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Super DIRTcar Series King of the North
Autodrome Drummond | Drummondville, Quebec
Monday, July 31, 2023
Race Recap  

IN HIS FAVOR: Erick Rudolph Capitalizes on Leader’s Misstep For Opening Night Win at Autodrome Drummond

After four years since being the last driver to win with the Super DIRTcar Series at Autodrome Drummond, Erick Rudolph returned to Victory Lane Monday night

The Super DIRTcar Series’ long-awaited return to Canada will stick in the memories of Erick Rudolph and Francois Bernier. But for different reasons.

Coming together from opposite ends of the border, Rudolph, from Ransomville, NY, and Bernier from St. Hyacinthe, QC, joined a stout field of Super DIRTcar Series stars and Canadian locals for the opening night of the King of the North at Autodrome Drummond on Monday.

The two were the stars of the show and Bernier put himself in position for the biggest spotlight, but a late race mishap saw Rudolph run away with the $7,500 victory – his first of the season with the Super DIRTcar Series (becoming the sixth different driver in six races), his ninth overall with the Series and second straight at Autodrome Drummond with the Series.

To get to that point, the redraw put Max McLaughlin on the pole for the Feature – after drawing the SRI Performance/Stock Car Steel Pole Award – Steve Bernard on the outside pole, Bernier fourth and Rudolph sixth.

Bernier wasted no time in establishing himself as the race leader right out of the gate, passing McLaughlin and Bernard on Lap 1. His #57 Big Block, owned by former Series driver Paul St-Sauveur, showed immense speed around the top of the track for Bernier. He held his lead for the next 29 laps, moving through lapped traffic unhindered.

Rudolph fought through several contenders in his #3RS to catch Bernier near the halfway point and pass him for the lead on Lap 30. After fighting through a restart on Lap 37 with Bernier hot on his bumper, Rudolph found clean air and continued to lead.

Another 17 laps clicked off the counter before the race duration began to take its toll, with Brisbane, QLD native Peter Britten suffering a flat left rear tire, forcing the third caution.

As a former two-time track champion with experience on his side, Bernier confidently passed Rudolph on the inside coming off Turn 4 to regain the lead on Lap 57. Back out in front, his machine showed no signs of fatigue, inching closer and closer to a potential crowd-favorite spectacle.

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One last caution dropped with eight laps to go, handing the night’s leader one more challenge to conquer before he could officially be declared King of the North.

Bernier jetted out in front once again on the restart, aggressively attacking the corners on the top as he had all night long. However, this time, the top lost its love for him. Bernier hit a rut just wrong, unsettling his car and sliding it over the top of the turn. A moment that hindered any favorable memories.

Rudolph took advantage of the misstep, moving into the top position with Chris Raabe lining up next to him for the restart. With two laps to go, the #3RS launched ahead of the field and drove to the finish line error free.

“I think at the end of the race (Bernier) did have a faster car,” Rudolph said. “We were just kind of settling in there for second. Sometimes you just have to be good enough to put yourself in contention and things like that will happen from time to time. At one point, the top was the best, and then it was the bottom. The car could go anywhere it needed to go. I couldn’t really ask for a much better car. The tuning that we did to it helped calm it down. I’m just really proud of my team here.”

Raabe crossed the finish line second but was nine pounds light at the scales and disqualified (finishing 30th) – moving every driver up one spot in the finishing order. That gave David Hebert the runner-up spot for the night.

“It was tough to catch (Francois Bernier and Erick Rudolph) during the long greens,” Hebert said. “I’m good with the 10 laps after yellow, but after that the car is just too tight. Maybe in lapped traffic I could have taken a lead, but Francois was just too fast. But I love racing against all the guys in the Series. It’s better experience for all the Quebec teams.”

Steve Bernier was awarded third, Mat Williamson fourth – gaining points on Matt Sheppard in the championship battle – and Jeremy Roy rounded out the top five.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series gets ready for night two at Autodrome Drummond onTuesday, Aug. 1, for a 75-lap, $10,000-to-win, showcase that will grant the winner a starting spot at Super DIRT Week 51.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

