CORNWALL, Ont. - The Cornwall Motor Speedway was back in action for a special holiday Monday with the Jiffy Auto Service Triple Crown up for grabs along with the final race for the Canadian Nationals Modified Series and the last race for the Seaway-Lussier GM Performance Sportsman Series, the Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock Series and the final point’s night in Semi-Pro and Mini-Stock divisions.
In the Jiffy Auto Service 125, Erick Rudolph took the early lead over Mario Clair. The first caution occurred on lap 2 as Marc Therrien stopped in turn 4. While Rudolph was in the lead, Chris Raabe and Carey Terrance were on the move as they were now behind the leader as the feature hit the 15-lap mark. Rudolph got into lap traffic at lap 25 as he was building a good lead over Raabe and Stephane Lafrance who passed Terrance. A great battle for second spot between Raabe and Lafrance as the #115 car was able to take second in heavy traffic on lap 32. Caution was out on the speedway on lap 50 as Paul Hamel stopped in the backstretch. A strong start for Rudolph as Lafrance and Carey Terrance are still running good with last year’s DIRTcar 358-Modified rookie of the year, Ryan Arbuthnot in fourth.
A caution occurred on lap 72 for Dexter Stacey bringing the field to a stop on this yellow flag for the 10-minute mandatory pit stop on lap 75. Pit crews were allowed on the track and make adjustments to their cars.
On the green, Rudolph in the lead with Lafrance on his backbumper with Terrance, Arbuthnot and Mike Bowman completing the top five. While running in contention, Chris Raabe lost his chances in winning the Cornwall track title as runner-up in the in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, Mario Clair headed to the pits, Clair was also leading the Canadian Nationals Series before the start of this race. Rudolph held the lead over Terrance on lap 90 restart as Stephane Lafrance was in third. Roger Levesque brought the caution out. With 25 laps to go, Rudolph was challenged by Terrance with Lafrance being a spectator in third. Terrance used the outside lane and passed Rudolph for the lead on lap 110. Erick Rudolph got tangled in lap 118 and lost his strong position and yellow was out. A lap 121 caution occurred in turn 2 bringing the field together. Terrance had a great start and led the final three laps to capture the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race and the Cornwall Motor Speedway track title. Terrance finished in front of Lafrance and Arbuthnot. Lafrance was able to win his second Canadian Nationals title with Chris Raabe winning the Doiron Cup for the heat points.
Mathieu Desjardins was the early leader in the 40-lap Seaway-Lussier Sportsman Series as Tristan Draper brought the first caution on lap 4. Desjardins had company in front as Robert Delormier took the lead for about 10 laps as Desjardins charged back with Shane Pecore in battle for third spot with Dylan Evoy as a few cautions slowed the field down in the first portion of the event. On lap 18 restart, Dylan Evoy jumped to the lead as the feature reached the halfway point. Mitch Primeau went on his roof in turn 2 and red flag was out on lap 21. Shane Pecore headed to the pits changing the point leaving a great position. Evoy stayed in first on the restart with Desjardins and Corey Wheeler behind the leader. Wheeler took the inside lane and passed Desjardins on lap 32 for second and charged on Evoy. Justin Lalancette was in the mix also passing Desjardins for third. Evoy went on to win his first feature of the season over Wheeler and Lalancette. Wheeler won his first track title after finishing second as Mathieu Desjardins secured the Seaway-Lussier Sportsman Series.
In the 40-lap Mohawk Race Parts, Stéphane Lebrun took the lead over Dave Bissonnette, both drivers had a battle for the first 15 laps with Charles-David Beauchamp joining the mix at that time, Beauchamp passed Bissonnette and got by Lebrun for the lead on lap 18. Beauchamp and Bissonnette had a good fight in the last portion with Stephane Lemire in the lead pack. Stéphane Lebrun hit Bissonnette on the last lap and Lemire got by to take second while Jocelyn Roy completes the top three. Even with the accident Bissonnette, claimed his second track title in a row while Lemire won his first Mohawk Race Parts Series. Bissonnette also won the RSI Heat Championship.
The 15-lap Laminacorr Semi-Pro feature saw Patrick Lalonde taking the lead as Alex Soucy spun out in turn 4. Lalonde lost control in turn 4 giving the lead to Derek Cryderman. Several cautions occurred in the final portion of the event but Cryderman managed to stay in front and won his fifth event of the season. Junior Delormier captured the 2014 track championship.
In the 12-lap Mini-Stock feature, Marc Chartrand was the early leader over JF Pagé and Elizabeth Gauthier. Justin Desrosiers found something on the top side as he got second spot. The first caution came on lap 9 as Riley McGonagle stopped in the backstretch. On the restart, Desrosiers passes Chartrand and claims his third feature of the season. Chris James is the 2014 Mini-Stock champion.
A total of nearly $20,000 worth of prizes were handed out during intermission. Mario Clair won the Bicknell Chassis, Stephane Lafrance the barrel of VP Fuel, Yan Bussiere left the speedway with 2 Hoosier tires and Kyle Dingwall, Ryan Arbuthnot, Brian McDonald, Chris Raabe and Chris Herbison each left with a 100$ envelop. In the Seaway-Lussier Sportsman Series, Wyatt Mullin won the crate engine, Martin Pelletier left with the barrel of VP Fuels, Gilles Godard won the two Hoosier tires, Shane Pecore, Sebastien Bourque, Mathieu Desjardins, Dany Gagné and Kaven Poliquin won the 100$ envelopes.
In the Mohawk Pro-Stock, Stephane Lemire won the body, with Stephane Lebrun winning the Barrel of fuel, Marc Lalonde won the two Hoosier Tires as George Renaud, C-D Beauchamp, Rock Aubin, Jocelyn Roy and Guy Viens each won a $100 envelope.
This Sunday night, a very popular event for the family as the Fireball Enduro is slated with between 250 and 300 cars expected. The racing will start at 2 p.m.
For more information on the upcoming season at Cornwall, please visit the website at www.cornwallspeedway.com.