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NASCAR Pinty's Series At Wyant Group Speedway
Alex Labbé Grabs A Fighting 3rdIn Saskatoon
Montreal (QC), July 28, 2016 - Alex Labbé and the Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's Barbeque team came to the Wyant Group Speedway confident that they had what it took to go for the win at the "Prairie Velocity Thunder 250". Quick in time trials and qualifying, Alex Labbé started 5th and ran through the field twice on his way to a well deserved 3rd place overall.
Alex Labbé loves third-mile tracks with high banking, where passing is possible on the high and the low grooves. After qualifying 5th, the driver from St-Albert (Québec) ran between 5th and 8th, despite being slowed down by a slightly loose car. A stop during a caution period on lap 60 corrected the problem. Restarting from the back of the pack, Labbé fought his way back up to 4th place for a restart on lap 130.
A two-car incident on lap 141 sent him back to the pits for repairs, especially to the front suspension. Back on track at the back of the pack once again, Alex got to work in typical fashion, moving from 15th in lap 154 to 10th by lap 180. Never easing up, he was up to 6th by lap 221 and 5th by lap 230.
The last restart with only a few laps to go saw him move cleanly up to a well deserved 3rd overall.
After the race, we could feel a mixture of frustration and pride from Labbé and the members of the Jacombs Racing team who has prepared the car so well, only to see some ill luck ruin their shot at a victory. As Labbé was saying "I had the best car on the track on two occasions today: one at the very start of the race and then again after the team fixed the car on last stop, when it was perfect again. I could push as hard as I wanted and always get the better of tight situations on my way back to the front. It also helped that every caution period allowed me to close up to the pack ahead of me, so I could always attack immediately. With that bit of luck today, we got a 3rd place. A little more luck at Trois-Rivieres should see win the race."
Labbé and the Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's Barbeque No 32 Ford will be back on track for the "Can-Am 50 Laps" race at the legendary Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on the August 12 and 13 weekend.