Although all the stars will have to be aligned, and the moon will have to be big and bright in the sky for it to happen, it’s possible - possible - that Quebec’s Andrew Ranger might wrap up his second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship tonight at Barrie Speedway.
Having said that, it probably won’t happen.
Ranger, of Roxton Pond, Que., and a veteran of Formula Atlantic and two seasons of the Champ Car World Series, is leading CASCAR and Canadian Tire series veteran D.J. Kennington of St. Thomas by 134 points (1,724 to 1,590) going into tonight’s Torbram Electric 300 presented by The Source, which is scheduled to be flagged off at 8 o’clock.
Ron Beauchamp Jr. of Windsor is holding down third place in the standings, 27 points behind Kennington.
NASCAR Canada race points are awarded just like they are in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Champing World series: 185 for winning, five bonus points for leading a lap and five bonus for leading the most laps.
So the likelihood of Ranger winning every point possible and Kennington and Beauchamp being shut out entirely is pretty unrealistic – but, as they say, anything’s possible and it could happen.
There are two more races remaining after tonight’s – at Riverside Speedway in Nova Scotia next Saturday night and at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough in two weeks.
Ranger won the first Canadian Tire Series title in 2007, while Scott Steckly of Milverton, Ont., won it last year. Steckly, who won both NCTS races at Barrie Speedway last season, is currently in fourth place in the standings and looking to move up.