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Danny Johnson Edges Danny O’Brien in Thriller at Cornwall

CORNWALL, Ontario – July 3, 2011 – A pair of Dannys thrilled a big crowd Sunday night at Cornwall Motor Speedway with a late-race duel that saw Danny Johnson pick up his first Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series victory of 2011 in the ‘D&A Tractor Sales 100’ over a hard-charging Danny O’Brien. (Rick Young photo)

 

Jimmy Phelps and Super DIRTcar Series point leader Billy Decker paced the field of 30 Big-Block Modifieds to the green at Cornwall Motor Speedway with Phelps jumping out into the early lead. Matt Sheppard made quick work of Decker and quickly moved into the second spot.

 

 The caution flag quickly flew for Gage Morin who spun in turn 3. On the ensuing restart, Sheppard used the outside line to move around Jimmy Phelps and take the lead on lap 8.

As Sheppard began to open up his lead, Cornwall Motor Speedway track regular, O’Brien was using the outside line to move up through the field, passing his brother Pat O’Brien for fourth place by lap 16.

The quarter-mile layout of the Cornwall Motor Speedway meant lapped traffic played a major role in the feature event. By lap 20 the race leaders found themselves in heavy lapped traffic, Sheppard and Jimmy Phelps thrilled the crowd as they battled for the lead while slicing through traffic at a torrid pace.

A lap-30 caution for Steve Bernard would give the leaders clear race track. The ensuing restart would see a five car break-away at the front of the field. Sheppard, Phelps, Danny O’Brien, Decker and Johnson battled at the front of the field.

All five leaders round around the top of high-banked Cornwall Motor Speedway until lap-64 when Johnson jumped to the inside in search of bite. It didn’t take him long to find some as he moved into fourth on lap-67, then passed Danny O’Brien for third on lap-66.

Phelps and Johnson, locked in a battle for second place, split the lapped car of Bruno Lepage. Contact between Johnson and Lepage send the Lepage machine up the racetrack into the side of the Phelps machine, everyone regrouped but the contact allowed Johnson to move into second place.

Johnson then used the inside to take the lead on lap-71 from Sheppard. Johnson’s charge on the inside lane forced most of the leaders to run the bottom in hopes of experiencing the success Johnson was having running the inside, which opened the door for O’Brien.

O’Brien kept his Kendrick Racing 17D 358-modified wound up along the outside, and moved around Matt Sheppard and into the runner up position. O’Brien then focused on running down leader Johnson.

As the laps wound down, O’Brien began cutting down the lead Johnson had bestowed upon the field. With just three laps to go O’Brien was able to catch that back of the Mike Payne-owned 27J of Johnson as the leaders were attempting to negotiate lapped traffic.

O’Brien keeping the momentum running around the outside was able to get alongside the Johnson car, but wasn’t able to complete the pass, as Johnson picked up the thrilling win by a margin of 0.102 seconds over O’Brien.

“Everyone was running the top so I went down to the bottom to try to find some bite,” commented Johnson after the win. “The car worked really well down there for us.”

Sheppard held on for third while Decker and Jimmy Phelps rounded out the top 5.

With his fourth place finish, Decker still leads Super DIRTcar Series points, now with Sheppard in second, trailing by 45-points.

Super DIRTcar Series Race #4-Cornwall Motor Speedway, July 3, 2011 ‘D&A Tractor Sales 100’ Event Summary

Feature Results: 1. (27J) Danny Johnson; 2. (17D) Danny O’Brien; 3. (9s) Matt Sheppard; 4. (91) Billy Decker; 5. (98H) Jimmy Phelps; 6. (673) Gary Tomkins; 7. (66x) Carey Terrance; 8. (21) Yan Bussiere; 9. (3) Justin Haers; 10. (8R) Rob Bellinger; 11. (20) Brett Hearn; 12. (40) Joel Doiron; 13. (38) Luke Whitteker; 14. (115) Stephane Lafrance; 15. (23) Laurent Ladouceur; 16. (62s) Tommy Sears; 17. (4J) Jeff Sykes; 18. (8) Rich Scagliotta; 19. (6) Pat O’Brien; 20. (16w) Lance Willix; 21. (54) Steve Bernard; 22. (124) Pierre DaGenais; 23. (97) Michele Chicoine; 24. (16) Gage Morin; 25. (21A) Peter Britten; 26. (99B) Bruno Lepage; 27. (10) Tim Currier; 28. (99L) Larry Wight; 29. (96) Kyle Dingwall; 30. (151KB) Brian McDonald. LAP LEADERS: Phelps 1-8, Sheppard 9-71, Johnson 72-100. BILSTEIN FAST TIME AWARD: Matt Sheppard

Heat Races (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to the feature, top 3 went to redraw)

#1: Sheppard; Phelps; La. Ladouceur; Doiron; Sykes; Chicoine; Lafrance; Morin; Planck; Valade

#2: Hearn; Scagliotta; D. O’Brien; Dingwall; DaGenais; Willix; Currier; Therrien; Humes; Raabe

