Edmonton: Qualifying notes

Ranger Speeds To Edmonton Pole Edmonton, Alberta -- Andrew Ranger laid down the fastest lap in qualifying for the Edmonton Canadian Tire Series 100 at the Rexall Edmonton Indy and will start from the pole position for ...

Ranger Speeds To Edmonton Pole

Edmonton, Alberta -- Andrew Ranger laid down the fastest lap in qualifying for the Edmonton Canadian Tire Series 100 at the Rexall Edmonton Indy and will start from the pole position for tomorrow's race.

Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford) posted a time of 80.797 seconds around the 1.973-mile temporary road course, fashioned from runways, taxiways and access roads at Edmonton City Centre Airport for an average lap speed of 87.909 mph.

It is the first pole this season for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio defending champion out of Roxton Pond, Quebec and the third of his series career.

"The car has been great all day," said Ranger. "It has a brand new motor in it and really handled the turns very well. This is a great track to race. The first part is very technical, but then it changes to a speed course."

Joining him on the front row will be teammate Alex Tagliani (No. 7 Wal-Mart/Ubisoft) whose lap timed in at 81.668 seconds (86.972 mph).

"It will be great having (Tagliani) starting next to me," Ranger said. "We just need to keep it that way tomorrow."

On the inside of row two is Trevor Seibert (No. 69 Lake Excavating Ford), racing out of Williams Lake, B.C., with a lap time of 81.772 seconds (86.861 mph). The outside of the row is occupied by Brad Graham (No. 19 Full Throttle Energy Drink Dodge) who turned a lap in 81.788 seconds (86.844 mph).

A year ago, Ranger started on the pole and led every lap of the race before being passed by J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet) on the white flag lap leaving Ranger as the runner-up.

The NASCAR Road Race style (group) qualifying format was used to set the field for tomorrow's event. Competitors were split into two groups for time trials based on their practice times earlier today.

The Edmonton Canadian Tire Series 100 is slated for 11 a.m. MT Saturday.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Brad Graham , Andrew Ranger , Trevor Seibert , J.R. Fitzpatrick
Teams Williams