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Ranger Saves Best For Last At CTMP

nascar_pintyBOWMANVILLE — Andrew Ranger has won in a dominant car at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and he’s lost races on the Ontario track when he’s had the car to beat.

Which is probably what made Sunday’s (May 22) victory so sweet.

Ranger led only three laps in the Clarington 200, but went from third to first on the green-white-checkered finish to grab the season-opening win in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

It is Ranger’s 21st career win and his third at CTMP.

Robin Buck finished second, followed by DJ Kennington. Teenage rookie Cayden Lapcevich of Grimsby, Ont., was fourth and pole sitter Alex Labbe wound up fifth.

Jason Hathaway, who won at CTMP last fall, led Labbe and Ranger to the green on Lap 49 of 51 on the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. But Labbe quickly got by for the lead and Ranger promptly overtook him. Ranger cruised to a win by .534 seconds over Buck.

J.F. Dumoulin was sixth, followed by Kerry Micks and Simon Dion-Viens. Hathaway, who led a race-high 31 laps, slid back to a ninth-place finish. Gary Klutt rounded out the top 10.

The Clarington 200 will air on TSN Sunday, May 29 at noon and re-air on the following Tuesday at 4 p.m. and midnight. It will also air on RDS2 Sunday, June 12 at 11 p.m. and re-air Tuesday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will transition to oval racing with its next event: Chaudiere 300 at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudier Saturday, June 11.

NASCAR Pinty’s Series-Clarington 200 Results

Lap length: 2.459 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 51 laps, 66.638 mph.
2. (14) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Dodge, 51.
3. (7) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 51.
4. (11) Cayden Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Dodge, 51.
5. (1) Alex Labbe, Victoriaville, Que., Ford, 51.
6. (9) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51.
7. (12) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 51.
8. (21) Simon Dion-Viens, Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska, Que., Dodge, 51.
9. (6) Jason Hathaway, St. Thomas, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.
10. (4) Gary Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Dodge, 51.
11. (3) Pier-Luc Ouellette, Montreal, Que., Chevrolet, 51.
12. (5) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 51.
13. (23) Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont., Dodge, 51.
14. (22) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Ford, 51.
15. (24) Bryan Cathcart, Peterborough, Ont., Chevrolet, 51.
16. (15) Patrick Dussault, Lorraine, Que., Dodge, 51.
17. (19) Brett Taylor, Calgary, Alta., Dodge, 51.
18. (20) David Michaud, Terrebonne, Que., Dodge, 50.
19. (18) Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Dodge, 50.
20. (8) Kaz Grala, Westborough, Mass., Dodge, 49.
21. (17) Kevin Poitras, Newcastle, Ont., Ford, 43, off track.
22. (16) Carlos de Quesada, Gainesville, Fla., Dodge, 32, accident.
23. (27) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 31, rear end.
24. (25) Mel Shaw, Voorhees, N.J., Chevrolet, 30, accident.
25. (10) Matthew Scannell, Rockwood, Ont., Dodge, 21, clutch.
26. (26) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 16, suspension.
27. (13) Ryan Klutt, Halton Hills, Ont., Chevrolet, 5, vibration.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 52 minutes 55 seconds

Margin of Victory: .534 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: A.Labbe (106.422 mph, 83.182 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 19 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Labbe 1-8; A. Ranger 9; D. Kennington 10-15; S. Dion-Viens 16-18; J. Hathaway 19-49; A. Ranger 50-51.

Standings: 1. A. Ranger, 47; 2. R. Buck, 42; 3. D. Kennington, 42; 4. C. Lapcevich, 40; 5. A. Labbe, 40; 6. J. Dumoulin, 38; 7. K. Micks, 37; 8. S. Dion-Viens, 37; 9. J. Hathaway, 37; 10. G. Klutt, 34.

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