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Ladouceur Claims 4th Pro Stock Series Victory At Rolling Wheels

Joey Ladouceur
Joey Ladouceur - Bill Moore, Jr. Photo

Elbridge, NYSeptember 26, 2009 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent

If there was any question whether a crate engine could keep up with an open motor in the Pro Stock class on a bigger speedway, Joey Ladouceur put those doubts to rest on Saturday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Ladouceur took the lead from top tour rival Pete Stefanski on lap 16 of the 30-lap Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series feature and rolled on to convincing win in the Terrell’s Potato Chips 30.

“Usually the roles are reversed, Pete (Stefanski) is a bottom dweller, he always runs the bottom,” said Ladouceur, after exiting his Coffrage 20-20 Minimax Express no. 92 Cadillac-STS Stinger X in victory lane. With his win he extends his series points lead to 11 over three-time defending champion Stefanski going into Super DIRT Week XXXVIII, Oct. 7-11 at the New York State Fairgrounds. “He must of made up positions at the start because he left the door open.”

Jocelyn Roy got the jump on Stefanski to grab the lead on the opening lap of the mainevent. One lap later a quick yellow flew to tighten the field back up. On the restart Roy stayed in the lead for a short period as Stefanski was scored the race leader by only a bumper once they reached the start/finish line.

With battles all over the speedway, the yellow reappeared on lap five for a multi-car tangle exiting turn four, although all cars were able to continue. With Stefanski leading by a few car lengths, another caution period came on lap seven for a spinning Buddy Hecnke and John Zimmerman in turn two.

With 10 laps complete Stefanski had built up a quarter of a straightaway lead on the field as 10th-place starter Ladouceur had raced his way to third and was coming quickly to the front as he gained on Stefanski and Roy. Connecticut traveler Don Carlson and Canandian invader Dave Bissonnette ran in the top-five.

On lap 14, Ladouceur used a lapped car and Stefanski running the top to his advantage and he was able to duck under both exiting turn four to be scored the new leader. His lead was short lived as Stefanski fought back to retake the top spot at the halfway point. Yet still finding bite on the bottom, Ladouceur again made a charge re-assuming the top spot on lap 16 by a half a hood length.

With the starter giving the 10 laps to go sign, Ladouceur had opened up an almost full second lead although Stefanski still gave chase. Carlson ran alone in third as Roy and Bissonnette showed in the top-five.

A final caution came out on lap 21 to set up a nine-lap shootout to the finish.

Over the final laps Stefanski shadowed Ladouceur with Carlson right closing in on the top-two. On the last lap Ladouceur was first under the checkers yet exiting turn four Stefanski got caught behind a lapped car allowing Carlson to duck under and grab the runner-up spot at the finish. Bissonnette and Roy rounded out the final front-five.

“After that (pass for the lead) we just protected, which was good for me in the points tonight. Rolling Wheels is always fast and it lived up to that tonight.” Ladouceur said he was going to get a good night sleep and get right to work for Syracuse.

Up next, the 2009 Hoosier-VP Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series makes its lone stop of the year at the New York State Fairgrounds when the Northeast’s top traveling teams converge on the Syracuse Mile for Super DIRT Week XXXVIII and the BNC Motorsports 25 on Sunday, October 11.

STOCK TIPS
Spearheaded by long-time Pro Stock fan Tom Ames from the ‘Parking Lot Gang,’ money was raised to provide a number of bonus awards during the annual autumn stop at Rolling Wheels Raceway. With 100% of the proceeds from raffle ticket sales going to the drivers in competition on Saturday, $660 was divided up between $50 ‘Move of the Race’ winner Don Carlson (pass for 2nd in final turn) and $50 ‘Hard Charger’ Joey Ladouceur (10th to 1st), with the remaining $560 extending the posted purse from 12th to 25th-place on the final scoresheet; an additional $40 per position. Inspired further to act on behalf of his favorite class, Ames donated a pair of Super DIRT Week tickets towards the raffle with Corey Phillips from the Canadian province of Quebec going home the lucky winner.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Race #7 – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, September 26, 2009 ‘Terrells Potato Chips 30’ Event Summary
Feature
FIN ST CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN
1 10 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT($1,000)
2 5 26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT
3 1 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
4 6 47 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT
5 2 05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE
6 8 7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY
7 12 73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
8 11 48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
9 4 47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT
10 13 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
11 9 33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE
12 7 10 Buddy Hencke/Sand Lake,NY
13 3 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
14 15 98t Jack Terrell/Jamesville,NY
15 16 4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT
16 18 8 Sean Corr/Goshen,NY
17 21 ba98 Steve Johnston/Ingelside,ONT
18 22 0 John Zimmerman/Burt,NY
19 14 73j Troy Arnold/Middletown,NY
20 23 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY
21 17 71 Scott Gribben/Royalton,NY
22 19 6z Butch Zimmerman/Burt,NY
23 24 99 Mike Martin/Lockport,NY
24 20 88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY
25 25 62 Andrew Northrop/Rochester,NY
LAP LEADERS: Roy (1), Stefanski (2-13), Ladouceur (14), Stefanski (15), Ladouceur (16-30).
CAUTIONS: 4 (lap 2, lap 5, lap 7, lap 21).
HEAT WINNERS: Carlson, Roy, Stefanski.
SYRACUSE QUALIFIER: Dave Bissonnette.
NATIONAL PARTS PEDDLER HALFWAY LEADER: Pete Stefanski.
FAST TIME TRIALER: Joey Ladouceur (24.347sec/92.414mph).
CARS ENTERED: 25.
NEXT EVENT: New York State Fairgrounds “BNC Motorsports 25” – October 11, 2009.

