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TOM CONKLIN CLAIMS FIRST CAREER 358 MODIFIED WIN AT MOHAWK

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It was a big night for all drivers this past Friday night at Mohawk International Raceway as Lazore’s Construction was on hand to host the Frenchie’s Ford/Seaway GM Sportsman Series. In addition to that, the track was multi-grooved and the drivers put on great racing in all classes.

The 358 Modifieds were ready to go and Charlie Rice showed that last week’s great run was no fluke as he jumped out to a quick lead over Matt Woodruff, John Mulder, Gage Morin and Tom Conklin. Rice had a stout race car and immediately pulled away from the rest of the field as behind him John Mulder was also making some noise. Mulder, a Brockville native, wasted no time getting by Matt Woodruff which brought Tom Conklin to the 3rd spot with Brian McDonald and Carey Terrance completing the top 5 cars. Mulder quickly closed in on Rice on lap 8 and by lap 10 was able to get the top spot away as Conklin came through to 2nd and Charlie Rice completing the top 3 drivers. From there on it was a spirited battle as Mulder and Conklin went wheel to wheel for the next 5 laps and dodging lapped cars in the process. On lap 15 Conklin saw his opening on the front stretch and took the top spot away. Once in front Conklin patiently made his way around the traffic but behind him Brian McDonald was also on the move taking 2nd from Mulder, Billy Dunn and Carey Terrance made up the top 5. With clear race track in front of him and no lapped cars ahead Conklin went on to score his first ever 358 Modified victory and his first MIR win since June. 3, 2011, his only career Sportsman victory. McDonald had a great run finishing 2nd with Billy Dunn getting by Mulder for 3rd at the line, Carey Terrance held on to finish 5th at the checkered flag.

The 40 lap Frenchie’s Ford/Seaway GM Sportsman Series saw Shane Pecore and Dylan Evoy lead the field of 30 cars to Austin Swamp’s green flag with Evoy getting the early lead over Pecore, Mathieu Desjardins, Joey Ladouceur and Ricky Thompson. The first yellow flew on lap 2 as Delbert Legrow Jr. spun off turn 2. On the restart Pecore was able to get the advantage over Evoy and would hold the lead for the next 3 laps until the yellow flew for Scott Mere and Moise Page as they spun in turn 4. Under the same yellow Delbert Legrow Jr. slowed in turn 3. When the race resumed Evoy was able to get back by Pecore and the top 2 drivers put on a fantastic display of talent. From lap 7 through 14 Evoy and Pecore would exchange the lead several times including pulling some masterful slide jobs while going in and out of lapped traffic. Behind the top 2 battle Corey Wheeler was on the charge as he battled Brent Kelsey for 4th. These 2 drivers put on a great side by side battle which also brought Joey Ladouceur into the mix as well as the race approached the halfway point. On lap 18 the yellow flag flew setting up another restart. When the green flew Brianna Ladouceur spun off turn 4 while running 7th, she would restart 27th on the field and recover for an 11th place finish. When the race resumed Pecore pulled out in front with Evoy 2nd. Wheeler, Kelsey and Joey Ladouceur making up the top 5. Pecore was on rails pulling away from the field over the next 12 laps as Evoy did all he could to hold 2nd over Corey Wheeler. Joey Ladouceur moved into 4th which brought Mike Maresca into the top 5 for the first time with just 10 laps to go. On lap 33 Delbert Legrow Jr. spun in turn 3 bringing out the final yellow flag. On the final restart Pecore jumped into the lead over Evoy, Joey Ladouceur, Mike Maresca and Corey Wheeler. Shane Pecore had the strongest car all night and would check out from a quality field to secure his first ever Mohawk victory and first in the Seaway/Frenchies Series. Evoy came home 2nd while Mike Maresca scored another impressive top 5 finish coming home 3rd. Joey Ladouceur and Corey Wheeler rounded out the top 5.

The 15 lap Mod Lite feature kicked off with 2 caution flags in the first 2 laps as Nick Mallette stopped on the back stretch on lap 1. Then on lap 2 Dan Reif also slowed on the back stretch with problems. Once the race got going Dan Desnoyers, fresh off his first Mod Lite win last week, was in control over Jesse Hudson and Mathieu Robinson. On lap 6 Hudson started to charge forward as he went to the high side and made the pass for the lead bringing Robinson to 2nd and Desnoyers completed the top 3. The final yellow came out on lap 9 for Tim Reif who spun in turn 2. On the final restart Jesse Hudson and Mathieu Robinson ran side by side for the final 6 laps for the race win. On the white flag lap both drivers ran wheel to wheel as they exited turn 4 Hudson had the momentum on the top side as he charged past Robinson to score his 2nd win in the last 3 weeks. Robinson finished 2nd while Desnoyer, Rejean Lemieux and Harley Brown rounded out the top 5 finishers.

