Wetaskiwin, Monday, July 29, 2019 – Kevin Lacroix and the Bumper to Bumper team battled adversity at the Edmonton International Raceway last Saturday. The NASCAR Pinty’s driver started the 300-lap race from the pole position but finished 7th after a difficult race.
The practice was quite convincing as he scored the best time on the quarter-mile oval. The qualifying session was rained out, and therefore, it was the best practice session times that were used to set the grid of the LUXXUR 300.
As the green flag went down and the race started, Lacroix was not able to keep the lead for a long time. “ We did not have the car to win,” said the driver. “Our competitors were faster, but still, we expected to grab a podium or finish in the Top 5. I had bad luck during the whole race.”
“It seems as if every time I overtook a competitor, there was a caution flag that followed, and during the restarts, I was always on the outside line, which made it difficult for me pass other cars,” explained Lacroix.
The driver of car #74 Bumper to Bumper / Total, Gates / PFC Brakes could have hoped for a better position at the end of the race as he was on the inside line during a restart. However, the race was interrupted after 275 laps due to heavy rain. Once again, Andrew Ranger, his main rival in the championship, won this event.
This 7th position allows Lacroix to remain in 2nd place in the standings, but he is now 18 points behind the leader, and 12 points ahead of Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.
“We had a lot of difficulties in Alberta,” said Lacroix. “The field was very strong, and I fought with my car all race long. We will have to change this situation as we enter the second half of the season. The urban track of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières is one of my favorite tracks, and I had success there in the past, so I cannot wait for this race in two weeks. “