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RANGER POWERS TO ROAD COURSE WIN IN FIRST ARCA SERIES START

5-23-2011

Andrew Ranger wins the ModSpace 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com).MILLVILLE, NJ (May 22, 2011) -- Andrew Ranger showed why he has two NASCAR Canadian Tire Series titles under his belt. 

The Canadian driver made his first-ever ARCA Racing Series start Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park coming from 31st to claim the win. 

Although the record books will show Ranger won the pole by nearly a half second faster than the next fastest qualifier, he would start the race at the back of the field after changing engines due to a blown engine after qualifying. 

Ranger captured the pole with a lap of 81.549 seconds (99.327 mph) around the 2.25-mile road course. 

Tom Hessert was second with a time of 82.102 seconds (98.658 mph) followed by Australian George Miedecke at 82.119 seconds (98.637 mph). Like Ranger, the 24-year-old Miedecke was also making his first-ever ARCA Series start. 

The 67-lap race featured six leaders among four different drivers. Leaders included; George Miedecke 1-31, 57-65 (40 laps), Andrew Ranger 32-37, 66-67 (8 laps) Chris Buescher 38-53 (16 laps) and Tim George, Jr. 54-56 (3 laps).

From the outset, Ranger worked his way past 30 cars to re-gain the top spot on lap 32. From there it became a battle between the two series newcomers and a bevy of series regulars.  

In the end, Ranger took the lead on lap 66 when Miedecke got caught behind a lapped car. Ranger would go on to take the win a lap later by 2.059 seconds over Miedecke. 

Chad McCumbee finished in third place followed by Tim George, Jr. and Tom Hessert to round out the top five.

The race had just three cautions for a total of 11 laps.

The New Jersey race is the only road course event on the ARCA Series' 19-race schedule.

With his eighth place finish, Ty Dillon remains atop the ARCA Series standings with 1105 points followed by Frank Kimmel with 1015 points. 

The ARCA Racing Series will take a week off before returning to action on June 4th at Chicagoland Speedway.

For more information about the race at New Jersey or the ARCA Racing Series visit www.arcaracing.com.   

      

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