Sears wins the MrDIRTcar Sportsman race
The Cornwall Motor Speedway was host of the MrDIRTcar Sportsman Series with a 30lap feature event along with a complete race program in the Modified, Pro-Stock and Mini-Stock categories. The Semi-Pros had an evening off. This great night of racing was sponsored by Goodyear and Benson Auto Parts.
In the 30-lap MrDIRTcar Sportsman Series, a field of 31 cars took the initial green as Timmy Sears Jr. led the way when 3 cars spun out in turn 1 and caution came out. Sears kept the lead with Steve Gray and Chris Raabe running second and third as Travis Back went out the track in turn 3 and caution came out on lap 2. Sears had a good jump on the restart when Gray, series points leader spun out and had to go back to the field as caution came out on lap 3. Sears had another good start and led another lap and caution came out for Loren Lincoln. Sears still in front with a 3-way battle for second between Raabe, Chris Herbison and Justin Wright as Jenna David lost control in the backstretch on lap 9 and the yellow flag was waved. On the green, Sears kept the lead over Raabe but the field had to slow down 2 laps later. Sears was able to resist at a charge of Raabe on the restart as Chris Herbison was following closely. Sears built himself a good lead over the field as he got into heavy traffic while Raabe had to defend against to Herbison with 20 laps down. Caution came out for Jenna David with 7 laps to go. Sears still the leader with Chris Raabe and Randy Earl getting together and yellow was out with only 5 laps to go. Sears still in front with Herbison running strong in second when Donnie Lawson stopped with 26 laps down and caution came out. The two leaders were running side by side as a few cars got together with only 2 laps to go. Sears led another lap but Jenna David stopped in turn 3 and caution was out. In the final dash, Sears was able to keep the lead and won the feature over Herbison, Ryan Susice, Wright and Steve Bernier completed the top 5. Steve Gray, Chris Raabe, Justin Wright and Randy Earl had won the heats.
Luke Whitteker grabbed the lead in the 30-lap Modified feature race with Carey Terrance running strong in second. Terrance got close to Whitteker with 5 laps down. Terrance was able to pass Whitteker on lap 7 as Gage Morin spun out in turn 2 on the next lap. Terrance had a great jump with Brian McDonald now racing in third spot. Danny O’Brien seemed to be the fastest car on the track as he passed McDonald and Terrance to grab the lead on lap 15. O’Brien pulled away from the rest of the field as the top 5 were spread apart on the track with 10 laps to go. Ron Valade went off the track in turn 4 and caution came on lap 23. Terrance got a good start and regained the lead over O’Brien. Joel Doiron brought the yellow with 4 laps to go. Danny O’Brien got the lead but went into the infield as his car broke and Terrance was now back in front as the caution came out on lap 27. Terrance led the final laps to win the feature race over Laurent Ladouceur, Whitteker, Lee Ladouceur and Tim O’Brien, completing the top 5. Terrance had a perfect night winning his heat, Kyle Dingwall won the other.
Ryan Stabler took the early lead in the 20- lap Pro-Stock feature race over Ricky Thompson and PJ Peters. Thompson took the lead when Stabler rolled over and the red flag came out on lap 4. Thompson kept the first spot with George Renaud now second and Dave Bissonnette in third. The top 5 cars were running together with 5 laps to go with Louie Jackson in battle with Bissonnette for the third spot. Renaud spun out and caution came with one lap to go. Thompson led the final laps with Corey Wheeler making a big jump and finished second with Dave Bissonnette completed the top 3.
In the 12-lap Mini-Stock feature, David Seguin led the first lap with Martin Bernard taking over the lead on the next lap in the backstretch. The caution came out on lap 5 for Ronnie Tyo. Bernard stayed in front but spun out in the back shoot and Ben Nurse is the new leader as caution came out. Nurse led another lap when another car slowed in turn 2 and the yellow was out. On the restart, Nurse had company with Mike Gaucher as Ronnie Tyo was strong and took third with 2 laps to go. Tyo seemed to be the fastest car on the track and passed Gaucher for second and didn’t have enough for Nurse as they were nose to nose at the flagstand. Nurse won his first feature of the year.
The show of the year is already at our doors with the World of Outlaws Late Models Series in town for 50 laps of racing action with more than $75,000 in purse money and $10,000 going to the winner. Come and see the stars and cars of that series with 2-time Cornwall winner Josh Richards leading the way with Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Steve Francis, Tim Fuller, Austin Hubbard, Rick Eckert, Brady Smith, Shane Clanton, Chub Frank and other top runners of that series. The Modified, Pro-Stock, Semi-Pro and MiniStock will also see some action with the Sportsman having a night off. D&A Tractor Sales and Glen`s Towing will be the major sponsor of the evening.
Modified Feature Results (30 laps)
Carey Terrance, Laurent Ladouceur, Luke Whitteker, Lee Ladouceur, Tim O’Brien, Dave Heaslip, Kyle Dingwall, Stéphane Lafrance, Brian McDonald, Billy Cook, Gage Morin, Ron Valade, Danny O’Brien, Justin Lalancette, Eric Gauvreau, Joel Doiron, Ryan Helm
Tim Sears Jr, Chris Herbison, Ryan Susice, Justin Wright, Steve Bernier, Mark Dixon, Dan Wiesner, Travis Back, Jesse Cotriss, Dave Dykstra, Brent Kelsey, Shane Pecore, Steve Barber, Chris Taylor, Loren Lincoln, Donnie Lawson, Roger Varacalli, Steve Gray, Dillon Sallows, Chris Raabe, Matt Collins, Cory Winters, Bruno Lepage, Randy Early, Jenna David, Jamie Platt, Christine Martin, Jeff Philipps, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Ghislain Lacombe
Pro-Stock Feature Results (20 laps)
Ricky Thompson, Corey Wheeler, Dave Bissonnette, Ghislain Valade, Louie Jackson, Joey Ladouceur, George Renaud, Dion Oakes, PJ Peters, Michel Desjardins, Gilles Godard, Marc Lalonde, Rock Aubin, Steve Johnston, Chris Tremblay, Ryan Stabler, David Papineau (DNS)
Mini-Stock Feature Results (12 laps)
Ben Nurse, Ronnie Tyo, Mike Gaucher, Andrew Giroux, Dan Desnoyers, Benoit Laroche, Marc Chartrand, Chris James, Ben Rosebush, Martin Bernard, Darryl Mitchell, Carl Gorry, Justin Jodoin, David Seguin, Marc Usereau (DNS), Tyler Lamarche (DNS).