My racing action for this week began on Thursday the 11th of August, when I made the short trip over the Canada/USA border to the Mohawk International Raceway.
Four of my local tracks were running consecutively this weekend , so I needed to conserve some energy.
There were no Modifieds on the program at the M.I.R and the main event was the DirtCar Sportsman Series , so I was hoping for an early finish.
Pro Stocks, Rookie Sportsman and Bandits completed the line up.
We were treated to , three of the sports top drivers fighting it out for the lead for most of the race.
The three guys I’m talking about are Cedric Gauvreau # 22c , Shane Pecore #0 and Thomas Cook # 35 who put on a great show .
It was so close, any one of them could of won.
At the checkers it was Gauvreau, 2nd Pecore , then Cook 3rd.
The Pro Stock feature produced another win for Bruno Richard.
That was his 14th feature win in Canada and the USA this year.
The other features of the night went to Francis White in the Bandits and Dillon Cole in the Rookie Sportsman,
The show was over in good time, so I was home by 10-30 pm.
On Friday I was back in the USA again , this time, at the Can Am Speedway , which is only a 1 hour 45 minute journey. I had a nice leisurely drive down there and had plenty of time for a nap in the parking lot before the races.
Modifieds were topping the bill, with Sportsman , Limited Sportsman, Pro Stocks , Sprint Cars and Thunder Cars (mini stocks)
It was quite a busy schedule, when you consider, I didn’t want a late night. 🙂 So, I decided before things got started , that I’d leave once the Modified feature was over.
The first feature was for the Limited Sportsman , which came under red flag conditions when Joe Trichilo flipped over right in font of me.
He was OK and the racing resumed.
The checkers went to Owen Nier
The Sportsman feature was next, and after a few early cautions it settled down to a good race.
Tyler Stevenson was the winner.
Time was marching on, due to the delays in the first two features, so it was nice for the Modifieds to run the distance with out too many mishaps.
It was great to see Taylor Caprara get his first Modified win.
Taylor of course comes from the famous Caprara racing and car sales family in the North Country.
Victory Lane ceremonies were over by 10-00 pm , so I was soon heading out the gate.
In my absence , I missed seeing Bruno Richard get his win # 15 in the Pro Stocks .
I also missed the Sprints and Thunder Cars, but wasn’t too worried about that.
By mid night I was back in Canada and having a cold one at home.
Saturday the 13th of August , I set off for another of my local tracks. This time it was the Brockville Ontario Speedway , where they were staging another round of their Ogilvie Series.
That meant 50 laps for the Modifieds and 40 for the Sportsman.
Support divisions were, Rookie Sportsman, Sprint Cars and Mini Stocks.
The order of features, were Rookie Sportsman first, Modifieds, Sportsman , Mini Stocks and Sprint Cars, so there was a potential for me to get out early.
Matt Prunner was the winner of the Rookie Sportsman.
The Modifieds were next an the R70 of Ryan Arbuthnot was the early leader, who was eventually passed by Chris Raabe and Tristan Draper.
They dueled for a few laps before Draper edged past Raabe for the win.
The Sportsman were up next
There were too many cautions for my liking , in this one , but eventually Bobby Herrington got himself another trip to the B.O.S victory.
By the time the pictures done it was getting late , so it was time for me to make my exit.
The final event of this ‘four in a row’ week of racing , was taking place just across the town on Sunday night at the Cornwall Motor Speedway.
We had a nice sunny start to the evening so decided to shoot the Hot Laps and heat race pictures from the pit tower.
Once the features began , I moved to various positions on the middle.
The first feature was for the Late Models which was dominated from start to finish by Charlie Sandercock .
The Sportsman were up next where Shane Pecore added another Victory to this years tally.
The Modifieds followed this.
Sunday the 14th of August , will go down in history as the day of double celebrations for Chris Raabe and family.
Early in the morning he became a first time dad, when his wife Emelie gave birth to a baby daughter, Blake Lynn . The celebrations continued into the evening when Chris picked up the Modified feature win.
Congratulations to you Chris and Emelie .
The visiting Street Stocks were next and Brock Gregory was the winner of this one.
The last race of the night was for the Mini Stocks,
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Alex Charbonneau in Victory Lane , but it’s always fun when he does so.
He’s a great show man.
So , that’s it for this week, I must admit, it’s been a struggle to get this weeks Blog done. In fact I’m a day later than usual.
Hospital appointments and so much to do right now as I prepare and plan a forthcoming overseas trip. More about that later