The Bandit 12 lap event also kicked off with 2 consecutive caution flags, once the racing resumed on lap 3 things got exciting. Matt Zira was looking to get back on track after blowing a tire last week while leading. Zira led the way over Randy Whiting and Shane Ray. On lap 5 Zira’s machine began to lose power which gave Whiting the opportunity to get by for the top spot. On lap 6 the final yellow flew for debris in turn 3. On the restart Randy Whiting showed how strong he was as he pulled out to over a straight away lead in the final 6 laps to record his 2nd win in a row and 5th of the season. Ray come home 2nd while Francis White, Corey Castell and Darryl Mainville claimed top 5 finishes.

Next week Dig Safely will be on hand as the TUSA Mod Lite Series will be in action along with a full show for 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Bandit. It’s also Canadian Appreciation night, show your Canadian drivers license at the main gate and receive $4 dollars off general admission. The green flag drops at 7:30 pm.

358 Modified

TOM CONKLIN, Brian McDonald, Billy Dunn, John Mulder, Czarey Terrance, Ryan Arbuthnot, Jordan McCreadie, Gage Morin, Danny O’Brien, Charlie Rice, Chris Raabe, Joel Doiron, Lance Willix, Matt Woodruff, Zack Aubertine, Roy Delormier, Casey Swamp, Dexter Stacey, David Papineau, Tommy Jock Jr., Delbert Legrow, Jason Fetterly, Patrick Dupree

Frenchie’s Ford/Seaway GM Sportsman Series

SHANE PECORE, Dylan Evoy, Mike Maresca, Joey Ladouceur, Corey Wheeler, Mike Arquiett, Louie Jackson Jr., Wyatt Mullin, Brent Kelsey, Adam Rozon, Brianna Ladouceur, Ricky Thompson, Thomas Cook, Corey Winters, Kaven Poliquin, Mathieu Desjardins, Gilles Godard, Etienne Cournoyer, Bryan Green, Martin Pelletier, Justin Lalancette, Mike Stacey, Brad Winters, Billy Cook, Moise Page, Zach Arquiett, Joel Hargrave, Scott Mere, Delbert Legrow Jr., Robert Delormier

Mod Lite

JESSE HUDSON, Mathieu Robinson, Dan Desnoyers, Rejean Lemieux, Harley Brown, Kevin Foster, Nick Mallette, Tim Reif, Dan Reif, Cameron Reif, Brad Reif

Bandit

RANDY WHITING, Shane Ray, Francis White, Corey Castell, Darryl Mainville, Tim Tupia, Matt Zira, Andrew Fish, Zack Willmet

 

Mohawk International Raceway and Lazore’s Construction Presents Seaway Sportsman Series/Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further” Sportsman Series and Full Program This Friday Night

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AKWESASNE, NY – Mohawk International Raceway will close out the month of July this Friday night with another action packed night of racing.  The Sportsman division will have several invaders on hand as MIR hosts the next round of the Seaway GM and Performance Sportsman Series.  The 40 lap race will also count towards the Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further” Sportsman Series.

Lazore’s Construction will be the presenting sponsor of the night and all of our weekly divisions will be on hand with regular features for the Modifieds, Mod Lites and Bandits.

Friday night will be round 4 of the 5 race Seaway Series.  Mathieu Desjardins currently leads the way with a 40 point lead coming into MIR.  Dany Gagne, Shane Pecore, Martin Pelletier and MIR regular Wyatt Mullin make up the top five positions so far, while another MIR regular, Mike Maresca is also in the top 10.

Defending Mohawk Raceway Sportsman champion Corey Wheeler is currently on a streak of four wins in a row at Mohawk Raceway and will be looking to continue that while many other MIR regular will be looking to defend their home turf against the traveling tour drivers.  A very large field of Sportsman cars is expected to be on hand this Friday night.

General Admission for Friday night is just $14.00 for adults.  Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.  Pit admission is $30.00 for DIRTcar Members and $35.00 for non members.  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.

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DUNN, WHEELER, DESNOYERS AND WHITING CHARGE TO BIG WINS AT MOHAWK

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With St. Lawrence Radiology on hand for a big night of racing this past Friday night at Mohawk International Raceway all 4 divisions were treated to a very fast racing surface which produced some suprises at the top of the leader board in all 4 divisions.

The 358 Modifieds were set for battle and 2 non winners led the field to the green flag as Charlie Rice took the top spot away from David Papineau at the start of the 25 lap event. Rice, who ran a limited Pro Stock Schedule in 2013 at MIR, was the driver to beat as he charged out front with David Papineau and 2013 Rookie of the Year Travis Stacey rounding out the top 3. Rice continued to surprise everyone as he led by over a straight away by lap 7 but the man on the move was 2 time and defending track champion Billy Dunn. After starting mid pack Dunn quickly made his way to 2nd past Papineau and quickly ran down the leader. On lap 11 Dunn made his move as he took the lead away leaving Rice, Papineau, Joel Doiron and Travis Stacey to battle in the top 5. Nearing the halfway point of the event Dunn was virtually untouchable as he entered into lapped traffic which did not slow his pace. Behind him Chris Raabe and Danny O’Brien started to charge to the top 5 as they moved into 4th and 5th by lap 16. As the laps wound down Dunn appeared to be headed for another dominant win in a caution free race until lap 22 as Gage Morin broke his front end in turn 2 bringing out the only yellow of the race, under the same yellow Charlie Rice slowed to a stop in turn 3 as he ran out of fuel ending his fantastic run. On the restart Dunn held onto the lead over Raabe, O’Brien, Doiron and Travis Stacey. after a 5th place run last week Billy Dunn put it all together as he scored his 3rd win of the 2014 season over Chris Raabe, Danny O’Brien, Joel Doiron claimed his 2nd straight top 5 finish coming home 4th, while Travis Stacey claimed his best career finish of 5th at the checkers.

