Alex Labbe bumps his way to win in Pinty’s Series race Sunday

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Alex Labbe bumps his way to win in Pinty’s Series race Sunday
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Alex Labbe scores fourth NASCAR win of the season after nudging Kevin Lacroix for the lead in Turn 4 of final lap and Lacroix immediately retaliates.

Race winner Alex Labbé
Alex Labbé
Jocelyn Fecteau, Kevin Lacroix
Kevin Lacroix

For years the NASCAR Pinty’s Series has been one of the most competitive that is sanctioned by the organization and Sunday’s finish at Riverside International Speedway lived up to its reputation.

Points leader Alex Labbe used his bumper to slightly nudge Kevin Lacroix in Turn 4 on the final lap and slip underneath and win the Bumper to Bumper 300 Sunday afternoon for his fourth win of the season.

Lacroix responded immediately after crossing the finish line by making hard contact with Labbe as they slowed down on the backstretch.

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Post-race contact:

 

“I watched him (Lacroix) overcharge corner pretty hard and he got a little loose and was able to get close and eventually get underneath him,” said Labbe. “I dove in there and was able to make the pass and get the win.”

Lacroix obviously saw things differently and shared his thoughts in a post-race press release.

“It is a shame that in NASCAR everything seems allowed in the last lap,” Lacroix stated. “I am disappointed by the situation because it is the same thing that happened at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.”

Lacroix clearly had the best car for most of the event leading 251 of the 300 laps and going for his first oval-track win.

Labbe closed in to take the lead on 274 before Lacroix got back in front and led until their last-lap incident.

D.J. Kennington, who was fastest in practice, started on the pole after qualifying was rained out on Saturday and led the first 36 laps of the race. He followed Lacroix in third for his fourth podium finish of the season.

Mark Dilley continued his streak of strong finishes at Riverside coming home fourth and Andrew Ranger rounded out the top five.

Alex Tagliani, who won last week at GP3R, was sixth with J.F Dumoulin, Adam Martin, Cayden Lapcevich and Donald Theetge completing the top 10.

The race was slowed seven times by caution for 45 laps with two red flags given to the field in the race.

With his fourth win of the season, Labbe was able to add three points to his lead in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship standings and now leads Lacroix by 26 points with three races remaining on the schedule.

Defending series champion Lapcevich remains in third place with Kennington and L.P. Dumoulin rounding out the top five.

The next race on the schedule will be the Total Quartz 200 during the second visit this season for the Pinty’s Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sept. 3.

Lacroix will try and become the first driver in series history to win three consecutive series race at the historic facility located in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Race results:

FinStrCarDriverTeamLapsPointsB/PointsStatus
1 3 32 Alex Labbe Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's BBQ Ford 300 47 4 Running
2 2 74 Kevin Lacroix Bumper to Bumper/Total/Gates/Go Fast Dodge 300 44 2 Running
3 1 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge Dodge 300 42 1 Running
4 7 2 Mark Dilley Leland/Avenue/OMVIC Ford 300 40   Running
5 11 27 Andrew Ranger Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge 300 39   Running
6 10 18 Alex Tagliani Epipen/Lowe's/St. Hubert/Fast Wheels Dodge 300 38   Running
7 12 4 J.F. Dumoulin Spectra Premium/Bellemare/Bernier Dodge 300 37   Running
8 9 9 Adam Martin * Johsonville/Oliviers/Reser's Ford 300 36   Running
9 5 76 Cayden Lapcevich Fastline Motorsports Dodge 300 36 1 Running
10 6 22 Donald Theetge * Circuit Acura/Le Soliet/L'Antidote Media Dodge 299 34   Running
11 14 25 Simon Dion-Viens Castrol Canada/Bestbuy Pièces d'auto Ford 267 33   Running
12 13 28 Armani Williams * CBRT/Race4Autism Dodge 257 32   Oil Leak
13 4 89 Donald Chisholm Nova Construction/Keltic Ford Ford 246 31   Transmission
14 8 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge 87 30   Rear gear
15 15 8 Joey McColm CBRT/Piloti Dodge 1 29   Electrical

 

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Kevin Lacroix , Alex Labbé
Author Tim Southers