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Aubertine holds off Terrance for MIR Modifieds victory

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AKWESASNE - Another action packed night at Mohawk International Raceway was set to go as Brass HorsePizzeria and Lounge treated fans to some great racing.

In the 358 Modifieds the man to beat all year has been Billy Dunn. Coming into the night with the points lead and a three-race winning streak, he would have his work cut out starting deep in the pack. Zach Aubertine jumped out to the early race lead as Carey Terrance, Jeff Sykes, Jordan McCreadie and Chris Raabe followed in the top five. Aubertine and Terrance were the class of the field all night long as they battled for the top spot throughout the entire 25-lap distance. At the halfway point Aubertine had his hands full as Terrance, Raabe, Billy Dunn and Jeff Sykes battled it out in the top five. Terrance was not afraid of the outside groove as he drew alongside of Aubertine several times in turn 4 only to lose the lead again in turn 1. With five laps remaining things got interesting as lapped traffic became an issue, Aubertine was caught behind two cars but played it perfect and was able to clear all traffic and pull out to a four-car length lead. On the final lap, Terrance made a bid for the lead in turn 4 but Aubertine held strong for his first win of the season over Terrance, Billy Dunn, Chris Raabe and Danny Johnson came from deep in the field to round out the top five.

The Sportsman division was set to roll out as 30 cars took to the speedway with a pair non-winners led the field to the green as Brad Winters and Mike Maresca battled side by side for the opening six laps until Winters took control down the back stretch as Maresca, Dylan Evoy, Billy Cook and Mike Arquiett rounded out the top five. The yellow flew for the first time on lap 7 for Jenna David who slowed her machine in turn 4. On the restart Winters chose the outside lane and used it perfectly to grab the lead away as Mike Maresca gave chase from position number 2, Mike Arquiett, Dylan Evoy and Corey Wheeler completed the top 5. Winters was on cruise control working the top side of the speedway but Mike Arquiett was also on the move. Arquiett would move into the top three with seven laps remaining until the final yellow flew for Wyatt Mullin who slowed in turn 3. On the final restart Brad Winters would jump out to a comfortable lead and despite the challenges from Arquiett in the closing laps nobody was stopping Winters from scoring his first ever sportsman win. Mike Arquiett, Mike Maresca, Louie Jackson Jr., and Corey Wheeler rounded out the top five.

In Pro Stock action Marc Lalonde and Dan Desnoyers led the field to the green flag as the field headed off into turn 1. Allen Peters started in the third spot and quickly made his way to the lead down the backstretch as Lalonde, Desnoyers, Roch Aubin and Jocelyn Roy completed the top five. the first yellow flew on lap 3 for Dion Oakes who spun in turn 2. On the restart Peters continued to lead as behind him PJ Peters and Stephane Lebrun were also marching forward. The two drivers worked their way into the top five by lap 7 and were in pursuit of the leader. On lap 8 Roch Aubin and PJ Peters both tangled in turn 4 bringing out the yellow flag for the second time. In the closing laps Allen Peters was trying hard to hold off late race challenges from both Stephane Lebrun, PJ Peters and Roch Aubin. The top four swaped positions several times in the closing laps but in the end Allen Peters would win the war as he scored his first win in over a year in Pro Stock. Lebrun, Aubin, Mike White and Jocelyn Roy rounded out the top five.

The TUSA Mod Lite Series was on hand for the second time this season. Scott Waldrif and Jim Bogett led the field of 22 drivers to the green flag and Waldrif was able to get the advantage into turn 1. The yellow would fly quickly on lap 1 as a five-car pile up occurred towards the back of the field. All drivers were ok and able to continue on. At the front of the field it was a battle between four very tough drivers as Paul Klager, Dan Ferguson, Mathieu Robinson and Jeff May put on a show for the fans as they raced side by side for the entire event. Klager looked to have the advantage but Mathieu Robison was charging hard on the outside with five laps to go grabbing the top spot away. Robinson looked to be the fastest car out there but Dan Ferguson had a trick up his sleeve. On the final lap entering turn 3 Robinson went to the high side as Ferguson ducked low. The two drivers raced side by side to the flagstand as Dan Ferguson edged Robinson at the line in a photo finish for his second win of the season at Mohawk. Robinson, Jeff May, Paul Klager and Joel Hargrave rounded out the top five.

In Bandit action Edward Lemieux and Randy Whiting led the field to the start of the 10-lap affair and Whiting wasted no time jumping out into the lead. Whiting struggled all season and after debuting a brand new race car was the class of the field pulling out to a straightaway lead. The yellow flew early on for Edward Lemieux and Francis Blanchette as they both hit the outside wall. When the green flew Whiting continued his great drive but the undefeated Jean Marc Larose was on the charge. After starting eighth he made his way to the back bumper of Whiting and the battle was on for the lead. On the final lap heading into turn 3 Larose tried the inside groove and made contact with Whiting’s machine. It didn’t stop his charge as Randy Whiting came away with his first win of the year. Larose came home second, Darryl Mitchell, Scott Banker, and Francis Blanchette rounded out the top five.

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