INNISFIL, Ontario – Although the winner of the race was the same as last year, getting to Victory Lane was nothing like last year for Alex Tagliani on Saturday at Sunset Speedway.
Tagliani pulled away late to win the Leland Industries 300 presented by Dickies for the second year in a row in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, but unlike his win at Sunset last season — when he lapped the entire field en route to his first win since 2008 — he had to hold off Cayden Lapcevich on a restart with 33 laps remaining in the race to score his third career series win.
Tagliani never had a chance to equal that mark of last season in this race – especially with a pair of caution flags thrown in the final 33 laps to tighten the field.
He qualified 10th and took the lead for the first time in the race passing Josh Collins after a restart on Lap 58. The Lachenaie, Quebec, native led twice in the event and took the lead for the final time on Lap 267 and was able to hold on for the win.
Lapcevich followed with his career-best finish and Larry Jackson also scored his first career podium finish in third. Jostens Rookie of the Year contenders Adam Martin and Kevin Lacroix completed the top five.
Rounding out the top-10 were D.J. Kennington, Collins, Andrew Ranger, Matthew Scannell and Trevor Seibert.
The race was slowed eight times by caution for 68 laps.
Lapcevich used his runner-up finish to move into second place in the point standings behind Andrew Ranger — the two are tied at 83 points, with Ranger holding the tiebreaker thanks to his season-opening win in May.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will return to oval racing for the second race in a row, with the rescheduled Chaudiere 300 at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere on June 24.
RESULTS: NASCAR Pinty’s Series; Leland Industries 300; Sunset Speedway; June 18, 2016
- Alex Tagliani
- Cayden Lapcevich
- Larry Jackson
- Adam Martin
- Kevin Lacroix
- D.J. Kennington
- Josh Collins
- Andrew Ranger
- Matthew Scannell
- Trevor Seibert
- Derek Lynch
- L.P. Dumoulin
- Gary Klutt
- Mark Dilley
- Alex Labbe
- Dwayne Baker
- Jason Hathaway
- Jason White
- Anthony Simone
Time of Race: 1 hour 42 minutes 41 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.720 seconds
Caution Flags: 8 for 68 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers.
CREDIT: NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications