CORNWALL, ONTARIO – Cornwall Motor Speedway is rounding out its 2013 season Sunday, Sept. 1, with a special finale featuring the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. Sunday’s Jiffy Auto Service Triple Crown Finals for the Canadian Nationals Gaetan’s Chip Stand Series features a special 125-lap, $5,000-to-win race for the best small-block competitors in the region.
The third and final Canadian Nationals event could be a decisive victory for drivers vying for track and series points. Chris Raabe, the Napanee, Ontario, driver of the 01, is second in track points to Mario Clair, trailing by just 26 points. On the other hand, a win for Clair could propel him forward in DIRTcar 358-Modified Series points, where he currently sits sixth, after Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson, Danny Johnson, Erick Rudolph, and Carey Terrance.
“We’re in the middle of a championship battle with Mario Clair,” said Raabe, who proved in last year’s Super DIRTcar Series victory at Cornwall that he has what it takes to take on the big dogs. “He has a significant advantage right now going into Sunday’s race, but we’re hoping for a decent finish and we’re looking forward to a chance to compete with the guys in the series.”
In addition to the usual DIRTcar 358-Modified Series rules, this finale for Cornwall’s Canadian Nationals features a mandatory on-track pit stop.
“It gives teams a chance to adjust the cars,” said Raabe who, like many other racers, likes to take advantage of the opportunity to work on the car midway through the race. “it’s certainly going to add an extra twist and it’s going to be cool for the fans as well. They’ll get to see the drivers working down there on the front stretch.”
Fans at Cornwall will get a glimpse into teams’s pit strategy as they watch them fuel up and make necessary tire changes right on the quarter-mile’s front-stretch.
Joining the DIRTcar 358-Moidfied Series in Cornwall’s finale are full shows for Pro Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Semi-Pros and Mini Stocks. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. For more information about Sunday’s races at Cornwall Motor Speedway, visit www.cornwallspeedway.com or call (613) 938-3945.
AT A GLANCE
DIRTcar 358-Modified Triple Crown Canadian Nationals 125
DATE: Sunday, September 1
PIT GATE OPENS: 2:30 p.m.
MAIN GATE OPENS: 4 p.m.
RACING STARTS: 6 p.m.
DIVISIONS: DIRTcar 358-Moidfied Series, Pro Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Semi-Pros and Mini Stocks.
WHERE: Cornwall Motor Speedway, Civic #16981, Cornwall Centre Rd., Long Sault, Ontario
ABOUT THE TRACK: Quarter-mile high banked oval
The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region are brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Beyea Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Performance, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, Superflow, TNT Rescue, and Wrisco Industries.