The suspense lasted till the end A SECOND WIN FOR DAVE CAMARA AT AUTODROME GRANBY GRANB, Que., June 5, 1999 -- Dave Camara from Poultney, Vermont, the defending track champion at Autodrome Granby, was back in the winner's circle for the second...
The suspense lasted till the end A SECOND WIN FOR DAVE CAMARA AT AUTODROME GRANBY
GRANB, Que., June 5, 1999 -- Dave Camara from Poultney, Vermont, the defending track champion at Autodrome Granby, was back in the winner's circle for the second time this season, last Friday night at this popular speedplant of the Eastern Townships fo Quebec rpovince. But it wasn't Camara's victory that the fans will remember but the fact that due to ten restarts, the suspense lasted till the end of this 30-lap feature race in the Modified division. Camara took the checkered flag only by a few feet in front of Steve Poirier and Mario Lajoie finished third.
Pole sitter in the race, Alain Boisvert took the early lead followed by Mario Lajoie and Denis Labonte.Then on lap 9, Labonte was forced to withdraw due to motor problems. Meanwhile, Steve Poirier who was eleventh on the grid had a chance to move up in third place, just behind Labonte.
Now second, Poirier started challenging Boisvert, but five laps later, on the occasion of a sixth yellow flag, Poirier was also forced to leave his position and visit his pit due to brakes problems. This unscheduled visit to the pit for Poirier gave Camara the occasion to take the second spot and fight for the lead. Four laps later, he pass Boivert's Budweiser Troyer. After that, Camara had to survive three more restarts, two with Poirier on his side. For the second time of the evening, Poirier was able to come back from the back of the field and the crowd was pleased by his outstanding performance.
As for the small blocks, Luke Plante from Sorel with a seventh place overall, took his fifth straight victory. After the race, Plante complained about poor track conditions, but Camara, the race winner didn't have the same opinion. Clement Therrien was second in this division followed by Leon Gonyo, the defending champion in this category.
Earlier in the evening, Alain Boisvert and Mario Lajoie were the winners in their respective heats.
After many years in the Sportsman class, Christian McDermott was very often among the top three, but never had a win. Last Friday, lady luck was with him all the way and he led this 20-lap feature despite a serious charge from Louis Bouthillier on the last stages of the race. Robin David was third.
Then, in the Late Model division, Daniel Messier from Sorel was the one who put an end to Stephane Michaud winning streak. Michaud who had four straight victories so far was fourth in this 12-lap race. Ian Bussiere who led eleven laps finished second followed by Daniel Belanger, the class champion in 1998.
Paul Lavoie scored his first triumph in the Tourism division by having the best on Stephane Ruel and Benoit Berube. Etienne Graveline was in the winner's circle for the second time this season in the 4 cylinder division.
MODIFIED (30 laps)
1- 26, Dave Camara 2- 28, Steve Poirier 3- 72, Mario Lajoie 4- 25, Marco Potvin 5- 66, Alain Boisvert 6- 27, Robert Ranger 7- 24, Luke Plante 8- R39, Clement Therrien 9- 16, Eric Sundborg 10- 4, Leon Gonyo 11- 24L, Carl Labonte 12- 17, Patrick Labonte 13- 46, Kayle Robidoux 14- 02, Mike Reyell 15- 23, Renald Daoust 16- 9, Yves Dessureault 17- 61, Marc Nadeau 18- 22, Mario Clair 19- 3, Claude Brouillard 20- 44J, Gino Clair 21- 71, Pierre Hebert 22- 7, Denis Labonte 23- 57, Gerry Patenaude 24- 85, Alain Langlois 25- 21, Jean-Marc Moreau 26- 50, Hugues Mercier.