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Carlson Leads Ladouceur Across Stripe In Canandaigua Pro Stock Tour Triumph

Don Carlson
Don Carlson - Alex Bruce Photo

Canandaigua, NYSeptember 20, 2008 – By Dan Kapuscinski, Canandaigua Speedway PR Coordinator

Don Carlson held off the late race advances of Joey Ladouceur in the Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series RaceFest 30 at Canandaigua Speedway on Saturday night to claim the evening’s top prize. Carlson took the top spot from Ricky Thompson on an early restart and never looked back on his way to victory.

“Someone was sleeping there on that restart,” said Carlson in victory lane. “We took the point from there, and just kept going. I knew Joey was there, but we had a good car tonight. I want to thank my guys… running this series is really tough on a team, but my guys are great.”

Ladouceur, Louie Jackson, Thompson, and current Series points leader Pete Stefanski rounded out the top-five runners at the end of 30 laps.

Dion Oakes and Stephane Lebrun brought the field to the green flag Saturday night, but it was Thompson from the outside of row two gaining the early advantage. However, a caution with one lap in the books for David Papineau’s no. 188 brought the field to a slow early on.

On the restart, Thompson failed to pick up the throttle on time and Oakes breezed into the race lead heading into the third turn. Carlson took over the next circuit with Oakes dropping into the runner-up spot ahead of Thompson. Just 5 laps later though, Thompson found the fast lane again, pulling back by Oakes to re-take the second position.

Carlson would lead the field through to a lap 16 caution for a stopped Travis Back in the no. 6x. Holley hard Luck recipient Back looked to have overheated on the front straight while running fourth, which would force the yellow lights to come on. Back would head to the pit area, but returned to the race 2-laps down.

Carlson continued to lead at the restart with Thompson, Ladouceur, PJ Peters, and Oakes in pursuit among the top-five. When the field went back to race speeds Carlson again pulled away, but Ladouceur and his no. 92 began to mount a charge.

Ladouceur finally worked around Thompson on lap 24 and set his sights on Carlson at the front of the pack. Nobody had been able to mount a charge on Carlson all night, but Ladouceur was fit for the challenge. With just 2 laps remaining Ladouceur pulled up to the back bumper of Carlson erasing a one second lead, but in the end the no. 26 was too much for the rest of the field.

Capturing his first career Series win last year on the Syracuse Mile during Super DIRT Week, Carlson would sail on to victory in race number seven of the Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship.

Louie Jackson and Pete Stefanski made a great charge through the field from deep in the pack to end up third and fifth in the final run down. Neither driver qualified for the 12-car re-draw at the end of the two qualification events. They started 15th and 16th in the 19-car rundown.

Fifteen drivers ended the event on the lead lap, with rookie of the year contender Bruno Cyr being the final car to complete the prescribed distance.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Race #7 – Canandaigua Speedway, September 20, 2008 ‘RaceFest 30’ Event Summary
Feature

FIN ST CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN
1 6 26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT($1,000)
2 9 92.1 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
3 16 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
4 4 37w Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY
5 15 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
6 7 88 Allen Peters/Massena,NY
7 3 73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
8 10 05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE
9 5 72 Denis Gauvreau/Gatineau,QUE
10 2 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
11 12 98t Jack Terrell/Jamesville,NY
12 1 48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
13 14 4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT
14 11 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY
15 18 33 Bruno Cyr/Carignan,QUE
16 8 6x Travis Back/Akwesasne,NY
17 17 6z Butch Zimmerman/Burt,NY
18 13 2m Mike Martin/Lockport,NY
19 19 ba98 Steve Johnston/Ingelside,ONT

