AKSWESASNE – Billy Dunn took the checkered flag in the second round of the Frenchie's Chevy Runs Deep 358 Modified Series and Jenna David scored an emotional first career win at Mohawk International Raceway Friday night.
Dunn and Lance Willix drew the front row in the 50-lap feature event. Dunn grabbed the lead in turn one with Willix, Jeff Sykes, Joel Doiron and Roy Delormier completing the top five.
Dunn's car was hooked up as he pulled away from the rest of the field. On lap 24 the first caution of the event came out as Tommy Jock Jr. slapped the outside wall in turn three. At the restart McDonald used the top side of the speedway to grab the top spot on lap 27. With the top two battling for the lead, Doiron and Chris Raabe were the mix, exchanging positions for the next seven laps.
On lap 34 Dunn used a three-wide move in traffic on the front stretch to regain the lead, holding it for the next five laps.
Another yellow led to a restart where Dunn went back to a comfortable advantage over McDonald, Raabe, Terrance and Doiron. Even with a mid-race charge from the rest of the field, nobody topped Dunn again as he recorded his third win of the season and second in a row in the Frenchie's Series over McDonald, Raabe, Terrance and Doiron.
In Sportsman action veteran Billy Cook jumped out to the early lead over Josh Brockway. Jenna David started fifth and quickly moved to the front challenging Billy Cook for the top spot. On a caution restart David drove to the top side to grab the lead leaving Billy Cook to battle with Darryl Nutting, Robert Delormier and Thomas Cook. David was setting a torrid pace jumping out to a commanding lead. After another caution restart David continued in the lead but Corey Wheeler and Louie Jackson Jr. were on the charge. Jackson made several great moves on the top side to move into second on lap 13, while behind him Wheeler was moving into third on the bottom of the speedway at lap 14. Another yellow flag set up a five-lap dash to the finish. David jumped into the lead with Wheeler close behind. The handling appeared to go away just a bit on David's car allowing Wheeler to make a move down low with two laps remaining. On the final lap Wheeler jumped to the high side and drew alongside of Jenna David down the back stretch. but coming off turn four David powered off the bottom for her first ever Sportsman win with Wheeler, Jackson, Delormier and Nutting. It was an emotional victory lane celebration as Jenna David dedicated the win to her late brother in law, former Modified driver Mitchell Jock, who passed away three years ago.
In the Pro Stock division, Eli Gilbert and former Bandit Champion Owen White led the field to the green. Jocelyn Roy came from third spot to take the lead with White, Gilbert, PJ Peters and Stephane Lebrun giving chase. Roy switched his Friday night home from Granby to Mohawk for 2013 and took to the speedway nicely as he pulled away from the rest of the field in the early portion of the event. By the halfway point Roy was still out front but the man on the move was Stephane Lebrun. After starting seventh he patiently made his way to the front of the field getting to second on lap 14. Roch Aubin moved into the top three with four to go and made it a three-way battle for the lead. On the final lap Roy began to drift up the track and off turn four Lebrun made the winning pass to score his second win in a row over Roy, Aubin, Ryan Stabler and PJ Peters.
In the Mod Lite division Scott Waldrif jumped out to the early advantage over Harley Brown and Mathieu Robinson. Brown had one of the fastest cars on the race track and pulled out to a comfortable advantage over the battle for second which was being contested by Robinson, Joel Hargrave, Waldrif and Dan Ferguson. By halfway Ferguson started to march forward as he moved into third on lap eight and charged by Brown on the bottom for the top spot. Ferguson has only run a few times at MIR in 2013 but he made this night memorable as he scored his first ever Mod Lite win over Brown, Robinson, Hargrave and Waldrif.
It had been a couple weeks since the Bandit division was in action at Mohawk but they did not disappoint. Jean Marc Larose has gone undefeated in 2013 and was looking to keep that streak going as he took the lead from his third starting spot. Larose was dominant, ahead of Darryl Mitchell and Corbin Miller battling for second and third. On the final lap Larose got caught in traffic as Mitchell and Miller closed in but Larose held on to score his fourth win in a row over Darryl Mitchell and Corbin Miller.
This coming Friday the 358 Modifieds, Pro Stock, Bandit and Mod Lites return to action while the Sportsman class will have the night off. Racing gets underway at 7:30 pm.
Mohawk International Raceway is in Akwesasne, midway between the Seaway International Bridge to Cornwall and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, off of Route 37.
More info: www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com, (518) 358-9017.
BILLY DUNN, Brian McDonald, Chris Raabe, Carey Terrance, Joel Doiron, Mario Clair, Larry Welling Jr., Zach Aubertine, Lance Willix, Roy Delormier, Justin Lalancette, Jeff Sykes, Tom Conklin, David Papineau, Casey Swamp, Travis Stacey, Tom Benedict, Jordan McCreadie, Tommy Jock Jr., Luke Stewart
JENNA DAVID, Corey Wheeler, Louie Jackson Jr., Robert Delormier, Darryl Nutting, Nolan Swamp, Mike Stacey, Brent Kelsey, Adam Rozon, Ronnie Tyo, Thomas Cook, Wyatt Mullin, Mike Arquiett, Dylan Evoy, Neal Provost, Mike Maresca, Josh Brockway, Billy Cook, Ryan Helm, Delbert Legrow Jr., Trevor Arquiett, Andrew Fish, Zach Arquiett, Ricky Thompson, Scott Mere, Jasmine David, Brad Winters, (DNS) John Greene III
STEPHANE LEBRUN, Jocelyn Roy, Roch Aubin, Ryan Stabler, PJ Peters, Eli Gilbert, Allen Peters, Dan Denoyers, Marc Lalonde, Mike White, Eugene Tarbell, Darryl Mainville, Owen White
JEAN MARC LAROSE, Darryl Mitchell, Corbin Miller, Scott Banker, Edward Lemieux, Randy Whiting, Justin Desrosiers, Dudes Thompson, Corey Castell
DAN FERGUSON, Harley Brown, Mathieu Robinson, Joel Hargrave, Scott Waldrif, Dan Reif, Brad Reif, #94, Matt Chontosh