The second race of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series 2019 was also the first race on an oval track, where the majority of the races will be held for the rest of the season. And despite the trend in Jukasa Motor Speedway to deliver multi-contact races, the APC 200 has had a thrilling but clean end.
Kevin Lacroix, poorly qualified, nevertheless found himself in the game for the victory in the very last rounds, that is to say when it really counted. Lacroix, winner here in 2018, his first oval track victory in Pinty’s career, was able to bring his Dodge No. 74 Bumper-To-Bumper back into the lead, and able to snatch first place from Andrew Ranger, the leader and future winner of the race.
The same duo finished one-two in their first meeting of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), while Ranger was driving behind Lacroix. Inverted scenario to Jukasa, while Ranger was pushing behind Lacroix. The explanation was exciting in the final laps and conducted cleanly by both drivers, as the CTMP during the first bronce of the season.
“We had the opportunity to fight for first place in the final laps, but the fate dictated that I find myself behind Andrew at the end despite a car faster than his,” said Lacroix. “I had the choice between finishing second or going out Andrew; I chose the second place and I am satisfied. ”
Shepherd in the coup at the beginning of the season
Peter Shepherd III continues to impress upon his return to the NASCAR Pinty’s series. After five seasons of absence, Shepherd teamed up with coach Dave Jacombs for six races last year, finishing all in the top ten. This season, Shepherd has resumed where he left off in 2018, approaching Victory Lane.
“It was a very good race for us, and I can not thank enough the team that made all the right decisions before and during the race,” Shepherd said. “We are close to victory. We still have to beat two or three other cars more easily and we’ll be in the game for the win. ”
Landauer writes serial history page NASCAR Pinty’s
Julia Landauer led the race on track, the first woman to race in the NASCAR Pinty’s series. Landauer, from New York City, also became the first American rider to lead a Pinty’s race since Jason Bowles in 2011.
“It broke my heart,” Landauer tweeted after the race. “DJK Racing gave me a rocket, I stayed in the top 3 for a long time, then I was stuck against the wall at the exit of turn 4. My day ended when a slower car took me once again trapped against the low wall during a late race. The futile end of a great weekend for me and the team, and just as much thanks to the team! ”
Landauer will be coming home four times this season: Toronto, CTMP, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Jukasa for the 2019 grand final.
Three veterans of the series have managed to overcome serious problems and still earn honorable results. Mark Dilley and D.J. Kennington both had end-of-race problems – Kennington with a puncture, and Dilley with mechanical problems. Both drivers finished in the top 10 and survived their day’s work. For his part, Donald Theetge led the race for 25 laps before the engine weakened late in the race, allowing him to finish fifth overall.