OSWEGO, N.Y. — It’s been a hectic week for Joey Ladouceur at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. While running at Oswego has been the focus, an attempt at some of the satellite shows has also been on their DIRT Week schedule.
But some tough luck at Brewerton Speedway in the Hurricane 100, left Ladouceur’s No. 23 with significant damage to the front clip of his Bicknell chassis. However, when you’re faced with that kind of problem, Super DIRT Week is one of the best places to be.
Bicknell Racing Products met the Ladouceur team at 7:45 on Friday morning and went right to work on replacing the front clip of his car. After about two hours worth of work, Ladouceur was ready for Saturday competition on the fast five-eighths-mile at Oswego.
Ladouceur was nearly flawless in the Futures feature event for the 358-Modifieds, leading early and often. But Jessey Mueller made a hard charge at the end of the event to challenge Ladouceur for the victory.
Mueller made a daring pass on the outside of turn four, but Ladouceur maintained his ground with the two drivers finishing side by side at the double-checkered flag. The margin of victory for Mueller was listed as 0.006 seconds via timing and scoring. But something wasn’t right at the scales.
Mueller’s car was placed in second position by officials due to an infraction on where Mueller’s transponder was mounted. According to reports, the transponder was mounted two inches too far forward. This handed the victory to Ladouceur, who completed a trying day at Super DIRT Week.
Race Chaser Online spoke with Ladouceur after picking up the win:
358-Modified Futures Race Results:
Futures Feature – (12 laps) – 1. 23- Joey Ladouceur; 2. 19m- Jessey Mueller; 3. 47s- Corey Wheeler; 4. 27w- Nick Webb; 5. 39- Ryan Bartlett; 6. 55- Brett Haas; 7. 96- Jean- Francois Corriveau; 8. 7- Louie Jackson Jr.; 9. 28- Gary Lindberg; 10. 55w- Matt Woodruff; 11.04- Mike Butler.
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