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Sean Corr Captures Super DIRT Week Pro Stock Finale

Sean Corr
Sean Corr - Chris Dolack Photo

Syracuse, NYOctober 12, 2008 – By Dave Medler, DIRTcar NorthEast Series Reporter

Orange County Fair Speedway Pro Stock driver Sean Corr came into Super DIRT Week XXXVII thinking he had a car to contend for the BNC Motorsports 25-lap Pro Stock Championship after putting his Trans Group no. 8c Northeast Fabricators/Pontiac Grand Prix in the fourth starting spot for Sunday’s main. Corr took the lead on the opening lap, a position he would never give up.

The $2,000 win was anything but easy as he staved off race-long pressure from a host of contenders that made the Goshen, New York driver work for his victory.

“I just love coming to this place every year, it’s just so exciting to race at,” said Corr, after securing his�20first Super DIRT Week win. “I always look forward to this race every year to race the best.”

On the first attempt to start the BNC title event, a wild melee took place at mid-pack in turn one involving 11 cars. When the dust settled the cars of Denis Gauvreau, Morgan David and Jocelyn Roy had to be taken back to the pits on a wrecker. Everyone else continued.

The second green flag of the original start saw Sean Corr blast around the top-three to be the leader in turn one. Joey Ladouceur, Eric Marin, pole-sitter Pete Stefanski and Tom Kuck followed in Corr’s tire tracks.

With five miles in the record books Corr opened up a 10-car length advantage over Marin who slipped by Ladouceur to take over second. Ladouceur, Kuck and Stefanski were right there to occupy the top running positions.

Two laps later, lap 7, Marin erased the lead Corr had created, drawing right up to the back bumper of the leader. Kuck moved into third and was right there to join the battle for the lead. Former race winner Louie Jackson moved from his 10th starting spot to fourth and would be a factor in the race.

The second yellow of the race came out on lap 10 for a slowing Dion Oakes who was showing smoke that would send him to the pits. When the green flew, Corr maintained his lead and Louie Jackson used the same outside move Corr used to get the lead going from fourth to second as the field entered turn one.

At the halfway point, Corr and Jackson had a two car breakaway to battle for the top spot. Marin, Stefanski and Kuck still occupied top running positions further back.

With Corr and Jackson still playing bumper tag for the lead, positions three through seven got in a line and ran down the top two, setting up a seven-car battle at the front.

On lap 18 Jackson kept bump drafting Corr trying to loosen up the no.8c car and make a move to his inside. It didn’t work as Corr kept control of his car and the lead.

Kevin Arnold came to a stop on lap 20 to slow the field down. Arnold would be towed to the pits to mark an end to his day.

When the green came back out Jackson got a run under Corr as the pair headed to turn one. Corr had enough momentum to hold the top spot although Kuck, Marin and Stefanski were still within striking distance of the top two.

Just when the leaders were setting up for a great finish, the yellow came out again. This time on lap 21 for Nick Stone who slowed and went pit side. Corr got another great restart as he opened up a couple car-lengths lead over Jackson, as Kuck and Marin were putting pressure on Jackson for the runner-up spot.

On lap 24 Brett Martin appeared to have a tire go down, sending him hard into the third turn wall ending his race. This final slowdown set up a simultaneous green/white flag one-lap shootout to the finish.

Jackson could stay with Corr as the two headed down the back straight and in one last attempt for the win he swung high out of turn four trying to get a run on the leader. Instead, Jackson slid in the cinders allowing Marin to slip by and chase Corr across the finish line for second place. Jackson, Stefanski and last year’s winner Don Carlson finished third through fifth. Tom Kuck, Roch Aubin, Bob Waters, Jr., Allen Peters and Hard Charger award winner Nick Hilt, Jr. brought home top-10 finishes.

“Nothing here is ever easy,” Corr remarked. “The car was really tight but totally drivable.” Corr also said the experience he has gotten in a DIRT Pro Stock has helped him land more seat time in 2009 in the ARCA RE-MAX Series.

