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ADRIAN BIGALOW PULLS OFF THE SWEEP DURING THE IRONMAN SLICK TRACK ENDURO AT MOHAWK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

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The 2014 season came to a close this past Saturday afternoon at the Mohawk International Raceway with the annual Ironman Slick Track Enduro which featured many weekly race fans and veterans alike, all wanting their shot at the top prize.

In the 50 lap 4 & 6 cylinder enduro Dillan Cole took the lead at the drop of the green flag and would dominate the first 20 laps of the event until overheating issues sent him to the infield. The put Adrian Bigalow into the lead and over the final 30 laps would never look back as he scored the win over Devin Cooke and Michael Papineau. The 8 Cylinder division concluded the day and Owen White took the lead and started to run away and hide from the rest of the field in the opening 12 laps. On lap 16 however his day went from great to bad in a hurry as he broke while leading, handing the lead over to Adrian Bigalow who was driving the same car he won with in the previous race. Bigalow held a huge lead as the field approached halfway with Rick Stiles running in 2nd. Bigalow however, was the class of the field and the driver to beat all day as he scored the sweep by winning the 8 Cylinder event with Mark Maroney finishing 2nd and regular bandit division driver Corey Castell taking 3rd.

The staff and management at Mohawk International Raceway would like to thank all who have made this season a great success a big thanks to all the racers and great race fan who supported us in 2014. Have a great holiday season and see you at the track in 2015.

MATT SHEPPARD, DYLAN EVOY AND CHARLIE SANDERCOCK SCORE WINS ON NIGHT #2 OF THE MOHAWK NATIONALS

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Even with heavy rains throughout the entire day Mother Nature still couldn’t stop the second night of the Mohawk Nationals this past Saturday night. Despite the lengthy delay drivers were up to the task and ready to do battle.

The Big Block Modified Super DirtCar Series was ready to go for 100 laps and Matt Sheppard flexed his muscle in the early going by taking the lead from the pole over Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps and Peter Britten.  Even with the great jump on the initial green flag the yellow quickly flew for an accident in turn 3 involving David Papineau and Dexter Stacey. On the restart Sheppard used the high lane to keep the number 1 spot bringing Wight to 2nd with Phelps, Decker and Britten continuing to round out the top 5 spots. On lap 10 Mat Williamson blew his motor bringing out the 2nd caution flag of the night. When the green came back out Sheppard still proved he had the car to beat as he rocketed out to the lead and put 6 car lengths on Larry Wight with Jimmy Phelps still running a solid 3rd. On lap 15 the 3rd caution flew for an accident in turn 4 involving Danny Johnson, Danny O’Brien and 4 time track champion Mike Perrotte. When the green flew on lap 20 Sheppard remained in front bringing teammate Jimmy Phleps to 2nd. Larry Wight, Billy Decker and Justin Haers now completed the top 5. over the next 6 laps Sheppard and Phelps began to pull away from the field and started their own battle for the top spot but on lap 26 Dexter Stacey lost control off turn 2, hit the backstretch wall and flipped over bringing out the red flag. Stacey would climb out of the car uninjured but his car was done for the night. When the race went back under green Sheppard and Phelps took off from the field and continued their battle for the top spot. Phelps ran the extreme low lane while Sheppard continued to fly around the high side. Even with the top 2 battling for the lead Larry Wight, Billy Decker and Justin Haers were not able to close the gap. On lap 40 Danny Johnson was involved in another yellow as he spun in turn 3. On the restart Sheppard and Phelps continued their dominance of the field while Wight, Decker and now Matt Billings rounding out the top 5. Just past the halfway point of the event is where the laps began to click off and even in lapped traffic Sheppard was able to navigate cleanly with Phelps trailing behind as much as 6 car lengths. With 20 laps to go Sheppard had led the entire way but Phelps was within striking distance. Billy Decker remained a solid 3rd while Brett Hearn who fell back at the start of the race, made his way back to the top 3. Billy Dunn was also on the move as he made his way to 4th with Erick Rudolph, who went to a backup car and came from last place to the number 5 position. On lap 95 the scariest moment occurred when Matt Billings came into contact with the end of the back stretch wall flipping violently. While flipping he was struck again by Mario Clair and ended up landing upside down on the backstretch. Billings was shaken but walked away from his car which was virtually destroyed. When the green flew for the final time Sheppard charged to the lead and would never look back as he scored his 3rd series win of the year over Phelps, Hearn, Erick Rudolph and Billy Dunn.

The Richard Tenace Memorial event for the Go Nuclear Late Model Series was next up and Alan Fink was the early leader over Dale Caswell, Tim Sears Jr., AJ Kingsley and Dave McDonald. Fink had a great car throughout the first half of the race and was looking to get his season back on track after a disappointing start. On lap 16 Fink still continued his great run but Sears, Charlie Sandercock, Caswell and Kingsley were on the move as the leaders began to enter lapped traffic. Charlie Sandercock had made his way to 3rd at the halfway point and wanted badly to sweep the weekend having won on Friday night. On lap 22 Sandercock took one step closer to achieving that as he took over the top spot from Fink with Sears, Kingsley and Phil Potts completing the top 5. Sandercock began to pull away from the field and was lapping cars at will. On lap 28 the caution flag flew giving 2nd place driver Tim Sears Jr. a clear shot at the race lead. On the restart Sandercock showed who had the faster car as he jumped out into the lead over Sears, Fink, Potts and Kingsley. Sandercock was making it look easy as he held a huge lead on the field while behind him Greg Belyea was making a late race charge as he took over the 3rd spot from fellow Brighton Speedway regular Phil Potts on lap 34. However nobody had anything for Charlie Sandercock as he scored his 2nd win of the weekend and 4th win in the Go Nuclear Late Model Series over Sears, Belyea, Potts and AJ Kingsley.

