RANGER PUTS MOPAR PARTS DODGE ON POLE AT DELAWARE
June 3, 2017. Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team looked to build on their early season success in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series during round two at Delaware Speedway on Saturday night. Ranger powered his way to the top of the time sheets during qualifying. The 250-lap race was an up and down battle but Ranger secured a sixth place result.
The #27 Mopar Parts Dodge was solid if not spectacular during afternoon practice but during the qualifying session Ranger put together the best lap of the day and scored the pole position with a time of 19.311 seconds, more than one tenth better than second place. “We made a few changes after the practice and I had a really good lap” said Ranger.
When the green flag dropped for the 250-lap feature event Ranger surrendered the race lead but didn’t worry too much. “It’s a long race and you don’t win in the first laps,” explained Ranger. “We stayed in touch with the leaders and looked at what adjustments we’d make during the pit stops,” he added.
During the first round of pit stops troubles began for the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team. Forced to pit in an awkward manner due to other cars position in pit lane Ranger had contact exiting hit pit box and was forced to serve a penalty. “I’m not sure what else to do” he said. “I tried to leave room but had to pit at an angle because of the other car, it’s unfortunate,” said the driver.
Ranger would get back on the lead lap with the free pass later in the race but other problems would arise. Smoke was visible from the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge and Ranger relayed to the team that the power steering was the problem. Because of the smoke however NASCAR officials showed the black flag to Ranger and forced him to stop along pit road.
Despite another setback Ranger pushed the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge as hard as he could in the closing laps and came across the finish line in sixth place. “We had some difficulties in the race tonight but I have to say the Mopar team did a great job to get the best result. Things could have been much worse, but we got some good points and that’s important,” stated Ranger.
After the first two events Andrew Ranger sits third in the overall championship standings.
Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team get back in action Saturday June 17th at the Autodrome Chaudière.
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