It may have been the NASCAR Pinty’s Series’ first trip to Circuit ICAR since 2017, but it was a familiar face in Victory Lane and the same result to boot.
Kevin Lacroix earned his first victory of the season and second in a row at the 0.994-mile tarmac road course, leading over 73 of the 83 laps en route to the La Fernandiere 75 trophy, surviving a green/white/checkered restart and holding off Andrew Ranger and L.P. Dumoulin.
While running inside the top five, Marc-Antoine Camirand’s car stalled on track, bringing out the yellow flag after a 30+ lap green flag run. On the ensuing overtime restart, J.F. Laberge’s front end was destroyed, meaning it would take double OT to settle things.
Lacroix held on no problem though, easily clearing eventual second-place finisher Ranger for the lead and later the win.
The result is Lacroix’s third top-five in four races this season and third win in four career starts at Circuit ICAR, bringing his average finish to a staggering 1.5. He joins Ranger as the only repeat winners at the track over the eight races (since 2011).
Coming home behind Lacroix and Ranger was Dumoulin and Alex Tagliani with Alex Guenette (best finish this season) rounding out the top five. D.J. Kennington and Dexter Stacey finished sixth and seventh, respectively, their best results of the season, with Matthew Scannell, Luc Lesage and Brett Taylor completing the top 10 finishers.
The race was slowed four times: once for a spin between Taylor and Sam Fellows, once for Camirand’s issue, once in overtime and once just before the halfway point for rain. All teams came down pit road on Lap 37 to change tires and adjust as the track dampened.
Entering the race fifth in the Pinty’s Series standings, Lacroix now sits seven points behind Tagliani, who took the lead from Raphael Lessard (did not enter the race) and Dumoulin.
With the doubleheader at Autodrome Chaudiere tomorrow (Sunday, August 29) being postponed due to inclement weather, the next event for the series will take place on Saturday, September 4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.