The 25 lap Sportsman event was one of the best of the year as Scott Mere took the early lead at the drop of the green over Jasmine David, Billy Cook, Thomas Cook and Bryan Green. Mere has won races in Bandit and Mod Lite competition at Mohawk but never in Sportsman, and he looked great in the opening laps as he pulled out to a 7 car length lead by lap 7 over David, Robert Delormier, Billy Cook and Thomas Cook. On lap 8 Neal Provost spun on the front stretch collecting Delbert Legrow Jr. Both were ok. On the restart “The Wild Child” Jasmine David had enough of running 2nd as she took over the lead with Delormier, Thomas Cook, Wyatt Mullin and 3 time winner Corey Wheeler making up the top 5. David began to pull away from the field and was setting a quick pace until the yellow flew on lap 11 for Bryan Green who slowed in turn 2. On the restart Delormier would assume command of the field over David and Thomas Cook. Robert Delormier began to open up the lead by a full straight away as behind him Corey Wheeler was making his way forward. Wheeler who had won the last 3 events coming into tonight, was able to move into 2nd bringing Mike Maresca to 3rd with 7 laps to go, but still had major distance to make up as Robert Delormier looked well on his way to career win #1. On lap 23 the break Wheeler need came in the form of a yellow flag for Brad Winters who came to a stop in turn 2. On the final restart Wheeler made several attempts to get by but Delormier held the advantage. Coming to the white flag the top 2 made slight contact as Delormier fought to hold onto the lead. But Wheeler never gave up, entering turn 3 the defending track champion laid it all on the line on the high side and his plan worked as he led the last 100 feet to claim his 4th straight victory over Delormier who claimed a hard fought 2nd.  Mike Maresca made his sponsor proud by coming home 3rd. Wyatt Mullin and Dylan Evoy rounded out the top 5.

In Mod Lite action Dan Desnoyers took the lead from the drop of the green flag over Dan Reif, Mathieu Robinson, Jesse Hudson and Scott Walldrif. Desnoyers had struggled the last few weeks with handling but showed no signs of slowing down as he pulled away from the field by over 1.5 seconds by lap 3. The first yellow flew on lap 3 as Scott Waldrif lost a motor in turn 3. On the restart Dan Reif looked to the inside but Desnoyers kept the car wound up on the high side to retake the top spot allowing Dan Reif, Mathieu Robinson, Jesse Hudson and Nick Mallette to have their own battle in the top 5. Despite 1 final yellow on lap 9 for a slowed Tim Reif, nobody was catching Dan Desnoyers on this night as he collected his first career Mod Lite victory. Mathieu Robinson slipped by Dan Reif to finish 2nd while Jesse Hudson came home 4th and Nick Mallette rounded out the top 5.

The Bandits were set for battle as Corey Castell took away the early race lead but was being chased by 3 time winner Matt Zira. Castell would lead the opening 2 laps as Zira was able to take the top spot away bringing another 3 time winner, Randy Whiting to position number 2. The top 2 put on a fantastic show throughout the entire race as Ray Bechler, Dakota Bechler and Corey Castell tried to keep pace. With 2 laps left Matt Zira’s night came to an end as he blew a right rear tire handing the lead to Randy Whiting. From there Whiting went on to claim his division leading 4th win of the year over Dakota Bechler, Ray Bechler, Corey Castell and Shane Ray.

358 Modified

BILLY DUNN, Chris Raabe, Danny O’Brien, Joel Doiron, Travis Stacey, Jordan McCreadie, Tom Conklin, Lance Willix, David Papineau, Ryan Arbuthnot, Matt Woodruff, John Mulder, Roy Delormier, Dexter Stacey, Delbert Legrow, Charlie Rice, Gage Morin, Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance

Sportsman

COREY WHEELER, Robert Delormier, Mike Maresca, Wyatt Mullin, Dylan Evoy, Billy Cook, Louie Jackson Jr., Jasmine David, Thomas Cook, Justin Lalancette, Zach Arquiett, Brent Kelsey, Mike Stacey, Mike Arquiett, Joel Hargrave, Ricky Thompson, Adam Rozon, Delbert Legrow Jr., Brad Winters, Ryan Helm, Scott McGill, Bryan Green, Brianna Ladouceur, Scott Mere, Greg Snyder, Neal Provost

