Inaugural Sportsman Modified Series visit to Quebec spells victory for Bernier
Drummondville, Quebec – Monday, July 22, 2013 – Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondent – A perfect night for racing greeted the fans and competitors for round number four of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Autodrome Drummond for a first Quebec swing in ”la belle province.”
Adam Hilton and Guy Ouellette shared the top row for the 50-lap Sportsman event, Ouellette had a great jump and got the initial lead over Yves Leveillee and Steve Bernier as Hilton faded to sixth. The first caution came on lap 4 as Jenna David and Boyd McTavish had issues.
On the following green, Steve Bernier was the new leader using the top side as Ouellette was second and Mathieu Desjardins in third.
Bernier was pulling away from the field as Desjardins got by Ouellette for second with a dozen laps in the books.
Desjardins closed in with the leader and took the lead on lap 17 just as Samuel Lajoie slowed the field down.
When the green lights came back out, Bernier to the lead with Desjardins by his side as top 5 runner, Dany Gagné stopped in turn 2 and the race was slowed again.
Bernier maintained the lead as Desjardins went a little high, momentarily losing second, but was back in full force with Ladouceur still racing with him as the race closed in to halfway.
Mario Genest had a flat tire and the yellow lights were out with half the laps to go, Bernier was the leader with Desjardins, Ladouceur, Ouellette and Brad Rouse cracking the top 5.
Another lap was done as Martin Giguere and Rene Clair stopped in turn 2, Ouellette was able to get third as Jessica Power was a new member of the top 5.
Local top runner Bernier was building himself a good lead as Ladouceur and Desjardins were swapping second spot with less than 15 laps to go.
Desjardins jumped the cushion and Jessica Power now running third but got caught in lapped traffic and Brad Rouse was able to get by Power as Desjardins was in fifth.
Bernier led the final circuits and captures his first ever DIRTcar Sportsman Series event in front of Brad Rouse who passed Ladouceur at the winner circle. Jessica Power and Mathieu Desjardins rounded out the top 5.
Bernier was a happy customer in winner circle. “We brought our other car tonight and things worked well for us, it is always fun to run against other competitors from elsewhere,” Bernier said.
Brad Rouse was also in a great mood at the post race interview: ”It is a great honor to finish second”.
Current point`s leader Joey Ladouceur had also a smile on his face: ”happy with third, good for the series points”
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series remains in Quebec for another night as it will visit Autodrome Granby on Tuesday, July 23 for round #5 of the series.
DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #4-Autodrome Drummond, July 22, 2013 Event Summary
Steve Bernier, Brad Rouse, Joey Ladouceur, Jessica Power, Mathieu Desjardins, Guy Ouellette, Dany Gagne, Martin Pelletier, Pat Dumouchel, Jonathan Desilets, Maxime Blain, Yves Leveillee, Sebastien Bourque, Martin Giguere, Kaven Poliquin, Mike Stacey, Stephane Bernier, Jean-Francois Arpin, Louie Jackson Jr, Marcel Larocque, Boyd McTavish, Mario Genest, Mathieu Laramee, Bill Mullin, Adam Hilton, Samuel Lajoie, Rene Clair, Alex Therrien, Jenna David, Martin Lessard
Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 went to redraw, 5 to feature)
#1: Gagne, Rouse, David, Blain, Power, A.Therrien, Bourque, Dumouchel, Genest
#2 : Desjardins, Poliquin, Hebert, Mullin, Stacey, Lessard, Doyon, Steph.Bernier, Bergeron
#3: Ladouceur, Hilton, R.Clair, Pelletier, Laramee, Desilets, S.Lajoie, Larocque, Lavoie
#4: Bernier, Leveillee, Ouellette, McTavish, Arpin, Giguere, Duquette, Jackson Jr, St-Onge
Consolation Races (10 laps, top 5 went to feature)
#1: A.Therrien, Bourque, Dumouchel, Genest, Steph Bernier, Doyon, Lessard
#2 : Desilets, Jackson Jr, Lajoie, Giguere, Larocque, Duquette, St-Onge, Savoie, Thompson
Autodrome Drummond DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #4 Roster (37)
1 Bill Mullin
1R Ricky Thompson
2 Jenna David
2x Martin Lessard
3a Adam Hilton
3D Patrice Dumouchel
3jc Mario Genest
3m Mathieu Desjardins
7h Maxime Hebert
10 Steve Savoie
11j Martin Giguere
18jr Louie Jackson jr
18r Brad Rouse
20 Jean-Francois Arpin
21 Jonathan Desilets
22 Rene Clair
23 Mike Stacey
24 Maxime Blain
24r7 Stephane Bernier
25 Steve Bernier
27 Marcel Larocque
27s Sonny St-Onge
29 Michel Bergeron
32 Guy Ouellette
39x Alex Therrien
41 Boyd McTavish
48b Sebastien Bourque
49 Kaven Poliquin
52 Jessica Power
66 Rene Duquette
72 Samuel Lajoie
88 Dominic Doyon
90 Dany Gagne
91 Mathieu Laramee
92 Joey Ladouceur
92p Martin Pelletier
139 Yves Leveillee
2013 DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
Wed. June 5 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge, N. Y. Adam Hilton
Mon. July 1 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall, Ont. Brad Rouse
Wed. July 3 Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville. N. Y. Joey Ladouceur
Mon. July 22 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, Que. Steve Bernier
Tues. July 23 Autodrome Granby Granby, Que.
Fri. Sept. 6 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville, N. Y.
Sat. Sept. 7 Merrittville Speedway Thorold, Ont.
Sun. Sept. 8 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ont.
Sat. Sept. 14 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, N. Y.
Fri. Sept. 20 Brighton Speedway Brighton, Ont.
Sat. Sept. 21 Le RPM Speedway St. Marcel de Richelieu, Que.
Wed. Oct. 9 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Weedsport, N. Y.
Sat. Oct. 12 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, N. Y.
Sun. Oct. 20 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville
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