The much anticipated 75 lap $5000 to win Pete Mitchell Memorial Sportsman Super Dirt Series race was set to conclude the evening. Cornwall Native Ryan Stabler took control of the race early on over Mike Maresca, Justin Lalancette, James Michael Friesen and Darryl Nutting. Stabler had a great car and would lead the opening 7 laps until a spin on the front stretch involving Zach Arquiett brought out the first caution of the event. On the restart Stabler kept control of the top spot but Maresca and Friesen were right behind him waiting for an opening. On lap 16 the next yellow flew for Mathieu Desjardins as he slowed heading into turn 1. When the green flew James Michael Friesen took over the lead and started to pull away from the field bringing Maresca to 2nd with Stabler falling to 3rd, Justin Lalancette and Dylan Evoy now completing the top 5 spots. Mike Maresca has had a solid season at Mohawk in 2014 and also a great run on the Sportsman Super Dirt Series and was charging after Friesen for the top spot. Maresca would finally get by on lap 22 with Friesen now 2nd and Justin Lalancette running a solid 3rd. Once in front Maresca started to pull away and would hold a strong lead over the next several laps while behind him Friesen, Lalancette, Stabler and 2014 track champion Corey Wheeler were searching for speed to try and catch the leader. On lap 44 the yellow flew for Rocky Warner who slapped the wall in turn 3, Warner recovered for an 8th place finish. On the restart Ryan Stabler retook the top spot but the driver on the charge was Dylan Evoy. After restarting 8th Evoy picked up 5 positions in turns 3 and 4 using the top side of the speedway to move into 3rd. By lap 50 Evoy would then challenge Mike Maresca for 2nd which he would take, and begin his pursuit of the race leader. On lap 52 Nick Guererri spun in turn 4. When the green flew Stabler stayed committed to the bottom but Evoy kept the car wound up on the high side which prevailed as Evoy took over the lead and began to walk away from the rest of the field. Behind the leader Stabler and Maresca were having a battle for the 2nd spot which Maresca would take control of with just under 5 laps to go. Cody McPherson also made a late race charge as he worked his way to 5th on lap 72 and battled with Justin Lalancette. However nobody was catching Evoy as he claimed his first ever Sportsman Super Dirt Series win and 4th of the year at Mohawk. Mike Maresca came home 2nd with Stabler, Cody McPherson and Justin Lalancette rounding out the top 5.

Next Saturday afternoon MIR will close out the season with the annual Slick Track Enduro plus a Halloween costume contest. Gates open at 9am with racing beginning at 11:30.

Big Block Modified

MATT SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Brett Hearn, Erick Rudolph, Billy Dunn, Larry Wight, Gary Tomkins, Billy Decker, Justin Haers, Peter Britten, Billy VanInwegen, Adam Roberts, Rich Scagliotta, Tom Conklin, Keith Flach, Tyler McPherson, Tyler Siri, Kyle Jacobs, David Papineau, Matt Billings, Pat Ward, Mario Clair, Matt Woodruff, Carey Terrance, Tim Kerr, Ryan Bartlett, Mike Perrotte, Danny Johnson, Chad Phelps, Lance Willix, Danny O’Brien, Dexter Stacey, Ryan Arbuthnot, Mat Williamson, Bill Mullin

Sportsman Super Dirt Series

DYLAN EVOY, Mike Maresca, Ryan Stabler, Cody McPherson, Justin Lalancette, James Michael Friesen, Rocky Warner, Mathieu Desjardins, Brad Rouse, Wyatt Mullin, Corey Wheeler, Dave Marcuccilli, Darryl Nutting, Martin Pelletier, Brianna Ladouceur, Joey Ladoucer, Louie Jackson Jr., Zach Arquiett, Jessica Power, Bryan Green, Thomas Cook, Mike Stacey, Robert Delormier, Corey Winters, Gilles Godard, Nick Guererri, Dillon Sallows, Ricky Thompson, Joel Hargrave, Shane Pecore

Go Nuclear Late Models

CHARLIE SANDERCOCK, Tim Sears Jr., Greg Belyea, Phil Potts, Alan Fink, AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell, Dave McDonald, Brian McDonald, Billy Eisle, Kyle Sopaz, Jason Knowles, Rick Miller, Elmer Stevenson, Brian Knowles, Bret Beldon, Harry Halliday, Mat Vanderlinden, Shane Tenace, Dave Talbot, Sean Beardsley, Adam Turner

BILLY DUNN, CHARLIE SANDERCOCK AND JEFF MAY WIN ON NIGHT ONE OF THE MOHAWK NATIONALS AT MOHAWK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

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Night #1 of the Mohawk Nationals kicked off in a big way this past Friday night with the 358 Modified Super Dirt Series, Go Nuclear Late Models and TUSA Mod Lite Series. The invaders were in town but the Mohawk regulars did not back down and were tough all night.

