The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres is always a spectacle on the series’ schedule, leading to many exhilarating battles.
The 2015 edition would be no different.
Kevin Lacroix and Andrew Ranger were fast, both starting on the front row and running out front for the 50 laps.
In the final three corners, though, the two drivers would have to settle who would bring home the checkered flag.
In the end, Lacroix would beat Ranger to the line by .048 seconds to claim his second NASCAR victory in only four starts.
"I didn’t want to be a dirty driver. Andrew was so clean with me so I tried to pass him the same way," Lacroix said. "I didn’t want to push too hard but I’m in Victory Lane and that’s all that matters."
They’re through the runoff area, down the front straightaway…
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Ranger knew that finishes like that were a part of racing, but was proud of his No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil team.
"During the race, I was trying to save my stuff to the end," Ranger said. "I knew Kevin was pretty fast, he led a lot of laps today. He does three races a year so I knew he’d probably do something."
Finishing third, Alex Tagliani would round out the all Quebec podium, a series first at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
Alex Labbe would come in fourth for his best finish at GP3R while defending race winner LP Dumoulin would round out the top 5 at his home track.
RACING-REFERENCE: 2015 JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours Results
Lacroix would only race two more events in his debut season. In 2016, he would return with a full-time ride, ready to battle for the championship. In that same year, he would sercure back-to-back victories at GP3R.
Ranger would finish his season with just one more podium and third place in the championship standings.
In the final three events, the battle for the title came down to Scott Steckly and Jason Hathaway.
Steckly would win the next event at Riverside, while Hathaway would take the checkered flag in the final two with Steckly securing his record fourth title in his final season by just four points.
RACING-REFERENCE: 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Points Standings
In December 2015, NASCAR announced a new entitlement sponsor for the series signing a six-year agreement with Pinty’s Delicious Foods and renaming the series – the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.