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Marc-Antoine Camirand Outruns Field to Score Third Win of 2023 at GP3R

Marc-Antoine Camirand was able to use the speed of his No. 96 GM Paille Chevrolet to outrun the cars on alternate strategies, picking up his third win of the season. Photo Credit: Matthew Manor, NASCAR International

Marc-Antoine Camirand still has a long way to go if he’s hoping to challenge Treyten Lapcevich for the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship. So, a trip to victory lane in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, probably doesn’t hurt.

Camirand, the defending champion of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, had the fastest vehicle throughout the majority of Sunday’s 60-lap contest, but after electing to make his pit stop early, was set back in traffic with a mixture of faster and slower cars.

With rules in place that each competitor must pit for fuel at least once within the first 50 laps of the race, the green-flag cycle quickly worked its way out, allowing the battle for the lead to play out throughout the second half of the race.

Upon the completion of green-flag stops, there were a pair of drivers that strategized themselves into a prime position, holding the top-two spots, despite being somewhat close on fuel.

Gary Klutt and LP Dumoulin, who had pitted under the first caution of Sunday’s event, put themselves in the lead and in great position in order to either score the victory or score a much better finish than their running position would dictate.

However, the strength of Marc-Antoine Camirand made the chances at victory for Klutt and Dumoulin nearly non-existent, as the No. 96 Chevrolet Camaro was able to quickly work around the No. 47 Dodge on a late-race restart, and set sail away from the pack.

By the end, Camirand had sailed away by 2.287 seconds over LP Dumoulin, who was able to save some fuel to finish in the runner-up position. Alex Tagliani came home in third, more than 10 seconds behind the race-winner. Gary Klutt and DJ Kennington rounded out the top-five.

Treyten Lapcevich, who entered the event as the championship points leader, lost a little bit of his advantage on Sunday, finishing in sixth. Brandon Watson, Alex Guenette, JP Bergeron, and Thomas Nepveu completed the top-10.

Andrew Ranger and Kevin Lacroix both had extremely short afternoons in Quebec, after an intense first-lap accident saw the NAPA Auto Parts No. 74 launch overtop of Ranger in the second corner.

Leaving the ninth event on the 14-race schedule, Lapcevich continues to have an enormous point lead over MA Camirand, who now sits 31 points behind the leader. Alex Tagliani, LP Dumoulin, and Alex Guenette are the new top-five in standings.

NASCAR Pinty’s Series Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres Race Results:

FinSt#DriverManuLapsDiffBest LapPoints
1196Marc-Antoine CamirandChevrolet6068.50948
2247L.P. DumoulinDodge602.28768.60842
3418Alex TaglianiChevrolet6011.61868.62041
41359Gary KluttDodge6013.33869.03840
5717D.J. KenningtonDodge6016.02368.55739
6920Treyten LapcevichChevrolet6018.39368.99038
7179Brandon WatsonChevrolet6032.22269.40237
8103Alex GuenetteChevrolet6034.0868.99136
9181J.P. BergeronFord6040.02669.77635
101524Thomas NepveuFord6056.27270.17134
112084Larry JacksonDodge6057.22970.06033
122398Darryl TimmersChevrolet6057.43769.96432
132454Dave CoursolDodge6068.07670.66331
143003Justin ArseneauDodge591 lap68.60030
152187Sam FellowsChevrolet591 lap69.73329
162653Herby DrescherFord591 lap70.49628
17280Glenn StyresChevrolet591 lap72.98027
182975Benoit CoutureFord554 laps74.18126
192755Serge BourdeauFord554 laps72.24425
201980Donald TheetgeChevrolet518 laps70.13624
211631Daniel BoisChevrolet4811 laps69.37123
221112Raphael LessardDodge3920 laps68.77722
23636Alex LabbeChevrolet3128 laps68.75121
241213L.P. MontourChevrolet3128 laps68.73820
252577Jocelyn FecteauChevrolet2831 laps71.84119
261492Dexter StaceyChevrolet2732 laps69.14518
272291J.F. LabergeChevrolet1148 laps70.82317
28804J.F. DumoulinDodge950 laps68.85616
29327Andrew RangerChevrolet060 laps--15
30574Kevin LacroixDodge060 laps--14
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