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1000 Islands Report: The Spring Thaw

1000 Islands Report: The Spring Thaw

By Craig Revelle – March 25, 2013 - What a difference a year makes.  Just one year ago, we were all jacked up for racing season, warm temperatures and not a sign of snow on the ground.  This year, we are under snow, and the last major snowstorm of the year is hopefully behind us.  Although racing season for some is less than a week away, it just doesn’t feel like it when you step outside.  Nonetheless, hopefully all tracks will open on time, and the warm weather will soon be here.

A sure sign of racing season is the annual car shows.  It was the Gater Racing News show a couple weeks ago, and this past week is the annual Frontenac Mall car show in Kingston.  I love seeing the new cars, and catching up with everyone from the racing community.  Although the racing season doesn’t start up here for several weeks, many teams enjoy showing off their hard work at these events.  Just one more car show remains, as Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park hosts their annual racecar exhibit at the Salmon Run Mall in Watertown, New York beginning Sunday, March 31st and will last throughout the week.

The next order of business is the annual banquets to close out 2012.  Brockville Speedway will honor their 2012 top finishers on Saturday night, with Cornwall Speedway hosting their awards banquet on Saturday, April 6th and Mohawk International Raceway honors their champions on Saturday, April 13th.

Tentatively, my first race of 2013 will be at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, depending on the weather.  They open on April 5th and 6th with a Sportsman event on the Friday night, and the annual Jan Corcoran Memorial Race on the Saturday night.  If the weather does not co-operate I will be at the Cornwall Speedway awards banquet on that Saturday night.

Another big event that I am looking forward to is the 2nd annual Brockville Speedway Fan Fair.  It will be held at Walmart in Brockville on Saturday, April 13th from 10am to 1pm.  This will start off a very busy day, as Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park also opens that day for practice, and Mohawk Raceway Awards banquet that night.  Can Am also has practice the following day, leading up to their 2013 season opener on Friday, April 19th.

Fulton Speedway also opens up on April 13th with their Methanol Meltdown event.  Brewerton Speedway opens on Friday, April 19th as well.  Evans Mills Speedway opens for the 2013 season on Saturday, April 20th.  Brighton Speedway opens up on Saturday, May 4th, and Brockville Speedway opens for practice on May 4th as well, and will kick off their season on May 11th.  Mohawk Raceway opens on May 17th and Cornwall Speedway will open with a 100 lap Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified/Canadian National Series event on Sunday, May 19th.

It wont be much longer now, and we will be back at the track on a regular basis, doing what we love to do.  Even with a little snow on the ground, I for one cant wait to see what the 2013 has in store.

As always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com. You can also visit me online at www.finishlinewebdesign.ca, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crevelle, and on twitter at www.twitter.com/finishlineweb17.

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1000 Islands Report: News From Speedweeks

1000 Islands Report: News From Speedweeks

By Craig Revelle – February 24, 2013 - Here we are at the end of February, another season of racing is fast approaching.  To many area race team’s, the countdown to the new season begins with the Daytona 500, which gets people back in the racing groove, and puts them in hurry up mode to get their own cars completed for the coming season.  I will have more on the Daytona 500 and the races at Daytona a little further down in this column.

My allegiance is with dirt track racing, and our Dirt Northeast style Modifieds.  They were on hand in Florida at Volusia Motorsports Park this past week with four action packed nights of racing.  A strong field of 38 cars were on hand this year.  Danny Johnson got the best of long time rival Brett Hearn, and went on to win the first feature event of the week for the Big Block Modifieds.  Mario Clair finished in third, with Australian racer Peter Britten in fourth and Jimmy Horton completing the top five.  Thursday night’s battle at Volusia was won by Stewart Friesen from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada.  Justin Haers finished with a strong second place finish ahead of Peter Britten, Matt Sheppard and Danny Johnson.  It was a surprise winner on Friday night as Rich Laubach of Quakertown, Pennsylvania took home the win over Danny Johnson, Peter Britten, H.J. Bunting and Stewart Friesen.  Saturday night’s winner was the legendary Brett Hearn taking the 50 lap main event over Mario Clair, Justin Haers, Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard.  Johnson was the overall Big Block Modified champion, by 12 points over Friesen.  Peter Britten, Justin Haers and Rick Laubach were the top five overall for the four nights of racing.

There was plenty of other racing events held on area short tracks in Florida over the past couple weeks.  World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and Late Models, Lucas Oil Late Models, 360 Sprint cars and much more shared the spotlight.  Tim McCreadie of Watertown, New York was a winner at Volusia earlier in the week in his Late Model and had several other strong performances to start the year.  Steve Poirier and Michel Parent, both from Quebec finished 1st and 2nd in the same event at East Bay Speedway near Tampa, Florida as well.

At the beginning of the week, there were some exciting short track events covered live on SPEED TV.  They had the UNOH (University of Northern Ohio) Battle at the Beach, where they turned the backstretch and part of the infield into a short track for a few days early last week.  They had the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, NASCAR Whelen Modifieds and the K&N Pro Series in action.  All three main events produced caution filled races, but most people will remember the controversial finishes of all three events.  Kyle Larson, arguably the most talented up and coming star in this sport made an aggressive move to bump the leader C.E. Falk in the final corner of the final lap, and when the bump wasn’t quite enough to get the win, he pushed a little further and spun out Falk coming to the checkered flag.  Larson, of course went on to take the win, but the after effects had the social media world talking for the next 24 hours.  The next night had plenty of controversy again, as former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Steve Park used the front bumper to move multi-time Whelen Modified champion Mike Stefanik out of the way on the final lap to score the $20000 top prize and the prestige of winning at a place like Daytona, Park was also getting the bumper from the third place car at the same time, which ultimately caused the chain reaction spin of the race leader.  Cameron Haley of Calgary, Alberta won the final event of the Battle at the Beach, taking the checkered flag in the K&N Pro Series after becoming a benefactor of a bump and run gone bad by 15 year old racing phenomenon Gray Gaulding.  The racing on the makeshift track was tough, there were plenty of fireworks with the controversial finishes, and in my opinion, it couldn’t have gone any better for NASCAR.

