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Setting the Scene: 2015 Pinty’s Series Replay from GP3R

As the 2015 season of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series moved into August, the championship battle continued to heat up. It would get even more intense as round eight was set to take place at the historic Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres deep in the heart of Quebec.

Scott Steckly was coming off a sweep of the Western swing and had assumed an 11-point lead over Jason Hathaway.

Then two-time champion Andrew Ranger was three points back of Hathaway and arrived at GP3R fresh off a photo-finish win over Mark Dilley at the Quebec oval, Autodrome St. Eustache.

Fellow Quebec drivers Alex Tagliani and Kevin Lacroix already record wins that season, at Sunset Speedway and Circuit ICAR, respectively. Tagliani had uncharacteristically struggled on the Quebec street course, with a best finish of fifth in five previous races despite having won two poles and starting within the front two rows four times.

Lacroix was making his first series start at GP3R.

Over the first eight years, Ranger had claimed four wins at Gp3R along with four runner-up finishes, while L.P. Dumoulin entered the event as the defending race and series champion.