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May 3, 2020, BURLINGTON – Blake Reinhart scored an impressive victory winning the Canadian Sim Racing Series presented by Lacroix Tuning opener Sunday night. The Hamilton, Ontario, racer beat more than 75 competitors to find victory lane.

Fuel mileage played a role in his win, but so did the fact Reinhart ran his fastest lap of the race on the final lap with NASCAR racer Raphael Lessard hot on his heels.

“I wasn’t sure what strategy he (Lessard) was on,” said Reinhart in Victory Lane. “I just kinda hoped for the best. Turns out there was more fuel than I thought. Thanks to my brother for the strategy.”

Blake Reinhart celebrating with a victory lap at Auto Club Speedway.

 

Lessard was complimentary about his runner-up finish.

“It was an awesome race,” said Lessard. “The guys were really, really fast. Congrats to the winner. I wanted one spot better for sure.

“We had a good strategy, and I think it’s the best strategy we could have done. We were having a hard time putting ourselves in the top five, but we finally got it with strategy.

Lessard used pit strategy to have a shot at the win in the closing stages.

 

Rounding out the podium after a green-white-checker finish was Blake’s brother Brock Reinhart who reflected on a great comeback for a top-three finish.

“I don’t think I could have made more mistakes during the race,” he said. “I managed to get myself in the first wreck, and I got an ‘end of the longest line’ penalty which I haven’t done in a long time. The only way we were going to have any sort of track position was to do something stupid, so we tried to save a whole bunch of fuel.”

Both Reinhart brothers carried Storewall Canada on their cars along with Image Factor Design, and the Race Room Calgary.

Gaining track position was hard with the competition so even.

 

The first half of the 50-lap iRace saw only one caution period slow the action, but the drivers had trouble stringing together green laps as the race wore on.

The final yellow flag led to a green-white-checker finish with the Reinharts and Lessard finishing in the top three with Ontario racers Michael Moorley and Cayden Lapcevich rounding out the top five.

When the checkered flag flew 31 cars remained on the lead lap. Rounding out the top 10 were Kyle Rochelle, Boyd Hoggan, Felix Gratton, Trent Ringler, and pole-sitter Alex Labbe.

Labbe led a number of laps early on. Here he races side-by-side with John Schweickart.

 

The Right Choice Auto Sales Hard Charger Award went to Hoggan who started 41st after transferring through the last-chance race to finish seventh.

 

The CSRS presented by Lacroix Tuning visits Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday, May 10th, with the stream starting at 9 pm eastern time on GForceTV.net. Learn more about the CSRS by visiting www.CanadianSimRacingSeries.com.

 

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VICTORY LANE QUOTES:

 

WINNER, BLAKE REINHART:

Turns out there was more fuel in there than I thought. Thanks to my brother for that strategy. I wouldn’t have done that.

I wasn’t sure what strategy he (Lessard) was on, if he had fresher tires or not. I just kinda hoped for the best. Maybe his boss will give me a call. That will be cool.

 

 

SECOND PLACE, RAPHAEL LESSARD:

It was an awesome race. The guys were really, really fast. Congrats to the winner. I wanted one spot better for sure. It’s always fun. We had a good strategy, and I think it’s the best strategy we could have done. It paid off at the end. We were having a hard time putting ourselves in the top five, but we finally got it with the strategy. It’s great to start the first race of the championship, and finish with a top three finish.

He did everything he had to do. He was protecting the bottom in the corners. I was trying to back up my corner a little bit and get a better run off the corner. If I could have got right beside him I think I could have won the race. He did everything he had to do to win the race. I just tried everything I could.

 

 

THIRD PLACE, BROCK REINHART:

I don’t think I could have made more mistakes during the race. I managed to get myself in the first wreck, and I got myself an end of the longest line penalty which I haven’t done in a long time. The only way we were going to have any sort of track position was to do something stupid, so we tried to save a whole bunch of fuel. I can’t believe it worked out. I’m so happy for my brother.

I gotta say thanks first and foremost to Storewall Canada. Without them we wouldn’t have good looking cars like this. Image Factor Media is on the car as well. The Race Room in Calgary is on the car. Shane – MSD Machine Tool as well.