Mod Lite

DAN DESNOYERS, Mathieu Robinson, Dan Reif, Jesse Hudson, Nick Mallette, Harley Brown, Kevin Foster, Eric Varin, Brad Reif, Henry Lamica, Cameron Reif, Tim Reif, Scott Waldrif

Bandit

RANDY WHITING, Dakota Bechler, Ray Bechler, Corey Castell, Shane Ray, Matt Zira, Scott Banker, Darryl Mainville

Mohawk International Raceway and St. Lawrence Radiology Present Full Program This Friday Night plus Kids Big Wheel Races

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AKWESASNE, NY – As the summer heats up and the points battles become more intense, Mohawk International Raceway invites you to come and check out all the action this Friday night as St. Lawrence Radiology present a full program for the Modifieds, Sportsman, Mod Lites and Bandits, plus an exciting kids big wheel race at intermission.

Children will have the opportunity to win one of six specialty hotrock bikes that will be given out courtesy of St. Lawrence Radiology and Mike Kline of Wear On Earth in Potsdam, New York.

St. Lawrence Radiology has several locations in upstate New York, including nearby in Massena.  Owned and operated by Dr. and Mrs. Michael Maresca.

General Admission for Friday night is just $12.00 for adults.  Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.  Pit admission is $25.00 for DIRTcar Members and $30.00 for non members.  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.

 

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CAREY TERRANCE STORMS TO 2ND 358 MODIFIED WIN OF THE SEASON AT MOHAWK

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A great night of racing was set to go as the good folks at Cedarview Golf Course were on hand along with a great crowd which saw some exciting racing action in all 4 divisions on this night.

The 358 Modifieds were ready for a 25 lap battle and Alexandria Ontario’s Joel Doiron wasted no time jumping out to a 5 car length lead over Travis Stacey, Jordan McCreadie, Matt Woodruff and John Mulder. Doiron was dominant in the opening 8 laps but Jordan McCreadie was closing the gap. On lap 12 McCreadie saw an opening and would take the lead away bringing Carey Terrance to the number 2 position from his 12th starting spot. The race would run caution free which meant lapped traffic was going to be an issue. Terrance was all over McCreadie for the next 8 laps as behind them Doiron, Ryan Arbuthnot and Gage Morin battled for a top 5 position. Terrance tried everything to get by the 2nd generation driver but McCreadie would hold the top spot as the field worked heavy lapped traffic with just 5 laps remaining. On lap 21 Terrance saw an opening heading into turn 1 as he charged in between 2 lapped cars, and Jordan McCreadie, to take over the lead and begin to pull away while Doirion, Artbuthnot and Billy Dunn completed the top 5. Over the final 4 laps Carey Terrance was the fastest car on the track as he drove a perfect race to secure his 2nd win of 2014. McCreadie had a great run coming home 2nd with Joel Doiron, Ryan Arbuthnot and Billy Dunn rounding out the top 5.

The Mohawk Racing Parts Pro Stock Series was ready to go for a 40 lap feature event. Mark Lalonde took advantage of his pole position by virture of a draw during intermission, to take the early race lead over George Renaud, Stephane Lemire, Jocelyn Roy and Charles David Beauchamp. Lalonde, who won his first ever Pro Stock Super DirtCar Series race last September, would hold the top spot as Renaud, Lemire, Roy and Beauchamp were all right there to challenge. Defending series champion Stephane Lebrun was on the move in his machine as he charged to the number 2 spot and ran down the race leader. On lap 15 Lebrun would use his favorite line at Mohawk as he took the lead from the bottom of the speedway and began to pull away. On lap 19 the first yellow flew for Eli Gilbert who came to a stop in turn 3. On the restart Lebrun continued his dominant performance but the man on the move was Jocelyn Roy. After getting by George Renaud for 4th he quickly got by Lemire and Lalonde to go into 2nd on lap 24 but still had a straight away to try and catch Stephane Lebrun. On lap 27 the final yellow flew for Bruno Cyr who lost the handle in turn 1. On the restart Lebrun began to pull away with Roy, Lemire, Lalonde and Beauchamp rounding out the top 5.  Over the final 6 laps Lebrun continued to increase his lead as the battle for 2nd was on between Lemire and Roy which Stephane Lemire would eventually take away. However this night was all about Stephane Lebrun as he cruised to a dominant win over Stephane Lemire, Jocelyn Roy, Charles David Beauchamp and Marc Lalonde.

The Mod Lite class saw opening day winner Scott Waldrif take the lead at the drop of the green over Kevin Foster and Tim Reif. On lap 2 Kevin Foster who was running 2nd lost the handle in turn 4 collecting Brad Reif. On the restart Waldrif continued to lead but rookie Jesse Hudson was up to the challenge. Hudson took the lead on lap 5 from Waldrif and would pull away by a half straightaway to score his first ever Mod Lite win over Waldrif, last week’s winner Mathieu Robinson. Dan Reif and Tim Reif rounded out the top 5.

