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Steve Bernard wins in great fashion the DIRTcar 358-Modified event at Cornwall Motor Speedway

Fourth-place finish for Mat Williamson launches him to Series point lead



Cornwall, Ontario – Sunday, September 1st, 2013 – Martin Bélanger, Cornwall Motor Speedway Public Relations- Cornwall Motor Speedway was the host of the fourth race of the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series with the Jiffy Auto Services 125 in conjunction with the final round of the Gaetan’s Chip Stand Canadian Nationals Sunday, Sept. 1.

The final round Gaetan`s Chip Stand Canadian Nationals/DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, saw Chris Raabe took the initial lead in the 125-lap event as Stephane Lafrance quickly jumped to second. Caution came out on lap 3 as Mike Bowman had a fire in the back of his car.

On the following green, Lafrance grabbed the lead as the yellow lights came back on lap 9 with a 3-car tangle causing the caution. Lafrance lead the way over Raabe and Kayle Robidoux running in third. The yellow flag was back on the speedway on lap 18 as Joel Doiron slowed on the backstretch.

Lafrance stayed at the top with 25 laps down as Steve Bernard, now in third, passed Robidoux. Ledoux slowed the field down on the next lap. Bernard was on the move as he got Raabe and was chasing the leader Lafrance with 36 laps in the books.

Bernard build himself a sizeable lead as the race got momentum, Lafrance and Robidoux trying to get closer to the leader as they got into heavy traffic. A lap 55 caution occurred for Brandon Sweet and Justin Lalancette who got together on the front stretch.

Bernard rocketed to the lead on lap 60 with Matt Williamson making his way to fourth. Williamson continued his way up grabbing third on lap 70 while Bernard was comfortable in front. The mandatory caution occurred on lap 75 as the car stopped on the front stretch for a 10-minute pit stop.

The green was back after the break with Bernard in the lead, as the top 3 remained the same. The leaders got into heavy traffic on lap 85 as Lafrance was now close to Bernard but the leader was able to build a little distance with 30 laps to go. Dingwall got out of the speedway on lap 96 and the yellow was out.

On the following green, David Hebert found something running up to fourth as caution was out on lap 100. Looking for track championship and also the Canadian Nationals title, Mario Clair stopped on the front stretch and was sent to the pits. Only 1 lap was completed as championship contender Chris Raabe stopped in turn 4 opening the chances to others for the titles.

While Bernard was alone in front, Lafrance, Williamson and Hebert had a good battle for the other top 4 positions. Hebert got Williamson with 4 laps to go for third spot. Bernard led the final laps to capture the win over Lafrance and Hébert.

Bernard was smiling in the winner`s circle: “my friend were teasing me because I was mad last night not winning at Drummondville, but winning here tonight is very special!” Longtime supporter of big events at Cornwall, Bernard also noted this for his win: ”We have been coming here for so long and finally being able to win a big one is something I will remember for a long time!”

The Series will remain in Canada as round five will be held at Autodrome Drummond next Friday evening as the Modifieds will have a 75-lap event part of a busy month of September for this division.

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #4-Cornwall Motor Speedway, September 1st, 2013 Jiffy Auto Services 125 Event Summary


Feature Results:

Steve Bernard, Stephane Lafrance, David Hebert, Mat Williamson, Erick Rudolph, Alain Boisvert, Brandon Easey, Joel Doiron, Yan Bussiere, Danny O’Brien, Tim O’Brien, Kayle Robidoux, Carey Terrance, Brian McDonald, Kyle Dingwall, Ryan Arbuthnot, Laurent Ladouceur, Jeff Sykes, Gabriel Richer, Roy Delormier, Gilles Godard, Yannick Ledoux, David Papineau, Chris Raabe, Justin Lalancette, Mario Clair, Zach Aubertine, Roger Levesque, Chad Chevalier, Mike Bowman



Raabe (1-7)

Lafrance (8-37)

Bernard (38-125)


Heat Races (8 laps, top 2 went to redraw, top 4 qualify)

