GRANBY, Que., August 28, 1999â€”Away from the winnerâ€™s circle since May 14th at Autodrome Granby, Steve Poirier finally made it for a second time this season, last Friday night at the occasion of the rescheduled 14th annual Mr. Modified ...
GRANBY, Que., August 28, 1999—Away from the winner’s circle since May 14th at Autodrome Granby, Steve Poirier finally made it for a second time this season, last Friday night at the occasion of the rescheduled 14th annual Mr. Modified Championship sponsored by DJL Construction. By taking the first place in front of American driver, Dave Camara, and Marco Potvin, the TEO Pro Car/Coffrages 20-20/Chester Autos driver was able to earn a few chances to stop Camara from winning his second title in a row.
Forced to withdraw due to mechanical problems at his last start at Granby, Poirier had a very well prepared car for this 40-lap feature. He didn’t loose the chance to thank his mechanics for this second success of the season.
Ninth at the start, Poirier let Alain Boisvert and Marco Potvin battled for the first spot in the early stages of the race. Potvin with an eleventh position on the grid, pleased the fans with a demonstration of his skill. At the second restart, Potvin was in Boisvert’s rear bumper on lap 6. Then two laps later, he was able to get by Boisvert, but Poirier was also looking for the first place. Potvin’s lead only lasted five laps. Following a 5th yellow flag, Poirier who was the fastest driver on the speedplant, was getting by Potvin and never had to look back.
Behind him, fans were witnesses of a very good battle for the two other spots on the podium. Marco Potvin, Dave Camara, Claude Brouillard and Robert Ranger were engaged in that challenge. Finally, Camara who a week before clinched the Fonda Modified Campionship for a second year in a row, had the last word in front of Potvin, Ranger and Brouillard.
This 1999 edition of the Mr. Modified was a perfect night for him since he also won his qualification heat. Marco Potvin and Claude Brouillard were the two other winners while in the Modified 358, Clement Therrien was the best with a seventh overall finish.
Luke Plante did the same performance as Poirier in the Modified 358 12-lap feature. The Sorel driver led all the way to have the best on Real Lafrance and Richard Chauvin. It was his first win since June 11th. Clement Therrien, the most serious threat to Plante’s lead, had to quit the race with two laps remaining after a contact with the retaining wall coming into turn one.
Bouthillier again Once more, Louis Bouhillier had a good night with his 8th win of the season. The points’ leader has only to finish his races for the two last programs to win the title. He his also away by one win to joined Mario Clair for the most wins in a season. Last Friday, his victims were Pierre Raymond and Robert David.
In the Late Models division, Marcel Godbout with his second triumph of the season, had the best on Daniel Bélanger, the defending champion and Jean- Paul Daigneault in the 12-lap feature while Jocelyn Cordeau was able to register his first win in the Tourism division. He was followed by Stephane Ruel and Ernie Bray. The winner in the 4 cylinder division was Patrick Dupont who had a perfect night.
Next Friday, the Empire Super Sprints will be on hand for the second time this year while the season and the races for the titles will end on September 10th .
RESULTS Mr. MODIFIED (40 laps) 1- 28, Steve Poirier 2- 26, Dave Camara 3- 25, Marco Potvin 4- 27, Robert Ranger 5- 3, Claude Brouillard 6- 66, Alain Boisvert 7- 39, Clement Therrien 8- 72, Mario lajoie 9- 24, Luke Plante 10- 50, Hugues Mercier 11- 85, Alain Langlois 12- 11, Rela Lafrance 13- 16, Eric Sundborg 14- 46, Kayle Robidoux 15- 71, Pierre Hebert 16- 47, Gilles Perreault 17- 14, Roch Poulin 18- 8, François Becksted 19- 07, Claude Morissette 20- 21, Jacques Poulin 21- 83, Lloyd Sturtevant 22- 9, Yves Dessureault 23- 57, Gerry Patenaude 24- 22, Mario Clair 25- 44J , Gino Clair 26- 17, Patrick Labonté 27- 2, Martin Gagne 28- 24L, Carl Labonte 29- 4, Leon Gonyo 30- 7, Denis Labonte.