After entering the season as one of the favorites to win the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship, Kevin Lacroix was ready to challenge.
Unfortunately, things haven’t gone the way he might have hoped this season, and although he won’t win the title, Lacroix erased some of his frustration by winning the Visit New Hampshire 100 at New Hamsphire Motor Speedway on Saturday.
It was the second win of the season for Lacroix, but more importantly, an historic win in the first series race ever held in the United States. He took the lead early and after his closest contender, Andrew Ranger, suffered mechanical problems on lap 73, he cruised to the victory.
“I really liked to race on the long oval like this one (NHMS),” said Lacroix. “Towards the end of the race I was nervous about running out of fuel so I stopped pushing to make sure I would have enough gas to finish the race.”
Lacroix led 90 of the 100 laps in the event and now sits in sixth-place in the points standings – just three points behind Marc-Antoine Camirand, who is fifth.
Tagliani Pulls A Little Closer in Championship Battle
Alex Tagliani finished seventh – one spot ahead of points leader L.P. Dumoulin – moving him to within four points of the lead (488-484) with one race remaining on the 2018 schedule.
The seventh-place showing was respectable for the veteran, however, it ended a streak of five straight top-five finishes that helped pull him into contention for the championship.
A mechanical issue forced him to pit for repairs that put him back in the field and he had to race his way back up to the top-10.
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“Obviously the finish is not what we expected with the car we had in practice and qualifying,” said Tagliani. “A technical glitch changed the outcome of our race as the car started to oversteer in the worse way making it hard for me to drive it.”
“We are heading to a tack that I like for a championship showdown. I feel quite confident for the season finale. Maybe this is our time to finally finish on top.”
Tagliani was one of just four drivers in the field that had previously competed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Pete Shepherd III Enjoys Best Finish in Five Years
Pete Shepherd III is no stranger to success in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series — having scored five wins in 24 starts between 2008 and 2013. Shepherd has five starts this season, and finished second at New Hampshire, marking his best effort of 2018.
Jacombs also watched his team car, driven by Adam Martin, finish 11th in the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Shepherd will attempt to compete in the season finale as well this Saturday at Jukasa Motor Speedway, where he made his return to the series in June finishing ninth.
- Cole Powell used his experience in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car at New Hampshire to help him win the inaugural pole for the Visit New Hampshire 100. He led the first 10 laps of the race before fading back, but rebounded to finish fourth in the race and keep his streak of top-five finishes alive on ovals in 2018 with his eighth top-five on an oval track.
- DJ Kennington continued his streak as the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race this year and in the process scored his 12th top-10 finish of the season on Saturday. The 12th top-10 is also a new personal record for the St. Thomas, Ontario, native. His previous personal best was 11 top-10 finishes, a goal he had accomplished six other times throughout his historic career in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
- Armani Williams scored his first top-10 finish in the series, coming home ninth in New Hampshire. Williams made five starts in 2017 and made his first start of the season on Saturday. Williams, who made history in the series becoming the first driver to compete with autism last season, finished 11th at Delaware Speedway last year for his best showing before Saturday.
The 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season will come to a close for the second consecutive season this Saturday at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Lacroix won the first race held at the track in June and will try to finish the season with back-to-back wins. Fans will also be treated to a battle for the championship as the series enters the final season with the top-two drivers within four points of one another for the fourth time in the history of the NASCAR-sanctioned division.