Pecore wrestles the lead from Sportsman standout Brad Rouse
DRUMMOND, QUEBEC – Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 – Martin Bélanger, DIRTcar Correspondent – A hot and humid Tuesday greeted DIRTcar Sportsman Series driver to Autodrome Drummond for round 4 of the Series as a fine field gathered for the 50-lap event. Shane Pecore collected his first win on the DIRTcar Sportsman tour in an eventful race.
Yves Leveille and Brad Rouse were on the front row of the 30-car field that took the initial green. Defending Series champion Rouse took first over Leveille and Shane Pecore held the third spot.
Rouse had built a small margin over Leveillee with 10 laps down as the leaders reached slower cars. Pecore was able to pass Leveillee for second as Martin Pelletier cracked the top 5 just before the first caution occurred on lap 20 for Maxime Blain.
On the restart, Mathieu Desjardins had a great start and passed 3 cars moving up to third and Shane Pecore got the lead just before Andy Brulotte stopped in the infield and the yellow lights came out on lap 22.
When the green was waved, Pecore stayed in front over Rouse, Desjardins, Leveille and Mike Maresca as this front five reached halfway point in that order. Kaven Poliquin brought the third caution on the 26th lap.
The order remained unchanged as the green lights were back. Desjardins lost a wheel in front of the grandstand and lost his valuable third place with 15 laps to go.
On the green, several leaders including current Series points leader Martin Pelletier, Mike Maresca, Joey Ladouceur and Yves Leveillee were involved in a collision that brought the red flag.
Pecore took to the lead on the restart with Etienne Cournoyer challenging Rouse for second spot and Jonathan Desilets and Corey Wheeler composing the new top 5 with 10 laps to go.
The No. 0 car got a sizeable lead over and never looked back to get his win ever victory on the DIRTcar Sportsman Series.
“The car was great,” Pecore said. “I have to thank my whole team on giving me a great machine and winning in Drummond is good as we are aiming for the DIRTcar Series.”
Brad Rouse was pleased with a second-place finish.
“It is always fun coming up here,” Rouse said. “I enjoy the tracks and the fans, even though it’s a long haul to get here.”
Local runner Jonathan Desilets finished third.
“Finishing this high with the kind of competition tonight is really special,” Desilets said. “We are trying hard to get better each week.”
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series will take a 5-week break and will be back in action for a 3-race western swing in early September at Ramsomville, Merrittville and Humberstone Speedways.
DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #4—Autodrome Drummond, July 20th, 2014 Event Summary
50 laps Feature Results: Shane Pecore, Brad Rouse, Jonathan Desilets, Corey Wheeler, Adam Hilton, Dany Gagne, Kevin Chagnon, Adam Leslie, Jessica Power, Dominic Doyon, Mike Stacey, Yves Leveillee, Samuel Lajoie, Martin Giguere, Pat Dumouchel, JF Arpin, Etienne Cournoyer, Ryan Stabler, Sebastien Bourque, Martin Pelletier, Mathieu Desjardins, Justin Lalancette, Mike Maresca, Joey Ladouceur, Mathieu Laramee, Louie Jackson, Kaven Poliquin, Maxime Blain, Andy Brulotte, Felix Murray
Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 went to redraw, 5 to feature)
#1: S.Pecore, J.Ladouceur, M.Blain, J.Lalancette, M.Laramee, K.Chagnon, M.Giguere, G.Godard, M.Lessard, S.Lajoie
#2: D.Gagne, J,Desilets, C.Wheeler, M.Desjardins, D.Doyon, A.Brulotte, S.Lajoie, B.Ladouceur, R.Stabler, B.Ladouceur, R.Croteau
#3: M.Pelletier, B.Rouse, Y.Leveillee, A.Leslie, A.Hilton, M.Stacey, L.Jacksonjr, S.Leclerc, M.Genest, R.Delormier
#4: M.Maresca, K.Poliquin, E.Cournoyer, JF Arpin, P.Dumouchel, J.Power, S.Bourque, F.Murray, A.Leclerc, D.Paryzo
Autodrome Drummond DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #4 Roster (40)
|0 Shane Pecore/St-Andrews, ONT1 Sylvain Leclerc/Victoriaville, QUE
2x Martin Lessard/Drummondville, QUE
3a Adam Hilton/Buffalo, NY
3d Patrice Dumouchel/Beauharnois, QUE
3jc Mario Genest/Mont-Carmel, QUE
3m Mathieu Desjardins/Sorel, QUE
3x Andy Brulotte/Granby, QUE
6 Mikael Richard/Drummondville, QUE
7 Mike Maresca/Hawanna Falls, NY
11 Alexandre Leclerc/Victoriaville, QUE
11j Martin Giguere/Sherbrooke, QUE
14 Kevin Chagnon/St-Hyacinthe, QUE
15B Brianna Ladouceur/Cornwall, ONT
15L Adam Leslie/St.Catharines, ONT
18 Brad Rouse/St.Catharines, ONT
18 Etienne Cournoyer/Sorel, QUE
18jr Louie Jackson jr/Akwesasne, NY
20 Jean-Francois Arpin/St-Guillaume, QUE
21 Jonathan Desilets/St-Julie, QUE
21d Robert Delormier/Akwesasne, NY
23 Mike Stacey/Kahnawake, QC
24 Maxime Blain/Montarville, QUE
27a Gilles Godard/Alexandria, ONT
47s Corey Wheeler/Cornwall, ONT
48B Sebastien Bourque/Drummondville, QUE
49 Kaven Poliquin/Warwick, QUE
52 Jessica Power/Kingston, ONT
60 Dave Paryzo/Drummondville, QUE
72 Samuel Lajoie/Acton Vale, QUE
77E Ryan Stabler/Cornwall, ONT
82 Renaud Croteau/Drummondville, QUE
88 Dominic Doyon/St-Guillaume, QUE
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
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 S.Pecore
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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