Chuck Hebing Takes Borrowed Ride to Empire Super Sprint Victory Lane at Autodrome Granby; Collects over $2,000 for the first Lucas Oil Canadian Invasion Series Event. GRANBY -- QC -- Over the past few seasons, there's been little...
Chuck Hebing Takes Borrowed Ride to Empire Super Sprint Victory Lane at Autodrome Granby; Collects over $2,000 for the first Lucas Oil Canadian Invasion Series Event.
GRANBY -- QC -- Over the past few seasons, there's been little doubt recognizing Ontario, N.Y.'s Chuck Hebing as one of the top sprint car drivers in the Northeast and Canada. On Friday night, a standing room only crowd at Autodrome Granby witnessed a solid effort from start to finish as he won the first Lucas Oil Canadian Invasion Series event for the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) tour brought to you by Jacobs Motorsports. What made the feat noteworthy is that he did it in a car he never even sat in until the evening as a teammate to Jeff Cook.
In a deal struck a little over week ago, Cook prepared a mount, albeit, a brand new Maxim for Hebing to drive at Granby as he would have to leave Canada right after the event was over. "We talked about this a little while back. I always wanted to run here, I came once but got rained out and this time I'm still in the ESS inversion so I wanted to give it a shot." noted Hebing. "Jeff got the car ready and brought it up, I just had to drive my car and bring my helmet and that was it."
Hebing showed speed early by winning the second heat of the night but still had to make some changes before the 25 lap, $2,000 to win Fondations 4 Saisons A-Main took the green flag. "We made some small changes after the heat, it was there but just not quite what I thought we could get out of the car." Hebing mentioned on the preparation of the night. "We got them done and it was a smooth A-Main. I got by Alain (Bergeron) then just tried to stay out of trouble and it worked out."
The field was brought down to the green flag by hard luck Russ Bennett in his Spectro Oils #65 and local favorite Bergeron in front of the packed house. Bergeron's Coffrage Daniel Lampron backed #8B took charge to lead the opening lap and he quickly opened up some distance on the field looking for his first career victory at Granby.
Hebing started in third but it just took him two laps to sling by Bennett to start he chase on the defending ESS champion. Lapped traffic started to figure into the action and that is where Hebing made his move. Coming off turn two, Bergeron got held up just a bit and the door opening was enough for the pass as lap nine was scored. "I got slowed up just enough and that was all he needed." quipped the French-Canadian favorite. "I tried to get close enough to maybe pass him back but couldn't, he was better than me tonight."
Not even a lap 16 caution hindered Hebing's quest as he flew under the checkered flag to collect ESS career win number four. Bergeron came back from his opening night flip at Utica-Rome to claim second ahead of Uitca winner Justin Barger, who charged from thirteenth to take home the Lane's Yamaha hard charger bonus. Cook was in for fourth to make for a memorable night for the Antwerp, N.Y. star with Tommy Wickham taking fifth. Rouding out the top ten were two-time champion Lance Yonge, Steve Poirier, Cory Sparks, another Quebec native in Michael Parent and Bennett.
Only two cautions (the only two of the entire evening) slowed the Fondations 4 Saisons A-Main pace: Brian McDonald looped his sprinter on lap three collecting Keith Dempster and Anthony Cain. Only McDonald did not restart. Mike Stelter made contact with the wall in turn two to bring out the lap 16 yellow.
ESS/GRANBY NOTES -- A total of 23 sprints in the pits for the first of three visits at Autodrome Granby...Making their first starts for 2007 on the Jacobs Motorsports Tour were McDonald, Quebec's Daniel Lampron and Kayle Robidoux, Ohsweken Speedway owner/promoter Glenn Styres as well as teammate Keith Dempster, Jamie Collard made the tow from Western Ontario as well with Rich Van Keuren coming out of a seven year retirement to run the Ryan Jacobs sprinter...Jeff VanDusen broke his cam in the engine while pushing off for the A-Main, he didn't take the green and Van Keuren was added as the alternate...Jessica Zemken also had engine problems under the pace lap which saw her give up her fourth place starting spot to start in the rear...The 10 lap Mira Foundation race for the blind was again a big hit with many television personalities from Montreal on hand taking a liking to the winged warriors...The stars and cars from ESS will make two more visits to the fast half-mile on July 27th and Aug. 30th.
Heat 1 -- Michael Parent, Justin Barger, Lance Yonge, Russ Bennett, Cory Sparks, Normand Beaudreault, Glenn Styres.
Heat 2 -- Chuck Hebing, Jessica Zemken, Steve Poirier, Kayle Robidoux, Mike Stelter, Keith Dempster, Jamie Collard, Rich Van Keuren.
Heat 3 -- Alain Bergeron, Jeff Cook, Jeff VanDusen, Tommy Wickham, Brian McDonald, Bubby Kerrick, Daniel Lampron,
A-MAIN -- CHUCK HEBING, Alain Bergeron, Justin Barger, Jeff Cook, Tommy Wickham, Lance Yonge, Steve Poirier, Cory Sparks, Michael Parent, Russ Bennett, Glenn Styres, Anthony Cain, Bubby Kerrick, Jamie Collard, Daniel Lampron, Normand Beaudreault, Kayle Robidoux, Mike Stelter, Keith Dempster, Jessica Zemken, Brian McDonald, Rich Van Keuren.