July 8, 2014- As the 2014 season rolls into the month of July, Danny O’Brien and his team find themselves in the hunt for track titles and series championships. It was a big weekend this past weekend with 50 lap events at both tracks on the schedule.
Mohawk International Raceway was up first on Friday night. Starting positions for the qualifier was determined by a draw as they entered the track for the evening, and by luck of the draw, O’Brien would start from the front of the field. He cruised to victory, earning a top 12 starting spot for the 50 lap Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” Series. Danny selected number seven, and would start from the inside of row four.
It was a tough battle for the opening 30 laps before he started to finally gain some ground after lap 30, making his way inside the top five. Over the final few laps, O’Brien lost one position to finish in sixth.
The next stop on the weekend schedule was Brockville Speedway as they hosted a 50 lap Ogilvie’s Triple Crown Series race. As a 10 time track champion at the BOS and defending Ogilvie’s Series champion, all eyes were on O’Brien throughout the night. A timed hot lap session determined the starting order for the qualifying heat races, and Danny was fastest in his group. He started his heat from the front row and drove to victory.
As a result of winning the third heat race, Danny started the 50 lap main event from the third position. He quickly moved to second and began to chase down the race leader. As the lead pack hit lapped traffic, O’Brien started to get closer and closer, and used the heavy traffic to his advantage to gain the top spot on lap 22.
O’Brien diced his way through lapped traffic at a torrid pace during the second half of the race, lapping up to the sixth place car before the checkered flag on a rare caution free 50 lap feature.
“This was a great race tonight”, says O’Brien from victory lane. “I really have to thank all of our sponsors and this great team that has worked hard all week on this car, and throughout the season”.
The O’Brien team will return to Mohawk Raceway this coming Friday night as they look to gain a few points in the chase for the track title. Danny is currently seven points back of first place at MIR, and leads the Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” series by just two points. Danny will also race at Brockville Speedway on Saturday night looking to increase his 20 point lead in the battle for an unprecedented 11th BOS track championship. Danny is also tied for first in the battle for the Ogilvie’s Triple Crown Series championshop.
Danny O’Brien would like to thank 1000 Islands RV Centre, Pat’s Auto Centre, BOB FM, Ponte Bros. Masonry, Morrison Racing Engines, Snap-On Adam Way, Bicknell Racing Products, ATC World Class Trailers and Integra Racing Shocks for their continuous support throughout the 2014 season.
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 website launched by longtime sponsor 1000 Islands RV.
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