AKWESASNE -- Carey Terrance of Akwesasne continued his march towards the Mohawk International Raceway Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modified championship by scoring his seventh win of the season in Friday night's 25-lap 358 Modified feature event.
Other winners on CKON 97.3 FM and Keegan's Tobacco Shop night were Chris Raabe (Napanee, Ont.) with his eleventh DIRTcar Sportsman win, Dave "Bulldog" Bissonnette with his third DIRTcar Pro Stock win and Peter Cename with his second Bandit win.
Dave Heaslip grabbed the lead at the start of the Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modified feature, while Todd Stewart quickly moved into the runner-up spot.
The first caution waved on lap three for John Lazore, who stopped on the frontstretch after a flat tire. The restart found Stewart and Heaslip battling side-by-side for the lead, but the caution waved again as a uke tire was moved into the middle of the track.
The restart found Stewart moving to the top spot as Heaslip got shuffled high and dropped into a fierce battle with Tom Jock Jr., Carey Terrance and Perry Francis for second spot.
The race's pace again slowed on lap eight when Ryan Helm's car stopped on the backstretch and on lap 12 when Clayton Benedict clipped a uke tire coming out of turn four and did a 360 spin, while Todd Stone, immediately behind him, also did a 360 but kept his car moving.
The restart saw second-place running Carey Terrance dive low going into turns one and two and pull into the lead.
Terrance quickly opened up a two car-length lead while Todd Stewart, Dale Planck and Perry Francis waged a great battle for the second spot.
Jeff Sykes drew the caution on lap 16 for his stopped racecar and the final caution waved on lap 19 when the front end of Ryan Jacobs' car collapsed and he spun coming out of turn two.
The six lap dash to the checkered flag saw Terrance pull out a comfortable lead and charge on to his seventh feature win of the season. Todd Stewart pulled ahead of Dale Planck to score second, Planck was third, while Perry Francis and Todd Stone rounded out the top five.
Chris Raabe got by Kristian Smoke on lap five and powered on to grab his eleventh win of the season in the DIRTcar Sportsman division, with this win tieing Tim Hindley for the all-time DIRTcar record for "wins in a single season" at 24 victories.
Dylan Evoy came home second, Mitch Primeau posted a great run for third, while Sheldon Hoogwerf got past Brent Kelsey for fourth.
Joey Swamp charged to the lead at the start of the Pro Stock feature but his run ended in turn three on the first lap as the right front tire went flying off the car.
The restart saw Dave "Bulldog" Bissonnette and Dave Papineau running side-by-side for the lead, with Bissonnette pulling ahead to grab the top spot and going on to lead until the checkered flag flew.
Papineau posted his best run of the season for second, Ricky Thompson had another great run to finish third, while defending Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock champion Pete Stefanski emerged from a spirited battle with Dion Oakes and PJ Peters to finish fourth at the line by only a couple of feet. Oakes finished fifth and Peter sixth.
The Bandits offered the best race of the night, with Peter Cename holding off Joey Foster and Owen White in a battle for the lead that featured 3-wide racing on several occasions.
Cename captured his second win of the season, with Foster emerging second after a fierce battle with Owen White, with Bennett White fourth.
Next weekend, Friday, August 20th and Saturday, August 21st, it's the "Battle of the Eastern Door" as the World of Outlaws Late Model series rolls into town for the biggest race ever held at MIR.
The nation's premier dirt track touring series will bring the top drivers in dirt track racing to challenge the fast MIR 3/8ths mile oval, with local stars Tim McCreadie (Watertown) and Tim Fuller (Edwards) leading the charge.
Friday night, August 20th, will have time trials and heat races for the Outlaw Late Models along with a full show of racing for the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and Bandits.
Saturday, August 21st will lead off with the last chance B-Main for the Outlaw Late Models and then the "Battle of the Eastern Door 100," paying $20,000 to win out of a total purse of $120,000. Also on the card Saturday will be the Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock tour, with a 50-lap feature, and the Bandits.
This event is the biggest race ever held in the North Country and the biggest Late Model race ever held in New York State. Racing begins at 7:45 PM on both nights and there will be live entertainment, with bands playing both nights after the races.
Weekend passes are available for just $50 for both nights of racing (save $10) and can be purchased at Chief's Tobacco Outlet, State Route 37 in Akwesasne or by calling the Mohawk Raceway track office at 518-358-3225.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13th -- CKON 97.3 FM & KEEGAN'S TOBACCO SHOP NIGHT
FRENCHIE'S CHEVROLET DIRTcar 358 MODIFIEDS (25 laps): Carey Terrance, Todd Stewart, Dale Planck, Perry Francis, Todd Stone, Roy Tarbell, Dave Heaslip, Tom Jock Jr., John Lazore, Joel Doiron, Clayton Benedict, Brad Shova, Del LeGrow, Melvin Rush, Billy Cook, Ryan Jacobs, Jeff Sykes, Mike Perrotte, Ryan Helm, Derrick Martin. DNS: Gardner Stone, Preston Forbes.
DIRTcar SPORTSMAN (20 laps): Chris Raabe, Dylan Evoy, Mitch Primeau, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Brent Kelsey, Shawn Burke, Travis Back, Josh Jock, Brad Winters, Brian Copp, Tabatha Murphy, Kristian Smoke, Jenna David, Derek Spellan.
DIRTcar PRO STOCKS (20 laps): Dave Bissonnette, Dave Papineau, Ricky Thompson, Pete Stefanski, Dion Oakes, PJ Peters, Louie Jackson, Corey Wheeler, Rod Tarbell, Roch Aubin, Claudia Tarbell, Stephane LeBrun, Harvey Arquette Jr., Jody Swamp, Billy Woodward Jr., Mike Pecore. DNS: Thunder Anderson, William Adams.
BANDITS (12 laps): Peter Cename, Joey Foster, Owen White, Bennett White, Derek Colbert, Nolan Swamp, Scott Mere, John Green, Darryl Mitchell, Cory Castell, Jason Crites, Joseph Barnes, Henry Lamica, Gary Sharlow, Randy Blanchard. DNS: Kevin Thompson.
Mohawk International Raceway is located 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 7:45 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks, as well as the Bandit division. The website address is www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com. The MIR office is 518-358-3225 and on race days, the track number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.