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Cornwall Speedway adjusts 2017 schedule due to recent postponements

sean May 26, 2017 - 11:35am

Ray Lavergne, owner of the Cornwall Motor Speedway, and his team have been busy in recent days, negotiating to find new dates for various series to visit the local dirt track.

Here are the revised details:

May 28: The Race for the Cure Sportsman Series will be run on Sunday, May 28, along with the Eastern Ontario Vintage Club, plus a complete race program for Modified, Pro-Stock, Mini-Stock. The Slick Track Enduro will also be run on Sunday, after the regular racing program.

June 11: The 25-lap Cindy Ladouceur Memorial feature will start the evening. The Street-Stock division has been added as well, in addition to a full program for all divisions.

July 2: The final qualifying race of the 125-lap Canadian Nationals will take place, along with the Ultimate Pro-Stock Series, Street-Stock, Sportsman, and Mini-Stock to make the Canada Day weekend a big event.

July 23: The autograph session scheduled for July 2 has been postponed to July 23.

August 20: The Quebec Mini-Modified that were scheduled to race on May 28 have agreed to have their date pushed to August 20.

Keep your tickets

The track reminds holders of tickets from last weekend's rainouts that they will be honoured over the next three events (May 28, June 4, June 11), and the price will be adjusted, as appropriate. 

files from Martin Bélanger

Sunday rainout at Speedway forces rescheduling of racing events

sean May 23, 2017 - 3:32pm

Everything was ready for a great night of racing to open the 2017 season at the Cornwall Motor Speedway, until rain began to fall during the final heat in the Modifieds class. As a result, the remainder of the evening's slate was postponed. As well, it was decided to cancel the whole program slated for Victoria Day. 

Rescheduled

The final qualifying race and the 125-lap Canadian Nationals has been pushed to Sunday, July 2, with the rest of the planned show for the other divisions being part of the Canada Day festivities. 

The Race for the Cure Sportsman Series will be run on Sunday, May 28, along with a complete race program for Modified, Pro-Stock, and Mini-Stock classes, along with the Slick Track Enduro.

A new date for the Quebec Mini-Mod is pending.

The 25-lap Cindy Ladouceur Memorial feature will be completed on Sunday, June 11, as part of the regularly scheduled program that evening.

Keep your tickets

If you are holding tickets from last weekend's rainout events, make sure to keep them. Speedway staff advise that you have the next three weeks to use them, as they will be honoured for racing on May 28, June 4, or June 11. You will be reimbursed any difference in ticket price.

files from Martin Bélanger

Early season opener at Cornwall Speedway washed out last weekend

sean May 9, 2017 - 12:46pm

The Cornwall Motor Speedway was scheduled to get an early start to the 2017, slated to host racing last Sunday. However, the wet weather of late has taken its toll on the tracks, and as a result, owner Ray Lavergne was forced to cancel the May 7 event.

"We need sun and warm weather to dry up the facility, and we only have rain and more rain," mentioned Lavergne. "I hate to cancel this early, but the situation leaves us with no choice."

There will no rescheduling of Sunday's program.

The speedway is looking at scheduled a practice night in the days ahead, prior to the new season-opener on May 21. "We need to get race cars and laps in and see how the new clay reacts; hopefully we will have some sun in the coming week and be able to hold a practice session," said Lavergne.

The new season-opener starts a busy two-day schedule in Cornwall. Three local racing series are included on the slate: the Canadian Nationals Modified and Cindy Ladouceur Memorial Series share the spotlight on Sunday (May 21), and the Race for the Cure Sportsman Series will go on the 22nd, along with the Vintage cars and a special wet track enduro.

with files from Martin Bélanger

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Countdown to racing at the Cornwall Motor Speedway

sean Apr 13, 2017 - 3:18pm

We are just over three weeks away from opening night at Cornwall Motor Speedway.

Enduro registration starts this Saturday. Pre-Registration will be available on Saturday, April 15, starting at noon at the track office until the 50-car grid has been filled.

Beginning on Monday, April 17, the track office will be open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. To be accepted in the 50-car field, the registration payment of $25 must be completed at the same time that the registration (registration fee does not include access to the pit area on the 22nd). Like a normal enduro, it will be a first-come, first-served basis for numbers attribution.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, the racing website 360nitro.tv has decided to expand its partnership at the speedway by providing live coverage on their website during all the 2017 season. Fans who will not be able to attend will be able to purchase coverage for a small price and enjoy the races from home. Pre- and post-race interviews will be done as well as enabling the viewing of all the action on the track. Speedway management is proud of this expanded partnership with 360nitro.tv.

Several drivers from the province of Quebec have announced that they will be regulars at Cornwall in 2017. Kayle Robidoux is back full time and will be one to watch as he is consistently a threat each time that he hits the track. Joining Robidoux will be Paul St-Sauveur and Mathieu Boisvert. These two men will be in the mix as well on every evening. Let’s also not forget Gabriel Richer who is getting better each season in the Modified ranks.

with files from Martin Bélanger

Speedway announces plans for 2017 racing season

sean Mar 7, 2017 - 4:10pm

Race fans and teams will now be able to fill out their Sunday evening calendars, as the Cornwall Motor Speedway presents its 2017 race schedule. A very busy summer is planned, with 20 events on tap, from May through September.