In the Bandit division Randy Whiting was determined to grab his 3rd straight win as he took the lead  at the drop of the green flag. On lap 2 Whiting lost a tire in turn 2 ending his chances for victory. Matt Zira took over the lead on the next restart and would pull away to his 3rd win of the season over Scott Banker, Corey Castell, Darryl Mainville and Tim Tupia.

Next week a full program of racing is set to go in all 4 classes presented by St. Lawrence Radiology. The green flag drops at 7:30pm.

358 Modified

CAREY TERRANCE, Jordan McCreadie, Joel Doiron, Ryan Arbuthnot, Billy Dunn, Gage Morin, Chris Raabe, Danny O’Brien, Brian McDonald, Mike Adderly, Tom Conklin, Travis Stacey, Lance Willix, Matt Woodruff, Charlie Rice, John Mulder, Casey Swamp, David Papineau, Mike Arquiett, Delbert Legrow, Dexter Stacey, Zach Arquiett, Robert Delormier, Delbert Legrow Jr.

Mohawk Racing Parts Pro Stock Series

STEPHANE LEBRUN, Stephane Lemire, Jocelyn Roy, Charles David Beauchamp, Marc Lalonde, George Renaud, Bruno Cyr, Owen White, Guy Viens, Eli Gilbert, (DNS) Rock Aubin

Mod Lite

JESSE HUDSON, Scott Waldrif, Mathieu Robinson, Dan Reif, Tim Reif, Brad Reif, Kevin Foster, Nick Mallette, Dan Desnoyers, Henry Lamica, Harley Brown

Bandit

MATT ZIRA, Scott Banker, Corey Castell, Darryl Mainville, Tim Tupia, Shane Ray, Randy Whiting

Mohawk International Raceway and Cedar View Golf Course Present Mohawk Race Parts Pro Stock Series and Regular Program for Modifieds, Mod Lites and Bandits

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AKWESASNE, NY – The 2014 racing season is well underway at Mohawk International Raceway and the action is intense in all divisions.  Join us this Friday night as Cedar View Golf Course presents the first appearance of the Mohawk Race Parts Pro Stock Series plus a full program on Modifieds, Mod Lites and Bandits.  The Sportsman division will have the night off as they compete in the Sportsman Seaway Series this weekend in Quebec.  Good Luck to all MIR competitors that will be competing this weekend in this series.

The Modified division has produced some great racing in 2014 with 3 different winners in the four events held so far.  Billy Dunn was the first repeat winner last week, while Chris Raabe, Danny O’Brien, Dunn, Carey Terrance and Brian McDonald lead the way in the chase for the championship.

Mathieu Robinson currently leads the way in the Mod Lite division with a very close battle shaping up behind him with Scott Waldriff, Jesse Hudson, Harley Brown and Dan Reif in the top five.

Randy Whitting is having a fine season in the Bandit division as he leads Matt Zira and Cory Castell in the chase for the championship.

The Sportsman division will return to MIR next Friday night along with a full program and kids big wheel races presented by St. Lawrence Radiology.

General Admission for Friday night is just $12.00 for adults.  Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.  Pit admission is $25.00 for DIRTcar Members and $30.00 for non members.  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.

 

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BILLY DUNN CHARGES TO INDEPENDENCE DAY SHOOTOUT VICTORY AT MOHAWK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

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It was a big night of racing this past Friday night at Mohawk International Raceway as the 2nd round of the Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified Series was on tap along with great racing action in all divisions kicking off a great Independence Day weekend.

The 358 Modifieds were set for the 2nd leg of the Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” Series as birthday boy Gage Morin and 5 Mile Point Speedway regular Kevin Bates led the field to the green and Morin quickly jumped into the top spot as Billy Dunn, Larry Welling Jr. Kevin Bates and Danny O’Brien completed the top 5 in the early going. Morin had a stout race car but last week’s winner Billy Dunn was on the charge and took the lead away from Morin and would jump out to a commanding lead over the next 9 laps. On lap 11 Dexter Stacey and Tommy Jock Jr. tangled in the middle of the back stretch bringing out the first caution flag. On the restart Morin would get the advantage as Dunn, Welling, Bates and Brian McDonald rounded out the top 5. Try as he may Morin couldn’t hold on as Dunn would retake the top spot as McDonald, Welling and Chris Raabe would try to keep pace. Dunn had built up a near 4 second lead by the halfway point until the yellow flew again on lap 27 for Matt Woodruff who clipped an infield tire on the front stretch breaking the front end on his machine. When the green flew again Dunn marched away from the field as McDonald, Raabe, Carey Terrance and Morin continued to round out the top 5. Raabe started the event back in the 12th spot and was putting the pressure on McDonald for the runner up spot. On lap 30 Raabe used the low lane to work his way to 2nd and try to close in on the leader as Billy Dunn began to enter into lapped traffic. On lap 31 the yellow flew again as Kevin Bates broke a front end on his car ending a great run. When the green flew Dunn had clear race trackand would charge out to the lead over Raabe, McDonald, Terrance and Ryan Arbuthnot. With the race going green the remainder of the event nobody was catching the 2 time track champion as Billy Dunn collected his 2nd win in a row over Chris Raabe, Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance and Ryan Arbuthnot.