EVENT SUMMARY
LAP LEADERS: Thompson (1), Oakes (2), Carlson (3-30).
CAUTIONS: 4 (lap 2 lap 16, lap 20, lap 21).
HEAT WINNERS: A.Peters, Roy.
SYRACUSE QUALIFIER: Don Carlson.
HOLLEY HARD LUCK: Travis Back.
CARS ENTERED: 19.
NEXT EVENT: Rolling Wheels Raceway Park – September 27, 2008.
QUALIFYING
Heat Races
#1: A.Peters, Thompson, Carlson, Ladouceur, Papineau, Lebrun, Martin, Stefanski, Zimmerman, Johnston.
#2: Roy, Terrell, Back, Oakes, Gauvreau, PJ Peters, Aubin, Jackson, Cyr.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Point Standings (Sept. 20)
Rank No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Wins T-5 T-10 Starts
1 2p Pete Stefanski 951 655 296 0 3 7 7 7
2 72 Denis Gauvreau 839 547 292 -112 1 4 6 7
3 73 PJ Peters 813 559 254 -138 0 5 7 7
4 26 Don Carlson 811 543 268 -140 1 3 5 7
5 92 Joey Ladouceur 799 499 300 -152 0 3 5 7
6 18 Louis Jackson 732 440 292 -219 1 3 3 7
7 05 Jocelyn Roy 721 427 294 -230 0 0 3 7
8 48 Dion Oakes 701 451 250 -250 0 1 4 7
9 88 Allen Peters 685 397 288 -266 0 1 3 6
10 6 Stephanie LeBrun 683 395 288 -268 0 0 3 7
11 4 Roch Aubin 668 428 240 -283 0 1 3 7
12 11 Don Barnes 642 362 280 -309 1 1 4 5
13 33 Bruno Cyr® 640 386 254 -311 0 0 1 7
14 99 Mike Martin 578 282 296 -373 0 1 1 5
15 37 Ricky Thompson 574 320 254 -377 0 1 1 6
16 188 David Papineau 552 298 254 -399 0 0 2 5
17 ba98 Steve Johsnton 534 350 184 -417 0 0 0 7
18 6x Travis Back 448 184 264 -503 0 0 2 3
19 6z Butch Zimmerman 424 158 266 -527 0 0 0 3
20 27 Gilles Godard 422 150 272 -529 0 0 1 3
21 12g Eric Greenlief 399 125 274 -552 0 1 1 2
22 3 Bill Pascual 373 85 288 -578 0 1 1 1
23 99 Ghyslain Valade 366 104 262 -585 0 0 0 2
24 71 Scott Gribben 366 190 176 -585 0 0 1 3
25 49 Bill Woodward, Jr. 345 91 254 -606 0 0 0 2
26 2m Brett Martin 345 103 242 -606 0 0 0 2
27 88 Francois Lecours® 341 101 240 -610 0 0 0 2
28 69 Jody Swamp 334 46 288 -617 0 0 0 1
29 09 Robert Rowe 332 44 288 -619 0 0 0 1
30 08 Richard Bertrand® 327 85 242 -624 0 0 0 2
31 29 Daniel Leduc 326 128 198 -625 0 1 1 2
32 115 Stephane Lemire® 320 54 266 -631 0 0 0 1
33 97 Roland Hebert® 309 45 264 -642 0 0 0 1
34 442 Scott Kehr 300 0 300 -651 0 0 0 0
35 16 Normand Lemire® 298 62 236 -653 0 0 1 1
36 55 George Renaud 287 65 222 -664 0 0 1 1
37 24 Robbie Speed 284 0 284 -667 0 0 0 0
38 1s Paul Stolzenberg 282 42 240 -669 0 0 0 1
39 29 Mike Dutka 276 0 276 -675 0 0 0 0
40 18W Bob Waters Jr. 276 0 276 -675 0 0 0 0
41 91 Bobby Schade 274 0 274 -677 0 0 0 0
42 324 Jason Casey 274 0 274 -677 0 0 0 0
43 11x Junior Barnes 270 40 230 -681 0 0 0 1
44 5 Ryan Worthington 269 41 228 -682 0 0 0 1
45 322 Jay Casey 268 0 268 -683 0 0 0 0
46 54L Jim Langenback 266 0 266 -685 0 0 0 0
47 1 Mike Vigiletti 262 0 262 -689 0 0 0 0
48 29J Pete VanNoordt 256 0 256 -695 0 0 0 0
49 54 Steven Shortway 254 0 254 -697 0 0 0 0
50 12s Matt Shadic 240 0 240 -711 0 0 0 0

