While rain forced the postponement of the QwickWick 125 at Flamboro Speedway, it didn’t rain on Andrew Ranger’s parade.
The three-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion took the lead from polesitter Treyten Lapcevich on the opening start of the MotoMaster 125 and never looked back, leading all but 15 of 125 circuits en route to his 29th career series victory and first this season.
The win is also the first for Rick Ware Racing in the series and overall, in NASCAR. The team has fielded entries in the Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series for decades. It also comes in Ranger’s first-ever trip to Flamboro, as he did not compete in the 2020 Pinty’s FanCave Challenge.
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DJ Kennington backed up his two top-five finishes last year with a runner-up result, while Brett Taylor did the same in third on the heels of his top 10 finishes in 2020. Championship points leader Alex Tagliani finished fourth (third straight Flamboro top 10) with Pete Shepherd III earning his first top-five of the season.
Brandon Watson (first-ever start), L.P. Dumoulin, Alex Guenette, Lapcevich (rebounded from a flat tire on Lap 16), and Donald Theetge rounded out the top 10 finishers.
Entering the race third in the standings, Kevin Lacroix spun on Lap 10 and was unable to recover, ultimately finishing last, 57 laps down. A winner last week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Marc-Antoine Camirand finished 15th, eight laps off the pace. Finishing 13th was Shae Gemmell, who pitted with a flat tire while running third.
Shortly after the conclusion of the race, precipitation began, forcing the postponement of the second event. A decision has yet to be made on rescheduling the race.
Tagliani maintains the championship lead over Dumoulin by 11-points. Next on the schedule for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series is the Pinty’s Fall Brawl on Sunday, September 26 at Delaware Speedway.
By Davey Segal / NASCAR