Ranger finds affection for road courses

Andrew Ranger continued his mastery of road courses, taking the Jumpstart 100 Saturday in the first visit for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 to the Toronto street course.

Hamilton’s Don Thomson placed fourth and stand fifth overall in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series.

Saturday’s checkered flag was the 10th career series win and seventh on a road course for Ranger. The two-time series champion, who is not running for the title this year, has also captured a pair of road course wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in the last month.

To get Saturday’s victory, Ranger had to hold off the field on a green-white-checkered finish. A caution on the final lap for an accident ended the race under yellow.

Jason Bowles finished second, followed by points leader DJ Kennington, Thomson, and Kerry Micks. Bowles is the 2009 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion and had finished third in his previous Canadian Tire Series start at Mosport International Raceway.

Ranger won the pole Friday and was out front all day Saturday, spending most of the time fending off the challenges of JR Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, however, got loose following the final restart and lost several positions to finish eighth.

Trevor Seibert, Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich, Fitzpatrick, Brad Graham and Halton’s Peter Klutt rounded out the top 10 on the 1.765-mile temporary course at Toronto’s Exhibition Place.

Hamilton driver Trevor Monaghan placed 25 while Milton’s Howie Scannell was 12th.

The race was slowed due to caution just three times for six laps.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will return to the track Sunday, July 25 for the Canadian Tire 100 when it races at Edmonton City Centre Airport, the 1.973-mile road course in Edmonton, Alberta.