CORNWALL, Ont. - Cornwall Motor Speedway hosted two busy nights of exciting racing over Canada Day Weekend.
SHEPPARD WINS MONDAY FEATURE
Canada Day was celebrated in great fashion at Cornwall Motor Speedway as a special event involving a DIRTcar tripleheader was presented. Solid fields of DIRTcar 358-Modified, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro-Stock were on hand for the series on Jiffy Auto Services Night.
Brian McDonald and Jimmy Phelps were on the top row of the 100-lap DIRTcar 358-Modifieds/Gaetans Chip Stand Canadian Nationals Series as McDonald jumped to the lead with Phelps and Luke Whitteker in third. The red flag came out on lap 2 as several cars got together in turn 1. McDonald kept the lead with Whitteker now second. Last night`s winner Carey Terrance was a man on the move using his preferred high lane running in sixth place with 13 laps in the books. As the leaders got into traffic, Phelps made a pass on Whitteker for second with Matt Sheppard following closely in fourth. Phelps had now his eyes on McDonald for the lead with 20 laps completed, Phelps to the lead on the following lap as both drivers swapped the top position. Whitteker pulled in to the infield and caution was out on lap 27. Phelps got good start and pulled away from McDonald with Sheppard now third. A great battle for second between Sheppard and McDonald with 45 laps in, Sheppard won this battle.
At the halfway point, Phelps in the lead with Sheppard, McDonald, Mat Williamson and Danny Johnson was the top 5. The yellow lights were back on lap 66 as Dale Planck slowed down in the backstretch. Phelps kept the lead with Williamson running hard to get third from McDonald. Williamson managed to get by McDonald with 20 laps to go. Sheppard was now on the back bumper of the leader with a dozen of laps to do. Sheppard took the lead with four laps as a lap car came between the top two. Sheppard led the final laps as Jimmy Phelps went off the cushion in turn 4 giving second to Williamson.
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series was next on the speedway for their 50-lap feature event as Brad Rouse was the early leader followed by Justin Sharp and Boyd McTavish. Sharp used the outside groove to get the lead with 10 laps completed. Sharp got into heavy traffic with 20 laps done, as McTavish used these conditions to get close to Rouse for second. Rouse was back to the lead on lap 24 making a move from the inside. At the halfway point, the top five was Rouse, Sharp, McTavish, Chris Herbison and Steve Bernier. The feature race quickly got to lap 40 as the race had picked up a good momentum, with a great battle for second between McTavish, Sharp and Bernier in that order. Rouse in the lead with less than five with Bernier now running in third as Sharp faded to seventh. Rouse led the final circuits to capture his first DIRTcar Sportsman Series win of 2013 in front of McTavish, Bernier, Mathieu Desjardins and Herbison.
The DIRTcar Pro-Stock was the last feature of the evening as Stephane Lebrun took the lead with Rock Aubin in second and George Renaud. Lebrun held a few cautions in the first 19 laps as he pulled away from the field with Aubin and Renaud still the top three. Aubin is able to pass Lebrun for the lead on lap 24. At the halfway point, Aubin led the way with Lebrun, Renaud, Marc Lalonde and Dave Bissonnette. While Aubin was the leader, Bissonnette was on the move as he was now third just before caution came out on lap 37. On the green, Aubin kept the lead with Bissonnette running on top and passed Lebrun for second with only 10 laps to go. Bissonnette was the fastest car on the high lane and made the move on Aubin with five laps to go but went too high in turn 2 giving back the lead to Aubin. He led the final lap to win the race over Bissonnette and Lebrun.
TERRANCE PACES SUNDAY FEATURE
On Sunday, it was the first night of a DIRTcar doubleheader as the Super DIRTcar Big Block Series was in town with a record setting 58 modifieds in attendance for the Evans Bus Lines 100 along with a full race program for the other regular divisions.
Bobby Varin and Matt Billings were on the first line of the Evans Bus Lines Super DIRT Big-Block 100-lap Series event. Varin to the lead with Billings and Billy Dunn in third, the Watertown, NY driver quickly jumped to second just three laps in. Caution came out on lap 5 as several cars slowed in the backstretch. Dunn jumped to the lead on the restart on lap 9 as Luke Whitteker was now in third spot. Dunn got into heavy traffic as we hit lap 18, he had built a sizeable lead over Varin. Jimmy Phelps cracked the topfive5 after passing Billings on lap 30. Dunn had a full stretch lead with 40 laps in the books with Varin still holding on second. Carey Terrance was on the move passing Phelps and David Hebert and now sits in fourth as the feature got at halfway point. Dunn in the lead as Whitteker jumped to second with Terrance now third with 46 laps to go. Varin slowed on the back shoot and caution was out on lap 55. Dunn still leads the race with Hebert now in second; the Frenchman took the lead as Dunn seems to have issues slipping to third with Terrance in his bumper with less than 30 laps to go, Dunn brought the caution on that same lap. Hebert in the lead as the top three remained unchanged on the restart. Terrance used the top line to get by Whitteker on lap 77. As the leaders got into traffic, two cars tangled in turn 2 with only 13 laps to go. Hebert still in front with Terrance really strong on the outside and grabbed the lead on lap 88. Terrance pulled away and went on to win his first Super DIRTcar Big Block Feature over Hebert, Whitteker, Sheppard and Phelps completed the top five.
In the 20-lap Tracy Wheeler Storm Realty Sportsman Feature, Louie Jackson jr led the field to the green as he was the leader for the first seven laps, making a few nifty moves; Joey Ladouceur jumped into second and passed Jackson on lap 7. He led the last portion of the feature and resisted to charges from Jackson to capture his first Sportsman feature.
Brad Rouse managed several cautions to win the 12-lap Sportsman Novice Feature race, Rouse was here in preparation for Monday night`s DIRTcar Sportsman Series event.
Marc Lalonde led the way in the 20-lap Alexandria Home Hardware Pro-Stock Feature; Lalonde was in front as he got passed by Bruno Cyr. The Quebec driver led the major portion of the feature and got his first career win in Cornwall as Ghislain Valade finished second and Rob Yetman in third.
The Evans Bus Lines 15-lap Semi-Pro feature was the last race of the evening as Derek Cryderman was the leader on the first green. Cryderman had Kevin Fetterly jr on his backbumper, he held off several charges to win his first feature of the year over Fetterly and Bruno Richard.
The Baxtrom YIG 12-lap Mini-Stock was the first event of the evening with 21 cars starting taking the initial green lap. Justin Desrosiers was the early leader but got passed by Mike Gaucher in the early portion. Gaucher managed to survive several cautions during the halfway point and kept the lead for the remainder of the feature to capture his first event of the season in front of Joel Pilon and Justin Desrosiers.
A complete race program will be on hand this Sunday as the five divisions will be in action as the Semi-Pro division will have a 25-lap feature event on Adam`s Marina.
For more information on the upcoming events at Cornwall, please visit the website at www.cornwallspeedway.com.