Ranger Ends Drought With Jukasa Score

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Andrew Ranger earned his first NASCAR Pinty's Series victory of the season Sunday at Jukasa Motor Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)
Andrew Ranger earned his first NASCAR Pinty's Series victory of the season Sunday at Jukasa Motor Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

HAGERSVILLE, Ontario — For Andrew Ranger, it was weekend of dominance.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series winningest driver scored his 25th pole Saturday before dominating the rain-delayed APC 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway. The 32-year-old driver from Roxton Pond, Quebec, led a race-high 82 laps, extending his series-leading win total to 25.

Ranger took his No.27 MOPAR/ Pennzoil Dodge to the lead on Lap 122, passing Peter Shepherd III. After surviving two late restarts, Ranger held off a hard charging Kevin Lacroix in overtime to claim his first win since Toronto in 2018.

“You know, we were a top 10 driver that could win here so I was definitely nervous,” Ranger said. “But again, we decided to do the restart on the inside and it worked pretty good for us and we exit here with a nice win.”

Last year’s race winner Kevin Lacroix used the late restart to his advantage to claim the runner-up spot. The finishing order was reversed from the season-opening race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, where Lacroix held off Ranger.

“The car is always good on long runs and we were hoping for the same today and that’s what happened,” Lacroix said. “We were able to have a good race and put the Bumper to Bumper car in second place and that’s good.”

Peter Shepherd III ran a solid race leading 25 laps and scoring his second podium finish since his return to the series last year.

L.P. Dumoulin and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top five.

The finish:

Andrew Ranger, Kevin Lacroix, Peter Sheppard III, L.P. Dumoulin, Alex Tagliani, Marc-Antoine Camirand, Mark Dilley, D.J. Kennington, Jason White, Donald Theetge, Brett Taylor, Shantel Kalika, Alex Labbe, Jason Hathaway, Julia Landauer, Anthony Simone, Brandon White, T.J. Rinomato.