Rich Vleck, CORNWALL, ONTARIO, (August 24, 2014)- Jared Zimbardi only needed to start the 25-lap feature to claim the PST Canada Championship, but he did a lot more than that, dominating the A-Main to celebrate the crown in style with his first career win at the tight ¼-mile.
Zimbardi, of Bradford, PA, took the lead from polesitter Alain Bergeron on lap four and showed strengthen in lapped traffic the rest of the way to claim his second Canadian weekend sweep of the year. In the five PST Canada events in 2014, “The Juice” scored four wins and a second-place finish.
This is the first PST Canada Championship for the two-time and defending PST America Championship. Barring anything unforeseen, he is also on pace to claim the USA title as well for a third time this year, a season that has now produced an amazing six PST wins.
Alain Bergeron was able to hang on for his second runner-up finish of the season to secure the second position in the final PST Canada standings. Lee Ladouceur would drive up to finish third in both the race and the standings.
Four-time Conrwall sprint winner Steve Poirier drove up to fourth after redrawing the eighth starting position. Rick Wilson scored his best finish at Cornwall since 2005 as he rounded out the top five for the second straight night.
2013 Cornwall winner Jason Barney was sixth, with Michigan’s Dain Naida crossing in seventh. Mitch Brown was ahead of Wayne Johnson, who rallied to finish ninth after a lap three incident. Quebec’s Alain Boisvert completed the top 10.
The red flag had to be displayed on lap six when Kyle Fraser’s 01 had a soft flip in turn four. For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
Patriot Sprint Tour Canada 25-Lap Feature Finish: 1. 35 Jared Zimbardi, 2. 8b Alain Bergeron, 3. 51 Lee Ladouceur, 4. 28FM Steve Poirier, 5. 42w Rickey Wilson, 6. 87 Jason Barney, 7. 77 Dain Naida, 8. 10 Mitchell Brown, 9. 77x Wayne Johnson, 10. 73 Alain Boisvert, 11. 11J Chris Jones, 12. 24 Devin Caron, 13. 5 Keith Dempster, 14. 0 Glenn Styres, 15. 84 Tyler Rand, 16. 98 Paul Pekkonen, 17. 00 Dane Lorenc, 18. 01 Kyle Fraser, 19. 15aw April Wilson
Four Laps of Fame Dash for Cash Finish: 1. 77 Dain Naida, 2. 98 Paul Pekkonen, 3. 00 Dane Lorenc, 4. 11J Chris Jones, 5. 84 Tyler Rand, 6. 73 Alain Boisvert.
Heat Results (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: Johnson, R. Wilson, Zimbardi, Naida, Dempster, Styres, Caron.
Race 2: Ladouceur, Brown, Pekkonen, Jones, Lorenc, Fraser.
Race 3: Bergeron, Poirier, Barney, Boisvert, Rand, A. Wilson.
Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Standings (Top 10)- Zimbardi 745, Bergeron 686, Ladouceur 666, Brown 651, Jones 613, Fraser 559, R. Wilson 519, A. Wilson 448, Rand 447, Lorenc 363.
Four Laps of Fame Dash Series Standings (Top Five)- D. Just 21, Polyak 17, Knab 16, Evans and Brown 14.
Hard Charger of the Season Standings (Top Five)- Polyak and Lorenc 31, Glover 27, Zimbardi 25, Kreutter and S. Just 23.