GRANBY, Que., May 21, 2000-- Veteran Robert Ranger at the wheel of his Coors Light/Troyer saw his efforts paid dividens, last Friday at Autodrome Granby, when he took the honors of the feature race for the Modified division. For this Roxton Pond...
GRANBY, Que., May 21, 2000-- Veteran Robert Ranger at the wheel of his Coors Light/Troyer saw his efforts paid dividens, last Friday at Autodrome Granby, when he took the honors of the feature race for the Modified division. For this Roxton Pond driver, it was his first win since the 1994 season. To achieve his goal, Ranger had to resist to a last minute challenge from young Steve Poirier. Dominic Dufault took the third place followed by Richard Chauvin and Claude Brouillard.
Then, for a second week in a row, Real Lafrance from St-Hyacinthe drove his H. Cordeau Transport/Bicknell to the winner's circle after a strong challenge sith Clement Therrien, the track champion in the Modified 358 class. Mario Moreau was the third driver to cross the start-finish line.
As for Ranger, he took the green flag from the sixth place on the starting grid. He took the lead on lap 4 after an excellent manoeuvre on Pierre Hebert, the leader from the start. Then, Ranger wasn't upset by his opponents till Steve Poirier was able to get through traffic and slower cars. On the restart after the second yellow flag and this with one lap remaining in this 30-lap feature, Poirier passed Richard Chauvin for the second place but he had not enough time left to catch Ranger.
Earlier in the evening, Alain Boisvert and Robert Ranger were the winners in their respective heats.
From the start In the 20-lap feature for the Modified 358 division, a spectacular accident occurred at the start. Claude Brouillard and American driver Chad Miller had to quit and could not take the restart. Richard Chauvin was luckier and took place at the end of the field.
Clement Therrien is the driver who took the early lead followed by Mario Moreau while, Lafrance who started eleventh, started his way up front. Third after the first yellow flag at midway, Lafrance had a chance to slip in the second spot on the next lap after the second caution flag. At the restart, Lafrance was faster than Therrien for the lead. Therrien never quit the challenge and it was a tight finish. Mario Moreau took the third place.
In the Late Model division, Stephane Ruel from Bromont had a perfect night. Winner of the qualification heat, he repeated his performance in the 12-lap feature to have the best on Éric Archambault and Michel Pelletier. At the start, Paul Lavoie, Normand Voghell and Jean-Paul Daigneault were eliminated from the race due to an accident in turn one.
Stephane Langlois made it wire-to-wire in the Tourism class. His victims were Jean Boissonneault and Jocelyn Cordeau while in the 4 Cylinder division, Patrick Dupont scored his first win of the season. <pre> RESULTS MODIFIED (30 laps)
1- 27, Robert Ranger 2- 28, Steve Poirier 3- 63, Dominic Dufault 4- 31, Richard Chauvin 5- 3, Claude Brouillard 6- 50, Hugues Mercier 7- 73, Alain Boisvert 8- 39, Clement Therrien 9- 66, Louis Bouthillier 10- 15, Pierre Raymond 11- 24, Stephane Michaud 12- 8, François Becksted 13- 46, Kayle Robidoux 14- 28, Alain P. Poirier 15- 47, Gilles Perreault 18- 5, Yves Dessureault 19- 22, Mario Clair 20- 71, Pierre Hebert 21- 5, Mario Moreau 22- 06, Francis McNeil 23- 33, Robin David 24- 11, Real Lafrance
MODIFIED 358 (20 laps) 1- 11, Real Lafrance 2- 39, Clement Therrien 3- 5, Mario Moreau 4- 15, Pierre Raymond 5- 24, Stephane Michaud 6- 31, Richard Chauvin 7- 8, François Becksted 8- 46, Kayle Robidoux 9- 83, Lloyd Sturtevant 10- 47, Gilles Perreault 11- 33, Robin David 12- 4, Leon Gonyo 13- 83, Guy Ouellet 14- 66, Wallace Stacey 15- 91, Michel Pelletier 16- 5, Yves Dessureault 17- 06, Francis McNeil 18- 61, Chad Miller 19- 2, Claude Brouillard.