OTTAWA, ON– Stock car racer Alexandre Gingras of Quebec, Qc rebounded after virtually destroying his race car at the Série ACT Castrol’s event two weeks ago, to win the Toromont CAT 100 at Capital City Speedway (Ottawa, ON) on Saturday night. Gingras, who started ninth in the 29-car field, had wrecked his La Québécoise Chevrolet in the final laps of the St-Eustache 100 on May 27 while attempting a pass for second in the fourth turn. Gingras’ had car vaulted over the pit wall exiting the corner and barrel-rolled before coming to a rest on its wheels. He was uninjured in the incident.
|Tom Curley congratulates Gingras in victory lane.
“This win is dedicated to my crew,” said a happy Gingras in Victory Lane, “They spent a very difficult two weeks since we had to put a new front clip on the car following St-Eustache. They worked very hard to get the car put back together.” In addition to repairing the car, the team debuted a new paint and graphics scheme which Gingras hoped would enable him to be more visible to his fellow competitors. About his bright red and neon yellow racer he said with a grin, “I hope everyone will be able to see me now.”
Montpelier, Vermont’s Dave Pembroke finished a strong second after leading the majority of the race at the 3/8ths mile speedplant. The ACT Tour veteran’s arrival in the pits for his first Castrol Series appearance brought the number of entries to 31, the largest Late Model stock car count in recent memory at the track.
St-Denis, Qc’s Patrick Laperle continued his recuperation following a lengthy illness with a third place finish. Local favorite Rick Rump of Carp, ON was fourth and Castrol Series point leader Jean-Francois Dery from Val-Belair, Qc completed the top five.
Sean Kennedy from Dunrobin, ON, a weekly competitor at Capital City Speedway and a first year Late Model racer was sixth. Veteran Steve Munro from Carp, who started 22nd in the 29-car field, was seventh which earned him the Kenyon Racing Products Hard Charger Award for improving his starting position the most number of places. Castrol Séries Rookie-of-the-Year contender, Spencer MacPherson of Carleton Place, ON was eighth. Laval, Qc’s Normand Lavigueur, winner of the previous event at the Autodome St-Eustache was ninth and Derek Lynch from Warkworth, ON rounded out the Top 10 in his first appearance of the season.
|Gingras was quick to give his crew credit for the hard work they put in to make this win possible.
Freshman racer Eric St-Gelais started on the pole in the Castrol Series’ lone appearance in the province of Ontario and led the first circuit. Pembroke, who stated third, used his experience over the rookie to vault into the lead for lap two. He held the advantage until the 13th circuit when hometown hero Rump took over.
The Toromont CAT 100’s lone caution came on the 33rd circuit for a minor backstretch spin. On the restart, Pembroke, who was on the front two next to Rump, jumped into the lead, a position he held until lap 73.
Gingras, who has been working his way forward from his ninth place starting position, moved in to challenge the leader following the caution period. The pair of veterans deftly threaded through traffic as one tried to protect his lead while the other looked for an advantage or miscue. The opening Gingras was looking for came as the duo worked the 74th circuit. Moving through lapped traffic the runner-up was able to gain the advantage and go on for the win in just over 38 minutes from the drop of the initial green flag. Twenty-seven of the 29 starters were running at the drop of the checkers.
Top three in victory lane - (lf to rt) Third place Patrick Laperle, winner Alexandre Gingras and second place David Pembroke.
The Serie ACT Castrol’s next event is set for Saturday, June 16 at the Autodrome Montmagny Speedway, Montmagny, Qc. For more information, call (802) 244-6963, visit the official Serie ACT Castrol at www.laserieactcastrol.com.
Official Finish of the Série ACT Castrol’s Toromont CAT 100 – Sat., June 9, 2007
at Capital City Speedway, Ottawa, ON showing finish position, (start position), driver, hometown, laps complete and reason out, if any:
1. (9) Alexandre Gingras, Quebec, Qc, 100
2. (3) Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VT, 100
3. (7) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, Qc, 100
4. (5) Rick Rump, Carp, ON, 100
5. (14) Jean-Francois Dery, Val-Belair, Qc, 100
6. (11) Sean Kennedy, Dunrobin, ON, 100
7. (22) Steve Munro, Carp, ON, 100
8. (2) Spencer MacPherson, Carleton Place, ON, 100
9. (6) Normand Lavigeur, Laval, Qc, 100
10. (17) Derek Lynch, Warkworth, ON, 100
11. (15) Karl Allard, St-Felicien, Qc, 100
12. (4) Daniel Bergeron, St-Benoit, Qc, 100
13. (21) Dave Riopelle, Dunrobin, ON, 99
14. (16) Andre Coursol, St-Jerome, Qc, 99
15. (13) Steven Boissonneault, Lyster, Qc, 99
16. (20) Justin Holton, Ottawa, ON, 99
17. (12) Jacques Poulin, East Broughton, Qc, 99
18. (10) Claude Leclerc, Lanouraie, Qc, 99
19. (8) Martin Lacombe, Terrebonne, Qc, 99
20. (18) Marc-Andre Cliche, Vallee-Jonction, Qc, 99
21. (23) Eric Chase, Milton, VT, 98
22. (25) Simon Roussin, Quebec, Qc, 97
23. (1) Eric St-Gelais, St-Nicolas, Qc, 97
24. (28) Dany Ouellet, La Pocatiere, Qc, 96
25. (24) Yvon Bedard, St-Nicolas, Qc, 96,
26. (27) Dave Waite, Smith Falls, ON, 95
27. (29) Kevin Roberge, Levis, Qc, 94
28. (19) Sylvain Lacombe, Terrebonne, QC, 72, Handling
29. (26) Jonathan Desbiens, Levis, Qc, 14, Steering