H1: T.Obrien, Clair, McDonald, Godard, Richer, Doiron, Easey, Levesque

H2: Raabe, Robidoux, Hebert, Bussiere, Lalancette, Langlois, Wilson, Chicoine (DNS)

H3: Lafrance, Rudolph, D.O’Brien, Terrance, Ladouceur, Bowman, Lepage, Chevalier

H4: Boisvert, Bernard, Aubertine, Papineau, Arbuthnot, Sweet, Therrien, Bilodeau

H5: Williamson, Ledoux, Dingwall, Sykes, Dagenais, Hamel, Delormier, Stacey, Gauthier

Cornwall Motor Speedway DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Race #4 Roster (41)

01 Chris Raabe – Napanee, Ontario

1H David Hebert – St-Damase, Quebec

03 Zach Aubertine – Chaumont, N. Y.

4J Jeff Sykes – Edwards, N. Y.

06 Brandon Easey – St. Catharines, Ontario

6 Mat Williamson – St. Catharines, Ontario

10R Gabriel Richer – Les Coteaux, Quebec

12 Chad Chevalier – Port Colborne, Ontario

12L Yanick Ledoux – Granby, Quebec

13 Kevin Hamel – Yamaska, Quebec

15 Kyle Wilson – Joyceville, Ontario

17 Marc Therrien – Williamstown, Ontario

17d Danny O’Brien – Iverary, Ontario

21 Yan Bussiere – Drummondville, Quebec

22c Mario Clair – Drummondville, Quebec

22D Roy Delormier – Cornwall, Ontario

23 Laurent Ladouceur – Alexandria, Ontario

23b Dany Bilodeau – Victoriaville, Quebec

24b Roger Levesque – Kingston, Ontario

24 Brandon Sweet – LaFargeville, NY

25 Erick Rudolph – Ransomville, N. Y.

27 Gilles Godard – Summerstown, Ontario

27T Travis Stacey – Kahnawake, Quebec

31 Suzie Langlois – Yamaska, Quebec

40 Joel Doiron – Alexandria, Ontario

46 Kayle Robidoux- St. Constant, Quebec

54 Steve Bernard – Granby, Quebec

66 Kyle Dingwall – South Dundas, Ontario

66x Carey Terrance – Hogansburg, N. Y.

R70 Ryan Arbuthnot – Renfrew, Ontario

71 Mike Bowman – St. Catharines, Ontario

73 Alain Boisvert – Lachine, Quebec

88 Tim O’Brien – Kingston, Ontario

97 Michel Chicoine – Ste-Cecile De Milton, Quebec

98L Justin Lalancette – St. Andrews, Ontario

99 Bruno Lepage – Maple Grove, Quebec

115 Shephane LaFrance – St. Albert, Ontario

124 Pierre Dagenais – Gatineau, Quebec

151 Brian McDonald – Cornwall, Ontario

172 Andre Gauthier – Granby, Quebec

188 David Papineau – Akwesasne, Ontario

2013 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule


Mon. May 20, Merrittville Speedway, Thorold, Ont. – Matt Sheppard

Mon. July 1st, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. – Matt Sheppard

Wed. July 3, Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, N. Y. – Chad Brachmann

Sun. Sept. 1, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, Ont. – Steve Bernard

Fri. Sept. 6, Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville, Que. – 75 laps

Fri. Sept. 13, Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, N. Y. – 100 laps

Fri. Sept. 20, Le RPM Speedway, St-Marcel De Richelieu, Que. – 100 laps

Sat. Sept. 21, Brighton Speedway, Brighton, Ont. – 100 laps

Wed. Oct. 9, Cayuga County Fair Speedway, Weedsport, N. Y. – 75 laps

Thurs. Oct. 10, Rolling Wheels Raceway, Elbridge, N. Y. – 75 laps

Sat. Oct. 12, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, N. Y. – 150 laps

Sat. Oct. 19, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, Ont. – 100 laps

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, and Safety-Kleen. Contingency partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio, Contingency sponsors are ASI, 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 and Wrisco Industries.

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