Bowmanville, May 22, 2018 – Kevin Lacroix took part in the Clarington 200, the season opener of the NASCAR Pinty’s series at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) during the Victoria Day Speedfest. He had an incredible race which he surprisingly and disappointingly finished in 5th position, after an incident on the last lap.
The weekend did not unfold as predicted mostly due to bad weather conditions which prevented most of Saturday’s race events. The qualifying round was cancelled due to fog and the drivers started the race based on their 2017 Championship Points standings.Accordingly, the Saint-Eustache native had the pole position and seemed unbeatable on this 5km track which has given him a record number of wins. Kevin had a fantastic start behind the wheel of his #74 Bumper To Bumper/ Total/ Go Fast / PFC Brakes/ Gates Corporation, dominating his opponents by taking an insurmountable advance, clearly anticipating a 4th win on this track.
However, as every good NASCAR race end, the action was left for the last few laps.
Kevin, battling with Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, was still a serious contented for the first place when at corner 5, Andrew Ranger hit him in the rear right wing causing Lacroix to spin out of the track, and causing a penalty to Ranger.
“The accident at the end of the race is very unfortunate,” recalls Kevin. “I made some mistakes in the last laps that allowed Andrew to get closer to me. However, we were very fast during the race and we have an excellent car for the rest of the season. The Bumper to Bumper team performed very well during both pit stops.”
Nonetheless, Lacroix came back and finished in the Top 5. This position does not reflect the Bumper to Bumper team’s efforts, who will be back in strong position for the next event; the Ranking 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway this coming June 16.
“It was a very fun race,” said Lacroix after the event. “I had a lot of pressure from Gary Klutt, L.-P. Dumoulin, Alex Tagliani and Andrew Ranger so it wasn’t a boring race.”
Kevin wants to thank his sponsors Bumper to Bumper, Total, Go Fast, PFC Brakes and Gates Corporation, a partnership between growing companies that represent excellence, ambition and victory. “A top 5 to start the season is not bad, but it’s a win that we want for the next event.”
The Clarington 200 will be broadcast on TSN on May 27 at 4:30 p.m. and on RDS2 on June 5th at 10:30 p.m..
|Clarington 200 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park : May 20th||5th|
|Rankin 200 – Jukasa Motor Speedway : June 16|
|Autodrome Chaudière : June 30th|
|Pinty’s Grand Prix Toronto – Exhibition Place : July 14|
|Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 125s – Wyant Group Raceway : July 25th|
|LUXXUR 300 presented by Bayer – Edmonton International Raceway: July 28|
|Les 50 Tours Can-Am – Circuit Trois-Rivières: August 12|
|Bumper to Bumper 300 – Riverside International Speedway: August 18|
|TOTAL Energy 200 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park: August 26|
|Lucas Oil 250- Autodrome St-Eustache: September 8|
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway: September 22|
|Pinty’s Fall Brawl – Jukasa Motor Speedway: September 29|
To follow Kevin Lacroix during the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s season
Photo Credit: Ryan Dupont
About Lacroix Motorsport: Lacroix Motorsport is a race team created in 2015 from Sylvain Lacroix and Serge Bourdeau’s idea. They wanted to race for pleasure on road tracks in the Canadian NASCAR series. After Kevin Lacroix’s first two wins, and seeing his son’s potential, Sylvain decided to participate full-time in the series. Lacroix Motorsport is not only a team in the NASCAR Pinty’s, in fact, Dany Lacroix, Kevin’s brother, also races in the STCH Cup Formula Tour 1600 in Kent Class.
Lacroix Motorsport stems from an idea and passion. By creating this team, world snowmobile champion, Sylvain Lacroix has made it a family affair.
About Bumper to Bumper : The BUMPER TO BUMPER store banner is a turnkey program for auto parts wholesalers looking for complete program support, a strong brand image and a very aggressive go-to-market approach. BUMPER TO BUMPER was introduced to the Canadian Automotive Aftermarket in 1977 and entered the Uni-Select fold in 2006. Today, over 120 auto parts stores operate in Canada under the BUMPER TO BUMPER banner.