Lapcevich registers fourth place finish


MONTREAL – Hometown favorite Andrew Ranger dominated the field Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for his second checkered flag in four NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts this year with a second consecutive win in the NAPA AUTOPRO 100.

Grimsby’s Jeff Lapcevich crossed the finish line in fourth while Hamilton’s Don Thompson Jr. finished in 14th spot. Thompson held onto his fourth place position in the drivers’ season standings. Lapcevich had started in the No. 10 spot while Thompson had the No. 16 position.

Howie Scannell of Milton placed last (37th) after transmission problems on the first lap forced him to the sidelines.

Ranger, a two-time series champion from Roxton Pond, Que., used the pole position he earned in qualifying Friday to start out front, and that’s where he stayed for the entirety of the 23-lap event. The triumph extended his Canadian Tire Series record for career wins to 14, and marked his third in five all-time events at the 2.709-mile road course.

Of his 14 career victories, 11 have come in road-course events and seven have been earned from the pole. This is the third time Ranger won in Montreal overall – including 2008 – and he became the first driver to lead flag-to-flag since J.R. Fitzpatrick did it in Edmonton on July 25, 2009, a span of 17 races. His other win this year came in Toronto on July 9 in his No. 27 Dodge Dealers of Quebec/PNH Dodge.

Kerry Micks in the No. 02 Dickies/Beyond Digital Imaging Ford crossed the line second for his best career finish in Montreal since winning the series’ inaugural event in 2007. Jason Bowles joined him on the podium after driving the No. 11 Fuel Doctor Dodge to a third-place finish. Lapcevich and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top five.

J.R. Fitzpatrick, points leader Scott Steckly, John Farano, J.F. Dumoulin and L.P. Dumoulin brought home the top 10.

In the point standings, Steckly increased his lead from 47 points to 84 over D.J. Kennington, who finished 18th, with just three races remaining on the schedule.

The NAPA AUTOPRO 100 can be seen in its entirety on TSN on Sunday, Aug. 21 at midnight and Monday, Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET. TSN2 will also show the event on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will return to the track on Sept. 10 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway for the Wild Wing 300 presented by Independent Electric.

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES-NAPA AUTOPRO 100 UNOFFICIAL Results
At Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec

Lap length: 2.71 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 23 laps, 62.995 mph.
2. (3) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 23.
3. (4) Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif., Dodge, 23.
4. (10) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 23.
5. (2) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Dodge, 23.
6. (5) J.R. Fitzpatrick, Ayr, Ont., Chevrolet, 23.
7. (9) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 23.
8. (6) John Farano, Toronto, Ont., Chevrolet, 23.
9. (7) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 23.
10. (8) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 23.
11. (13) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Dodge, 23.
12. (19) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 23.
13. (11) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 23.
14. (16) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Dodge, 23.
15. (18) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 23.
16. (26) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Dodge, 23.
17. (25) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Que., Chevrolet, 23.
18. (12) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 23.
19. (17) Elie Arseneau, Laval, Que., Chevrolet, 23.
20. (28) Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta., Dodge, 23.
21. (29) Martin Roy, Napierville, Que., Dodge, 23.
22. (23) Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont., Dodge, 23.
23. (15) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 23.
24. (36) Sebastien Dussault, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., Dodge, 23.
25. (30) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 23.
26. (34) Michel Pilon, Blainville, Que., Chevrolet, 23.
27. (33) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 23.
28. (21) Patrice Brisebois, West Mount, Que., Dodge, 23.
29. (31) Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que., Ford, 20.
30. (32) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 19.
31. (37) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 19.
32. (22) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 18.
33. (14) Peter Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 14, steering.
34. (24) Jarrad Whissell, Calgary, Alta., Ford, 13, accident.
35. (27) Steve Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 9, electrical.
36. (35) Ray Courtemanche, Jr., Montreal, Que., Dodge, 4, suspension.
37. (20) Howie Scannell, Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 1, transmission.

Time of Race: 59 minutes 22 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.734 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: A.Ranger (93.003 mph, 104.9 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 8 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.
Lap Leaders: A. Ranger 1-23.

Standings: 1. S. Steckly, 1464; 2. D. Kennington, 1380; 3. J. Fitzpatrick, 1306; 4. D. Thomson,Jr., 1298; 5. K. Micks, 1269; 6. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 1199; 7. M. Dilley, 1157; 8. J. White, 1133; 9. D. Stacey, 1030; 10. J. Hathaway, 1029.