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Tagliani Dominates At Trois-Rivières

Quebec Driver Claims First Pinty's Series Victory of 2017
By Alex Gallacher, NASCARHomeTracks.com
August 13, 2017 - 5:53pm

Trois-Rivières, Que -- It took Alex Tagliani just over a year, but he finally found his way back to Victory Lane by winning Le 50 Tours CanAm on Sunday. 

The Lachanaie, Quebec, driver took the lead on Lap 28 from Andrew Ranger and didn't look back. Despite hard charges from Ranger and an overtime finish, Tagliani and his No.18 Lowe's/EpiPen/St.Hubert Dodge captured the win for the first time since Edmonton last season. The GP3R victory also marked Tagliani's first NASCAR Pinty's Series win on the historic road course. 

Polesitter Andrew Ranger finished second to extend his sucess at Trois-Rivières, he has finished no worse than second in his 11 attempts at GP3R. Marc-Antoine Camirand finished third to claim his second podium finish of 2017. 

Local favourite and Trois-Rivières native, L.P Dumoulin finished fourth while points leader Alex Labbe rounded out the top five.

J.F Dumoulin and defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich came home sixth and seventh, respectively. D.J Kennington, Simon Dion-Viens and Larry Jackson completed the top ten. 

Two-time defending GP3R winner Kevin Lacroix finished 18th after encountering mechanical issues with 12 laps to go.

Labbe now holds a 23 point lead over Lacroix in the championship standings while Lapcevich trails in third, 33 points back from the lead. 

The NASCAR Pinty's Series will be back in action Saturday, July 19th for the Bumper to Bumper 300 at Riverside International Speedway.

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Alex Tagliani leads the field during Le 50 Tours CanAm on Sunday. Matt Manor/NASCAR