GRANBY, QuÃ©., July 12, 2000â€”Nothing seems to stop veteran driver Danny Johnson in the battle for the most two important titles on the DIRT circuit. Last Tuesday, at the occasion of the 15th annual Molson International, the Sweetners Plus/Troyer...
GRANBY, Qué., July 12, 2000—Nothing seems to stop veteran driver Danny Johnson in the battle for the most two important titles on the DIRT circuit. Last Tuesday, at the occasion of the 15th annual Molson International, the Sweetners Plus/Troyer driver, went on to register his second consecutive success at Autodrome Granby and also his second straight win in this Molson International. After winning the Sunoco/Hoosier race for Modified 358 last June, Johnson, by having the best on Brett Hearn and Vic Coffey, scored his third win in this Advance Auto Parts Series. Young sensation Steve Poirier was the best Quebecer with an eighth place finish.
Twelfth of a 32 car field at the start, Johnson saw Mike Perrotte taking the early lead in this 100-lap feature race. Then, on lap 10, following the first of four yellow flags, Brett Hearn was able to make a move on Perrotte. At this stage, Johnson was sitting in fifth place. Following, a second restart, one lap later, Johnson with his well-known skill, took the second spot by winning a serious challenge with Vic Coffey and Mike Perrotte. A few laps before, Paine, the winner the night before at Drummondville, was doing fine until he tried to pass between Hearn and Coffey. Unfortunately,the cars collided together and Paine was forced to do an unexpected pit stop.
At thatmoment, Johnson started to challenge seriously Hearn and little a visit out of the groove on lap 40 gave a chance to Johnson to take the first spot. Following that pass, Hearn tried to regain his lead but, Johnson never let him go by. From lap 70 till the end, Hearn couldn’t give a serious shot at Johnson due to heavy traffic on the speedplant. He finished second followed by a steady Vic Coffey who preserved his third place all night long.
Kenny Tremont, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker and Steve Poirier were the ones who animated this Molson International by looking for the best finish in the first ten spots. Most of the fans were watching Steve Poirier, the local favorite. Seventh at the start, Poirier, early in the race, was able to gain one spot but after, due to used tires, he dropped back in eighth place.
Finally, Fuller is the one who was able to take the fourth place followed by Al Johnson, Billy Decker and Steve Paine who had made a good comeback from the end of the field.
In the heat races, Vic Coffey, Danny Johnson, Mike Perrotte, Andy Bachetti and Denis Labonté were the winners while in the time trails, Tim McCreadie was the fastest driver of the evening with a lap of 20,367 seconds. Dominic Dufault was the best local driver with a time which was of 20.656 to equal Alan Johnson. As for Danny Johnson, he made the seventh best time, not good enough to take part in the dash cash that was won by Tim McCreadie followed by Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker and Dominic Dufault.
In the supporting classes for this Molson International, Robert Gagné scored his first victory of this season in the Late Model division. He was followed Daniel Messier and Normand Voghell while in the Tourism class, Jocelyn Cordeau had the best on André Gauthier and Benoit Bérubé.
MOLSON INTERNATIONAL (100 laps)
Advance Auto Parts Series (Race 6)
1- 27j, Danny Johnson 2- 3h, Brett Hearn 3- 32c, Vic Coffey 4- M1, Tim Fuller 5- 1p, Alan Johnson 6- 91, Billy Decker 7- 7x, Steve Paine 8- 28, Steve Poirier 9- 115, Kenny Tremont 10- 56, Pat Ward 11- 27h, Doug Hoffman 12- 35, Mike Perrotte (99 laps) 13- 18, Bobby Varin 14- 63, Dominic Dufault 15- 22, Mario Clair 16- 4b, Andy Bachetti 17- 46, Gary Tomkins (98 laps), 18- 124, Pierre Dagenais (97 laps) 19- 9j, Josh Skarzenski (96 laps) 20- 9, Tim McCreadie 21- 66, Louis Bouthillier (68 laps) 22- Pr 27, Robert Ranger (65 laps) 23- 50, Hugues Mercier (53 laps) 24- 39, Clément Therrien (50 laps) 25- 73, Alain Boisvert (48 laps) 26- 31, Richard Chauvin (45 laps) 27- 29, Jeff Brownell (40 laps) 28- 3, Claude Brouillard (28 laps) 29- 7, Denis Labonté (23 laps) 30- 11, Réal Lafrance (5 laps) 31- 31c Todd Milton (1 lap) 32- 7xxChuck Bower (1 lap)