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PIT BOX: Ranger Looks For GP3R Advantage

Mid-Week Stop At Thompson For Mods; Evergreen Hosts K&N West
By Jason Christley, NASCAR
August 8, 2016 - 4:07pm


• The NASCAR Pinty's Series returns to the road course this weekend, and Andrew Ranger will look to extend his championship points lead on familiar ground. The Roxton Pond, Quebec, driver has four wins and nine top fives in nine starts at Quebec's Grand Prix Trois Rivieres, which hosts the Can-Am Le 50 Tours Sunday. He nearly got win No. 5 last year but was knocked out of the way on the final turn of the final lap by Kevin Lacroix. Ranger holds a one-point lead over 16-year-old Cayden Lapcevich. The Jostens Rookie of the Year candidate is coming off his first career win at Saskatoon. Lapcevich hasn't finished worse than third in four oval starts, while he did finish third on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to open the season. He finished 15th at GP3R last year. Despite missing the season opener to run the Indy 500, Alex Tagliani has moved up to third in points, 26 behind Ranger.

• Doug Coby appeared well on his way to a third win of the season at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway Friday, when a fuel pump issue sidelined him in the final 10 laps. It also opened the door to several championship contenders as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins the second half of the season Wednesday at another historic Connecticut oval, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Justin Bonsignore, on the strength of a tour-high six top fives in nine races, moved to second - 20 points back of Coby. Timmy Solomito, who opened the season with a win at Thompson, is four points behind Bonsignore, while Stafford winner Jimmy Blewett and Donny Lia are still both within striking distance. 

• Todd Gilliland's win at Iowa Speedway, his fourth NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of the season, allowed him to retake the championship lead from Ryan Partridge as the series heads to the Pacific Northwest this weekend. The NAPA Auto Parts 150 will be the series' 52nd race at Evergreen Speedway. After finishing 24th at Sonoma, Gilliland has picked up two straight wins to erase Partridge's lead. Partridge finished second to David Mayhew at Evergreen last year. Noah Gragson and defending series champion Chris Eggleston are 24 and 25 points back, respectively, and both scored top fives in last season's visit to Washington. 


Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 8:45 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. ET
Twitter: #Bud150, #NWMT, @ThompsonSpdwy


Day/Time Event 
Wednesday, Aug. 10
1 p.m. Haulers Enter
1:30 p.m. Crew Chief Meeting
1:45 p.m. Garage Opens
2:30 p.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting
3:15 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
4 - 5 p.m. Practice
6:15 p.m. Autograph Session (Behind Turn 1 Grandstands)
7 p.m. Qualifying (2 Laps)
8 p.m. Bud King of Beers 150

* All times are local and subject to change


NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Wash.
Saturday, Aug. 13, 9:15 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN, Thursday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. ET
Twitter: #NAPA150, #KNWest, @WAstateNASCAR


Day/Time Event
Saturday, Aug. 13  
9 a.m. Garage opens
12-12:45 p.m. Practice
1:15-2 p.m. Final Practice
3:30 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
4:15 p.m. Qualifying
5 p.m. Driver Autograph Session
6:20 p.m. Driver Introductions
6:30 p.m. Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150

* All times are local and subject to change.


Can-Am Le 50 Tours at Grand Prix Trois Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2 p.m. ET
TV: TSN, Sunday, Aug. 21, 3 p.m.; RDS, Live
Twitter: #CanAm50, #NPS, @GP3R


Date/Time Event 
Friday, Aug. 12  
7:30-8:30 a.m. Hauler Move-In (No Haulers Allowed In After This Time)
9:30 a.m. Registration Opens
12:30 p.m. Garage Opens
1 p.m. Inspection Begins
2 - 3 p.m. Optional Drivers Autograph Session
4:30 p.m. Garage & Registration Closes
Saturday, Aug. 13  
8:15 a.m. Garage Opens
9:15 a.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting
9:45 a.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
10:15 - 10:55 a.m. First Practice
1:10 - 1:50 p.m. Final Practice
5 p.m. Qualifying (NASCAR Road Race Style - Group Qualifying)
7 p.m. Garage Closes
Sunday, Aug. 14  
8 a.m. Garage Opens
11 a.m. Driver/Crew Chief/Spotter Meeting
12:15 p.m. Driver Autograph Session
1:50 p.m. VIP/Driver Introductions
2:10 p.m. LE 50 Tours Can-Am

* All times local and subject to change