Rich Vleck, CORNWALL, ONTARIO, (July 19, 2015)- When Steve Poirier slipped over the banking while leading Saturday Night at Cornwall, it would not be hard to believe that he would work quick to get back up front. On Sunday Night, he used one of his best tracks to command from start to finish.
Poirier, of St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Quebec, led all 25 laps of the Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Series event at Cornwall Motor Speedway, the 250th points-paying race in Patriot Sprint Tour history.
Persistent showers throughout the afternoon made for blistering speeds around the locked-down quarter-mile. With rain in the area, the feature was run shortly after the heat races, not giving the track much time to slow down. With a fast track, Poirier drawing the pole sure was a benefit, but it also meant he could not afford a single mistake.
Poirier held command throughout the race, but it was local favorite Lee Ladouceur who was working hard to go after his first career PST win. Ladouceur won his heat but redraw the seventh starting position and had to dig throughout the race, he closed within a half second down the stretch while in lapped traffic, but Poirier was not to be denied.
The win was the 12th career Patriot win for Poirier, his second one at Cornwall. In all, Poirier has now won an amazing five of the 10 sprint car events he has run at Cornwall.
Ladouceur completed a solid weekend with two impressive drives forward, coming in second. The best part of the weekend would come later in the night as the Alexandria, Ontario driver would win the modified portion of the event. Ladouceur took the runner-up spot away from Glenn Styres on lap 20, sending back Styres to third, where he would finish up after making the long drive up that afternoon from Southern Ontario. Fellow Southern Ontario drivers Mitch Brown and Justin Martin completed the top five.
Jason Barney had to start back in 14th but was able to drive up to finish in sixth and take back the PST Canada point lead heading in to the final two events next month. Jordan Poirier was in seventh, while Jared Zimbardi, the 2014 Cornwall winner, was eighth after slipping up in the early stages of the event. Yan Bilodeau and Devin Caron completed the top 10.
A host of drivers ran laps in the low 11-second range during the night, but the fast speeds also resulted in a flip for Paul Pekkonen in heat race one and force the No. 98 to scratch for the feature.
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Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Series Results: 7/19/2015, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ontario, CANADA.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Steve Poirier (28FM), 2. Lee Ladouceur (51L), 3. Glenn Styres (0), 4. Mitch Brown (10), 5. Justin Martin (7m), 6. Jason Barney (87), 7. Jordan Poirier (20FM), 8. Jared Zimbardi (35), 9. Yan Bilodeau (123), 10. Devin Caron (24k), 11. Chris Jones (11J), 12. Michael Parent (25), 13. Alain Bergeron (8B), 14. Kyle Fraser (01), 15. Rick Wilson (42w), 16. April Wilson (15aw), 17. Etienne Girard (422), DNS: Paul Pekkonen (98).
Lap Leaders- Poirier 1-25.
Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: Zimbardi, Styres, Jones, Fraser, Pekkonen
Race 2: Brown, A. Wilson, Martin, R. Wilson, Barney, Bergeron.
Race 3: Ladouceur, J. Poirier, S. Poirier, Bilodeau, Caron, Parent.
Hoosier Tire Canada/ Mike Emhof Motorsports Recipient: Styres.
Pole Position Raceway Pole Winner: Poirier
Patriot Sprint Tour Canada Series Point Standings (Top 10)- Barney 555, Zimbardi 549, Brown 522, Martin 467, Bergeron 452, Styres 385, Jones 341, Fraser 334, Howland and S. Poirier 282.
Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame Dash Series Standings (Top Five)- Kreutter 20, Collins 19, Zimbardi 18, Durand 15, Habeck S. Just and Reakes 12.
Patriot Tank Lines Hard Charger of the Season Standings (Top Five)- Zimbardi 64, Barney 34, Reakes and Hutchinson 32, D. Just 31.
Danny Willmes Enterprises Lap Leader Standings (Top Five)- Zimbardi 79, Poirier 43, Reakes 37, Howland 28, Collins 25.