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Qualifying: Record Run For Micks

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

MONTREAL – Defending NAPA 100 champion Kerry Micks set a track record in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio qualifying at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The driver out of Mount Albert, Ontario worked his way around the 14-turn, 2.710-mile road course in 106.664 seconds for an average lap speed of 91.465 mph.

It was Micks’ (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) first pole of the 2008 season and the third of his Canadian Tire Series career.

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Practice: Fitzpatrick Fast In Montreal

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

MONTREAL - J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet) had the quickest car on the track in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series practice for the NAPA 100 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Cambridge, Ontario-based driver navigated the 14-turn, 2.710-mile road course located on Île Notre Dame in 107.108 seconds for an average speed of 91.587 mph.

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News & Notes: Taws Overcomes Obstacles On And Off The Track

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Beating the odds is nothing new to Ashley Taws, both as a female racer and as a victim of a terrible passenger car accident in late 2002.

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Tagliani Scores First NASCAR Win

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

EDMONTON, Alberta – Alex Tagliani picked up his first NASCAR win in just his eighth start in a stock car. He won the Edmonton Canadian Tire Series 100 at Rexall Speedway in convincing fashion by beating runner-up Scott Steckly to the line by 1.404 seconds.

Tagliani (No. 7 Wal-Mart/Ubisoft Ford), a Quebec native, made a pair of starts last season in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio, but is racing full-time this season after making the move from the open-wheel racing world.

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Ranger Speeds To Edmonton Pole

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

EDMONTON, Alberta – Andrew Ranger laid down the fastest lap in qualifying for the Edmonton Canadian Tire Series 100 at the Rexall Edmonton Indy and will start from the pole position for tomorrow’s race.

Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford) posted a time of 80.797 seconds around the 1.973-mile temporary road course, fashioned from runways, taxiways and access roads at Edmonton City Centre Airport for an average lap speed of 87.909 mph.

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Practice: Ranger Back To The Front

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

EDMONTON, Alberta - Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford) topped the charts in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series practice Friday at the Rexall Edmonton Indy as they prepare for Saturday's Edmonton Canadian Tire Series 100.

The defending series champion circuited the 1.973-mile temporary road course, fashioned from runways, taxiways and access roads at Edmonton City Centre Airport, in 80.698 seconds which translates to an average speed of 88.017 mph.

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News & Notes: From Underdog To Top Dog, Steckly Solidifies Season

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Coming into the 2008 season, several drivers were considered title contenders in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio and Scott Steckly was not among those given serious consideration. This was despite the fact he closed out the 2007 season with his first series win at Kawartha Speedway.

Fortunately for Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge), races and point championships are not decided by pre-season talk and speculation, but rather by hard work and determination.

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Pole To Victory Lane: Thomson Cruises

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

VERNON, B.C. – Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) passed points leader Scott Steckly (No. 22 IRL International/Tow Truck in a Box Dodge) with just eight laps remaining in the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 at SunValley Speedway in front of a capacity crowd.

Steckly was in position to collect his third straight NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio win before Thomson made the pass for his first win of the 2008 season and his third overall in the series.

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Thomson Takes Another Pole

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

VERNON, B.C. – With the pole position for the A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 on the line in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio time trials at SunValley Speedway, Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) timed in at 18.456 seconds for an average speed of 97.529 mph on the .500-mile tri-oval situated in the Okanogan Valley of British Columbia.

Thomson backed up his fast time in practice with his fourth pole of the season and the sixth of his Canadian Tire Series career.

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Practice: There's No Slowing Thomson

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

VERNON, B.C. – Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) laid down the fastest lap in A&W Cruisin’ The Dub 300 practice at SunValley Speedway. He clocked in at 18.268 seconds which averages out to 98.533 mph on the .500-mile tri-oval.
 
Thomson continues to be one of the fastest cars in the field. The Ayr, Ontario driver has won three of four poles in 2008.

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