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Cornwall Motor Speedway crowns 2012 track champions

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CORNWALL, Ont. - The Jiffy Auto Services 200 finally arrived at Cornwall Motor Speedway with no less than nine champions were crowned on Sunday night with the final races for the Gaetan Chip Stand Canadian Nationals, the St.Lawrence Seaway Sportsman Series, the Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock Series along with the five Cornwall championships that ended.

A total of 232 laps of feature racing took place over the course of the night.

Matt Billings and Kyle Dingwall were on the top row of the 30-car field in the 125-lap Modified feature as Dingwall pulled in lead with Joel Doiron in third. Running in fourth David Hébert headed to the pits on lap 9 just before Brandon Sweet pulled off the track on the following lap. On the restart, Billings got the lead as Dale Planck jumped to second with Dingwall behind them. Planck was trying hard to pass the lead with 25 laps completed. As the leaders were in heavy traffic conditions, Planck was able to grab the lead on lap 26. Steve Bernard had a strong run as he was now third with Danny O’Brien making his way on top in fourth with 90 laps to go. Planck made some nifty moves and got away from the rest of the pack while Bernard challenged Billings for second as O’Brien was waiting in fourth. Bernard used the inside portion to grab second as Billings slipped to fourth with O’Brien in third. Planck lost his huge lead as caution came out on lap 46.

Green lights came back on lap 55 as Planck was still in first as O’Brien was strong on the top side of the track, he charged to second on lap 58 and was getting closer to Planck. Chris Raabe and Carey Terrance made their way in the top five as Doiron was back in fifth as Bernard lost a lot of real estate. Francois Bernier slowed in the backstretch and the yellow was out on lap 65. O’Brien had a strong start and got the lead as Planck was still in contention with teammate Terrance now in third. The mandatory yellow was out on lap 75 as race teams were able to race on their cars.

After the 10-minute break, O’Brien got back to the lead as Planck was running side by side with O’Brien, the inside lane was working for Planck as he got back to the lead just before caution came out for Stephane Lafrance who had a flat tire on lap 81. Planck in front with O’Brien right behind him as Raabe holds down third. Again, the leader used slower cars to his advantage as he pulled away from the rest of the field as Terrance was back in third. With only 25 laps remaining, Planck is still in the lead with O’Brien, Terrance, Raabe and Dingwall, the front five. While running a strong fifth, Kyle Dingwall stopped in the infield and the yellow on lap 108. Planck in the lead on the green as Matt Williamson made his way to the lead pack and was running in fourth with 113 laps down. Williamson got by Terrance with only four laps to go. Planck led the final laps to capture the win over O’Brien and Williamson completed the podium. With his third win of the season, Planck captured his third Cornwall Motor Speedway feature and first Canadian Nationals crown.

The final race of the 40-lap Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock Series saw Guy Viens in the lead for the first two laps as George Renaud got the lead with Ryan Stabler pulling in second with 5 laps down. Stabler and Renaud ran side by side as Stabler looked strong on top and took the lead on lap 12. New 2012 track champion, Joey Ladouceur was now in contention running third. Ladouceur passed Renaud for second just before he got clipped by Claude Parisien sending Ladouceur to the back and Parisien was black flagged with 16 laps to go. Stabler in the lead with Ghislain Valade moving up to third but Stéphane Lebrun charged and got by Valade. Stabler was able to survive a few late cautions and won his third feature of the season over Renaud and Dion Oakes. Ladouceur captured his fourth track championship and Mohawk Race Parts Series in a row.

Chris Herbison jumped to the lead in the 40-lap finale of the St.Lawrence Seaway Sportsman series. Two accidents involving several cars occurred in the first 5 laps. With being late at night, decision was made to start counting caution laps. Herbison still in the lead on the green with Dylan Evoy making his way to second with Jessica Powers in third with 15 laps to go. Herbison and Evoy were in battle for the same lane and Evoy was able to pass the leader with 8 laps to go as the yellow lights were out. Evoy in the lead as Devon Caron and Louie Jackson slipped by Herbison and completed the podium. Herbison`s fourth place in the feature secured the track championship and St.Lawrence Seaway Sportsman series championship.

The 15-lap Evans Bus Line Semi-Pro feature had 18 cars for the initial green as Junior Delormier took the lead. Delormier led for four laps until Michael McCargar got the top spot. The leader had Derek Cryderman has a dancing partner at the halfway point. Cryderman was able to pass McCargar at the halfway point. Cryderman led the final portion to get his fourth feature of the season over McCargar and Wes Bilmer.

The final feature of 2012 in the Crazy Dave’s DJ Services saw Mikael Blais take the lead over Justin Desrosiers and Mathieu Aubin. Blais led wire to wire and captured his third feature of the season over Aubin and Martin Bernard who captured third in claiming the 2012 track championship.

More than $20,000 in prizes were given during the intermission involving the 100% participation draws amongst the Gaetan Chip Stand Canadian Nationals, the St.Lawrence Seaway Sportsman Series, the Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock Series. Kayle Robidoux won the 2013 Bicknell chassis, Matt Billings left with a set of four Hoosier tires, Mario Clair and David Hébert won a barrel of VP Fuels and Tim O’Brien, Brian McDonald, Danny O’Brien, Chris Raabe and Joel Doiron each won a $250 envelope. In the Sportsman Series, Corey Winter won the GM Crate engine, Dana Aikens a set of four Hoosier tires and Dylan Evoy, Adam Rozon, Kenny Polite, Terry Ladouceur and Corey Wheeler each got a $100 envelope. In Pro-Stock, Ryan Stabler got the full body.

The 2012 season will end this Sunday with the annual Fireball Enduro, a great afternoon of racing for all the family, with more than 200 laps of racing mayhem involving 4, 6 and 8 cylinders cars. For more information on the upcoming events at the speedway, visit the trackwebsite at www.cornwallspeedway.

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