TORONTO, Ontario — When asked what it’s going to take to win the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Alex Tagliani kept it simple – “just having enough of a gap in front of second-place and no green-white-checkered so we don’t get the bump and run.”
For the fourth time in his career, the Canadian will take part in the lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series north of the border, driving for Young’s Motorsports for the second straight season.
“Very excited about the opportunity with Young’s Motorsports,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “The team is going to be build a really good truck for that round, and we have been close many times. So I think going into the race, it’s going to be important to be focused on working with the crew chief and the guys, and when we arrive, we need to be as ready as we can because we have an opportunity to do really well there.”
Tagliani has come close before to winning, placing fifth in 2015 after running as high as second to eventual race winner Erik Jones. Other years, he has ran in the top-five throughout, but faded in the late stages due to contact.
While that remains on his radar down the road, his focus right now is on the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, where he is running all the events as he competes for the championship. He dominated the Pinty’s Grand Prix in Toronto, leading all the laps until he was passed by Andrew Ranger via a well-time cross-over move into turn one on a green-white-checkered restart. J.F. Dumoulin and Tagliani also made contact, but Tagliani managed to fend him off to finish second.
“It is what it is,” he said. “Obviously we wish we could’ve finished first, but sometimes in NASCAR when there’s a green-white-checkered, you have to expect that the race is going to get aggressive. Andrew did a great job. He used me to make the corner, and I would’ve done the same. The 04 was pretty much last minute and was a harder bang and damaged our car. We didn’t really challenge Andrew after that, and it’s really unfortunate because we had the car to do it.
“So I’m just glad that we finished second and scored some important points. Four races, two podiums – I don’t think it’s too shabby at the moment where we stand. We just have to keep pushing, and continue to score the points for the championship. That’s what matters at this point in the game.”
Now entering the west coast swing, Tagliani currently ranks sixth in the championship standings, just 18 points behind Ranger and L.P. Dumoulin.
“We didn’t have a really good car the last oval race,” he said. “I think we learned what not to do, and from that point on, I’m really excited to see what’s going to be the decision of the team to make the changes so we can be a bit better. it’s important to see what we got, but Chaudiere was maybe a good thing in what happened to us. We learned what not to do and where we need to be, so maybe that race can cause us to come out on the west coast swing with a really good strong showing.”
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