Super DIRTcar Big-Blocks Kick Off Cornwall’s DIRTcar Weekend Blast

• June 24, 2013 • Comments (0)

Four DIRTcar series invade Ontario for June 30 and July 1 Canada Day special

CORNWALL, Ont. – June 21, 2013 – The Super DIRTcar Series is gearing up to headline the four-division Canada Day DIRTcar Weekend Blast on Sunday, June 30, and Monday, July 1, at Cornwall Motor Speedway.

The premier Big-Block Modified series opens the action at the high-banked quarter-mile on June 30followed on July 1 by the DIRTcar 358-ModifiedsDIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and DIRTcar Pro Stock series.

Last year’s Super DIRTcar Series winner at Cornwall, Chris Raabe, made his way to his first Super DIRTcar Series Victory Lane behind the wheel of a small block. This year, he anticipates such a competitive field of drivers that it may be tough for many racers just to qualify for the redraw.

“Last year the big names were lucky enough to get in the redraw. For these races, half the battle is getting a decent starting spot,” said Raabe, who as a 358-Modified Rookie in 2011 won a track championship at Mohawk International Raceway. “There are so many good guys, it’s hard to come to the field these days. Last year we were lucky to get a good starting spot, and we had a pretty balanced race car, so we were able to stay up front the whole race.”

Raabe, of Napanee, Ontario, made the last year’s redraw after a third-place finish in qualifying heats, drawing the third starting spot, passing Danny Johnson and Bobby Herrington for the lead and fending off late-race challenges from Mario Clair.

“It was pretty big for us last year. It’s always exciting to win when all the big guys are there,” Raabe said. “A lot of these guys – Brett Hearn, and a lot of those other guys – I look up to them a lot, and it’s fun to race with them.”

Although Cornwall does not race Big-Block Modifieds regularly, Raabe said the local 358-Modified racers are ready to, once again, put up a strong fight against the series regulars.

“There’s certainly a disadvantage with the small block, especially early on. The Big-Blocks are well over a half-second quicker in time trials than small blocks at Cornwall,” Raabe said. “It’s pretty difficult to get in the show with a small block, but as the night goes on, the small blocks and the Big-Blocks more or less evens out.”

Like last year, Raabe will be running Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series 100-lapper. Unlike last year, Raabe’s team faces the challenge of returning to the track the very next night for Monday’s DIRTcar 358-Modified Series.

Joining the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Monday will be the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.

A rookie this year in the Sportsman Modified division, Joey Ladouceur has already logged countless laps atCornwall Motor Speedway in a Pro Stock, and is ready to challenge Cornwall Sportsman Modified standouts Chris Herbison, Corey Wheeler, and others.

“I’m shooting for the top 5, that would be good for me, but with the amount of experience and wins I have atCornwall in Pro Stock, maybe that’s enough to shake one out,” Ladouceur said.

Ladouceur has only had one chance to run in the Sportsman Modified at Cornwall, finishing fourth. With a third-place finish in the Sportsman Modified Series at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, he has demonstrated his ability to compete with the best in the division.

“It wasn’t as drastic of a difference as I thought,” Ladouceur reflected on his first Sportsman race atCornwall. “The handling of the cars is different. But with the characteristics of that track – it’s such a small track and the grooves are very distinct, so we were able to pick up the line pretty good. Obviously, I still have to get used to the type of car, so that’s why there’s still a little speed left to be had, but we’re definitely competitive right out of the box.”

For more information about the Canada Day DIRTcar Weekend Blast at Cornwall Motor Speedway, visit the track website at www.cornwallspeedway.com or call (613) 938-3945. For the latest news and updates about the Super DIRTcar Series and other DIRTcar Northeast traveling series, follow @DIRTcarNE on Twitter or “like” the DIRTcar Racing Facebook page.

AT A GLANCE

Evans Bus Lines Super DIRTcar Series 100-lap Big Block Modified Event

DATE: Sunday, June 30

GATES OPEN: Competitor pits at 3:30 p.m.; grandstand gates at 4:30 p.m.

RACING STARTS: 7 p.m.

DIVISIONS: Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds plus Sportsman, Pro Stock, Semi Pro, and Mini Stock

WHERE: Cornwall Motor Speedway, Civic #16981, Cornwall Centre Rd., Long Sault, Ontario

DIRTcar 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified, and Pro Stock Series

DATE: Monday, July 1

GATES OPEN: Competitor pits at 1 p.m.; grandstand gates at 2 p.m.

RACING STARTS: 5 p.m.

DIVISIONS: DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, DIRTcar Pro Stock Series

WHERE: Cornwall Motor Speedway, Civic #16981, Cornwall Centre Rd., Long Sault, Ontario

ABOUT THE TRACK: 1/4-mile high-banked clay oval

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.cornwallspeedway.com or (613) 938-3945

FOLLOW US:

Cornwall Motor Speedway – Facebook: “Cornwall Motor Speedway”; Twitter: @CornwalSpeedway

Super DIRTcar Series – Facebook: “DIRTcar Racing”; Twitter: @SuperDIRTcar

DIRTcar 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified, and Pro Stock Series – Facebook: “DIRTcar Racing”; Twitter:@DIRTcarNE

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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Category: 358 Modifieds, Big Block Modifieds, DIRTcar NE Series, Sportsman, Sportsman Modifieds

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