It was an epic night at Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, as 10 different track and series champions were crowned. The evening also included races in the Canadian Nationals Modified Series in conjunction with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, The Race for the Cure Sportsman Series, the DIRTcar Sportsman Series, and the Street Stock invitational.
Jordan McCreadie and David Hebert were on the top row to start the Canadian Nationals 125-lap finale. Hebert took a commanding lead over McCreadie, with Tommy Flannigan running third. Hebert slowed in turn 4 and a caution came out on lap 14. On the restart, Gage Morin took the lead, as Chris Raabe made his way to second, with McCreadie sliding into third. A side-by-side battle occurred between Morin and Raabe for several laps.
Caution came out again on lap 42, with debris on the track. McCreadie used the opportunity to pull his 9j machine onto the infield. When the race was back in action, the leaders quickly got into heavy traffic on lap 55, as Raabe pulled closer to Morin. Mike Bowman drove his 71 car onto the infield on lap 61, and the caution was out. Four laps later, Yan Bussiere and Roy Delormier came together in turn 1, interrupting race action once more.
The race resumed after the mandatory stop, as both Morin and Raabe were back in the battle for the lead. Both drivers pulled away from the field, eventually running into some slower traffic. Mario Clair got closer to both cars, as an accident occurred on lap 92 in turn 2.
When the green lights were back, Morin had the first position. Raabe tried everything on Morin to pass him for the lead, but the leader resisted, as Carey Terrance made his way to the top four with fewer than 20 laps remaining.
With 7 laps to go, there was a severe accident that landed Michael Parent on his roof and involved the Tommy Flannigan car. On the restart, Terrance moved up to third, passing Clair. Tyler MacPherson and David Hebert got together below the flag stand, bringing the race to a green-white-checker situation. Morin led the final stretch, capturing this event for a second year in a row, over Raabe who was crowned 2016 track champion. Terrance finished third to claim the Canadian Nationals series title.
Louie Jackson was the early leader in the DIRTcar Sportman/Race for the Cure Sportsman Series, as points leader Shane Pecore moved up to second spot and Gabriel Cyr was running third. Martin Pelletier started to make some noise by lap 10, passing Cyr for third. He then found room on the high lane to get past both Pecore and Jackson for the lead on lap 18. Pelletier brushed off late challenges from Jackson to collect the win. By finishing third, Pecore earned the Cornwall track championship as well as the Race for the Cure title.
The Pro-Stock division closed the evening with a 25-lap event that saw veteran driver Dave Bissonnette prevail. After waiting 16 years, Stephane Lebrun finally earned the track champion at the Cornwall Motor Speedway.
DIRTcar 358-Modified Series/Canadian Nationals feature final results (125 laps): Gage Morin, Chris Raabe, Carey Terrance, Mario Clair, Steve Bernard, Kyle Dingwall, Bobby Herrington, Dominic Dufault, Corey Wheeler, Joey Ladouceur, Danny Bilodeau, Steve Bernier, Mike Maresca, Mathieu Boisvert, Chris Herbison, Brian McDonald, Lance Willix, Joel Doiron, David Hebert, Zach Aubertine, Tyler McPherson, Gabriel Richer, Tommy Flannigan, Michael Parent, Tim O’Brien, Danny O’Brien, Yan Bussiere, Roy Delormier, Mike Bowman, Jordan McCreadie.
Race for the Cure Sportsman/DIRTcar Sportsman Series feature results (50 laps): Martin Pelletier, Louie Jackson, Shane Pecore, Jonathon Ferguson, Gabriel Cyr, Adam Rozon, Tyler Givogue, Ryan Stabler, Tristan Draper, Mathieu Bardier, Dave Rogers, Emmanuel St-Denis, Dave Marcuccilli, Thomas Cook, Steve Morris, Scott McGill, Jessica Power, Brianna Ladouceur, Mike Stacey, Bryan Cloutier, Moise Page, Derek Cryderman, Justin Lalancette, Ron Davis III, Alex Lajoie, Felix Murray, Michael Richard, Gilles Godard, Martin Hebert, Chris Cunningham, Ryan Scott, Ryan Comeau.
Pro-Stock feature results (25 laps): Dave Bissonnette, Ghislain Valade, Dave Seguin, Rock Aubin, Stephane Lebrun, Justin Desrosiers, Kevin Fetterly, Jocelyn Roy, PJ Peters, Dave Rogers, Marc Lalonde, George Renaud, Riley McMonagle, CD Beauchamp.
Novice Sportsman results (15 laps): Dudes Thompson, Pascal Racette, Chris Zieren, Anthony Rasmussen, Mario Genest, Junior Delormier, Greg Ezard, Matt Barbour, Chris Ferguson, Eric Castonguay, Fred Andje, Brent Lozo.
Mini-Stock results (12 laps): Alexis Charbonneau, Skylar Ladouceur, Bob Ray, Marc Dagenais, Steven Quesnel, John Lamarshe, Corey Gates, Mike Gaucher, Melissa Gifford, Richard Bartholomew, Sylvain Bouthillier, Patrice Monniere, Brandon Halliday.
Modified Bonus Award: Gage Morin
Halfway Sportsman Bonus Award: Martin Pelletier
Halfway Pro-Stock Bonus Award: George Renaud
6th place finisher Bonus: Justin Desrosiers
Miss the Podium Award: Mario Clair
Novice Sportsman Halfway: Dudes Thompson
Novice Sportsman Halfway: Alexis Charbonneau
– files from Martin Bélanger