The 358 Modified Super Dirt Series was ready to roll for 75 fast laps as Luke Whitteker and Peter Britten led the field of 34 starters to Austin Swamp’s green flag with Britten getting the early lead. Britten’s best ever series finish came at Mohawk in 2012 when he finished 2nd and was on a mission to score the big win as he pulled away from the field with Matt Sheppard, Billy Dunn, Luke Whitteker and Yan Bussiere rounding out the top 5. Britten definitely was the fastest car on the race track but lapped traffic came into play which allowed Sheppard to close in. Recently crowned 3 time track champion Billy Dunn was on the charge as he took the 2nd spot from Sheppard on lap 11 and quickly reeled in Britten for the race lead. On lap 18 Dunn would take over the top spot and start to pull away. Only 1 caution slowed the race on lap 19 as Danny Johnson lost the handle on his machine in turn 2. On the restart Dunn took the lead over Britten, Sheppard, points leader Erick Rudolph and Mario Clair. Over the next 5 laps Dunn opened up over a 2.5 second lead by lap 25 but behind him Matt Sheppard took over 2nd from Britten but still had some work to do to catch the 3 time Mohawk champion while Britten, Rudolph and Clair continued their battle in the top 5. Billy Dunn from this point of the race started to turn in one of the most dominant performances in recent memory as not even lapped traffic would slow his pace as by the halfway point on lap 38, had lapped all the way to the top 15. Behind him Sheppard, Britten and Clair had a great battle for position with “Batman” taking 2nd on lap 34 over Sheppard, Clair and Rudolph. On lap 58 Dunn had lapped up to 8th place Jimmy Phelps and without the aid of a caution flag nobody was catching Dunn as he scored his 3rd career series win, all at Mohawk by the way, and 5th of the year with Britten equaling his best series finish of 2nd. Clair, Sheppard and Erick Rudolph completed the top 5.

In the 30 lap Go Nuclear Late Model Series race the event started off with Mike Trapp, Brian Knowles and Brian McDonald tangling in turn 4. When the race began and the laps started to click off, Jason Knowles took the top spot over pole sitter Billy Eisle, Kyle Sopaz, AJ Kingsley and Sean Beardsley completed the top 5 early on. Lap 3 saw another yellow come out as Kyle Sopaz slowed with problems in turn 2. When the green flew Knowles had the top spot while Kingsley, Beardsley, Phil Potts and Eisle battled it out in the top 5. Even though Knowles led the race he was not able to rest as Sean Beardsley made his way to 2nd and was in pursuit of the leader. On lap 13 Beardsley, who’s only series win came at Mohawk nearly 2 years to the day, took over the lead bringing Potts to 2nd with Tim Sears Jr., points leader Charlie Sandercock and Jason Knowles completing the top 5. On lap 14 Phil Potts took over the lead from Beardsley as Sandercock continued to charge forward as he made his way to 3rd. On the same lap Mat Vanderlinden spun in turn 1 bringing out the final yellow. On the restart Potts started to pull away but Charlie Sandercock was closing in and waiting for an opening. On lap 23 Sandercock got the opportunity as Potts made 1 mistake in turn 2 which cost him the top spot while Sears, Jordan Peters and Sean Beardsley completed the top 5. From there it was no contest as Charlie Sandercock continued his hot streak with his 3rd series win of the year and 4th overall. Potts settled for 2nd with Sears, Peters and Beardsley completing the top 5.

The TUSA Mod Lites were pumped up and ready for a 20 lap feature event. Rejean Lemieux set the pace early but behind him it was a hornet’s nest as the field raced 2 and 3 wide from positions 3 through 10. Rookie Jesse Hudson was the first to clear traffic as he took the lead on lap 3 with Harley Brown, Jeff May, Lemieux and Dan Desnoyers completing the top 5. Once in front Jesse Hudson was on a mission to try and claim his first ever TUSA series win but Jeff May, who won a TUSA series race earlier this year, made his way to 2nd and tried to reel in the race leader. On lap 13 May was on Hudson’s back bumper with Desnoyers, Paul Klager and Jim Bogett completing the top 5. On lap 16 May saw the opening as Hudson slipped up slightly in turn 2 allowing Jeff May to take over the lead and begin to pull away to score his 2nd win of the year at Mohawk in the caution free event. Hudson settled for 2nd while Paul Klager, Jim Bogett and Dan Desnoyers rounded out the top 5.

Saturday the Big Block Modified Super DirtCar Series invades MIR along with the $5000 dollar to win Pete Mitchell Memorial Sportsman Super Dirt Series event and the return of the Go Nuclear Late Model Series Richard Tenace Memorial. Gates open at 1 and the green flag drops at 6pm.