QUALIFYING
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 24.347 92.414 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
2 24.448 92.032 26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT
3 24.651 91.274 7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY
4 24.752 90.902 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
5 24.797 90.737 73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
6 24.881 90.430 47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT
7 25.016 89.942 47 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT
8 25.031 89.889 05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE
9 25.038 89.863 48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
10 25.060 89.785 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
11 25.159 89.431 71 Scott Gribben/Royalton,NY
12 25.168 89.399 10 Buddy Hencke/Sand Lake,NY
13 25.181 89.353 88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY
14 25.204 89.272 33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE
15 25.286 88.982 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
16 25.295 88.950 99 Mike Martin/Lockport,NY
17 25.340 88.792 8 Sean Corr/Goshen,NY
18 25.493 88.260 98t Jack Terrell/Jamesville,NY
19 25.496 88.249 4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT
20 25.611 87.853 73j Troy Arnold/Middletown,NY
21 27.541 81.696 62 Andrew Northrop/Rochester,NY
22 -NT- —– 0 John Zimmerman/Burt,NY
23 -NT- —– 6z Butch Zimmerman/Burt,NY
24 -NT- —– ba98 Steve Johnston/Ingelside,ONT
25 -NT- —– 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY
Heat Races (8 laps, all transfer to feature; top 4 redraw)
#1: Carlson, PJ Peters, Ladouceur, Cyr, Lebrun, Aubin, B.Zimmerman, Martin (DNS).
#2: Roy, Yetman, Oakes, Jackson, Arnold, Gribben, A.Peters, J.Zimmerman.
#3: Stefanski, Wheeler, Bissonnette, Hencke, Terrell, Corr, Johnston, Papineau, Northrop.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Point Standings (Sept. 26)
No. Driver Total Points Bonus Diff Track Wins Top 5 Top 10 Starts
92 Joey Ladouceur 992 632 360 0 Cornwall 4 6 6 7
2 Pete Stefanski 981 621 360 -11 Genesee 2 6 6 7
26 Don Carlson 913 553 360 -79 Leb-Val 1 4 5 7
73 P.J. Peters 873 513 360 -119 Cornwall 0 3 5 7
7 Rob Yetman 834 474 360 -158 Leb-Val 0 2 4 7
48 Dion Oakes 810 450 360 -182 Cornwall 0 1 5 7
6 Stephane Lebrun 793 433 360 -199 Drummond 0 2 3 7
47 Dave Bissonnette 735 375 360 -257 Cornwall 0 2 3 6
4 Roch Aubin 731 371 360 -261 Cornwall 0 0 2 7
18 Louie Jackson 699 339 360 -293 Cornwall 0 0 2 6
8 Sean Corr 699 339 360 -293 Leb-Val 0 1 1 6
1 Ricky Thompson 689 329 360 -303 Cornwall 0 1 2 6
05 Jocelyn Roy 635 275 360 -357 Drummond 0 1 3 4
33 Bruno Cyr 634 274 360 -358 Drummond 0 0 1 5
188 David Papineau 623 263 360 -369 Cornwall 0 0 0 6
99 Ghislain Valade 535 175 360 -457 Cornwall 0 2 2 2
69 Jody Swamp 521 161 360 -471 Mohawk 0 1 1 2
99 Mike Martin 513 153 360 -479 Genesee 0 0 0 3
6x Travis Back 510 150 360 -482 Mohawk 0 1 2 2
78 William Chubb 504 144 360 -488 Cornwall 0 0 0 3
08 Richard Bertrand 501 141 360 -491 Drummond 0 0 2 2
88 Allen Peters 500 320 180 -492 Mohawk 0 0 3 5
7Jr Harvey Arquette Jr. 497 137 360 -495 Mohawk 0 0 0 3
6z Butch Zimmerman 462 102 360 -530 Genesee 0 0 0 2
11 John Zimmerman 460 100 360 -532 Genesee 0 0 0 2
98T Jack Terrell 457 97 360 -535 Genesee 0 0 0 2
73 Michel Dejardins ® 454 94 360 -538 Cornwall 0 0 0 2
ba98 Steve Johnston 448 88 360 -544 Cornwall 0 0 0 2
62 Andrew Northrup 440 80 360 -552 Genesee 0 0 0 2
78 Paul LaRochelle 440 80 360 -552 Leb-Val 0 1 1 1
24 Robbie Speed 436 76 360 -556 Leb-Val 0 0 1 1
324 Jason Casey 428 68 360 -564 Leb-Val 0 0 1 1
49 Bill Woodward Jr. 428 68 360 -564 Mohawk 0 0 1 1
243 Victor Hopkins 422 62 360 -570 Leb-Val 0 0 1 1
55 George Renaud 422 62 360 -570 Cornwall 0 0 1 1
97 Roland Hebert 420 60 360 -572 Drummond 0 0 0 1
24 Jacques Robert 418 58 360 -574 Drummond 0 0 0 1
48T Rod Tarbell ® 416 56 360 -576 Mohawk 0 0 0 1
04 John Yandoh Jr. 414 54 360 -578 Mohawk 0 0 0 1
115 Stepane Lemire 412 52 360 -580 Drummond 0 0 0 1
2EZ Mike Arquiette 412 52 360 -580 Mohawk 0 0 0 1
322 Jay Casey 410 50 360 -582 Leb-Val 0 0 0 1
76 Kevin Arnold 408 48 360 -584 Leb-Val 0 0 0 1
94 Carl Poulin 406 46 360 -586 Drummond 0 0 0 1
8 Mark Lalonde 403 43 360 -589 Cornwall 0 0 0 1
311 Brian Keough 401 41 360 -591 Leb-Val 0 0 0 1
29 Daniel Laduc 401 41 360 -591 Cornwall 0 0 0 1
8 Jay Corbin 400 40 360 -592 Leb-Val 0 0 0 1

