With just over a month until the start of the 2018 season at the Cornwall Motor Speedway, it's a good time to preview the regular divisions.
Great things are expected this year in the entry-level Mini-Stock class, with 13 to 15 drivers scheduled to be at the track on a regular basis.
Marc Dagenais: The 2017 track champion will be back to defend his crown. The big guy will be looking at having an even better season this year, having captured 5 event wins in 2016.
Mike Gaucher: The veteran runner is expected to be back competing at the speedway. He's always one to watch, taking 3 wins last season.
Francis Desjardins: After finishing third in the points in 2016, Desjardins will be looking to challenge again for the title. He acquired a new car for this year and will look to collect a few wins in the process. Desjardins came close on several occasions last summer, with numerous second-place finishes.
Alexis Charbonneau: The French-speaking driver has committed again for 2018. Charbonneau enjoys the competition in Cornwall, and he is always one to watch. He finished fourth in the points last season. Expect the bright orange #49 car amongst the front five on many occasions.
Karl Potvin: The rookie of the year made his mark last season by finishing fifth in the points, collecting one feature win and being frequently in the front pack. Potvin will look to move up the ranks in the division this year.
Skylar Ladouceur: Ladouceur did well last season, finishing in sixth. He will be sporting a new number for the upcoming year with two cars at his disposal. Race fans can also expect to see a father-and-son duo in action on some occasions, with dad Terry also taking the wheel.
Drivers such as Corey Gates, Patrice Moniere, Justin Jodoin, Richard Thornton, and Dylan Kirkland who all ran part of the schedule in 2016 have committed to be at the Cornwall track every Sunday evening this year. Veteran racer Chris James is also making his return to competition. Others such as Justin Leroux, Dominick Merckley, and Tyler French are expected to run in a few events as well.
– files from Martin Bélanger
The Big Blocks visited the Cornwall Motor Speedway last Sunday, capping off the 2017 racing season for the area's track.
Tim O’Brien and Keith Flach led the field of 30 cars to the green, when Steve Bernard slowed the group on the initial lap and yellow lights were out. Flach took first as racing continued, with Peter Britten and O’Brien colliding on lap 7.
Flach remained in front, with Larry Wight moving up to second and O’Brien bringing another caution on lap 21. Wight was quick on the restart to seize the lead over Flach on lap 25, as Billy Decker followed suit two laps later. Wight had Decker as a dancing partner, as Decker then grabbed the first position, while Matt Sheppard moved up to third.
Decker pulled away from the field as Wight, Sheppard, Flach, and Alexandria's Chris Raabe were the top 5 when the race reached the halfway point.
The leaders got into heavy traffic with 60 laps in the books. Cornwall Speedway track champion Chris Raabe slowed, and caution was out on lap 72. Decker remained the top man, however, as the battle continued for second spot. Sheppard was able to pass Wight for the position on lap 81 and set his sights on Decker. Lap traffic helped Sheppard, as he closed in on Decker with 10 laps to go. Sheppard used the inside lane and surprised the leader on lap 92. The drivers challenged each other the rest of the way, but Sheppard stayed in front to garner win #10 on the tour in 2017.
The Sept. 20 issue of The Glengarry News includes more racing news.
The Cornwall Motor Speedway will cap off the 2017 season with a pair of great shows, the first of which will hit the track this Sunday.
One of the most popular events of the season is set for the afternoon of Sept. 10, with the Fireball Enduro taking over the speedway.
Registration of cars will be done on two days, starting Saturday from noon until 4 pm, and continuing on Sunday from 8 am until the start of racing action at 2 pm.
Pit gates will open at 8 am at a cost of $20, and general admission will open at noon at a cost of $13 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $2 for kids 16 years old and under. Racing will start at 2 pm.
The race season will then officially conclude a week later (Sept. 17), with the Super DIRTcar Big Block Series completing the remake race.
Matt Sheppard has been the man to beat on the tour, trying to erase the deficit created by his two-race absence earlier in the season. Sheppard has won six of the last seven events. The tour has a busy month of September, travelling to Quebec this weekend and then to Brewerton, Mohawk, and Cornwall. Along with the 100-lap Modified, 50-lap Sportsman and 35-lap Pro-Stocks races will also be on the card.
Hot laps are scheduled to start at 4 pm, with time trials and heat racing to start at approximately 4:30 pm. The pit gates will open at noon with a cost of $45, and the general admission will open at 1:30 pm with a cost of $35 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $5 for kids 16 years old and under.
– with files from Martin Bélanger
The 2017 regular season was capped off in fashion at the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Monday, as the final round of the Canadian Nationals Modified Series was run combined with the second leg of the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The DIRTcar Sportsman group was also in attendance, while the Pro-Stock and Mini-Stock classes enjoyed a regular night to cap off season points championships.
Two county drivers were among the track titlists, as Chris Raabe took the crown in 358-Modified, and George Renaud was tops in the Modified division.
Here are the Sept. 4 results, along with track champions, as provided by the Speedway.