King Of The North Results (75 Laps)
1. 3RS-Erick Rudolph[6]; 2. ONE-David Hebert[4]; 3. 25*-Steve Bernier[9]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson[22]; 5. 90JR-Jeremy Roy[18]; 6. 91-Felix Roy[29]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard[25]; 8. 41-Samuel Charland[10]; 9. 59-Justin Lalancette[17]; 10. 99L-Larry Wight[16]; 11. 21A-Peter Britten[15]; 12. 5H-Chris Hile[26]; 13. 54-Steve Bernard[2]; 14. 8H-Max McLaughlin[1]; 15. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[27]; 16. 39X-Alex Therrien[12]; 17. 57-Francois Bernier[3]; 18. 35-Mike Mahaney[7]; 19. 13-Kevin Hamel[20]; 20. 124-Gorden Clair[24]; 21. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[21]; 22. 37M-Mathieu Desjardins[30]; 23. 12-Darren Smith[23]; 24. 35B-Francois Bellemare[14]; 25. (DNF) 4-Anthony Perrego[28]; 26. (DNF) 2-Jack Lehner[8]; 27. (DNF) 22C-Mario Clair[19]; 28. (DNF) 25P-Michael Parent[13]; 29. (DNF) 92P-Martin Pelletier[11]; 30. (DQ) 01-Chris Raabe[5]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
16+53RSErick Rudolph 750.00029Running150$7,500
24+2ONEDavid Hebert 75-1.0210Running146$4,000
39+625*Steve Bernier 75-1.6040Running144$2,500
422+1888Mat Williamson 75-2.2860Running142$1,800
518+1390JRJeremy Roy 75-3.2280Running140$1,600
629+2391Felix Roy 75-3.3610Running138$1,400
725+189SMatt Sheppard 75-3.4780Running136$1,300
810+241Samuel Charland 75-4.1050Running134$1,200
917+859Justin Lalancette 75-4.2100Running132$1,100
1016+699LLarry Wight 75-4.8260Running130$1,000
1115+421APeter Britten 75-4.8780Running128$800
1226+145HChris Hile 75-5.2730Running126$700
132-1154Steve Bernard 75-5.5110Running124$600
141-138HMax McLaughlin 75-6.0331Running122$575
1527+1283XTim Sears Jr75-6.3140Running120$550
1612-439XAlex Therrien 75-6.4890Running118$525
173-1457Francois Bernier 75-7.29246Running116$500
187-1135Mike Mahaney 75-7.2950Running114$500
1920+113Kevin Hamel 75-7.5150Running112$500
2024+4124Gorden Clair 75-7.5550Running110$500
2121098HJimmy Phelps 74-1 Laps0Running108$500
2230+837MMathieu Desjardins 73-2 Laps0Running106$500
2323012Darren Smith 71-4 Laps0Running104$500
2414-1035BFrancois Bellemare 70-5 Laps0Running102$500
2528+34Anthony Perrego 55-20 Laps0DNF102$500
268-182Jack Lehner 53-22 Laps0DNF102$500
2719-822CMario Clair 35-40 Laps0DNF102$500
2813-1525PMichael Parent 28-47 Laps0DNF102$500
2911-1892PMartin Pelletier 22-53 Laps0DNF102$500
305-2501Chris Raabe 0-75 Laps0DQ102$500
Hard Charger: Felix Roy
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11098HJimmy Phelps 00.0000Running0$0
22012Darren Smith 0-1.1040Running0$0
35+291Felix Roy 0-1.9170Running0$0
43-154REven Racine 0-1.9520Running0$0
54-15HChris Hile 0-4.3550Running0$0
67+121Yan Bussiere 0-5.0800Running90$0
78+123Yan Bilodeau 0-6.1910Running90$0
86-215XJustin Stone 0-8.0650Running90$0
99036Chantal Provencher 0-9.1730Running90$0
1011+12PPatrick Beaumier 0-11.1700Running90$0
1113+2215Adam Pierson 0-11.3130Running90$0
1212017Marcus Dinkins 079.0840DNF90$0
1310-39SMatt Sheppard 0101.8700DNF90$0
1414066MCorbin Millar 0101.8700DNS90$0
Hard Charger: Felix Roy
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11088Mat Williamson 00.0000Running0$0
24+2124Gorden Clair 0-1.1050Running0$0
36+383XTim Sears Jr0-3.9690Running0$0
48+437MMathieu Desjardins 0-5.3370Running0$0
53-27Patrice Demers 0-7.1780Running90$0
65-188LJeffery Lapalme 0-9.9640Running90$0
77022KKeven Clair 0-11.9650Running90$0
810+281Eric Landry 0-13.1320Running90$0
92-74Anthony Perrego 0141.7790DNF90$0
109-139AAlan Therrien 0141.7790DNS90$0
