Lacroix Surges Past Ranger Late For Pinty’s ICAR Victory

Kevin Lacroix (left) edges Andrew Ranger at the line to win in Saturday’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Circuit ICAR. Photo by Matthew Manor/NASCAR

A late caution set up an overtime opportunity for Kevin Lacroix, and he pounced.

The 28-year-old driver out of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, used the extra laps Saturday evening to go take the lead and hold off a charging Andrew Ranger to the checkered flag of the Ecko Unlimited 75 at Circuit ICAR.

It was Lacroix’s second win in three years on the flat road course of the Mirabel airport. This time, it was accomplished on the new .624 mile layout. It was also the second win of the season for Lacroix, the championship points leader four races into the 13-race calendar.

A caution for a stopped race car on lap 73 pushed the race to 79 laps. Lacroix took the lead from Marc-Antoine Camirand coming out of turn one in NASCAR overtime. It was then a hard battle with Andrew Ranger, with Lacroix taking home the win by .114 seconds.

Ranger nearly passed Lacroix coming to line, before settling for second. Ranger has four wins and two seconds in seven starts at ICAR, including a runner-up finish to Lacroix in 2015.

Camirand led 13 laps and came home third.

Alex Labbe, who came into this race as the series points leader, finished fourth. Alex Tagliani won the E3 Spark Plugs Pole Award earlier in the afternoon and led a race-high 61 laps before coming home fifth.

Simone Dion-Viens finished sixth, followed by Larry Jackson, D.J. Kennington, Anthony Simone and David Michuad.

With the win, Lacroix opened a five-point lead on Labbe and 16 over Ranger. L.P. Dumoulin is another eight points back, one point ahead of defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich. Lapcevich qualified fifth but wound up 16th after suspension issue cut his race short at lap 56.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back in action Saturday, July 15 for the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto at Exhibition Place.

NASCAR Pinty’s Series
Circuit ICAR – Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
Ecko Unlimited 75 – July 8, 2017

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 2 74 Kevin Lacroix Bumper to Bumper/Total/Gates/Go Fast Dodge 79 47 4 Running
2 4 27 Andrew Ranger Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge 79 42 Running
3 6 22 Marc-Antoine Camirand GM Paillè Chevrolet 79 42 1 Running
4 3 32 Alex Labbe Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford 79 40 Running
5 1 18 Alex Tagliani Epipen/Lowe’s/St. Hubert/Fast Wheels Dodge 79 41 2 Running
6 12 25 Simon Dion-Viens Bestbuy Pièces d’auto/Castrol Canada Dodge 79 38 Running
7 17 8 Larry Jackson CBRT/Piloti/BramKal Contractors Dodge 79 37 Running
8 13 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge Dodge 76 36 Running
9 10 95 Anthony Simone Innovative Plumbing & Mechanical Dodge 75 35 Running
10 15 56 David Michaud * Excavation Mario Michaud/IGPC Dodge 72 34 Running
11 9 03 Elie Arseneau ECKO Unlimited Dodge 72 33 Running
12 16 20 Raymond Guay * Classique International de Canot Dodge 72 32 Running
13 11 04 J.F. Dumoulin Spectra Premium/Bellemare/Bernier Dodge 72 31 Running
14 7 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge 63 30 Running
15 14 9 Adam Martin * Johsonville/Oliviers/Reser’s Ford 62 29 Running
16 5 76 Cayden Lapcevich Fastline Motorsports Dodge 56 28 Suspension
17 8 02 Matthew Scannell OMVIC/Leland/Beyond Digital Ford 10 27 Suspension

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Alex Tagliani, Time: 49.304 Seconds, Speed: 49.943 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 18 mins, 53 secs   Average Speed: 41.101 mph Margin of Victory:  .114 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 12-17 (Car 02 stopped on track {[free pass] none}); 55-60 (Car 9 stopped in turn #1 [17]); 73-76 (Car 03 stopped on track [8]).  3 for 16 laps.

Lap Leaders: Alex Tagliani 1-61, Kevin Lacroix 62-64, Marc-Antoine Camirand 65-77, Kevin Lacroix 78-79.

Total Laps Led:   Alex Tagliani 61, Marc-Antoine Camirand 13, Kevin Lacroix 5.  3 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points:   Kevin Lacroix 174, Alex Labbe 169, Andrew Ranger 158, L.P. Dumoulin 150, Cayden Lapcevich 149, Alex Tagliani 148, D.J. Kennington 145, J.F. Dumoulin 141, Adam Martin * 131, Larry Jackson 121

* Jostens Rookie of the Year contender

 

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