Speaking of NASCAR, there has been so much hype behind Danica Patrick leading up to the Daytona 500.  That hype was ramped up into ridiculous proportions after she won the pole position for the Great America Race.  As a true race fan, that really loves the sport, gender shouldn’t even be an issue when a team owner is selecting a driver for their car.  It should be about getting the best available driver to help your team win.  NASCAR is….or used to be for the most elite of drivers, much like other sports.    I would welcome any female racer to step up and challenge to be a star in this sport, but I would hope they would do so by earning the spot coming up through the ranks.  Today, making NASCAR means you brought the most money to the table, and because of that I have a hard time accepting Danica as a racecar driver.  She is extremely marketable, with the deep pockets of GoDaddy.com along for the ride, among others, and has landed in a premier NASCAR ride with Stewart-Haas Racing.  She had a top ten finish at Daytona, but lets see how well she does when they tackle other tracks that require more skill.  By the way, it was Jimmie Johnson picking up the Daytona 500 win over Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman.

Saturday’s Nationwide Series race was won by Tony Stewart, but a wild finish at the end overshadowed the final results.  Kyle Larson’s car got airborne during a big crash coming to the checkered flag and the front end of the car was completely sheared off upon impact with the catch fence, sending debris, including a tire and the motor through the fence and into the grandstand area.  It was reported that 28 people were injured, with 14 of those being transported to area hospitals.  There were a couple of serious injuries that occurred, but both have since been upgraded to stable condition.  That was a disaster that could have been a whole lot worse.  I have never been a big fan of racing at these big tracks with restrictor plates slowing the cars down and keeping them in big groups, and its certainly not much fun for the drivers to be a part of the big wrecks.  It was very unfortunate that the fans were involved, and NASCAR can be thankful that the situation didn’t end up worse than it was.

Much like other columns over this off-season, I have to end it with sad news.  Ryan Baye, a former Sportsman and Modified competitor, lost his life in a tragic snowmobile accident over the weekend.  Baye was married to the daughter of Future DIRTcar Hall of Fame racer Alan Johnson, and had two young boys, aged four and six.  I send my deepest condolences to Ryan’s family and friends.  He was just 34 years old.

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1000 Islands Report: Winter Race Season Is Upon Us

1000 Islands Report: Winter Race Season Is Upon Us

By Craig Revelle – February 10, 2013 - After digging out from the latest snowstorm and hopefully the last one of the winter, the 2013 racing season still feels like it is a long ways away, but with the calendar showing mid February local race teams are working hard in their race shop getting ready for a new season.  For some, that season will start later this month as a few DIRTcar teams will flock south to Florida for the annual UNOH (University of Northern Ohio) DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia County Speedway.  Other teams are getting ready for other events, such as car shows that take place in just a few weeks time before the season gets underway.

My first pre-season car show took place this past weekend at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto.  I always look forward to this event, and was fortunate enough to take part in a media conference with NASCAR driver and car owner Michael Waltrip.  It was nice to see some racecars, and visit with some racing friends, and certainly makes me even more anxious for the start of a new season.  Meeting Mr. Waltrip was a highlight of the weekend, and was very candid in describing his newfound love for our Tim Horton’s Restaurants.  He also discussed his views on his team’s chances in 2013 and the excellent season that his drivers Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex had in 2012.  The CME is a great event, and a must see for any race fan to break up the racing withdrawals of the winter months.

There are a few other pre-season events that I am looking forward too.  The annual Gater Racing News Motorsports Expo will take place on March 9th and 10th at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.  Finish Line Web Design will have a booth setup once again this year, and will have a car on display.  Who that will be has yet to be determined.  The Frontenac Mall car show in Kingston will take place March 21st to March 23rd as well.  The 2nd annual Brockville Speedway Fan Fair will take place on April 13th at Walmart in Brockville.  The Texas Tuxedos band will be playing, and a charity BBQ will also take place in addition to the car show/autograph session of the 2012 Brockville Speedway Modified and Sportsman top five drivers.

Before we get into the 2013 season, all local tracks will honor their champions and top finishers at the 2012 awards banquets.  Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park will have their banquet on March 16th.  Brockville Speedway banquet is tentatively set for March 30th, while Cornwall Speedway will host their annual banquet on April 6th.  Mohawk Raceway Banquet date has not been announced as of yet.

When the new season does get underway, there are several marquee events that are circled on my calendar.  Cornwall Speedway has the World of Outlaw Late Models on Sunday, June 23rd, and the World of Outlaw Sprints taking center stage at Cornwall on Sunday, July 28th.  Cornwall has not yet released their full 2013 schedule, but the three-race Canadian Nationals Series is expected to return bigger and better then ever.  I am also looking forward to the second annual St. Lawrence Seaway Sportsman Series, which will have one race each at Cornwall, Brockville, Mohawk, Autodrome Granby and Autodrome Drummond.

Brockville Speedway will host their own three-race series for both the 358 Modifieds and Sportsman cars with series sponsorship from Ogilvie’s Auto & Fleet Service.  The 4-cylinder Rookie division will also have a two race series of their own. The annual 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals is also planned for October 18th to 20th.  Brockville will be bringing in a Novice Sportsman division in 2013 with the anticipated increase in cars for this class in this year.

Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park also has some huge events planned in 2013, as they headline their weekly shows with the Sportsman division.  They will compete for a weekly prize of $750 to win, and will have several $1000 to win events, and a few $2000 to win shows and will end the season with a $2500 to win race on September 6th and a $3000 to win Sportsman race on September 13th.  The Street Stocks, Late Models and Thunder Cars will also race weekly at Can Am, as well as their own Novice Sportsman division for new Sportsman teams.

Mohawk International Raceway has not released their full schedule yet, but the Frenchie’s 358 Modified and Sportsman series events are expected to return in 2013.  Mohawk will close out their 2013 with the annual Mohawk Nationals on September 13th and 14th featuring all four major DIRTcar Series races.

