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Alex Tagliani will start from the pole for the Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto (Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Alex Tagliani Thunders to Exhibition Place Pole

TORONTO, Ont — Alex Tagliani scored the E3 Sparks Plugs pole for the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto Friday at Exhibition Place during an action-filled qualifying session.

Tagliani’s No.18 Rona/EpiPen Chevrolet set a fast time of 1 minute 16.893 seconds (82.166 mph), to take his first pole of the season and at the 1.755 mile street course. His time was not quick enough to beat the track record (1.16.260) set in 2011 by Jason Bowles.

The 44-year-old driver from Lachenaie, Quebec won the 2016 Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto and looks to become the first driver since Andrew Ranger to score a second win on the street course.

Marc-Antoine Camirand finished second with a time of 1:17.025 (82.025), while Andrew Ranger set a time of 1:17.251 (81.984) to start third in tomorrow’s race.

The session was marred by numerous incidents, one involving fourth-place qualifier Kevin Lacroix. Lacroix suffered a hard crash coming out of turn seven and will go to a backup for Saturday’s race.

Anthony Simone rounded out the top five but will also have go to the rear of the field following a crash in Turn 3.

Gary Klutt and points leader LP Dumoulin finished sixth and seventh respectively. JF Dumoulin will start eighth, despite heavy contact with James Vance during the warm up lap in group two.

Kerry Micks and Peter Klutt will round out the top ten. Pete Shepherd III did not qualify due to damage suffered in a practice wreck.

The green flag for the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto will drop at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday.