Poirier Controls Empire Super Sprint Opener
The final caution flag of the event was shown on lap 12 as Bryan Howland slowed with an issue in the rear-suspension. On the ensuing restart, Parent got the edge on Poirier coming down the front straightaway. He was almost a full car length in front as they entered turn one. Poirier dove to the bottom of the turn one and once again pulled the slide job to regain the lead.
“The engine wasn’t quite as good on restarts and starting on the outside made it interesting because the guy on the bottom could take your line,” stated the Quebec driver. “I slid Michael (Parent) there a little bit because he jumped the start there a bit. My car was very good on turn entry and I had enough to get him back.”
A new challenger emerged late in the race as Poirier entered traffic for a second time. Dylan Swiernik, who had started 12th, worked his way to second and began closing in on Poirier. As Poirier struggled Swiernik took the straightaway lead that Poirier had amassed and brought it down to just a few car lengths.
In the end though Poirier was just too strong and was the first to the checkered flag. Swiernik was all smiles after his second place finish. It was the second consecutive race that the Port Leyden, N.Y., driver had passed numerous cars and end with the solid finish.
“We started off strong a few weeks ago at Selinsgrove with a ninth and it is nice to come out with a good run,” commented Swiernik. “We came out here with our new engine, a Kriner. It was the best thing we’ve ever done and it was worth the expense.”
Kevin Ward, another Port Leyden, N.Y., driver, came home third. Parent eventually crossed the line in fourth while Reakes, the defending race winner, came home in the fifth position.