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Andrew Ranger ajoute un autre autocollant à sa voiture, ce qui porte à 25 le nombre de victoires en carrière (Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

QUICK LOOK BACK: Jukasa Produces Clean, Intense Action

Race two of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule was the first on an oval track, where a majority of the season’s races will be contested. And despite the tendency for Jukasa Motor Speedway to deliver a physical race, the APC 200 saw a thrilling, but clean finish.

Runner-up Kevin Lacroix qualified poorly but was in contention in the end when it mattered. Lacroix, who earned his first career oval track win in the previous year’s edition of the race, brought his No. 74 Bumper to Bumper Dodge to the front of the pack and was in position to challenge race leader – and eventual winner – Andrew Ranger.

The duo finished one-two in the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, but with Ranger chasing Lacroix. Despite the hard racing to close the race, Ranger kept it clean. This time around, Lacroix repaid the sportsmanship.

“We had the opportunity to fight for first on the last few laps, but I would have preferred the outside groove, my car was faster there,” Lacroix said. “I had a choice, either finish second or crashing the leader so I chose the second place and I’m happy with it.”

Shepherd Strong in Season Debut

Peter Shepherd III continues to impress in his return to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Following five years away, Shepherd teamed up with owner Dave Jacombs for six races last year, all of which he finished in the top 10.

He picked right up where he left off, inching closer to Victory Lane.

“It was a really good race, I can’t thank the crew enough they made all the right decisions,” Shepherd said. “We’re that close we just have to get a couple more cars and we’ll be good to go.”

Landauer Makes Pinty’s Series History

Julia Landauer made history on Lap 72 of the APC 200, becoming the first woman to lead a lap in series history. Landauer, from New York City, also became the first American to lead a Pinty’s race since Jason Bowles in 2011.

“That was a heartbreaker,” Landauer tweeted after the race. “(DJK Racing) gave me a rocket ship, ran top 3 for a long time, then got pinched on the exit of 4 into the wall. Day ended when I got slammed hard into the wall on a late restart by a lapped car. Unnecessary end to a great weekend. Huge thanks to the team!”

Landauer is scheduled to run four more races this season – Toronto, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, New Hampshire and the finale at Jukasa.

Overcoming Adversity

Three series veterans were able to overcome significant issues to secure solid finishes. Mark Dilley and D.J. Kennington both suffered late race issues – Kennington, a blown tire, and Dilley had mechanical issues.  Both drivers were able to finish in the top 10 to salvage their day. Donald Theetge led for 25 laps late in the race before a weakening engine dropped him to fifth place at finish.

Tune-in

The APC 200 will air on TSN this Saturday, June 8 at 12 p.m. RDS2 will air the race Sunday, June 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

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Andrew Ranger won the APC 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway (Matthew Manor/NASCAR)