Other races that I look forward to this season include the Applefest Weekend at Brighton Speedway in September, the Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway in October, Super DIRT Week in Syracuse in October, and the first ever Asphalt Assault at Evans Mills Speedway for the Empire Super Sprints in June, as they race on a paved track for the first time in the 30 year history of the club.

It may still be cold outside, and the snow is knee deep, but the 2013 racing season will be underway before long, and I can’t wait to get back to the regular summer routine of racing four nights a week or more.

As always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com. You can also visit me online at www.finishlinewebdesign.ca, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crevelle, and on twitter at www.twitter.com/finishlineweb17.

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1000 Islands Report: Exciting Times Ahead

1000 Islands Report: Exciting Times Ahead

By Craig Revelle – January 13, 2013

Now that we are into the new year, everyone is anxious to get going with plans for the 2013 season. There are a lot of exciting things to look forward to at all my local tracks. None of the area track’s have released their schedule as of yet, but some have put out hints of what we will see once the new season gets underway.

Cornwall Speedway has an exciting schedule in store with the return of the World of Outlaw Late Models on Sunday, June 23rd, and the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars on Sunday, July 28th. It is expected that Cornwall will once again host Mr. DIRTcar series events for the Big Blocks, 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks once again, as well as the three Canadian National Series events that we have seen in recent years.

Brockville Speedway has released some of their 2013 schedule, which will feature a new three race series of their own for the 358 Modifieds and Sportsman, as well as a two race series for the Rookie division. The 358 Modified series will have 50 lap features on Saturday, July 6th, Saturday August 10th and Saturday, August 31st. The Sportsman three race series will do battle on the same dates. The Rookie series will battle on June 15th and August 3rd.

Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park has not announced their plans for the upcoming season as of yet, but a switch from Saturday night back to Friday night will take place. I did attend the Hangover Enduro at Can Am this past Weekend with a field of 18 cars doing battle in twin 40 lap races. It was great to get back to the track, and a nice way to break up the winter with a little racing action.

Mohawk Raceway has been fairly quiet over the off-season. They had intentions to drop the Pro Stock class, but an overwhelming turnout of racers from that division changed the minds of track officials when they held a meeting late in 2012. Their schedule is not out yet, but more information should be out in the next couple months.

Evans Mills Speedway has also made a change in their program for 2013, dropping the collective “Open Wheel” class in favor of the more traditional Northeast Style Modified division. The class will be open for Big Block/358 Modified/Crate Sportsman with different weight classifications that can be found on the Evans Mills Website.

December was a tough month for the racing community with the loss of several people that have helped make what dirt racing in this area has become today. Just before Christmas, Stan Friesen passed away. Stan was the grandfather of Modified star Stewart Friesen and was a big part of Ransomville Speedway. Just days later DIRTcar Hall of Fame racer Doug Hoffman passed away on Christmas eve. Hoffman was a legend in Dirt Modified racing, winning hundreds of races throughout the Northeast. Milton Johnson, father of Danny and Alan Johnson, and great racer back in the day himself also passed away just after Christmas. The loss of these three guys will have a huge impact of the racing community and will be missed by everyone.

With the racing season still a few months away, the next thing we can look forward to is the start of the NASCAR season. I make no secret that I am not a fan of Daytona and restrictor plate racing in general. However, I am looking forward to seeing how the new style car will effect the racing, and will be following how well my favorite driver Matt Kenseth does making the transition from a Roush Racing Ford to a Joe Gibbs Toyota. My prediction is that he will repeat as champion the 500, and over the course of the season will provide some much needed leadership to the entire Joe Gibbs operation.

It wont be long now and we will be back racing. There are some Pennsylvania area tracks that open in March, and as we get into April, tracks in New York begin to open up. As usual, Brockville, Cornwall, and Mohawk will begin their season in May. In the meantime, I look forward to the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto on February 8th to 10th, the Gater News Motorsports Expo in Syracuse on March 9th and 10th and the annual Frontenac Mall Car Show in Kingston on March 21st to March 23rd. The car shows tend to get everyone ready for the upcoming season, as they mark the unofficial kickoff to the new racing season. Also, the banquets for all of my local tracks are coming up soon as well.

As always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com. You can also visit me online at www.finishlinewebdesign.ca , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crevelle, and on twitter at www.twitter.com/finishlineweb17.

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1000 Islands Report: 2013 News & Notes

1000 Islands Report: 2013 News & Notes

By Craig Revelle – December 9, 2012

Although the 2012 racing season is now just a memory, there are still plenty of off-season news and information trickling in from area racetracks. We will discuss that throughout this column, as well as the sudden surge in the Sportsman division that will have car counts on the rise when the green flag waves to start the 2013 racing season.

Lets start off with Cornwall Motor Speedway who just announced this past week that the World of Outlaw Late Models and World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will both be back on the schedule in 2013. The Late Models will return to Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 23rd and the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will hit the track on Sunday, July 28th. The Canadian Nationals Series will return for another season at Cornwall with dates on May 19th, August 4th and September 1st, and the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will take centre stage on Sunday, June 30th. Other dates will be announced after the new year.

The World of Outlaw Late Models will also visit the Rinaldi Family owned Brighton Speedway on Thursday, June 20th for their inaugural appearance. This will be an event unlike any other at Brighton Speedway and will certainly be on my schedule in 2013.

Chapman’s Can Am Motorsports Park is in the news lately as well, announcing their plan to return to Friday night racing next season. What divisions will be racing weekly has yet to be determined. The track will open on Sunday, January 6th for the 2013 Hangover Enduro featuring a pair of 40 lap events paying $500 to win each.

Brockville Speedway has announced their date for the annual 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals for 2013. It will take place on October 18th – 20th. They are currently working on their full schedule for the upcoming season, and may have some interesting changes in store in the New Year.

Throughout the years I have been a big proponent of the Sportsman division. The GM Crate Engine program may have some issues abroad, but since they have made that motor mandatory, the car counts have been on the rise. In 2013, the class will continue to have strong support with several new drivers coming into the division. Joey Ladouceur will move up from the Pro Stock division to Sportsman, Bill “Moon” Mulling will come out of racing retirement to compete with the newly formed Merpaw-Mullin Motorsports team. There are a couple graduates from the Brockville Karting that will move to Sportsman as well, plus several other racers from the area that will all be competing in this popular class.