The Sportsman division was set to go for their 25 lap feature go and rookie Brianna Ladouceur was looking for redemption as she took the lead at the drop of the green flag over Brad Winters, Billy Cook, Mike Stacey and Bryan Green. Much like the previous week Ladouceur was on cruise control as she opened up a huge lead on the rest of the field by lap 4. On lap 5 the first yellow flew for Dylan Evoy as he slowed in turn 3, but Evoy would return to the field and put on a show from the back of the field. On the restart Ladouceur was quick and opened up another big lead as behind her Corey Wheeler was on his way to the front. After starting 12th he patiently made his way up to 2nd on lap 9 and was in pursuit of Brianna Ladouceur as they approached the halfway point. Ladouceur entered into lapped traffic and this is where Wheeler made his move. On lap 15 Wheeler used a lapped car as a pick to take over the lead but Ladouceur had troubles negotiating the lapped car and would spin off turn 2 ending another fantastic run and a chance for her first ever win. On the restart Wheeler continued to lead but remember Dylan Evoy who slowed on lap 5 and had to go to the pits? Well he was on a mission and was not content to ride in the back of the field as he made his way into the top 5 getting by Wyatt Mullin and Zach Arquiett and would close in on the leader with 4 laps to go. On the final lap Wheeler was in complete control until the caution flew for Ryan Helm who spun on the backstretch. This set up a 1 lap dash to the checkered flag as Wheeler stayed low while Evoy charged to the high side when the green flag flew. The top 2 raced side by side into turn 3 and Corey Wheeler was able to hold off the 2 time track champion for his 3rd straight win of the season. Evoy settled for 2nd while Zach Arquiett had his career best finish of 3rd. Mike Maresca came from 25th starting spot to finish up 4th and Wyatt Mullin rounded out the top 5.

In the Mod Lite division Mathieu Robinson looked to have the best car in the early going of the 15 lap feature event but new comer Jesse Hudson had other plans. Hudson a Brockville Speedway karting regular, moved into 2nd just past the halfway point and put pressure on the leader as Harley Brown made his way to 3rd making it a 3 car battle for the win. With 5 laps to go Harley Brown’s great night came to a disappointing end as he spun in turn 2 brining out the yellow. On the final restart Hudson did all he could but Robinson was too strong as he collected his 2nd win of the year over Hudson, Dan Reif, Kevin Foster and Harley Brown who rallied back for 5th at the checkers.

The Bandit division had an exciting battle for the win as Corey Castell took the lead at the drop of the green but it didn’t last long as he spun in turn 2. On the same lap Randy Whiting would also go off the back stretch. This left Matt Zira in the lead with Scott Banker and Shane Ray rounding out the top 3. Randy Whiting was on the charge from the back of the field as he quickly made his move to 2nd at the haflway point and would have a spirited battle with Matt Zira through the final 5 laps. On the white flag lap Whiting made the winning move taking the lead and would hold it the entire way for his 2nd win in a row over Zira, Shane Ray, Corey Castell and Scott Banker.

Next week Cedarview Golf Course will be on hand as the Sportsman will have the night off, but, the Mohawk Racing Parts Pro Stock Series will be in town along with the 358 Modifieds, Mod Lites and Bandit divisions. Racing begins at 7:30.

Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified Series

BILLY DUNN, Chris Raabe, Brian McDonald, Carey Terrance, Ryan Arbuthnot,  Danny O’Brien, Tom Conklin, Lance Willix, Gage Morin, Jordan McCreadie, Casey Swamp, Travis Stacey, John Mulder, Joel Doiron, David Papineau, Roy Delormier, Delbert Legrow, Charlie Rice, Larry Welling Jr., Kevin Bates, Matt Woodruff, Dexter Stacey, Tommy Jock Jr., Skip Mackenzie, (DNS) Preston Forbes

Sportsman

COREY WHEELER, Dylan Evoy, Zach Arquiett, Mike Maresca, Wyatt Mullin, Brent Kelsey, Ryan Stabler, Mike Arquiett, Brad Winters, Louie Jackson Jr., Joel Hargrave, Billy Cook, Ricky Thompson, Adam Rozon, Neal Provost, Bryan Green, Mike Stacey, Delbert Legrow Jr., Scott Mere, Scott McGill, Andrew Fish, Jasmine David, Darryl Mitchell, Brianna Ladouceur, Robert Delormier, Greg Snyder, Ryan Helm, Thomas Cook, (DNS) Darryl Nutting

Mod Lite

MATHIEU ROBINSON, Jesse Hudson, Dan Reif, Kevin Foster, Harley Brown, Tim Reif, Brad Reif, Nick Mallette, Henry Lamica, Dan Desnoyers, Scott Waldrif

Bandit

RANDY WHITING, Matt Zira, Shane Ray, Corey Castell, Scott Banker, Darryl Mainville, Tim Tupia

Mohawk International Raceway and Akwesasne Mohawk Casino to Present Gigantic Fireworks Show to Conclude Friday, July 4th Events at Mohawk International Raceway

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AKWESASNE, NY – There will be plenty of fireworks on the track on Friday, July 4th as Mohawk International Raceway celebrates Independence Day Weekend.  There will be even more fireworks once the racing program ends as Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and Mohawk International Raceway present a fireworks spectacular.

