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Dexter Dunn takes World Driving tourney lead

August 01, 2011

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New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn was a race winner in the second round of the World Driving Championship, raced at Tioga Downs on Monday evening, and as a result took the lead in the 20-heat competition among 10 of the world’s top harness drivers.
Corey Callahan, sent away from the starting gate in the first of four heats raced on Monday with “USA, USA” cheers in his ears, scored a victory in a 1-1/4 mile trot -- setting a new track record of 2:28.3 with Curly Top. That win gave Callahan, who also won the first race in the opening round on Sunday, a brief overall lead in the competition.
Dunn’s win in Monday’s second heat brought him to within three points of Callahan when the latter finished fourth. Canada’s Jody Jamieson, with a third-place finish in the race, pulled to within two points of Callahan.
The night’s biggest shocker came in the third division, which Spain’s Juan Antonio Riera-Rossello won at 22-1. Dunn finished third to take the lead, with 59 points, and Callahan and Jamieson finished ninth and 10th and fell four and seven points off Dunn’s lead, respectively.
The night’s final heat was won by Birger Jorgensen, the defending world champion, who came clear with the pacer True Desire to complete a 10th to fourth place evening. Dexter Dunn’s third place finish secured victory in the second leg, Callahan’s sixth place finish put him third in the overall standings and Jamieson’s runner-up finish in the final division put him second in the overall standings.
The drivers will have the night off on Tuesday evening and will return to action on Wednesday afternoon (August 3) at Monticello Raceway. The fourth and final rounds will be raced on Thursday (August 4) at Meadowlands Racetrack and Friday (August 5) at Yonkers Raceway, respectively. (USTA)
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