Hamilton’s Don Thomson Jr., raced to a third place finish at Sunday’s in the Grand Prix ICAR Sunday (June 5).
It was Thomson’s second third place finish in as many weeks in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and moved him into second spot in the series early Standings. Thomson has 330 points, 30 less than points leader Scott Steckly of Milverton and who was second in the race.
Robin Buck was the beneficiary of a skirmish between race leaders Alex Tagliani and Andrew Ranger, and converted the opportunity into a win.
It was the first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series win for Buck, a road course expert who has made 13 series starts over the previous four seasons. He held off Steckly on a green-white-checkered finish for the victory in the series inaugural visit to Circuit ICAR.
Tagliani and Ranger made contact while battling on Lap 28 for the lead in Turn 11 of the 15-turn, 2.113-mile road course. The incident caused Tagliani to hit the guard rail which brought out the caution, and NASCAR penalized Ranger a pass-through penalty for aggressive driving. Tagliani had led a race-high 24 laps after winning the Keystone Light Pole Award Saturday, while Ranger led four laps. Ranger had started in the back of the field after missing qualifying Saturday for another racing commitment.
The yellow set up the final race restart and handed the lead to Buck, who was right with the race leaders from the outset after starting from the seventh spot.
Thompson, who stated in the No. 8 spot, was followed across the finish line by L.P. Dumoulin and Mark Dilley.
Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich, who started 27th placed sixth. In the points race his 292 is good enough for fourth. JR Fitzpatrick, Tagliani, John Farano and Jason White rounded out the top 10. Ranger finished in the 21st position.
The race was slowed due to four cautions for a total of nine laps and the race lead changed hands six times among four drivers.
The Grand Prix ICAR will air Sunday, June 12 on TSN at 11 a.m. ET.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will next race at Keystone Light 200 at Delaware Speedway on Saturday, June 11.
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES-Grand Prix ICAR unofficial results
Lap length: 2.113 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (7) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 33 laps, 57.246 mph.
2. (2) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 33.
3. (8) Thomson, Jr., Dodge, 33.
4. (9) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 33.
5. (13) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 33.
6. (27) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Dodge, 33.
7. (5) JR Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont., Chevrolet, 33.
8. (1) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 33.
9. (15) John Farano, Toronto, Chevrolet, 33.
10. (17) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 33.
11. (6) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 33.
12. (12) Elie Arseneau, Laval, Que., Chevrolet, 33.
13. (16) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 33.
14. (19) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 33.
15. (10) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 33.
16. (23) Dave Coursol, St. Jerome, Que., Chevrolet, 33.
17. (14) Patrice Brisebois, West Mount, Que., Chevrolet, 33.
18. (21) Steven Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 33.
19. (4) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 33.
20. (3) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 33.
21. (26) Andrew Ranger, Roxon Pond, Que., Dodge, 33.
22. (11) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 31.
23. (24) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Dodge, 29.
24. (25) Michel Pilon, Blainville, Que., Chevrolet, 19.
25. (22) Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que., Ford, 13, drive shaft.
26. (18) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 1, accident.
27. (20) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 0, accident.
Time of Race: 1 hour 13 minutes 5 seconds
Margin of Victory: .739 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: A. Tagliani (78.828 mph, 96.499 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 9 laps.
Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Tagliani 1-9; J. Fitzpatrick 10-11; A. Tagliani 12-18; J. Fitzpatrick 19; A. Tagliani 20-27; A. Ranger 28-31; R. Buck 32-33.
Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 360; 2. D. Thomson,Jr., 330; 3. J. Fitzpatrick, 302; 4. J. Lapcevich, 292; 5. J. Hathaway, 268; 6. M. Dilley, 264; 7. D. Kennington, 263; 8. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 259; 9. J. White, 252; 10. D. White, 251.