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Granby Hosts Inaugural Pro Stock Series Show

*Sylvain Buisson Photo: #18 Louie Jackson & #05 Jocelyn RoyGranby, QUEJune 25, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Northeast PR Director

Rob Yetman was fast all night. Time trialing second quickest, copping his qualifying heat then tracking down Louie Jackson to race home for victory in the inaugural Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series ‘Castrol 50’ at Autodrome Granby on Friday.

The Castleton, N.Y. veteran was slowed only once, yet that came long after he had taken his fourth career checkered flag on tour and it proved to be the most costly. In the customary post-race inspection an illegal modification to the MSD rev box limiter was found under the hood of his potent Lazzaro’s Auto Body no. 7 Madsen Overhead Door/Pontiac Grand Prix machine to bring a quick halt to any preconceived victory lane celebration.

Yetman’s short-lived satisfaction suddenly turned into frustration as he lost all his earnings and the $1,000 first-place prize that compounded the unexpected infraction.

“I should have known something was up when I got such a good deal,” uttered a dismayed Yetman after learning of the official decision to levy the penalties. “I’ve got another one just like it in the truck, it’s probably the same way. Just a bad situation coming all this way and having this happen.”

Jackson held on to salvage second-place some 10 car-lengths behind, with Frenchman Jocelyn Roy, Dave Bissonnette and Chip Smith filling out the front-five in the superbly run 27-minute main event slowed by just three yellow flags.

Another banner field of Pro Stockers assembled for round number two of the 2010 championship series, as 33 drivers hauled in from the U.S. and Ontario to take on the best from Quebec on their home soil. After Roy posted fast time, Americans Yetman and Smith joined Canadian chauffeur Bissonnette in claiming heat wins before Roy and Quebecois Stephane Lemire drew front row positions to start the 50-lap finale.

Roy’s no. 05 Remorcage 05-Lettrage Lucy/Chevrolet Monte Carlo was quickest out of the gate with Jackson bolting from his fourth-place start to take control of second. Corey Wheeler, Yetman and Lemire faded back in the early going as the leaders moved in on traffic after just nine laps around the spacious half-miler,

After more than a dozen circuits of shadowing the pole-sitter, Jackson used lapped cars to his advantage as he swept past Roy high of turn three to forge the first lead change on lap 16. Roy quickly rebounded, ducking under Jackson’s Adams Marina no. 18 Keegan Smoke Shop/Chevy Monte Carlo as traffic forced the leader high navigating turns one and two. Just four laps later, Jackson executed a precision high-low maneuver as slid high exiting turn three then shot low into four to regain the top spot on lap 22.

Just shy of the halfway point, series opening race winner Joey Ladouceur suffered a flat left-front tire to bring out the first caution period and send his Coffrage 20-20 no. 92 Minimax Express/Cadillac STS/Stinger X entry to the rear after putting on a new shoe. A second yellow flag unfurled the following circuit when Serge Lemieux spun directly under the starter’s stand, and with 25 laps lighting up the back stretch scoreboard Jackson, Roy, Yetman, Wheeler and Lemire retained their prominent places at the head of the pack.

Weekly Granby contender Guy Viens slowed into the pits on lap 31 to incur the third and final slowdown, once again providing Jackson an open track ahead on the ensuing restart. And that was the same view that Yetman had after displacing Roy coming out of the second corner in a three-wide thrust and emerging as the new leader sticking low under Jackson rounding turn four.

With the final 20 circuits running non-stop, Yetman found success low in the corners and pulled away at will as laps continued to click off on the leader board. And that’s the way it would stay, with the three-time Lebanon Valley Speedway tour winner ultimately being credited with the victory despite the late night tear-down that hung a cloud over the pits.

“I tried everything I could to keep up, (Rob) was just too fast tonight,” remarked runner-up Jackson, who climbed to the top of the early season Mr. DIRTcar points chart after opening the series with a third-place tally at Cornwall (ON) Motor Speedway. “After what happened, this really feels like a win for us.”

“My goal coming in was just to stay up with the leaders, wait for the end and try to save the tires. The track was really bad for us in heats, being so slippery we had such a bad push. Just no traction to find anywhere. We made a ton of changes before the feature, gears twice and multiple shock changes, they certainly worked out for us at the end,” added Jackson, with four tour triumphs taken at Brewerton Speedway, Can-Am Motorsports Park, Rolling Wheels Raceway and the NYS Fairgrounds in the Super DIRT Week full-fender finale.

The 2010 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series point chasers have the month of July to regroup before returning to action at Mohawk Int’l Raceway on August 21. Pete Stefanski rallied last season to score the victory at the completely refurbished 4/10-miler that recently hosted its first Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block event in 15 years.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Race #2 – Autodrome Granby, June 25, 2010 ‘Castrol 50’ Event Summary
Feature
FIN ST CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN
*1 6 7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY
2 3 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
3 1 05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE
4 10 47b Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT
5 11 116s Chip Smith Jr./Durham,NY
6 2 115 Stephane Lemire/Drummondville,QUE
7 22 1r Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY
8 18 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
9 19 10 Buddy Hencke/Sand Lake,NY
10 9 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
11 5 48 Francois Lareau/Farnham,QUE
12 13 97 Roland Hebert/St-Dominique,QUE
13 12 33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE
14 21 73p P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
15 14 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,ONT
16 17 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
17 4 47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT
18 7 3 Normand Voghell/Granby,QUE
19 15 48d Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
20 20 88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY
21 24 15 Guy Viens/St-Hubert,QUE®
22 23 16 Jean-Pierre Labelle/Terrebonne,QUE
23 16 08 Richard Bertrand/Acton Vale,QUE
24 25 12 Alain Brochu/Granby,QUE
25 29 0 Francois Adam/St-Pie,QUE
26 27 47 Mario Gagnon/Lawrenceville,QUE
27 28 17t Rod Tarbell/Akwesasne,NY
28 32 14 Marc Dumont/Drummondville,QUE
29 30 73 Serge Lemieux/St-Cyrille,QUE
30 8 22 Frederic Lussier/Granby,QUE
31 26 20 Francis Landreville/St.Liboire,QUE
32 31 55 Donald Provencher/St-Pie,QUE
33 33 17 Jocelyn Chicoine/St.Basile Legrand,QUE
*Lost all points & money due to illegal rev box limiter modification found in post-race inspection.
LAP LEADERS: Roy (1-15), Jackson (16-17), Roy (18-21), Jackson (22-30), Yetman (31-50).
CAUTIONS: 3 (lap 24, lap 25, lap 31).
HEAT WINNERS: Yetman, Smith, Bissonnette.
SYRACUSE QUALIFIER: Louie Jackson.
HALFWAY LEADER: Louie Jackson.
FAST TIMER: Jocelyn Roy (23.132sec/77.814mph).
CARS ENTERED: 33.
NEXT EVENT: Autodrome Drummond – June 26, 2010.

QUALIFYING
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 23.132 77.814 05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE
2 23.231 77.483 7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY
3 23.524 76.518 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
4 23.606 76.252 115 Stephane Lemire/Drummondville,QUE
5 23.623 76.197 47b Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT
6 23.667 76.055 116s Chip Smith Jr./Durham,NY
7 23.717 75.895 1r Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY
8 23.764 75.745 33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE
9 23.781 75.691 08 Richard Bertrand/Acton Vale,QUE
10 23.815 75.583 97 Roland Hebert/St-Dominique,QUE
11 23.890 75.345 10 Buddy Hencke/Sand Lake,NY
12 23.902 75.308 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
13 23.905 75.298 22 Frederic Lussier/Granby,QUE
14 23.975 75.078 47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT
15 24.021 74.934 17t Rod Tarbell/Akwesasne,NY
16 24.025 74.922 48d Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
17 24.060 74.813 3 Normand Voghell/Granby,QUE
18 24.132 74.590 73p P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
19 24.145 74.550 16 Jean-Pierre Labelle/Terrebonne,QUE
20 24.150 74.534 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY
21 24.185 74.426 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
22 24.280 74.135 48 Francois Lareau/Farnham,QUE
23 24.351 73.919 20 Francis Landreville/St.Liboire,QUE
24 24.397 73.780 15 Guy Viens/St-Hubert,QUE®
25 24.656 73.005 0 Francois Adam/St-Pie,QUE
26 24.688 72.910 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
27 24.876 72.359 47 Mario Gagnon/Lawrenceville,QUE
28 25.131 71.625 17 Jocelyn Chicoine/St.Basile Lagrand,QUE
29 25.141 71.596 73 Serge Lemieux/St-Cyrille,QUE
30 25.242 71.310 12 Alain Brochu/Granby,QUE
31 25.267 71.239 14 Marc Dumont/Drummondville,QUE
32 -NT- —– 55 Donald Provencher/St-Pie,QUE
33 -NT- —– 88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY

