Practice took place Saturday afternoon but heavy rains forced the postponement of the event until Sunday. Despite the delay Ranger was happy with his #27 Mopar Parts Dodge.
“I think the car feels pretty good” after qualifying in the eighth position. “We’ll be good on long runs, I’m not concerned about our starting spot at all” he added.
As the 250-lap feature event began Ranger began pushing the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge forward in the field into the top five.
“It’s a long race,” explained Ranger “I wanted to see how the track was after the rain and not push too hard early”.
Trouble lurked however for the #27 Mopar Parts team as they sustained contact with another competitor. The team called Ranger to pit road and inspected the car and thought they were okay to continue. Soon after the race restarted Ranger noticed that exhaust fumes were making their way into the driver compartment.
“It was tough to handle and soon I couldn’t take it anymore, it wasn’t safe to stay out” said Ranger.
The #27 Mopar Parts Dodge would wind up making several pit stops during the day to repair exhaust pipes and ensure that Ranger was able to continue the race safely.
“I was really determined to finish as high as possible but it was a challenge. The whole team worked so hard and so quickly to make the repairs”.
Despite the additional pit stops for repairs Ranger was able to bring the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge across the finish line and score enough championship points to secure his second overall finish in the standings.
“This was a challenging year at times and I’m really proud of how hard the Mopar boys worked, especially this weekend. It was the first year with Dave Wight as Crew Chief and we’ve really built a strong relationship. There are some development things happening and we are both really excited about the possibilities for 2017” stated Ranger.
Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team want to thank the fans for their tremendous support during the 2016 season and they look forward to even bigger things in 2017.
Race fans can get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team news during the off-season by going to www.mopar.ca and clicking on Motorsports.