Autodrome Granby Report i999-09-18

GRANBY, Que., September 18th, 1999—Track champion at Autodrome Granby in 1996 and 1997, Steve Paine was perfect last Saturday at Autodrome Granby, when he took the honors of the Carquest 200, the 4th segment of the Mr. Dirt/Hoosier/Sunoco ...

GRANBY, Que., September 18th, 1999—Track champion at Autodrome Granby in 1996 and 1997, Steve Paine was perfect last Saturday at Autodrome Granby, when he took the honors of the Carquest 200, the 4th segment of the Mr. Dirt/Hoosier/Sunoco Series. The Waterloo, NY driver, who had won his qualifying heat, finished ahead of Brett Hearn and Tim Fuller while with a tenth place finish, Steve Poirier was the best Quebec driver.

Thirtheenth on the grid, Paine only needed the last 15 laps to achieve his goal in the race marked by eight yellow flags for a total of 30 laps. Seven different drivers exchanged the lead in nine occasions.

Second at the start, Mike Romano, an other track champion at Granby, took the early lead but on lap 3, he was passed by Danny Johnson, first winner of this annual event at Granby in 1994. Then, his fellow driver Frank Cozze started an interesting challenge for the lead. On lap 34, Cozze was ahead of Johnson, but on the straightaway in front of the flagstand, Johnson had regained his first place. Cozze didn’t quit so easy and by lap 47, again he took the command of this Carquest 200.

Claude Brouillard, who started 29th, made his way up in front to find himself with the leaders. On the first quarter of the 200-lap race, after a yellow flag caused by Mike Romano, most of the front leaders decided to make their mandatory pit stop and this situation gave the lead to Brouillard. Nine laps later, Dominic Dufault was able to overtake Brouillard and led for 25 laps.

After so many lead changes, Alan Johnson, winner of the 1995 and 1997 edition of this Carquest 200, put on end to this chase for the lead.. He was the driver to cross the start- finish line at the halfway mark while Steve Paine had move in third place. Johnson was able to resist to Brett Hearn but with 15 laps remaining, Paine who a few laps before had passed Hearn, took advantage of Johnson’s stop to take his first win in this series this year.

As for Steve Poirier’s finish a flat tire on lap 172 stopped him from doing better than a 10th place finish.

Beside Paine, Alan Johnson, Doug Hoffman, Bob McCreadie, Jacques Poulin and Steve Poirier were winners in their respective heats. In the supporting classes, Eric Archambault was the winner in the Late Models while in the Tourism division, Paul Lavoie, the new champion, had a perfect day.

CARQUEST 200 Results 1- 7x, Steve Paine 2- 3H, Brett Hearn 3- M1, Tim Fuller 4- 91, Billy Decker 5- 27J, Danny Johnson 6- 93, Bobby Varin 7- 94, Tim McCreadie 8- 1H, Doug Hoffman 9- 88, Frank Cozze 10- 28, Steve Poirier 11- 3, Claude Brouillard 12- 24J, Alan Johnson 13- 63, Dominic Dufault 14- 115, Kenny Tremont 15- 56, Pat Ward 16- 27, Robert Ranger 17- 32C, Vic Coffey 18- 12B, Jack Johnson 19- 13, Richard Chauvin 20- 2, Mario Clair 21- 9B, Bob McCreadie 22- 16R, A.J. Romano 23- 72, Mario Lajoie 24- 97, Mike Romano 25- 25, Marco Potvin 26- 5A, Jimmy Horton 27- 85, Alain Langlois 28- 21, Jacques Poulin 29- 7, Denis Labonte 30- 71, Pierre Hébert 31- 33, Robin David 32- 11, Real Lafrance.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Brett Hearn , Tim McCreadie , Bobby Varin