358 Modified

BILLY DUNN, Peter Britten, Mario Clair, Matt Sheppard, Erick Rudolph, Danny O’Brien, David Hebert, Jimmy Phelps, Carey Terrance, Pat Ward, Mat Williamson, Jordan McCreadie, Tom Conklin, Danny Johnson, Stephane Lafrance, John Mulder, Kyle Dingwall, Tyler McPherson, Mark D’Ilario, Mathieu Desjardins, Dexter Stacey, Casey Swamp, David Papineau, Maxime Viens, Bruno Lepage, Brian McDonald, Gage Morin, Alain Boisvert, Lance Willix, Yan Bussiere, Alan Johnson, Bill Mullin, Luke Whitteker, Matt Woodruff

Go Nuclear Late Models

CHARLIE SANDERCOCK, Phil Potts, Tim Sears Jr., Jordan Peters, Sean Beardsley, Harry Halliday, Dale Caswell, Greg Belyea, AJ Kingsley, Mike Trapp, Johnny Hill, Jason Knowles, Dave McDonald, Billy Eisle, Kyle Sopaz, Shane Tenace, Brett Beldon, Brian McDonald, Elmer Stevenson, Matt Vanderlinden, Adam Turner, Alan Fink, Rick Miller, Dave Barberstock, Brian Knowles

TUSA Mod Lite

JEFF MAY, Jesse Hudson, Paul Klager, Jim Bogett, Dan Desnoyers, Rejean Lemieux, Matthieu Robinson, Harley Brown, Kevin Foster, Raphael Ferland, Dan Reif, Derrick Ellsworth, Nick Mallette, Brad Reif, Dave Brown, Bailey McDonald, Alexandre Pepin, Tim Reif

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Raises the Stakes for Saturday’s ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial’ 75 Lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race as they Double the Winner’s Share Making it $5000 to win

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AKWESASNE, NY – When the ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial’ Race was first announced a couple weeks ago it was going to be a 50 lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series race paying $1000 to win.  Over the past week leading up to the event, it has grown astronomically as the local businesses and others involved in the racing community pushed to make this event a very special one.

We last updated that the race will be 75 laps, paying $2500 to win with a pit stop on the track at lap 54, where teams can make adjustments to their cars before completing the final 21 laps.  That plan is still in place.  However, thanks to Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, the winner will now take home $5000.  In addition, all laps have been sold $20, and due to demand, we are continuing to collect additional lap sponsorship and will now be $40 per lap paid out.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort is proud to contribute $2,500 towards the 1st Annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race, making the top prize $5,000. Pete was a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort’s Facilities team for 15 years and his presence is missed every day.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we remember Pete, but a joyful honor to take part in his first memorial race,” added Patrick Bassney, AMCR General Manager.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort would like to wish everyone a safe, happy, and fun-filled weekend at MIR.

The Mohawk Nationals Weekend will get underway on Friday night as the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series invades MIR with a 75 lap, $4000 to win event lined up as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a 30 lap feature paying $1000 to win and a 20 lap TUSA Mod Lite Canada East Series race.  Number One Speed has come on board to sponsor a 358 Modified Dash for Cash paying $500 to the winner.

MIR will return to action the following day with another exciting schedule featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series with a 100 lap, $6000 to win main event, plus the 75 lap Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with $5000 up for grabs plus lap money and contingency awards, plus a $1000 dash for cash.  The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is also on the card once again with the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial. The Late Models will also have a $500 to win dash for cash, as will the Big Block Modifieds as OlsonFab has come on board as a sponsor for that event.  OlsonFab has also kicked in a $300 bonus to the 2nd 358 Modified to cross the finish line in Saturday’s Big Block event, and a $200 bonus to the 3rd 358 Modified across the line.  This follows the $500 top prize from Action Race Parts for the 1st 358 Modified in the running order on Saturday.

Dr. and Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology and Wear on Earth in Potsdam, New York have also graciously donated 4 kids specialty bikes (2 girls and 2 boys bikes) that will be given out on Saturday night as well.

General Admission for Friday night is just $30.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $25.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $35.00 for DIRTcar members and $40.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 4:00PM on Friday night, with racing getting underway at 7:30PM.

Saturday’s General Admission is $35.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $30.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $40.00 for DIRTcar members and $45.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 1:00PM on Saturday night, with racing getting underway at 6:00PM.

Weekend admission packages are available, with General Admission tickets priced at $60.00 for adults, $50.00 for Seniors, $20.00 for kids 12 and under.  Weekend Pit admission is $80.00.

Breakfast and lunch will be available throughout the day on Saturday at Mohawk, and a bull ride will be available for children to occupy their time.  Fat Jack’s DJ Service will be playing throughout the weekend as well.  Free RV Parking is available at MIR and we invite everyone to come on out for a great weekend of racing.  Hotel Accommodations are also available by contacting the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino at 1-877-99-CASINO, 518-358-2222.  Use code 649 when booking your room for the Mohawk Nationals Weekend.

The family and team of Brandon Hagan will also be with us through the weekend.  The familiar Hagan #12 race car will help pace the field for each feature event during the weekend.  Hagan is a former MIR regular (2011) and a fine young man that will be missed by many.  We look forward to hosting the Hagan family next weekend.