Canadian Nationals/358-Modified series feature results (125 laps): MARIO CLAIR, STEVE BERNARD, KEVIN HAMEL, MICHAEL PARENT, CAREY TERRANCE, JORDAN MCCREADIE, SIMON PEREAUT, ALEX THERRIEN, COREY WHEELER, KAYLE ROBIDOUX, LANCE WILLIX II, JOEY LADOUCEUR, MATHIEU DESJARDINS, STEVE BERNIER, CHRIS RAABE, KYLE DINGWALL, BOBBY HERRINGTON, TIM O'BRIEN, LUKE WHITTEKER, LOUIS JACKSON JR, STEVE MORRIS, GAGE MORIN, DANNY BILODEAU, J.F. CORRIVEAU, YAN BUSSIERE, DANNY JOHNSON, DOMINIC DUFAULT, CHRIS HERBISON, BRIAN MCDONALD, BRANDON SWEET, STEPHANE LAFRANCE, DAVID HEBERT.
TRACK CHAMPION & CANADIAN NATIONALS CHAMPION: CHRIS RAABE
DIRTcar Sportsman series feature results (27 laps): JUSTIN LALANCETTE, KURTIS CAYER, BRIANNA LADOUCEUR, TRISTAN DRAPER, ALEX LAJOIE, PATRICK PICOTIN, STEVE MORRIS, ROBERT DELORMIER, EMMANUEL ST. DENIS, ADAM ROZON, GABRIEL CYR, CEDRIC GAUVREAU, JESSICA POWER, EVAN RACINE, JARETT HERBISON, MIKE STACEY, BILLY COOK, THOMAS COOK, DEREK CRYDERMAN, SCOTT MCGILL, JUNIOR DELORMIER, RICKY THOMPSON, ALEX THOMSON JR, DANA FRANCIS, MARTIN PELLETIER, RYAN STABLER, JOHNATHAN FERGUSON, CHRIS FERGUSON, DAVID ROGERS, MARCO LALONDE, KELVIN LALONDE, PRESTON FORBES.
TRACK CHAMPION: JUSTIN LALANCETTE
Pro-Stock feature results (25 laps): TBD.
TRACK CHAMPION: GEORGE RENAUD
Mini-Stock feature results (15 laps): ALEXIS CHARBONNEAU, MARC DAGENAIS, FRANCIS DESJARDINS, KURTIS DAYE, MIKE GAUCHER, JUSTIN JODOIN, COREY GATES, RICHARD THORNTON, KARL POTVIN, SHAWN RAY, ALEXANDRE SABOURIN.
TRACK CHAMPION: MARC DAGENAIS
– with files from Martin Bélanger
The 2017 regular season will end in fashion at Cornwall Motor Speedway, as the final round of the Canadian Nationals Modified Series will be run, combined with the second leg of the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The DIRTcar Sportsman will also be in attendance, while the Pro-Stock and Mini-Stock divisions will have a regular night to cap off the regular-season points races.
By finishing second in last Sunday's Modified feature event, Chris Raabe has already secured the 2017 track title in the premier division, Raabe scores a second title in a row, and he will enter the upcoming program with the coveted Canadian Nationals title on his mind. The driver of the 01 machine has a 37-point lead over Jordan McCreadie. He will also look to sweep the series,l having won the first two races. Another strong group of invaders will be in town for the $5,000 event. Again 125 laps are scheduled for the race that will be combined with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The initial round at Granby gathered a great field of 42 competitors.
The 50-lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series feature race will be fun to watch as the track championship battle is shaping up for a great finish with Justin Lalancette holding a thin 15-point lead over Tristan Draper. Just to add to the challenge, having the DIRTcar Series in town will bring several invaders for round two of the North section of the series. Numbers in high 30s/low 40s are expected for this race.
In the Pro-Stock class, George Renaud saw his points lead melt down to 18 over CD Beauchamp, who captured his third win of the season last Sunday evening. The upcoming race will be a 25-lap event.
The championship run that will be the most exciting will certainly be the Mini-Stock feature with only a single point separating Marc Dagenais and Mike Gaucher. Both drivers have been in a heated battle in the last few weeks, and they will bring everything to the table during the 15-lap event as both drivers are looking for a first title in the division.
For this coming Sunday, pit gates will open at 2 pm with a cost of $40. General admission will open at 4 pm with a cost of $30 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $2 for kids 16 years old and under. Time trials are scheduled to start at 5:30 pm, with qualifying races to follow at 6 pm.
– files from Martin Bélanger
With just two weeks remaining in the Cornwall Motor Speedway regular season, last Sunday's race night program opened with the Sportsman class completing the final 36 laps of the August 17 feature.
In the 30-lap Modified feature, Danny Johnson took the early lead, with Gage Morin and Marc Therrien in the chase. Johnson had a strong car, surviving two cautions in the event to capture his first win of the season, as Chris Raabe made his way up to second to seal the 2017 track title in the Modified class.
