CORNWALL, Ont. - An historic night unfolded at Cornwall Motor Speedway as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was in town for the first time ever.
The Sprint Car drivers in the business were in town to compete in the $10,000 to win 40-lap event. The Immovex Lightning Sprint and our own Modifieds were also on the racing card on LKQ Night.
The 40-lap World of Outlaws had Donny Schatz and Craig Kinser on the first line, Schatz is the early leader as Kerry Madsen is running third behind Kinser. Schatz got into traffic with 10 laps in the books, he kept a good distance over the rest of the leaders but Kinser closed on to him 5 laps later as Craig Dollansky took third. Steve Kinser cracked the top five after starting in 12th on lap 23, he got to fourth two laps later and had eyes on the leaders. Dollansky and Craig Kinser got together just as Kerry Madsen brought the first caution with only eight laps to go. Schatz in front as Steve Kinser got second after a good battle with Dollansky. Schatz led wire to wire to win the first ever WOO Sprint Car feature at Cornwall in front of Steve Kinser, Dollansky, Sammy Swindell and Lucas Wolfe completed the top five.
Shane Pecore was the early leader in the 30-lap Jiffy Auto Services Modified feature, he had Gage Morin as a dancing partner on the inside lane as Marc Therrien was in third.
Michel Chicoine brought the first caution on lap 6. Morin had a great start when the green lights came back and took the lead over Pecore as Laurent Ladouceur was now in third. At the halfway point, Morin, Pecore, Ladouceur, Tim OBrien and Joel Doiron were the top five. Morin pulled away from the rest of the field with 10 laps to go. Ladouceur passed Pecore for second on lap 24. Roger Levesque got out of turn 2 and caution was out. Morin and Ladouceur got together and the veteran driver got a flat tire, Morin led the final laps to win his second feature of the season in front of Tim OBrien, Joel Doiron, Chris Raabe and Shane Pecore completed the top five.
The 25-lap Immovex Lightning Sprints feature was the first to take track, Stéphane St-Laurent took the lead as Mathieu Bardier took second followed by Guillaume Nedeirer. On the restart, Bardier and St-Laurent goes into battle for first and Bardier takes the lead on lap 5. Bardier stayed first as Chantal Provencher stopped in turn 2 on lap 7. Movement behind the leader as Simon Couture attacks St-Laurent for second. A red flag occurred for a flip on lap 12. Officials decided to shorten the feature to 14 laps as time constraint occurred. Bardier led the final two laps to win over St-Laurent and Couture.
The biggest crowd in history was on hand as several fans were sent to the infield after the grandstands became full.
Another big event is slated for this Sunday night at the speedway as the second event of the Canadian Nationals for 358-Modifieds will be on the card with a $4,000 to win, 100-lap event along with a full show for Sportsman, Pro-Stock, Semi-Pro and Mini-Stocks.
For more information on the upcoming events at the speedway, visit the track website at www.cornwallspeedway.