1112+144GSebastien Gougeon 0141.7790DNS90$0
1211-196JF Corriveau 0141.7790DNS90$0
1313066XCarey Terrance 0141.7790DNS90$0
1414014CG Morey 0141.7790DNS90$0
Hard Charger: Mathieu Desjardins
Heat 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
118HMax McLaughlin 141.3320.0005
232Jack Lehner 142.405-1.0734
3525*Steve Bernier 142.976-1.6443
4225PMichael Parent 144.848-3.5162
5759Justin Lalancette 145.569-4.2371
6998HJimmy Phelps 147.270-5.9380
7854REven Racine 148.516-7.1840
8691Felix Roy 148.753-7.4210
9421Yan Bussiere 149.640-8.3080
101136Chantal Provencher 151.565-10.2330
11122PPatrick Beaumier 152.797-11.4650
1210215Adam Pierson 152.797-11.4650
Heat 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1157Francois Bernier 141.9010.0005
223RSErick Rudolph 143.032-1.1314
3341Samuel Charland 145.190-3.2893
4435BFrancois Bellemare 147.085-5.1842
5890JRJeremy Roy 147.608-5.7071
6712Darren Smith 148.259-6.3580
795HChris Hile 148.923-7.0220
8515XJustin Stone 149.579-7.6780
91023Yan Bilodeau 150.148-8.2470
1069SMatt Sheppard 150.504-8.6030
111117Marcus Dinkins 153.129-11.2280
121266MCorbin Millar 153.129-11.2280
Heat 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1135Mike Mahaney 143.8450.0005
2454Steve Bernard 146.032-2.1874
3692PMartin Pelletier 147.093-3.2483
4321APeter Britten 148.274-4.4292
5722CMario Clair 149.386-5.5411
6888Mat Williamson 150.440-6.5950
797Patrice Demers 151.153-7.3080
81188LJeffery Lapalme 152.987-9.1420
91022KKeven Clair 158.061-14.2160
10239AAlan Therrien 109.18134.6640
111296JF Corriveau 109.18134.6640
12566XCarey Terrance 149.049-5.2040
Heat 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
11ONEDavid Hebert 142.0310.0005
2401Chris Raabe 143.149-1.1184
3239XAlex Therrien 144.390-2.3593
4399LLarry Wight 145.406-3.3752
5613Kevin Hamel 145.962-3.9311
654Anthony Perrego 146.466-4.4350
79124Gorden Clair 146.756-4.7250
8783XTim Sears Jr148.394-6.3630
9837MMathieu Desjardins 149.285-7.2540
101081Eric Landry 152.298-10.2670
111144GSebastien Gougeon 24.086117.9450
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
122+218HMax McLaughlin 00.0000Running5$0
210+857Francois Bernier 0-0.1780Running0$0
321+1825PMichael Parent 0-0.2470Running0$0
420+163RSErick Rudolph 0-0.2530Running0$0
58+32Jack Lehner 0-0.2560Running0$0
61-541Samuel Charland 0-0.3230Running0$0
73-421Yan Bussiere 0-0.3280Running0$0
811+335BFrancois Bellemare 0-0.4430Running0$0
912+325*Steve Bernier 0-0.5030Running0$0
1023+1315XJustin Stone 0-0.5050Running0$0
117-491Felix Roy 0-0.5370Running0$0
1213+19SMatt Sheppard 0-0.5710Running0$0
1324+1159Justin Lalancette 0-0.5840Running0$0
1417+312Darren Smith 0-0.6340Running0$0
1514-154REven Racine 0-0.6840Running0$0
169-790JRJeremy Roy 0-0.6890Running0$0
1719+298HJimmy Phelps 0-0.7620Running0$0
184-145HChris Hile 0-0.9580Running0$0
192-17215Adam Pierson 0-1.0740Running0$0
2015-523Yan Bilodeau 0-1.1190Running0$0
215-1636Chantal Provencher 0-1.1500Running0$0
226-1617Marcus Dinkins 0-1.3660Running0$0
2318-52PPatrick Beaumier 0-1.6510Running0$0
2416-866MCorbin Millar 0-1.6510DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Max McLaughlin
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
15+435Mike Mahaney 00.0000Running0$0
218+16ONEDavid Hebert 00.0000Running0$0
321+1839AAlan Therrien 00.0000Running0$0
420+1639XAlex Therrien 00.0000Running0$0
53-221APeter Britten 00.0000Running0$0
611+599LLarry Wight 00.0000Running0$0
77054Steve Bernard 00.0000Running0$0
815+701Chris Raabe 00.0000Running0$0
914+566XCarey Terrance 00.0000Running0$0