This will be my last column for the 2012 season. I hope you have all enjoyed reading it, and I look forward to writing again in the New Year. Have a safe and Happy Holiday season and will see you in 2013.

As always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com. You can also visit me online at www.finishlinewebdesign.ca, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crevelle, and on twitter at www.twitter.com/finishlineweb17.

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1000 Islands Report: Parts Peddler Up Next

1000 Islands Report: Parts Peddler Up Next

By Craig Revelle – November 10, 2012 – The off-season is beginning to set in, as much as I don’t like to admit it. I had hopes of getting one last race in as Black Rock Speedway had their 2012 season finale this past Saturday but I was unable to attend. I will have more on the Black Rock race later in this column. There were was another key event taking place on the weekend as well, as DIRTcar honoured their champions and top finishers at their annual awards banquet.

While I haven’t been at a track since Brockville Speedway closed out their season a month ago, I have still been busy with websites, and getting ready for the 33rd annual Parts Peddler Trade Show and Auction this coming weekend. Although in marks the end of the season, it is also the start of a new season in many respects, as manufactures, and suppliers unveil their new equipment and showcase what they have to offer for the 2013 season.

For the first time, Finish Line Web Design will be part of the show that starts on Friday, November 16th and runs through Sunday November 18th. We will have Jessica Power’s DIRTcar Sportsman in our booth and Jessica and the Power team will be on hand throughout the weekend. We will be there to discuss website packages, hero cards, sponsorship proposals, and will also have t-shirts and decals available for purchase of many top drivers from the Brockville Speedway area. We will also be promoting our association with Arizona Sports Shirts. We will be offering a 10% discount on all of our services throughout the weekend, (excluding t-shirts).

The National Parts Peddler Trade Show will have plenty to offer for everyone in the racing community. If you are a driver, crewmember, work at a racetrack, involved with the technical side of this sport, or just a fan with an interest of learning more about these cars, attending this show is a must. The Parts Peddler show opens up on Friday at noon. A special Johnny Cash tribute concert will set the tone with Terry Lee Goffey giving the ultimate Johnny Cash performance beginning at 6:30pm. Friday night’s show will end at 9pm before opening back up at 10am on Saturday morning until 8pm and back on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. For more information on the Parts Peddler show, please visit their website, www.partspeddler.us. Admission prices for the show are $15.00 for one day, $25 for 2 days, or $30 for all three days.

As mentioned earlier, Black Rock Speedway held their final race of the 2012 season. DIRTcar points champion Matt Sheppard completed his great season by winning the $6000 to win 77 lap Empire Finale. Stewart Friesen finished second with Eldon Payne Jr., Tyler Siri and Alan Johnson rounding out the top five.

It was a big night for all the champions on Saturday as they attended the annual DIRTcar Awards Banquet. Big Block Modified Champion Matt Sheppard, 358 Modified Champion Dale Planck, Sportsman Champion Cody McPherson and Pro Stock Champion Joey Ladouceur were all recognized for their accomplishments along with other top finishers from each division.

For the rest of the off-season, this column will be done on a monthly basis. We thank everyone for reading. For everyone that is going to the Parts Peddler show this weekend, stop by the Finish Line Web Design booth. We will see you at the show.

I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: Slowly Winding Down

1000 Islands Report: Slowly Winding Down

By Craig Revelle – October 29, 2012 - There isn’t much racing news to report this week, as the off-season is beginning to set in for most race teams.  The Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series will head south for their final race of the 2012 season at the World Finals at the DIRT Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina this coming weekend.

Just a couple of tracks were in operation this past weekend, as Five Mile Point Speedway near Binghamton, New York hosted their season finale RoC event.  Danny Johnson was the race winner and series champion finishing ahead of Jimmy Phelps, Stewart Friesen, Rick Laubach and Pat Ward.  The other track that was in action was Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland, and after a day of qualifying on Saturday, their features were rained out on Sunday and postponed until November 11th.

As mentioned earlier, there will be people traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina this week for the World Finals.  This three-day event hosts the final points races for the Big Block Modifieds, World of Outlaw Late Models and World of Outlaw Sprint Cars.  With the big storm that is approaching, I wish everyone safe travels, and the best of luck once they reach their destination.  I was able to attend this event back in 2010, and which I was going again this year.

I may attend Black Rock Speedway on Saturday for their final race of 2012.  They host the annual Empire Finale $6,000 to win event for the Modifieds.  I haven’t been to Black Rock in quite a few years, so if the weather co-operates I may make the four hour trip to the Finger Lakes area of New York State.

The final racing event of my season will take place on November 16th to 18th in Syracuse for the 33rd annual National Parts Peddler Trade Show and Auction at the New York State Fairgrounds.  Although this show marks the end of a season for some, it also begins a brand new season for many of the vendors as they display their 2013 cars and equipment.  The event will kick off on Friday November 16th as they open the show to the public at noon.  Friday night, everyone will be treated to the sounds of Johnny Cash as Terry Lee Goffey performs live on stage.  Goffey is a nationally known and is the ultimate Johnny Cash tribute artist.  The show will resume at 10am on Saturday morning for another day of buying and selling and will close out on Sunday for the final day from 10am to 3pm.  Finish Line Web Design will have a booth setup in this year’s National Parts Peddler show with Jessica Power’s DIRTcar Sportsman on hand.  Finish Line Web Design will offer a Parts Peddler Trade Show Special for this weekend only, with a 10% discount on all services (except t-shirts).  This offer will be open for new clients, as well as all current clients wishing to renew early.  We will also have t-shirts for sale during the event, featuring Danny O’Brien, Matt Billings, Tim O’Brien, Dylan Evoy, Chris Herbison as well as a few remaining Finish Line Web Design t-shirts.  For more information on the National Parts Peddler Trade Show, please visit their website, www.partspeddler.us.

