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Back-To-Back Pro Stock Series Win For Ladouceur On Cornwall Homefront

Joey Ladouceur
Joey Ladouceur - Rick Young Photo

Cornwall, ONTAugust 23, 2009 – By Martin Belanger, Cornwall Motor Speedway PR

Cornwall Motor Speedway was the host of the fourth race of the 2009 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series as the best full-fender drivers were in the pits to compete in the Alexandria Home Hardware 50. The two-man show continued as Joey Ladouceur has now captured the last two features on tour while Pete Stefanski claimed the initial two.

Allen Peters led the way in the 50-lap feature race over Joey Ladouceur and Ghislain Valade as the first five laps went on quickly. Second running Ladouceur slowed down and caution went out on lap seven and it seemed like his chances had gone down just as quickly as his flat tire.

On the restart, Peters had Valade as a dancing partner and Valade was able to grab the lead using the inside lane on lap nine as caution came out just two laps later. Peters had a strong start and regained the lead over Valade as Dave Bissonnette was on the back bumper of Peters in third on the high side when Bob Ray and Steve Johnson got together in turn 2 and the race slowed down again on lap 13.

Peters and Valade were side by side on the restart, as Valade seemed to be strong on the inside and gained back the lead on lap 14. Don Carlson was now in contention for third spot as he was racing with Bissonnette but he was able to resist and Bissonnette was able to pass Peters on lap 19. Carlson did the same thing on the following lap and continued racing again with Bissonnette as the race reached the halfway point.

Valade was still the leader with Bissonnette in second, Carlson in third, Peters in fourth and Corey Wheeler filling out the top-five. Carlson passed Bissonnette for second in lapped traffic on lap 27 and Valade lost his great lead over Carlson when top-five runner Bissonnette stopped in turn two to incur a caution on lap 32.

Valade got a good jump in the lead over Carlson and third-place Wheeler while a hard-charging Ladouceur rallied from the back and was flirting with a front-five spot with 15 laps to go. A four-car battle was going on for fourth and fifth positions with less than 10 laps to go while Valade maintained a five car-length lead over Carlson.

Series points leader Stefanski stopped in the backstretch and another caution flag flew on lap 44. Valade led the way over Carlson as Ladouceur was trying to make a maneuver from the outside. He took third when Chris Tremblay stopped in the frontstretch and yellow was shown to the field with five laps still to go.

On the final restart, Valade was still the leader but Ladouceur seemed to be the fastest car on the track as he passed Carlson then set his sights on Valade and disposed of him on the very same lap to take the lead on lap 47. Ladouceur led the remaining distance to win his second feature in a row after his 50-lap win the previous night at Autodrome Drummond. Valade finished second, Carlson third, Wheeler fourth while late arriving Ricky Thompson completed the top-five.

Ladouceur was a happy camper in the winner circle as he liked the competition in this class. “Its always good to see some locals and some invaders running up front,” he noted as he got a visit from points leader Stefanski outside the winner circle. “(Stefanski) came and showed me his damage on the car and he seemed mad at me, we will explain ourselves in pits,” added Ladouceur, who was accompanied by runner-up Valade and Carlson on the podium. “The top seemed pretty good but it was too late when I saw Ladouceur go past, so I am pretty happy with second,” Valade offered in French.

Ladouceur had the fastest time in the grouped time trials with a single lap best run of 14.946-seconds around the racy quarter-mile oval. The Alexandria, Ontario chauffeur also had the fast time last year, once again being the only driver to crack the 15-second barrier. Valade won the National Parts Peddler Halfway Bonus, as he was the leader at lap 25.

A nice contingent of 27 cars showed in Cornwall. The 2009 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series gets nearly three weeks off yet remains in Canada as it heads to Autodrome Edelweiss on Friday, September 11 for the only 100-lap feature of the tour, paying a whopping sum of $1,500 to the winner, which will be the second highest purse after Super DIRT Week in Syracuse. A rare trip to the high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway follows the next day, Sept. 12.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Race #4 – Cornwall Motor Speedway, August 23, 2009 ‘Alexandria Home Hardware 50’ Event Summary
Feature
FIN ST CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN
1 1 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT($1,000)
2 3 99 Ghislain Valade/N.Lancaster,ONT
3 4 26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT
4 11 47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT
5 15 1 Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY
6 2 88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY
7 12 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
8 8 48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
9 21 6x Travis Back/Akwesasne,NY
10 18 55 George Renaud/Green Valey,ONT
11 16 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
12 25 73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
13 7 7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY
14 10 44 Gilles Godard/Cornwall,ONT
15 13 4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT
16 5 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
17 14 14 Chris Tremblay/Long Sault,ONT
18 24 73d Michel Desjardins/Hawkesbury,ONT
19 19 8 Sean Corr/Goshen,NY
20 6 16 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT
21 23 8m Marc Lalonde/L’Orignal,ONT
22 22 3a Bob Ray/Cornwall,ONT
23 9 29 Daniel Leduc/L’Orignal,ONT
24 17 ba98 Steve Johnston/Ingelside,ONT
25 26 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY
DNS 20 28 Marco Lalonde/Valleyfield,QUE
DNS 27 7jr Harvey Arquette/Akwesasne,NY
LAP LEADERS: A.Peters (1-8), Valade (9-10), A.Peters (11-13), Valade (14-46), Ladouceur (47-50).
CAUTIONS: 6 (lap 7, lap 11, lap 13, lap 33, lap 44, lap 45).
HEAT WINNERS: Ladouceur, Bissonnette, Valade.
SYRACUSE QUALIFIER: Ghislain Valade.
NATIONAL PARTS PEDDLER HALFWAY LEADER: Ghislain Valade.
FAST TIME TRIALER: Joey Ladouceur (14.946sec/60.217mph) *NEW TRACK RECORD.
CARS ENTERED: 27.
NEXT EVENT: Autodrome Edelweiss – September 11, 2009.

