THIRD TIME IS A CHARM: Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion) earned a win in just his third effort in a stock car and just his second NASCAR event. He overcame two mistakes en route to the victory. He was penalized for jumping the ...
THIRD TIME IS A CHARM: Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion) earned a win in just his third effort in a stock car and just his second NASCAR event. He overcame two mistakes en route to the victory. He was penalized for jumping the initial start of the race from the pole position and had an extended pit stop on lap 22. Both times, he was able to work his way through traffic seemingly with great ease. Ranger made the full-time switch to NASCAR this past off season after finishing 10th a season ago in the final CHAMP Car point standings.
FORD'S TURN: Ranger's win brought Ford its first victory in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Six Dodges placed in the top 10 led by Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mobil 1/Mopar Dodge) in third place. Second-place finisher J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Milwaukee Electric Tools Chevrolet) was the highest finishing Chevy. All told, 12 Dodges, 10 Chevys, five Fords and two Pontiacs were in the field.
BUD POLE JINX? For the second time in as many races, the initial start of the race did not go well for the Bud Pole winner. This week, Ranger jumped the start and was tagged with a pass-through penalty, but was able to overcome that and win the race. On May 26 at Cayuga Speedway Park, D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Dodge) broke a right rear trailing arm which led to a disappointing 23rd-place finish.
MOBIL 1 OIL "COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF THE RACE" AWARD: In addition to picking up his first win in the Canadian Tire Series and all that goes with it, Ranger also collects $1,500 from Mobil 1 as a reward for his effort.
POLITICS AND NASCAR: Politicians in Canada have determined that the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is a very effective marketing tool. At the Dickies 200 presented by Canadian Shield, the Conservative Party of Canada's logo was on the hood of Pierre Bourque's No. 29 DRIVING.CA/Conservative Party of Canada Dodge. Their counterparts, on both sides of the political spectrum, in the United States have a long history of attempting to connect with NASCAR fans. NASCAR's national fan base, in both the U.S. and Canada, is a large and growing segment of the electorate.
MOPAR FAST FIVE: A newly introduced program in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the Mopar Fast Five. This program awards the top-five finishing Dodges in the race. In the Dickies 200 presented by Canadian Shield, Beauchamp was the top finishing Dodge with his third-place effort and for that he was awarded $2,000 CAD. Kennington's finish of fifth was rewarded with $1,250. Mark Dilley in his No. 9 Dodge-sponsored Avenger was the third-highest finishing Dodge which earned him $1,000. The fourth and fifth-place Dodges were those of Dave Whitlock ($500) and Derek Lynch ($250).
MICKS AVOIDS ACCIDENT, BUT RUINS FINISH: Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) had his sights set on a podium finish but that came to an abrupt end on lap 47 of the 51-lap race. He was rapidly heading into the very challenging turn two at Mosport when he spotted the John Tsoumaris (No. 41 John's Unique Auto Body Chevrolet) backing out on to the 10-turn 2.459-mile course. Micks wound up finishing 21st in the event.
"I had no choice, but to take to the grass," said Micks. "The first thing I saw was the driver's side of his car backing out on to the racing surface."