UMP/DIRTcar Pro Stock Entries – September 20 (19)
CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN TEAM (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)
05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE Roy Racing Products-Lettrage Lucy/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/CRT
2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY Sunrise Racing-SanTer Sewing-Sunrise II Sport Fishing/Chevy Monte Carlo/EMS
2m Mike Martin/Lockport,NY BJNFB Trailer Sales-Creative Customs/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/JACR
4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT Home Hardware-OK Tire-Alain Beaupres Constr./Chevy Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE Mecanotech-Omax Restaurant/Pontiac Grand Prix/Wild Thing
6x Travis Back/Akwesasne,NY Thompson Motorsports/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Raptor
6z Butch Zimmerman/Burt,NY T&R Corner Store-Able Auto Wrecking/Pontiac Grand Prix/Stefanski
18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY Native Cigarettes-Action Race Parts-C&B Enterp./Chevy Monte Carlo/Stinger
26 Don Carlson/Richfield,CT Benziger Winery-Kleer Trim Board/Chevrolet Monte Carlo-Dodge Charger/EMS
33 Bruno Cyr/Carignan,QUE Soudure Welding-Secure Deck/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger
37w Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY 37 West Steakhouse-Forbs Copy Centre/Chevy Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY Orca Power Boats-Mohawk Billiards/Chevolet Impala/Cannizzaro
72 Denis Gauvreau/Gatineau,QUE Gauvreau Top Soil-Micheline Richard Royal LePage/Chevy Monte Carlo/EMS
73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE Sunrise Bakery-Jake’s Pit Stop/Chevrolet Impala/JACR
88 Allen Peters/Massena,NY Sunrise Bakery/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
92.1 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT Sweet Dreams-Minimax Express/Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS/Stinger
ba98 Steve Johnston/Ingelside,ONT Snap Trucking-Bub’s Auto/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger
98t Jack Terrell/Jamesville,NY Terrell’s Potato Chips-Bachmann-Labatt/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Slawiak
188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY Skidders Garage-Team Papi/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro

UPCOMING EVENT:
Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series race chasers return next week as they contest at charter member Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Saturday, September 27. Valuable points towards the overall Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Championship will be awarded along with a guaranteed starting position in the 25-lap Pro Stock title event during Super DIRT Week in October.

2008 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE LAPS TRACK LOCATION/WINNER
Sat-Apr 19 25 Can-Am Motorsports Park Louie Jackson
Thr-Jul 3 25 Rolling Wheels Raceway Don Barnes
Sat-Aug 2 35 Genesee Speedway Pete Stefanski
Sat-Aug 23 50 Autodrome Drummond Pete Stefanski
Sun-Aug 31 50 Cornwall Motor Speedway Pete Stefanski
Sat-Sep 6 30 Mohawk Int’l Raceway rain-cancelled
Sat-Sep 13 100 Autodrome Edelweiss Denis Gauvreau
Sat-Sep 20 30 Canandaigua Speedway Don Carlson
Sat-Sep 27 30 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
Fri-Oct 3 30 Fulton Speedway Fulton,NY
Sun-Oct 12 25 New York State Fairgrnds Syracuse,NY
Sun-Oct 19 25 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY

The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts and Hoosier Racing Tire. Rite Aid Corporation is a promotional partner and the contingency sponsors are Bars Leaks, Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Dig Safely New York, Holley HP Carburetors, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks, Rislone Oil Stabilizer and Wrisco Industries.