LONG SAULT — It would take more than a simple snowstorm to keep Cornwall Motor Speedway racers away from this year’s Stock Car Awards Banquet and Dinner, held on Saturday.
More than 200 avid racing enthusiasts gathered at the South Stormont Community Hall, where this season’s top racers received trophies and praised from motor speedway officials.
Top rookies for the 2019 season included James Clarke, Domenick Merkley and Tristan Draper.
“After a successful career in the Sportsman rank, he (Draper) called Cornwall home in the Loud and Dirty Modifieds last season,” said Martin Belanger “He was able to get three top-15 finishes during the summer, including a solid sixth-place outing on July 7.”
Winners of the CJ’s Auto Weekend Warriors Mini-Stock Series included Alexis Charbonneau, Justin Jodoin and Yannick Potvin, whereas Clarke, Marc Dagenais and Jodoin won the Tracy Wheeler Assist2sell Mini-Stock division.
“Several new faces joined the class in 2019, making the events even more competitive and bringing some great action for the fans on a weekly basis,” said Belanger, of the Mini-Stock division. “In the end, it was a good mix of veterans and rookies that composed the top three.”
Stephane Lebrun was crowned champion of the RSI Industrial Supply Pro Stock Heat, with Dave Bissonette finishing second and Marc Lalonde finishing third.
The JLB Heating Weekend Warriors Pro-Stock Series saw CD Beauchamp finish on top, followed by Rock Aubin and Lebrun. Lebrun was also crowned champion of the Alexandria Home Hardware Pro Stock division.
“A veteran of the Pro Stock ranks who sits ninth on the all-time DirtCar win list with 51 checkered flags, this now two-time Cornwall Speedway track champion started the season off the way all drivers want to, by winning,” said Belanger, of Lebrun.
Dave Seguin finished second, followed by Lalonde, Bissonette and Eric Jean Louis.
Top three finishers in the RSI Industrial Supply Sportsman Heat included champion Shane Pecore, Ryan Stabler and Moise Page. Pecore was also named champion of the Race for the Cure Sportsman Series, followed by Jonathan Ferguson, Page, Ryan Stabler and Kurtis Cayer.
“One of the great addition to the speedway four years ago, the Race for the Cure series has had great results not only on the speedway, but also providing some support to families in need,” said Belanger.
Pecore wasn’t done receiving awards however, as he also snagged the top place in the Next Level Home Improvement Sportsman division, ahead of Stabler, Page, Ferguson and Brianna Ladouceur.
Carey Terrance was crowned champion of the Doiron Engineering Cup Modified Heat. Corey Wheeler received the second place, followed by Luke Whitteker.
Steven Bernier received the champion’s trophy for the Fat Les Chip Stand Canadian Nationals Modified Series, followed by Whitteker and Chris Raabe.
Wheeler was named champion of the Loud and Dirty Modified division, followed by Kyle Dingwall, Mario Clair and Brian McDonald.
This year’s recipient of the Ron Morin Award, bestowed on an individual who brings support to the racing community, was Ron Aubin.
Stephane Lafrance on the other hand, received the Mitch Jock Award.