EARLY ACCIDENT ENDS RANGER'S PURSUIT OF THE DAILY DOUBLE MONTREAL, QC (August 30, 2010) -- Andrew Ranger began Sunday by winning the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Napa 100 to the pleasure of over 70,000 fans on his hometown track, Circuit...
EARLY ACCIDENT ENDS RANGER'S PURSUIT OF THE DAILY DOUBLE
MONTREAL, QC (August 30, 2010) -- Andrew Ranger began Sunday by winning the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Napa 100 to the pleasure of over 70,000 fans on his hometown track, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The 23-year old had little time to celebrate his victory as he climbed behind the wheel of his No. 27 Dodge Dealers of Quebec Dodge Charger for the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge.
Ranger, who finished third in the 2009 Nationwide Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, had high hopes of completing the sweep of Sunday's NASCAR events. Unfortunately his pursuit of the daily double ended quickly when unavoidable contact with a spinning car on lap 3 caused damage to the front of Ranger's Dodge and broke the radiator. The hometown hero was forced to the garage for repairs and would finish the race with a disappointing 39th-place finish.
The Canadian was 10th fastest in the first practice on Saturday but a motor problem on the second lap of final practice ended the session prematurely. The Baker Curb Racing crew was forced to change engines before qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Despite qualifying 11th for Sunday's race, the young road-course ace was forced to start Sunday's race from the tail end of the field due to the motor change. Over the first two laps Ranger had moved his No. 27 Dodge Dealers of Quebec Dodge Charger in and out of competitors into the 29th position. Coming through turn 9 on the third lap cars began to get loose and Ranger was unable to avoid contact. The contact caused front end damage and broke the radiator.
Ranger took his Dodge to the garage where he would remain for almost 20 laps as the crew put in a new radiator and made repairs to the hood. Once back on the track Ranger was able to complete ten more laps before the pervious damage caused problems with the engine and forced the Canadian to the garage from the remainder of the race.
-source: baker curb racing