 

03-May-20
Name Start Pos Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
Blake Reinhart 8 0 17 41.62 50 50 0
Raphael Lessard 11 -0.183 0 41.629 20 50 0
Brock Reinhart 17 -0.783 0 41.73 7 50 4
Michael Moorley 6 -1.568 5 41.689 9 50 0
Cayden Lapcevich 15 -1.586 0 41.797 7 50 8
Kyle Rochelle 28 -1.609 0 41.762 8 50 4
Boyd Hoggan 41 -1.705 0 42.01 7 50 8
Felix Gratton 10 -1.751 0 41.976 50 50 8
Trent Ringler 2 -1.877 6 41.583 20 50 0
Alex Labbe 1 -1.945 10 41.706 50 50 0
Olivier Bédard 23 -2.227 0 41.68 7 50 0
Treyten Lapcevich 9 -2.268 0 41.674 7 50 2
Connor James2 14 -2.686 0 42.182 12 50 5
John Schweickart 3 -2.704 10 41.654 8 50 0
Jarrett Herbison 18 -2.874 0 42.41 7 50 12
Tom Senchak 7 -3.046 0 41.629 8 50 8
Alexandre Labrosse 32 -3.124 0 41.977 9 50 5
Francis Daigneault 31 -3.27 0 42.061 8 50 15
DJ Kennington 34 -3.807 0 42.112 50 50 8
Will Larue 4 -3.817 2 42 13 50 8
Jean-Philippe Bergeron 16 -3.894 0 41.851 9 50 8
Calum McNicol 26 -5.27 0 41.716 7 50 8
Maxime Poitras 22 -5.455 0 41.801 8 50 13
Jason Metcalfe 24 -5.554 0 41.734 10 50 12
Maxime Gauvreau 29 -5.68 0 42.039 7 50 9
Steve Cote 20 -5.948 0 42.212 19 50 14
Jonathan Guitard 33 -6.081 0 42.079 11 50 8
Rick Scott 36 -6.589 0 42.223 13 50 12
Alex Guenete 13 -7.059 0 41.828 8 50 9
Kevin Lacroix 5 -8.125 0 41.827 9 50 8
Adam Ross 42 -17.266 0 41.901 7 50 12
Frederik Ladouceur 19 -1 L 0 41.835 7 49 13
Shane Billings 25 -2 L 0 41.922 8 48 8
Brett J Taylor 21 -2 L 0 42.189 48 48 12
Jonathan Cote2 40 -4 L 0 42.001 12 46 14
Jeff Cote 12 -5 L 0 41.788 20 45 8
Danny Caouette 39 -6 L 0 42.218 10 44 8
Justin Arseneau 27 -7 L 0 42.095 8 43 12
Jacob Exton 38 -8 L 0 42.054 9 42 16
Dany Lacroix 30 -9 L 0 42.023 11 41 16
Anthony Simone 37 -9 L 0 42.164 9 41 18
Jeremy Gagnon2 35 -35 L 0 42.048 7 15 8

 

CSRS Round 1 – Auto Club Speedway
Last Chance Race
Fin Pos Name Start Pos Out Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 Boyd Hoggan 2 Running 0 10 41.738 8 10 0
2 Danïel Demers 4 Running -0.167 0 41.657 8 10 0
3 Adam Ross 5 Running -0.826 0 41.652 9 10 0
4 Alex Pellerin 1 Running -0.941 0 41.708 8 10 0
5 Jessy Lambert2 6 Running -2.741 0 41.942 8 10 0
6 Sylvain Joly 3 Running -3.374 0 42.038 7 10 0
7 Mario Lachance2 11 Running -3.752 0 42.018 8 10 9
8 Gary Klutt 10 Running -4.094 0 41.839 7 10 9
9 Lucien JR Campeau 21 Running -5.149 0 42.128 9 10 0
10 Jocelyn Fecteau 13 Running -7.087 0 42.519 9 10 4
11 Larry Jackson 14 Running -13.114 0 43.634 8 10 6
12 Maxime Taillefer 19 Running -21.414 0 42.342 7 10 8
13 Francois Verville 7 Running -1 L 0 43.01 8 9 12
14 Simon Dion-Viens 9 Running -1 L 0 42.388 7 9 12
15 Jason White12 8 Running -2 L 0 44.144 8 8 10
16 Todd Seburn 15 Disconnected -3 L 0 42.189 5 7 8
17 Wyatt Seburn 16 Running -3 L 0 43.066 6 7 6
18 David Michaud 12 Running -3 L 0 7 6
19 Raphael Lessard 17 Disconnected -10 L 0 0 0
20 Steve Cote 18 Disconnected -10 L 0 0 0
21 Jonathan Cote2 20 Disconnected -10 L 0 0 0

