Montreal: Goodyear Racing race notes

FITZPATRICK WINS NASCAR CANADA TIRE SERIES ROAD RACE MONTREAL, Quebec (Aug. 31, 2009) -- J.R. Fitzpatrick started fifth, survived a rugged finish and won the NAPA Autopro 100 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Circuit Gilles ...

FITZPATRICK WINS NASCAR CANADA TIRE SERIES ROAD RACE

MONTREAL, Quebec (Aug. 31, 2009) -- J.R. Fitzpatrick started fifth, survived a rugged finish and won the NAPA Autopro 100 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course.

Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for the Canadian Tire Series. The bias-ply tires Goodyear supplies the Series are from the same line that Goodyear supplies NASCAR's Camping World Series East and West divisions. The tires face different applications, ranging from road courses like the 2.73-mile Villeneuve venue to the short ovals around Canada that the Series visits every year.

The Canadian Tire Series competitors did most of their practicing in rainy conditions, using Goodyear's Eagle bias-ply rain tires, then qualified and raced on a dry track. The Canadian Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series are the only two NASCAR series that use Goodyear's rain tires on road courses.

A late-race dustup among the top runners left Series veteran Scott Steckly's car upside down but Fitzpatrick soldiered home to collect his first win of the season and the fourth of his career. The winner averaged 59.723 mph for the race distance.

Andrew Ranger, who raced with the leaders all the way through the NASCAR Nationwide Series on the same track a few hours later, finished second to Fitzpatrick. Kerry Micks finished third after leading the first eight laps, D.J. Kennington took fourth and Mark Gilley finished fifth. The starting field included 34 cars.

Alex Tagliani won his second straight pole with a 92.022 mph during qualifying.

Three races remain in the 2009 season and Ranger holds a 134-point lead over Kennington in the race the Series title.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Gilles Villeneuve , D.J. Kennington , Kerry Micks , Scott Steckly , Andrew Ranger , J.R. Fitzpatrick