The Cornwall Motor Speedway held his 2013 Banquet of champion at the beautiful South Stormont Community Hall this past Saturday, April 5 as a room full of guests gathered to celebrate and rememorize last year’s events. The night had also a special feel as honored promoter Ron Morin’s retirement after 33 years as the speedway owner.
Mario Clair left the banquet with hands full of new and shiny trophies. Clair had a stellar year at Cornwall in 2013, winning his first Jiffy Auto Service Modified Championship and also capturing the Doiron Engineering Cup Heat Championship. Stephane Lafrance had a great season finishing second to Clair in the points title and also second in the Canadian Nationals Series behind Brian McDonald who also finished fifth in the points race. Another year and another third place for Chris Raabe along with a strong second in the Doiron Cup. Kayle Robidoux was also a good contender all year long as he finished fourth in the points chase and rounding out the top 3 in the heats championship. Steve Bernard was also recognized as he finished third in the Canadian Nationals. Gilles Godard was named the Rookie of the year.
In the Alexandria Home Hardware Pro Stock division, Dave Bissonnette won over Rock Aubin, Jocelyn Roy, George Renaud, Ghislain Valade and CD Beauchamp. Stephane Lebrun won the Mohawk Race Parts Series in front of Aubin, Roy and Stephane Lemire. Bissonnette also won the new heat championship sponsored by RSI Industrial Supply in front of Renaud and Roy.
Joey Ladouceur made a splash in his first year in the Tracy Wheeler Storm Realty Sportsman division by winning the championship over Corey Wheeler, Chris Herbison, Mitch Primeau, Jessica Power and Louie Jackson JR. Mathieu Desjardins won the Seaway GM & Performance Sportsman Series over Shane Pecore and Martin Pelletier.
Steve Billings, was named the 2013 champion in the Evans Bus Lines Semi-Pro division winning this title after running in the Sportsman class for several seasons. Kevin Fetterly jr and Derek Cryderman rounded out the top 3.
In the Mini Stock Division, Mike Gaucher won the title by a close margin in front of Danny Lefebvre and Justin Desrosiers.
The Baxtrom`s Independant Grocer Rookie of the award went to Gilles Godard in the Modifieds, Joey Ladouceur in the Sportsman, Eli Gilbert in the Pro-Stock, Anthony Perron in the Semi-Pro and Marc Reggentin in the Mini-Stock.
The Mitch Jock Memorial Merit Award went to the Plantagenet High School for the program led by Pro-Stock runner Marc Lalonde in which student are involved in every part of a race team but have also kept several teenagers in school over the course of the last nine year of the program.
Lalonde was also the first recipient of the Ron Morin Sportsmanship Award for his respect with other race teams and drivers along with being courteous with officials even when arguing a decision. He is also a self appointed ambassador for the speedway and the racing community.
This event ended the celebration of 2013, it was also the end of the 33-year reign of Ron Morin as the Cornwall Motor Speedway promoter. Morin received several gifts including a nice toolbox courtesy of Benson Auto Parts.
New promoter Graham Gorman talked to the guest about the upcoming season as it will be a transition for everyone as the Lavergne family, new owners of the speedway will be in a learning curve.
We are now looking forward to the Sunday, May 18th opening night with the first series race of the Gaetan Chip Stand Modified Canadian Nationals, a 100-lap event also counting toward the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The first race of the Mohawk Race Parts Pro-Stock series will also be on hand with a 40-lap feature. The Sportsman, Semi-Pro and Mini-Stock, are also on the card for that great night of racing.
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