ANDREW RANGER WINS DICKIES 200 AFTER FIRST LAP MISCUE IN ONLY HIS THIRD STOCK CAR OUTING
Bowmanville, ON, June 18, 2007: In impressive fashion, Andrew Ranger driver of the #27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion made a stunning come back from a first lap miscue to win the Dickies 200 on Sunday on Mosport's challenging 10 turn , 4 km road course.
After winning the pole starting position on Saturday afternoon, beating out former CASCAR series champion J. R. Fitzpatrick in a back and forth duel for the top spot, Ranger made a rookie error at the start of the 200 km event by jumping the green flag. He was accessed a pit drive through penalty and when he re-joined the field in his Jacombs Racing prepared Fusion, he was in twelfth place. Then the fun began as he made his march to the front of the field.
With eight laps remaining, Ranger powered past the other young gun in the series and 2006 CASCAR Champion J.R. Fitzpatrick who had until then been on the point, to take the lead. Ranger then put it on cruise control for the final laps and took the checkered flag in only his third appearance in a full bodied stock car. "I am very very happy," stated an excited Ranger after the race. "It was a great day for not only me but Dave Jacombs and his team who gave me a great Ford Fusion to drive today," he added. "I am really happy for the team who have worked so hard preparing three cars this weekend."
"You couldn't have scripted it any better from a fan perspective," stated a very happy team owner Dave Jacombs after the race. "The fans got to see a great race and it was a thrill for all of us to watch Andrew come from mid-pack to the front. I also cannot say enough about each and every member of my team. Most of them have been with me for a long time and this win is for them. - they deserve it for their 110% effort."
Team owner Dave Jacombs fielded three entries this weekend which was a huge undertaking. Veteran road racer Robin Buck fielded the #88 Jacombs Racing car and experienced engine problems, while multi-time Super Bike champion Miguel Duhamel had a stellar performance finishing 11th in the #8 Bitumar Ford also prepared by Jacombs Racing. This was Duhamel's first experience driving four wheel vehicles and judging by his smile and positive comments after the race it was one he enjoyed.
Jacombs Racing is located just outside Hamilton, ON in Mount Hope. They prepare the #27 Ford Fusion that will be driven by Andrew Ranger in all 12 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events in 2007. Alex Tagliani will also join Ranger as a teammate in the Trois Rivieres Grand Prix where team sponsor Wal-Mart is a presenting sponsor of the event. Jacombs racing will also field the #88 car for Robin Buck in the three remaining road course events, the Edmonton Grand Prix, the NASCAR Busch weekend event in Montreal and the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres.
Ranger now finds himself atop the National Point Standings heading into event number three at Barrie Speedway on Canada Day, Sunday July 1st. Schedule and details will follow.