For Tagliani, this was his second consecutive podium finish of the season. Jason Hathaway from Appin, Ontario led only one lap, the 305th and last lap after returning a chrome horn bump on Kevin Lacroix that sent him down to sixth place. Lacroix had been the dominant driver leading 195 laps. Tagliani was followed at the finish line by LP Dumoulin, with Alex Labbé rounding out the top five.
"That was quite a performance for the 22 Racing Team tonight with a second consecutive podium finish, only six-hundredths of a second behind second place," said Tagliani after the race. "We fought hard until the end and I came so close of going by D.J. (Kennington) on the last lap. The team has made tremendous progress on the Chevrolet EpiPen-RONA-St Hubert-Spectra Premium oval car program. I was very happy with its performance in qualifying, as there was only one-tenth of a second gap between my seventh place on the grid and the polesitter. That was very positive.
"The result of this race is very promising for the upcoming final three oval races of the season. If the team continues to improve the car bit by bit for each of these races, the results could be very interesting. We hope to finish the season on a strong note. We needed that kind of success after a difficult start of the season on this type of track.
"Next week will be a very busy weekend for me at Mosport road course with a race with the Kyle Busch Motorsports Team in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and of course a very important race in the NASCAR Pinty's Series with my number 18 car. I look forward to do very well in both races," concluded Tagliani.
Only 14 drivers started the RIS race with 12 crossing the finish line at the end of the Bumper to Bumper 300. Nine cars finished on the lead lap. The 305-lap race was under full course caution nine times for a total of 53 laps. The Riverside International Speedway race will be televised on TSN on Saturday, August 24 at 1:30 p.m.
In his four NASCAR Pinty's races at Riverside, Tagliani has finished twice in the top five and four times in the top 10. In 80 NASCAR Pinty's starts, Tag has claimed ten poles, won 9 races, finished 35 times in the Top-5 and 55 times in the Top-10.
In the driver standings:
No major changes in the driver top five standings, but the noose is tightening up on leader Andrew Ranger who finished seventh at Riverside. Ranger is still leading, but gap has been reduced to 11 points over Kevin Lacroix (374) and to 17 on LP Dumoulin (368). By finishing ahead of all the rivals ahead of him in the standings, Tagliani shaved four points from Ranger's lead. He is still fourth with 352 points, 33 points back. D.J. Kennington rounds out the top five with 328 points.
NEXT STOP: CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK IN ONTARIO
The NASCAR Pinty's Series returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park famed road course in Bowmanville, Ontario for round 10 of the season the weekend of August 24. Tagliani will be a busy driver on Sunday, August 25 competing in the 51-lap NASCAR Pinty's race scheduled to start at 11:05 a.m. and then at 2:30 p.m., driving for 64 laps in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at the wheel of the number 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. For the truck race, CanTorque, RONA and Spectra Premium will sponsor Tagliani's Tundra.
THE NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES RACE will televised live on FOX Sports Racing, available on cable with Videotron (792), Bell TV (1421), Cogeco (742), Eastlink (713) and Rogers (409). Pre-race show starts at 2 p.m. Race time: 2:30 p.m.
TSN and TSN Direct subscribers can watch all NASCAR Pinty's Series races live on TSN.ca and the TSN app. Watch NASCAR Pinty's Total Quartz 200 live stream on TSN.ca and on the TSN app on Sunday, August 25 at 11:05 a.m. Eastern. Check NASCAR Pinty's listing for exact time. The United States fans can watch all the races live on FansChoice.tv.
Summer of TAG
During his 2019 season, Alex Tagliani will race across Canada promoting the sixth annual Summer of TAG, which raises awareness about food allergies, and the importance of educating those afflicted. Alex and Food Allergy Canada, with the support of Pfizer Canada, are committed to creating a safer world for people with potentially life-threatening allergies.
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