I did attend the Funeral Service for our friend Glen Gould that passed away last Saturday.  Glen was an ambassador of our sport, a friend to many, and a great family man, and will be missed by everyone that was fortunate enough to cross paths with him.

I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: A Weekend Off

1000 Islands Report: A Weekend Off

By Craig Revelle – October 22, 2012 - With the 2012 racing season pretty much over, my weekends now have a much different level of excitement.  From going virtually non stop since March with racing events, leading up to the start of the season right up to last weekend’s season finale at Brockville Speedway I have been traveling every weekend.  During that time, I went to a total of 95 races.  I am still hoping to make it to the World Finals in Charlotte on November 1st to 3rd, but even that is becoming less likely as the event is approaching very quickly.

Although there was no racing on my schedule, we did have our Brockville Speedway Kart Racing Banquet on Saturday afternoon.  My nephew, Brandon Revelle finished his first season of Kart racing in fifth place in points in his division and received a trophy for his accomplishment.  This year’s champions were Braxton Dalessio, Matthew McIntosh, Madison Mulder, Ryan McIntosh, Jarrett Herbison, Jesse Hudson and Logan Rayvals in the karts, while Nick Trotman and Jason Dowdall claimed championships in the Lawn Tractor divisions.

There was a big event in Middletown, New York this weekend as Orange County Speedway hosted their annual Eastern States Weekend.  Brett Hearn was the winner of the 358 Modified race on Saturday night that had to be shortened due to track curfew.  Tim McCreadie finished second with Stewart Friesen, Pat Ward and Billy Decker rounding out the top five.  The Eastern States 200 was held on Sunday afternoon and the winner was Brett Hearn once again, completing the weekend sweep.  Billy Decker finished second, with Tim McCreadie Jimmy Phelps and Justin Haers rounding out the top five.

Black Rock Speedway was also in action this past weekend for their annual Dutch Hoag Memorial Open.  Ryan Susice claimed the win over Alan Johnson, Chris Hile, Brady Fultz and Ray Bliss.  Boyd MacTavish won the Sportsman race over Greg Martin Brad Rouse, George Bosse and Fran Hilton.  Bryce Davis won the BRP Late Model/Crate Late Model Challenge race over AJ Kingsley, Billy VanPelt, Greg Belyea and Shayne Tenace.

The final racing event of my season will take place on November 16th to 18th in Syracuse for the 33rd annual National Parts Peddler Trade Show and Auction at the New York State Fairgrounds.  Although this show marks the end of a season for some, it also begins a brand new season for many of the vendors as they display their 2013 cars and equipment.  The event will kick off on Friday November 16th as they open the show to the public at noon.  Friday night, everyone will be treated to the sounds of Johnny Cash as Terry Lee Goffey performs live on stage.  Goffey is a nationally known and is the ultimate Johnny Cash tribute artist.  The show will resume at 10am on Saturday morning for another day of buying and selling and will close out on Sunday for the final day from 10am to 3pm.  Finish Line Web Design will have a booth setup in this year’s National Parts Peddler show with Jessica Power’s DIRTcar Sportsman on hand.  Finish Line Web Design will offer some Parts Peddler Trade Show specials, and will be on hand to discuss websites, hero cards, sponsor proposals, t-shirts and much more for your race team.  For more information on the National Parts Peddler Trade Show, please visit their website, www.partspeddler.us.

I regretfully end this week’s column on a very sad note, as the local racing community lost a great friend this past weekend with the passing of Glen Gould, of Alexandria Bay, New York.  Glen was a big part of Dana Aikins Sportsman team, but also sponsored several other racers and was a huge contributor to the Brockville Speedway Kids Club.  Just two weeks ago at Syracuse he watched Billy Dunn drive to a second place finish in the 358 Modified race in a car that he owned.  Mr. Gould will be missed by everyone.

I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: Fantastic Finale At Brockville

1000 Islands Report: Fantastic Finale At Brockville

By Craig Revelle – October 15, 2012 - With the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals Weekend at Brockville Speedway now in the record books for another year, this signifies the end of the racing season in our area.  It has been a fantastic season for many local tracks, with minimal rainouts at most area Speedway’s.  The only blemish on an otherwise perfect season at Brockville came this past Sunday as day three of the Fall Nationals had to be cancelled due to steady rainfall.

Friday night’s portion of the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals consisted of the final race in the Go Nuclear Late Model Challenge Series of 2012 as well as the final race in the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series.  Dale Caswell entered the night with a comfortable lead in the Go Nuclear point standings and he solidified his championship with a feature win.  Adam Turner, a former 358 Modified, Sportsman and Street Stock competitor at Brockville finished second, with AJ Kingsley, Mark Rayner and Matt Vanderlinden completing the top five.  In the Pro Stock Series finale, it was Stephane Lebrun taking the feature win, with Joey Ladouceur claiming his second consecutive Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock title with his second place finish.  George Renaud finished third, with Dave Seguin and Richard Bertrand rounding out the top five positions on a very cold night at the BOS.

The action in the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals continued on Saturday afternoon with the 358 Modified Mr. DIRTcar Series race and an open 360 Sprint Car event also on the schedule along with the TUSA Mod Lite Series.  Danny Johnson came out on top of the 358 Modified Series race.  Several late race cautions slowed the field as tire wear played a major role in the outcome of the race.  Johnson crossed the finish line ahead of Billy Dunn, who has had a phenomenal season in both the 358 Modified owned by Laurent Ladouceur, and his own Big Block Modified.  Joel Doiron had nothing left on his right rear tire by the end of the race, but he drove a great race and finished with a solid third place run.  Brockville Speedway regulars Kyle Dingwall and Dale Planck rounded out the top five positions.  Steve Poirier had a slow start to his 2012 season after having knee surgery due to an snowmobile racing crash over the off season, but he came back strong a few weeks ago, and ended his season with a win in the 360 Sprint Car Open.  Bryan Howland, Jason Barney, Michel Parent and Justin Barger rounded out the top five our of an impressive field of 31 sprint cars on hand.  Derek Wagner won the Mod Lite main event over Josh Sliter and Bryan Green.

