ST-EUSTACHE, QC – Starting from sixth position after qualifying 0.13 sec. behind polesitter Ron Beauchamp Jr., Alex Guenette stayed with the lead group for most of Saturday’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Autodrome St-Eustache.
Throughout the event, Guenette stuck to his pre-race strategy, “I wanted to drive without extending the car’s brakes and keep something for the final run to the finish.”
As we all found out, that approach worked well, especially at the last restart of the race.
A long 100-lap stint under green caused the race leader and second place car to gain a lap on the whole field. With Alex in third place, one lap behind the leader, a caution period gave him the “Lucky Dog” and allowed him to get back on the lead lap, with 60-odd laps left in the race.
A series of cautions then allowed him to drive through the field and catch up to the two leaders, placing him third for the last restart of the race.
“I was on the inside of second row for that last restart, a better position than the second place car on the outside of the row one. You want to be on the inside row for a critical restart here. At the green, I stayed right behind the leader and got second place, then managed to keep it for the last few laps.”
Team leader Dave Jacombs was happy and proud after the race.
“I knew Alex would do really well once he got a little experience under his belt. He used his incredible throttle control to minimize wheel spin and save his tires for the end of each run. He had a quick car (JR Fitzpatrick) in third place behind him at the end. but he kept cool and never made a mistake. Trois-Rivières will be something, as he now knows he can finish and beat these guys!”
The Motos Illimitées/DLGL No 39 Dodge will be at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières August 10 and 11 for the eight round of the NCaTS 2013 season.
For more information on Alex Guenette please visit www.alexguenette.com