By Martin Bélanger
DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec – Sept. 9, 2011 – Joey Ladouceur continued his dominance of the early portion of the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series tour by winning Friday night at Autodrome Drummond, his second win in the first two races run of the season.
Drummond’s 7th annual Race Mania Weekend included a 50-lap feature for the full-fendered pro stocks, with 22 cars making the haul to Quebec.
Francois Adam took to the early lead after starting on the pole. Stéphane Larivière and Dion Oakes were running behind the
leader. A pair of #47 drivers was in battle for fourth between Dave Bissonnette and Corey Wheeler as the feature got quickly to lap 10.
Joey Ladouceur was a man on a mission, as he moved into the top-5 from 9th starting spot on lap-12, then proceeded to make quick work of Bissonnette for third on lap-15, before passing Oakes for second by lap-17, while Francois Adam had built up a commanding lead.
It took Ladouceur just 10-laps to negate the lead built up by Adam, as he blasted into the race lead on lap-27. The caution flag flew for the first time on lap-29, giving the field another chance at Ladouceur.
The restart saw Ladouceur rebuild his comfortable lead. From there, there was no-looking back, as Ladouceur picked up the victory by a half-track lead over Francois Adam and a late-charging Francois Bertrand. .
“I really like Drummond, too bad they built Montreal between here and Alexandria,” joked Ladouceur in the winner’s circle enjoying his second win in as many tries at Drummond. “This probably the best car I have drove in my career.”
Runner-up Adam noted the strong run of Ladouceur, “Joey was too strong, but I am real happy with second place.”
Night 2 of Race Mania Weekend at Drummond is scheduled for Saturday night, highlighted by the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will be back in Quebec on Friday, Sept. 16 as Autodrome Granby will host a special 97-lap event part of the Bob Gatien 397 evening. On the following night, the series will head to Mohawk International Raceway to complete a doubleheader weekend.
DIRTcar Pro-Stock Series Race #2-Autodrome Drummond, Sept. 9, 2011 Event Summary
Feature Results: Ladouceur, Adam, Bertrand, Wheeler, Oakes, Roy, Aubin, Larivière, Lemire, Lebrun, Robert, Chicoine, Bissonnette, Romaneski, Lecours, Goyette, Boisvert, Papineau, Thompson, Hebert, Dufault, Desjardins.
LAP LEADERS: Adam (1-26), Ladouceur (27-50)
DIRTcar Pro-Stock FAST TIME AWARD: #92 Joey Ladouceur 20.083 seconds
Heat Races (8 laps, all drivers qualified, and top 5 to redraw)
#1: Bissonnette, Wheeler, Larivière, Oakes, Chicoine, Robert, Aubin, Roy, Romaneski, Papineau, Hébert
#2: Ladouceur, Adam, Thompson, Bertrand, Lebrun, Lemire, Lecours, Desjardins, Goyette, Boisvert, Dufault
Autodrome Drummond DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Race #2 Roster (22)
0 Pascal Romaneski/Drummondville, Qc
1R Ricky Thompson/Snye,Qc
4 Roch Aubin/Alexandria, Ont
5 Jocelyn Roy/St-Hélène, Qc
6 Stéphane Lebrun/Gatineau, Qc
8 Richard Bertrand/Acton Vale, Qc
11 Stéphane Larivière/Granby, Qc
16 François Adam/St-Pie,Qc
17 Jocelyn Chicoine/St-Marc
19 Pascal Dufault/Drummondville,Qc
20 Sylvain Boisvert/St-Maurice, Qc
24 Jacques Robert/Drummondville, Qc
27 Francois Goyette/Sherbrooke, Qc
47 David Bissonnette/Apple Hill, Ont
47s Corey Wheeler Cornwall, Ont
48 Dion Oakes/Awkesasne, NY
73d Michel Desjardins/Hawkesbury, Ont
88 Francis Lecours/Drummondville, Qc
92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria, Ont
97 Rolland Hébert /Granby, Qc
115 Stéphane Lemire/Drummondville, Qc
188 David Papineau/Awkesasne, Ny
2011 DIRTcar Pro-Stock Series Schedule
Sunday, June 5 Cornwall Speedway Cornwall,ONT 50 – Joey Ladouceur
Friday, Sept. 9 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville,QUE 50 – Joey Ladouceur
Friday, Sept. 16 Autodrome Granby Granby, QUE 97
Saturday, Sept. 17 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne,NY 50
Sunday, Oct. 9 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY 30
Friday, Oct. 14 Brockville Speedway Brockville,ONT 50
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