Saturday ended up being a great day at the BOS, but the forecast for Sunday did not look favorable at all.  In fact, just as the Mod Lite feature had ended to close out the day’s events, a few raindrops began to hit the track, and a couple hours later heavy rain settled in.  The decision was made to cancel the program very early on Sunday morning.

Dale Planck was the champion of the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, Cody McPherson won the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series title while Joey Ladouceur claimed his second consecutive and third overall Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship in what may be his final season in that division.

While the 2012 season is over locally, many teams will travel to Middletown, New York this coming weekend for their annual Eastern States Weekend.  The following weekend Five Mile Point near Binghamton, New York will be in action.  The 2012 season will conclude in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd as the Big Block Modifieds, World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and World of Outlaw Late Models participate in the World Finals.

If you cant make it to the track, you can always follow along at home with my live raceday reports from the track, follow Finish Line Web Design on twitter @finishlineweb17, Facebook at facebook.com/finishlineweb17 or at my website, finishlinewebdesign.ca.

I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: Back From Super Dirt Week

1000 Islands Report: Back From Super Dirt Week

By Craig Revelle – October 8, 2012 - After plenty of build up and hype the last few weeks regarding Super DIRT Week 41, it has now come and gone.  As with most Super DIRT Week events, we had plenty of excitement, we had to deal with Mother Nature, and we had the usual controversy during the weekend that always seems to be the case on the biggest race of the 2012 season.

My Super DIRT Week began on Tuesday, October 2nd as I joined up with Dillon Sallows and his race team and began to make the trip to the New York State Fairgrounds.  We traveled to Central Square, New York and camped there on until Wednesday morning, and then made the short drive to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse to set up camp for the week.

Rain from overnight and the damp temperatures made it impossible for cars to get on the track at the mile on Wednesday, but racing on Wednesday night at nearby Cayuga County Fair Speedway took place as the 358 Modifieds and Sportsman both had Mr. DIRTcar Series events.  Tim McCreadie took the lead in lapped traffic from Brett Hearn with just two laps remaining to pick up the win. Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five on what could very well have been the final event in the history of the Cayuga County Fair Speedway.  Steve Gray who led all 30 laps of the caution free event won the Sportsman race.  Martin Pelletier finished second, Greg Martin was third with Don Spatorico and Dave Marcuccili rounding out the top five.

Cars were finally able to hit the track on Thursday at Syracuse with practice for all divisions and Big Block Modified time trials.  I also attended the media luncheon held at the Fairgrounds on Thursday morning. Thursday night was a busy night for race fans as both Rolling Wheels Raceway and Brewerton Speedway had events scheduled.  Billy Decker was the winner at Brewerton in the Hurricane 100, while Brett Hearn took the checkers at Rolling Wheels for the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified event.

Friday consisted of more practice and qualifying for the 358 Modifieds and Sportsman, plus the Futures races for first time Syracuse racers in each divisions.  Justin Wright won the Big Block Modified Futures race, with Tim Sears Jr. winning the 358 Modified Futures event.  There were so many Sportsman cars on hand, so they were split up into to groups for their Futures races, with Mathieu Desjardins taking the win in one of the races, and Gary Lindberg won the other one.  Friday night was the twin 20 qualifying heat races for the 358 Modifieds and triple 20 heat races for the Big Blocks.  Billy Decker and Danny Johnson shared the stage splitting the Small Block heats while Decker, Billy Dunn and Bobby Varin won the Big Block heats.

Saturday was a dreary start to the day, forcing track officials to cancel most of the events that day.  The 358 teams did get some practice as did the Sportsman cars.  They also got the 358 Modified Gander Mountain 150 race in the books, as Tim McCreadie scored the popular victory over fellow Watertown, New York area racers Billy Dunn and Tim Fuller.  Ronnie Johnson and Mat Williamson rounded out the top five.  Matt Billings had a great run, scoring a sixth place finish.

The Sportsman race that was scheduled for Saturday got postponed until Sunday morning, and made for a busy schedule with the Pro Stock race and Big Block SEF 200 also on the card.  Rocky Warner made a late race pass on Mathieu Desjardins to score the win.  Cody McPherson, Chris Herbison and Jimmy Spellmon.  Pete Stefanski took home the Pro Stock win over Joey Ladouceur, Rocky Warner, Roch Aubin and Rob Yetman.

With rain approaching, the SEF 200 for the Big Blocks was expected to be a race to lap 100.  Rain after lap 100 would be an official race.  As the race approached the 100 lap mark and light rain beginning, it was Brett Hearn out front, and with 113 laps in the books, the race was called complete as Hearn won the $50000 SEF 200 for the first time in 17 years.  Matt Sheppard finished second, Jimmy Phelps was third, Justin Haers in fourth and Pat Ward rounding out the top five.  It was a tough break for Tim Fuller, running in second, having to pit for fuel just one lap earlier.

This coming weekend is the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway.  Friday night is the Go Nuclear Late Models and DIRTcar Pro Stocks.  Saturday is the 360 Sprint Car Challenge, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and TUSA Mod Lite Series.  Sunday is the Big Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and Street Stock invitational.

If you cant make it to the track, you can always follow along at home with my live raceday reports from the track, follow Finish Line Web Design on twitter @finishlineweb17, Facebook at facebook.com/finishlineweb17 or at my website, finishlinewebdesign.ca.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the track in just another week.  I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: The Outlaw 200 Weekend

1000 Islands Report: The Outlaw 200 Weekend

By Craig Revelle – September 30, 2012 - One event that I look forward to every season is the Outlaw 200 Weekend at Fulton Speedway.  Friday night’s program consisted of Sportsman, IMCA Modifieds, Late Models, Mod Lites and Mini Stocks.  66 Sportsman cars signed into the pits, plus 33 IMCA Modifieds and a strong turnout in the other classes.  Saturday was the 27th running of the Outlaw 200 for the Modifieds.

