Capping off a busy two days of racing at the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Monday, Martin Pelletier was victorious in the opening stage of the Race for the Cure series for Sportsman class cars.
The May 21 slate also featured a 40-lap Modified event, the Eastern Ontario Vintage Club, and the Mini-Stock division.
In the Race for the Cure, Shane Pecore wasted no time and took the lead on the initial green of the 100-lap feature ahead of Gabriel Cyr and James Friesen. With 5 laps in, Tristan Draper found an opening on the top side to move into second, with Cyr in third.
Pecore got caught up in heavy traffic on lap 15, as he moved away from the rest of the field. Martin Pelletier made his way to the top 3 with 20 laps completed. The first 29 laps were run on green conditions when Cedric Gauvreau and Gabriel Cyr got together in turn 3.
The race resumed on lap 40, with Pecore remaining in the lead, though Draper stayed close. At the halfway point, Pecore led Draper, Pelletier, Johnathon Ferguson, and Friesen for the top 5.
While Pecore separated himself from the field, Pelletier and Draper had a good battle for second with 57 laps completed, with Pelletier having the edge. Heavy traffic was a factor as the leaders got close together, with Pelletier on the bumper of Pecore, and Ferguson now running in third.
Ferguson charged into second ahead Pelletier on lap 77. Pecore kept his distance from the rest of the field being meticulous in the traffic as the laps clicked down.
The final laps were spectacular as Pecore and Ferguson raced hard and got together, with Pecore remaining in the lead until the end.
When the race was over, the race director penalized Pecore, pushing him to third and giving the win to Pelletier, with Ferguson finishing second
In the special 40-lap Modified feature, invader Tim Fuller grabbed the lead, with Carey Terrance taking second in front of Alexandria's Chris Raabe, as the first 13 laps were in the books quickly.
On a restart. Terrance used the top side to get by Fuller in front of the flag stand, on lap 16. At halfway point, Terrance was first with Fuller and Raabe close behind. Lap traffic was a factor for the leaders, as Fuller was on the back bumper of Terrance. He used a lap car to slip by Terrance on lap 30, as Raabe remained in the mix in the last few laps. Fuller resisted and captured the feature, his first at Cornwall and fourth of the season on the DIRTcar circuit.
The Mini-Stock class had a 15-lap feature event on Monday. Marc Dagenais had the strongest car of the field, as he took the lead and never looked back, going on to capture his first feature race of the season, in front of Karl Potvin and Skylar Ladouceur.
The vintage club saw Josh Powers prevail in an exciting 20-lap event over Corey Winters.
May 21 results
Race for the Cure Sportsman Series (100 laps): MARTIN PELLETIER, JOHNATHON FERGUSON, SHANE PECORE, JAMES FRIESEN, BRIANNA LADOUCEUR, MOISE PAGE, FRED GAMACHE, ROBERT DELORMIER, DAN FERGUSON, JUSTIN LALANCETTE, ADAM ROZON, DEVIN WILLIS, DELBERT LEGROW, JESSE HUDSON, TRISTAN DRAPER, THOMAS COOK, CEDRIC GAUVREAU, MIKE STACEY, MICHAEL RICHARD, RYAN STABLER, KURTIS CAYER, DAVID LAPOINTE, RICKY THOMPSON, BOB RAY, JARRETT HERBISON, JUSTIN DESROSIERS, PATRICK PICOTIN, ALEX LAJOIE, JASON SHIPCLARK, GABRIEL CYR.
Modified (30 laps): TIM FULLER, CAREY TERRANCE, CHRIS RAABE, KYLE DINGWALL, COREY WHEELER, J-F CORRIVEAU, KAYLE ROBIDOUX, JOEY LADOUCEUR, DANY GAGNE, TYLER GIVOGUE, BRIAN MCDONALD, MARIO CLAIR, YAN BUSSIERE, DANY BILODEAU, KEVIN HAMEL, LOUIE JACKSON, MICHAEL PARENT, LEE LADOUCEUR, STEVE MORRIS, MARC THERRIEN.
Mini-Stock (15 laps).
MARC DAGENAIS, KARL POTVIN, SKYLAR LADOUCEUR, CHRIS JAMES, GUILLAUME DAOUST, PATRICE MONIERE, JUSTIN JODOIN, MATTHEW MOORE, ALEXIS CHARBONNEAU, YANIK POTVIN (DNS)
May 20 results
Canadian Nationals Modified Series (100 laps): STEVE BERNARD, CAREY TERRANCE, BRIAN MCDONALD, LUKE WHITTEKER, CHRIS RAABE, MICHAEL PARENT, DANY GAGNE, JORDAN MCCREADIE, DAVID HEBERT, KYLE DINGWALL, STEVE BERNIER, COREY WHEELER, KEVIN POITRAS, TYLER MEEKS, MATHIEU BOISVERT, STEVE MORRIS, TYLER GIVOGUE, PATRICK BEAUMIER, JOEY LADOUCEUR, MATHIEU LARAMEE, ALAN THERRIEN, J-F CORRIVEAU, KAYLE ROBIDOUX, MARC THERRIEN, LOUIE JACKSON, MARIO CLAIR, KEVIN HAMEL, TIM O'BRIEN, DANY BILODEAU, ALEX THERRIEN, YAN BUSSIERE, SEBASTIEN FOURNIER.
Sportsman (25 laps): SHANE PECORE, BRIANNA LADOUCEUR, DAVID ROGERS, ALEX LAJOIE, TRISTAN DRAPER, JAMES FRIESEN, RICKY THOMPSON, CEDRIC GAUVREAU, JUSTIN LALANCETTE, GABRIEL CYR, DEVIN WILLIS, MOISE PAGE, DELBERT LEGROW, JESSE HUDSON, DEREK CRYDERMAN, JOHN MILLS, EVAN RACINE, PASCAL RACETTE, SEBASTIEN BOURQUE, SCOTT MCGILL, KURTIS CAYER, THOMAS COOK, DAVID LAPOINTE, ADAM ROZON, BOB RAY, ERIC LAPOINTE, JUSTIN DESROSIERS, BENJAMIN CARTIER, DALE GIFFORD, TOM JOCK III, GORDON CLAIR.
Pro-Stock (25 laps): JOCELYN ROY, STEPHANE LEBRUN, ROCH AUBIN, DAVE SEGUIN, JEFFREY LAPALME, CD BEAUCHAMP, MARC LALONDE, KODY KELLY, GILLES GODARD, ERIC JEAN-LOUIS, RILEY MCMONAGLE, KEVIN FETTERLY JR.
Mini-Stock (15 laps): KARL POTVIN, MARC DAGENAIS, SKYLAR LADOUCEUR, TYLER FRENCH, MATTHEW MOORE, CHRIS JAMES, ALEXIS CHARBONNEAU, GUILLAUME DAOUST, DAVID ARBUTHNOT, PAUL HURFORD, JUSTIN LEROUX, FRANCIS DESJARDINS, YANIK POTVIN, PATRICE MONIERE, COREY GATES, JUSTIN JODOIN.
– files from Martin Bélanger