If you have never witnessed a fireworks display at Mohawk International Raceway, you are in for an unbelievable show. Family passes are available, and ticket price also includes a full night of racing at MIR with a fantastic show with a 50 lap Modified main event plus Sportsman, Bandits and Mod Lites.

General Admission for Friday night is just $25.00 for adults and $20 for Seniors.  Children 12 years of and under are $10.  Family pricing is also available for this night only at a cost of $50.00.  This will include 2 adult passes as well as 2 children’s passes (12 and under). Pit admission is $30.00 for DIRTcar Members and $35.00 for non-members.  Pit Gates will open at 4:30pm, with main gates opening at 5PM.  Racing gets underway at 7:30pm.

Additional parking is available on Friday night across from the track at Jacobs Tobacco.  Parking will be free to the public.  Come on out to MIR this Friday night.  Get there early and watch a great night of racing, and stay late for an unbelievable fireworks show.

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.

DUNN, WHEELER, BOGETT AND WHITING SHARE SPOTLIGHT IN VICTORY LANE AT MOHAWK.

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The good folks at Fastenal along with the great fans were treated to an action packed night this past Friday at the Mohawk International Raceway, which also included a special TUSA Mod Lite Series 20 lap special event.

The 358 Modifieds took center stage for their 25 lap feature event. Gage Morin took advantage of his outside pole position as he led the field into turn 1 over pole sitter Joel Doiron. Morin had a fast car on this night as he raced out to a quick lead with Doiron, Carey Terrance, Billy Dunn and Ryan Arbuthnot rounding out the top 5. Terrance had one of the fastest cars  on the race track as well and was on the charge to the front of the field. The first yellow flew on lap 9 bunching the field up for a restart. When the green flew Dunn was able to use his favorite line on the race track as he worked the bottom of the speedway to take the lead as Morin tried to hold off Terrance for position #2. By lap 14 Dunn had built up a sizeable margin on the battle for 2nd which involved Morin and Terrance. But with those 2 drivers battling hard for the lead this brought opening night winner Danny O’Brien and last year’s DirtCar 358 Rookie of the Year Ryan Arbuthnot up to challenge in the top 5. On lap 15 pole sitter Joel Doiron slowed in turn 3 bringing out the caution flag. On the restart Dunn grabbed the lead with Morin, O’Brien, Terrance and now Chris Raabe rounding out the top 5. Dunn was looking to pull away but O’Brien slowly ran down the leader and was within striking distance until he nearly spun in turn 4 allowing Raabe to charge up to 2nd. Carey Terrance would round out the top 3. With all the challenges from behind Billy Dunn was able to hold the competition at bay and pick up his first win of the season over Raabe, Terrance, O’Brien and Tom Conklin edged out Ryan Arbuthnot for 5th at the checkers.

In Sportsman action rookie Joel Hargrave raced out to the early lead with Brianna Ladouceur, Mike Stacey, Corey Wheeler and Wyatt Mullin completing the top 5. Lap 2 was the toughest lap to complete on this night as the yellow flew 3 times for multi car accidents including a 5 car pileup on the front stretch. Dylan Evoy also experienced front end issues under the same caution in turn 3. When the drivers finally completed lap 2 Brianna Ladouceur was on a mission as she charged to the high side making a bid for the lead. On lap 5 Ladouceur finally made the pass for the lead over Joel Hargrave and Corey Wheeler. Ladouceur had battled health issues to start the season off but is back to 100% and it showed as she pulled away building up a 2.5 second advantage as the rest of the field tried to keep pace. Ladouceur was set to enter into lapped traffic on lap 11 until she lost control of her machine in turn 4 and spun to the infield bringing out the yellow. This left Hargrave back in the lead but on the restart Corey Wheeler was making a serious bid for 2 in a row as he sailed by Hargrave to take the lead away on the high side on lap 14. Wheeler began to open up a sizeable lead on the field as behind him Mike Maresca, Louie Jackson Jr., Joel Hargrave and Ricky Thompson rounded out the top 5. Corey Wheeler proved he means business in 2014 as he cruised on for his 2nd win in a row over Mike Maresca who had his best finish of the year in 2nd. Louie Jackson Jr., Ricky Thompson and Adam Rozon completed the top 5 at the finish.

