CORNWALL, Ont. - A big event was presented at Cornwall Motor Speedway as the second series race of the Gaetan Chip Stand Canadian Nationals with a 100-lap Modified event with the winner leaving with $4,000 in his pockets.
A full program for Sportsman, Pro-Stock and Mini-Stock with the SpeedSTR in town for their annual visit on Jim`s Performance Plus night racing card.
A fine field of 30 cars took the initial green in the second race of the Gaetan Chip Stand Canadian Nationals as Mario Clair was the early leader. Dale Planck made a good move to take third from Michel Chicoine on lap 4 as Joel Doiron is in fourth. The leaders got into heavy traffic with 10 laps in the books. The top four was racing together in these conditions as already 15 laps were completed. Planck slipped by Dingwall three laps later and set sight on the leader. With a quarter of the feature done, Clair, Planck, Dingwall, Chris Raabe and Joel Doiron was the top five. The yellow came out on lap 29 for the Dany Bilodeau. Planck jumped to the lead as Chris Raabe followed suit in taking third. Raabe used a lap car to take second just before Lee Miller spun out on lap 46. At the halfway, Planck, Raabe, Clair, Dingwall and Doiron was the top five. On the green, Planck still in front with Raabe still strong in second as Clair was running in third. Brian McDonald caused the third caution as he went out the track in turn 4. On the restart, a tough break for Chris Raabe something broke at the rear end of his car giving second to Dingwall and Clair in third, yellow was out on lap 72. Green was back with 25 laps to go, Dingwall had a good start and showed his nose to Planck but the Cornwall points leader remained in front for two more laps when Lee Miller stopped. Planck still in the lead as Carey Terrance cracked the top five and passed Ladouceur for fourth. With 20 laps to go, David Hebert had a flat tire and the race slowed down. Planck in the lead with Clair back in second using the top lane as Ladouceur is running fourth behind Dingwall. Clair was now on the backbumper of Planck with a dozen laps to go, the leader made a gutsy move between two lap cars and gain distance on Clair. Marc Therrien went off the speedway with only five laps to go. Clair had a great start and regained the lead over Planck as a great battle for third between Terrance and Dingwall. Clair won the race over Planck, Dingwall, Terrance and Danny OBrien rounded out the top five.
The 20-lap SpeedSTR took the track after the modifieds, Jean-Nicolas Gareau was the leader with Yannick Mathieu and Eric Boisvert. Mathieu Daigle took third as Eric Boisvert lost several positions. A good battle as the top three was racing together when Yannick Mathieu rolled over and the red was out. Daigle has a strong start on the green and takes the lead over Gareau. Daigle loses ground and Gareau wins the feature as Andre Manny and Jonathan Archambault completes the podium.
Steve Johnston led the way in the 20-lap Alexandria Home Hardware Pro-Stock feature as Dion Oakes and Stéphane Lebrun made their way to the top three. As Oakes was running side by side for the lead, Stabler was in the hunt for third. Oakes was the new leader just as the caution was out with nine laps to go. Oakes was in the lead as Joey Ladouceur took second and Lebrun in third with five laps to be completed. Ladouceur passed Oakes but he spun him and caution was out, Oakes was sent to the back. Ryan Stabler was now in the lead with three laps to go. Stabler paced his second feature in a row in front of Lebrun and Jocelyn Roy completed the top three.
The 20-lap Tracy Wheeler Storm Realty Sportsman feature had Adam Rozon to the lead in front of Mike Stacey and Corey Winter. Points leader Chris Herbison made his way through the top five as he quickly grab third at the halfway point. Herbison took second on the following lap as Rozon had a comfortable lead. Rozon saw his huge cap vanished as a caution occurred with only six laps to go. Herbison used the outside lane to get the lead as Corey Wheeler was now second with Dylan Evoy in third as Rozon slipped to fourth. Herbison led the final circuits and captured his fourth win of the season over Wheeler and Evoy.
The Crazy Dave DJ Services Mini-Stock 12-lap feature race saw second place runner, Mathieu Aubin grab the lead in front of Chris James and Danny Lefebvre. James had issues with the car on lap 5 and slowed the field down. Aubin still on top with Marc Chartand and Martin Bernard joined the leader in the top three. Aubin led wire to wire and won his third feature of the year over Chartrand and Bernard.
A complete race program will be presented this Sunday night as the Modified, Sportsman, Pro-Stock and Mini-Stock will have a regular evening, as the Vintage Stock Car club will also be at the speedway on Jones Brown Insurance night. For more information on the upcoming events at the speedway, visit the website at www.cornwallspeedway.