Maintaining his perfect record of 10 top-five finishes in 10 Pro Stock Series stops, Stefanski officially clinched his third consecutive overall Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Championship, making him the first driver in the groups 33 years of existence to pull off the feat in any of DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s five major touring divisions. Heading into the Orange County Fair Speedway finale this coming weekend, Stefanski holds an insurmountable lead over first-year tour follow Carlson, with Denis Gauvreau just on point back in third.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Race #10 – New York State Fairgrounds, October 12, 2008 “BNC Motorsports Championship” Event Summary
FIN STR CAR# DRIVER LAPS $WON$
1 4 8C Sean Corr/Goshen,NY 25 2,000
2 3 214 Eric Marin/Carmel,NY 25 1,000
3 10 18 Louie Jackson/Akwesasne,NY 25 700
4 1 2 Pete Stefanski/North Tonawanda,NY 25 500
5 8 26 Don Carlson/Ridgefield,CT 25 400
6 6 79 Tom Kuck/Mahopac,NY 25 300
7 12 4A Roch Aubin/Alexandria,ONT 25 275
8 9 18W Bob Waters Jr./Stony Point,NY 25 250
9 22 88 Allen Peters/Massena,NY 25 225
10 24 17 Nick Hilt Jr./Averill Park,NY 25 200
11 25 35 Rick Dempsey/Nassau,NY 25 190
12 7 322 Jay Casey/Canaan,CT 25 180
13 5 73 PJ Peters/Akwesasne, NY 25 170
14 16 324 Jason Casey/Canaan,CT 25 160
15 20 38M Mike Middleton/E.Greenbush,NY® 25 150
16 21 12S Matt Shadic/Craryville,NY® 25 150
17 18 27 Gilles Godard/Cornwall,ONT 25 150
18 14 99 Mike Martin/Lockport, NY 25 150
19 30 73J Troy Arnold/Middletown,NY 25 150
20 33 33 Bruno Cyr/Carignan,QUE® 25 150
21 34 6 Stephane Lebrun/Gatineau,QUE® 25 150
22 11 8 Jay Corbin/Rensselaer,NY 24 150
23 27 6X Travis Back/Akwesasne,NY® 24 150
24 17 10 Brett Martn/Burt,NY® 23 150
25 2 92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria ONT 19 150
26 15 27X Nick Stone/Schenectady,NY 19 150
27 35 93 Kenny Martin Jr./Scotia,NY 18 150
28 13 76 Kevin Arnold/Averill Park,NY 18 150
29 26 11X Junior Barnes/Akwesasne,NY® 18 150
30 23 72 Denis Gauvreau/Gatineau,OUE 18 150
31 32 48 Dion Oakes/Akwesasne, NY 16 150
32 19 25 Chad Jeseo/Averill Park,NY® 9 150
33 28 188 David Papineau/Akwesasne,ONT 9 150
3452029 xXx Morgan David/Akwesasne,NY® 6 150
35 31 05 Jocelyn Roy/St-Helene,QUE 0 150
EVENT SUMMARY
LAP LEADER: Corr (1-25).
CAUTIONS: 5 (lap 1, lap 10, lap 20, lap 21, lap 24).
ELAPSED TIME: 33 mins. 54 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .248 secs.
CENTRAL BODY SUPPLIES ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Mike Middleton.
GAUVREAU TOP SOIL HARD CHARGER AWARD: Nick Hilt Jr.
DIG SAFELY NEW YORK HALFWAY BONUS: Sean Corr.
GATER RACING NEWS BEST APPEARING CAR: #214 – Eric Marin
BUDD OLSEN SPEED SUPPLIES HARD LUCK AWARD: Jay Corbin.
NYSSCA ‘TOP MEMBER’ AWARD: Nick Hilt Jr.
TERRELL’S POTATO CHIPS POLE WINNER: Pete Stefanski (35.961 sec/100.108 mph).
TERRELL’S OUTSIDE POLE WINNER: Joey Ladouceur (36.010 sec/99.972 mph).
DIG SAFELY NEW YORK LAST CHANCE QUALIFIERS: Rick Dempsey, Junior Barnes.
RACE ROOKIES®: 9.
CARS ENTERED: 52.

Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series Point Standings (October 12)
Rank No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Wins T-5 T-10 Starts
1 2p Pete Stefanski 1,236 940 296 0 5 10 10 10
2 26 Don Carlson 1,025 757 268 -211 1 5 7 10
3 72 Denis Gauvreau1,024 732 292 -212 1 5 7 10
4 73 PJ Peters 1,007 753 254 -229 0 5 9 10
5 92 Joey Ladouceur 991 691 300 -245 0 4 7 10
6 48 Dion Oakes 921 671 250 -315 0 3 6 10
7 05 Jocelyn Roy 904 610 294 -332 0 1 4 10
8 88 Allen Peters 898 610 288 -338 0 2 6 9
9 18 Louis Jackson 864 572 292 -372 1 4 4 9
10 4 Roch Aubin 862 622 240 -374 0 1 5 10
11 6 Stephane LeBrun846 558 288 -390 0 0 4 10
12 33 Bruno Cyr ® 809 555 254 -427 0 0 2 10
13 37 Ricky Thompson 728 474 254 -508 0 2 2 8
14 99 Mike Martin 670 374 296 -566 0 1 1 7
15 11 Don Barnes 642 362 280 -594 1 1 4 5
16 ba98 Steve Johsnton 635 451 184 -601 0 0 0 9
17 188 David Papineau 602 348 254 -634 0 0 2 6
18 6x Travis Back 595 331 264 -641 0 0 2 6
19 71 Scott Gribben 488 312 176 -748 0 0 2 5
20 27 Gilles Godard 470 198 272 -766 0 0 1 4
21 12g Eric Greenlief 452 178 274 -784 0 1 1 3
22 6z Butch Zimmerman 424 158 266 -812 0 0 0 3
23 2m Brett Martin 385 143 242 -851 0 0 0 3
24 3 Bill Pascual 373 85 288 -863 0 1 1 1
25 99 Ghyslain Valade366 104 262 -870 0 0 0 2
26 11x Junior Barnes 360 130 230 -876 0 0 0 3
27 49 Bill Woodward, Jr.355 101 254 -881 0 0 0 2
28 18W Bob Waters Jr. 344 68 276 -892 0 0 1 1
29 69 Jody Swamp 344 56 288 -892 0 0 0 1
30 88 Francois Lecours®341 101 240 -895 0 0 0 2
31 09 Robert Rowe 332 44 288 -904 0 0 0 1
32 324 Jason Casey 328 54 274 -908 0 0 0 1
33 08 Richard Bertrand®327 85 242 -909 0 0 0 2
34 322 Jay Casey 326 58 268 -910 0 0 0 1
35 29 Daniel Leduc 326 128 198 -910 0 1 1 2
36 115 Stephane Lemire®320 54 266 -916 0 0 0 1
37 97 Roland Hebert® 309 45 264 -927 0 0 0 1
38 XXX Morgan David 306 102 204 -930 0 0 0 2
39 442 Scott Kehr 300 0 300 -936 0 0 0 0
40 16 Normand Lemire®298 62 236 -938 0 0 1 1
41 12s Matt Shadic 290 50 240 -946 0 0 0 1
42 55 George Renaud 287 65 222 -949 0 0 1 1
43 24 Robbie Speed 284 0 284 -952 0 0 0 0
44 1s Paul Stolzenberg 282 42 240 -954 0 0 0 1
45 29 Mike Dutka 276 0 276 -960 0 0 0 0
46 91 Bobby Schade 274 0 274 -962 0 0 0 0
47 1 Mike Vigiletti 272 10 262 -964 0 0 0 0
48 5 Ryan Worthington 269 41 228 -967 0 0 0 1
49 54L Jim Langenback 266 0 266 -970 0 0 0 0
50 98T Jack Terrell 263 225 38 -973 0 0 1 4

FINAL EVENT:
Just one more week remains as top full-fender teams continue in their quest of the coveted overall 2008 Hoosier Tire Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship, with the points king crowned for the 14th straight year at Orange County Fair Speedway during Eastern States Weekend on Sunday, October 19.

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 Pete Stefanski
Fri-Oct 3 22 Fulton Speedway Pete Stefanski
Sun-Oct 12 25 New York State Fairgrnds Sean Corr
Sun-Oct 19 25 Orange Co Fair Speedway Middletown,NY

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