Ohsweken, Ontario – James Michael Friesen of Saint Catharines, Ontario, claimed his second victory of the 2019 Race of Champions Dirt 602 Sportsman Modified Series presented by Product 9 season this past Tuesday night at Ohsweken Speedway as part of Night 2 of the Northern Summer Nationals.
It was the third time Friesen has visited victory lane in his career and he became the second consecutive driver to win from the 11th place starting position.
“We had a good car and just plugged away all night,” smiled Friesen in victory lane. “Things just went our way and the late caution really helped me out. Brad (Rouse) is one of the best in the business and any time you beat him, it’s a great feeling. I’m proud of efforts tonight and hopefully we can keep things rolling forward.”
Friesen held off Brad Rouse of Saint Catharines, Ontario, the defending Series Champion and 2017 Series Champion, Chad Chevalier of Port Colborne, Ontario.
Adam Leslie of Saint Catharines, Ontario and the most recent Series winner, Dylan Davidson also of Saint Catharines, Ontario rounded out the top-five.
Greg Panunte, Davidson and Rouse won the qualifying races.
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Arrow Express & Nitro 54 Variety Northern Summer Nationals Night 2 30
Feature Finish –
Position, Driver, Car Number, Starting Position
1.) James Michael Friesen 72 11
2.) Brad Rouse 18r 4
3.) Chad Chevalier 12 8
4.) Adam Leslie 15 7
5.) Dylan Davidson 73 5
6.) Darrell Farraway 66 10
7.) Justin Sharp 8s 2
8.) Jordan Cosco 17c 14
9.) Robbie Johnston 33j 12
10.) Jay Mallory 20 16
11.) Emily Puchalski 12p 15
12.) Tyler Puchalski 21p 9
13.) Dave DiPietro 68 6
14.) Chris Waters 119 5s
15.) Sam Junkin 2 18
16.) Matt Sharpe 5s 20
17.) Lee Mallory 44 21
18.) Greg Panunte 99p 3
19,) Joey Herramans 57 17
20.) Rob Sader 93 22
21.) Dan Ferguson 11 1
22.) Chris Hawkins 25 24
23.) Trevor Wright 09 13
24.) Michel Beyore 54a 23
Qualifying Race Winners: Greg Panunte; Dylan Davidson; Brad Rouse
-Race of Champions Press Release
-Photo credit: Alex and Helen Bruce Racing Photos