Lacroix and Andrew Ranger kicked off season with one other spectacular efficiency for the Canadian-based NASCAR collection.
Lacroix moved into second place in all-time Pinty’s Sequence wins at CTMP together with his fourth victory previously six races whereas Ranger and a proficient subject of veteran drivers accomplished the highest 5 on Sunday.
Ranger, who has three wins at CTMP, picked up his ninth top-five end on the street course with Gary Klutt, defending collection champ L.P. Dumoulin, and Jason Hathaway rounding out the top-five.
Ranger, who pitted with teammate DJ Kennington for tires close to the midway level of the race, felt which may have helped decide how good his automotive was ultimately to problem Lacroix.
“It turned out ultimately that the technique we tried, it may need been a bit too early for us to cease,” mentioned Ranger. “I attempted to get by Kevin (Lacroix) once more, it was a bit like final yr however I didn’t wish to take too large a threat, he did job so we now have to accept second place.
“It’s begin to the season to get second place factors, good for the championship. I wish to thank all the fellows for an ideal job, the entire Mopar group, my crew chief Dave Wight and all our sponsors.”
Dumoulin begins protection of title with top-five
Dumoulin started the protection of his second Pinty’s Sequence championship with a robust top-five end.
Dumoulin led some laps within the season opener and labored his manner by means of heavy site visitors late within the race to come back house fourth at CTMP.
“Our WeatherTech Canada/Groupe Bellemare No. 47 automotive dealing with was proper on the cash,” Dumoulin mentioned. “All the event and testing work carried out over the low season paid off in full. Our pit-stop technique didn’t work out as we anticipated, however it was a group resolution. We had race, there was numerous motion and we’re happy with our ending place.
“Our goal this yr is to win one other championship and a fourth-place end with our race-winning automotive is greater than encouraging for the subsequent races.”
Hathaway makes spectacular return
Pinty’s Sequence veteran make respectable return to full-time Pinty’s Sequence competitors with top-five end in Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Hathaway, together with new group accomplice Kubota Canada highlighted on his No. three Chevrolet, certified ninth and completed a powerful fifth within the Clarington 200 at CTMP.
The veteran who know has the second most begins within the historical past of the collection with 125 begins introduced his automotive house fifth and was all smiles after his spectacular return.
“We had an ideal race in our model new Kubota race automotive,” mentioned Hathaway. “Man, I had a blast all weekend behind the wheel once more. That is going to be a enjoyable season.”
Kennington continues file streak
Kennington introduced his No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge house in eighth-place and continued his file as the one driver to begin each race within the historical past of the Pinty’s Sequence together with his 148th consecutive begin.
Kennington was completely happy together with his group labored collectively and improved all through the weekend.
“For a lot to be model new the entire group did an ideal job making ready the automotive,” mentioned Kennington. “We received higher every day out throughout follow. Nice job all weekend by the Castrol Crew although, we had a bit of bobble on the appropriate rear in the course of the pit cease, however they hustled and sorted it out.
“It was nice to have so many race followers right here this weekend, this occasion that Castrol and CTMP placed on simply retains getting greater yearly, superb.”
Jason White scores top-10 end
After operating as excessive as fifth within the race, the Solar Peaks, British Columbia, native got here house with a top-10 efficiency.
Since signing on with Canada’s Greatest Racing Group (CBRT), White has been impressed with the group’s efficiency.
“Proper from the primary take a look at in our No. 21 Powder Ventures Excavating Dodge and thru this complete weekend we stored getting higher each day out on observe” mentioned White. “Figuring out the type of velocity we now have provides a driver numerous confidence.
“So completely happy to be working with the CBRT group, enormous due to everybody. Larry (Jackson) and I labored so effectively collectively, I’m actually trying ahead to getting again to an oval at Jukasa Speedway in a few weeks.”