O'Brien has had some success at Merrittville in the past, always competitive in DIRTcar 358 Series events, and a past winner at Merrittville in 2011 early season events. O'Brien was fast right out of the trailer, setting the pace in opening hot laps. Although he struggled during his qualifying heat, Danny charged from his 19th starting spot to score a top 10 finish in the 35 lap main event. He crossed the finish line in eighth place.
"We struggled in the heat race, and started pretty far back, so it was a good run for us to get back up into the top ten", claims O'Brien. "This is a tough track with some great competition, so we will take that for our first race of the year, and build on it when we get back here next weekend."
O'Brien will return to Merrittville next weekend, looking to fine tune his car in preparation for the Mr. DIRTcar Series event at Merrittville on May 20th. O'Brien will race at Brockville Speedway on Saturday night's beginning with their season opener on Saturday, May 11th. Cornwall Speedway also opens on Sunday May 19th with the first Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified Series race of 2013.
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, Bicknell Racing Products, and Integra Racing Shocks for their continuous support and we look forward to a very exciting 2013 campaign.
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 new website launched by longtime sponsor 1000 Islands RV.
By Craig Revelle - Finish Line Web Design