Problems for American drivers Todd Stone and Mike Romano WITH HIS THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON, DAVE CAMARA FINDS HIMSELF ON TOP OF THE STANDINGS AT GRANBY GRANBY, Qu., July 5, 1998 -- By claiming his third victory of the season in the modified ...
Problems for American drivers Todd Stone and Mike Romano
WITH HIS THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON, DAVE CAMARA FINDS HIMSELF ON TOP OF THE STANDINGS AT GRANBY
GRANBY, Qu., July 5, 1998 -- By claiming his third victory of the season in the modified class, last Friday night at Autodrome Granby, Dave Camara has bumped Steve Poirier from the top of the Molson Championship trail. For Camara, it's his first appearance at this very contested spot since the beginning of the season. He is the fourth leader after Mike Romano, Todd Stone and Steve Poirier. For their part, fellow drivers Mike Romano and Todd Stone had problems during this last feature race.
The Poultney, Vermont driver who has also many successes at Fonda, took the green flag from the 12th spot. He let Luke Plante, the pole sitter, lead the field till lap 9. Very fast on the track, Camara took advantage of two yellow flags to take over the field and the lead from Plante of this 30-lap race.
After, Camara was never in trouble but the fans were witnesses of a very good battle for the other top positions. Alain Boisvert had his best night since the beginning of the season by finishing second in front of veteran Claude Brouillard, Dominic Dufault and Steve Poirier.
For a second week in a row, Mike Romano was plagued with mechanical problems and couldn't do better than a 24th place finish just behind Todd Stone. Stone who was the point's leader earlier this season, had to make two pit stops due to brake problems. This situation cost him a lot. He lost the second spot in the standings to slide in the 7th place.
In the heats, earlier in the evening, Marco Potvin and Dominic Dufault were the winners in the modified division involving 28 cars.
Finally It was bound to happen, Louis Bouthillier, last year's rookie in the sportsman division, finally took his first feature of the season. Very regular since the opening night, Bouthillier had to fight very hard with Mario Gigure and Alain Mathieu for this first checkered flag. It's only with five laps remaining of this 20-lap feature that Bouthillier was able to get by Mario Gigure.
Alain Mathieu who should win a feature race very soon, took the second position followed by Mario Gigu=E8re and Mario Clair. By finishing fourth, Clair was able to retain the first place in the Molson standings because, Gerry Patenaude, the most serious contender for this spot, couldn't do better than a 7th place. He is now third with 11 points behind Clair and seven of Mathieu.
A very good challenge also in the late models feature. For a second week in a row, Daniel Belanger took the win in front of defending champion, Stephane Messier and Daniel Messier. This success gave him the occasion to stay in the first place in the BF Goodrich standings while in the tourism class, Stephane Ruel visited the winner's circle for the first time this season. His victims were Andre Bienvenue and Paul Lavoie.
For one, Andre Gauthier, the sole driver of a pick-up truck at Autodrome Granby, didn't make it to the feature and lost the second spot to slip in seventh place.
Finally in the special race involving mechanics of the modified division, this 8-lap challenge was won by Pascal Picotte, a motorcycle road circuit champion. He was driving the Molson Export Troyer of Robert Ranger.
RESULTS 1- 26, Dave Camara 2- 73, Alain Boisvert 3- 3, Claude Brouillard 4- 63, Dominic Dufault 5- 28, Steve Poirier 6- L50, Luke Plante 7- 27, Robert Ranger 8- LP2, Marco Potvin 9- 50, Hugues Mercier 10- 44J, Gino Clair 11- X1 , Gardner Stone 12- 99, David Hebert 13- R39, Clement Therrien 14- 71 , Rejean Plante 15- 4, Leon Gonyo 16- X5, Jean-Guy Primeau 17- 6, Pierre Hebert 18- 76, Richard Salvas 19- 87, Richard Chauvin 20- X50, Renald Daoust, 21- 8 Franeois Becksted 22- 02, Mike Reyell 23- 1X, Todd Stone 24- D50, Mike Romano, 25- 4x, Mike Bruno 26- 95, Alain 24- Langlois 27- 7, Denis Labonte 28- 72, Mario Lajoie.