DIRTcar Pro Stock Entries – September 26 (25)
CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN TEAM (Sponsor / Make-Model / Chassis)
05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE Roy Racing Products-Lettrage Lucy/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/CRT
0 John Zimmerman/Burt,NY Just Signs-K&S Machine/Pontiac Grand Prix/Zimmerman
05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE Roy Racing Products-Lettrage Lucy/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/CRT
2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY Sunrise Racing-San Ter Sewing-PJ NFB Auto Sales/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/EMS
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
6z Butch Zimmerman/Burt,NY Mad Skins Car Bodies-Just Signs-MPR 316/Pontiac Grand Prix/Zimmerman
7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY Lazzaro’s Auto Body-Madsen Overhead Door/Pontiac Grand Prix/JACR
8 Sean Corr/Goshen,NY The Trans Group-Northeast Fabricators/Pontiac Grand Prix/EMS
10 Buddy Hencke/Sand Lake,NY Stinger X/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger X
18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY Adams Marina-Action Race Parts-C&B Enterpr./Chevy Monte Carlo/Black Widow
26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT Benziger Winery-Brute Men’s Care Products/Dodge Charger/EMS
33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE Concept Syma-Remorquage Longueuil/Chevrolet Impala/Stinger
47 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT Totem Pole Novelties/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
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
62 Andrew Northrop/Rochester,NY A&R Northrop Contracting/Chevrolet Camaro/Lincoln
71 Scott Gribben/Royalton,NY Top Shop Collision-Gerry’s Service/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Black Widow
73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE Sunrise Racing-Hair Secrets Salon/Chevrolet Impala/JACR
73j Troy Arnold/Middletown,NY Romano Construction-Tool Factory Outlet/Chevrolet Impala SS/EMS
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
98t Jack Terrell/Jamesville,NY Terrell’s Potato Chips-MJD Assoc.-Robbie T’s Pizza/Chev Monte Carlo/Slawiak
ba98 Steve Johnston/Ingelside,ONT Snap Trucking-Bub’s Auto/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger
99 Mike Martin/Lockport,NY Mad Skins Race Car Bodies-Able Insurance Agency/Chevy Monte Carlo/JACR
188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY D&D Construct.-Action Race Parts-Team Papi/Chevy Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro

UPCOMING EVENT:
Racing in the Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series takes more than a week off before returning to action as part of Super DIRT Week XXXVIII, Oct. 7-11, in the Salt City. Pro Stock inspection, practice and time trials are slated for Saturday before the consolation round and BNC Motorsports Championship run off on Sunday, October 11.

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 Joey Ladouceur ($1,500-to-win)
Sat-Sep 12 Lebanon Valley Speedway Don Carlson
Sat-Sep 26 Rolling Wheels Raceway Joey Ladouceur
Sun-Oct 11 New York State Fairgrds Syracuse,NY
Sun-Oct 18 Brockville Ont. 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 October 7-11, 2009 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.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 Rite Aid Corporation www.riteaid.com, 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.