SUPER DIRTcar: The ‘Doctor’ Cleans House; Danny Johnson Drives to Victory at Autodrome Granby

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GRANBY, QUEBEC — official release — Alex and Helen Bruce photo — “The Doctor” Danny Johnson, of Rochester, N.Y., raced to victory Monday, July 21, at Autodrome Granby, charging past challenger Billy Decker for the coveted Super DIRTcar Series win.

“I just have to thank the guys for giving me a great hot rod tonight,” Johnson said in Victory Lane after leading the final 80 laps of Monday’s 100-lap Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series feature race. “My car was really good. It’s really been working well for me. I’m really happy with it and I was able to maneuver it to the front.”

Johnson started fourth on the starting grid after finishing third in his heat race, but it was Decker who charged ahead to claim the lead at the green flag. Polesitter Billy Dunn fell to third within the first lap and Johnson sat comfortably in second.

The leaders reached lapped traffic in lap 11, but weren’t slowed. It was the first caution of the race in lap 16 that gave Johnson the opportunity to challenge the Decker for the lead..

Decker took the inside line on the lap 20 restart, but Johnson powered high on the outside to keep pace. Johnson was ahead just by a nose at the flagstand the following lap, but he found some bite the next time around and pulled ahead of Decker’s Gypsum Wholesalers No. 91.

“I got a good run on the outside on Billy (Decker) on the restart and we maintained that momentum through (turns) one and two to get the lead,” said Johnson, who claimed his fifth career Super DIRTcar Series win at Autodrome Granby Monday night.

“I missed a little bit, and Dan Johnson)got position on me,” Decker said. “We did have a pretty good race car, just I thought I was getting around the bottom pretty good, then the caution came out there and I took the bottom, and I think the topin (turns) one and two was just a little bit better.”

Johnson kept his position the remaining 80 laps, outmaneuvering Billy Decker through several more cautions and restarts.

Dunn brought the next caution in lap 33 when the Number One Speed No. 49 slowed to a stop in turn 4. Johnson reclaimed the lead off the restart, followed by Decker in second, Gary Tomkins third, Brett Hearn fourth and Jimmy Phelps fifth. Yellow flag conditions returned to the track soon thereafter with local star Mario Clair experiencing mechanical issues. Tomkins was fast on the restart and challenged Decker for second, but Decker stayed ahead.

The third-place car of Tomkins, who was running strong and made his way from seventh to third, brought another caution in lap 53. He steered the No. 84 into the pit area and returned to the track before the field returned to green. However, Tomkins soon afterwards pit in lap 60 under green conditions and did not make it back out.

The Super DIRTcar Series heats up with another 100-lap feature Tuesday, July 22, at Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec. Soon thereafter, the series returns to the States for the continuation of Brett Hearn’s ‘The Big Show 6’ Wednesday, July 30, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y.


Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series – Statistical Report

Autodrome Granby

Monday, July 21, 2014

A-Main Finish (100 laps)

Pos.-Car Number-Driver-Hometown

1. 27J Danny Johnson – Rochester, N.Y. (Winnings: $6,000)

2. 91 Billy Decker – Sidney, N.Y.

3. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, N.J.

4. 9H Matt Sheppard – Waterloo, N.Y.

5. 98H Jimmy Phelps – Baldwinsville, N.Y.

6. 37H David Hebert – St-Damase, Quebec, Canada

7. 22c Mario Clair – Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

8. 99 Stewart Friesen – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

9. 74 Matt Billings – Brockville, Ontario, Canada

10. 7x Steve Paine – Waterloo, N.Y.

11. 21a Pete Britten – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

12. 43F Keith Flach – Ravena, N.Y.

13. 3 Claude Brouillard – Tracy, Quebec, Canada

14. 8 Rich Scagliotta – Hillsborough, N.J.

15. TEN Billy VanInwegen – Sparrowbush, N.Y.

16. 21 Yan Bussiere – Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

17. 42p Pat Ward – Genoa, N.Y.

18. 3H Justin Haers – Phelps, N.Y.

19. 54 Steve Bernard – Granby, Quebec, Canada

20. 7z Erick Rudolph – Ransomville, N.Y.

21. 84 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, N.Y.

22. 73 Alain Boisvert – Dorval, Quebec, Canada

23. 25* Steve Bernier – St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

24. 99L Larry Wight – Altmar, N.Y.

25. 49D Billy Dunn – Watertown, N.Y.

26. 94 Steve Nadeau St-Robert, Quebec, Canada

27. 35 Mike Perrotte – Plattsburgh, N.Y.

28. 22J Gino Clair – Drummondville, Quebec, Canada

29. 46 Kayle Robidoux – St-Constant, Quebec, Canada

30. 13 Kevin Hamel – Sorel, Quebec, Canada

Did Not Start:

97 Michel Chicoine – Ste-Cecile-de-Milton, Quebec, Canada

87 Martin Gagne – Granby, Quebec, Canada

49 Francois Bernier – St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

47 Simon Perreault – Longeuil, Quebec, Canada

26 Maxime Viens – St-Cesaire, Quebec, Canada

55 Dexter Stacey – Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada

43 Sebastien Fournier – St-Leonard, Quebec, Canads

75 Maxime Michom – St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

66w Wallace Stacey – Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada

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