that organization is diehard racers, from Ed (Hakonson) to Jamie (Hakonson) to Jason (Hathaway) to all the crew; they bring a huge level of coaching and support to a driver like me that’s trying to build his name. So there’s that, along with my skill getting better with the more laps that I run. Then there’s Jason as a mentor and being able to able to bounce questions off somebody with his skill set is also a huge boost.” – Brett Taylor
“Really happy; the first race, the car was awesome. The Castrol Edge / Spark Power Dodge was good all weekend – can’t complain at all. We had a rough go in the second one with two flat tires and Brandon Watson got loose there in three and hit us and spun us out and cut a tire, but that’s just hard racing. What do you do? You fight back and get back in the top-five, so we’ll take it and run with it. They knew they were here this weekend. Delaware Speedway is my home track and I love it here, and I love Luke and everybody and what they’ve done. I can’t wait for next year.” – D.J. Kennington at Delaware Speedway
“I started in 1986 in a four cylinder in Quebec. That was my first time I raced a stock car and a few years later, i got some money and got a pro late and super late and got good results there also. We did some NASCAR Pinty’s races a long time ago, but not with a good budget to be competitive like now to be a front runner. But then I got with Scott Steckly, good equipment and we proved that we can race in the series, and I think we’re going to win a race with David this year because he has good equipment, good stuff, everything this year. I think we’ll be on the podium for a couple races this year, at least.” – Donald Theetge
“That is my nature though. I would race anything given the opportunity with seat time in any race car is huge for a driver to learn from.” – Josh Stade
“It feels outstanding, epic. It’s the third time, but every year, every time you get a championship, is epic. I can’t believe we did it again with the WeatherTech Bellemare car. Thanks to the Pinty’s Series, NASCAR, the fans, everybody involved in the series. I know it’s been a tough two years with the COVID stuff, here we are, champions for 2021. My team did an outstanding job. it’s incredible. So we will celebrate for sure.” – L.P. Dumoulin
“Well, it’s good to get some new blood in the series, for sure, and I know the father (Jeff) Lapcevich was really competitive, and we know the older brother (Cayden) won the championship – he was really good, also. So it’s good to get some new blood in the series. The only thing I’m a little bit worried about is I hope Scott will get the good crew, because going back to when I did the full season with Alex and Donald Theetge, that was kind of a bit of the problem. Running three cars is a lot and I know Scott struggled a bit at the shop to prep the cars because they only have two full-time guys working at the shop during the week. It’s different during the race weekend, but that was kind of a bit of what worries me a little bit because I know running three cars is a lot of work. I hope they’ll find a good crew for the kid, and for myself to improve the team, because we want to get back as a top team in the 2021, and we want to – even me and Alex, and Treyten – we want to win some. So we hope put everything together to get us some really fast cars.” – Marc-Antoine Camirand pre-season.
“Started fourth in race two and I could tell right away by about Lap 4 or 5 that we had the car to beat. Anything can happen in these races but I did catch the 80 car eventually. I was giving him a couple shots – much like the first race that he was to me in the first race. I don’t think that was dirty racing; I think that’s strategic. When I finally made the move on him, he overshot the corner himself, he overdrove the car, and made a clean pass. He didn’t like it and he blatantly wrecked me. That was what happened. Didn’t hit anything but that’s what caused the end of our day, trying to come back through traffic aggressively. It’s just really unfortunate that’s how he felt he needed to race me to get the win. I guess he was trying to teach me a lesson – I’ve been racing for more years than the guy has been alive for, but it is what it is.” – Pete Shepherd on Raphael Lessard at Sunset Speedway
“He had gotten into me a couple of times. I told the team that he kept getting into me, I was going to teach him a lesson. He kept getting into me, and there you go. Just look at his bumper. He raced like that all night. That’s short track racing, right? He came and saw me and I understand he’s pissed off, but I was pissed off, too. The back of my car is messed up, his nose is messed up – he was using me to stop there. I am going to race people how they race me.” – Raphael Lessard on Pete Shepherd at Sunset Speedway
“I didn’t think I’d be horrible at road courses, but I didn’t think I’d able to run upfront as quickly as I did with the group of strong road course racers in the Pinty’s Series. That’s something that I’m excited to build on next year because I think that’s something tat I have a lot of room for improvement in. Road course racing is definitely not easy, especially someone that hasn’t done any of it in my whole career. I’d be excited to improve upon on those skills and learn more.” – Treyten Lapcevich
“Rubbing fenders and rubbing doors is fine, because it’s a very short track and these cars are big and as the races go on, these tires get very slippery. Rubbing is one thing, but when you put your nose under a bumper and spin someone very easily, everybody could do that and that’s very disappointing for me. It’s just poor racing, for me. It’s just easy for anybody to spin somebody out. I know tempers play a factor, and everybody is waiting for a long time to get on the track and do well for their sponsors, but I think we saw some stuff that was a little rough. I think we just need to respect each other.” – L.P. Dumoulin