Alex Tagliani may just be on the way to another victory this season.
The driver of the No. 18 EpiPen/Riobel/ComplexeJCP/Juste du Pin Chevrolet topped the practice chart with a lap of one minute and 7.3 seconds. Tagliani enters this weekend with momentum following a top-six finish in each of his series starts this year, including three wins. The Lachenaie, Quebec native has two poles (2009, `13) an average finish of 10th and a best result of third (2015) in six previous Trois-Rivieres appearances.
Kevin Lacroix was second quickest, 0.024 seconds behind Tagliani. The driver of the No. 74 Bumper to Bumper/Total/Go Fast Dodge is another favourite entering this weekend after becoming the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race last season at ICAR in his first start at the track. He then backed it up with a win last year at Trois-Riveries, too. He enters this weekend with some momentum following an eighth place finish in Saskatoon.
Daniel Morad was third quickest, looking to back up his top-10 finish from the Honda Indy Toronto, followed by Alex Labbe. The driver of the No. 36 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ Dodge enters this weekend with momentum following a third place finish at Saskatoon, and has posted an average finish of 12th with a best result of fourth (2015) in four previous Trois-Rivieres races.
Current points leader Andrew Ranger rounded out the top-five. The driver of the No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Line Dodge enters this weekend leading the points by a single point ahead of Cayden Lapcevich. Ranger is the master of the streets of Quebec, posting a finish of first or second in each of his nine starts.
D.J. Kennington was sixth, searching for third straight top-10 finish following a sixth at Saskatoon, followed by Marc-Antoine Camirand, L.P. Dumoulin, Jason Hathaway and Simon Dion-Viens.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series has one more practice, before qualifying later on this afternoon ahead of Sunday’s race.
|Pos||No.||Name||Sponsor||Best Tm||Best Speed||In Lap||Laps||Diff|
|1||18||Alex Tagliani||EpiPen/Riobel/ComplexeJCP/Juste du Pin||01:07.3||81.836||14||14|
|2||74||Kevin Lacroix *||Bumper to Bumper/Total/Go Fast||01:07.3||81.807||17||18||0.024|
|3||6||Daniel Morad *||Insync Healthcare Systems||01:07.8||81.269||15||16||0.47|
|4||32||Alex Labbe||Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ||01:07.8||81.232||14||17||0.501|
|5||27||Andrew Ranger||Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane||01:07.9||81.177||9||10||0.547|
|6||17||D.J. Kennington||Castrol Edge||01:08.3||80.641||7||10||0.998|
|7||99||Marc-Antoine Camirand||Paille GMC||01:08.5||80.41||8||15||1.194|
|8||47||L.P. Dumoulin||WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare/Somavrac||01:08.5||80.374||10||19||1.225|
|10||37||Simon Dion-Viens||Wholesale Express/Bestbuy Pieces D’auto/ZoneGarage||01:08.8||80.078||11||21||1.478|
|11||4||J.F. Dumoulin||Spectra Premium/Bernier Crepeau/Bellemare||01:09.0||79.85||12||17||1.674|
|12||2||Kerry Micks||Johnsonville/Leland/BDI/Avenue Auto Parts||01:09.1||79.744||10||16||1.766|
|13||59||Gary Klutt||Poolsupplies.ca/Bothwell Accurate/CTL||01:09.5||79.238||4||21||2.207|
|14||76||Cayden Lapcevich *||Fastline Motorsports||01:09.6||79.132||15||20||2.3|
|15||71||Patrick Dussault *||Hewitt Rentals/Dussault Const/Perry Auto/MultiPlis||01:09.7||79.077||13||15||2.349|
|16||95||Anthony Simone||Innovative Plumbing/Ink You Ride||01:10.0||78.668||2||14||2.711|
|17||56||David Michaud *||OMVIC/Excavation Mario Michaud||01:10.8||77.801||16||20||3.491|
|18||36||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ||01:11.5||77.057||5||17||4.175|
|19||20||Raymond Guay *||Groupe Immobilier/Potvin||01:12.2||76.291||24||24||4.892|
|20||77||Jocelyn Fecteau *||Metal Mulisha/Pieces d’Auto Super||01:13.3||75.143||3||21||5.995|
|21||11||Martin Cote *||GO-VR.com||01:15.0||73.409||14||19||7.727|
|22||1||Larry Jackson||Canada’s Best Racing Team/Piloti||–||0|