Labbe Lassos Second NASCAR Pinty’s Win At Edmonton

Alex Labbe celebrates winning at Edmonton International Raceway on Saturday. The win propelled him into first place in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship standings. Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR

If Alex Labbe wins the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship, the trip to western Canada may prove to be the pivotal point in his season.

Labbe started from the pole position after winning the E3 Spark Plugs Pole Award earlier in the day and led three times for 216 laps en route to the win in the Luxxur 300 at Edmonton International Raceway.

It was Labbe’s second win in three races on the series’ traditional western swing, and gave the St. Albert, Quebec driver the points lead in Canada’s national stock car championship series.

Labbe’s No. 32 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford paced the field for 192 of the first 193 laps before Donald Theetge got by. Theetge and Lacroix swapped the lead four time before Labbe regained the top spot on lap 278 just before the seventh and final caution flag of the race was flown on lap 289.

Labbe, who had dropped back as far as fifth at one point, was able to get a good restart and hold on for his fourth win of his career and second in three days.

Cayden Lapcevich scored his third podium finish in as many races in third, with Alex Tagliani and L. P. Dumoulin rounding out the top five.

D.J. Kennington was sixth with Mark Dilley, Anthony Simone, Kevin Lacroix and Adam Martin completing the top 10.

Lacroix was running in the top five when he got together with Lapcevich, and was given a stop-and-go penalty on lap 268 ending his chances for a win.

After the victory, Labbe now leads by 10 points (346-336) over Lacroix with five races remaining on the schedule. Lapcevich, the defending series champion, trails Labbe by 31 and is seven points ahead of both L.P. Dumoulin and D.K. Kennington.

The series will return to action on Sunday, Aug. 13 in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, for the running of the Le 50 Tours Can-Am.

NASCAR Pinty’s Series
Edmonton International Raceway – Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada
Luxxur 300 – July 29, 2017

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 1 32 Alex Labbe Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou’s BBQ Ford 300 48 5 Running
2 4 22 Donald Theetge* Circuit Acura/Le Soliet/L’Antidote Media Dodge 300 43 1 Running
3 8 76 Cayden Lapcevich Fastline Motorsports Dodge 300 41 Running
4 3 18 Alex Tagliani Epipen/Lowe’s/St. Hubert/Fast Wheels Dodge 300 40 Running
5 9 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge 300 39 Running
6 5 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge Dodge 300 38 Running
7 6 2 Mark Dilley Leland/Avenue/OMVIC Ford 300 37 Running
8 7 95 Anthony Simone Innovative Plumbing/InkYourRide Dodge 300 36 Running
9 2 74 Kevin Lacroix Bumper To Bumper/Total/Gates/Go Fast Dodge 299 36 1 Running
10 14 9 Adam Martin* Johnsonville/Oliviers/Reser’s Ford 299 34 Running
11 15 27 Larry Jackson Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge 299 33 Running
12 10 46 Jamie Krzysik* Krown-Pel Ventures Chevrolet 299 32 Running
13 12 25 Brett Taylor* Affliction Pipeline/CTC/Clark & Assoc. Dodge 299 31 Running
14 17 54 Stefan Klym* Canadian Diesel Power Truck Dodge 290 30 Running
15 16 4 J.F. Dumoulin Spectra Premium/Bellemare/Bernier Dodge 283 29 Running
16 13 83 Ian Admiraal* Swan Rentals/Young’s Tree Service Chevrolet 134 28 Drive Shaft
17 11 5 Noel Dowler EMCO/MPP/Empire Mechanical Dodge 88 27 Suspension
18 18 55 Destiny Klym* Canadian Diesel Power Truck Dodge 24 26 Steering

 

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Alex Labbe, Time: 12.742 Seconds, Speed: 70.633 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 37 mins, 41 secs Average Speed: 46.067 mph Margin of Victory: .603 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 27-35 (Car 55 spin in turn #4 {free pass[54]} Red Flag 48 seconds); 105-113 (Car 54 spin in turn #4 [46]); 137-145 (Debris [27]); 155-157 (Half Way Break [27] Red Flag 5:45 mins); 194-203 (Debris [9)); 278-286 (Car 95 spin in turn #3 [46]); 289-292 (Car 27 spin in turn #3 [95]). 7 for 53 laps.

Lap Leaders: Kevin Lacroix 1, Alex Labbe 2-192, Donald Theetge * 193-203, Alex Labbe 204-205, Donald Theetge * 206-211, Kevin Lacroix 212-228, Donald Theetge * 229-237, Kevin Lacroix 238-244, Donald Theetge * 245-277, Alex Labbe 278-300.
Total Laps Led: Alex Labbe 216, Donald Theetge * 59, Kevin Lacroix 25. 9 changes involving 3 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Alex Labbe 346, Kevin Lacroix 336, Cayden Lapcevich 315, D.J. Kennington 308, L.P. Dumoulin 308, Alex Tagliani 277, J.F. Dumoulin 269, Andrew Ranger 260, Adam Martin * 259, Anthony Simone 216

* Jostens Rookie of the Year contender

 

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