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Ranger Makes It Two-For-Two Second K&N Pro Series Road Course Win Of 2010 LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Picking up where he left off at Infineon Raceway two weeks ago, Andrew Ranger returned to Victory Lane on a road course, this time in the NASCAR K&N...

Ranger Makes It Two-For-Two
Second K&N Pro Series Road Course Win Of 2010

LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Picking up where he left off at Infineon Raceway two weeks ago, Andrew Ranger returned to Victory Lane on a road course, this time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Lime Rock Park.

Race leader Cole Whitt ran off the course after contact with Ranger on Lap 52 of the 66-circuit event. Ranger assumed the lead and gradually drove away to beat Whitt to the checkered flag by 5.899 seconds.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Max Gresham and Brett Moffitt finished third and fourth, respectively. Points leader and defending Lime Rock winner Ryan Truex finished fifth. He led eight laps, but slid off the course and through the dirt in Turn 1 on a Lap 45 restart and lost 11 spots. Truex worked his way back through the field but ran out of time as the race didn't have another yellow flag.

Ranger won the Coors Light Pole Award Friday and led a race-high 29 laps Saturday in his fourth NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in the No. 35 Waste Management Recycling Chevrolet. A two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion, Ranger also drove to the victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event in Sonoma, Calif., on June 19. That win earned Ranger a secured starting spot in the postseason NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

"Overall it was a great weekend for us," Ranger said. "For the first time here at Lime Rock, the car was alright all weekend long. P1 in practice, P1 in qualifying -- there you go, we won our second race this year."

Immediately after the Lime Rock race, Ranger left the track in an effort to catch a helicopter to Quebec and start the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Autodrome St. Eustache. Ranger had to start at the rear of the field after he just made it to the track in time, and recorded a ninth-place finish.

Saturday marked the second runner-up finish for Whitt it his rookie season, and it came in his first road course competition.

"I just tried so hard. Its road racing, it's just one of those deals," Whitt said of getting off course late in the race. "This is my first time ever on a road course. We didn't do any schools and we didn't get to do any testing. I'm happy with how we ran, definitely, even though I don't show it. I'm kind of bummed out that we were so good and just came up short of a win."

Darrell Wallace Jr. was sixth on Saturday, followed by Eddie MacDonald, Jeff Anton, Miguel Paludo and Sergio Pena. The K&N 100 marked the first top-10 finishes for Paludo and Pena.

The seventh-place finish for MacDonald also moved last year's championship runner-up into the top-10 in the season standings for the first time in 2010.

Truex maintained his points lead by 43 points (981-938) over Wallace. Moffitt is third at 891, while Gresham and Whitt round out the top five.

The K&N 100 will air on SPEED on Thursday, July 8 at 6 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to the track on Friday, July 30 at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway.

-source: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Sergio Pena , Andrew Ranger , Jeff Anton , Cole Whitt , Eddie MacDonald , Brett Moffitt , Ryan Truex , Miguel Paludo , Max Gresham , Darrell Wallace Jr.
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing