Trois-Rivieres: Series race notes

Ranger Does It Again Defends Race Title And Collects Fifth Win In 2009 TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (Aug. 16, 2009) -- Andrew Ranger had to contend with a hungry Anthony Simone but held on to win the GP3R 100 in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by...

Ranger Does It Again
Defends Race Title And Collects Fifth Win In 2009

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (Aug. 16, 2009) -- Andrew Ranger had to contend with a hungry Anthony Simone but held on to win the GP3R 100 in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action from the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (Que.) on Sunday afternoon, successfully defending his race title from a year ago.

Simone, looking for his first series win, stayed right on Ranger's rear deck lid throughout a green-white-checkered finish before settling for a runner-up finish. Setting up the two-lap dash to the finish line was a red flag caused by Jason Hathaway's contact with a retaining wall that track officials needed to repair.

It was Ranger's fifth victory of the season in the No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford, which establishes a new single-season series record eclipsing Scott Steckly's four wins of a season ago. It was also Ranger's fourth win in the last five races, dating back to his triumph at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C., on July 18.

DJ Kennington finished third for his seventh top-five finish of the season.

Jacques Villeneuve, who had a disappointing result in this series debut on July 11 at Autodrome St. Eustache (Que.), finished the race in the fourth position. He was followed by Ron Beauchamp Jr. in fifth.

Kerry Micks, Jeff Lapcevich, Don Thomson Jr., Joey Hanssen and Kent Nuhn rounded out the top 10.

The race was slowed 3 times for caution for a total of 11 laps. The race was completely restarted after there was contact between J.F. Dumoulin and Robin Buck on the first lap. The race lead changed hands three times involving two drivers.

In the championship point standings, Ranger grew his lead to 124 points over Kennington, who moved into the second-place position. Defending series champion Steckly came into the race second in points, but left in fourth after experiencing transmission problems just 12 laps into the race. He is now 154 points off Ranger's pace.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is on the track next on Sunday, Aug. 30 at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the AUTOPRO 100 just prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series event.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Gilles Villeneuve , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Kerry Micks , Robin Buck , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Andrew Ranger , Jeff Lapcevich , Jason Hathaway , Kent Nuhn , Anthony Simone , Joey Hanssen