Ranger All But Clinches Series Title With Win Collects Record Sixth Win In 2009 ANTIGONISH, N.S. -- Andrew Ranger, for all intents and purposes, clinched the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship on Sunday at ...
Ranger All But Clinches Series Title With Win
Collects Record Sixth Win In 2009
ANTIGONISH, N.S. -- Andrew Ranger, for all intents and purposes, clinched the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 championship on Sunday at Riverside International Speedway in style by winning the Komatsu 300. All he has to do is start his No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford in the season finale next week.
With his single-season series record sixth win, Ranger, with a 189-point lead in the standings, is right on the cusp of his second series title in three seasons having won it in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series' inaugural season of 2007.
Ranger, racing out of Roxton Pond, Que., won for the first time on an oval track on July 18 at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. He followed that up with another win on an oval at Mosport Speedway in Bowmanville, Ont., on Aug. 8 before taking a third oval-track win in this event. The accomplished road racer also won three times on road courses--Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont., Rexall Speedway in Edmonton, Alberta and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec--to account for his six victories this season.
Even when not finishing the race in Victory Lane, Ranger, 22, was a contender each and every race. He has eight top-five finishes and has yet to finish outside the top 10 in 12 events, so far, this season.
In the race, he drove his Walmart/Tide Ford to the lead for good on Lap 253 as he moved past Jeff Lapcevich, who led the previous 97 laps. From there, Ranger opened a sizeable lead and eventually beat Lapcevich to the line by 9.159 seconds. The runner-up finish for Lapcevich was a series-career best.
Third place went to Mark Dilley as he notched his third straight top five. Ron Beauchamp Jr. had another strong run and finished fourth followed by local Antigonish driver Donald Chisholm in fifth.
Jason Hathaway, Kerry Micks, Brad Graham, Dave Whitlock and Jason White rounded out the top 10.
The race lead changed seven times among six drivers and was slowed just three times due to caution for a total of 25 laps.
In the point standings, Beauchamp moved ahead of DJ Kennington, who suffered transmission problems in the race, to take the second position and has the only mathematical chance of taking the title by winning the race and leading the most laps to garner 190 points should Ranger not start the race for some unforeseen reason.
Earlier in the day, Kennington won his second pole of the season and the third of his series career.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series wraps up the 2009 season next Saturday evening, Sept. 26, at Kawartha Speedway in the Z-Line Designs 250 presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario and Coca-Cola.