Poirier Nearly Strikes Twice


LAFARGEVILLE, N.Y. — Steve Poirier earned his fifth Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint triumph of the year Friday night at Chapman’s Can-Am Motorsports Park.

Lance Yonge led the first nine laps during the 25-lap feature as Poirier made his way to the front after starting sixth. Poirier made his move with 10 laps complete, moving below Yonge as they exited turn two. He led the rest of the way at the half-mile dirt oval.

Shawn Donath finished second, followed by Justin Barger, Yonge and Alain Bergeron.

The finish:
Steve Poirier, Shawn Donath, Justin Barger, Lance Yonge, Alain Bergeron, Jeff Cook, Jason Barney, Kevin Ward, Jr., Shayne Ely, Ryan Smith, Brandon Warner, Chris Jones, Mike Stelter, Devin Caron, Michael Parent, Brian McDonald, Chuck Hebing, Dan Kaszubinski.


VERNON, N.Y. — Chuck Hebing passed Steve Poirier on the final lap to capture Sunday’s Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints feature at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Hebing started his night with a spin in his heat race, but that didn’t slow him down. He recovered and chased down Poirier late in the 25-lap feature, beating Poirier by .053 second at the half-mile clay oval.

Jason Barney, Dan Kaszubinski and Kevin Ward, Jr. filled the top five.

The finish:
Chuck Hebing, Steve Poirier, Jason Barney, Dan Kaszubinski, Kevin Ward, Jr., Jeff Cook, Michael Parent, Tommy Wickham, Justin Barger, Cory Sparks, Mike Stelter, Shayne Ely, Josh Pieniazek, Curtis Bradshaw, Zach Weigand, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Smith, Bobby Varin, Matt Tanner, Brian McDonald, Lance Yonge, Shawn Donath, Don Sharp, Jr., James Hanson.