The ultra-competitive Sportsman division is full of great drivers, many who have several years experience. Despite being in his first year, Joey Ladouceur entered the final night of the season at Cornwall Speedway at the top of the standings, and was looking to end the season with a victory as well as the track title.
Sunday's finale at Cornwall Speedway featured a 40 lap event for the Sportsman, with time trials setting the starting order for the qualifying heat races. Joey posted fast time in his group, and started the eight lap heat race from the front row. He won the race, earning a spot in the all important redraw for a top 12 starting spot in the main event. After randomly selecting the 10th position, Ladouceur fired from the outside of the fifth row, and quickly moved through the field. By the time they reached the halfway point, Joey began to challenge for the race lead, and grabbed the top spot on lap 23. For the remainder of the race it appeared Joey would be well on his way to victory, but lapped traffic on the final lap played a major factor in the outcome of the race, and he crossed the line in second place.
"We are a little disappointed that we didn't get the win after leading all those laps, but at the end of the day, we finished at the top of the standings, and that was our primary focus for tonight", says Ladouceur after the race. "We will now focus on the DIRTcar Sportsman Series, with a big weekend coming up".
This coming weekend will have a huge impact on the chase for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series championship with three events on tap. The first race of the weekend will come on Friday night as they return to Ransomville Speedway, a track that Joey has already won at in 2013. On Saturday night, they travel to Merrittville Speedway before completing the weekend at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday night. The DIRTcar Sportsman Series continues over the next several weeks, with events at Mohawk Raceway on September 14th, Brighton Speedway on September 20th, followed by Super DIRT Week in Syracuse and the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals to end the season. Ladouceur currently leads the DIRTcar Sportsman series point standings by 31 points going into this weekend.
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, Mr. Radiator, Lakeside Landscaping, Au Vieux Duluth, Number One Speed Shock Service 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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From: Craig Revelle/ Finish Line Web Design