Trois-Rivieres: Andrew Ranger race notes

RANGER AND JACOMBS SETTLE FOR SECOND Trois Rivieres, QC: For the third road course event in a row, Andrew Ranger driver of the No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion prepared by Jacombs Racing lost a white flag lap lead to finish second. And for...

RANGER AND JACOMBS SETTLE FOR SECOND

Trois Rivieres, QC: For the third road course event in a row, Andrew Ranger driver of the No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford Fusion prepared by Jacombs Racing lost a white flag lap lead to finish second. And for the second road course event in a row it was to wily veteran Kerry Micks.

The dramatic last lap saw Ranger and fellow NASCAR Canadian Tire Series competitor Kerry Micks battle back and forth trading both the lead and some paint, with Micks taking the win by .012 seconds. After crossing the start/finish line the two cars got together and Ranger went for a ride leaving his tire prints on the hood of the No. 02 Micks machine.

Jacombs again fielded a three-car team this weekend with Alex Tagliani piloting the No. 8 Wal-Mart/Gain Chevrolet. Tagliani posted the third quickest time in qualifying behind teammate Ranger who started second. While passing for second on lap thirty-six, Tagliani clipped the turn ten wall ending his day early. From all accounts he is finding the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series to his liking.

The third member of the Jacombs Racing team, Robin Buck was quickest in first practice and posted the sixth quickest time in qualifying. During Sundays GP3R 100 main event he quickly moved up into the top five where he would continue to run until lap twenty-seven of the forty two lap event, when a steering part failed. "This is definitely not how I wanted our last race of the year to go," stated Robin Buck after the disappointing twenty-fifth place finish. "The car was really good and I was just biding my time when all of a sudden I turned left and the car went right."

Finish:  1.  No. 02 Kerry Micks  2. No. 27 Andrew Ranger   3. No. 69
Trevor Siebert   4. No 23 Jeff Lapcevich  5. No. 25 Jim Lapcevich

"Big picture - we come out of here with a bigger points lead for Andrew going into the final four," stated team owner Dave Jacombs. "It was great seeing all three of our team cars running in the top four positions for much of the race but disappointing that both Alex and Robin had problems in the late going. I also want to thank my team for an all out great effort this weekend as well. We are set now to focus on Andrew and getting the oval car to his liking for the next race at Cayuga."

Ranger now finds himself with a healthy ninety-one point lead in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series point standings heading into the final four events of the season , all of which will be on oval courses.

Event No. 8 in the series will be the Subway 200 from Cayuga Speedway Park on Saturday Sept. 1st

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 joined 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 also field the #88 Ron's Burner Service/Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation Ford Fusion for Robin Buck in the four road course events in 2007.

-credit: www.jacombsracing.ca

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Dave Jacombs , Kerry Micks , Robin Buck , Jim Lapcevich , Andrew Ranger , Jeff Lapcevich