Steve Poirier had two things that helped him feel comfortable on Friday night. First, he was at Ohsweken Speedway, a three-eighths mile dirt track, where he's won the last two Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Secondly, he went back to the Eagle Chassis that he used to win the big race last September.
"I don't know what it is but I feel comfortable here (Ohsweken)," said Poirier after his third win of the season with the 25th Anniversary Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint tour. "I've been running well with my other car (J&J Auto Racing) but I know this car (Eagle) is good here."
The decision worked out well for Poirier as he pocketed $2,000 for the win courtesy of Arrow Express. It also helped him increase his overall lead in the tour point standings as well as giving him the lead in the SMAC Magazine Canadian Invasion series.
Justin Barger, out of Montrose, N.Y., was able to get up as far as second but in the end he was unable to hold of Poirier and Yonge, forcing him to settle for third.
"We were close on the setup in the car," said Barger about his Ryder powered Maxim. "I didn't think the bottom was going to be as good as it was and it we missed it a little bit."
Cook, who led some of the event in his Maxim ride, fell back to finish in fourth while Jared Zimbardi of Little Valley, N.Y. came from the sixth row to finish in fifth.
ESS/Ohsweken Notes: A near record field of cars as 42 jammed the pit area as ESS shared the card with the World of Outlaw Late Models which were rained out the night before...A tremendous amount of support from the Ohsweken weekly Corr-Pak sprint car series and also from the Southern Ontario Sprints....Good to have Dain Naida and Louie Carufel from the Sprints on Dirt circuit as both made the A-Main...The 25 lap A-Main was the second in row that went non-stop, Mike Stelter was the only driver of the 25 starters that didn't see the checkered flag. Stelter by the way was running Jay Pietz's #71Jr as he is still awaiting motor parts for his own mount and if it was for the Kris Root team loaning a rear end, he wouldn't have made the event...Lee Ladouceur took full advantage of his provisional as he started 25th, finished 6th and took home an extra $50 from Lane's Yamaha...The stars and cars from the Lucas Oil Sponsored Series will be back at Ohsweken on Sept. 12 and 13 as a part of the Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals...42 cars entered the event.