Hamilton (ON), June 17 2018 – Kevin Lacroix scores his first win of the season at the Jukasa Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Pinty’s series on Saturday night. The Saint-Eustache native drove his Dodge Challenger #74 Bumper to Bumper/ Total, Gates/ Go Fast/ PFC Brakes to his first oval victory, but also to his 9th career win in this series. This first-place finish puts Lacroix as the leader of the Driver’s Championship.
It was during the Rankin Construction 200, an event that lasted 204 laps, that Kevin Lacroix had a stellar drive. Although the practice session and qualifying proved to be slower than expected as Kevin started the race from the 4th place, the car prepared by crew chief Don Thomson was excellent throughout the entire event.After only 30 laps, Kevin was the fastest driver on the track. After the first pit stop, Kevin was unbeatable for the remainder of the race. Even though there was a lot of action in the field behind, but no other driver competed for his top spot.
It was a problem-free race for the Bumper to Bumper team who used a one-pit-stop strategy during the race. There were two mandatory stops during this event, one at the 78th-lap mark, and the other during the 145th lap, allowing teams to make adjustments to their cars.
“During the first mandatory yellow flag, I gained the first position as the leader came in the pits,” explained Kevin. “I stayed on the track because we had an excellent car for the long run, my tires were in good shape, and the more the race went on, the better the car was going.”
It’s only at the 145th lap that Kevin came on pit road during the second mandatory flag. “We were lucky to have the yellow flag at this particular time because I had a slow leak on one of my tires. We changed all four tires and put gas in the car before the last stretch of the 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. “I want to thank my partners who allowed me to win for the first time on an oval track.”
The race will be broadcast on TSN on Saturday, June 23rd at 2:00 p.m. and on RDS on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:30 p.m.
Clarington 200 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park: May 20th: 5th
Rankin 200 – Jukasa Motor Speedway: June 16: 1st
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: Matthew Manor
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.