#3: P. O’Brien; Bernard; Decker; Sears; Whitteker; McDonald; Lepage; Back; T. O’Brien; Forbes

#4: Johnson; Bellinger; Tomkins; Bussiere; Terrance; Haers; Britten; Wight; Stacey; Le. Ladouceur

Consolation Races (10 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to the feature)

#1: Haers; Lafrance; Lepage; Chicoine; Morin; Back; Valade; Forbes; Planck; T. O’Brien (DNS)

#2: Wight; Willix; McDonald; Britten; Currier; Therrien; Le. Ladouceur; Humes; Stacey; Raabe (DNS)

Cornwall Motor Speedway Super DIRTcar Series Race #4 Roster

0 Dan Humes/Canaan, CT

01 Chris Raabe/Napanee, ONT

1x Dexter Stacey/Kahnawake, ONT

3 Justin Haers/Phelps, NY

4J Jeff Sykes/Edwards, NY

4L Lee Ladouceur/Maxville, ONT

6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston, ONT

8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brooks, NJ

8R Rob Bellinger/Dexter, NY

9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo, NY

10 Tim Currier/Auburn, NY

12 Travis Back/Hogansburg, NH

16 Gage Morin/Cornwall, ONT

16w Lance Willix/Theresa, NY

17 Marc Therrien/Williamstown, ONT

17D Danny O’Brien/Kingstone, ONT

20 Brett Hearn/Sussex, NJ

21 Yan Bussiere/Drummondville, QUE

21A Peter Britten/Brisbane, Aus

23 Laurent Ladouceur/Alexandria, ONT

27J Danny Johnson/Rochester, NY

29R Preston Forbes/Potsdum, NY

38 Luke Whitteker/Iroquis, ONT

40 Joel Doiron/Alexandria, ONT

54 Steve Bernard/St. Paul Abbotsford, QUE

62s Tommy Sears/Clay, NY

66x Carey Terrance/Hogansburg, NY

77x Dale Planck/Cortland, NY

88 Tim O’Brien/Kingstone, ONT

91 Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY

96 Kyle Dingwall/Brockville, ONT

97 Michele Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton, QUE

98H Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY

99 Ron Valade/Alexandria, ONT

99B Bruno Lepage/Maple Grove, QUE

99L Larry Wight/Phoenix, NY

115 Stephane LaFrance/St. Albert, ONT

124 Pierre DaGenais/Gatineau, QUE

151KB Brian McDonald/Cornwall, ONT

673 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs, NY

2011 Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Schedule

DAY-DATE-WINNER

Sun-May 30      Rolling Wheels Raceway                    Tim Fuller

Tues-June 14     Canandaigua Motorsports Park          Billy Decker

Tues-June 21     Orange County Fair Speedway           Billy Decker

Sun-July 3          Cornwall Motor Speedway                 Danny Johnson

Mon-July 4        Rolling Wheels Raceway

Mon-July 18      Autodrome Drummond

Tues-July 19      Autodrome Granby

Mon-Aug 1        Merrittville Speedway

Thurs-Aug 25    Lebanon Valley Speedway

Sun-Sept 4         Cayuga County Fair Speedway

Sat-Sept 10       Autodrome Drummond

Sat-Sept 17       Mohawk International Speedway

***Super DIRT Week XL***

Sun-Oct 9          New York State Fairgrounds

Sun-Oct 16        Brockville Ontario Speedway

***Eastern States Weekend***

Sun-Oct 23        Orange County Fair Speedway

***World Finals***

Fri-Nov 4           Dirt Track at Charlotte

Sat-Nov 5          Dirt Track at Charlotte

2011 Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series Standings, through 7-3-2011  

Rk.

No.

Driver

Total

Wins

T5

T10

Starts

1

91

Billy Decker

350

2

4

4

4

2

9s

Matt Sheppard

315

0

3

4

4

3

66

Danny Johnson

301

1

1

3

4

4

20

Brett Hearn

275

0

2

3

4

5

21a

Pete Britten

256

0

2

2

4

6

98h

Jimmy Phelps

249

0

1

3

4

7

673

Gary Tomkins

249

0

1

2

4

8

3

Justin Haers

233

0

0

2

4

9

8R

Rob Bellinger

217

0

0

3

4

10

62s

Tom Sears Jr.

193

0

0

1

4

11

74F

Tim Fuller

188

1

2

2

2

12

99L

Larry Wight

171

0

0

0

4

13

8

Rich Scagliotta

169

0

0

0

4

14

4*

Tim McCreadie

154

0

1

1

3

15

77x

Dale Planck

128

0

0

2

2

16

49

Billy Dunn

127

0

0

0

3

17

10

Tim Currier

123

0

0

0

3

18

1F

Stewart Friesen

112

0

1

2

2

19

03

Lance Willix II

104

0

0

0

2

20

33 1/3

Tommy Meier

100

0

1

1

1

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