Mohawk International Raceway is located in Akwesasne, NY, midway between the Seaway International Bridge to Cornwall, ONT and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. From Route 37, turn south onto Frogtown Road. Racing is held on Friday nights at 7:30 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie’s Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Mod Lites as well as the Bandit division. Visit us on the web at www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com. The MIR office is located at the track, and the phone number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.

 

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75 Lap ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial’ Event Continues to Expand as Finish Line Web Design and Cedar View Golf Course Present $300 to win Non-Qualifiers Race for Saturday Night’s Program

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AKWESASNE, NY – When the 75 lap ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial’ DIRTcar Sportsman Series race was announced earlier this week, there was an instant buzz in the air with a great deal of money on the line for Sportsman teams when they hit the track on Saturday night. Since then, this event has taken on a life of its own with special awards and contingency prizes being added as the event gets closer.

Finish Line Web Design and Cedar View Golf Course have come on board to help sponsor a $300 to win, 15 lap Sportsman non-qualifiers race.  This race will be open to ALL non qualified cars after the Heats and B-Mains and provisional have been set for the 75 lap ‘Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race.  The winner will receive $300 and all other drivers will be awarded $50.

The Mohawk Nationals Weekend will get underway on Friday night as the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series invades MIR with a 75 lap, $4000 to win event lined up as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a 30 lap feature paying $1000 to win and a 20 lap TUSA Mod Lite Canada East Series race.

MIR will return to action the following day with another exciting schedule featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series with a 100 lap, $6000 to win main event, plus the 75 lap Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with $2500 up for grabs plus lap money and contingency awards, plus a $1000 dash for cash.  The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is also on the card once again with the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial. The Late Models will also have a $500 to win dash for cash.

General Admission for Friday night is just $30.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $25.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $35.00 for DIRTcar members and $40.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 4:00PM on Friday night, with racing getting underway at 7:30PM.

Saturday’s General Admission is $35.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $30.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $40.00 for DIRTcar members and $45.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 1:00PM on Saturday night, with racing getting underway at 6:00PM.

Weekend admission packages are available, with General Admission tickets priced at $60.00 for adults, $50.00 for Seniors, $20.00 for kids 12 and under.  Weekend Pit admission is $80.00.

Breakfast and lunch will be available throughout the day on Saturday at Mohawk, and a bull ride will be available for children to occupy their time.  Fat Jack’s DJ Service will be playing throughout the weekend as well.  Free RV Parking is available at MIR and we invite everyone to come on out for a great weekend of racing.  Hotel Accommodations are also available by contacting the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino at 1-877-99-CASINO, 518-358-2222.  Use code 649 when booking your room for the Mohawk Nationals Weekend.

The family and team of Brandon Hagan will also be with us through the weekend.  The familiar Hagan #12 race car will help pace the field for each feature event during the weekend.  Hagan is a former MIR regular (2011) and a fine young man that will be missed by many.  We look forward to hosting the Hagan family next weekend.

Mohawk International Raceway is located in Akwesasne, NY, midway between the Seaway International Bridge to Cornwall, ONT and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. From Route 37, turn south onto Frogtown Road. Racing is held on Friday nights at 7:30 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie’s Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Mod Lites as well as the Bandit division. Visit us on the web at www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com. The MIR office is located at the track, and the phone number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.

 

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Mohawk International Raceway’s ‘Mohawk Nationals Weekend’ Gets Bigger and Bigger With Additions to 1st Annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race on Saturday

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AKWESASNE, NY – This weekend’s Mohawk Nationals just got a little sweeter for the Sportsman division, as the 1st annual Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series will now be the highest paid Sportsman event in the history of Mohawk International Raceway with the winner taking home $2500 in the now 75 lap main event plus lap money and other contingency awards. A 5 lap dash for cash will also take place, featuring the top 2 cars from each qualifying heat race and will pay $1000 to win.

Saturday’s Sportsman race will also feature a pit stop on the track.  They will break at lap 54 and the race teams will have 15 minutes to make adjustments to their cars before restarting the race with 21 laps remaining.  Lap money will be awarded, with $20 a lap being collected for this event.  There will also be other contingency awards, such as a $200 gift certificate from Finish Line Web Design to the highest finishing MIR regular from Saturday’s race.  The race leader at lap 54 will receive a $500 bonus from Mohawk International Raceway.  The 18th place car at lap 54 will receive $100 courtesy of Pete Mitchell’s brothers (Ray, Brian, Merv, Dion, Keon & Al), the 18th place finisher and the leader at lap 18 will also receive a $100 bonus from our friends at HAVFD. Fast time will receive $100 courtesy of Shane Mitchell, and awards will also be given out to furthest traveler to MIR, and the hard charger of the race. More contingency awards may be added before Saturday’s event.

The Mohawk Nationals Weekend will get underway on Friday night as the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series invades MIR with a 75 lap, $4000 to win event lined up as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a 30 lap feature paying $1000 to win and a 20 lap TUSA Mod Lite Canada East Series race.

MIR will return to action the following day with another exciting schedule featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series with a 100 lap, $6000 to win main event, plus the first annual 75 lap Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with $2500 up for grabs plus lap money and contingency awards.  The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is also on the card once again with the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial.

General Admission for Friday night is just $30.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $25.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $35.00 for DIRTcar members and $40.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 4:00PM on Friday night, with hot laps getting underway at 6:50PM.

