Archive for May 22nd, 2010

Patrick Laperle Wins Série ACT Castrol Season Opener

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC won the season opening Série ACT Castrol event at Autodrome St-Eustache. Laperle worked his way to the front after starting in the 19th position and took the lead from Jonathan Urlin on lap 39. The two swapped the lead once more before Laperle took over for good on lap 43.

Pete Vanderwyst of St. Thomas, QC took second with St-Felicien, QC’s Karl Allard third. 2009 Série Castrol Champion Donald Theetge finished 4th and Urlin rounded out the top five. Sylvain Lacombe, Jean-François Déry, Martin Lacombe, Jonathan Desbiens, and Gaitan Lauzier completed the top ten.

The 100 lap event was completed in just over an hour and a half and was slowed by eight cautions. Seven cars finished on the lead lap with 21 of the 30 starters on the track for the checkers.

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Pennink Best of the East at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Malta, New York — Huntington Valley, PA, modified racer, Rowan Pennink knows about comebacks. Been there, done that. Forced to restart races from the back of the field and drive his way to the front, Pennink did it again Friday night May 21, when he overcame a cut tire on lap 2 and came back to win the 100 lap “East-West Showdown” at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, New York.

The race was co-sanctioned by the Modified Racing Series, sponsored by the BobValentiAutomall.com and the Race of Champions DART Asphalt Series.

Pole sitter Pete Brittain, Oakhurst, New Jersey, led the first forty-seven-laps before yielding the top spot to fellow RoC competitor Earl Paules, Palmerton, PA. Paules then set a torrid pace until lap seventy-six when Pennink made a charge to the front and claimed the top spot. Pennink went on to score his second Modified Racing Series win. The victory was the third for car owner, Gary Cassela of Saugas, MA.

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Former Series Champ, George Sherman, Captures Win at Lee

Lee, NH — The RF Logic/ Bot-L Gas Pro Four Modifieds of New England visited Lee USA Speedway this Friday for their second race within a week. Dave Richardi and Phil Lausier took down the checkers in the heat events. Stan Mertz, #16, had mechanical malfunctions in the practice sessions and was unable to take the green.

George Sherman and Lausier lead the field to the green in the 25 lap event. By lap three the caution was already thrown when D. Richardi went spinning into the grass at the entrance of turn one. On the restart, Lausier held strong on the outside, while #12 Rob Richardi, Jr. tucked in line behind Sherman for second place. By lap four, Sherman began pulling away from the rest of the pack, while the battle for second heated up between Richardi, Jr. and Brian Vincent. Richardi, Jr. fought hard on the outside for several laps, until he fell off the pace a bit on lap 10 and then settled into seventh position behind Cory Cleary, who was driving #07x, usually piloted by Robin Berghman.

At the half way point Sherman lead the single file field of Vincent, Adam Norton, Tyler Anderson, Lausier, Cleary, Richardi, Jr., D. Richardi, Mark Charette, and Billy Joerres. On Lap 14, Sherman had began to lap the back of the pack and held a full straightaway lead over field by lap 17. Lausier took a short ride through the grass on lap 19, but was able to keep it rolling and join the pack without caution, allowing Sherman to keep his monumental lead over second place finisher Adam Norton.

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