July 8, 2014- After a rough outing on Wednesday night at Ransomville Speedway for their DIRTcar Sportsman Series race, Joey Ladouceur returned home to prepare for a new challenge. Sunday morning he was on the track at Circuit ICAR making right and left hand turns on a road course for the first time in his career.
After ending the day in the ProCam Truck Series at the Mirabel, Quebec track, Joey headed back to familiar territory at Cornwall Speedway for double features with his DIRTcar Sportsman team.
It was Ladouceur’s first time ever on a road course, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him handle the tricky ICAR track. Joey set the fastest lap of the day in qualifying and redrew seventh for the main event. By the time the race reached the halfway distance, Joey was already in the lead, and looked poised for victory. As the laps counted down and Ladouceur pulling away from the field, third gear in the transmission had went away, and he soon dropped to second. With just three laps remaining the motor let go and Joey’s day ended with disappointment after such a strong start.
“We were doing great until we lost third gear. We are shifting here three times a lap, and not having that gear really hurt us, by I was trying to salvage a good finish but the motor let go on us just before the finish”, says Ladouceur.
After the race ended at Circuit ICAR, Ladouceur was on the road and heading to Cornwall Speedway for double features.
The first feature was a makeup race from June 22 and Ladouceur battled to an eighth place finish. It was a tough start to the night, but Ladouceur and the team were optimistic that it would get better as the night progressed. After winning his qualifying heat race for the scheduled program, Ladouceur was looking for a strong finish in the second feature of the night.
As the race hit the halfway point, Joey was up to second, and a took the lead after a restart just a couple laps later.
“After the engine troubles and disappointment earlier today at ICAR, you can’t imagine how good this win feels tonight”, says Ladouceur. “I have to thank the crew for all their hard work, and my family for their support”.
There is no doubt that winning races is a tradition for the Ladouceur family. Just within the last week, Joey’s young son Tristan was a winner in the karts at Cornwall, Joey won his race tonight, as did Joey’s dad Laurent Ladouceur, picking up the win in the postponed 40 lap Modified feature earlier in the night, and Joey’s brother Lee Ladouceur also has a recent win this season in a Sprint Car.
Ladouceur will return to action this coming weekend with a pair of Seaway Sportsman Series events. Friday night he will be at Autodrome Granby, then on to Autodrome Drummond on Saturday night before ending the weekend with a regular night at Cornwall Speedway on Sunday.
Joey Ladouceur would like to thank all of the sponsors that help support the team for the 2014 racing season. Coffrage 20-20/Pompage 20-20, Fence Depot, Minimax Express, Glengarry Truck Centre, Gauvreau Terre de Surface, Mr. Radiator, Number One Speed Shock Service, Boucherie du Village and Finish Line Web Design are all an integral part of the Ladouceur team and they look forward to sharing their success with all of you in the future.
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