Canadian Tire Series

NCATS: 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Season Preview – Anthony Simone


After running seven of the 11 races last year, Anthony Simone is set to run the full NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule.


Looking Back at 2014

“We ran well at the ovals last year and picked up on our road course program,” Simone commented back in March. “Heading into this year with the updates and stuff that we’ve done this year to the car, I think we can race in the top-five.”

In the seven races that Simone ran last year, he ran three road courses and four ovals. The three road course events did not see much success, as a result of some unfortunate bad luck. However, when it came to the ovals, Simone began to shine through. He ran strong in each race, highlighted by a second place qualifying effort at Autodrome Chaudiere and a fourth place finish at Autodrome St. Eustache. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the finishes across the board to show for the strength as a result of some bad luck with a couple wrecks along the way.


Looking Ahead to 2015

The key to Simone’s season last year – bad luck. If he can avoid that same bad luck, he could easily be in the top-five each week, possibly snatching up his first career victory early in the season.

“I think if we’re going to win, this is the best chance that we have in 2015,” he commented. “Like I said, our road course program has done well – we finished second to Andrew (Ranger) a few times, had a good battle at Trois-Rivieres a few years back. Last year, we were running in the top-five on every oval that we were going to – qualified second at Chaudiere, we were in the top-six at Kawartha. I think this year is going to be our best opportunity to win an oval race and a road course race.”

For anybody who follows the series regularly, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Simoen score that first career victory early in the year on an oval. Autodrome Chaudiere would be a safe bet early in the season, or perhaps the inaugural Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville at Sunset Speedway. Simone knows the 3/8 mile, having scored a victory in a late model a couple seasons ago. Plus, he has already been out on the track making a couple early season test laps. It would be a huge story if Simone could grab the victory in front of the hometown crowd.


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About Ashley McCubbin

Ashley McCubbin serves as a Contibuting Writer in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series department, and can be followed on Twitter at @ladybug388. A native of Bradford, Ontario, Canada, McCubbin spends a majority of her weekends at local short tracks.

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