Alex Labbé has had to settle for 27e place at the 19e – step of the season in the NASCAR Xfinity contested Saturday at the road course of Daytona.
A skirmish involving him with Scott Heckert came to ruin his comeback then that there were only five of the 52 laps to go.
A little earlier, the driver from quebec was, however, performed well in rising to the sixth place at the end of the second and second-to-last segment of the competition. It was slender at the 16th on the starting grid.
“The history repeats itself for us, said Labbé, in a telephone interview with the Journal. We accumulate the bad luck since the beginning of the season. It is a pity, because here in Daytona, I had probably the best car that I have been entrusted since my debut series Xfinity.
“It was really powerful, he is chained, and a top five was possible. But this was not our day, once again. “
The start of the race was delayed for more than two hours due to bad weather.
“We have adopted the wrong strategy in the beginning of the race, choosing to keep our tyres in the grooves [for rain], while most of the other drivers have returned to put their car slick tires. After four rounds, he had to make a stop in the pits and we lost a lot of time.”
Subsequently, Labbé, very comfortable on this type of plot, is superbly recovered before being the victim of a glitch mechanics.
“I thought that there was a shortage of gasoline, he explained, but it is ultimately a malfunction of the power supply system, which to me has slowed down.
“And then, at the end, I had to go back another time in the pits following an accident involving several cars that I’ve been able to avoid. “
Labbé was able to complete his journey not without losing two laps to the winner, Austin Cindric, who won a fifth victory in its last six starts in the second division of the NASCAR.
Successful return for Dumoulin
The driver he Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was able to take advantage of an incident involving Jason Hathaway and Kevin Lacroix at the end of the race to win Saturday, the first of the six stages of the NASCAR Pinty’s presented on the oval of Sunset, Ontario.
Hathaway is redeemed by winning the second race of the double. Lacroix, himself, has attained the third step of the podium.