GRANBY, QC – Montrose, NY’s Justin Barger came in to the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) event Friday night at Autodrome Granby as the current point leader. When the checkered flag fell on the first Le Groupe Ultra Tour of Canada/Fondations 4 Saisons Quebec Super Star Series event he won easily over a star studded field at the famed ½ mile oval.
“My car was good, I just needed to get out of traffic.” noted Barger afterwards. “When we had the yellow there just past halfway it gave me a clean track and I could pick the lane I wanted to run in. The track got slick but there were some good groves out there.”
That yellow Barger was talking about came on lap 13. Utica-Rome winner Shawn Donath led from his pole starting spot right up to the halfway point. With the field in lapped traffic, Donath found the passes to be a bit easier than Barger.
But, when the double-file restart came, Barger was restarting in third up from his 11th place starting position. “The inside lane had bite down low in four and I got a good jump. Once I took the lead I went right to the top, the car felt good up there.” said the driver of the JBR Motorsports #5.
ESS/GRANBY NOTES: Despite being one of only two tracks to get in their programs in the entire Northeast and Canada, 21 sprints made the tow…The field was split up with 11 teams from the US and 10 from Canada…Kayle Robidoux and Donald Lemire made their first ESS starts in 2012…The event the next night scheduled for Autodrome Drummond fell victim to rain and will not be made up…Next up for the Lucas Oil Tour will be a Friday night stop at the Mohawk International Raceway.
RESULTS: Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints – Autodrome Granby – Le Groupe Ultra Tour of Canada/ Fondations 4 Saisons Quebec Series A-Main – Justin Barger ($1850), Alain Bergeron, Paul Kinney, Kevin Ward. Jr., Steve Poirier, Shawn Donath, Patrick Vigneault, Paul Pekkonen, Devin Caron, Etienne Girard, Donald Lemire, Joe Trenca, James Hanson, Matt Tanner, Dale Gosselin, Jeff Cook, Cory Sparks, Michael Parent, Anthony Cain, Kayle Robidoux, Lance Yonge.
From Dean Reynolds / ESS