Ranger, who is from Roxton Pond, Quebec, topped the speed charts for both of the practice sessions on Saturday, despite turning only four laps of practice.
“We’ve tested that car before,” he said. “We made a few changes, but we have been here two or three times and we know the track. We know the set up.”
Sunday will be Ranger’s second ARCA Racing Series event of the season. He’s also made starts in the NASCAR K&N East and West series, NASCAR Canadian Tire series and NASCAR Nationwide series.
“I really like road racing,” he said. “I ran in IndyCar before, too. But, I like oval racing, too. I even raced in on ARCA dirt track.”
Hessert is one of four New Jersey natives in the race. He was among the fastest cars in the practice sessions as well.
“We’re not far off from the second place car,” he said. “We focused primarily on race runs. It was a smooth day.”
Hessert said he was headed to his Cherry Hill, N.J., home after qualifying and will sleep in his own bed the night before the race.
“It’s the only race of the year I get to do that,” he said.
This will be the sixth visit by the ARCA Racing Series to NJMP. Justin Allgaier, Patrick Long and Casey Roderick and Ranger, twice, are previous winners.
“I like it,” Ranger said of the track. “It’s very technical in the back of the track. It is challenging and you slide a little. It’s a very cool track.”