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Dumoulin wins first career pole for Trois-Rivieres race

Nascar Canada

8/5/2012 11:57:34 AM

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. – Louis-Philippe Dumoulin celebrated his homecoming with his first career pole position in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 during Saturday's qualifying for the JuliaWine.com 100 at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres.
 
Dumoulin, the 2011 series rookie of the year and now a teammate with two-time series champion Scott Steckly, put down the fastest lap during group qualifying by just .011 seconds over J.R. Fitzpatrick.
 
Dumoulin had a lap of 1 minute, 7.821 seconds around the 1.530-mile street course for an average speed of 81.214 mph. Fitzpatrick was just slightly slower at 1:07.832 (81.201) but also earned a spot on the front row for Sunday's race.
 
Andrew Ranger qualified third at 1:07.839 (81.192) and Steckly was fourth. Points leader DJ Kennington, who enters the weekend with a five-race win streak, qualified fifth.
 
Ron Beauchamp Jr. was sixth, followed by rookies Martin Roy and Elie Arseneau. Robin Buck and Jean-Francois Dumoulin rounded out the top 10.