Cantley, QUE — September 11, 2009 – By Martin Belanger, DIRTcar Racing Northeast Series Correspondent
The Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series headed north of the border to Autodrome Edelweiss for the fifth race of the 2009 series. The full-fender category had the longest race of the series with 100 laps to be completed and a nice show up of 20 Pro Stocks visited Edelweiss for the second year in a row.
Second-generation standout Joey Ladouceur continued his streak by winning his third straight series race and left Edelweiss $1,500 richer after scoring his 12th win of the season on the DIRTcar Racing Northeast circuit.
American Don Carlson and Frenchman Ghislain Valade were at top of the 20-car field to start the 100-lap Pro Stock Series main. Carlson took the early lead with Valade in second and three-time defending Mr. DIRTcar Pete Stefanski in third.
Carlson quickly moved away from the field as Ladouceur took fourth spot over Jocelyn Roy on lap five. Ladouceur and Stefanski were racing side by side when caution came out on lap 10 for Ricky Thompson.
On the restart, Carlson kept the lead with Ladouceur getting a good jump to take third. Ladouceur moved into second ahead of Valade on lap 13 and was now chasing Carlson for the lead. The top-two cars raced side by side as Ladouceur finally took the lead by passing Carlson using the inside lane on lap 18.
Ladouceur and Carlson started to pull away from the rest of the pack with a quarter of the race in the books, and Ladouceur proceeded to build himself a comfortable lead over Carlson on lap 30. Local runner Stéphane Lebrun was running hard and took the third spot over Valade on lap 34.
Ladouceur was now getting closer to slower traffic as the race reached lap 40, stretching his advantage to almost a full straightaway over Carlson in second. Sean Corr brought the caution on lap 43 as they raced 33 consecutive laps under green conditions.
Ladouceur quickly pulled away from Carlson on the following green with Stéphane Lebrun taking back third. Sean Corr brought out another caution on lap 47 with Ladouceur staying first over Carlson and Lebrun while Stefanski held down fourth.
The mandatory caution came out at the halfway point with Ladouceur, Carlson, Lebrun, Stefanski and Dave Bissonnette making up the top-five running order.
After the 10-minute mandatory break, Ladouceur retained the lead over Carlson and Lebrun with Bissonnette now fourth over Stefanski. Bissonnette used the outside lane to pass Lebrun in third spot as both cars raced together repeatedly swapping positions.
Louie Jackson brought out the caution on lap 59 as he hit the wall in the front stretch. The race started back on lap 65 with Ladouceur still the leader while Carlson lost several positions. Lebrun was now in second spot with Bissonnette third when David Papineau brought the caution on lap 68.
Ladouceur pulled away on the ensuing green while Stefanski took third over Bissonnette when Rob Yetman stopped inside of turn 4 on lap 73 and caution came out. The race resumed on lap 77 with the top-3 remaining unchanged.
Stefanski tried to take second over Lebrun and was able to close the door with 15 laps to go. Stefanski finally grabbed the spot in turn two on lap 86 and with 10 laps to go, tried to track down Ladouceur. The leaders were in heavy traffic with only five laps to go and Stefanski was able to reel in his biggest rival.
Ladouceur led the final laps to win his third feature in a row with Lebrun, P.J. Peters and Valade filling out the front-five.
Ladouceur was the lone driver in the winner’s circle, obviously pleased with his latest win. “It’s fun to see a quality field of cars at Edelweiss for this show. Now we have a 6-hour drive to The Valley tomorrow night and start back again with hopefully the same results.”
The 2009 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series resumes tomorrow in New York State’s Captital District when Lebanon Valley Speedway hosts the Northeast’s top traveling teams on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Race #5 – Autodrome Edleweiss, September 11, 2009 Event Summary
FIN ST CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN
1 5 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
2 3 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
3 9 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
4 6 73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
5 2 99 Ghislain Valade/N.Lancaster,ONT
6 4 05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE
7 16 88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY
8 19 47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT
9 18 33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE
10 10 48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
11 13 7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY
12 8 47 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT
13 1 26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT
14 20 8c Sean Corr/Goshen,NY
15 14 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY
16 11 14 Chris Tremblay/Long Sault,ONT
17 15 73d Michel Desjardins/Hawkesbury,ONT
18 12 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
19 7 1r Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY
20 17 4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
15.704 57.310 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria,ONT
15.816 56.904 73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE
15.890 56.639 99 Ghislain Valade/N.Lancaster,ONT
15.975 56.338 47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall,ONT
15.996 56.264 2 Pete Stefanski/Wheatfield,NY
16.030 56.145 26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT
16.071 56.001 33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE
16.138 55.769 73d Michel Desjardins/Hawkesbury,ONT
16.148 55.734 1r Ricky Thompson/Hogansburg,NY
16.174 55.645 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY
16.185 55.607 48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne,NY
16.205 55.538 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE
16.209 55.525 7 Rob Yetman/Castleton,NY
16.301 55.211 47 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT
16.355 55.029 4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT
16.493 54.569 88 Allen Peters/Westville,NY
16.526 54.460 14 Chris Tremblay/Long Sault,ONT
16.588 54.256 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY
16.600 54.217 8 Sean Corr/Goshen,NY
16.631 54.116 05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE
#1: Ricky Thompson, Dave Bissonnette, Don Carlson, Dion Oakes, Rob Yetman, Allen Peters, Sean Corr (DNS)
#2: Joey Ladouceur, Stéphane Lebrun, Jocelyn Roy, Chris Tremblay, David Papineau, Rock Aubin
#3: Ghislain Valade, PJ Peters, Pete Stefanski, Louie Jackson, Michel Desjardins, Bruno Cyr, Corey Wheeler
DIRTcar Pro Stock Entries – September 11 (20)
CAR# DRIVER / HOMETOWN TEAM (Sponsor / Make-Model / Chassis)
05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE Roy Racing Products-Lettrage Lucy/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/CRT
1r 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
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
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
14 Chris Tremblay/Long Sault,ONT R&C Automotive-McPhee Racing/Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Stinger
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
33 Bruno Cyr/St.Liboire,QUE Concept Syma-Remorquage Longueuil/Chevrolet Impala/Stinger
47 Dave Bissonnette/Apple Hill,ONT Totem Pole Novelties
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
73 P.J. Peters/Akwesasne,QUE Sunrise Racing-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
99 Ghislain Valade/N.Lancaster,ONT Gerry Prieur Garage-Glengarry Tire/Chevolet Monte Carlo SS/Cannizzaro
188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,NY D&D Constr.-Action Race Parts-Team Papi/Chevy Monte Carlo/Cannizzaro
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 West Lebanon,NY
Sat-Sep 26 Rolling Wheels Raceway Elbridge,NY
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.
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