After a rough start to the season at Brockville the previous weekend, O'Brien was able to start of the front row in his qualifying heat race, and never looked back, taking the win easily. They made some minor adjustments to the car for the 30 lap feature to keep up with the changing track conditions. He started from the front row and jumped out to the early lead, and despite a few early cautions, including a multi car incident on lap four, O'Brien was able to hold off any challenges for the top spot and cruised to his first win of the 2013 season.
"After last weekend, we were all pretty discouraged. We went through this most of last year here, just being at the wrong place at the wrong time", says O'Brien. "It is great to bounce back with a win, and hopefully we can build on this and come back next week even stronger".
On Sunday afternoon, O'Brien made the trip to Cornwall Speedway for the first round of the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified series. The race also doubled as the first of three events in the Canadian Nationals Series. A late afternoon rain forced track officials to cancel the night's events, with an altered schedule now in place that will see the Canadian Nationals 100 lap race take place this Sunday, May 26th, with the DIRTcar Series race now postponed to August 4th to run in conjunction with the second Canadian Nationals Series race.
After an early exit from Cornwall after the rainout, Danny and the team made a quick stop back home to set the car up for the next event and they were off again to Thorold, Ontario for their Mr. DIRTcar Series race at Merrittville Speedway. He finished third in his qualifying heat race, locking himself into the redraw for a top 12 starting spot in the 100 lap main event. With a fifth place starting spot, Danny hit the track, hoping they had the magic setup for the tricky Merrittville track. It was soon evident that the car wasn't where they needed it to be, and he struggled to a disappointing 15th place finish.
This coming weekend, Danny will be back in action at Brockville Speedway on Saturday night, and off to Cornwall Sunday as they attempt to get in their season opener once again, consisting of the 100 lap Canadian Nationals Series race.
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.
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