Autodrome Granby 1999-07-24

For immediate release Mid-Season Championship at Autodrome Granby ALL NIGHT LONG, MARCO POTVIN WAS UNTOUCHABLE GRANBY, Que., July 24 1999 -- After winning the first heat of the night for the Modified division, Marco Potvin from Sorel, the ...

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Mid-Season Championship at Autodrome Granby ALL NIGHT LONG, MARCO POTVIN WAS UNTOUCHABLE

GRANBY, Que., July 24 1999 -- After winning the first heat of the night for the Modified division, Marco Potvin from Sorel, the driver of the Transport Dion/Coca-Cola/Total Race Supply Troyer of the Daoust brothers, survived six restarts in the 40-lap feature to claim the honors of the 14th edition of the Mid-Season Championship at Autodrome Granby, last Friday night. For Potvin, it was his second feature win of the season and also the second one of this classic. He was the winner in 1988.

Potvin who took the green in third place, was able to take the lead over Alain Boisvert on lap 4 when Boisvert did a little driving mistake coming into turn 4. Boisvert was then able to hold on to the second spot until lap 16 while as usual, Dave Camara, the track champion, had managed his way from his 11th place to the second.

Second, two laps later, the American started to put pressure on Potvin and in four occasions, Camara was beside Potvin on restarts. With the fastest car on the speedplant, Potvin did not loose his concentration by the presence of Camara. He went on for a strong win which pleased all the fans in the stands. As for Boisvert, he was forced to withdraw on lap 22 after tangling with François Becksted.

Always in the battle for the 1999 title at Granby, Steve Poirier finished third followed by Claude Brouillard and David Hebert.

Besides Potvin, Steve Poirier and Alain Boisvert were in the winner's circle in their respective heats. There were 34 Modified cars on hand for this spectacular evening.

Very popular among the fans, the 12-lap special feature for small blocks was the affair of Clement Therrien. It was his fifth win of the season so far and he had the best on Gerry Patenaude and Kayle Robidoux, two rookies. First in the standings, Luke Plante was the fourth driver to cross the finish line.

Winner of this Mid-Season Championship, last year, Louis Bouthillier was able to make it for the second time in a row. By winning this 25-lap feature in the Sportsman class, the Roxton Falls driver had a perfect night. Twelfth at the start, Bouthillier got by Pierre Raymond on lap 17 to take the checkered flag. Raymond was second and Mario Moreau, third.

In the Late Models division, Stephane Michaud was in the winner's circle for the seventh time this season. He was followed by Alain Brochu, Daniel Messier and Daniel Belanger. Stephane Ruel was the winner in the Amateur category while Etienne Graveline had the same success in the 4 cylinders.

RESULTS MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP MODIFIED (40 Laps) 1- 25, Marco Potvin 2- 26, Dave Camara 3- 28, Steve Poirier 4- 3, Claude Brouillard 5- 1, David Hebert 6- 27, Robert Ranger 7- 7, Denis Labonte 8- 39, Clement Therrien 9- 72, Mario Lajoie 10- 24, Luke Plante 11- 44J, Gino Clair 12- 11, Real Lafrance 13- 50, Hugues Mercier 14- 13, Richard Chauvin 15- 71, Pierre Hebert 16- 24L, Carl Labonte 17- 85, Alain Langlois 18- 11J, Jerry Pinnock 19- 21, Jacques Poulin 20- 46, Kayle Robidoux 21- 47, Gilles Perreault 22- 91,Michel Pelletier 23- 9, Yves Dessureault 24- 35, Vincent Lamer 25-02, Mike Reyell 26- 57, Gerry Patenaude 27- 22, Mario Clair 28- 8, François Becksted 29- 66, Alain Boisvert 30- 17, Patrick Labonte 31- 14, Roch Poulin 32- 4, Leon Gonyo

SMALL BLOCKS (12 laps)

1- 39, Clement Therrien 2- 57, Gerry Patenaude 3- 46, Kayle Robidoux 4- 24, Luke Plante 5- 8, François Becksted 6- 11, Real Lafrance 7- 11J, Jerry Pinnock 8- 24L, Carl Labonte 9- 91, Michel Pelletier 10- 47, Gilles Perreault 11- 21, Jacques Poulin 12- 9, Yves Dessureault 13- 02, Mike Reyell 14- 35, Vincent Lamer 15- 13, Richard Chauvin 16- 4, Leon Gonyo.

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