Ranger Takes Bud Pole in Dickies 200 Presented by Canadian Shield
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (June 16, 2007) -- Andrew Ranger turned a lap in 85.436 seconds on the 2.459-mile road course at Mosport International Raceway which works out to an average speed of 103.614 mph.
Ranger, of Roxton Pond, Quebec, will lead the field to start the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio event scheduled for Sunday afternoon. He was fast in the two earlier practice sessions, as well, by posting the fastest time between the two practices in his No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion.
J.R. Fitzpatrick was second quickest during the Bud Pole qualifying session by navigating the 10-turn track in 85.747 (103.239 mph). The third fastest time was recorded by D.J. Kennington with a time of 86.413 (102.443 mph).
The NASCAR road racing group qualifying session was split into two groups based on the fastest time recorded in either practice session.
"The car was really comfortable all day," said Ranger. "My road racing experience paid off today, but the real work will be done tomorrow."
Ranger, a former CHAMP Car competitor, finished fourth in the season opener at Cayuga Speedway Park on May 26 and now sits on the pole in just his second event behind the wheel of a NASCAR machine.
"There are really no comparisons at all between these cars and a CHAMP car. They are completely different," added Ranger.
The Dickies 200 presented by Canadian Shield Anticrime Response Corporation will get underway at approximately 2:15 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon at the historic track.