Poirier Controls Empire Super Sprint Opener
LAFARGEVILLE, N.Y. – Steve Poirier said numerous times over the off-season he was coming back full-time in 2013 and was looking to regain the form that won him three prior Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint championships.
On Friday night at the Can-Am Motorsports Park the full point season kicked off for the series and Poirier wasted little time asserting himself as a title contender. Poirier led all 25-laps of the feature event for his 40th career series win.
“This is a super good start to the season,” said Poirier who collected $1,800 on the night. “Being away last year made us work a little more on our stuff. We were searching more for a victory and we started super good tonight.”
Matt Tanner and Michael Parent started on the pole after qualifying for the 38 car field was complete. Parent got the jump on Tanner and beat him into the first turn at the green. Poirier was able to advance to second in turns one and two and then he used a slide job in turns three and four to drive by Parent for the lead from his fourth starting position.
One lap was in the books when caution slowed the field as Jared Zimbardi slowed with mechanical issues and Jason Barney skated off the top-side of turn one. On the double-file restart Poirier elected for the outside and he easily held onto the lead as he pulled away from Parent.
“My car was super good.” said Poirier. “I don’t think anyone could have beat me on turn three entry.”
Traffic was an issue for Poirier by the sixth circuit which kept Parent and company close to his back bumper. Poirier was struggling a little bit with the traffic allowing the field to creep closer to him.