Canadian Tire Series

Ranger wins NASCAR Canadian Tire race from pole position

The Canadian Press
8/20/2011 3:14:58 PM
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MONTREAL -- Andrew Ranger started from the pole and never looked back in taking the checkered flag Saturday at the NASCAR Canadian Tire series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

It was a second win of the year for the Roxton Pond, Que., native and the third of his career at the track. He also won at Toronto on July 9. It was only his fourth race of the season in the Canadian stock car series.

Ranger also won the Montreal race in 2008 and last year.

His final test came on a restart with five laps to go, but Ranger built a gap and was never threatened despite a problem with his brakes.

"I was worried about the last five laps because you never know what's going to happen on a restart," he said. "But I stayed calm and was able to win another one."

Kerry Micks of Mt. Albert, Ont., was second and Jason Bowles of Ontario, Calif., was third with Jeff Lapcevich of Grimsby, Ont., fourth.

"In the end I couldn't beat Andrew," said Micks. "My car wasn't good enough.

"I wish I could buy one of his cars and we could have a real race."

Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Que., came in fifth, just ahead of 2009 champion J.R. Fitzpatrick of Ayr, Ont.

Former NHL defenceman Patrice Brisebois finished 28th out of 37 entries.

Ranger and Tagliani will also race in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide event later Saturday.

Andrew Ranger (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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