After getting back to victory lane last week at Brockville Speedway, Danny O’Brien returned this week with a busy weekend schedule with races at Mohawk Raceway on Friday night, Brockville Speedway on Saturday night and a 100 lap Canadian Nationals Series race at Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday. In addition, Danny also took part in 1000 Islands RV Customer Appreciation Day Sales on Saturday afternoon in Gananoque.
At Mohawk Raceway on Friday night, Danny finished his qualifying heat race from third place. In the 25 lap main event, he lined up on the outside of row four in eighth place. The first caution on the night came on lap eight, and Danny had already climbed to fourth place and would soon find third place before the race approached halfway. With one lap remaining, the caution was out again, setting up a final lap dash to the finish. Danny was still in third place, and used the high side of the track to try and make a pass for second, but the lack of grip caused him to fall back to fourth at the checkered flag.
“The car was pretty good. I tried to get around the 151 car for second on the last restart, and the car just wouldn’t stick at the top”, says O’Brien. “It wasn’t a bad night though, and we will move on to Brockville and Cornwall the rest of the weekend”.
After spending early Saturday afternoon at 1000 Islands RV for their Customer Appreciation Day event, Danny and his team hit the road to Brockville Speedway looking to repeat their win from last weekend. He started the night with a win in his qualifying heat race, and started the 30 lap main event from 11th place. The entire distance went caution free, and Danny was able to move through the field quickly, reaching the top five by halfway. Over the final 15 laps, O’Brien climbed to second place.
“It was a great run for us again this week”, says O’Brien after the race. “A caution with a few laps to go would have been nice, but it didn’t happen. It has been a good weekend so far, and hopefully we can keep it going”.
The final stop on the weekend was at Cornwall Motor Speedway for round two of the Canadian Nationals Series that had been postponed from August 5th. Danny qualified for the 100th lap main event by finishing fourth in his qualifier, but just missed out on a redraw spot for a top 12 starting position. He would roll off the starting grid from the outside of row seven in 14th. Danny patiently move through the field throughout the race, and when the caution came out on lap 95 he was in sixth place. On the restart, Danny was able to move into the top five and finished with his third consecutive top five finish of the weekend with a fifth place finish.
This coming weekend, Danny will be back at Mohawk Raceway on Friday night, and Brockville Speedway on Saturday.
Danny O’Brien would like to thank 1000 Islands RV Centre, Pat’s Rad, BOB FM, Ponte Bros. Masonry, Morrison Racing Engines, Snap-On Adam Way, Wurth, Bicknell Racing Products, and Integra Racing Shocks for their support during the 2012 season. For more information on Danny O’Brien and the 17D racing team, please visit our brand new website, www.dannyobrien.ca. The website just received a new look this week. You can also follow Danny O’Brien through www.1000islandsrvmotorsports.com, a new website recently launched by long-time sponsor 1000 Islands RV.
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