Ninth place NASCAR finish for Hamilton’s Thomson at SunValley


nascarcanadaHamilton’s Don Thomson finished ninth in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Saturday night at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C.

Thomson started in the No. 3 pole position and pocketed $2,600 from the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 race.

Andrew Ranger held off Scott Steckly on a green-white-checkered finish to win the event. Ranger, from Roxton Pond, Que., displayed a dominant car at times, opening up a lead of nearly 10 seconds at one point. However, with the late restart, he beat Steckly to the line by just .561 seconds.

After winning four races on road courses in his series career, the 22-year-old Ranger won for the first time on an oval track after flirting with it several times over the past two seasons. The 2007 series champion now has five wins and is just one behind Steckly on the all-time win list. It was Ranger’s second win of the 2009 season after winning at Mosport International Raceway in June.

Ron Beauchamp Jr. finished third, a lap down, as only Ranger and Steckly finished on the lead lap. DJ Kennington and Kerry Micks finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were Anthony Simone, John Gaunt, Jason Hathaway, Thomson, and Dave Whitlock.

The race was slowed by caution just three times for 28 laps. Earlier in the day, Beauchamp won his first series career pole.

Unofficially in the championship point standings, Ranger holds a 42-point lead on Kennington and has a 45-point lead on Beauchamp.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented Mobil 1 heads to Edmonton next Saturday, July 25, for the Canadian Tire 100 which is part of the Rexall Edmonton Indy weekend on the 1.973-mile temporary road course at Edmonton’s City Centre Airport.

Saturday’s unofficial results

Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)

1. (7) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Ford, 306 laps, 81.612 mph, $9,500.
2. (11) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 306, $8,500.
3. (1) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 305, $6,000.
4. (2) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 304, $4,800.
5. (4) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 304, $3,500.
6. (6) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Chevrolet, 304, $3,200.
7. (9) John Gaunt, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 303, $2,900.
8. (15) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 303, $2,700.
9. (3) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Chevrolet, 303, $2,600.
10. (8) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ont., Dodge, 301, $2,500.
11. (5) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 299, $2,300.
12. (14) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Ford, 299, $2,200.
13. (12) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ont., Chevrolet, 297, $2,100.
14. (13) Pierre Bourque, Ottawa, Ont., Dodge, 290, $2,000.
15. (16) Joey Hanssen, Venray, Holland, Dodge, 290, $1,900.
16. (10) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Chevrolet, 256, $1,850.
17. (17) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Pontiac, 0, dns, $1,750.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 52 minutes 29 seconds
Margin of Victory: .561 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R. Beauchamp, Jr. (98.328 mph, 18.306 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 28 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Beauchamp,Jr. 1-79; D. Kennington 80-88; A. Ranger 89-133; R. Beauchamp, Jr. 134; A. Simone 135-139; A. Ranger 140-206; M. Dilley 207-211; A. Ranger 212-306.

Standings: 1. A. Ranger, 847; 2. D. Kennington, 805; 3. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 802; 4. S. Steckly, 798; 5. K. Micks, 760; 6. A. Simone, 732; 7. D. Whitlock, 731; 8. J. Hathaway, 676; 9. M. Dilley, 647; 10. K. Nuhn, 632.