Mohawk International Raceway
Friday, August 17, 2012
Joey Ladouceur Scores 100th Career Win in Pro Stock Thriller at Mohawk Int'l Raceway
by Tim Baltz
AKWESASNE, N.Y. -- The racing at MIR in 2012 has been nothing short of exciting and with Brass Horse on hand as the title sponsor of the evening. They and the rest of the fans were treated to some exciting racing action.
The 358 Modifieds saw 2 rookies lead the field to the green with Shane Pecore and David Papineau making up the front row. Pecore was able to grab the top spot away as Brian McDonald, Roy Tarbell, Papineau and Danny O?Brien filled out the top 5 early on. Brian McDonald hasn?t won at MIR since 2009 and was on a mission to change that as he jumped into the top spot on lap 3 and opened up a commanding lead. As McDonald extended his lead the battle amongst the top 5 was quite a sight as defending track champion Chris Raabe muscled by Pecore for 2nd spot leaving O?Brien and Tarbell to battle it out for 4th and 5th. The first yellow came out for Lance Willix who slowed on the front stretch. On the restart McDonald continued his torrid pace leaving Raabe, O?Brien, Laurent Ladouceur and Tarbell to round out the top 5. At lap 15 McDonald continued to lead but Raabe was slowly gaining momentum and on lap 21 in traffic, Raabe used the bottom to take the lead away. A late yellow flew for Casey Swamp who crashed on the front stretch slowed the field for a 1 lap shootout. On the final restart Raabe pulled out a 2 car length advantage to score his 2nd win of the season over McDonald, points leader Billy Dunn, O?Brien and Laurent Ladouceur.
The Sportsman race kicked off their excitement right off the bat as the front runners came together in turn 2 on the opening lap sending Brent Kelsey and Dan Jalbert off turn 2. Kelsey was able to continue on but Jalbert was done for the evening. When the racing action resumed Louie Jackson Jr., held the top spot with Adam Rozon, Dana Aikens, Thunder Anderson Jr., and Jessica Power completing the top 5. Adam Rozon has had a great rookie season and continued it on this night. He grabbed the lead at lap 6 from Jackson and brought Aikens with him to 2nd. Aikens hounded the rookie for the next 4 laps before he powered by on lap 10 to take the lead away. Just behind him Jessica Power was charging forward. After starting 7th she made her way to 2nd getting by Adam Rozon and in the process brought Dylan Evoy up into 3rd. Despite lapped traffic and a fast closing Jessica Power, Dana Aikens was on a mission, having not won since Brockville in 2010 Dana charged home to his first win of the season and 3rd of his Sportsman career with Power, Evoy, Jackson Jr., and Wyatt Mullin rounding out the top 5.
The final round of the Bailey Motor Company Pro Stock Series was set to go and series points leader Joey Ladouceur had many things going on during the evening. He had to start last after problems in the heat. Then he had a series title to worry about. To top it off he was trying for his 100 career DIRTCar Pro Stock win as well. With Ladouceur in the back George Renaud used the pole to his advantage as he jumped out into the lead with Stephane Lebrun, Marc Lalonde, Dion Oakes and Ryan Stabler rounding out the top 5 early on. Renaud and Lebrun put on a fantastic show racing wheel to wheel until the yellow flew on lap 8 for Stabler who spun in turn 2. On the restart Lebrun was able to wrestle the top spot away from Renaud with Dion Oakes, Louie Jackson and Ladouceur completing the top 5. Just 3 laps later Renaud powered back by the Lebrun machine for the lead and would pull out to a half straightaway advantage. By the halfway point Joey Ladouceur was making a serious bid for this big win as he got by Dion Oakes for 3rd with PJ Peters in 5th. On lap 26 the yellow would wave as Oakes spun in turn 2. On the restart Renaud was looking to hold on for the win but Ladouceur jumped to the top side of the race track. After sliding by Lebrun for 2nd he charged by Renaud for the lead with 4 to go and would hold on for his 4th win of the season, 2nd of the 3 race series, and his 100th career DIRTCar Pro Stock victory. Peters, Renaud, Lebrun, and Ryan Stabler completed the top 5. Ladouceur would also secure his 2nd straight series crown.
The Mod Lites went topless on this night and they put on a fantastic show. Bryan Green was on a mission as he grabbed the lead on lap 3 and started to run away with Sylvain Laframboise, Mathieu Robinson, Harley Brown and Brad Reif making up the top 5. Green took over the points lead 2 weeks ago and was looking to run away with yet another win until the caution flew on lap 14. On the final restart Robinson jumped to the top side in a bid for the lead but it didn?t work as Green grabbed his 5th win of the season and 2nd in a row over Robinson, Sylvain Laframboise, Brad Reif and Scott Waldorff.
In the Bandit division Jean Marc Larose and 3 time winner Stuart Mossow led the field to the green flag with Larose jumping out to the early lead. Larose joined the season late in 2012 and had some great runs and was determined to get his first ever MIR feature win. But Mathieu Aubin had other ideas, after starting 6th he made his way to 2nd. With 4 laps to go Aubin made his move off turn 4 taking the lead away and running on to his 4th win in a row and 6th of the season over Larose, Stuart Mossow, Corey Castell and Darryl Mitchell.
Next week Crown Appeal will be on hand for round 3 of the 97.3 CKON FM TUSA Mod Lite Series along with a full show for Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock and Bandit. The green flag drops at our brand new starting time at 7:30 pm.
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 located at the track, and the phone number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.
Modified (25 laps)
CHRIS RAABE, Brian McDonald, Billy Dunn, Danny O?Brien, Laurent Ladouceur, Roy Tarbell, Carey Terrance, Dale Planck, Matt Billings, Tim O?Brien, Tom Conklin, Gage Morin, Shane Pecore, Lance Willix II, Tom Jock Jr., David Papineau, Harvey Arquette Jr., Delbert Legrow, Casey Swamp
Sportsman (20 laps)
DANA AIKENS, Jessica Power, Dylan Evoy, Louie Jackson Jr., Wyatt Mullin, Adam Rozon, Mike Arquiett, Rick Miller, Ricky Thompson, Nolan Swamp, Brent Kelsey, Jenna David, Brian Copp, Billy Cook, Thunder Anderson Jr., Devin Caron, Thomas Cook, Andrew Fish, Mike Stacey, Josh Brockway, Dan Jalbert, Josh VanBrocklin
Bailey Motor Company Pro Stock Series Final Round (35 laps)
JOEY LADOUCEUR, PJ Peters, George Renaud, Stephane Lebrun, Ryan Stabler, Marc Lalonde, Jody Swamp, Dion Oakes, Roch Aubin, Chris Tremblay, Dan Desnoyers, Preston Mossow, Louie Jackson, (DNS) Allen Peters
Mod Lite( 15 laps)
BRYAN GREEN, Mathieu Robinson, Sylvain Laframboise, Brad Reif, Scott Waldorff, Harley Brown, Dan Reif, Matt Chontosh, (DNS) Tim Reif
Bandit (12 laps)
MATHIEU AUBIN, Jean Marc Larose, Stuart Mossow, Corey Castell, Darryl Mitchell, Mike Gaucher, Matt Zira, Danny Lefebvre, Scott McGill, Darryl Mainville, Gary Sharlow, Billy Laplant