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Erick Rudolph secures DIRTcar 358-Modified Series title by winning tour finale

1- Erick Rudolph

By MARTIN BELANGER

(Mike Mallett Photo) Brockville, Ont. – Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N. Y., claimed the DIRTcar 358-Modifed Series Championship with a thrilling victory in the tour’s 100-lap final round of the during day 2 of the 1000 Island RV DIRTcar Northeast Falls Nationals. Rudolph claimed the lead in lap 67 of the feature race Saturday, Oct. 19, and didn’t let up until the checkered flag waved.

Last Sunday’s Syracuse 200 winner at Syracuse Billy Dunn and local runner Lee Gill shared the top row for the start of the 100-lap event. Dunn took the early lead with DIRTcar 358-Modified Series point leader Erick Rudolph following in second. An early caution slowed racers in lap 6 as Lee Ladouceur stopped in turn 4.

The top two leaders remained the same off the restart, with Brian McDonald powering ahead to claim third. Gill and Danny O’Brien followed. Dunn joined slower traffic at the backend of the field, where cars running side-by-side slowed his progress.

Running in fourth spot, Lee Gill went off turn 3 and the yellow lights were lit with 23 laps down. A lap 32 restart saw Dunn still in the lead.

Brian McDonald by cracked the top 5, but he stepped out of turn 2 and the yellow got out as the feature neared its midpoint.

The halfwas point was reached under caution, with Dunn, Rudolph, Danny Johnson, Danny O’Brien and Dale Planck making up the top 5.

Planck was able to pass Danny O’Brien just before another yellow was thrown with Dave Austin having issues with his mount.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series contender Mat Williamson made his way in the top 5 as Billy Dunn slipped off the track, losing valuable spots and giving the lead to Erick Rudolph on lap 67.

With 25 laps to go, Rudolph,Johnson, Planck, Williamson and Danny O’Brien composed the first five.

Both Johnson and Danny O’Brien had issues with their cars, losing their top 4 positions in lap 81.

On the restart, Rudolph remained the leader. Pat O’Brien lost his fifth spot in lap 90 with a flat right rear tire, giving his spot to Dunn who made his way back with the leaders. Williams also succumbed to a flat tire late in the race, losing his third-place position with one lap to go.

Rudolph managed to lead the last two laps in the green-white-checkered finish, winning his first event of the season and securing his first-ever DIRTcar 358-Modified Series title. Dale Planck, Billy Dunn, Alain Boisvert and Carey Terrance completed the top 5.

Rudolph was ecstatic in winner`s circle: “Wow! I can’t believe it, winning the race and getting the championship, I am really happy!” Rudolph was thankful for his team: ”I would like to thank everyone for a great year in the Snyder Industries Car”.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #12 – Event Summary

1000 Island RV Falls Nationals 100

Brockville Ontario Speedway

October 19th, 2013

Feature Results:

Erick Rudolph, Dale Planck, Billy Dunn, Alain Boisvert, Carey Terrance, Alan Johnson, Matt Sheppard, David Hebert, Ryan Arbuthnot, Stephane Lafrance, Michel Chicoine, Brian McDonald, Mario Clair, Dany Bilodeau, Jeff Sykes, Pierre Dagenais, Mat Williamson, Tim O’Brien, Pat O’Brien, Steve Bernard, Danny O’Brien, John Mulder, Danny Johnson, Lee Gill, Lee Ladouceur, Dave Austin, Kyle Wilson, Jason Riddell, Adam Moore, Kyle Dingwall

LAP LEADERS:

Dunn (1-66)

Rudolph (67- 101)

Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 to redraw, top 5 qualify)

H1: Dale Planck, Pat O’Brien, David Hebert, Stephane Lafrance, Tim O’Brien, Alan Johnson, Michel Chicoine, Joel Doiron, Yan Bussiere, Joe Banks

H2: Steve Bernard, Lee Gill, Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance, Matt Sheppard, Alain Boisvert, Kyle Wilson, Jeff Sykes, Kevin Hamel, Jordan McCreadie

