Prodigy Race Promotions on Sprint Car Insider – Driver Exclusive. ELK GROVE, Calif. (October 7, 2019) – > Devon Courtnier salvaged his season at Delta Speedway by running hard and finishing the home stretch strong.
For most of the season Courtnier was in the thick of title contention for the 2019 Delta Speedway Restricted championship. In fact, for a few rounds, he occupied the point lead. He won four races, totaling 28%. He swept the June Doubleheader “Summer Sizzle,” and won three races in a row, from round-five, through round-seven. He was on fire to start the summer.
Up until the Dual at Delta he was in prime position to seize the title. He only finished outside of the top five once to that point. He started his season by reeling off a fourth-place finish at the opener, third in round-two, and eighth at round-three.
From that point forward he kicked the wick.
He swept both round-five and round-six. He then came back and picked up the round-seven victory and catapulted to the top of the Restricted standings.
Following a near top-five finish at the Clay Cup Nationals, Courtnier returned home and maintained the consistency. He came away from round-eight with third, and round-nine with 2nd. His two podiums kept him strong atop the standings.
Then things began to dismantle.
He endured an uncharacteristic sixth-place finish at round-ten. The mid top- ten wasn’t enough with how strong the field was running and he relented the points lead. Hr was still in the hunt, but no longer the man in control. He was right there until Labor Day weekend. The Dual at Delta, Labor Day Doubleheader, turned into a weekend Courtnier would rather forget.
Things went south on both night of the two-night affair:
This is how it happened – Excerpt from Dual at Delta Recap:
“Courtnier came into the double header weekend locked in a title fight just 12 points out of the lead. Then he spit a chain off on Saturday night, causing a DNF. On Sunday, he was putting in a valiant charge, battling for the lead when made a couple small, but costly, mistakes. Those mistakes, coupled with the DNF, effectively cost the 34 his title chances.
After the heart break of the Dual, Devon had two full weeks to sit and stew on the results. How he responded would serve as a showcase of the mentality of the man. He could let it eat him; or he could make a statement.
He made the statement loud and clear.”
At the penultimate round the 34 returned with a vengeance. He had redemption on his mind. He showed everyone that he belonged where he was. This season was no fluke. He earned it. When it was all on the line and it was time to show up or show yourself out – he showed up, ready to rock – and he cleaned house.
Saturday night he continued that blitzkrieg charge to salvaging his season. Qualifying was good enough for 9th and then it was all podium from there. He earned second in his heat landing the 9th starting position for the final points paying main event of the season at Delta.
He did it again.
Courtnier charged through the field making short work of each driver he encountered. It didn’t take him long to pass nearly every driver he’s battled with this season. Before you knew it the 34 sat in the second square on the top of the scoreboard. He had his foot planted to floor trying to catch the 21, and he was making up ground. There just wasn’t enough laps left and the he sustained the 2nd spot. Saturday’s finish earned him his eighth podium of 2019 and climbing back into second in points on the eleventh hour.
It was a statement season on many fronts.
In the end, Courtnier’s numbers total a 5th place average finish. He also managed to land on the podium eight times, or 57% of his races. In nine races he finished in the top five, for 64%, and he kept the 34 well within the top ten in 11 out of his 14 attempts accounting for a 78% top ten rate.
Although things went off-track, the way he rebounded made a sincere statement, to the competition, and to himself as a competitor.
This season was no fluke. He earned it. He belongs up front and now he has faith in that.
With the Point season wrapped up Courtnier has turned his focus to grabbing the Turkey Bowl XIX title from Delta Speedway on October 25-26. It’s the next title on the line and the 34 looks to come home number one this time.
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#34 Restricted 600
October 5, 2019
Heat Race: 2nd
Main Event: 2nd
Delta Speedway 2019 Stats:
• 14 features/ 13 point races
• 4 wins
• 8 podiums
• 9 top fives
• 11 top tens
• 5th Place avg. finish
• 28% win rate
• 57% podium rate
• 64% top five rate
• 78% top ten rate
• 2nd in overall points (-39)
Devon Courtnier #34
Top 5s: 12
Top 10s: 16
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Turkey Bowl XIX
October 25-26, 2019
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