Saturday’s General Admission is $35.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $30.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $40.00 for DIRTcar members and $45.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 1:00PM on Saturday night, with hot laps getting underway at 5:00PM.

Weekend admission packages are available, with General Admission tickets priced at $60.00 for adults, $50.00 for Seniors, $20.00 for kids 12 and under.  Weekend Pit admission is $80.00.

Breakfast and lunch will be available throughout the day on Saturday at Mohawk, and a bull ride will be available for children to occupy their time.  Fat Jack’s DJ Service will be playing throughout the weekend as well.  Free RV Parking is available at MIR and we invite everyone to come on out for a great weekend of racing.  Hotel Accommodations are also available by contacting the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino at 1-877-99-CASINO, 518-358-2222.  Use code 649 when booking your room for the Mohawk Nationals Weekend.

The family and team of Brandon Hagan will also be with us through the weekend.  The familiar Hagan #12 race car will help pace the field for each feature event during the weekend.  Hagan is a former MIR regular (2011) and a fine young man that will be missed by many.  We look forward to hosting the Hagan family next weekend.

Mohawk International Raceway is located in Akwesasne, NY, midway between the Seaway International Bridge to Cornwall, ONT and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. From Route 37, turn south onto Frogtown Road. Racing is held on Friday nights at 7:30 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie’s Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Mod Lites as well as the Bandit division. Visit us on the web at www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com. The MIR office is located at the track, and the phone number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.

Mohawk International Raceway to Present Mohawk Nationals Next Weekend With Exciting Events in Store Throughout the Weekend

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AKWESASNE, NY – With the regular season over, just one more weekend remains before Mohawk International Raceway completes their 2014 racing schedule.  The ‘Mohawk Nationals’ are coming up next weekend and an action packed schedule has been completed offering lots of fun and entertainment on and off the track.

The Mohawk Nationals Weekend will get underway on Friday night as the 358 Modified DIRTcar Series invades MIR with a 75 lap, $4000 to win event lined up as well as the Go Nuclear Late Model Series with a 30 lap feature paying $1000 to win and a 20 lap TUSA Mod Lite Canada East Series race.

MIR will return to action the following day with another exciting schedule featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series with a 100 lap, $6000 to win main event, plus the first annual 50 lap Pete Mitchell Memorial DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with $1000 up for grabs plus lap money.  The Go Nuclear Late Model Series is also on the card once again with the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial.

General Admission for Friday night is just $30.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $25.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $35.00 for DIRTcar members and $40.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 4:00PM on Friday night, with racing getting underway at 7:30PM.

Saturday’s General Admission is $35.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $30.00.  Children 12 and under are only $15.00. Pit admission will be $40.00 for DIRTcar members and $45.00 for non members. Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency. Gates will open at 1:00PM on Saturday night, with racing getting underway at 6:00PM.

Weekend admission packages are available, with General Admission tickets priced at $60.00 for adults, $50.00 for Seniors, $20.00 for kids 12 and under.  Weekend Pit admission is $80.00.

Breakfast and lunch will be available throughout the day on Saturday at Mohawk, and a bull ride will be available for children to occupy their time.  Fat Jack’s DJ Service will be playing throughout the weekend as well.  Free RV Parking is available at MIR and we invite everyone to come on out for a great weekend of racing.  Hotel Accommodations are also available by contacting the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino at 1-877-99-CASINO, 518-358-2222.  Use code 649 when booking your room for the Mohawk Nationals Weekend.

The family and team of Brandon Hagan will also be with us through the weekend.  The familiar Hagan #12 race car will help pace the field for each feature event during the weekend.  Hagan is a former MIR regular (2011) and a fine young man that will be missed by many.  We look forward to hosting the Hagan family next weekend.

Mohawk International Raceway is located in Akwesasne, NY, midway between the Seaway International Bridge to Cornwall, ONT and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. From Route 37, turn south onto Frogtown Road. Racing is held on Friday nights at 7:30 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie’s Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Mod Lites as well as the Bandit division. Visit us on the web at www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com. The MIR office is located at the track, and the phone number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.

 

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MIR Sends Condolances to the Family of Brandon Hagan After Tragic ATV Accident on Saturday

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After learning of the tragic passing of former MIR regular Brandon Hagan, everyone at Mohawk International Raceway would like to offer our deepest condolances to the family and friends.  He was a great young racer and will be missed by all.

DUNN, WHEELER, ROBINSON AND WHITING CROWNED 2014 TRACK CHAMPIONS AT MOHAWK

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AKWESASNE, NY – Everything was on the line this past Friday night at the Mohawk International Raceway as drivers were searching for that little something extra to try and take away a coveted track championship, and join some great drivers from years past.

