Saskatoon, July 25, 2019 – Kevin Lacroix and the Bumper to Bumper team celebrated a well- deserved second place last night at Wyant Group Raceway, Saskatchewan.
The Saint-Eustache native had never managed to get on the podium of this oval layout in NASCAR Pinty’s series before last night. But he was able to claim the second place in the first 125-lap race, which was cut short because of the rain.
“We were the fastest in practice earlier Wednesday afternoon,” said Lacroix, who is already gearing up for the next event in Alberta this Saturday. “We started second, but we were fast enough to grab the lead early on and we remained there for a while.”
“We fought with Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, it was a very intense battle. Unfortunately, the race was interrupted with 116 completed laps because of a storm. The series made the decision to stop the event at this point. “
The # 74 Bumper to Bumper / Total, Gates / PFC Brakes car had the potential to win this event, if the race had been restarted, and maybe he could have grabbed his second season win as Lacroix’s strength is on restarts, but nevertheless, a second position is excellent in terms of points
in the championship.
After a 2h30 break, NASCAR Pinty’s drivers got back on track for a second 125-lap race. Unfortunately, Kevin could not repeat his podium from earlier in the evening and had to settle for a Top 5, leaving valuable points on the table, especially since it is his main rival in the championship, Andrew Ranger, who won the event.
“The track was different because of the heavy rain that fell earlier. We made some changes to the car, but the new set up didn’t work well, and I fought with the car throughout the race. We still managed to give a good show because it was an action-packed last laps, as I was battling with Marc-Antoine Camirand, Donald Theetge and Alex Tagliani. “
“I’m now 8 points behind Ranger,” said Lacroix after the race. It’s not an insurmountable gap, but I have to play my cards well. In NASCAR Pinty’s, anything can happen, especially at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in three weeks, where we race hard, and where the walls are unforgiving. So, concentrate and think about the right strategy to win my first Canad ian NASCAR title. “
The next NASCAR Pinty’s event will be this Saturday, July 28 at the Edmonton International Raceway for a 300-lap race.