After a long wait, the 2012 season will finally start this Sunday, May 20 at Cornwall Motor Speedway with the first race of the Gaetan’s Chip Stand Canadian Nationals for the 358-Modifieds, this event will also have great importance as the MrDIRTcar 358-Modifieds Series will also begin his activities during this 100-lap event paying $4,000 to the winner. The Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock Series will also be part of this great night with a 40-lap feature as the Sportsman, Semi-Pro and Mini-Stock will have a regular show on Minute Auto Wash night.
A stellar field of Modifieds is expected on opening night. The 2011 MrDIRTcar 358-Modified Champion, Danny Johnson will lead the invader group that should include stars such as Brett Hearn, Danny O’Brien, Mario Clair, David Hébert, Mat Williamson, Matt Billings and many others will be in battle against Stéphane Lafrance, Carey Terrance, Dale Planck, Laurent Ladouceur, Luke Whitteker, Tim O’Brien and several of the best local talent in Eastern Ontario. The 30 best drivers to qualify will be in battle for the coveted $4,000 to win at the end of the 100-lap event.
Again in 2012, promoter Ron Morin will give prizes to drivers that will compete in all three events of the Canadian Nationals. A 2013 Bicknell chassis is the main prize along with 2 barrels of VP Fuels, a set of 4 Hoosier tires and 5 envelopes of $250 each will be drawn at the last event on Sept 2nd. The series champion will also receive a nice $2,500 for his win. Including the purse and prize money more than $75,000 will be awarded to the drivers.
The Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock Series will start off also at Cornwall with the first of 6 events presented throughout Eastern Ontario, Northern New-York and Quebec, on the line a 40-lap feature paying a hefty $750 to the winner. The best Pro-Stock drivers of both provinces along with drivers from Northern New-York will be on hand.
The Sportsman with 20 laps, Semi-Pro with 15 and a dozen for the Mini-Stock will also be on the racing card. The pit gates will open at 3:30pm with general admission opening at 4:30pm. Time trials for 358-Modifieds are scheduled to start at 6pm. The first heat is scheduled for 7pm sharp. For more information please visit us at www.cornwallspeedway.com or find us on Facebook under Cornwall Motor Speedway.
By Martin Belanger