Behind the wheel of the 04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA Dodge Challenger NASCAR Pinty’s series racer, Jean-Francois Dumoulin, finished a strong seventh at the second round Fast Eddie/Choko 250 presented by Havoline, at Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ont.
Having to contend with an unfamiliar circuit, Dumoulin, who moved from fifteenth up seventh place by the last lap, said the team has reached its goal of finishing close to the top five. The car, which utilizes Spectra Premium NSCR 100 series radiator has already proven to be a reliable mount both in practice and under racing conditions.
With a second consecutive finish in the NASCAR Pinty’s championship standings, Dumoulin is current in fifth place in the championship standings.
Although race conditions were dry, the event was hampered by five cautions, including one red flag. Dumoulin, who was able to avoid any collisions, said that Delaware Speedway “is a track with a lot of character, including two completely different turns. The starting strategy was updated, and we acquired enough data to optimize the settings for upcoming oval track races. Finishing in seventh allowed us to rack up important points in the championship and to continue on the right path.”
The Fast Eddie/Choko 250 featured plenty of on-track action with 24 year-old Alex Labbe, taking the checkered flag after passing Alex Tagliani just 36 laps before the finish. Tagliani came in second, followed by D.J. Kennington. Finishing in a solid fourth was Can-Am 200 winner Kevin LaCroix, with L-P Dumoulin rounding out the top five and fastest qualifier Andrew Ranger coming in sixth.