RANGER SECOND IN MONTREAL MONTREAL, QC : Andrew Ranger driver of the No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion for the second race in a row lost the lead on the final lap to finish second. This weekend it was to road race ...
RANGER SECOND IN MONTREAL
MONTREAL, QC : Andrew Ranger driver of the No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion for the second race in a row lost the lead on the final lap to finish second. This weekend it was to road race veteran and winner of the 2006 event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Kerry Micks. Ranger took the lead from Micks with just over two laps remaining in the twenty-three lap NAPA Auto Pro 100 event before Micks made a daring last turn pass to take the win by .103 seconds. There was no doubt who the fan favourite was as while Micks was being presented the winning trophy the grandstands erupted in a chant of "Ranger, Ranger, Ranger."
Friday's practice and qualifying sessions went well with Ranger consistently posting times in the top two spots. J.R. Fitzpatrick took the pole position for the event with Ranger a very close second. Again the youngsters would line up on the front row together. Fitzpatrick would later lose a motor and fall from contention. An early race incident saw the front fender on the No. 27 machine get bent up but it didn't seem to slow him down as he battled in the top five until the closing laps when he took the lead. "I am very proud for my team and Wal-Mart, Tide and all of my sponsors to finish second today," stated Ranger after the race. "We are still the points leader in the NASCAR series."
"It was another great day for Jacombs Racing," stated team owner Dave Jacombs. "Andrew and Robin finished second and third again - same as in Edmonton. I am disappointed for Alex Tagliani as he had brake problems and was forced to park the car on lap six. We will get him back on the track at Trois Rivieres with hopefully no problems as he ran right up front when he was on the track."
Tagliani as teammate to Ranger drove the No. 8 Wal-Mart/Gain Chevrolet Monte Carlo and the team struggled with brake issues during practice and qualifying as well. Tagliani qualified in fourth and lined up behind Ranger for the start of the race but unfortunately brake problems are terminal.
With five top five finishes in six races and six top tens Ranger has extended his points lead to seventy four points over second place D. J. Kennington and seventy five points over third of Peter Gibbon in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Point Standings.
Next up for the No. 27 team is another oval, the Full Throttle 200 from Mosport Speedway on Saturday August 11th.
Jacombs Racing prepare the No. 27 Ford Fusion that will be driven by Andrew Ranger in all twelve NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events in 2007. Alex Tagliani will join Ranger as a teammate in Montreal at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres where sponsor Wal-Mart is a presenting sponsor of the race weekend.
Jacombs racing will also field the #88 Wix Ford Fusion for Robin Buck in the one remaining road course event.