The TUSA Mod Lite Series was on hand for a special 20 lap event. Mohawk regular Harley Brown showed the invaders he wasn’t about to back down as he took the lead at the drop of the green over Jeff May, Jim Bogett, Mathieu Robinson and Paul Klager. Brown would have a fierce battle in the opening 8 laps holding off Jeff May until he spun out in turn 2 bringing out the caution. This left Jeff May with the lead with Bogett and Klager completing the top 3. The red came out quickly as Brad Reif and Cody Fleming tangled in turn 2 sending Brad Reif off the back stretch. at the same time in turn 3 Dan Desnoyers flipped his machine. Both Reif and Desnoyers were able to climb out of their cars unhurt while Fleming rejoined at the back of the pack. On the restart Jim Bogett was able to grab the lead back from Jeff May but Paul Klager was on the move. Klager was looking for yet another TUSA Series victory at Mohawk and was pressuring Bogett in the final laps. The top 2 raced side by side on the final lap but Bogett held the perfect line and pulled away off turn 4 to secure the big win over Klager., May, Scott Waldrif and Mod Lite rookie and current go kart racer Jesse Hudson who finished up 5th at the checkers.

In the 10 lap Bandit feature Scott Banker grabbed the lead at the start of the event but his time in the lead would not last long as 2 time winner this season Matt Zira, took the top spot away and began to open up a big lead. On lap 5 a bid for win #3 came to an end as the front end gave away on Zira’s machine. From there Randy Whiting took control and never looked back dominating the final 5 laps to score his 2nd win of the year with Darryl Mitchell, Shane Ray, Francis White and Darryl Mainville making up the top 5 spots.

Next week what a better way to kick off your Independence Day weekend than coming to Mohawk International Raceway for round 2 of the Frenchie’s Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series 50 lap event, along with a  full card of racing in Sportsman, Mod Lite and Bandits. The green flag drops at 7:30.

358 Modified

BILLY DUNN, Chris Raabe, Carey Terrance, Danny O’Brien, Tom Conklin, Ryan Arbuthnot, Zach Aubertine, Brian McDonald, Roy Delormier, Jordan McCreadie, Matt Woodruff, Delbert Legrow, John Mulder, Lance Willix, David Papineau, Travis Stacey, Charlie Rice, Casey Swamp, Joel Doiron, Gage Morin

Sportsman

COREY WHEELER, Mike Maresca, Louie Jackson Jr., Ricky Thompson, Adam Rozon, Joel Hargrave, Mike Arquiett, Brandon Hagan, Zach Arquiett, Brent Kelsey, Wyatt Mullin, Chris Thurston, Robert Delormier, Mike Stacey, Darryl Nutting, Scott Mere, Thomas Cook, Brad Winters, Billy Cook, Delbert Legrow Jr., Brianna Ladouceur, Ryan Helm, Scott McGill, Jasmine David, Bryan Green, Dylan Evoy, Andrew Fish, Neal Provost

Mod Lite

JIM BOGETT, Paul Klager, Jeff May, Scott Waldrif, Jesse Hudson, Mathieu Robinson, Kevin Foster, Cody Fleming, Dan Reif, Rejean Lemieux, Tim Reif, Nick Mallette, Henry Lamica, Dan Desnoyers, Harley Brown, David Brown

Bandit

RANDY WHITING, Darryl Mitchell, Shane Ray, Francis White, Darryl Mainville, Scott Banker, Matt Zira, Tim Tupia, Corey Castell

Mohawk International Raceway and Fastenal Present Full Program This Friday Night Plus TUSA Mod Lite Series and Kids Tire Race

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AKWESASNE, NY – Mohawk International Raceway returns for another action packed night of racing this Friday night as Fastenal presents a full racing program featuring our Modifieds, Sportsman, and Bandits as well as a TUSA Mod Lite Series race as several teams from across New York and Ontario take on the MIR Mod Lite regulars.

So far in 2014, the 358 Modified have only raced twice as we have battled Mother Nature for a good part of the season.  Billy Dunn has had a dominant car, but is still seeking his first win at MIR in 2014.  Danny O’Brien took the opening night win, and Carey Terrance battled Dunn to the finish last week to claim victory in race number two of 2014 for the Modifieds.  Dylan Evoy and Corey Wheeler continues to set the pace in the Sportsman division but several others have narrowed the gap and are looking to breakthrough at any time.  In three events in 2014, Evoy has hit victory lane on two occasions, while Wheeler held off a late race challenge from Evoy last week to win the Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further” Series opener.  Dan Reif, Mathieu Robinson and Scott Waldrif have each made a trip to victory lane in the Mod Lite division early in 2014 and the Bandit division has seen Matt Zira make his way to Victory lane on two occasions, and Randy Whitting and Corey Castell have one win each so far.

General Admission for Friday night is just $12.00 for adults and $10 for Seniors.  Children 12 years of and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.  Pit admission is $25.00 for DIRTcar Members and $30.00 for non-members.  Pit Gates will open at 4:30pm, with main gates opening at 5PM.  Racing gets underway at 7:30pm.  Canadian currency is accepted at a rate of 10% exchange.

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.