Kevin Lacroix led 29 laps en route to Victory Lane at Exhibition Place. Kevin Lacroix led 29 laps en route to Victory Lane at Exhibition Place. Matt Manor / NASCAR

Kevin Lacroix dominates NASCAR Pinty's Series race in Toronto Featured

Written by  Alex Gallacher / NASCAR on Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

TORONTO, ON - It only took Kevin Lacroix seven laps to get the lead, once he got there he didn't look back. The 28-year-old driver from Saint- Eustache, Quebec, held off hard charges from Marc- Antoine Camirand, LP Dumoulin and Adam Andretti to win the Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto Sunday at Exhibition Place.

This race win was Lacroix's second consecutive win following his win at Quebec's Circuit ICAR last week. This marked the championship points leader's third win of the season, extending his points lead over Alex Labbe by 13 points. Lacroix nearly lost his lead to Camirand with six laps to go when the St. Leonard d'Aston, Quebec, native hit the wall forcing a late race yellow. Lacroix then continued his dominating performance holding off LP Dumoulin and Andretti to claim his first victory in Toronto.

LP Dumoulin picked up his best finish of 2017 finishing second. Adam Andretti finished third and became the first American to sit on the podium since Jason Bowles in 2010.

Alex Labbe finished in fourth, while JF Dumoulin ended up fifth notching his first top five since CTMP in 2015. DJ Kennington came home sixth followed by Cayden Lapcevich in seventh.

Anthony Simone brought his car home eighth while the father/son duo of Gary and Peter Klutt rounded out the top ten finishers.

Polesitter Andrew Ranger limped home in 15th after an early run in with Alex Tagliani. Tagliani went on to finish 14th.

The NASCAR Pinty's Series heads west to Wyant Group Raceway for the Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100s presented by Bayer on July 26th.

RESULTS

FINISH / STARTED / CAR# / SPONSOR(S) / MAKE / LAPS / POINTS / BONUS / STATUS
1 3 74 Kevin Lacroix Bumper to Bumper/Total/Gates/Go Fast Dodge 35 48 5 Running
2 7 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge 35 42 Running
3 4 44 Adam Andretti * Engineered Components/Anchor Bolt & Screw 35 41 Running
4 6 32 Alex Labbe Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's BBQ Ford 35 40 Running
5 10 4 J.F. Dumoulin Spectra Premium/Bellemare/Bernier Dodge 35 39 Running
6 11 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge Dodge 35 38 Running
7 13 76 Cayden Lapcevich Bay King Chrysler Dodge 35 37 Running
8 8 95 Anthony Simone Innovative Plumbing/InkYourRide Dodge 35 36 Running
9 9 59 Gary Klutt Pioneer Family Pools Dodge 35 35 Running
10 12 42 Peter Klutt Legendary Motorcar Chevrolet 35 34 Running
11 18 69 Trevor Seibert Lake Excavating/Avion Motorsports Chevrolet 35 33 Running
12 20 25 Larry Jackson Wonder/Dunright Foam/CBRT/B&B Decals Dodge 35 32 Running
13 17 9 Adam Martin * Johsonville/Oliviers/Reser's Ford 35 31 Running
14 2 18 Alex Tagliani Epipen/Lowe's/St. Hubert/Fast Wheels Dodge 33 31 1 Running
15 1 27 Andrew Ranger Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge 33 30 1 Running
16 5 22 Marc-Antoine Camirand GM Paillè Chevrolet 29 28 Accident
17 16 43 Robin Buck Ontario Chrysler Dealers Ad Assoc. Dodge 22 27 Off Track
18 15 8 Brett Taylor * Piloti/CBRT/365 Security Dodge 15 26 Accident
19 19 11 Martin Cote GO-VR.com Dodge 8 25 Off Track
20 14 2 Matthew Scannell OMVIC/Leland/Beyond Digital Ford 1 24 Accident
RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Andrew Ranger, Time: 76.785 Seconds, Speed: 82.282 mph

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 57 mins, 3 secs Average Speed: 64.601 mph Margin of Victory: 1.207 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 2-3 (Car 02 contact with tire wall {free pass[none]}); 9-11 (Car 11 contact with trire wall [none]); 30-31 (Car 44 stopped on track [27]). 3 for 7 laps.

Lap Leaders: Andrew Ranger 1-3, Alex Tagliani 4, Andrew Ranger 5, Alex Tagliani 6, Kevin Lacroix 7-35.

Total Laps Led: Kevin Lacroix 29, Andrew Ranger 4, Alex Tagliani 2. 4 changes involving 3 drivers.

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