General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, as well as the longtime supplier of tires for the ARCA Menards Series. Throughout the 2019 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles:
For the second event in a row and the fourth time this season, Venturini Motorsports’ Chandler Smith took the checkered flag over teammate Christian Eckes in last Friday’s Fans With Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. Fellow Venturini driver and incoming points leader Michael Self was limited on restarts by a gearbox issue that stuck him in fourth gear for most of the night, but made it a podium sweep for the team after climbing back to third across the stripe.
Meanwhile, Chase Cabre picked up where he left off in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after a nearly two-month break came to a close at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Cabre scored his second straight KNPSE victory, as well as the second of his career, after starting on the pole and extending a nearly four-second lead on Sam Mayer at the finish.
Tonight, a busy weekend for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series begins with a doubleheader at the third-mile Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Tonight’s pair of 125-lap races mark the third year that the bullring has hosted two races in one night, and Donald Theetge and Cole Powell enter the event as the defending winners. Just three days later, the series will hit the track again at Edmonton International Raceway, where LP Dumoulin will look to defend his 2018 victory.
But it’s Iowa Speedway that, for the second weekend in a row, may produce the most interesting racing, as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West come together for their annual combination race at Iowa Speedway. With many drivers running both series in 2019, the race may not have quite the same flavor as previous years, but expect the cream to rise to the top as always. The ARCA Menards Series, which raced at Iowa last week, moves on to support the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway.
Driver Profile: LP Dumoulin
Defending NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion LP Dumoulin broke a three-year winless drought to start the 2018 season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and never looked back on the way to his second series championship. The Quebec native showed up for a number of NASCAR Xfinity Series and IMSA races throughout the early 2000s before finally finding a home in the Canadian series in 2011, where he took Rookie of the Year honors despite missing four races.
A consistent top-five threat, Dumoulin finally broke into the win column in the 2013 season opener at CTMP on the way to fifth in the standings. He scored his first title in 2014 by winning in Saskatoon and dominating his home race at Trois-Rivieres, but suffered three winless seasons afterward before pacing the 2018 championship. Dumoulin will head to Edmonton this Saturday in search of his first win of the season; he led 115 laps at Autodrome Chaudiere last month but suffered a late-race incident with Kevin Hathaway that relegated him to 15th in the final running order.