September 4, 2014- The 2014 season is one for the record books for Danny O’Brien and his team. They completed their quest for an unprecedented 11th track championship and closed the deal in typical Danny O’Brien fashion with a dominating win in the second of two 20 lap events to conclude the 2014 regular season.
O’Brien also completed the season at Mohawk Raceway on Friday night and captured his first ever Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified Series championship.
Mohawk Raceway was up first on the weekend agenda and O’Brien was back behind the wheel of the Mike and Lori LaSalle owned M96 Modified. O’Brien scored the win in the qualifying heat race, earning valuable points toward the Frenchie’s title, and those points would prove to be the difference by the end of the night. Danny started the 50 lap main event from the 10th position and maintained a seventh place finish through the opening 25 laps of the race. Once the race hit halfway, Danny started to move forward and with each passing lap the car seemed to get better and better. With 10 laps remaining he was inside the top five and was up to fourth when the final caution was displayed on lap 43. When the race resumed, Danny picked up one more spot to finish in third place and ended up in a tie for the Frenchie’s Series championship. By virtue of his Series win on opening night, O’Brien was declared Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified champion for 2014.
“The car was pretty good, especially in the second half of the race”, says O’Brien. “I really have to thank Mike and Lori (LaSalle) for allowing us to use their car. We are looking forward to tomorrow night at Brockville and hopefully celebrating the championship there as well.
O’Brien carried a 62 point advantage going into the night at Brockville, but with twin 20 lap features on the line, it was going to be important to get through the qualifying heat races and the first feature unscathed. O’Brien did what he needed to do, and after a 9th place finish in the first 20 lap feature, he had clinched his 11th Brockville Speedway championship. O’Brien didn’t back off though, and he went on to record the win in feature number two, taking his eighth feature of the season at the BOS in just 16 events.
“It is a team effort for sure”, says O’Brien. “I can’t thank the team enough for all their hard work throughout the season. I have said it before, races are won on the track, and championships are won in the shop, and we have a great team behind us that work on these cars”.
O’Brien will return to Mohawk International Raceway next weekend for their annual Mohawk Nationals Weekend. Friday night will be a 358 Modified DIRTcar Series race followed by a Big Block Super DIRTcar Series event on Saturday. The following weekend will be the annual Applefest weekend at Brighton Speedway.
Danny O’Brien would like to thank 1000 Islands RV Centre, Pat’s Auto Centre, BOB FM, Ponte Bros. Masonry, Morrison Racing Engines, Snap-On Adam Way, Bicknell Racing Products, ATC World Class Trailers and Integra Racing Shocks for their continuous support throughout the 2014 season.
For more information on Danny O’Brien and the 17D racing team, please visit our website, www.dannyobrien.ca. You can also follow Danny O’Brien through www.1000islandsrvmotorsports.com, a website launched by longtime sponsor 1000 Islands RV.
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