Kevin Fetterly was the early leader in the Pro-Stock feature. Exciting racing in the 25-lap race saw several drivers jostle for the lead, with Dave Bissonnette in front by lap 10. Starting in seventh spot, CD Beauchamp made his way to the top as he challenged Bissonnette and took the lead on lap 16. Beauchamp led the rest of the way, as Stephane Lebrun moved into third. Beauchamp finished strong for his third victory, with Bissonnette second.
Steve Morris opened in front of the field in the 25-lap Sportsman feature, as Justin Lalancette was running in second, riding the back bumper of the leading car. David Rogers moved up from his 11th starting spot to grab the lead on lap 17 and never looked back, en route to capturing his second win of the season.
The evening started with the concluding 36 laps from the August 17 Sportsman feature. Patrick Picotin led the field early, with points leader Lalancette suffering a flat tire. On the restart, Picotin stayed in front, as Tristan Draper took second ahead of Martin Pelletier on lap 20. Picotin tried to hold off Draper but the #17 car was too strong on the top side and took the lead. Draper led the final portion to snag his third feature victory of the summer.
The Mini-Stocks race saw an accident on the first lap with the yellow flag flying. Mike Gaucher was the leader, followed by Dylan Kirkland and Francis Desjardins. Current points leader Marc Dagenais made his way up to third. Gaucher led the final laps and won his third race of the season.
Brian Billings grabbed the early lead in the Eastern Ontario Vintage Club 15-lap event. A good battle amongst the front runners ensued, as Nathan Berry and Paul Billings jostled. Berry took the lead on lap 4, with Paul Billings in second. On a restart, Paul Billings came out hard to grab first place ahead of Cory Winters and Berry. Billings led the final laps to nab the checkered flag.
Modified feature (30 laps): DANNY JOHNSON, CHRIS RAABE, GAGE MORIN, LUKE WHITTEKER, BRIAN MCDONALD, MARIO CLAIR, KAYLE ROBIDOUX, DAVID HEBERT, STEPHANE LAFRANCE, MATHIEU BOISVERT, DAVID PAPINEAU, JOEY LADOUCEUR, MARC THERRIEN, LOUIS JACKSON JR, MICHEAL LABRECHE, LANCE WILLIX II, COREY WHEELER, TIM O'BRIEN.
Sportsman feature continuation from Aug.17 (36 laps): TRISTAN DRAPER, PATRICK PICOTIN, MARTIN PELLETIER, RYAN STABLER, FRED GAMACHE, ZACH ARQUIETT, THOMAS COOK, BRIANNA LADOUCEUR, ALEX LAJOIE, EMMANUEL ST. DENIS, DEREK CRYDERMAN, ADAM ROZON, DAVID ROGERS, KURTIS CAYER, JUSTIN LALANCETTE, CEDRIC GAUVREAU, DELBERT LEGROW JR, SCOTT MCGILL, CHRIS FERGUSON, JUNIOR DELORMIER, STEVE MORRIS, ALEX THOMSON JR, GABRIEL CYR, BILLY COOK, KELVIN LALONDE, MARTIN HEBERT (DNS), MIKE STACEY (DNS), DANA FRANCIS (DNS), JARETT HERBISON (DNS), RICKY THOMPSON (DNS).
Sportsman feature (25 laps): DAVID ROGERS, JUSTIN LALANCETTE, STEVE MORRIS, THOMAS COOK, PATRICK PICOTIN, EMMANUEL ST. DENIS, KURTIS CAYER, RYAN STABLER, TRISTAN DRAPER, DEREK CRYDERMAN, MARTIN PELLETIER, FRED GAMACHE, ZACH ARQUIETT, ROBERT DELORMIER, ALEX LAJOIE, BILLY COOK, BRIANNA LADOUCEUR, SCOTT MCGILL, CEDRIC GAUVREAU, JUNIOR DELORMIER, GABRIEL CYR, ALEX THOMSON JR, JOSH KIRKLAND, RICKY THOMPSON, DELBERT LEGROW JR, TOMMY JOCK III, KELVIN LALONDE, CHRIS FERGUSON, ADAM ROZON.
Pro-Stock feature (25 laps): CD BEAUCHAMP, DAVE BISSONETTE, STEPHANE LEBRUN, GEORGE RENAUD, MARC LALONDE, JEFFREY LAPALME, KODY KELLY, DAVE SEGUIN, BOB RAY, PJ PETERS, JUSTIN DESROSIERS, ROCH AUBIN, KEVIN FETTERLY JR, RILEY MCMONAGLE, SKYLAR LADOUCEUR, ERIC JEAN-LOUIS.
Mini-Stock feature (15 laps): MIKE GAUCHER, MARC DAGENAIS, DYLAN KIRKLAND, ALEXIS CHARBONNEAU, GABRIEL MARQUIS, RICHARD THORNTON, FRANCIS DESJARDINS, KARL POTVIN, STEVE MORIN, ALEXANDRE SABOURIN, SHAWN RAY, COREY GATES.
– files from Martin Bélanger