LOUDON, N.H. – Kevin Lacroix may have dominated the first 92 laps of Saturday’s Visit New Hampshire 100, but it was Andrew Ranger who stole the lead and drove into victory lane.
Ranger won the NASCAR Pinty’s Series event that kicked off a tripleheader of Saturday racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the second annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend.
“My car was just fantastic,” said Ranger, who started the race from third position. “The crew pushed really hard when I came into the pits and sent me back out with a little adjustment, and little by little we gained and I could see the race leader. It was a great race, and I hope we can finish and maybe win a third title.”
Capping off a sweet victory, Ranger took a swig from a gallon jug of pure New Hampshire maple syrup, creating a new victory lane tradition for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at “The Magic Mile.”
Lacroix, who won the inaugural Visit New Hampshire 100 in 2018, repeated a dominant 90-lap performance in Saturday’s race, however, he was unable to win the battle to the checkered flag.
On the final lap, Alex Labbe, driver of the No. 36 Ford, spun Lacroix at the exit of turn four, propelling him into pit wall and ending Lacroix’s day only 20 feet from the finish line.