H3: Mat Williamson, Danny Johnson, Danny O’Brien, Kyle Dingwall, Mario Clair, Jason Riddell, Lee Ladouceur, John Mulder, Pierre Dagenais, Roger Levesque

H4: Erick Rudolph, Dany Bilodeau, Billy Dunn, Dave Austin, Adam Moore, Gilles Godard, Jean Boissonneault, Ryan Arbuthnot, Steve Bilow, David Papineau

Consolation Races:

C1: Alan Johnson, Alain Boisvert, Kyle Wilson, Jeff Sykes, Michel Chicoine, Jordan McCreadie, Yan Bussiere, Kevin Hamel, Joe Banks (DNS), joel Doiron (DNS)

C2: Jason Riddell, Lee Ladouceur, John Mulder, Ryan Arbuthnot, Pierre Dagenais, Steve Bilow, Gilles Godard, Jean Boissonneault, Roger Levesque, David Papineau (DNS)

Brockville Ontario Speedway DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #12 Roster (41)

1H David Hebert – St-Damase, Quebec

4J Jeff Sykes – Edwards, N. Y.

6 Mat Williamson – St. Catharines, Ontario

6p Pat O’Brien – Kingston, Ontario

7 Lee Gill – LaFargeville, NY

7z Dale Planck – Cortland, NY

9 Jason Riddell – Brockville, Ontario

9j Jordan McCreadie – Watertown, NY

9s Matt Sheppard – Waterloo, NY

12 John Mulder – Brockville, Ontario

13 Kevin Hamel – Yamaska, Quebec

15 Kyle Wilson – Joyceville, Ontario

17d Danny O’Brien – Iverary, Ontario

20 Steve Bilow – Kingston, Ontario

21 Yan Bussiere – Drummondville, Quebec

22c Mario Clair – Drummondville, Quebec

23 Billy Dunn – Watertown, NY

23b Dany Bilodeau – Victoriaville, Quebec

24b Roger Levesque – Kingston, Ontario

25 Erick Rudolph – Ransomville, N. Y.

27 Gilles Godard – Summerstown, Ontario

27j Danny Johnson – Rochester, NY

31 Suzie Langlois – Yamaska, Quebec

35 Adam Moore – Kingston, Ontario

40 Joel Doiron – Alexandria, Ontario

54 Steve Bernard – Granby, Quebec

55j Alan Johnson – Rochester, NY

61 Jean Boissonneault – Granby, Quebec

66 Kyle Dingwall – South Dundas, Ontario

66x Carey Terrance – Hogansburg, N. Y.

R70 Ryan Arbuthnot – Renfrew, Ontario

73 Alain Boisvert – Lachine, Quebec

73a Dave Austin – Brockville, Ontario

75j Joe Banks – Kingston, Ontario

88 Tim O’Brien – Kingston, Ontario

M96 Lee Ladouceur – Alexandria, Ontario

97 Michel Chicoine – Ste-Cecile De Milton, Quebec

115 Shephane LaFrance – St. Albert, Ontario

124 Pierre Dagenais – Gatineau, Quebec

151 Brian McDonald – Cornwall, Ontario

188 David Papineau – Akwesasne, Ontario

2013 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule

Mon. May 20, Merrittville Speedway, Thorold, Ont. – Matt Sheppard

Mon. July 1st, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. – Matt Sheppard

Wed. July 3, Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, N. Y. – Chad Brachmann

Sun. Sept. 1, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. – Steve Bernard

Fri. Sept. 6, Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville, Que. – David Hebert

Fri. Sept. 13, Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, N. Y. – Matt Sheppard

Fri. Sept. 20, Le RPM Speedway, St-Marcel De Richelieu, Que. – Mario Clair

Sat. Sept. 21, Brighton Speedway, Brighton, Ont. – 100 laps – Inclement Weather

Wed. Oct. 9, Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, N. Y. – 75 laps – Matt Sheppard

Thurs. Oct. 10, Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton N. Y. – 75 laps – Danny Johnson

Sat. Oct. 12, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, N. Y. – 150 laps – Brett Hearn

Sat. Oct. 19, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, Ont. – 100 laps – Erick Rudolph

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