Fitzpatrick Keeps Ranger At Bay
MONTREAL — J.R. Fitzpatrick knew he was going to have his hands full keeping Andrew Ranger behind him on Saturday’s final lap.
Turns out, he didn’t have to worry as a final lap caution allowed the Ayr, Ontario, driver to sail across the finish line under a yellow-checkered to claim the NAPA Autopro 100 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Saturday.
Ranger settled for second, followed by Robin Buck. Scott Steckly and point leader D.J. Kennington rounded out the top five.
Seven of Fitzpatrick’s eight wins have come on road courses, including his 2009 victory at Montreal. He won the pole and led 22 of 23 laps Saturday. A late-race caution set up a two-lap shootout to the finish with Ranger, who was on his back bumper. A multi-car wreck in turn 14 after the leaders took the white flag, however, brought an end to the event.
Kennington continues to lead the points by 33 over Ranger. Fitzpatrick moved up a spot to third, two points behind Ranger.
NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Timmy Hill and Austin Dillon, both making their series debut to gain more experience on a road course, finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Trevor Seibert, rookie Xavier Coupal and Kerry Micks completed the top 10.