When I left home on Friday afternoon, it was beginning to cloud up, but a forecast with minimal chance of rain left me optimistic that there wouldn’t be any issues.  However, the further south I drove, the worse it looked and before I reached my exit of Interstate 81 it had been raining.  A few minutes later I arrived at the track and the rain continued.  The radar had shown that they were getting the tail end of the weather system but the rain just kept coming.  By 7:30 the rain finally stopped and before long track crews were hard at work getting the track back into racing shape.  Finally, the first heat race of the night hit the track at 11:15pm.  There was a lot of racing to be done with six Sportsman heat races and 2 or 3 heats for all other divisions.  With a very heavy track because of the rain, the track was super fast, but rough and that played havoc with many race teams causing some major damage to some cars over the course of the night.  I have to give credit to the Fulton Speedway staff that persevered during the rain and stuck with it.  It would have been easy to pull the plug and reschedule, but nobody wanted to come back on Sunday to race this show, so they did what they had to do to get the program in.

The Sportsman division highlighted the night and their 50 lap feature was won by Fulton Speedway regular Jordan Bennett.  He finished ahead of Tom Juhl, Jim Spano, Katelyn Kane and Alan Fink.  The race finished just before 3am.  It was a long night at the track, but better then the alternative.  Hats off again to Fulton for getting this show in.

Larry Wight took the win in the Late Model division finishing ahead of Alan Fink, Dale Caswell, Charlie Sandercock and AJ Kingsley.  The Mod Lite and IMCA Modified features ended up getting postponed until Saturday because of the time concerns.  Kevan Cook took the win after a great battle with Ryan Scott.  Matt Roberts ended up getting by Ryan Scott before the finish for second, Scott was third followed by Ed Sites and Jerry Lobdell.  Jeff Isabell Jr. won the Mod Lite main event.

Saturday turned out to be a fantastic day for the Outlaw 200 at Fulton.  78 drivers signed in with 92 cars making heat race runs with several drivers attempting to qualify a second car.  Eight heat races and four consis later the field was set for the big event.  New this year was the Modified Champions Clash, open to all track champions from area tracks.  Brett Hearn won the 15 lap race over Stewart Friesen and Jimmy Phelps.  Veterans Billy Decker and Steve Paine led the field to the green flag for the 200.  Decker led the first 18 laps of the race before Jimmy Phelps took over.  Phelps lost the lead for a few laps and reclaimed the top spot around lap 75 and cruised to win the first 100 lap segment.  After a 15 minute break for refueling and adjustments, the race resumed.  Before long emotions began to run high as Stewart Friesen and Jimmy Phelps had an incident on the track that cost Phelps the lead.  Phelps was shuffled back to fifth place, and when the caution came out Jimmy showed his displeasure to Friesen and he was ultimately black flagged and disqualified for the night.  Pat Ward inherited the lead at this point and he drove on to win his first ever Outlaw 200 victory.  Brett Hearn finished in second, Matt Sheppard was third, Rich Scagliotta had a very impressive run in fourth and Ryan Phelps finished fifth.

This coming week is the biggest week in all of DIRTcar racing as the 41st running of Super DIRT Week takes place at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and other area tracks.  I plan to leave for Syracuse on Wednesday morning with Dillon Sallows and his Sportsman race team.  We will spend the day at the Fairgrounds Wednesday watching practice and settling in before heading to Cayuga County Speedway on Wednesday night for their Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified show.  Thursday again will be spent at the mile watching practice and qualifying before heading to Rolling Wheels Raceway for their 358 Modified and World of Outlaw Late Model Show.  Friday will be a busy day at the Fairgrounds with more practice, time trials and Futures races.  Friday night will be heat races for the 358 Modifieds and Big Blocks.  Saturday will be more practice during the morning and Pro Stock time trials followed by the Gander Mountain 150 Small Block Modified main event and the 30 lap Sportsman championship race.  Sunday will be the 25 lap Pro Stock race and the S.E.F. 200 for the Big Block Modifieds.

If you cant make it to the track, you can always follow along at home with my live raceday reports from the track, follow Finish Line Web Design on twitter @finishlineweb17, Facebook at facebook.com/finishlineweb17 or at my website, finishlinewebdesign.ca.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the track in just another week.  I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: An Apple A Day Keeps The Rain Away

1000 Islands Report: An Apple A Day Keeps The Rain Away

By Craig Revelle – September 24, 2012

As the summer officially comes to an end this past week, and we enter into the Fall season, that means that the bigger events of the 2012 racing season are upon us. Applefest Weekend at Brighton Speedway was on my schedule on the weekend with the much-anticipated arrival of the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series on Friday night and the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified Series on Saturday night.

Despite a forecast that was calling for rain throughout the week for both Friday and Saturday, Mother Nature proved that she was a racing fan in 2012 as Brighton Speedway ended their season at Applefest with no rainouts at all. Applefest Weekend proved to be a great event. Friday night’s show was highlighted by the DIRTcar Sportsman with Cody McPherson inheriting the win after his brother got a flat tire with just three laps remaining. Martin Pelletier finished in second with Chris Herbison, Gary Lindberg and Justin Sharp rounding out the top five. Another big moment on Friday night when local fan favorite April Wilson picked up her first ever win driving a Vintage Modified. It was certainly a fantastic moment for the entire Wilson family.

After camping at Brighton on Friday night, and seeing it rain hard through the early morning hours, it was skeptical as to whether or not Saturday night’s events would take place. The skies cleared though, and the racing resumed on for the second half of Applefest Weekend. Doug Anderson of Brighton took home the win in the 50 lap Pro Stock feature which was part of the Duel in the DIRT Series between the Brighton Speedway Pro Stocks and the Merrittville Speedway Hoosier Stocks. Anderson won the race, but it was Merrittville’s Rob Murray claiming the Duel in the Dirt championship. The 358 Modified’s highlighted the show. It looked like Dale Planck was on his way to another series win, but with 13 laps remaining, and riding around under caution, his right front shock broke off the car from contact with another car several laps earlier and his chances were over. Mario Clair and Carey Terrance swapped the lead over the remaining laps with Clair picking up the win over Terrance, Travis Braun, Matt Williamson and Chad Chevalier.

