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Danny O’Brien Captures Mr. DIRTcar 358-Mod Jiffy 100 at Cornwall

Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien - Rick Young Photo

Cornwall, ONTAugust 31, 2008 – By Martin Belanger, Cornwall Motor Speedway PR

Cornwall Motor Speedway presented the annual Jiffy Auto Services 100. As usual, a huge car count and one of the best crowds of the year was on hand for this show. It was race #4 for the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series with the top Small-Block teams chasing a $4,000 top prize in the 100-lap event.

John Lazore and Pete Bicknell led the field of 32 cars to start the Jiffy 100, with Lazore taking the early lead as Bicknell settled into second when Martin Roy passed him as caution came out for Jessica Zemken on lap 2. Roy became the new leader as he went in front of Lazore before that caution.

Roy had a good jump on the restart with a good battle for second between Lazore and Laurent Ladouceur in his #23 car taking second and moving onto the back bumper of Roy. Ladouceur used the inside lane to take the lead on lap 7.

Ladouceur was now in traffic with 10 laps down and Lazore took the opportunity to regain the lead but Ladouceur came charging back again and retook the top spot on lap 11. Roy was now second after passing Lazore when Tommy Flannigan brought out the second caution of the race on lap 14.

Ladouceur stayed in the lead with Danny O’Brien making a great charge as he cracked the top-5 after starting in the 12th spot on the grid with 17 laps down. O’Brien passed Lazore for fourth on lap 19 and Ladouceur moved into heavy traffic with 25 laps in the books.

Roy was waiting for Ladouceur to make an error. O’Brien made an incredible move on the backstretch and went from fourth to first in one jump in turn 3 with 31 laps completed. Todd Burley brought out a caution flag on lap 33 and when the green lights came back on, an accident occurred and Yan Bussière used the towing services.

O’Brien was the leader with Bicknell looking to get third but Roy resisted. O’Brien was back in traffic on lap 43 and Frenchman Pierre Dagenais made a great move from the outside to take third on lap 44. But Bicknell was right with him as was Roy, who was running in the top-5, yet had problems on lap 47. O’Brien remained in front with Bicknell and Ladouceur looking for second and Ladouceur winning the battle with Carey Terrance who ran fifth.

At the halfway point, O’Brien was the leader followed by Ladouceur, Bicknell, Kyle Dingwall and Terrance. On lap 52, Terrance took fourth spot from Dingwall and Lance Willix stopped in turn 4 with 53 laps down. O’Brien was still the leader with Terrance running hard on top and took third as Bicknell dropped to fifth as Dingwall passed him.

Terrance was very strong on the outside as he passed Ladouceur for second on lap 64 and was getting closer to O’Brien. The leaders were now in traffic as they hit the 70-lap mark. Joel Doiron moved into fifth spot after passing Dagenais just before Chris Steele stopped in the middle of the backstretch on lap 74 to force out a yellow flag.

The race resumed with only 17 laps to go and O’Brien had company with Terrance but the ‘Pocket Rocket’ got a comfortable lead. Dagenais and Bicknell were doing battle for the fifth spot as Terrance was getting closer to O’Brien with 10 laps to go.

O’Brien started to use Terrance’s racing line and got a few cars in distance as they were in heavy traffic with only 2 laps to go. O’Brien led the final laps to score this important race win over Kyle Dingwall, Laurent Ladouceur, Pete Bicknell and Pierre Dagenais in the top 5.

“We got the low line working, it has been a long time before we had good run at Cornwall, I am very happy!” remarked an ecstatic O’Brien in victory lane. Dingwall got second as Terrance went too high in the final laps. “We’ll take second, as we got many seconds this year,’’ Dingwall said. Added Ladouceur, who got the same luck as Dingwall. “Third place is really good for us, the car worked really good during the feature. Dagenais, Terrance, Ladouceur, Alex Fortier and Doiron were the 5 heat winners while Dagenais had the fastest clocking in the 358-Modified time trials with a time of 13.002 seconds for an average speed of 69.220mph.

Teams chasing points towards the overall Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series return to action across the border when Brockville Ontario Speedway round number five of the 2008 tour on Saturday, September 6.

Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Race #4 – Cornwall Motor Speedway, August 31, 2008 ‘Jiffy Auto Service 100’ Event Summary
Feature
DANNY O’BRIEN, Kyle Dingwall, Laurent Ladouceur, Pete Bicknell, Pierre Dagenais, Chad Brachmann, Mario Clair, Alex Boisvert, Tim O’Brien, John Lazore, Joel Doiron, Martin Roy, Martin Gagné, Steve Bernard, Fred Gamache, Delbert Legrow, Francois Bernier, Larry Wight, Carey Terrance, Jessica Zemken, Alex Fortier, Mark Hitchcock, Roy Tarbell, Eric Gauvreau, Roy Delormier, Todd Burley, Lance Willix, Mark Smoke, Tommy Flannigan, Chris Steele, Yan Bussière, Stéphane Lafrance.
PENSKE POWER POSITION: Chad Brachmann.
HOLLEY HARD LUCK: Carey Terrance.

