Pelletier picks up second series feature win of 2014
GRANBY, QUEBEC – Monday, July 21, 2014 – Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondent – The DIRTcar Sportsman Series was back in action at beautiful Autodrome Granby for round 3 in the series. Regular runner on the tour for the last few seasons, Martin Pelletier always seem to find a way to shine during big events as he used slower cars to get the top spot and claim his second feature of the Series in 2014.
Robert Delormier and Corey Wheeler were on the top row of the 30-car field that took the initial green in the 50-lap event with Delormier setting the pace over Wheeler. As the race picked up a good rhythm, current Series point leader Shane Pecore started to challenge Delormier for the lead and was able to pass Delormier on lap 21 as the leaders were in heavy traffic.
With no cautions in the first portion, the top runners had to race with slower cars and local runners Martin Pelletier and Mathieu Desjardins used their home track advantage to join the lead as Pelletier used slower cars to pass Pecore for the lead on lap 38.
Desjardins followed suit and passed Pecore for second just before the first and only yellow occurred on lap 45.
On the restart, Pelletier was able to resist a charge from Desjardins and led the final laps to capture his second DIRTcar Sportsman Series of 2014 after claiming the opener at Cornwall.
Pelletier was happy in the winner circle: “The car was good, we used slower cars and we had a great challenge with race going green for a long time,” Pelletier said.
Finishing second, Desjardins had mixed feelings: “I am a little disappointed with second but it is still good for the points, we are in a good battle and the championship will be done only at the end,” Desjardins said.
Current leader Shane Pecore was happy with his third spot. “We will take it, it’s good for the points. We’re looking forward to tomorrow at Drummond and the Western swing in September,” Pecore said.
The Series will remain in the Province of Quebec for one more night as drivers will travel to Autodrome Drummond for another 50-lap event Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #3-Autodrome Granby, July 20th, 2014 Event Summary
50 laps Feature Results: Martin Pelletier, Mathieu Desjardins, Shane Pecore, Brad Rouse, Robert Delormier, Joey Ladouceur, Kevin Chagnon, Kaven Poliquin, Corey Wheeler, Martin Hebert, Mathieu Laramée, Mike Maresca, Yves Léveillée, Louie Jacksonjr, Samuel Desrochers, Adam Hilton, Justin Lalancette, Adam Leslie, Alexandre Salvas, Martin Giguère, Mike Stacey, Jessica Power, Martin Lessard, Gilles Godard, Brianna Ladouceur, Samuel Lajoie, Jonathan Desilets, Alex Lajoie, Jonathan Nadeau, Dany Gagne (DNS)
Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 went to redraw, 5 to feature)
#1: M.Desjardins, R.Delormier, D.Gagne, S.Desrochers, M.Giguere, J.Ladouceur, G.Godard, B.Ladouceur
#2: M.Pelletier, K.Chagnon, Y.Leveillee, B.Rouse, M.Stacey, M.Hebert, L.JacksonJr, F.Murray
#3: C.Wheeler, S.Pecore, K.Poliquin, M.Laramee, S.Lajoie, A.Hilton, A.Salvas, R.Stabler
#4: J.Desilets, J.Lalancette, J.Nadeau, A.Lajoie, J.Power, M.Lessard, M.Maresca, A.Leslie
Consi: M.Hebert, J.Ladouceur, A.Hilton, G.Godard, L.Jacksonjr, M.Maresca, A.Salvas, B.Ladouceur, A.Leslie, R.Stabler, F.Murray
Autodrome Granby DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #3 Roster (32)
|0 Shane Pecore/St-Andrews, ONT
2x Martin Lessard/Drummondville, QUE
3a Adam Hilton/Buffalo, NY
3m Mathieu Desjardins/Sorel, QUE
4d Samuel Desrochers/Granby, QC
6 Samuel Lajoie/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
7 Mike Maresca/Hawanna Falls, NY
8 Alexandre Salvas/Sorel, QUE
9 Jonathan Nadeau/St-Francois-du-Lac, QUE
11j Martin Giguere/Sherbrooke, QUE
14 Kevin Chagnon/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
15B Brianna Ladouceur/Cornwall, ONT
15L Adam Leslie/St.Catharines, ONT
16 Martin Hebert/Sorel, QUE
18 Brad Rouse/St.Catharines, ONT
18jr Louie Jackson jr/Akwesasne, NY
21 Jonathan Desilets/St-Julie, QUE
21d Robert Delormier/Akwesasne, NY
23 Mike Stacey/Kahnawake, QC
27a Gilles Godard/Alexandria, ONT
33 Alex Lajoie/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall, ONT
49 Kaven Poliquin/Warwick, QUE
52 Jessica Power/Kingston, ONT
77E Ryan Stabler/Cornwall, ONT
90 Dany Gagne/ Granby, QUE
91 Mathieu Laramee/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
92p Martin Pelletier/Sorel, QUE
92 Joey Ladouceur/Alexandria, ONT
94 Felix Murray/Granby, QUE
98h Justin Lalancette/St-Andrews, ONT
139 Yves Leveillee/Granby, QUE
2014 DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule
Date Track Location
Sun., June 1 Cornwall Speedway Cornwall, Ontario M.Pelletier
Wed., July 2 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville, New York J.Sharp
Mon., July 21 Autodrome Granby Granby, Quebec M.Pelletier
Tues., July 22 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, Quebec
Fri., Sept. 5 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville, NY
Sat., Sept. 6 Merrittville Speedway Merrittville, Ontario
Sun., Sept. 7 Humberstone Speedway Port Colborne, Ontario
Sat., Sept. 13 Mohawk International Raceway Akwesasne, New York
Fri., Sept. 19 Brighton Speedway Brighton, Ontario
Sat., Sept. 20 Le RPM Speedway St. Marcel de Richelieu, QC
Wed., Oct. 8 Cayuga County Fairgrounds Speedway Weedsport, NY
Sat., Oct. 11 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY
Sat., Oct. 18 Brockville Speedway Brockville, Ontario
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