give him a piece of his mind. Track officials quickly got Roussin under control. “This man is out of control. Is he too old to be driving? He deliberately shoved me in the wall” commented Roussin following the event to anyone that came by asking for his vision of the incident.
Once the field resumed to green flag racing with Laperle leading, Donald Theetge and Alexandre Gingras quickly went around Sylvain Lacombe dropping him to fourth place. Leclerc, Lavigueur, Déry, MacPherson, Poulin and Bergeron were right behind them.
On lap 56, Normand Lavigueur, the St-Eustache winner, is sent into a violent spin just after the flagman, collects and knocks over a first Jersey barrier, spins another 180 degree and connects and knocks over a second Jersey barrier. This brought out the second red flag (and eight yellow) of the race. “I am not going to go over to him, but the young Ontario driver [Spencer MacPherson] never let go and contacted me right here” said Normand Lavigueur, after the race, and pointing to driver’s side of his heavily damaged race car.
The field, once again stopped on the back stretch with the order at that time being: Laperle, Theetge, Gingras, Lacombe, Déry, MacPherson, Poulin, Bergeron, St-Gelais, Roberge, Boissoneault, Leclerc, Desbiens, Bédard and Allard.
Once back under green, everyone was standing and watching the side-by-side battle, between Laperle and Theetge, classic short track stock car racing at its best. Coming back around, on lap 56, at the flagstand Theetge edged out Laperle, by a nose, to become the events fourth leader.
On the backstretch, Theetge had a half car length on Laperle. As they came to turn
three, Theetge entered very deep and fast, too fast, and went very high, Laperle
hugging the low line got back even with Theetge. As they went down the front stretch,
once again, Theetge built a small advantage over Laperle. As they went into turn
one, Laperle on the inside, Theetge on the outside, contact was made and the two
went into a spin bringing out the ninth yellow. Alexandre Gingras, running third,
sustained the most damage in this incident, with the nose of his car crushed back,
when he hit the spinning car of Laperle. Theetge, Laperle, Gingras would visit the pits
under the yellow flag condition.
When the race resumed, Sylvain Lacombe inherited the lead on lap 57, he was
followed by JF Déry, MacPherson, Poulin, St-Gelais, Bergeron, Boissoneault and
Bédard. Lacombe would go on to lead the remaining laps challenged only by JF
Déry, who had been running since lap 18 with no rear brakes. Déry while he showed
Lacombe he was there, never forced the issue, as he and his crew were concerned
with the hood of his car ripping open should there be front end contact, since the hood was being held closed with the help of only racing tape [he had made contact on the lap 17 incident].
Theetge and Laperle worked their way back to finish the race in 8th and 9th positiosn respectively, without further on-track incidents between the two.
After the race when asked his opinion of the mid race incident, Theetge responded, “Laperle just can’t stand being passed on the outside. I ran on the outside of him and he just drove into me. Just like he did to me at Vallée last year. The Laperles just can’t win in Québec and it drives them nuts.”
A few minutes later, when I asked Patrick Laperle his version of the incident he responded with “I can’t believe how he can claim to be a champion. On the backstretch before the green he kept hitting me trying to ruin my toe, then he pushed me in the speed bumps. It was intimidation. After the first lap back to green, going into turn one, he came down on me. He hadn’t cleared me. What kind of champion does this? He wants a fight, I’ll give him a fight”.
While Sylvain Lacombe had a fast car, he only briefly showed his muscle, when attacking Patrick Laperle for the lead early on and later to protect the top spot from Jean-François Déry. Lacombe, while this is second time on the podium in four races, this is first event win on ACT CASTROL Series. “I waited for Theetge and Laperle to make a mistake or to take themselves out. I definitely could have challenged them for the lead, my team gave me a great car” said Lacombe during post race inspection.
