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May 01

Andrew Ranger finishes 20th in K&N Pro Series West event

Andrew Ranger finishes 22nd in K&N Pro Series East event

2011-04-30-00282011-04-30-0032On Saturday, two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion Andrew Ranger turned the fastest lap of the 34-car field in the NASCAR K&N PRO Series West event held at Miller Motorsport Park earning the Coors Light Pole Award. Subsequently, in the race, he finished 20th with two laps down to the winner after leading 17 of the 63 laps race.

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When the green flag waved, in the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix in Tooele, Utah, just outside Salt Lake City, Ranger kept the number one position until he pitted. “I dove in the pits as planned on lap 18. The crew did a flawless job and got me out quickly in fourth place. With the caution coming out on lap 19, our game planed worked out great” commented Ranger.

Back to green, on lap 23, the driver of the No. 35 Waste Management Recycling NDS Motorsports began his march back to the front. Wasting no time, the Roxton Pond, Quebec native went around Inglebright, Thompson, Nixon and on lap 27 as he went by Smith for the lead the car’s engine quit and he coasted back to the pits.

“While I was leading, moments before I went to the pits, I saw the lights to the instruments flash in and out. I knew there was something wrong. I tried to conserve power by turning on and off the fans to the brakes to use up the less power as possible. The car was still very fast. But, when I charged hard to regain the lead, I had worked hard the brakes over the couple laps before and the pedal went a little soft. I turned the fans to the brakes back on to cool them off… just as I did the car stalled. I was still a bit lucky, it was a short distance before the pit entrance, I was able to coast back or it could have been a lot worse” added Ranger.

The team quickly replaced the car’s battery; still the No. 35 Waste Management Recycling NDS Motorsports car went down two laps to the leader as it sat in the pits being serviced. “At that point the intent was for me to get back out, drive as hard as possible, pass the leaders and only be one lap down and hopefully I could get the free pass and get back on the lead lap. It almost worked. Unfortunately, the caution came back out and I was repositioned at the rear. I had worked my way back up behind the fifth place car. I must of passed 50 cars today, but it wasn’t enough. I should be upset and maybe even cry, but I would rather laugh it off. We qualified on the pole. We had great pit strategy and work by the crew. We led a bunch of laps. But the gremlins that have been biting us for the last three races bit us again tonight. I don’t know what we need to be doing to get rid of it. The alternator let go, then a brand new battery died. What are the chances of that happening?” asked Ranger.

Nevertheless, the No. 35 Waste Management Recycling NDS Motorsports and driver Andrew Ranger have demonstrated they can be very fast, that they can run up front and are contenders for the win… they just need a bit of luck to turn things around.

Following this weekend’s double-header, Andrew Ranger will return behind the wheel of the No. 35 Waste Management Recycling NDS Motorsports race car on May 22, when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards visits New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Garden State 150.

Andrew Ranger finishes 22nd in K&N Pro Series East event

On Thursday, two-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion Andrew Ranger finished 22nd in the NASCAR K&N PRO Series East event held at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, North Carolina.

Ranger, the driver of the No. 35 Waste Management Recycling NDS Motorsports, lined up in 3rd place for the Inaugural Blue Ox 100 race. The 100 laps event, which showcased a 38-car field, was slowed for two cautions and one lengthy (1h48m) red flag for rain.

The Roxton Pond, Quebec native battled with eventual winner Darell Wallace Jr., Brett Moffit who finished second and fourth place finisher Max Gresham for the first 75 laps. He even raced his way to second place just before the halfway mark, when he fell back to fourth. A position he would hold until the Lap 76 restart.

“On the last restart, knowing how strong we were all day, my goals were nothing short of a top five. I lined up outside of Brett Moffit in 4th place. When the green flag waved the handling of the car was just not the same. We had a right rear tire going down. I must have run over debris from the crash which drew the caution flag. All day, the car was perfect. The flat made it scary loose, at that point there was nothing we could do but hang on and salvage something for the team” commented Ranger.

After the event, when driver Andrew Ranger pulled in to the No. 35 Waste Management Recycling NDS Motosports pit stall the tire was completely flat. “Obviously it’s disappointing. We were so close, yet the result sheet will show we finished 22nd, which is not indicative of how well we did. We should have finished in the top 5. There is no time to dwell on it, as we now move and focus on the K&N Pro Series West event at Miller Motorsport Park (Tooele, Utah) where we qualify and race on Saturday” added Ranger.

Following this weekend’s double-header, Andrew Ranger will return behind the wheel of the No. 35 Waste Management Recycling NDS Motorsports race car on May 22, when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards visits New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Garden State 150.source : NDS Motorsports, Steve Hibbard, Marc Patrick Roy, photo: Larry Knight Flagworld



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