After winning at Mosport, Dumoulin setting sights much higher

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin celebrates after winning the Vortex Brake Pads 200 Sunday. (RYAN...

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin celebrates after winning the Vortex Brake Pads 200 Sunday. (RYAN CHALMERS/Photo)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is hardly a rookie, but in only his second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season he took his No. 47 Dodge to victory circle at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sunday.

L-P, as he is best known, is a veteran sports car racer who has more than five seasons of racing experience racing in the Rolex Grand Am Series and a championship in the F-1600 series, but Sunday was his first major series win in front of more than 30,000 stock car racing fans at the NCATS season opener on the 3.9-km Grand Prix course.

Dumoulin can thank the racing gods when in the first 12 laps, his two biggest challengers — J.R. Fitzpatrick and Scott Steckly — were both out of the race.

Fitzpatrick, who started on the pole and has three wins at the former Mosport track in the No. 84 Chevrolet, lost a drive shaft on Lap 8 while two-time series champion Steckly spun into the Turn 3 tire barrier on Lap 11 wrecking his No. 22 Dodge.


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