Friday night was the season finale at Mohawk International Raceway, and Frenchie’s Chevrolet was in the house as the evening’s sponsor and also presented the season ending Frenchie’s Chevrolet “Chevy Runs Deep” 358 Modified Series plus the Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further” Sportsman Series championship finale that was originally scheduled for the previous week.
Track championships were also on the line on Friday night as Billy Dunn led the way going into the night with a comfortable 32 point lead over Chris Raabe and Carey Terrance, but the Frenchie’s “Chevy” Runs Deep series was wide open with only two points separating the top three drivers and a host of others not far behind. When the dust settled at the end of the night it was Billy Dunn in victory lane and picking up his third consecutive MIR track title, while Danny O’Brien edged Chris Raabe in a points tiebreaker to capture the illustrious Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” title.
O’Brien becomes just the third different winner of the Frenchie’s Chevrolet Modified Series championship, joining inaugural winner Roy Tarbell (2009), Todd Stone (2010-2011) and Billy Dunn (2012-2013). Dunn’s third consecutive track title also puts him on a very short list with just two other drivers to accomplish that feat, including Ovide Doiron (1994-1996) and Mike Perrotte (1999 to 2001).
The Sportsman division track championship was all but wrapped up going into Friday night as Corey Wheeler carried a 45 point advantage coming into the final night. The Frenchie’s Ford “Go Further” Sportsman Series was up for grabs though with Dylan Evoy holding just a four point lead over Corey Wheeler and just another four points up on Mike Maresca with a 35 lap feature to decide the outcome. Evoy won the race and the title but he had to hold off a hard charging Mike Maresca to claim the victory. Evoy remains as the only winner of the Frenchie’s Ford Sportsman Series champion as he has won every year since the series started in 2011. Maresca finished the series in second place, just 12 points behind Evoy while Corey Wheeler, Mike Arquitte and Louis Jackson Jr. rounded out the top five. Rookie sensation Brianna Ladouceur was the top series rookie finishing in seventh in points.
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