Thomson leads locals in NASCAR event

Hamilton’s Don Thomson Jr. has the seventh pole position for Saturday’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Jumpstart 100 at Exhibition Place. Thomson, in his No. 4 Chev clocked 79.859 seconds in Friday’s qualifier around the 11- turn, 1.765-mile street course. He leads a strong local field of drivers in the NASCAR series.

In the 11th slot is Robin Buck of Campbellville (79.371) while Peter Klutt of Halton Hills (79.021) sits 12th and Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich (78.7352) grabbed the No. 13 spot.

Sitting in the 14th position is Milton’s Howie Scannell (78.329). In the No.29 slot is Hamilton’s Trevor Monaghan (provisional).

Meanwhile, Andrew Ranger already had a few series firsts in his pocket and now he has another by winning the pole position in the series’ inaugural visit to Toronto.

The Roxton Pond, Que., driver earned the right to start on the pole with a speed of 76.659 seconds for an average speed of 80.820 mph. It is his seventh series career pole and the second of the season after having started on the pole at Mosport International Raceway in June.

Coincidentally, the winner of that Mosport race was JR Fitzpatrick, who will start alongside Ranger. Fitzpatrick, out of Cambridge registered a lap time of 77.104 seconds (80.354 mph).

The two drivers have battled numerous times on road courses since the series’ inception in 2007 with Ranger earning six victories and Fitzpatrick has four.

The second row for the Jumpstart 100 will be occupied by DJ Kennington, the current NASCAR Canadian Tire Series point standings leader and Jason Bowles, the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion. Bowles has four NASCAR touring series road-course wins to his credit, as well.

The balance of the top-10 starters is Anthony Simone, Kerry Micks, Thomson, Trevor Seibert, Mark Dilley and Scott Steckly.

TSN’s live coverage of the Jumpstart 100 will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET with the green flag scheduled to wave at 2:45 p.m.