DYNAMIC DUEL: J.R. Fitzpatrick held off Andrew Ranger in a stirring duel to win the Canadian Tire Series race Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Ranger had passed Fitzpatrick just before a caution flag waved, but under series rules Fitzpatrick was given back the top spot for the restart with two laps to go and held off repeated challenges from Ranger before a crash by Joey McColm ended the race.
“It’s a weird rule. Sometimes that happens. It works both ways,” Fitzpatrick said afterward. “When he got by me, I think I may have gotten him because there was maybe five laps to go. My car was getting better and better, but if he would have gotten across the line with a green-white-checkered (finish), I probably wouldn’t have gotten him.”
D.J. Kennington finished third, followed by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and Scott Steckly.
SPARK PLUGS: Eight cars were sent to the rear of the field in the Nationwide race, four for adjustments during the impound, one for switching to a backup car, one for an engine change, and two for driver changes, including the No. 54 Toyota of Kyle Busch. … Austin Dillon in ninth was the highest-finishing rookie. … Jacques Villeneuve posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
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