A 13th place with a bitter taste for Raphael Lessard

Une 13e place au goût amer pour Raphaël Lessard

Raphael Lessard thought would be able to redeem his poor performance at Pocono, two weeks ago, after an accident had forced the abandonment in the beginning of the course.

But this time, he has nothing to apologize for. On the contrary, he maintained a good pace on the occasion of the seventh stage of the series of light trucks of NASCAR, raced on Saturday night in Kentucky, when mother nature has forced the premature end of the competition.

While the young driver from St-Joseph-de-Beauce occupied the 13th rank, a threatening sky, is invited to the end of the second segment, on the 70th lap of a race that should count 150. The machines will be confined to the pits there will be more.

The leaders of NASCAR, alerted by the threat of violent thunderstorms, have chosen to put an end to the race won by Sheldon Creed.

“I don’t want to criticize the decision of NASCAR, said Lessard, in a telephone interview with the Journal, but I have the impression that it was not so patients. It is a pity, because the more the race progressed, the more I felt at ease. So well that towards the end, my times were comparable to those of the drivers faster. “

In the seventh rank

Faced with a track where he has never raced, the cancellation also free practice and the qualifying session, all of it due to the pandemic, Lessard has to learn the hard way. After being off from the 11th position on the starting grid, the driver of 19 years had risen to the seventh rank as early as the 19th round.

“And then, he explained, I found myself in the path inland, which was not good. I have lost several seats to join me in the 20th, but I managed to reassemble the pack by following. The good news is that I still have a lot of races to get good results. And I know that it is only a matter of time before you get there. “

Calendar-series pickup trucks NASCAR

The leaders of NASCAR unveiled this week, following the schedule of the series pickup trucks. After the stage on Saturday night at Kentucky, he will remain seven races to go before the start of the playoffs scheduled for September 17th at the track in Bristol.

Date Circuit The start (eastern time)
18 July Texas 20h
24 July Kansas 19h
25 July Kansas 13: 30
August 7, Michigan 18h
16
August
Daytona Midi
21
August
Dover 17h
30
August
Madison Midi
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