Race for the Cure Sportsman Series to debut this summer at the Cornwall Motor Speedway

A new local Sportsman Series will hit the track in 2016 at Cornwall Motor Speedway, providing some excitement and giving back to the community. Over $11,000 in prizes and money will be distributed at the end of the new Race for the Cure Sportsman Series!

Current Sportsman driver Steve Morris approached promoter Raymond Lavergne at the end of the 2015 season with his project of having a Sportsman Series while collecting funds for families that are affected by cancer, a disease that seems to impact everyone in a way or another. Lavergne immediately accepted, and the Race for the Cure Sportsman Series was borne as a three-race series being run throughout the year at Cornwall. 

Morris will bring a Pink Sportsman car that will be parked behind the grandstand during the whole racing season. Fans will be able to sign their names on the car, while donating funds towards the cause, pins with the cancer logo will be offered to the donors. This car will serve as well as the pace car for all three Sportsman Series races. For the final 100-lap race, lap sponsorship will be available at $10 each with some specific laps being a little higher. The Lavergne family already agreed to match the total amount. The lap sponsorship grid will be posted in early May. All money collected throughout the season will be given to families affected with cancer and in need of a little help financially. 

On the track, the series will consist of three events: two of 100-lap distances and one of 75 laps. The first race will be part of the season opener on Sunday, May 15, with a 100-lap race and $2,000 to be given to the race winner. The second event will be run on Sunday, July 10, with a 75-lap event and $1,500 provided to the first-place driver. The champion will be crowned on Sunday, August 7, with a final 100-lap race and $2,000 up for grabs for the race winner.

A variety of other second- and third-place prizes will also be presented.

Management is currently putting the final touches on the season schedule that should count 18 events. The 2015 Banquet of Champions will be held on Saturday, April 2.

files from Martin Bélanger