QUALIFYING
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
*1 14.946 60.217 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
2 15.011 59.956 73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
3 15.084 59.666 1 Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY
4 15.090 59.642 99 Ghislain Valade/N.Lancaster,ONT
5 15.107 59.575 47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT
6 15.215 59.152 55 George Renaud/Green Valey,ONT
7 15.242 59.047 29 Daniel Leduc/L’Orignal,ONT
8 15.302 58.816 48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
9 15.310 58.785 88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY
10 15.351 58.628 6x Travis Back/Akwesasne,NY
11 15.357 58.605 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
12 15.369 58.559 44 Gilles Godard/Cornwall,ONT
13 15.392 58.472 4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT
14 15.502 58.057 73d Michel Desjardins/Hawkesbury,ONT
15 15.516 58.005 26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT
16 15.561 57.837 16 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT
17 15.736 57.194 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
18 15.807 56.937 7jr Harvey Arquette/Akwesasne,NY
19 15.813 56.915 3a Bob Ray/Cornwall,ONT
20 15.860 56.747 8m Marc Lalonde/L’Orignal,ONT
21 15.901 56.600 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
22 15.976 56.335 14 Chris Tremblay/Long Sault,ONT
23 16.003 56.239 7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY
24 16.028 56.152 ba98 Steve Johnston/Ingelside,ONT
25 16.109 55.869 8 Sean Corr/Goshen,NY
26 16.292 55.242 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY
27 16.437 54.755 28 Marco Lalonde/Valleyfield,QUE
*NEW TRACK RECORD
Heat Races (8 laps, all transfer to feature; top 4 redraw)
#1: Ladouceur, A.Peters, Stefanski, Leduc, Aubin, Lebrun, Corr, Ray, PJ Peters.
#2: Bissonnette, Wheeler, Jackson, Yetman, Tremblay, Johnston, Marco Lalonde, Marc Lalonde, Papineau (DNS).
#3: Valade, Oakes, Godard, Carlson, Thompson, Renaud, Back, Desjardins, Arquette (DNS).

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Point Standings (Aug. 23)
Rank No. Driver Total Diff Wins Top-5 Top-10 Starts
1 2 Pete Stefanski 351 0 2 3 3 4
2 92 Joey Ladouceur 337 -14 2 3 3 4
3 26 Don Carlson 302 -49 0 2 3 4
4 73 P.J. Peters 300 -51 0 2 3 4
5 48 Dion Oakes 268 -83 0 1 3 4
6 7 Rob Yetman 248 -103 0 1 2 4
7 1 Ricky Thompson 244 -107 0 1 2 4
8 6 Stephane Lebrun 238 -113 0 1 1 4
9 18 Louie Jackson 237 -114 0 0 2 4
10 4 Roch Aubin 231 -120 0 0 2 4
11 8 Sean Corr 225 -126 0 1 1 4
12 47 Dave Bissonnette 192 -159 0 1 2 3
13 69 Jody Swamp 161 -190 0 1 1 2
14 6x Travis Back 150 -201 0 1 2 2
15 88 Allen Peters 148 -203 0 0 2 2
16 78 William Chubb 144 -207 0 0 0 3
17 08 Richard Bertrand 141 -210 0 0 2 2
18 7Jr Harvey Arquette Jr. 137 -214 0 0 0 3
19 188 David Papineau 127 -224 0 0 0 3
20 99 Mike Martin 112 -239 0 0 0 2
21 10 Buddy Hencke 102 -249 0 0 1 2
22 33 Bruno Cyr 91 -260 0 0 0 2
23 49 Bill Woodward Jr. 68 -283 0 0 1 1
24 05 Jocelyn Roy 65 -286 0 0 1 1
25 97 Roland Hebert 60 -291 0 0 0 1
26 6z Butch Zimmerman 60 -291 0 0 0 1
27 24 Jacques Robert 58 -293 0 0 0 1
28 71 Scott Gribben 58 -293 0 0 0 1
29 48T Rod Tarbell 56 -295 0 0 0 1
30 04 John Yandoh Jr. 54 -297 0 0 0 1
31 11 John Zimmerman 54 -297 0 0 0 1
32 2EZ Mike Arquiette 52 -299 0 0 0 1
33 8x Jim Burch Jr. 50 -301 0 0 0 1
34 16 Normand Lemire 48 -303 0 0 0 1
35 94 Carl Poulin 46 -305 0 0 0 1
36 98T Jack Terrell 43 -308 0 0 0 1
37 3J John Gagner 42 -309 0 0 0 1
38 1s Scott Stolzenberg 41 -310 0 0 0 1
39 62 Andrew Northrup 40 -311 0 0 0 1
40 7d Gene Tarbell 10 -341 0 0 0 0