The season will start early in May with the Test and Tune evening scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, and then the season will start the next Sunday, with the May 7 opener. That will be followed by a special weekend doubleheader on May 21 and 22 involving three local racing series: the Canadian Nationals Modified, the Race for the Cure Sportsman, and the Cindy Ladouceur Memorial Mini-Stock Series.

June will see visits from the Empire Super Sprints on the 4th, the World of Outlaws Late Models on the 18th, and the Lightning Sprints on the 25th to close out the month with their first of two runs in Cornwall.

The busiest month of the year will definitively be July, with five big events: Cornwall will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of our nation at two occasions starting on July 2 with Canada 150 night with the Ultimate Pro-Stock Series, a $2,000 to win 40-lap feature for the Modifieds and the popular autograph night; the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block tour is next on July 9, with sprint night on the 16th with the Patriot Sprints and SpeedSTR; the second round of the Race for the Cure Sportsman Series highlights July 23; and the DIRTcar Pro-Stock Series will make a stop along with the Mod-Lite of Quebec on the 30th. 

The month of August will be similar to July with five nights of racing, including round #2 of the Canadian Nationals and the final race for the Cindy Ladouceur Memorial Series starting August on the 6th. The second event celebrating Canada’s 150th will be on Thursday, August 17, with a 150-lap Modified event paying a whopping $10,000 to the winner and total purse of $30,000. The Sportsman class with a 50-lapper and Mini-Stock with a twin 15 night will also share the evening. The final event of the Race for the Cure Sportsman Series is scheduled for August 20. The Lightning Sprints and Vintage of Eastern Ontario are also on the card during the month. 

September will close out the season, with the Canadian Nationals finale and a $5,000 prize to win. The DIRTcar Sportsman Series will join the event on September 3, and the Fireball Enduro will be the 20th as the final event of the calendar. 

"Our ultimate goal is to always deliver a high-quality program for race teams and our fans, and I am confident that we achieved our goal with these 20 events that bring variety and action," states Speedway public relations director Martin Belanger. 

2017 will mark the fourth season of operations by the Lavergne Family. Alexandria's Joel Doiron joins the team this year as race director.

"With the return of the World of Outlaws and the 150-lap and $10,000 to win Modified event in August, the Lavergne family are always finding new ways to keep Cornwall part of the best on the DIRTcar circuit," adds Belanger.

Cindy Ladouceur Memorial Series added at Cornwall Motor Speedway

sean Feb 9, 2017 - 3:19pm

A new series will see light at Cornwall Motor Speedway for the upcoming season, as the Mini-Stock division will have a new three-race series: the Cindy Ladouceur Memorial Series.

Interest was immediate at the Mini-Stock meeting. In looking at how to enhance programming for this group, the speedway asked race teams if a three-race series would be something that could interest them. The response was positive, with the Ladouceur family already contacting the speedway before the meeting was completed.

The father and son duo of Rheal and Terry Ladouceur are behind the creation of this new series that will honour Cindy Ladouceur, who passed away after a battle with cancer. The Ladouceur family will offer a hefty points funds of $1,500 for the top five finishers. The series champion will receive $700, second $350, third $200, fourth $150, and fifth $100. 

Along with the point's fund, several sponsors and close friends of the Ladouceurs have decided to contribute as well, helping to increase the appeal of this series to drivers. In all, over $2,500 has been committed for prizes.

The series will be run on May 21, June 25, and Aug. 6. Each round will be a 25-lap event. 

files from Martin Bélanger

Speedway announces details for 2017 racing season

sean Feb 2, 2017 - 5:22pm

Cornwall Motor Speedway staff is hard at work preparing for the upcoming season at the race track. Here are some of the latest developments. 

A meeting involving over 15 teams in the Mini-Stock class was held last Friday evening in Cornwall. Some great, open discussion took place between race teams and speedway management. Some commitments were made by owner and promoter Raymond Lavergne about the number of laps that will be raised to 15 for regular events, in-depth review of the current rules to make them more accessible to outsiders, and other items that were raised will be reviewed and communicated in the next couple of weeks. 

After listening to fans and race teams, it was decided that the races will start 30 minutes earlier on Sunday evenings for the 2017 season. Knowing that the next day is a working day for the majority of our people attending our events, we want to make sure to send everyone home in a timely manner. So, please note, starting time will be 6:30pm.

Popular on the American side as well in western Ontario, pizza logs will be added to the food menu for the upcoming season. The item consists of pizza sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese wrapped in dough, and the speedway is confident that these will quickly become a fan favourite.

Staff is working hard on finalizing the 2017 schedule, aiming to start earlier this season with opening night scheduled for Sunday, May 7. The track is also looking at having nearly 20 events on the calendar.

A practice session will be scheduled for early May.

The final 2017 schedule will be posted in the coming weeks.

files from Martin Bélanger

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