Heat Races (8 laps, all transfer to feature; top 4 redraw)
#1: Yetman, Jackson, Cyr, Ladouceur, Hebert, Bertrand, Hencke, Thompson, Brochu, Tarbell.
#2: Smith, Lussier, Wheeler, Roy, Papineau, Lebrun, A.Peters, Labelle, Landreville, Adam, Provencher.
#3: Bissonnette, Lemire, Voghell, Lareau, Oakes, Stefanski, PJ Peters, Viens, Gagnon, Lemieux, Dumont, Chicoine.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Point Standings (June 25)
Rank No. Driver Total Diff Wins Top-5 Top-10 Starts
1 18 Louie Jackson 185 0 0 2 2 2
2 2 Pete Stefanski 163 -22 0 1 2 2
3 92 Joey Ladouceur 162 -23 1 1 2 2
4 116s Carl Smith Jr. 156 -29 0 1 2 2
5 05 Jocelyn Roy 152 -33 0 1 2 2
6 115 Stephane Lemire 144 -41 0 0 2 2
7 47 Dave Bissonnette 139 -46 0 1 1 2
8 10 Buddy Hencke 137 -48 0 0 2 2
9 47s Corey Wheeler 133 -52 0 1 1 2
10 73 P.J. Peters 110 -75 0 0 0 2
11 33 Bruno Cyr 101 -84 0 0 0 2
12 188 David Papineau 98 -87 0 0 0 2
13 6 Stephane Lebrun 93 -92 0 0 0 2
14 15 Guy Viens 93 -92 0 0 0 2
15 48 Dion Oakes 85 -100 0 0 0 2
16 88 Allen Peters 84 -101 0 0 0 2
17 1r Ricky Thompson 72 -113 0 0 1 1
18 7 Rob Yetman 65 -120 0 0 1 1
19 48 Francois Lareau 60 -125 0 0 0 1
20 99 Ghislain Valade 60 -125 0 0 0 1
21 97 Roland Hebert 58 -127 0 0 0 1
22 8m Marc Lalonde 58 -127 0 0 0 1
23 17 Rod Tarbell 52 -133 0 0 0 1
24 73L Normand Lemire 48 -137 0 0 0 1
25 3 Norman Voghell 46 -139 0 0 0 1
26 7jr. Harvey Arquette 44 -141 0 0 0 1
27 16 Jean-Pierre Labelle 42 -143 0 0 0 1
28 28 Marco Lalonde 42 -143 0 0 0 1
29 08 Richard Bertrand 41 -144 0 0 0 1
30 55 George Renaud 41 -144 0 0 0 1
31 12 Alain Brochu 40 -145 0 0 0 1
32 0 Francois Adam 40 -145 0 0 0 1
33 47 Mario Gagnon 40 -145 0 0 0 1
34 17T Rod Tarbell 40 -145 0 0 0 1
35 14 Marc Dumont 40 -145 0 0 0 1
36 73 Serge Lemieux 40 -145 0 0 0 1
37 22 Frederic Lussier 40 -145 0 0 0 1
38 20 Francis Landerville 40 -145 0 0 0 1
39 55 Donald Provencher 40 -145 0 0 0 1
40 17 Jocyln Chicoine 40 -145 0 0 0 1
41 7e Ryan Stabler 40 -145 0 0 0 1
42 73d Michel Desjardins 40 -145 0 0 0 1
43 27 Gilles Godard 40 -145 0 0 0 1
44 ba98 Steve Johnston 40 -145 0 0 0 1
45 14 Chris Tremblay 40 -145 0 0 0 1

