Andrew Ranger left for the western swing with goal in mine: dominate. Following two standout races in Saskatoon, Ranger came into Edmonton looking to finish the job.
Ranger took care of that Saturday in dominating fashion by winning the LUXXUR 300 at Edmonton International Raceway. With rain a factor once again, Ranger’s No.27 Mopar Dodge wasted no time taking the lead from LP Dumoulin on lap 228.
As cautions came out and restarts were ran, Ranger continued to fend off all who opposed him. In the end, the rain came down and NASCAR was forced to call the race on lap 275. The Roxton Pond, Quebec driver lead 253 laps en-route his 27th career NASCAR Pinty’s Series victory.
"I’m so happy, you know I want to thank all of my team, Mopar, it’s been awesome, third win this season" Ranger said. "We did great tonight, back-to-back wins. I’m so proud of them and right now we lead the championship again and we have a little bit more points out front so this is great."
Ranger ended his western swing with two wins, a third place finish and the points lead.
Since returning to the Pinty’s Series full-time Jason Hathaway has been stringing together good runs. With the rain closing in, Hathaway made a march to front. Mounting pressure until the rains came, the No.3 Kubota Canada Chevrolet would finish second. This marked the Stouffville, Ontario driver’s first podium of the season and highest finish since winning at Kawartha in 2016.
"It was a good race, we didn’t get to qualifying at all so we started 11th but we had a good car though. We were able to race real well so we ended up being able to drive up to the front" Hathaway said "I don’t think we had anything for the 27, he was pretty good all day and all through practice. I would’ve liked to give it a shot, go for the win but we’ll take it."
"Second place, we’ll build from this and start heading off to the road course next in Trois-Rivieres than an oval after that, so let’s see if we can go win one."
Saskatoon race one winner LP Dumoulin was another driver with a successful western swing. The Trois-Rivieres, Quebec driver came home third after a strong run at the track he won at last year. Dumoulin will leave Edmonton with momentum carrying into this his home tack at GP3R in August.
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Alex Labbe and Donald Theetge brought their battered cars home fourth and fifth, completing the top five.
Marc-Antoine Camirand and Kevin Lacroix were sixth and seventh respectively. Alex Tagliani, Anthony Simone and D.J Kennington rounded out the top ten finishers.
Following the LUXXUR 300, Andrew Ranger will enter the next event with an 18 point lead over Kevin Lacroix. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back in action August 10 and 11 when they go to the iconic Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres for the Les 50 Tours Hotel Le Concorde.