May 19, 2013 : The long holiday weekend in May a very exciting time of the year, as it gets the racing season into overdrive with every local track now open. Mohawk International Raceway in Hogansburg, New York was my destination of choice on Friday night, with Brockville Speedway and Cornwall Speedway filling out the rest of my weekend plans on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The first stop on by busy Victoria Day weekend was Mohawk International Raceway, located just across the border at Cornwall. It was their first race of the 2013 season and they had a full show lined up with Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Mod Lites and the Bandit division. In the Modifieds, it was Chris Raabe taking home the win, holding off a late race challenge from Billy Dunn as they worked through lapped traffic. Dunn crossed the line second, with Joel Doiron, Luke Whitteker and Brian McDonald rounding out the top five. Over the past couple season’s Dylan Evoy had dominated the Sportsman division at Mohawk Raceway, and that continued on Friday night as he took the opening night win, holding off a hard charging Daryl Nutting on the final corner of the final lap to take the win. Nutting was second with Corey Wheeler, Brent Kelsey and Mike Arquiette completing the first five. Other winners on the night were Rock Aubin in the Pro Stocks, Scott Walldorf in the Mod Lites and Jean Marc Larose in the Bandits.
Saturday was a great day for racing at Brockville Ontario Speedway. While I do get to go to several other tracks over the course of the season, BOS is my home track, and I always look forward to Saturday nights. Brockville had a full program in store with a 40 lap Sportsman Seaway Series event highlighting the night, along with Modifieds, Street Stocks, Rookies and the new Rookie Sportsman class. 37 Sportsman cars were on hand, and when the dust settled at the end of the night it was last week’s winner Shane Pecore standing in victory lane once again. Dylan Evoy finished second, Quebec invaders Steve Bernier and Mathieu Desjardins finished just ahead of BOS regular Jonathon Ferguson to complete the top five. There was plenty of damage done in the Modified feature as a multi-car wreck on lap four eliminated many cars from competition. At the end of the 30 laps though, it was 10 time BOS champion Danny O’Brien in victory lane for the first time in 2013. Stephane Lafrance finished second ahead of Lee Gill Kyle Dingwall and Jason Riddell. Other winners on the night were Aaron Pugh in the Rookie Sportsman, Steve Kearney in the Street Stocks and Bob Ray in the Rookie division.
Cornwall Speedway was next up on my weekend schedule. They were hosing their season opener that featured a 100 lap Mr. DIRTcar Series race/Canadian Nationals Series event for the 358 Modifieds. We arrived early, driving through some rain on the way to Cornwall, watched the pit area fill up before the skies opened up, sending people home early. The 100 lap Canadian Nationals Series race has been postponed until this coming Sunday, while the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified Series portion has been postponed until Sunday, August 4th.
Other tracks were in action as well over the weekend. Marcel Pecore took home the win at Can Am Motorsports Park with Jessica Power taking second place. Mike Prentice, Jordan Keruskie and Brandon Hagan finished in the top five positions. AJ Kingsley was the Late Model winner, Ken Hartshorn was the Pro Street winner, Ray Bechler was the Thunder Car winner and Jordan Miller was the Novice Sportsman winner.
Matt Sheppard continued his strong season at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, already picking up his third win of the season. Rob Bellinger was the winner at Brewerton Speedway, and Pat Ward took the popular win at Fulton Speedway. Jordan McCreadie won at Evans Mills Speedway.
This coming weekend I will return to Mohawk International Raceway on Friday night, Brockville Ontario Speedway on Saturday night, and the rescheduled 100 lap Canadian Nationals Series event at Cornwall Speedway on Sunday.
For those of you attending Brockville Speedway on Saturday night, be sure to stop by the Finish Line Web Design merchandise trailer. We have new stock coming in regularly. You can purchase Finish Line Web Design t-shirts and hats, Steve Barber “Saturday Night Sheriff” t-shirts, Kitley Motorsports t-shirts, Jessica Power t-shirts, as well as t-shirts for Luke Stewart, and 2012 Modified champion Kyle Dingwall. We also have 1:16 scale Model cars, spectacular artwork prints from Donnie Dana’s Doodles, and window decals for many of your favorite BOS drivers.
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