Hamilton’s Don Thomson Jr. finished in second place at Sunday’s NAPA AUTOPRO 100.
Thomson started the race from the No. 7 pole position at the 2.709-mile course at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Thomson, who sits fifth in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, picked up $3,200 for the second place run.
Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich came in 22nd. Milton’s Howie Scannell came in 33.
Andrew Ranger took one bump that nearly cost him the win and gave it right back to grab the checkered flag. After losing the lead briefly to Jason Bowles on the white-flag lap, Ranger muscled past on the final turn to claim the victory in a race that he had dominated until the final circuit.
It is Ranger’s second win in three years at the Montreal course – he was second last year.
It’s the third win of the season – all on road-courses – for the Roxton Pond, Quebec, driver who is running a partial schedule in the series along with his NASCAR K&N Pro Series obligations. The two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion has 12 career wins in the series with nine coming on road courses.
In third place was Campbellville’s Robin Buck followed by Scott Steckly and Jason Hathaway. Kerry Micks Trevor Seibert, J.F. Dumoulin, Ron Beauchamp Jr. and rookie John Farano rounded out the top 10.
Bowles, the 2009 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, limped his car across the line in 20th with major hood damage.
Bowles and Ranger ran 1-2, respectively, in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Infineon Raceway in Sonama, Calif., earlier this year before Bowles ran out of gas 100 yards from the finish line and handed that win to Ranger. Sunday, Bowles had several restarts to challenge Ranger include one on Lap 3 where they made contact in Turn 1 that briefly put Bowles into the lead. However, Ranger quickly regained the top spot.
Bowles took advantage of a green-white-checkered finish to make a move for the lead on Ranger in the hairpin Turn 10. Ranger wobbled from the contact but slipped back into second. As the leaders went through the final chicane, Ranger returned the favor. Bowles spun into the retaining wall and Ranger kept the momentum and took the lead.
Points leader JR Fitzpatrick and his closest challenger DJ Kennington both suffered mechanical issues early. Fitzpatrick, who started on the front row alongside Ranger, picked up enough spots through attrition to finish 18th. Kennington completed just 14 laps of 24 laps and finished 28th. Fitzpatrick, who carried a 16-point lead into the race, extended his lead to 51 points with just three races left on the schedule.
Both Steckly and Micks capitalized on the opportunity and moved into striking distance of the two leaders should either or both encounter further misfortune. Micks now trails Fitzpatrick by 92 points and Steckly is 101 points off the pace.