GRANBY, Que., July 31, 1999-Steve Poirier of St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Dave Camara's most serious contender for the Molson title in the Modified class, saw the victory go by, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby and Camara took advantage of the ...
GRANBY, Que., July 31, 1999-Steve Poirier of St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Dave Camara's most serious contender for the Molson title in the Modified class, saw the victory go by, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby and Camara took advantage of the situation to score his sixth success of the season. In fact, a yellow flag 6 laps from the checkered caused Poirier's deception.
+ Without this yellow flag on lap 24, I would never have been able to take the victory because Steve had a good lead margin. For me, it was impossible to catch him, ; said Camara in the winner's circle.
In this 30-lap feature, with only three yellow flags, Leon Gonyo who was sitting on the first row at the start, led during the first four laps until the first caution flag came out due to an accident involving many cars in turn two. Seventh at the start, Poirier was the fastest of this first restart. During eight laps, David Hebert who had his best night since he took over the steering of the X-Tend Bicknell formerly driven by Steve Paine the past three years, had a good battle for second place with Camara.
Winner of this confrontation, Hebert started to move on Poirier at the halfway mark and often came to his side. Poirier never fell to the pressure but on the last restart on lap 24, they were both beaten by Camara who couldn't let this opportunity passed by. Marco Potvin was the fourth driver to cross the finish line while the best driver in the small blocks was Leon Gonyo with a seventh place finish.
On this Prolab/Formule Ford night due to the sole annual visit of the URC sprint cars, there were 35 modified cars in the pits. Hugues Mercier, Dave Camara and Claude Brouillard were the winners in their respective heats while Alain Boisvert lost all chances to get in the feature race due to an accident with Claude Brouillard in the third one.
In the 12-lap Modified 358 feature, Mario Lajoie signed his 6th success to beat Luke Plante in this chapter. This time, his victimes were Real Lafrance, Leon Gonyo, Richard Chauvin and Luke Plante.
Claude Tremblay was the feature winner in the Tourism class. He had the best on Paul Lavoie and Stephane Ruel while young Jean Boissonneault was 17th. Despite this unusual result for him, Boissonneault was able to hold on to the second spot in the standings. No surprises in the new 4-cylinder category, Etienne Graveline made it three in a row for a card of seven wins since this class is on.
Premiere Nearly 5,000 fans took advantage of the end of this popular vacation period in Quebec to witness the sole presence of the URC sprint cars at Granby this season. This 25-lap feature was very fast since only one yellow flag on lap 24 slowed down the pace.
In his first appearance on Canadian soil, Brian Seidel which is not a regular URC driver, led the entire race to have the best on Sean Micheal, the URC points' leader. Micheal and Fran Hogue had a very goob battle for second place and it's only on the very last lap that Micheal was able to outdistance Hogue. Becca Anderson, the sole woman in this select group, took the 4th spot and Kramer Williamson, a favorite at Granby, was not able to do better than an 8th place finish.
MODIFIED (30 laps) 1- 26, Dave Camara 2- 28, Steve Poirier 3- 1, David Hebert 4- 25, Marco Potvin 5- 72, Mario Lajoie 6- 50, Hugues Mercier 7- 4, Leon Gonyo 8- 3, Claude Brouillard 9- 27, Robert Ranger 10- 39, Clement Therrien 11- 7, Denis Labonte 12- 11, Real Lafrance 13- 24, Luke Plante 14- 44J, Gino Clair 15- 46, Kayle Robidoux 16- 14, Roch Poulin 17- 13, Richard Chauvin 18- 22, Mario Clair 19- 57, Gerry Patenaude 20- 8, Frangois Becksted 21- 71, Pierre Hebert 22- 21, Jacques Poulin 23- 85, Alain Langlois 24- 16, Eric Sundborg 25- 02, Mike Reyell 26- 83, Lloyd Sturtevant 27- 28a, Luke Angers 28- 24L, Carl Labonte 29- 9, Yves Dessureault 30- 17, Patrick Labonte 31- 91, Michel Pelletier 32- 35, Vincent Lamer 33- 07, Claude Morissette.
URC sprint cars (25 laps) 1- 19, Brian Seidel 2- 99, Sean Michael 3- 39, Fran Hogue 4- 84, Becca Anderson 5- 669, Dave McGough 6- 25e,Jon Eldreth 7- 63, Greg Coverdale 8- 2, Kramer Williamson 9- 1, Scott Pursell 10- X, Jeremy Trout 11- 3, Dave Gable 12- 3m, Dan Massey 13- 27, Billy Ellis 14- 24, Mike Haggenbottom 15- 89, Fred Kennedy 16- 31, Jim Higgins 17- 42, Joel Lehman 18- 25, Kevin Eldreth 19- 88, John Barnett 20- 54, Glen Clarke 21- 89x, Mike Stoer 22- 97, Chris Coyle 23- 8, Midge Miller 24- x1, Todd Hise 25- 33, Hayne Patterson.