ROBIDOUX OUTLASTS MELBERG TO PURE STOCK VICTORYOn Aug 19, 2013
John Robidoux worked his way to the lead on the Pure Stock feature with just six laps remaining after toiling in the top five the entire race. he had watched Daniel Massa, Jr. lead the first eight laps, then Jostph fortin take the front through the middle of the race from the second slot. After toiling mightily to get by, he spent the final laps with current champ Jesse Melberg looking for every possible way to steal the win. At the finish, though, it was Robidoux coming under the checkers first as Melberg had to power slide through turn four and down the front stretch to avoid a looseness situation turning into a spin. Melberg still claimed second with Fortin,Jamie Salley and Earl Curtin III in the top five.
Robidoux arrived in second on lap five, as he worked Flanagan’s outside and was suddenly the top slice on a three-wide sandwich with Joe Fortin jumping in down low and Ed Flanagan in the middle. Robidoux found himself sideways, saved it and then found himself second with Fortin third.
But Melisssa Charette spun, recovered, then spun again bringing out caution. On the restart, Robidoux was on the front outside Massa. Massa jumped ahead and Fortin charged in under Robidoux with Massa coming out to nab second. But Fortin got into Massa, who spun in front of the field in turn four. The mass scattered but Flanagan was collected in the pileup. Massa ran to the pits and Flanagan had to take a ride on the hook.
Fortin started under Robidoux, ran to the front, but dropped to second as Robidoux rushed ahead. Lap ten saw Salley under into second but Robidoux grabed the spot back.
Fortin lead Robidoux into lap thirteen, followed by Salley, Melberg and Curtin. Melberg quickly moved around Salley for third behind Robidoux. and was on his bumper by lap 17.
But on lap nineteen, Fortin came through turn four too hot and ran very wide, scraping down the frontstretch wall and opening the door for Robidoux and Melberg. Robidoux charged into the lead with Melberg in tow.
For the rest of the 25 laps, Melberg spent his time making life miserable for John Robidoux, but Robidoux was equal to the challenges on this evening. High, low and then more, but Robidoux held him off for the win.
Rounding out the top ten were: Amy Heroux, Bill Doyle, Ed Gould, Mark Murphy, and Massa.