After a persistant throughout the day, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series made the choice to cancel qualifying for Sunday’s ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser at Circuit ICAR. The decision was made as due to the wet, rainy conditions, there was a possibility for unequal track conditions throughout the season.
As a result, the race lineup is set by last year’s points, as per the rule book, handing defending series champion Scott Steckly the pole. Steckly finished third last week while J.R. Fitzpatrick won with D.J. Kennington second. Kennington will start second alongside Steckly in second at Circuit ICAR while Fitzpatrick starts third. Kerry Micks and Ron Beauchamp Jr. round out the top five.
A pair of practice sessions were held earlier in the day, with rookie Elie Arsenau posting the fastest lap in the rain at 60.168mph. He will start the race 27th.
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was second fastest at 59.957 mph followed by Micks at 59.657 mph. Andrew Ranger (59.588 mph) and Steckly (59.544 mph) completed the top five.
Defending race champion Robin Buck suffered damage in practice after hitting the turn seven tire wall, is slated to start the race from 15th after finishing practice in sixth.
The race is scheduled to take the green flag on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. ET.
NCATS ICAR 6/3/12 Race Lineup
|1||22||Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont.||Canadian Tire Dodge|
|2||17||D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont.||Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge|
|3||84||J.R. Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont.||Equipment Express Chevrolet|
|4||02||Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont.||Leland/BDI/PartSource Ford|
|5||60||Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont.||Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge|
|6||21||Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C.||A&W/Bower&Wilkins Dodge|
|7||3||Jason Hathaway, Dutton, Ont.||Snap-on Tools/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge|
|8||55||Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que.||WJS Motorsports Dodge|
|9||23||Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont.||Tim Hortons Dodge|
|10||5||Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta.||EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge|
|11||07||Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que.||Frank Lyman Design Dodge|
|12||47||Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que.||WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge|
|13||99||Steve Cote, Ile Bizard, Que *||White Motorsports Chevrolet|
|14||97||Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que.||VTI Motorsports Ford|
|15||66||Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont.||Quaker State Dodge|
|16||27||Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que.||Dodge/GC Motorsports Dodge|
|17||56||Howie Scannell Jr., Milton, Ont.||Trailers by Jim Bray Dodge|
|18||10||Derek White, Kahnawake, Que.||Burger Barn Chevrolet|
|19||94||Dave Coursol, St. Jerome, Que. *||Carquest Canada Dodge|
|20||81||Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont. *||B&B Decals/Speedy Auto Service Dodge|
|21||90||Martin Roy, Napierville, Que *||Veloce/Gamache Truck Center Dodge|
|22||44||Jarrad Whissell, Calgary, Alta.||SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford|
|23||11||Mike Scholz, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. *||Jiffy Car Wash/Watchfinder.ca Chevrolet|
|24||29||Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que. *||Construction Danam Bonzai Dodge|
|25||36||Alex Labbe, St. Albert, Que. *||VR Victoriaville Dodge|
|26||04||J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que.||ACASS/Bellemare/Marac Dodge|
|27||03||Elie Arseneau, Laval, Que. *||Prime Racing/Circuit ICAR Chevrolet|
|28||82||Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont.||Schneider’s/Metro Dodge|
|29||85||Michel Pilon, Blainville, Que.||Aquacoupe Technologie Chevrolet|
* Rookie of the Year contender