The 358 Modifieds were set to not only conclude their regular season but also the Frenchie’s Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series was on the line as Danny O’Brien, Chris Raabe and Brian McDonald were all in line for the title while Billy Dunn was also back in line for his 3rd straight track championship as well. At the start of the 50 lap Labor Day Shoot Out Chris Raabe grabbed the top spot away and would lead the opening 6 laps with Tommy Conklin, Brian McDonald, Ryan Arbuthnot and Billy Dunn holding down the top 5 spots early on. Raabe had one of the fastest cars on the race track as he built up nearly a full straight away lead by lap 10. The first yellow of the night came out as Lance Willix spun on the backstretch. On the restart Raabe continued to be strong as always as he pulled away with the lead over McDonald, Conklin, Arbuthnot and Dunn. Despite a stellar 2014 season Raabe had gone winless this year at Mohawk and was poised to change that as he showed no signs of letting up with McDonald, Dunn, Arbuthnot and now Carey Terrance moving into the top 5 by lap 18. Raabe would enter into lapped traffic and this played out perfect for Dunn as he quickly got by McDonald for 2nd and slowly chipped away at Chris Raabe’s big lead. On lap 37 Dunn would catch Raabe and take the top spot away in turn 1 with Raabe now 2nd. Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance and Ryan Arbuthnot completing the top 5. With Dunn now in the lead and in firm control on his 3rd straight track title, the focus shifted to the tight battled between O’Brien, Raabe and McDonald for the Frenchie’s Series Crown. These 3 drivers would battle hard over the next 5 laps of the event with O’Brien moving to 3rd getting by McDonald which proved huge in the chase for the Frenchie’s Series title. On lap 43 Carey Terrance came into contact with the 4th turn wall bringing out the final yellow. When the green flew Dunn drove away but Danny O’Brien was all over Raabe, trying to get by for 2nd with McDonald 4th and Ryan Arbuthnot rounding out the top 5. With all the battling behind him Billy Dunn would cruise on to record his 4th win of the season and in the process join Mike Perrotte and Ovide Doiron as the only drivers to win the 358 Modified title 3 straight years. Raabe came home 2nd with O’Brien taking 3rd and in the process wrap up his first ever Frenchie’s Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified championship. Ryan Arbuthnot and Brian McDonald rounded out the top 5 finishers.

The Sportsman division was looking to crown a track champion and also a champion in the Frenchie’s Ford Go Further Sportsman Series. “The Enforcer” Mike Stacey took the lead at the start of the 35 lap event with Zach Arquiett, Wyatt Mullin, Joel Hargrave and Dylan Evoy making up the top 5 in the early going. Stacey had a strong car early and would lead the opening 5 laps as behind him Joel Hargrave would spin to the infield in turn 4 bringing out the first yellow of the race. On the next restart Brad Winters made contact with the wall on the front stretch bringing the yellow back out again. 1 lap later Eli Gilbert also had problems as he slowed in turn 3. Once yellow fever was out of the way the racing began to heat up and Dylan Evoy was on a mission on this night. Having a big deficit to make up in an effort for his 3rd track title, Evoy knew he had a shot at the Frenchie’s Series and used that as motivation as he took the lead from Mike Stacey with Mike Maresca now in 3rd. Once in front Evoy was untouchable as he drove out to a big lead but Maresca had gotten by Stacey on lap 11 and was closing the gap as the race approached halfway. On lap 12 Brent Kelsey broke his front end on the front stretch bringing out another yellow flag. On the restart Evoy took the top spot but Maresca was fighting hard on the top side of the speedway in 2nd with Louie Jackson Jr., Mike and Zach Arquiett completed the top 5. Both Evoy and Maresca had the fastest cars on the track and quickly put major distance on the rest of the field as the laps wound down but that all changed as Greg Snyder lost a motor in turn 1 on lap 24 bringing out the caution. 4 laps later on lap 28 Thomas Cook lost a right rear tire and spun in turn 4 bringing out the final caution. On the final restart Dylan Evoy and Mike Maresca continued to lead the way with Jackson, Arquiett and Corey Wheeler who came from the consi to get into the top 5 with a few laps to go. Despite numerous challenges Dylan Evoy proved to be too strong as he claimed his 3rd win of the year and in the process claim his 4th straight Frenchie’s Ford Go Further Sportsman series title. Maresca came home a hard fought 2nd with Jackson, Mike Arquiett and Corey Wheeler’s 5th place finish secured him his 2nd straight Sportsman track championship.

The Mod Lite division was set to go for their final regular season feature event. Harley Brown jumped out to the early race lead and would lead the opening 3 laps but new comer Jacob Bova, who made the long haul from Ohio, took over the top spot on lap 4 with Brown, Dan Desnoyers, Jesse Hudson and Brad Reif completing the top 5. Bova led the next 2 circuits until lap 6 when Derrick Ellsworth lost a left rear tire. On the restart Bova continued to lead but and built up over a 2 second lead over the next 5 laps. On lap 10 the caution flew for an incident involving Dan Reif in turn 2. On the final restart Bova was able to drive away and dominate for his first ever Mohawk feature win in his first ever start. Desnoyers came home 2nd with Jesse Hudson, Harley Brown and Mathieu Robinson rounding out the top 5. Robinson’s 5th place run was enough to secure the Mod Lite track title for 2014.

In Bandit action Randy Whiting was the class of the field on this night as he took the lead early in the 12 lap event. Whiting pulled away to a huge lead and would not look back as he scored his 6th win of the year and in the process claimed his first ever Bandit track championship.

