Kevin Lacroix takes top spot in qualifying for Cam-Am 200 season opener

Quebec driver Kevin Lacroix wins third career NASCAR Pinty's Series pole award and first at CTMP in Saturday qualifying edging Alex Tagliani.

Kevin Lacroix takes top spot in qualifying for Cam-Am 200 season opener
Alex Tagliani
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

The 2017 season for the NASCAR Pinty's Series is underway and Kevin Lacroix is feeling pretty confident after qualifying for Sunday's Can-Am 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

After finishing second to Tagliani in practice, Lacroix piloted his No. 74 car to the pole position after qualifying Saturday edging his fellow Quebec driver by 3/10 of a second with a fast lap of 1:22.810 seconds (106.900 mph) to Tagliani's 1:23.166 (106.443).

"Before qualifying, I felt so so with the car, but we tried one thing on the car and it looked like it worked and the car was good and I was very happy to get in two good laps," said Lacroix. "We're very confident for the race tomorrow. I don't know if we'll race in the rain or if it will be dry but I'm confident in the car either way."

L.P. Dumoulin followed in third with Gary Klutt fourth and Alex Labbe fifth giving Quebec drivers four of the five top starting positions.

Lacroix won last fall at CTMP in the most recent race for the Pinty's Series and said the track hasn't changed but conditions vary in the spring from the fall on the 2.459-mile course.

"The track is always the same, but the first race of the year with the last one is always a little bit different," Lacroix added. "When we run with the trucks we both run Goodyears and the tire compound works better for us than when we run the season opener and the other divisions race with Pirellis, Michelins and other tires so our times are a little slower." 

Andrew Ranger finished sixth with Anthony Simone, D.J. Kennington, Jason Hathaway and Christopher Bell completing the top 10.

PosNo.NameSponsorBest TmBest SpeedIn LapLapsDiff
1 74 Kevin Lacroix Bumper to Bumper/Total/Gates 1:22.810 106.900 2 4  
2 18 Alex Tagliani EpiPen/Lowes/St. Hubert/Fast Wheels 1:23.166 106.443 2 4 0.356
3 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare 1:23.210 106.386 2 3 0.400
4 59 Gary Klutt Pioneer Family Pools 1:23.350 106.208 1 3 0.540
5 32 Alex Labbe Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ 1:23.657 105.818 2 3 0.847
6 27 Andrew Ranger Mopar/Pennzoil 1:23.682 105.786 3 5 0.872
7 95 Anthony Simone Innovative Plumbing & Mechanical/Castrol 1:23.900 105.511 2 4 1.090
8 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge 1:23.966 105.428 2 3 1.156
9 3 Jason Hathaway Kubota/Raybestos/Choko 1:24.031 105.347 2 3 1.221
10 22 Christopher Bell 22 Racing 1:24.163 105.182 2 4 1.353
11 76 Cayden Lapcevich Fastline Motorsports 1:24.491 104.773 4 5 1.681
12 04 J.F. Dumoulin Spectra Premium/Bernier/Bellemare 1:24.545 104.706 3 4 1.735
13 02 Matthew Scannell OMVIC/Leland/Beyond Digital 1:25.154 103.958 3 5 2.344
14 9 Adam Martin * Johnsonville/Oliviers/Riser's 1:25.156 103.955 4 5 2.346
15 42 Ryan Klutt Legendary Motorcar 1:25.252 103.838 2 5 2.442
16 21 Jason White Hal-Nor Plumbing/Powder Ventures Ex. 1:25.716 103.276 1 6 2.906
17 43 Robin Buck Ontario Chrysler Dealers 1:26.014 102.918 4 8 3.204
18 56 David Michaud * Excavation Mario Michaud 1:26.119 102.793 2 5 3.309
19 25 Brent Taylor * New Home Listing Service 1:26.380 102.482 2 4 3.570
20 69 Carl Gauthier * Security Experts, Esse Canada 1:28.940 99.532 2 3 6.130
21 1 Joey McColm CBRT/Piloti 1:28.951 99.520 2 4 6.141
22 67 Dave Thorndyke Thorson EVT 1:29.292 99.140 4 5 6.482
23 11 Martin Cote * GO-VR.com 1:31.292 96.968 6 8 8.482
24 8 Larry Jackson Piloti/CBRT 1:45.043 84.274 1 2 22.233
25 09 Charles Harvey * Havoline   - 0    
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