AKWESASNE - It was another action packed night at Mohawk International Raceway as the field was ready to go for round two of the Frenchies Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series plus a full card of racing in all divisions.
The second round of the Frenchies Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series was ready for battle. Billy Dunn and Lance Willix drew the front row in the 50 lap event. Dunn would grab the early lead in turn 1 with Willix, Jeff Sykes, Joel Doiron and Roy Delormier completing the top five. Dunns car was really hooked up on this night as he pulled away from the rest of the field building up a full straight away advantage over Doiron, Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance, and Jeff Sykes. On lap 24 the first caution of the event came out as Tommy Jock Jr. Slapped the outside wall in turn 3. This would bring everyone back into at least the same zip code as the leader, as they prepared for the next restart. When the green came out McDonald proved he was strong as he used the top side of the speedway to grab the top spot for the first time in the event on lap 27. With the top two battling for the lead this brought Terrance and Chris Raabe into the mix as they exchanged positions for the next seven laps. On lap 34 the top three ran into heavy traffic and Dunn used a brave three-wide move on the front stretch to regain the lead and would hold it for the next five laps. The final yellow flew on lap 42 as Roy Delormier slowed to a stop in turn #2. On the final restart Dunn went back to the bottom to a comfortable advantage over McDonald, Raabe, Terrance and Doiron. Even with the mid race charge from the rest of the field, nobody was stopping Billy Dunn as he recorded his third win of the season and second in a row in the Frenchies Series over McDonald, Raabe, Terrance and Doiron.
In Sportsman action veteran Billy Cook jumped out to the early lead over Josh Brockway as the field headed into turn 1. Jenna David was on the move, after starting fifth she quickly moved to the front challenging Billy Cook for the top spot. The yellow came out on lap 4 as Brad Winters spun on the front stretch after collecting a tire. On the restart David drove to the top side to grab the lead leaving Billy Cook to battle with Darryl Nutting, Robert Delormier and Thomas Cook. David was setting a torrid pace jumping out to a commanding lead as Nutting ran second followed by Delormier Louie Jackson Jr. and Thomas Cook. On lap 11, 2 time and defending track champion Dylan Evoy slowed with a left rear flat tire. Billy Cook was also sent pit side with a flat on the right rear. Both drivers would rejoin at the back of the pack. On the restart David continued her great run but Corey Wheeler and Louie Jackson Jr. were on the charge. Jackson made several great moves on the top side to move into second on lap 13 while behind him Wheeler was doing the same thing moving into third on the bottom of the speedway at lap 14. One lap later the yellow would fly for Ricky Thompson who slowed in turn 3. This set up a five-lap dash to the finish. When the final green flag flew David got a great start and jumped into the lead with Wheeler close behind. The handling appeared to go away just a bit on Davids car allowing Wheeler to make a move down low with two remaining. On the final lap Wheeler jumped to the high side and drew alongside of Jenna David down the back stretch. but coming off turn 4 David powered off the bottom for her first ever Sportsman win with Wheeler, Jackson, Delormier and Nutting. It was an emotional victory lane celebration as Jenna dedicated the win to her late brother in law, former Modified driver Mitchell Jock, who passed away thre years ago.
The Pro Stock division was also on the card. Eli Gilbert and former Bandit Champion Owen White led the field to the green in the 20-lap affair with White jumping out to the early race lead however he would not lead the opening lap. Jocelyn Roy came from his third starting spot to take the lead in turn 3 with White, Gilbert, PJ Peters and Stephane Lebrun giving chase. Roy switched his Friday night home from Granby to Mohawk for 2013 and took to the speedway nicely as he pulled away from the rest of the field in the early portion of the event. By the halfway point Roy was still out front but the man on the move was Stephane Lebrun. After Starting seventh he patiently made his way to the front of the field getting to second on lap 14 and chase after the leader. Roch Aubin was also on the move from his sixth starting spot. Aubin moved into the top three with four to go and made it a three-way battle for the lead . On the final lap Roy began to drift up the track and off turn 4 Lebrun made the winning pass as he stormed off turn 4 with the top spot and would never look back scoring his second win in a row over Roy, Aubin, Ryan Stabler and PJ Peters.
In the Mod Lite division Scott Waldrif jumped out to the early advantage over Harley Brown and Mathieu Robinson. Brown had one of the fastest cars on the race track and pulled out to a comfortable advantage over the battle for second which was being contested between Robinson, Joel Hargrave, Waldrif and Dan Ferguson. By halfway Ferguson started to march forward as he moved into third on lap 8 and two laps later would charge by Brown on the bottom for the top spot. Ferguson has only ran a few times at MIR in 2013 but he made this night memorable as he scored his first ever Mod Lite win over Brown, Robinson, Hargrave and Waldrif.
It had been a couple weeks since the Bandit division was in action at Mohawk but they did not disappoint. Jean Marc Larose has gone undefeated in 2013 and was looking to keep that streak going as he took the lead from his third starting spot. Larose dominant on this night as behind them Darryl Mitchell and Corbin Miller staged their own battle for second and third. On the final lap Larose got caught in traffic as Mitchell and Miller closed in but Larose was not to be denied as he scored his fourth win in a row over Darryl Mitchell and Corbin Miller.
This Friday night, the 358 Modifieds, Pro Stock, Bandit and Mod Lites will return to action while the Sportsman class will have the night off. Racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the track website at www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com.
CORNWALL RACES RAINED OUT
For a fifth time this season, inclement weather forced Cornwall Motor Speedway to cancel tonights race program that consisted of a regular events for all five classes.
Action resumes next week with a regular event for all five classes including the 20-lap Sportsman event that was rained out on June 23rd. A demolition derby is also on the schedule at the end of the evening along with the photo and autograph night.
For more information on the upcoming race programs at Cornwall, please visit the speedway website at www.cornwallspeedway.com.