Barger Outruns Super Sprint Field
GRANBY, Quebec – Justin Barger easily topped a star studded field to win the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints main event at Autodrome Granby Saturday night.
“May car was good, I just needed to get out of traffic,” Barger said. “When we had the yellow there just past halfway it gave me a clean track and I could pick the lane I wanted to run in. The track got slick but there were some good groves out there.”
That yellow Barger was talking about came on lap 13. Utica-Rome winner Shawn Donath led from his pole starting spot right up to the halfway point. With the field in lapped traffic, Donath found the passes to be a bit easier than Barger.
But, when the double-file restart came, Barger was restarting in third up from his 11th place starting position.
“The inside lane had bite down low in four and I got a good jump,” Barger said. “Once I took the lead I went right to the top, the car felt good up there.”
Not even a late race caution flag on lap 22 would hinder his performance. As the green lights shined once again, Barger took to the cushion and pulled out to a comfortable lead and on to his 24th Empire Super Sprints triumph.
The final laps saw positions change behind Barger with local favorite Alain Bergeron making the right moves and come home with a popular runner-up finish.
Rounding out the top five were Paul Kinney, Kevin Ward, Jr. and Steve Poirier.