Edmonton: Qualifying notes

Ranger Snags Bud Pole Award in Edmonton EDMONTON, Alberta (July 20, 2007) -- Andrew Ranger turned a lap in 81.311 seconds on the 1.973-mile street course at the Rexall Grand Prix Edmonton which translates to an average lap speed...

Ranger Snags Bud Pole Award in Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta (July 20, 2007) -- Andrew Ranger turned a lap in 81.311 seconds on the 1.973-mile street course at the Rexall Grand Prix Edmonton which translates to an average lap speed of 87.353 mph. As a result of that effort he will lead the 30-car field to the green flag tomorrow afternoon for the Canadian Tire Series 100.

Ranger, once again, showed his road course prowess. Earlier this season he won both the Bud Pole and the race at Mosport International Raceway, a road course track in Ontario. It is the second pole award for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio competitor out of Roxton Pond, Quebec and he is the first two-time pole winner in the series that began just this year.

Obviously comfortable on the road courses, Ranger beat second-place qualifier J.R. Fitzpatrick by .076 seconds. Fitzpatrick traveled the course in 81.387 seconds for an average speed of 87.272 mph. A year ago Ranger was at this very same event, but with a CHAMP Car World Series team. However, Ranger downplayed any correlation between the two events.

"I know where to go. That is about it," he said. "CHAMP cars and Canadian Tire Series cars are completely different. The way they handle in the turn. The braking zones are nothing alike. Very little is the same."

As the current championship point standings leader, Ranger has to be taken at his word, but with the ease at which he moves around the course is something to behold. He gives all the credit to his crew and No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion.

"My team gave me another great car to work with. It is very balanced and it made my job easier," he stated.

The third-fastest time recorded in qualifying was put up by Kerry Micks at 81.948 seconds (86.674 mph). Dave Whitlock and Scott Steckly rounded out the top five.

The cars went out to qualify in three groups of 10 cars based on their fastest lap in practice earlier in the day. The fastest group all qualified in the top 10.

The Canadian Tire Series 100 is scheduled to take the green flag Saturday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. MT.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Dave Whitlock , Kerry Micks , Andrew Ranger , J.R. Fitzpatrick