QUALIFYING
Rank Car# Driver Time (sec.)
1 124 Pierre Dagenais 13.002
2 96 Kyle Dingwall 13.144
3 23 Laurent Ladouceur 13.161
4 42 Pete Bicknell 13.226
5 40 Joel Doiron 13.273
6 49 Francois Bernier 13.279
7 66 Carey Terrance 13.309
8 6g Martin Gagné 13.325
9 9 Alex Fortier 13.339
10 95X Alex Boisvert 13.349
11 21 Yan Bussière 13.359
12 17 Danny O’Brien 13.391
13 16 Lance Willix II 13.411
14 80 Chris Steele 13.438
15 95 Philippe Desgranges 13.443
16 22 Eric Gauvreau 13.468
17 7 Roy Tarbell 13.472
18 19 John Lazore 13.483
19 23b Dany Bilodeau 13.493
20 90 Martin Roy 13.495
21 99L Larry Wight 13.505
22 12 Clayton Benedict 13.507
23 115 Stéphane Lafrance 13.524
24 71 Delbert Legrow 13.550
25 16 Gage Morin 13.565
26 95 Mark Hitchcock 13.578
27 9 Mark Smoke 13.594
28 54 Steve Bernard 13.611
29 8 Tim O’Brien 13.617
30 72 Tommy Flannigan 13.662
31 99 Ron Valade 13.674
32 97 Michel Chicoine 13.686
33 74 Fred Gamache 13.701
34 22c Mario Clair 13.704
35 27 Roy Delormier 13.711
36 19z Jessica Zemken 13.713
37 3 Bill Mullin 13.741
38 89b Todd Burley 13.773
39 47 Simon Perreault 13.781
40 14 Mitch Jock 13.829
41 3 Chad Brachmann 13.864
42 17 Marc Therrien 13.964
43 172 André Gauthier 13.998
44 M70 Billy Cook 14.020
45 96M Brian McDonald 14.135
46 12r Skip McKenzie 14.487
47 55 Perry Francis –NT–

Heat Races
#1: Pierre Dagenais, François Bernier, Yan Bussière, Eric Gauvreau, Mark Hitchcock, Jessica Zemken, Larry Wight, Ron Valade, Skip McKenzie, Chad Brachmann.
#2: Carey Terrance, Kyle Dingwall, Marc Therrien, Roy Tarbell, Mark Smoke, Marc Therrien, Clayton Benedict, Bill Mullin, Perry Francis, Michel Chicoine
#3: Laurent Ladouceur, John Lazore, Martin Gagné, Fred Gamache, Steve Bernard, Todd Burley, André Gauthier, Lance Willix
#4: Alex Fortier, Pete Bicknell, Chris Steele, Delbert Legrow, Mario Clair, Simon Perreault, Dany Bilodeau, Billy Cook, Tim O’Brien
#5: Joel Doiron, Martin Roy, Alex Boisvert, Roy Delormier, Philippe Desgranges, Gage Morin, Tommy Flannigan, Brian McDonald, Mitch Jock
Consolation Round
#1: Mark Hitchcock, Steve Bernard, Larry Wight, Tim O’Brien, Michel Chicoine, André Gauthier, Philippe Desgranges, Tommy Flannigan, Marc Therrien, Billy Cook, Bill Mullin, Simon Perreault
#2: Mario Clair, Todd Burley, Mark Smoke, Jessica Zemken, Lance Willix, Clayton Benedict, Brian McDonald, Danny Bilodeau, Mitch Jock, Chad Brachman, Stéphane Lafrance, Perry Francis, Gage Morin, Ron Valade

2008 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE LAPS TRACK LOCATION/WINNER
Sat-Apr 26 100 Merrittville Speedway Dale Planck
Fri-Aug 1 68 Ransomville Speedway Todd Burley
Thr-Aug 21 100 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Mario Clair
Sun-Aug 31 100 Cornwall Motor Speedway Danny O’Brien
Sat-Sep 6 75 Brockville Ont Speedway Brockville, ONT
Sat-Sep 13 150 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE ($15,000 to win)
Fri-Sep 19 75 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua, NY
Fri-Sep 26 75 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Wed-Oct 8 75 Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville, NY
Thr-Oct 9 75 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton, NY
Fri-Oct 10 100 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge, NY
Sat-Oct 11 150 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY ($20,000 to win)
Sat-Oct 18 100 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY ($7,500 to win)

