Thursday, February 12, 2009

World Series: Point Leader Laperle Wrecked at New Smyrna, Title Hopes in Question

ASA/Crate-type Late Model point leader Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Que. crashed hard on lap 10 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Thursday night with 13 year-old Stephen Nasse of Pinellas Park, Fla. Laperle made heavy contact with the outside retaining wall in Turn 1 while running in third place.

"The car is bad," Laperle said. "The front and rear clips are bent, two shocks, the rear end, lower and upper control arms, and spindles. We're trying to figure out how to even get the car in the trailer."

Laperle was trying for his fourth consecutive victory in the division at the 43rd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Number-two point man David Wagner of Akron, Oh. made the most of Laperle's situation, winning the sixth of seven features for the Crate Late Models. Friday night's 50-lap event will determine the division's 2009 World Series champion.

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