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Marini breaks through with first win at Canada 125

Mike Marini (Thunder Bay, ON) finally pulled his True North Racin’ Toyota Camry into victory lane on Tuesday night after a regular season where a win has eluded him; he was victorious at the Canada 125 presented by Tim Horton’s at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

With the victory, Marini earns five important playoff points, plus moves from eighth to fourth in the points standings with just one regular season race remaining.  Marini entered Tuesday’s race as the highest ranked driver in the standings without a win this season.

Rounding out the top five in the race was Corbin MacAulay in second, Chad Hyder in third, Lee Campbell in fourth and Darcy Ford in fifth.

Through fifteen races this season, Chevrolet and Ford have each won seven times, with this being the first win of the season for Toyota. 

All race winners secure a position in the 16-driver post-season beginning September 15 at the Darlington Raceway.

The race winners that will be competing in the post-season include Marini, Ford, Jose Mercado, Ryan Gibson, Scott Bailey, Jacob Nelson and MacAulay.

Michael Robinson moves into the final playoff spot after a 12th place finish; he has a 23-point cushion on Jason Butler who sits in 17th.

The 16th, and final, regular season race of 2020 takes place on Tuesday, September 8, at the Cracked Device Co. 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Canada 125 presented by Tim Horton’s recap

Chad Hyder and Jason Malucknik started on the front-row on Tuesday as the field managed to get away clean to begin the race; Maluchnik would take the early lead on lap one.

An entertaining start to the race saw the first set of green-flag pit stops between laps six and nine for the field; Marini would hold the lead at the first scheduled caution on lap 12.

A variety of pit strategies were utilized as the second portion of the race began, some having pitted under caution, while others remained on the track and elected not to stop.  The four drivers that remained on track during the caution, Trevor Kinsey, Hyder, Daniel Cudmore and Michael Dimitroff, restarted the race at the front of the field.

Kinsey would open up a large lead as Maluchnik attempted to track him down for most of the run.  As some of the field pitted during the second green-flag run of the race, Marini would eventually take over the lead as his strategy allowed him to run until the scheduled caution on lap 23, where he would pit.

Kinsey and Hyder once again led the field to the final green-flag of the race, a 15-lap shootout for the win.

Kinsey would jump out to the lead with Hyder, Marini, Maluchnik and Cudmore rounding out the top five after a wild restart that saw cars jostling for positions all over the track.

Disaster would strike for Kinsey who would suffer from a mechanical failure while in the lead, retiring from the race and handing over the lead to Marini with nine laps remaining.

Marini would manage to hold the lead for the final laps, securing the victory.

 

Here are the final results from the Canada 125 presented by Tim Horton’s at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

MANUFACTURER

STATUS

QUALIFY

1

42

Mike Marini

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P8

2

17

Corbin MacAulay

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P13

3

21

Chad Hyder

Ohio, USA

Ford

Complete

P1

4

60

Lee Campbell

New York, USA

Ford

Complete

P11

5

64

Darcy Ford

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P3

6

2

Daniel Cudmore

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P5

7

33

Jason Maluchnik

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P2

8

4

Scott Bailey

Michigan, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P12

9

66

Jason MacQuarrie

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P9

10

41

Jose Mercado

Florida, USA

Ford

Complete

P4

11

10

Jason Butler

Ontario, Canada

Ford

Complete

P19

12

47

Michael Robinson

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P6

13

81

Kevin Fenech

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P14

14

13

Kevin Daigle

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P10

15

19

Michael Dimitroff

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P15

16

24

Jason Laube

Minnesota, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P17

17

98

Mark Cox

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P16

18

6

Trevor Kinsey

Michigan, USA

Ford

11 laps down

P7

19

55

Trent Neilson

Indiana, USA

Ford

36 laps down

P18

 

Watch the archived broadcast of the Canada 125 presented by Tim Horton’s at www.hollandcollege.com/esports

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