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Local auto racing: Season heading into homestretch

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Racing will continue for a few more weeks at each of the three area DIRT tracks, but for two of them, tonight is the final time drivers will have a chance to earn any points.

Both the Can-Am Motorsports Park and the Mohawk International Raceway will decide their division champions tonight, while Evans Mills Speedway still has a few more weeks left in its season.

“It’s funny how (drivers) all say they are not racing for points, but when it comes down to it, they all argue for points, they all race for points,” Can-Am’s general manager Chip Burdick said.

With one night left, Brandon Hagan holds a 20-point lead over Taylor Caprara in the sportsman division. It would take a bad finish by Hagan and an excellent finish by Caprara to win the title.

The situation is similar in Can-Am’s prostreet and late-model divisions. Sid Harmer Jr. leads David Rogers, 736-712, in prostreet, and Charlie Sandercock has a 746-726 lead over Billy Eisele in late models.

The thunder car division is essentially decided as Ray Bechler leads O.J. White, 650-604. Rich Rainville leads Matt Rainville, 212-190, in mod lites, and Matt Zira has a 406-374 lead in thunder stocks.

Mohawk International Raceway also features a few divisions where the leader should be safe unless he has a poor night.

Billy Dunn leads the modified division with 573 points. Chris Raabe is second with 554 and Carey Terrance is third with 548. Corey Wheeler leads Dylan Evoy, 514-495, in the sportsman division.

One division that’s really too close to decide is prostock, where Stephane Lebrun has a 410-403 edge over Roch Aubin heading into the final night. Jean Marc LaRose has wrapped up the bandit division with a 54-point edge, but Joel Hargrave is only 12 points ahead of Mathieu Robinson in the mod lites.

Evans Mills, which races on Saturdays, still has a few weeks of points left, but Jordan McCreadie has a 602-564 lead over Murray Walts in the modified division.

The trucks division at Evans Mills is the closest in the area, with Trevor Halladay only two points ahead of Zac Strough (608-606).

Jon Williams is 125 points ahead in the thunder stocks division, and Tim Dunn holds a 54-point margin in the sport compact division.

Chris Zieren leads Taylor Doxtater, 612-572, in the legends division, and Dalton Rombough is in third with 566 points. Tristan Baez has an 18-point lead over Sam Warren in the junior division and Ray Bancroft holds a 52-point edge in super stocks.

The points may end this weekend in two tracks, but there will still be some big events in the upcoming weeks.

Can-Am will have two of the highest-paying sportsman races outside of Super DIRT week in Syracuse.

The winner on Sept. 6 will earn $2,500 and, on the 13th, the winner will claim $3,000. A typical sportsman payday at the track is $750.

Mohawk International Raceway will have events on Sept. 13 and 14, and a 100-lap enduro race on Sept. 21.

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