In 2 weeks time Mohawk International Raceway will be back racing with a 2 day show kicking off Friday with the 358 Modified Super DirtCar Series plus the DirtCar Sportsman Series and the Go Nuclear Late Model Series.Saturday the Big Block Modified Super DirtCar Series takes center stage for a 100 lap event plus the TUSA Mod Lite Series and Go Nuclear Late Models Series. For information on start times for both days check us out online atmohawkinternationalraceway.com.

Mohawk International Raceway is located in Akwesasne, NY, midway between the Seaway International Bridge to Cornwall, ONT and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. From Route 37, turn south onto Frogtown Road. Racing is held on Friday nights at 7:30 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie’s Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Mod Lites as well as the Bandit division. Visit us on the web at www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com. The MIR office is located at the track, and the phone number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.

August 29th, 2014 Race Results:

Frenchie’s Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series

BILLY DUNN, Chris Raabe, Danny O’Brien, Ryan Arbuthnot, Brian McDonald, Jordan McCreadie, Tom Conklin, John Mulder, Gage Morin, Charlie Rice, Pierre Dagenais, Matt Woodruff, Casey Swamp, Ryan Poole, David Papineau, Tommy Jock Jr., Carey Terrance, Chris Herbison, Lance Willix, Patrick Dupree, Dexter Stacey

Frenchie’s Ford Go Further Sportsman Series

DYLAN EVOY, Mike Maresca, Louie Jackson Jr., Mike Arquiett, Corey Wheeler, Ryan Stabler, Brianna Ladouceur, Zach Arquiett, Wyatt Mullin, Bryan Green, Bruce Makinson, Joel Hargrave, Mike Stacey, Billy Cook, Adam Rozon, Shane Sterns, Ryan Helm, Scott McGill, Jasmine David, Eli Gilbert, Thomas Cook, Ricky Thompson, Darryl Nutting, Darryl Mitchell, Greg Snyder, Brent Kelsey, Brad Winters

Mod Lite

JACOB BOVA, Dan Desnoyers, Jesse Hudson, Harley Brown, Mathieu Robinson, Tim Reif, Kevin Foster, Nick Mallette, Dan Reif, Brad Reif, Derrick Ellsworth

Bandit

RANDY WHITING, Matt Zira, Shane Ray, Corey Castell,

Mohawk International Raceway and Frenchie’s Chevrolet Present Action Packed Night of Racing With Track and Series Championships on the Line

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AKWESASNE, NY – After getting rained out last Friday night, Mohawk International Raceway will resume this week with an action packed schedule lined up.  The Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further” Sportsman Series held over from last week, as well as the driver loyalty draw will now take place this Friday in addition to the already scheduled Frenchie’s Chevrolet 50 lap “Chevy Runs Deep” Series finale.  Champions will be crowned in both the Series and the regular track championships.

In the 358 Modified division, Billy Dunn currently leads the way as he looks for his third consecutive MIR track title with a comfortable 32 point advantage over second place Chris Raabe and one point further ahead of third place Carey Terrance.  In the Frenchie’s “Chevy Run Deep” Series, Danny O’Brien holds a two point advantage on Brian McDonald and Chris Raabe, with Jordan McCreadie, Tom Conklin and a host of others in contention.

Corey Wheeler leads the way in the Sportsman division with a virtually insurmountable lead of 45 points over second place Dylan Evoy.  The Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further” Sportsman Series remains up for grabs with several teams in contention for the championship.  Evoy leads the way by just four points over Wheeler, with defending race winner Mike Maresca, Mike Arquiett and Louie Jackson Jr. in pursuit.

Mathieu Robinson holds just a 21 point advantage on Jesse Hudson in the Mod Lite division at MIR.  Robinson was the 2011 Mod Lite champion at MIR and finished in second the last two seasons while Hudson has had a phenomenal sophomore season.

Randy Whitting holds a commanding 37 point lead in the Bandit division over Matt Zira.  Both have been at the top of the class all season long and have distanced themselves from the field as second place Zira is more than 50 points ahead of third place.

August has been a big month for the MIR Kids Club, it is free to sign up, and there were some great prizes given away each week.  On Friday, August 29th the track will give out an Applie iPad Air 16GB device.  Kids Club members must be present to be eligible to win.

Our race teams are all invited to stick around after the races for our annual Racer’s Appreciation BBQ.  We thank all of our race teams for their support throughout the season.

General Admission for Friday night is just $25.00 for adults.  Seniors discounted admission is $20.00.  Children 12 and under are only $10.00.  Family pricing is also available, with 2 adults and 2 kids admitted for $60.00 OR 2 seniors and 2 children for only $50.00. Pit admission is $30.00 for DIRTcar Members and $35.00 for non members.  Children are not permitted in the pit area on Friday night.  Please allow 10% exchange on Canadian currency.  Pit Gates will open at 4:30PM, General Admission opens at 5PM, and racing gets underway at 7:30PM.

Mohawk International Raceway is located in Akwesasne, NY, midway between the Seaway International Bridge to Cornwall, ONT and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. From Route 37, turn south onto Frogtown Road. Racing is held on Friday nights at 7:30 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie’s Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Mod Lites as well as the Bandit division. Visit us on the web at www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com. The MIR office is located at the track, and the phone number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.