AKWESASNE -- Carey Terrance is on a roll at Mohawk International Raceway (MIR).
Coming off an impressive win in last Friday night's Memorial Cup 35, Terrance backed it up by winning his third Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modified feature of the young season on Adams Marina night.
Terrance passed Perry Francis in lapped traffic with less than two laps to go and sped on for the win.
In other action, Chris Raabe scored his fifth straight DIRTcar Sportsman feature win, Dave "Bulldog" Bissonnette made a last lap pass to capture his second checkered flag of the season in the Pro Stock division, and Joey Foster returned to victory lane for his fourth feature win in five races.
Casey Swamp took the initial lead at the start of the Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modified feature, but the caution flag waved on lap one for Todd Stewart, whose car did a quick spin in turn four and appeared to suffer significant suspension damage.
The restart led to still more problems: As the field, still tightly bunched, roared out of turn two, fifth-place Tom Jock Jr. spun his car, sending everyone behind him scattering. John Lazore was the first to slam into Jock's car, nearly flipping as his car bounced away, while Lee Ladouceur, Gardner Stone, Pat O'Brien, and Melvin Rush were also collected in the tangle, bringing out the red flag. There were no injuries, although all of the cars involved in the incident were done for the night.
On the restart, Perry Francis raced past Swamp to grab the lead, while Carey Terrance moved to third spot. By lap four, Terrance got by Swamp for second, and from there on out, it was Francis in the lead with Terrance trying to reel him in.
By lap 15, Francis had opened up a six car-length lead over Terrance, and the two leaders were nearly a full straightaway ahead of third-place Swamp, while behind Swamp, Gage Morin and Clayton Benedict battled side-by-side for fourth spot.
Francis maintained his comfortable lead until lap 17, when Terrance began closing on the leader. By lap 20, Terrance was on Francis's back bumper and the leaders were weaving through lapped traffic. Francis maintained the top spot as he and Terrance raced around the slower cars for the final circuits, but Francis's luck came to an end on lap 23, as Francis was pinned behind the lapped car of Todd Stewart and Terrance took advantage of the opening to race past and grab the lap with less than two laps to go. Terrance raced on to grab his third 358 Modified win of the season, with Francis finishing second, Casey Swamp scoring a season-best third-place finish, Gage Morin fourth and Clayton Benedict rounding out the top five.
The Sportsman division has been all Chris Raabe so far this season and the result was the same, as Raabe scored his fifth feature win in as many starts. Brent Kelsey grabbed the lead on lap one, while Raabe came from sixth starting spot to move into second by lap three. The first caution waved on lap five and on the restart, Raabe used the high line to get past Kelsey to grab the lead. Raabe stretched out a lead, while Dylan Evoy worked past Kelsey. A lap 18 caution for Cory Winters' stopped racer tightened up the field for a two lap dash to the checkers, but Evoy could not challenge Raabe for the win. Evoy held on for second, while Brad Winters used an inside pass on the final turn to get third spot away from Kelsey at the finish line. Travis Back rounded out the top five.
The Pro Stock feature was the most competitive of the night, as Scott Kocher lead early on, but Dave Papineau quickly sprinted to the top spot, with Rod Tarbell hustling up to second. Behind the leaders, Kocher, Dion Oakes and Dave Bissonnette waged a great battle for third sport. As the halfway mark was scored on lap ten, Kocher began to fade but last week's winner Louie Jackson joined the ongoing battle for third spot. By lap twelve, Tarbell pulled alongside Papineau to challenge for the lead and the two ran side-by-side, but lapped traffic played a key role: As the leaders drove into turn three, Tarbell dove low and Papineau swung high to get around a lapped car. Papineau was forced into the loose dirt at the top of the speedway and lost several spots, dropping out of the top five. Rod Tarbell opened up a bit of a lead and his first Pro Stock feature win seemed to be in sight, but a lap 17 restart put Dave "Bulldog" Bissonnette and Louie "Action" Jackson within striking distance. Tarbell ran the high line, opening up the inner lane for Bissonnette, who swung low coming out of turn four as the white flag waved and led at the line by a bumper. Bissonnette drifted high coming out of turn two on the final lap, squeezing Tarbell into the loose dirt at the top of the speedway, causing Tarbell to drop several spots on the final lap. Bissonnette powered on for his second feature win of the season, with Louie Jackson second and Corey Wheeler rallying in the final laps to finish third. Dion Oakes and Stephane LeBrun completed the top five.
The Bandit feature got off to a wild start as Brad Fish got turned around in heavy traffic on lap one. As he spun across the frontstretch, the rest of the field scattered, with both Henry Lamica and Bennett White making heavy contact with Fish's car. While Fish and Lamica were done for the night, there were no injuries. John Green took the early lead, with Joey Foster coming from deep in the field to second spot within just a couple of laps. Foster powered to the high side coming out of turn four on lap four and moved into the lead, going on to win his fourth feature event in five starts. Green ran a solid race to finish second, while Derek Colbert emerged from a three-way battle to finish third, with Scott Mere and Bennett White rounding out the top five.
Next Friday night, June 11th, Brass Horse Grille and Restaurant presents a full show of racing for the Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and the Bandits, as well as 1-on-1 Spectator races. Racing action starts at 7:45 PM!
FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010: ADAMS MARINA NIGHT.
FRENCHIE'S CHEVROLET DIRTcar 358 MODIFIEDS (25 Laps): Carey Terrance, Perry Francis, Casey Swamp, Gage Morin, Clayton Benedict, Roy Tarbell, Todd Stone, Dan Jalbert, Dave Heaslip, Ryan Jacobs, Del LeGrow, Billy Cook, Tammy Jalbert, Todd Stewart, Ryan Helm, John Lazore, Lee Ladouceur, Gardner Stone, Tom Jock Jr., Pat O'Brien, Melvin Rush, Brad Shova.
DIRTcar SPORTSMAN (20 Laps): Chris Raabe, Dylan Evoy, Brad Winters, Brent Kelsey, Travis Back, Jeff Phillips, Tom Benedict, Shawn Burke, Cory Winters, Mitch Primeau, Jenna David. DNS: Christian Smoke.
DIRTcar PRO STOCKS (20 Laps): Dave Bissonnette, Louie Jackson, Corey Wheeler, Dion Oakes, Stephane LeBrun, Rod Tarbell, Ricky Thompson, Jody Swamp, Billy Woodward Jr., Scott Kocher, Dave Papineau, Claudia Tarbell, Mike Arquiett, Mike Pecore, Josh Brockway, PJ Peters, Moses White.
BANDITS (12 Laps): Joey Foster, John Green, Derek Colbert, Scott Mere, Bennett White, Cory Castell, Jason Crites, Gary Sharlow, Tammy Rogers, Mike Benedict, Andrew Fish, Jonathan Oliver, Josh Jock, Peter Cename, Darryl Mitchell, Henry Lamica, Brad Fish, Joseph Barnes.
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 7:45 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks, as well as the Bandit division. Visit us on the web at 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.