DIRTcar Pro Stock Entries – August 23 (27)
CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN TEAM (Sponsor / Make-Model / Chassis)
1 Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY Brass Horse Grill-Fatty Cats-A&L Enterprise/Chevy Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY Sunrise Racing-San Ter Sewing-PJ NFB Auto Sales/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/EMS
3a Bob Ray/Cornwall,ONT Giant Tiger Dept. Store/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/CRT
4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT Home Hardware-OK Tire-Alain Beaupres Constr./Chevy Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE Patio Vidal Restaurant-United Auto Parts(UAP)/Pontiac Grand Prix/Wild Thing
6x Travis Back/Akwesasne,NY Thompson Motorsports/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Raptor
7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY Lazzaro’s Auto Body-Madsen Overhead Door/Pontiac Grand Prix/JACR
7jr Harvey Arquette/Akwesasne,NY A&L Enterprise/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
8 Sean Corr/Goshen,NY The Trans Group-Northeast Fabricators/Pontiac Grand Prix/EMS
8m Marc Lalonde/L’Orignal,ONT Peladeau Services-Lucas Oil/Chevrolet Monte CarloLalonde
14 Chris Tremblay/Long Sault,ONT R&C Automotive-McPhee Racing/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger
16 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT Mike McPhee Transport-Totem Pole Novelties/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/CSC
18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY Adams Marina-Action Race Parts-C&B Enterprises/Chevy Monte Carlo/Stinger
26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT Benziger Winery-Kleer Trim Board/Dodge Charger/EMS
28 Marco Lalonde/Valleyfield,QUE Rejean Leboeuf Constr.-Manius Orthopedic Center/Pontiac Grand Prix/Lalonde
29 Daniel Leduc/L’Orignal,ONT Castrol-Marchildon Auto Body/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger
44 Gilles Godard/Cornwall,ONT Alexandria Home Hardware-MisterSew&Sew.com/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/CRT
47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT RSI Industrial Supply-PM Promotions/Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS/Cannizzaro
48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY Oakes Racing-Noah King Family/Chevolet Impala/Cannizzaro
55 George Renaud/Green Valey,ONT Paul’s Auto Body-G.R. Trucking/Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS/Cannizzaro
73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE Sunrise Bakery-Hair Secrets Salon/Chevrolet Impala/JACR
73d Michel Desjardins/Hawkesbury,ONT Lalonde Forming-Alex Design/Chevrolet Camaro/Black Widow
88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY Sunrise Racing-PJ NFB Auto Sales/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT Coffrage 20-20-Minimax Express/Cadillac STS/Stinger X
ba98 Steve Johnston/Ingelside,ONT Snap Trucking-Bub’s Auto/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger
99 Ghislain Valade/N.Lancaster,ONT Gerry Prieur Garage-Glengarry Tire/Chevolet Monte Carlo SS/Cannizzaro
188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY D&D Construction-Action Race Parts/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro

UPCOMING EVENTS:
September will be the biggest month of the year for full-fender title contenders with the $1,500-to-win, 100-lapper at Autodrome Edelweiss leading off the four-race stint in Canada and the U.S. Lebanon Valley, Canandaigua and Rolling Wheels continue the second season after valuable track bonus points are issued towards the overall Mr. DIRTcar Championship following Labor Day Weekend.

2009 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/LOCATION
Sat-Jul 4 Genesee Speedway Pete Stefanski
Fri-Jul 17 Mohawk Int’l Raceway Pete Stefanski
Sat-Aug 22 Autodrome Drummond Joey Ladouceur
Sun-Aug 23 Cornwall Motor Speedway Joey Ladouceur
Fri-Sep 11 Autodrome Edelweiss Hull,QUE ($1,500-to-win)
Sat-Sep 12 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon,NY
Sat-Sep 19 Canandaigua Speedway Canandaigua,NY
Sat-Sep 26 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Sun-Oct 11 New York State Fairgrds Syracuse,NY

The Big-Block Modified 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 Dig Safely New York www.digsafelynewyork.com and the University of Northwestern Ohio www.unoh.com and the contingency sponsors are Bars Leaks www.barsproducts.com, Bert Transmission www.berttransmission.com, Bicknell Racing Products www.bicknellracingproducts.com, Bilstein Shocks www.bilstein.com, Brodix Cylinder Heads www.brodix.com, Ferris Industries www.ferrisindustries.com, Integra Shocks www.integrashocksandsprings.com, Intercomp www.intercomp-racing.com, KSE Racing Products www.kse-racing.com, Motorsports Safety Systems www.motorsportssafetysystems.com, Penske Shocks, www.penskeshocks.com, Racing Electronics www.racingelectronics.com, Rislone Oil Stabilizer www.barsproducts.com and Wrisco Industries www.wrisco.com.