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

 

Fin Pos Name Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp
1 Alex Labbe 41.517 2 2
2 Trent Ringler 41.558 2 3
3 John Schweickart 41.589 3 3
4 Will Larue 41.605 3 3
5 Michael Moorley 41.605 1 1
6 Kevin Lacroix 41.605 2 3
7 Tom Senchak 41.606 2 4
8 Blake Reinhart 41.613 2 4
9 Treyten Lapcevich 41.63 1 4
10 Felix Gratton 41.64 2 3
11 Raphael Lessard 41.648 2 4
12 Jeff Cote 41.665 1 4
13 Alex Guenete 41.679 1 3
14 Connor James2 41.687 2 4
15 Cayden Lapcevich 41.696 4 4
16 Jean-Philippe Bergeron 41.698 2 4
17 Brock Reinhart 41.706 3 4
18 Jarrett Herbison 41.732 1 4
19 Frederik Ladouceur 41.739 4 4
20 Steve Cote 41.742 3 4
21 Brett J Taylor 41.762 4 4
22 Maxime Poitras 41.766 4 4
23 Olivier Bédard 41.769 1 4
24 Jason Metcalfe 41.77 4 4
25 Shane Billings 41.775 3 3
26 Calum McNicol 41.776 4 4
27 Justin Arseneau 41.79 4 4
28 Kyle Rochelle 41.802 1 2
29 Maxime Gauvreau 41.811 2 3
30 Dany Lacroix 41.815 2 4
31 Francis Daigneault 41.817 2 4
32 Alexandre Labrosse 41.82 3 4
33 Jonathan Guitard 41.823 1 4
34 DJ Kennington 41.827 4 4
35 Jeremy Gagnon2 41.833 1 4
36 Rick Scott 41.834 2 4
37 Anthony Simone 41.847 1 4
38 Jacob Exton 41.847 3 4
39 Danny Caouette 41.873 1 4
40 Jonathan Cote2 41.89 4 4
41 Gary Klutt 41.896 1 4
42 Larry Jackson 41.909 2 4
43 Adam Ross 41.935 3 4
44 Jessy Lambert2 41.968 3 3
45 Marc-André Picard 42.045 4 4
46 Lucien JR Campeau 42.05 2 4
47 Mario Lachance2 42.054 3 4
48 Francois Verville 42.059 4 4
49 Mathieu Kingsbury 42.064 1 3
50 John Fletcher 42.07 1 3
51 Todd Seburn 42.076 1 4
52 Robert Bosisio 42.078 3 4
53 Jason White12 42.147 3 4
54 Sylvain Joly 42.161 1 4
55 Bertrand Godin 42.169 1 4
56 David Michaud 42.189 1 4
57 Simon Dion-Viens 42.211 3 4
58 Wyatt Seburn 42.215 3 4
59 Maxime Taillefer 42.227 2 4
60 Jonathan Bouvrette2 42.311 2 4
61 Jocelyn Fecteau 42.322 1 4

 

CSRS Round 1: Auto Club Speedway
Public Qualifier Results
Fin Pos Name Start Pos Car # Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 Boyd Hoggan 2 96 0 21 41.839 42 50 4
2 Danïel Demers 7 16 -0.469 0 41.883 43 50 0
3 Kody L Hartlaub 6 2 -0.809 2 41.909 40 50 0
4 Nicolas Moreau 1 15 -1.171 21 41.856 2 50 4
5 Kyle Steckly 4 10 -3.242 6 41.945 2 50 0
6 Ryan Beagle 5 84 -3.776 0 41.877 40 50 0
7 Jean-Philippe Laberge 3 24 -7.978 0 41.895 4 50 0
8 Stevin Goldner 11 30 -12.763 0 42.243 5 50 0
9 fred Robitaille 10 62 -1 L 0 42.179 4 49 3
10 Kevyn Coté-dion 12 7 -1 L 0 42.374 4 49 0
11 Jaxon Vaccher 9 83 -1 L 0 42.22 4 49 6
12 Jerome Bureau 15 85 -1 L 0 42.429 19 49 7
13 Zack Leduc 8 774 -2 L 0 42.22 3 48 4
14 Martin Jr Goulet 13 14 -7 L 0 42.127 4 43 0
15 Stéphane Langlois 18 36 -34 L 0 42.467 3 16 9
16 Alexandre Canuel 14 17 -36 L 0 42.189 4 14 3
17 Kevin Loveys 16 9 -49 L 0 1 0