Andrew Ranger paces field in Pinty's Series qualifying at GP3R
Andrew Ranger emerges quickest in the sole qualifying session for Sunday's NASCAR Pinty's Series Le 50 Tours CanAm at Circuit Trois-Rivières.
After missing the most recent NASCAR Pinty's Series race due to falling ill during practice at Edmonton International Raceway two weeks ago, Andrew Ranger made sure everyone knew he was back Saturday afternoon at GP3R.
Ranger won his fourth career pole award for the prestigious event with a fast time of 1:06.958 nearly breaking the track record for the series.
Alex Tagliani, who was fastest in the morning practice session, setting a quick time of 1:07.742 around the 1.53-mile temporary street course, finished second in qualifying just .043 seconds behind Ranger with Marc-Antoine Camirand third.
Two-time defending race winner Kevin Lacroix was fourth with L.-P. Dumoulin, who was second quickest in practice, rounding out the top five.
The field was divided into three groups for qualifying.
David Michaud set the fastest time in Group 1 with a time of 1:08.146. D.J. Kennington was quick out of the box in Group 2, setting a time of 1:07.823.
J.F. Dumoulin, L.-P. older brother, was second quickest ahead of the surprising Anthony Simone.
After three group's went out to qualify, in the end, it was Ranger that was quick enough for pole position. The two-time NASCAR Canadian champion was the only driver to smash the 1 minute 07 second barrier.
The 50-lap race will go green Sunday afternoon at 2:18 p.m. ET.
Here are the complete qualifying results:
|Pos||No.||Name||Sponsor||Best Tm||Best Speed||In Lap||Laps||Diff|
|2||18||Alex Tagliani||EpiPen/Lowes/St. Hubert/Fast Wheels||1:07.003||82.205||3||5||0.044|
|3||22||Marc-Antoine Camirand||GM Paillè||1:07.124||82.057||3||4||0.165|
|4||74||Kevin Lacroix||Bumper to Bumper/Total/Gates/Go Fast||1:07.242||81.913||3||5||0.283|
|5||47||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare/Berier||1:07.294||81.850||3||4||0.335|
|6||32||Alex Labbe||Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ||1:07.418||81.699||4||4||0.459|
|7||17||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge||1:07.823||81.211||3||3||0.864|
|8||04||J.F. Dumoulin||Spectra Premium/Bernier/Bellemare||1:07.849||81.180||3||3||0.890|
|9||95||Anthony Simone||Innovative Plumbing/Ink Your Ride||1:08.046||80.945||4||5||1.087|
|10||56||David Michaud *||Crackboom/Trailers by Jim Bray/Excavation Michaud||1:08.147||80.825||4||4||1.188|
|12||76||Cayden Lapcevich||Fastline Motorsports||1:08.208||80.753||3||3||1.249|
|14||25||Simon Dion-Viens||Castrol Canada/Bestbuy Pieces D'auto/WE Finances||1:08.239||80.716||5||5||1.280|
|15||9||Adam Martin *||Johnsonville/Oliviers/Reser's||1:10.773||77.826||4||6||3.814|
|16||20||Raymond Guay *||Classique Int. de Canot/Groupe Potvin||1:11.105||77.463||3||8||4.146|
|18||77||Jocelyn Fecteau||Cricket/Farnham AXL/EGB||1:12.266||76.218||4||5||5.307|
|19||11||Martin Cote *||GO-VR.com||1:13.003||75.449||3||6||6.044|
|20||8||Larry Jackson||Wonder/Dunright Foam/CBRT/B&B Decals||1:20.756||68.205||2||2||13.797|
*Denotes Jostens Rookie of the Year candidate
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