1022+124Anthony Perrego 00.0000Running0$0
1110-192PMartin Pelletier 00.0000Running0$0
126-613Kevin Hamel 00.0000Running0$0
1312-122CMario Clair 00.0000Running0$0
1417+383XTim Sears Jr00.0000Running0$0
158-788Mat Williamson 00.0000Running0$0
161-1537MMathieu Desjardins 00.0000Running0$0
172-157Patrice Demers 00.0000Running0$0
1816-2124Gorden Clair 00.0000Running0$0
1919022KKeven Clair 00.0000Running0$0
2023+381Eric Landry 00.0000Running0$0
2113-888LJeffery Lapalme 00.0000Running0$0
229-1344GSebastien Gougeon 00.0000Running0$0
234-1996JF Corriveau 00.0000Running0$0
Hard Charger: Alan Therrien
Hot Laps 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
110+957Francois Bernier 00.0000Running0$0
212+1025*Steve Bernier 0-0.0840Running0$0
33021Yan Bussiere 0-0.1390Running0$0
49+590JRJeremy Roy 0-0.2160Running0$0
57+291Felix Roy 0-0.2680Running0$0
622+168HMax McLaughlin 0-0.2740Running0$0
71-641Samuel Charland 0-0.3910Running0$0
815+723Yan Bilodeau 0-0.4930Running0$0
94-55HChris Hile 0-0.4970Running0$0
1019+998HJimmy Phelps 0-0.5360Running0$0
116-517Marcus Dinkins 0-0.5410Running0$0
1214+254REven Racine 0-0.5670Running0$0
1320+73RSErick Rudolph 0-0.5690Running0$0
142-12215Adam Pierson 0-0.6240Running0$0
1513-29SMatt Sheppard 0-0.6360Running0$0
168-82Jack Lehner 0-0.8800Running0$0
1717012Darren Smith 0-0.9040Running0$0
1823+515XJustin Stone 0-0.9240Running0$0
195-1436Chantal Provencher 0-1.0240Running0$0
2024+459Justin Lalancette 0-1.0270Running0$0
2116-566MCorbin Millar 0-1.7250Running0$0
2218-42PPatrick Beaumier 0-1.7250Running0$0
2311-1235BFrancois Bellemare 0-1.7250Running0$0
2421-325PMichael Parent 0-1.7250Running0$0
Hard Charger: Max McLaughlin
Hot Laps 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
111+1099LLarry Wight 00.0000Running0$0
27+554Steve Bernard 0-0.1990Running0$0
320+1739XAlex Therrien 0-0.2280Running0$0
412+822CMario Clair 0-0.2350Running0$0
55035Mike Mahaney 0-0.3830Running0$0
618+12ONEDavid Hebert 0-0.4090Running0$0
71-637MMathieu Desjardins 0-0.4890Running0$0
88088Mat Williamson 0-0.5600Running0$0
916+7124Gorden Clair 0-0.5630Running0$0
103-721APeter Britten 0-0.5760Running0$0
1110-192PMartin Pelletier 0-0.5860Running0$0
1213+188LJeffery Lapalme 0-0.6280Running0$0
136-713Kevin Hamel 0-0.6990Running0$0
1421+739AAlan Therrien 0-0.7160Running0$0
1515001Chris Raabe 0-0.7220Running0$0
1622+64Anthony Perrego 0-0.7840Running0$0
174-1396JF Corriveau 0-0.8160Running0$0
182-167Patrice Demers 0-0.9300Running0$0
190-1935BFrancois Bellemare 0-1.0360Running0$0
2017-383XTim Sears Jr0-1.1640Running0$0
2123+281Eric Landry 0-1.3940Running0$0
2219-322KKeven Clair 0-2.0760Running0$0
239-1444GSebastien Gougeon 0-2.0760DNS0$0
2414-1066XCarey Terrance 0-2.0760DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Alex Therrien
Event Info  

Super DIRTcar Series King of the North
Monday, July 31, 2023
Autodrome Drummond
1155 Boulevard Saint-Joseph Ouest
Drummondville, Quebec J2B 6B6 

Event Description
In the Super DIRTcar Series' first return north of the border in four seasons, the Big Block Modifieds match up two nights in a row at the Drummondville, QC oval. The first night will be a $7,500-to-win matchup while night two will award a $10,000 payout and a guaranteed starting spot at Super DIRT Week for the victor. Joining them will be the DIRTcar Sportsman.

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds

To Win Amount
$7,500.00

Track Info  

Autodrome Drummond
1155 Boulevard Saint-Joseph Ouest
Drummondville, Quebec J2B 6B6 

Track Phone
(819) 474-2222

Track Map
Competitor Info