“Wow. I never taught we would finish this good. At the first yellow, I told my crew there was a problem with the rear brakes. They found out the rear callipers had shifted on the housing bracket damaging the hose. We decided to pinch the lines and run only with front brakes. Even with only front brakes I went back thru the field, took advantage of the other’s misfortune and ontrack incidents. Once again the crew gave me a great car and this finish just increased our position on top of the standings” declared Jean-François Déry.
The rookie, Spencer MacPherson, finished third, was really excited with his finish. “We started fifth, wanted a top ten finishing position, so third is really sweet for us. Last time we came here we finished fifteen. This was a race of attrition, we managed to stay out of trouble and fought our way back to the top after our car faded really bad early on” said MacPherson.
“Second week in a row we go home with a car without damage. What could I ask for more? Well there is always more financial support, you know, were a small team” said Daniel Bergeron, who finished sixth.
Amazingly, Bergeron goes to the races with only three or four crew members, including his teen daughter, and hauls to and from the racetrack with an open trailer… in the age of transporters (averaging half a million dollar) and multi car teams.
Following the race, I asked, track owner and promoter, Ralph Nason for his comments and appreciation on the event:
“This was a very competitive field,” said Nason. “The fans had a good race, too bad there weren’t more of them here today. It’s sunny and hot. A great group of racers and a good car count. A fair price was being charged (25$ Canadian) for admission. Everything a race fan should be asking for. It’s too bad. Stock Car fan enthusiasm is down, here at Montmangy, in Maine and everywhere.”
Fin pos (starting pos) driver, hometown, laps completed, reason out
1. (11) Sylvain Lacombe, Terrebonne, QC, 100
2. (15) Jean-Francois Déry, Val-Belair, Qc, 100
3. (5) Spencer MacPherson, Carleton Place, ON, 100
4. (21) Jacques Poulin, East Broughton, Qc, 100
5. (4) Eric St-Gelais, St-Nicolas, Qc, 100
6. (1) Daniel Bergeron, St-Benoit, Qc, 100
7. (6) Steven Boissonneault, Lyster, Qc, 100
8. (13) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Qc, 100
9. (9) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, Qc, 100
10. (3) Yvon Bedard, St-Nicolas, Qc, 100
11. (16) Karl Allard, St-Felicien, Qc, 100
12. (20) Kevin Roberge, Levis, Qc, 99
13. (2) Dany Ouellet, La Pocatiere, Qc, 91
14. (12) Alexandre Gingras, Québec, Qc, 87, Overheating
15. (35) Jonathan Desbiens, Levis, Qc, 78, Suspension
16. (10) Claude Leclerc, Lanouraie, Qc, 75, Overheating
17. (18) Stephane Durand. Québec, Qc, 66, Engine
18. (14) Normand Lavigeur, Laval, Qc, 55, Wreck
19. (8) Simon Roussin, Québec, Qc, 53, Wreck
20. (22) Martin Lacombe, Terrebonne, Qc, 53, Ignition
21. (19) Eric Lehoux, Ste-Marie, Beauce, Qc, 53, Wreck
22. (17) Rejean Blanchet, St-Tite-des-Caps, Qc, 53, Wreck
23. (7) Marc-Andre Cliche, Vallee-Jonction, Qc, 41, Overheating
Rank Team1st try/2nd tryBest Time PenaltiesTotal timeTime to servicePenaltiesTotal time 1#80 Donald Theetge17.48-17.4818.08-18.0817.48 2#21 J-F Déry18.501 x 5 sec23.5017.49-17.4917.49 3#9 Yvon Bédard--DNF20.58-20.5820.58 4#91 Patrick Laperle22.212x5,1x1042.2118.701 x 5 sec23.7023.70 5#28 Dany Ouellet24.00-24.0025.95-25.9524.00 6#66 Simon Roussin24.162 x 5 sec34.1622.442 x 5 sec32.4432.44
NOTE - Due to technical problems, this race story was delayed from appearing on Speed51.com immediately after the race.