CORNWALL, Ont. - The Cornwall Motor Speedway held in 2011 Banquet of champion at the beautiful South Stormont Community Hall this past Saturday, as a record setting 275 guests gathered to celebrate and rememorize last years events.
Stéphane Lafrance left the banquet with pockets full of money and hands full of new and shiny trophies. Lafrance had a banner year in 2011, winning his first Jiffy Auto Service Modified Championship and also capturing the coveted Canadian National Series championship. He is the first driver to win both titles in the same year. Lafrance also finished runner up in the Doiron Engineering Cup to Frenchman Kayle Robidoux, Joel Doiron completed the podium in this series. Carey Terrance, Doiron, Tim OBrien, Laurent Ladouceur and Luke Whitteker were also honoured in the Modified championship as they composed the top six in the 2011 points standing.
In the Alexandria Home Hardware Pro Stock division, Joey Ladouceur was crowned the track champion in front of Corey Wheeler, Dave Bissonnette, George Renaud and Dion Oakes. Ladouceur also won the Mohawk Race Parts Series in front of Wheeler and Stéphane Lebrun who completed the podium. With 6 wins over the season, Ladouceur has the most visits in the winner`s circle than anybody else at Cornwall last season.
Veteran driver Chris Herbison received the champion honours in the Giant Tiger Sportsman division after a great year in Cornwall. Herbison finished in front of Shane Pecore, Jeff Philipps, Mitch Primeau and Josh Jock rounded out the top five.
Massenas Kevin Fetterly Jr. was named the 2011 champion in the Evans Bus Lines Semi-Pro division winning this title after running in the class for several seasons. Derek Cryderman finished second as Michael McCargar and Kevin McCrae, were tied for third place.
In the Crazy Dave`s DJ Services Mini Stock Division, Ernie Cree won the title in front of Mike Gaucher and Mathieu Aubin. Cree had a strong start in the season winning four features in the first five races and ending the year with a win in late September.
The Baxtrom`s Independant Grocer Rookie of the award went to Chris Raabe in the Modifieds, Rosco Garreau in the Pro-Stock, Michael McCargar in the Semi-Pro and Mathieu Renaud in the Mini-Stock.
The Mitch Jock Memorial Merit Award went to Mike Bissonnette, the #1 fan at Cornwall Motor Speedway and also a long time supporter in many division or drivers. A well deserved honour for M.Bissonnette. Guest Speaker and former vice-president of DIRT Motorsports, Gaston Salvas also spoke to the guests about his experience as an official for DIRT.
This event ended the celebration of 2011. We are now looking forward to the Sunday, May 20th opening night with the first series race of the Gaetan Chip Stand Modified Canadian Nationals, a 100-lap event also counting toward the MrDIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The first race of the Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock series will also be on hand with a 40-lap feature. The Sportsman, Semi-Pro and Mini-Stock, are also on the card for that great night of racing. For more information on the upcoming season at Cornwall, please visit the website at www.cornwallspeedway.com