Finally, Steve Poirier takes a first checkered flag at Autodrome Granby GRANBY, QuÃ©., August 18, 2001-When Steve Poirier does something, it's spectacular and with a nice demonstration of his talent. Last Friday night at Autodrome Granby,...
Finally, Steve Poirier takes a first checkered flag at Autodrome Granby
GRANBY, Qué., August 18, 2001-When Steve Poirier does something, it's spectacular and with a nice demonstration of his talent. Last Friday night at Autodrome Granby, Poirier, the Bicknell/Industrie FM driver, was not only in the winner's circle once, not twice but three times. He scored a perfect night and also a first Modified feature win since he accepted Marc Nadeau's ride. After winning his heat race, he went on to clinch the Défi Mod 10x10 (Dash for cash) and finished this perfect evening with his first win in the 30-lap feature in front of Claude Brouillard, Mario Lajoie and Réal Lafrance. Then in the 4 Cylinders division, Pierre Grondin didn't surprise too much with his 10th success of the season to equal his own mark of last season.
From the seventh to the fourth place after eight laps, Poirier saw an opening at the stage of the second restart of that race and he didn't miss his shot for the lead. With this spectacular move, he took Richard Chauvin, Mario Lajoie and Mario Moreau by surprise. After that achievement, he was able to survive to two other caution flags to finally enjoy a first victory at Granby since he accepted to drive Nadeau's car. As for Chauvin, the early leader, he was forced to quit with a lap to go and ended up 14th.
By finishing second to Poirier and with a fourth place finish for Réal Lafrance, Claude Brouillard was able to take back six points to the lead of Lafrance in the Carquest Auto parts standings in that Modified class. Lafrance has now a 41 point margin on Brouillard who will probably not have enough time this season to claim his first Modified title at Autodrome Granby. But you never now. Brouillard, the Teo/Eau Labrador driver, was the winner of the first heat race.
Problems for Mathieu
In the Sportsman division, Alain Mathieu, the points' leader, had better nights as he had to pit twice during that 20-lap feature race. Despite those two unexpected visits to his crew, he managed to save his lead by finishing sixth in the race won by rookie Dany Bilodeau. For Bilodeau, it was his third success of the season. André Gauthier who led the first half, finished second followed by Jacques Poulin, Pierre Raymond and François Beckted.
With 23 cars on the starting grid, the 15-lap feature race in the Late Model division gave fans a lot of action. During many laps, they were running three cars wide on the first two rows. There was a few contacts but nothing to eliminate any drivers. Stéphane Ruel had the last word of this furious challenge followed by Normand Voghell, Yannick Ledoux and Guy Viens.
Tourism champion and without a new motor for his new Sportsman's ride, Jean Boissoneault took his old car to the speedplant because he wanted to race. Fourtenth at the start, he went on the outside of his rivals to find himself in the second spot on lap 11. Unfortunately, a circuit later, he was forced to pit due to a flat tire loosing all the ground he had strongly battled for. With four laps remaining, he managed to finish seventh.
Finally, in the 4 Cylinders class, Pierre Grondin didn't let the occasion go by to register his tenth win of the season. In fact, Yves Beaupré and Éric Haman, the early leaders, had to quit due to mechanical failures and that was enough for Grondin to equal his personal mark established last season.
MODIFIED (30 laps)
1.. 61P, Steve Poirier 2- 3, Claude Brouillard 3- 09, Mario Lajoie 4- 11, Réal Lafrance 5- 5, Mario Moreau 6- 46, Kayle Robidoux 7- 39, Clément Therrien 8- 90, Martin Roy 9- 57, Gerry Patenaude 10- 66, Martin Gagné 11- 72, Gino Clair 12- 66W, Wallace Stacey 13- 28, Martin Hébert 14- 2C, Richard Chauvin 15- 83, Lloyd Sturtevant 16- 22, Mario Clair 17- 121, Richard Pontbriand 18- 4, Leon Gonyo 19- 2B, Claude Marcoux 20- 24L, Carl Labonté.
SPORTSMAN (20 laps)
1- 23, Dany Bilodeau 2- 172, André Gauthier 3- 25, Jacques Poulin 4- 15, Pierre Raymond 5- 8, François Becksted 6- 77, Alain Mathieu 7- 9, Daniel Messier 8- 68A, Arnold Cross 9- 33, Robin David 10- 91, Jasmin Léveillé 11- 85, Éric Boisvert 12- 071, Alain Léveillé 13- 22, René Clair 14- 98, Gilles Lapierre 15- 6, Martin Michaud 16- 88, Steve Brodeur.