Keeping Pace

Ranger Closes The Deal At Kawartha

Andrew Ranger (Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR) (Matthew Murnaghan / The Spokesman-Review)
Andrew Ranger (Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR) (Matthew Murnaghan / The Spokesman-Review)

As a touring series champion, Andrew Ranger earned a protected starting position in the prestigious NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown to be held on Jan. 29-30 at California’s Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

FRASERVILLE, Ont. – Dry weather prevailed long enough on Sunday afternoon at Kawartha Speedway for Andrew Ranger to close out the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season by winning the points championship and DJ Kennington to win the Z-Line Designs 250 presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario and Coca-Cola.

Ranger, who was one point shy of the title coming into the race, clinched the championship when the 27-car field took the green flag. It is the Roxton Pond, Que., native’s second series crown in three seasons having won it in the series’ inaugural season of 2007.

The race, already postponed from Saturday evening, was halted after 204 laps due to a heavy rain shower.

Kennington was able to wrestle the lead away from Kerry Micks on Lap 183 before the final caution flag of the day waved at Lap 193 when Joey Hanssen and John Gaunt got tangled up in Turn 1. The rain began to fall at the 200-lap mark at which point NASCAR officials decided to end the race as more showers were on the way.

Micks posted his second runner-up finish of the season and was followed by Don Thomson Jr. in third. Scott Steckly, the 2008 series champion, finished fourth with Ron Beauchamp Jr. coming home in fifth.

Jason Hathaway, Anthony Simone, Dave Whitlock, Ranger and Kent Nuhn rounded out the top-10 finishers.

The race lead exchanged 14 times among six drivers and was slowed due to caution nine times for a total of 68 laps.

Joey Hanssen was able to beat out Dexter Stacey in their year-long battle for top rookie honors in the series.

In the final point standings, Ranger finished 167 points ahead of both Kennington and Beauchamp, who both ended with the same point total, but Kennington gets the nod for second place due to his two wins on the season. Steckly wrapped up the season in fourth while Micks finished fifth.

As a touring series champion, Ranger earned a protected starting position in the prestigious NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown to be held on Jan. 29-30 at California’s Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. The seventh running of the event brings together the top racers from across North America for the “Daytona 500 of short-track racing.”

Next up for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series team is the NASCAR Touring Series Gala in Concord, N.C. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at which Ranger and the rest of the touring series champions will be honored.

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Z-Line Designs 250 presented by The Dodge Dealers of Ontario and Coca-Cola Unofficial Results
Sunday
At Kawartha Speedway
Fraserville, Ontario
Lap length: 0.375 miles
 (Start position in parentheses)
 1. (4) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 204 laps, 42.389 mph, $7,000.
 2. (11) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 204, $5,500.
 3. (9) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $2,400.
 4. (6) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 204, $3,200.
 5. (1) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 204, $5,000.
 6. (20) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 204, $4,200.
 7. (14) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $2,600.
 8. (22) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ont., Dodge, 204, $2,500.
 9. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Ford, 204, $2,400.
 10. (15) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $2,300.
 11. (23) Joey Hanssen, Venray, Holland, Dodge, 204, $2,200.
 12. (7) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 204, $2,100.
 13. (16) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $1,900.
 14. (19) Howie Scannell, Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 204, $1,800.
 15. (21) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Chevrolet, 204, $1,700.
 16. (3) JR Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $1,600.
 17. (17) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S., Chevrolet, 204, $1,500.
 18. (10) Derek Lynch, Warkworth, Ont., Dodge, 202, $1,400.
 19. (13) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 200, $1,300.
 20. (25) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 200, $1,200.
 21. (5) John Gaunt, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 199, $1,100.
 22. (8) Steven Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 193, $1,000.
 23. (12) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Dodge, 182, engine, $900.
 24. (24) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Pontiac, 178, $800.
 25. (26) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 168, accident, $700.
 26. (18) Cale Gale, Mobile, Ala., Chevrolet, 166, $700.
 27. (27) Brennan Didero, Ancaster, Ont., Dodge, 159, off track, $700.
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 48 minutes 17 seconds
Margin of Victory: Under Caution
Fastest Qualifier: R.Beauchamp, Jr. (74.722 mph, 18.067 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 68 laps.
Lead Changes: 14 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Beauchamp,Jr. 1-9; A. Ranger 10-45; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 46-55; A. Ranger 56-63; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 64; A. Ranger 65-83; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 84-125; D. Thomson,Jr. 126-137; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 138-140; S. Mathews 141-157; D. Thomson,Jr. 158-164; K. Micks 165; D. Thomson,Jr. 166-174; K. Micks 175-182; D. Kennington 183-204.
Standings: 1. A. Ranger, 2190; 2. D. Kennington, 2023; 3. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 2023; 4. S. Steckly, 1953; 5. K. Micks, 1942; 6. D. Thomson,Jr., 1841; 7. J. Hathaway, 1819; 8. A. Simone, 1800; 9. M. Dilley, 1767; 10. D. Whitlock, 1746.




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