Shane Pecore wins first DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Autodrome Drummond

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



Rouse (1-21)

Pecore (22-50)


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


Date   TrackLocation       

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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