The Glengarry News

Speedway announces plans for 2017 racing season

sean Mar 7, 2017 - 3:10pm

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.