Canadian Tire Series

Ranger dominates Streets of Toronto 100 for 13th win

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7/9/2011 6:01:27 PM
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TORONTO -- Andrew Ranger dominated the Streets of Toronto 100 Saturday en route to his second straight win on the temporary road course at Toronto's Exhibition Place.

It was Ranger's 10th career road-course NASCAR Canadian Tire Series win and a series-high 13th overall. He finished 1.074 seconds ahead of points leader Scott Steckly after a late-race caution erased his three-second cushion and pushed the race to two laps past its scheduled 35-lap distance.

After starting the race in the second position, Ranger, out of Roxton Pond, Que., planned to play follow the leader behind polesitter Jason Bowles in an effort to save his car for a late dash for the win, but Bowles experienced engine trouble and had to make a pit stop after leading the first 11 laps of the race.

"My plan was just follow (Bowles) as long as I could to save my car for later in the race," said Ranger. "The track is pretty bumpy and it was slick at first. I wanted to take care of the tires and I knew it would get a little crazy at the end."

Ranger led the final 26 laps after inheriting the lead from Bowles.

Just prior to the final restart J.R. Fitzpatrick, who was running second, had to pull down pit road due to a flat rear tire and finished in the 19th position.

Steckly continued his hot start to the season by registering his third runner-up finish of the season in addition to his win in the season opener as he looks to win his second series championship.

"We've really stepped up our road course program and it was a good run today. I was a little better than (Ranger) in a few spots, but not enough to do anything too risky," said Steckly, out of Milverton, Ont. "I want to win races, but we have to think about the big picture. We added to the points lead, so it was a good day."

Road-course expert Robin Buck, from Campbellville, Ont., finished third and now has four consecutive podium finishes in road-course events dating back to last season.

"After starting seventh, I wanted to be as patient as I could be," said Buck. "We get some cautions here, so there was time to find the other drivers' weak spots on the track."

Kerry Micks finished fourth followed by D.J. Kennington in fifth.

Mark Dilley, L.P. Dumoulin, Don Thomson Jr., Peter Klutt and Brad Graham rounded out the top 10.

Jason Bowles earned his first series Keystone Light Pole Award on Friday, but had to settle for a 21st-place finish after the engine woes.

The race was slowed due to caution three times for 13 laps and the lead changed hands just one time.

Steckly pushed his lead to 88 points over Kennington and 108 over Fitzpatrick. Thompson and Jeff Lapcevich are fourth and fifth, respectively.

A two-time series champion, Ranger is running a limited schedule this year in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He is running more than 20 events total throughout several NASCAR series and ARCA. Included on that itinerary are the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway the following week.

The Streets of Toronto 100 will air on Sunday, July 17 on TSN at 5 p.m. ET

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series begins its two-race swing through Western Canada on Saturday, July 23 at Motoplex Speedway and Event Park in Vernon, B.C., for the A&W Cruisin' The Dub 300.

Andrew Ranger (Photo: NASCAR Canada)


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