Opportunity Knocks, Shepherd Answers

Pete Shepherd III won Saturday's NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Delaware Speedway in Ontario. (NASCAR photo)
Pete Shepherd III won Saturday’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Delaware Speedway in Ontario. (NASCAR photo)

DELAWARE, Ontario — He may be a part-time competitor on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, but Pete Shepherd III sure makes the most of his opportunities.

Shepherd took the lead from J.R. Fitzpatrick on lap 151 and held on through three restarts and the final 49 circuits to take the checkered flag in Saturday’s EMCO 200 at Delaware Speedway.

The triumph marked Shepherd’s fourth career victory. The Brampton, Ontario, native has found victory lane four years in a row now, despite making just 17 starts during that span.

It also marked Shepherd’s first win at Delaware, where his previous best finish in three starts at Delaware was fifth, twice.

Fitzpatrick crossed the line second and was joined on the podium by Steve Mathews. D.J. Kennington and Martin Roy rounded out the top five. It was a career-best run for Mathews while Roy tied his previous best finish.

Kennington took over the top spot in the tandings after L.P. Dumoulin struggled to a19th-place finish. Jeff Lapcevich is second six points in back of the leader followed by Jason Hathaway in third just seven tallies off the pace.

The finish:

Pete Shepherd III, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Steve Mathews, D.J. Kennington, Martin Roy, Noel Dowler, Howie Scannell Jr., Hugo Vannini, Dave Connelly, Joey McColm, Jason Hathaway, Jeff Lapcevich, Ron Beauchamp Jr., Jason White, Ray Courtemanche Jr., Brad Graham, Ryley Seibert, Trevor Seibert, L.P. Dumoulin, Alex Guenette, Scott Steckly, Mark Dilley.