DIRTcar Pro Stock Entries – June 25 (33)
CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN TEAM (Sponsor / Make-Model / Chassis)
0 Francois Adam/St-Pie,QUE Adam Racing Motorsport/Cadillac STS/Cannizzaro
05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE Remorcage 05-Lettrage Lucy/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/CRT
08 Richard Bertrand/Acton Vale,QUE Garage Lariviere-B.L. Auto Electric/Toyota Camry/EMS
1r Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY Brass Horse Grill-Fatty Cats-S&L Construct./Chevy Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY Sunrise Racing-San Ter Sewing-PJ NFB Auto Sales/Chevy Monte Carlo/JACR
3 Normand Voghell/Granby,QUE AuCoq-Le Nouveau Hyundai Granby-TPR Inc./Chevrolet Impala SS/Voghell
6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE Patio Vidal Restaurant-United Auto Parts(UAP)/Pontiac Grand Prix/Wild Thing
7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY Lazzaro’s Auto Body-Madsen Overhead Door/Pontiac Grand Prix/JACR
10 Buddy Hencke/Sand Lake,NY Stinger X/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger X
12 Alain Brochu/Granby,QUE Jean-Louis & Andy’s Deneigement-Metro Breton/Chevrolet Impala SS/CRT
14 Marc Dumont/Drummondville,QUE South Durham Casket Company/Dodge Charger/Kenyon
15 Guy Viens/St-Hubert,QUE® Donald Viens & Sons General Mechanical/Chevrolet Impala SS/Stinger
16 Jean-Pierre Labelle/Terrebonne,QUE Adam Racing Motorsport-JR Sanitation Services/Ford Mustang/A.R.M.
17 Jocelyn Chicoine/St.Basile Lagrand,QUE Carrosserie Guy Gendon/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Chicoine
17t Rod Tarbell/Akwesasne,NY Akwesasne Gas-Log Cabin Smoke Shop/Chevrolet Impala SS/Cannizzaro
18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY Adams Marina-Keegan Smoke Shop/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Black Widow
20 Francis Landreville/St.Liboire,QUE Aurents Maskoutains-A.R.M./Chevrolet Monte Carlo/A.R.M.
22 Frederic Lussier/Granby,QUE Le Nouveau Hyundai Granby-LaBelle Province Restaurant/Chevy Impala/Lussier
33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE Concept Syma-Remorquage Longueuil/Chevrolet Impala/Stinger
47 Mario Gagnon/Lawrenceville,QUE www.Set47.com-Synergie Construction/Dodge Charger/Gagnon
47b Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT Totem Pole Novelties-Sweet Dreams/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT Valade Backhoe-RSI Industrial Supply-PM Promotions/Cadillac ETS/Cannizzaro
48 Francois Lareau/Farnham,QUE NAPA-Galerie d’art l’Artiste-Propane du Suroit/Chevrolet Impala SS/KRP
48d Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY Oakes Racing-Noah King Family-Akwesasne Gas/Chevolet Impala/Cannizzaro
55 Donald Provencher/St-Pie,QUE Adam Racing-Christian Lacoste Auto Parts/Chevy Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
73 Serge Lemieux/St-Cyrille,QUE Pavage V.L. Inc.-V.R. Drummond-Michel Auto/Toyota Camry/Black Widow
73p P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE Sunrise Racing-Hair Secrets Salon/Chevrolet Impala/JACR
88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY Sunrise Racing-PJ NFB Auto Sales-JACR Chassis/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/JACR
92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT Coffrage 20-20-Minimax Express/Cadillac STS/Stinger X
97 Roland Hebert/St-Dominique,QUE Metaux A.D. Picard-Nor-Do Consept Unic/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Hebert
115 Stephane Lemire/Drummondville,QUE Michel Auto-Peinture Prefontaine/Toyota Camry/Stinger X
116s Chip Smith Jr./Durham,NY Cricketdale Farm/Pontiac Grand Prix/Cannizzaro
188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,ONT D&D Construction-Totem Pole Novelties/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro

UPCOMING EVENTS
Top Pro Stockers make the 45-minute haul north to Autodrome Drummond on Saturday, June 26 to close out the 2010 tour of Quebec. In two more months traveling teams return to competition in the 2010 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series, with Mohawk Int’l Raceway hosting round four in the 10-race tour. A DIRTcar Northeast staple featuring weekly Pro Stock racing every Friday night, Mohawk presents a big 50-lapper on Saturday, August 21 as part of an historic full-fender doubleheader paired with the nationally touring World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

2010 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/LOCATION
Sun-May 23 Cornwall Motor Speedway Joey Ladouceur
Fri-Jun 25 Autodrome Granby *Rob Yetman
Sat-Jun 26 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Sat-Aug 21 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne,NY
Sat-Sep 11 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Sun-Sep 12 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Fultonville,NY
Sat-Sep 18 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sat-Sep 25 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge,NY
Sun-Oct 10 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY
Sun-Oct 17 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT

DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, home of DIRTcar All-Star Weekend in July. DIRTcar Northeast’s crown jewel event —Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse runs annually in October featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Ticket and schedule information is available by contacting the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during the day or logging into www.allstar100weekend.com and www.superdirtweekonline.com anytime.

The Big-Block Super DIRTcar Series is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire www.hoosiertire.com and VP Racing Fuels www.vpracingfuels.com. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio www.unoh.com and Chizmark & Larson Insurance www.chizmarklarson.com, and contingency sponsors are Bicknell Racing Products www.bicknellracingproducts.com, Bilstein Shocks www.bilstein.com, KSE Racing Products www.kse-racing.com, Motorsports Safety Systems www.motorsportssafetysystems.com, MSD Ignition www.msdignition.com, Penske Shocks, www.penskeshocks.com, Racing Electronics www.racingelectronics.com, Vicci Racing Apparel www.vicci.com and Wrisco Industries www.wrisco.com.

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