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News & Notes: NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Headed For Stretch Run

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Just four races remain in the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio season and Scott Steckly continues his stranglehold on the top position in the points standings.

Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) assumed command of the points standings by winning the season opener in May at Cayuga Motor Speedway. He further cemented his grip by winning two of the next three events and has not come close to relinquishing the lead since that hot start.

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Ranger Slips By For Win

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Andrew Ranger took advantage of an opportunity and won the GP3R 100 after race leader Scott Steckly and J.R. Fitzpatrick got tangled up in the final lap of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race.

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Rangers To Finish Nationwide Season

By Team Release

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - After having shown his immense talent two weeks ago in Montreal, it is now official; Andrew Ranger will finish the season and participate in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series events starting Friday August 22. The announcement was made Sunday in the media centre of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.

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Qualifying: Fitzpatrick Sets GP3R Mark

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – J.R. Fitzpatrick won his first pole of the season in record fashion during NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio qualifying for the GP3R 100 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

The 21 year-old Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet), out of Cambridge, Ont., circuited the 1.530-mile temporary road course in 68.446 seconds for an average lap speed of 80.472 mph to earn his fourth career Canadian Tire Series pole. In the process, he broke his own record of 68.573 seconds set a season ago.

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Practice: Tagliani Paces GP3R

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Alex Tagliani posted the fastest time in Friday’s Canadian Tire Series practice for the GP3R 100 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
 
The native of Lachenaie, Quebec piloted his No. 7 Wal-Mart/Ubisoft Ford to a time of 69.454 seconds around the 1.530-mile temporary road course which translates to an average speed of 78.268 mph.

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News & Notes: Gibbons Motoring Along

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Peter Gibbons has powered more race cars to Victory Lane than just his own. Gibbons Motorsports has built motors for racers throughout Canada for many years.

Gibbons’ (No. 1 Canadian Tire/Mobil Super Chevrolet) name forever is etched into Canadian stock-car history and lore not only for his prowess behind the wheel, but also for lending a helping hand to his fellow competitors.

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Micks Charges To Full Throttle Win

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – There was a familiar look to much of the Full Throttle Energy Drink 200 at Mosport Speedway with championship point leader Scott Steckly leading the first 126 laps, but an engine failure ended his bid for his fourth victory this season. Steckly’s misfortune ultimately led to Kerry Micks’ first victory in 2008 and his first since winning back-to-back events last August.

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Mosport Washed Out

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Inclement weather has forced the postponement of the Full Throttle Energy Drink 200 at Mosport Speedway. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio event was scheduled for Saturday evening start before the weather system moved into the area. NASCAR and track officials have re-scheduled the event for Sunday.

Time trials are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., and the Full Throttle Energy Drink 200 is set for a noon green flag.

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Practice: Thomson Shows The Way

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) topped the chart in practice for the Full Throttle Energy Drink 200. He patrolled the .500-mile oval at Mosport Speedway in 21.381 seconds for an average lap speed of 84.147 mph.

Thomson’s time was .211 seconds faster than the qualifying record established by J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet) a year ago at 21.592 seconds (83.364 mph).

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News & Notes: Thomson Wants To Add NASCAR Title To Extensive Resume

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

Championships are nothing new to Don Thomson Jr. He won five consecutive CASCAR Super Series titles from 2001 to 2005, but he would like to add a NASCAR championship to his already impressive resume.

Actually, Thomson (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) won seven straight championships, having won a pair of CASCAR East Series titles just prior to his string of national series triumphs.

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