2008 358-MODIFIED SYRACUSE CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
(+)-denotes Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series event.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/QUALIFIER
Sat-Apr 19 Orange County Fair Speedway Brett Hearn
Sat-Apr 26+ Merrittville Speedway Dale Planck
Sat-May 10 Airborne Speedway Patrick Dupree
Fri-May 16 Autodrome Edelweiss Pierre Dagenais
Sat-May 17 Brockville Ontario Speedway Jessica Zemken
Mon-May 19 Merrittville Speedway Larry Lampman Jr.
Fri-May 23 Ransomville Speedway Pete Bicknell
Sat-May 24 Lebanon Valley Speedway Tom Faxon
Sat-May 24 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Tim Fuller
Fri-May 30 Autodrome Granby Kayle Robidoux
Sat-Jun 7 Autodrome Drummond David Hebert
Sat-Jun 21 Lebanon Valley Speedway Kenny Tremont
Sun-Jun 22 Cornwall Motor Speedway Carey Terrance
Sun-Jun 22 Humberstone Speedway Chad Brachmann
Thr-Jul 3 Ransomville Speedway Robbie Krull
Fr-Jul 4 Autodrome Edelweiss Mitchell Jock
Sat-Jul 5 Can-Am Motorsports Park Billy Decker/Larry Wight(9th)
Thr-Jul 10 Brockville Ontario Speedway B.Decker/Danny O’Brien(9th)
Fri-Jul 11 Autodrome Granby B.Hearn/Alain Boisvert(12th)
Sat-Jul 12 Autodrome Drummond D.Planck/Dany Bilodeau(13th)
Sat-Jul 12 Canandaigua Speedway Todd Burley/Rich Vinson(8th)
Sat-Jul 12 Lebanon Valley Speedway J.R. Heffner
Sat-Jul 19 Autodrome Drummond D.Hebert/Clement Therrien(2nd)
Fri-Jul 18 Ransomville Speedway Todd Burley
Sat-Jul 19 Orange County Fair Speedway Craig Mitchell
Thr-Jul 31 Mohawk Int’l Speedway D.Hebert/Joel Doiron(4th)
Fri-Aug 1+ Ransomville Speedway T.Burley/Scott Kerwin(2nd)
Fri-Aug 1 Autodrome Edelweiss Mario Clair
Sun-Aug 3 Cornwall Motor Speedway D.Planck/Yan Bussiere(5th)
Mon-Aug 4 Merrittville Speedway Jimmy Phelps/Scott Wood(10th)
Wed-Aug 6 Airborne Speedway Martin Roy
Fri-Aug 8 Ohsweken Speedway P.Bicknell/Bill Bleich(2nd)
Sat-Aug 9 Lebanon Valley Speedway Matt Quinn
Sat-Aug 9 Autodrome Drummond K.Robidoux/Francois Bernier(2nd)
Sat-Aug 16 Can-Am Motorsports Park Gary Tomkins/Lance Willix II(14th)
Sat-Aug 16 Orange County Fair Speedway Jerry Higbie
Sun-Aug 17 Cornwall Motor Speedway G.Tomkins/Kyle Dingwall(6th)
Sun-Aug 17 Humberstone Speedway C.Brachmann/Brian Stevens(3rd)
Thr-Aug 21+ Mohawk Int’l Raceway M.Clair/Danny Johnson(2nd)
Sat-Aug 23 Lebanon Valley Speedway Andy Bachetti
Fri-Aug 29 Ransomville Speedway T.Burley/Jeff McGinnis(5th)
Sat-Aug 30 Orange County Fair Speedway Tommy Meier
Sat-Aug 30 Merrittville Speedway L.Lampman,Jr./Tim Jones(6th)
Sat-Aug 30 Mohawk Int’l Raceway John Lazore
Sat-Aug 30 Airborne Speedway P.Dupree/Mark Lamberton(2nd)
Sun-Aug 31+ Cornwall Motor Speedway D.O’Brien/Laurent Ladouceur(3rd)
Mon-Sep 1 Northern Region Champion DIRTcar NorthEast
Mon-Sep 1 Eastern Region Champion DIRTcar NorthEast
Mon-Sep 1 Western Region Champion DIRTcar NorthEast
Fri-Sep 5 Autodrome Granby Granby,QUE
Sat-Sep 6+ Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
Sat-Sep 6 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
Sat-Sep 6 Lebanon Valley Speedway(4) West Lebanon,NY
Sat-Sep 13+ Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE
Fri-Sep 19+ Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sun-Sep 21 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Sun-Sep 21 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh,NY
Fri-Sep 26+ Rolling Wheels Raceway(4) Elbridge,NY
Sat-Oct 4 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Wed-Oct 8+ Can-Am Motorsports Park LaFargeville,NY
Thr-Oct 9+ Brewerton Speedway Brewerton,NY
Fri-Oct 10+ Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge,NY
Sat-Oct 11+ New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY

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