The first round of the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman tour took place last Wednesday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, New York. Joey has had some success at the track in the past, and hoped that experience would pay off in the Sportsman car. Joey set the eighth fastest speed overall in time trials out of the 37 cars entered, (second in his time trial group) and carried that success into his qualifying heat race with an impressive second place finish, earning a spot in the redraw for the 30 lap main event. He started from the fourth position and maintained that spot through most of the race before moving to third as the final laps counted down.
"We are extremely happy with this finish", says Ladouceur after the race. "When we arrived here, our goal was to just make the show, and after running so well in time trials, the bar was raised and the goal was a top ten finish. To come here and finish third with this elite group of competitors really helps boost our confidence and we cant wait to get to have the Sportsman Series back at Cornwall next month".
The track conditions at Cornwall Speedway on Sunday were rough due to the amount of rainfall at the track in the days leading up to the race, in addition to already standing water that had caused the previous cancellations. Track officials continued with the program though, and Joey was about to make his first Sportsman start at a track that he has had the most success at over the years in the Pro Stock division.
He started his qualifying heat race from the fourth position after a pre-race draw determined starting positions for opening night. He advanced to third before the end of the eight lap event. It was a long delay before the 20 lap feature, but in the early hours of Monday morning, Ladouceur hit the track, starting from the 12th position. After moving into the top ten very quickly, Ladouceur soon set his sites on the top five, and reached that mark just past the halfway point of the race.
Over the final laps, he moved up one more position and posted a solid fourth place finish in his maiden Sportsman voyage at Cornwall.
"It was a good run for us tonight. We are really happy with that finish, and we are able to put the car on the trailer in one piece", says Ladouceur. "It was a rough night with a lot of torn up equipment here tonight and we can only hope next week will be much better".
Ladouceur will return to Cornwall this coming Sunday night and it will be driver autograph night at the track. Joey and the rest of the Cornwall Speedway drivers will be available for autographs and to meet with the fans during the intermission.
Joey Ladouceur would like to thank all of the sponsors that are on board for the 2013 racing season. Coffrage 20-20/Pompage 20-20, Fence Depot, Minimax Express, Glengarry Truck Centre, Gauvreau Terre de Surface, Stinger X Chassis, Au Vieux Duluth 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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