By Martin Bélanger
GRANBY, Que. – June 10, 2016 –
GRANBY, Que. – June 10, 2016 – Autodrome Granby kicked off the 2016 DIRTcar Northeast Pro Stock Series schedule as local standout Stephane Lemire was a man on a mission as he led most of the race capturing the first event of the season in the series.
Francois Adam and Stephane Lemire were on the front row of the 33-car starting grid for the 47-lap event, Lemire was the early leader as Adam was on his back bumper with Jocelyn Roy in third. A good battle for the lead was occurring as Guy Viens took third spot as PJ Peters caused the first caution on lap 6 with a left rear flat tire.
Lemire remained in the lead for three more laps as Bruno Cyr slowed in the backstretch slowing the field down. On the start, Adam took the lead away from Lemire as defending series champion Dave Bissonnette was now in the mix. The Cornwall, Ontario-resident used the outside lane and was challenging Lemire for second with 15 laps in the books.
Lemire was strong on the inside and caught up to the leader as both cars ran side-by-side with Lemire back in the front spot just before Jeffrey Lapalme spun out in turn 4 with 27 laps to go.
Lemire drove his No. 115 car to the lead with Adam, Bissonnette, Rock Aubin and Stephane Lebrun behind him at the halfway point. Bissonnette was comfortable using the high lane and was running side-by-side with Adam for second as Lapalme slowed the field with 28 laps in the record book.
Lemire kept the first position as the battle continued for second between Adam and Bissonnette. A restart saw contender Alain Brochu hit the inside wall with only a dozen laps to go.
Bissonnette used the outside groove to take second from Adam on lap 39 while Bruno Cyr spun out in turn four with 6 laps to go.
Lemire led the final laps and captured the feature over Francois Adam and Dave Bissonnette on the podium.
‘’My car stuck to inside for the whole race’’ Lemire said in the winner circle. ‘’I almost opted for the outside of the final restart but I saw Bissonnette and decided to stay in and it paid off!’’
The DIRTcar Pro Stock series returns to action in Western New York for a doubleheader at Albany Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 22 and 23.
DIRTcar Pro-Stock Series Race #1—Autodrome Granby, June 10, 2016 – Event Summary
Feature Results: Stephane Lemire, Francois Adam, Dave Bissonnette, Stephane Lebrun, Roch Aubin, Jocelyn Roy, Steve Chaput, Stephane Lariviere, CD Beauchamp, Robbie Speed, Guy Viens, Marc Lalonde, Jocelyn Chicoine, Andre Cossette, Pascal Payeur, Bruno Cyr, Preston Forbes, Gus Hollner, Dominik Blais, Serge Lemonde, Richard Bertrand, Jeffrey Lapalme, Rolland Hebert, Alain Brochu, Justin Desrosiers, Dean Charbonneau, Norman Voghell, Terry Ladouceur, Robert Larocque, PJ Peters, Michel Larocque, Dustin Bradley, Dany Voghel (DNS). LAP LEADERS: Lemire (1-9); Adam (10-19); Lemire (20-47)
Heat Race 1 (8 laps, top 4 went to redraw) – Stephane Lemire, Roch Aubin, Jocelyn Roy, Guy Viens, Jocelyn Chicoine, Robert Larocque, Pascal Payeur, Terry Ladouceur, Preston Forbes, Dominik Blais, Jeffrey Lapalme
Heat Race 2 (8 laps, top 4 went to redraw) – Bruno Cyr, Alain Brochu, Stephane Lariviere, Francois Adam, Marc Lalonde, Dean Charbonneau, Andre Cossette, CD Beauchamp, Serge Lemonde, Dany Voghel, Justin Desrosiers
Heat Race 3 (8 laps, top 4 went to redraw) – Dave Bissonnette, PJ Peters, Normand Voghell, Richard Bertrand, Rolland Hebert, Stephane Lebrun, Gus Hollner, Steve Chaput, Michel Larocque, Robbie Speed, Dustin Bradley
2016 DIRTcar Pro-Stock Series Schedule
Date Laps Location Winner
June 10, 2016 47 Autodrome Granby Stephane Lemire
July 22, 2016 35 Albany-Saratoga Speedway
July 23, 2016 30 Lebanon Valley Speedway
July 31, 2016 50 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Sept.9, 2016 50 RPM Speedway
Sept.10, 2016 50 Autodrome Drummond
Sept.17, 2016 50 Mohawk International Raceway
Sept.23, 2016 50 Fonda Speedway
Oct.9, 2016 25 Central NY Raceway Park
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