Andrew Ranger made a statement that he expected to return to contention in 2019 on Saturday by scoring the pole for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series APC 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
The 32-year-old from Roxton Pond, Quebec set a time of 19.008 seconds (118.371mph) in group time trials to claim his 24th career pole. Ranger’s No.27 MOPAR/ Pennzoil Dodge won the pole for this race one year ago and he won two races overall that season.
But complicating the matter for everyone this weekend is a lack of a familiarity with the new General Tire compound.
“It makes us a little nervous,” Ranger said. “It’s the same for everybody. Nobody knows these tires. We learned a little two weeks ago but the first oval is different. But again, it’s the same for everyone.”
Starting alongside Ranger on the front row is car owner D.J Kennington. Kennington set a time of 19.022 (118.284) and will look to carry the momentum after winning the most recent race at Jukasa in the fall.
Pete Shepherd III will start third with a time of 19.066 (118.011). Shepherd will look to score his first victory since 2013 and first at the legendary .625 mile oval.
Rounding out the top-five will be 22 Racing teammates Donald Theetge and Alex Tagliani.
Julia Landauer and Brett Taylor will start sixth and seventh, respectively. Anthony Simone, Alex Labbe and Marc-Antoine Camirand will complete the top ten.
There are good cars in the back and Ranger expects a wild race.
“It’s going to be very interesting,” he said. “My goal is to save my stuff for the end of the race and hope to be in the top-five.”
Following a heavy thunderstorm following qualifying, NASCAR postponed the race to Sunday. Green flag is scheduled to for 1 p.m. The starting lineup can be found below.
- Andrew Ranger
- D.J. Kennington
- Peter Shepherd III
- Donald Theetge
- Alex Tagliani
- Julia Landauer
- Brett Taylor
- Anthony Simone
- Alex Labbe
- Marc-Antoine Camirand
- Kevin Lacroix
- L.P. Dumoulin
- Jason Hathaway
- Mark Dilley
- Shantel Kalika
- Jason White
- Brandon White
- TJ Rinomato