Raphael Lessard Joins DGR-Crosley At CTMP

Natalie Decker

Raphael Lessard will return to DGR-Crosley for the second time this season as the team travels to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250. With only two entries in the event, Lessard will drive the No. 54 FRL Express Tundra in his first Truck Series race at the 2.5-mile track in Bowmanville, Ontario.

The St. Joseph de Beauce, Quebec native, will be taking on CTMP for the first time in his young career. He has one previous road course race which occurred in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres. Lessard started 15th and finished 7th in his first-career road course race. So far this season, Lessard has four Truck Series starts under his belt; one with DGR-Crosley and three with Kyle Busch Motorsports. In those four starts, the 18-year-old one top-10, and four top-15 finishes. His best finish of ninth-place occurred with DGR-Crosley at Iowa Speedway. He has an average starting position of 10th and an 11.5 place average finish.

 The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be broadcast live on FS1 on Sunday, Aug. 25. 

Lessard on Canadian Tire: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s going to be a great race and another opportunity for me to learn. Sunday’s race will be my second road course race. I’ve never raced at MoSport [CTMP] or even watched a race here. I’ll have a completely new race track to learn. I do have one road course race in the Pinty’s Series, and it went way better than what I expected, so hopefully, I can take what I learned there and use it this weekend. My DGR-Crosley truck will be fast. It’s going to be all about me learning every lap, getting better, and getting comfortable with the course.”


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