GRANBY, QuÃ©., August 29, 1998 -- Champion of Fonda Speedway since last week, American driver Dave Camara from Poultney, Vermont, has continued his way to the Molson championship, last Friday at Autodrome Granby, by scoring his sixth win of the...
GRANBY, Qué., August 29, 1998 -- Champion of Fonda Speedway since last week, American driver Dave Camara from Poultney, Vermont, has continued his way to the Molson championship, last Friday at Autodrome Granby, by scoring his sixth win of the season. With this victory at the proper moment, Camara has increased his leading margin to 68 points in the modified division.
In this 30-lap feature, Denis Labonté of Victoriaville who was the outside polesitter took the early lead right from the green flag. As for Camara who was seventh on the grid, he found himself in Labonté's rear bumper on the first restart on lap 9. With a secure second place finish, Camara put more pressure on the leader and waited for an opportunity. Knowing that Labonté was having tire problems, he took a chance on lap 26 to fly home with the victory. Claude Brouillard finished third followed by Steve Poirier and Dominic Dufault.
It was a bad night for Camara's fellow companion, Todd Stone of Middlebury, Vermont. Second in the Molson standings before this feature, Stone lost many laps in his pits due to mechanical problems. He finished in the 23rd spot. In the standings, he lost his spot to Steve Poirier who is now 11 points ahead of him. Stone is seriously challenged by Dominic Dufault who is fourth with only six points behind.
At the beginning of the evening, Dominic Dufault and Denis Labonté were the winners in their respective heats.
Robin David was the winner of the sportsman feature. It was his first win of the season. To achieve his goal, David had to fight very intensively with young Éric Sundborg. The exchanged the lead twice before David was able to take it for good. As for Sundborg, mechanical problems on lap 19 of this 20-lap feature send him back in the 17th spot. Alain Mathieu, the points' leader in that division finished second in front of Mario Clair, Louis Bouthillier and Gerry Patenaude, the defending champion who is now trailing Mathieu by 11 points.
Enduro fever Because of the BF Goodrich 200, an Endro race that will be held at Autodrome Granby on September 12, 26 late models were on hand last Friday night. Twenty-two took the green flag in the 10-lap feature which was the affair of Stéphane Michaud. It was his fourth success of the season. His victims were Daniel Messier and Marcel Godbout while in the tourism class, Éric Archambault had a perfect night. He had the best on Paul Lavoie and Jimmy Gagnon. By finishing 21st, Benoit Bérubé lost his lead in the standings which is now occupied by Gilles Ostiguy. Only eight points separate those two drivers.
Next Friday night, it will be the 13th Molson Canada-USA at Autodrome Granby. For the second time this season the Empire Super Sprints will be part of this spectacular program. Again, Mike Woodring should be the favorite.
SPORTSMAN (20 laps)
1- 33, Robin David 2- 77, Alain Mathieu 3- 22, Mario Clair 4- 61, Louis Bouthillier 5- 57, Gerry Patenaude 6- 8, Christian McDermott 7- 15, Pierre Raymond 8-07, Claude Morrissette 9- 44, François Lareau 10- 26, Mario Moreau 11- 88, Dany Lapalme 12- 09, Réjean Fortier 13- 48, Mario Giguère 14- 14, Rock Poulin 15- 60, Wallace Stacey 16- 11, Réal Grisé 17- 16, Éric Sundborg 18- 83, Lloy Sturtevant 19- 59, Yannick Mathieu 20- 84, Alain Beaupré 21- 68, Mark Cross
MODIFIED (30 laps) 1- 26, Dave Camara 2- 7, Denis Labonté 3- 3, Claude Brouillard 4- 28, Steve Poirier 5- 63, Dominic Dufault 6- LP2, Marco Potvin 7- 27, Robert Ranger 8- L50, Luke Plante 9- 44J, Gino Clair 10- 4, Leon Gonyo 11- 72, Mario Lajoie 12- D50, David Hébert 13- 71, Pierre Hébert 14- R39, Clément Therrien 15- 73, Alain Boisvert 16- 75, Jim Munger 17- X5, Jean-Guy Primeau 18- 39, Christian Salvas 19- 02, Mike Reyell 20- 1NY, Gregory Atkins 21- X50, Renald Daoust 22- 87, Richard Chauvin 23- 1X, Todd Stone 24- 50, Hugues Mercier 25- 8, François Becksted 26- 4X, Vern Bruno.