This coming weekend will be the annual Outlaw 200 Weekend at Fulton Speedway with Sportsman highlighting Friday night’s show followed by the Outlaw 200 on Saturday. This race will then lead into Super DIRT Week which begins on Tuesday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October 7th.

Brockville Speedway is also gearing up for their 2012 season finale with the 1000 Islands RV DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals on October 12th to the 14th. The Go Nuclear Late Model Series and Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stocks are on the card for Friday night. Saturday’s show consists of Sprint Cars, 358 Modifieds and the TUSA Mod Lite Series while Sunday’s program will be Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks.

Finish Line Web Design is proud to announce that we are completely redoing the Finish Line website. The launch of the new site should happen over the next few days leading up to Super DIRT Week. The goal, as always since the beginning of Finish Line Web Design in 2009 has been to be affordable for our clients, and to keep improving the services that we offer, and I feel we have been doing that each year. Finish Line Web Design has also become a dealer for Arizona Sport Shirts, so give us a call today if you need shirts for your race team, business, event or organization. Keep checking www.finishlinewebdesign.ca for the new look website over the coming days.

If you cant make it to the track, you can always follow along at home with my live raceday reports from the track, follow Finish Line Web Design on twitter @finishlineweb17, Facebook at facebook.com/finishlineweb17 or at my website, finishlinewebdesign.ca.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the track in just another week. I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: Mohawk Mania

1000 Islands Report: Mohawk Mania

By Craig Revelle – September 17, 2012 – This past weekend was the season finale at Mohawk International Raceway with two full days of racing on tap beginning on Friday night with the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series, Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stocks Go Nuclear Late Models and the Mod Lites and Bandits. Time Trials on Friday had just been completed when the skies opened up. The track waited out the rain as long as possible but it soon became evident that they were going to have to make alternative plans. The decision was soon made to run the entire weekend’s scheduled all on Saturday, setting up a crazy day of racing.

Saturday was a much better day, as they picked up where they left off on Friday before the rain. After the qualifying heats, they moved on to the main events. Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, New York captured the 100 lap Big Block Modified race for the second year in a row, holding off Dale Planck at the checkered flag. Justin Haers, Carey Terrance and Steve Bernard rounded out the top five. Joey Ladouceur dominated the Pro Stock main event, winning by a nearly a half lap over second place finisher Ryan Stabler. Jody Swamp, Bruno Cyr and Allen Peters rounded out the top five. Sean Beardsley won the Go Nuclear Late Model event over Greg Belyea.

With Friday’s portion of the events over, the stands cleared, and the teams that were not participating in Saturday’s events cleared out to make room for the cars that were coming into the track for the 358 Modified and Sportsman Series races. With many cars on hand in all divisions, it made for a late evening. 358 Modified track champion and Frenchie’s Champion Billy Dunn took the win in the 75 lap Series race over Australian racer Peter Britten, Matt Billings, Dale Planck and Danny O’Brien. Mathieu Desjardins from Quebec won the Sportsman Series race finishing ahead of Chris Herbison, Brandon Easey, Devin Caron and Gary Lindberg, while Dale Caswell edged out Adam Turner in the Go Nuclear Late Model main event.

This coming weekend is the annual Applefest Weekend at Brighton Speedway as they host their inaugural Mr. DIRTcar Series races for both the Sportsman Series and 358 Modifieds. The Sportsman will compete on Friday night along with a full show of Pro Stocks, Stingers and Comp4’s as well at the Vintage Modifieds. The 358 Modifieds will race on Saturday night joined by the Late Models, Canadian Modifieds and a $1000 to win Hoosier Stock/Street Stock Challenge as the Brighton Speedway cars battle the Merrittville Speedway Hoosier Stocks.

There is still plenty of racing in store as the 2012 season winds down. After this weekend’s Applefest at Brighton we move on to the annual Outlaw 200 Weekend at Fulton Speedway the following weekend, then its Super DIRT Week followed by the 1000 Islands RV Centre DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway on October 12th to 14th.

If you cant make it to the track, you can always follow along at home with my live raceday reports from the track, follow Finish Line Web Design on twitter @finishlineweb17, Facebook at facebook.com/finishlineweb17 or at my website, finishlinewebdesign.ca.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the track in just another week. I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: Hitting The Road

1000 Islands Report: Hitting The Road

By Craig Revelle – September 10, 2012 – With our local tracks done for the regular season, I spent this past weekend on the road. Beginning with a trip to Ransomville Speedway on Friday night for their Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series, then on to Merrittville Speedway on Saturday, and the original plan was to continue with the DIRTcar Sportsman Series at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday night.

I set sail on Friday morning for my first ever visit to Ransomville Speedway. It is located in the Niagara Falls area on the New York side of the border. The track has a very rich history with more then 50 years passing since they first opened their doors in 1958. Many of the greats of our sport have called the track home over the years, and I was really looking forward to seeing the place. When I arrived at the track, the pits were filling in nicely, and I was happy to see a great contingent of our own local cars that made the trip as well. Representing our local tracks were Chris Herbison, Steve Barber, Josh VanBrocklin, Dylan Breen, Jessica Power, Jenna David, Louis Jackson Jr., Rickey Thompson, Corey Wheeler, Brent Kelsey and Ryan Arbuthnot. The night didn’t go well for most of our locals, with several cautions slowing the pace of the race, especially early in the night. Tyler McPherson would go on to take the win in the 50 lap main event over Don Spatorico, Brandon Easey, Cody McPherson and Adam Wills. Although there were several cautions, and often amongst the leaders, I enjoyed my visit to the track, and looking forward to returning there in the future. The top finishing local racer was Chris Herbison, who finished 13th.

On Saturday morning I made the short trek back across the border and on to Merrittville Speedway for the next round of the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series. 38 Sportsman cars helped fill the pit area, as a couple of our locals returned home after a tough night at Ransomville. Josh VanBrocklin won his qualifying heat race, and his 13th place finish would place him as the highest finishing local as they struggled to find success on a different track then they are used to. Tyler McPherson had no problems as he made it two in a row for the weekend. Mark Chiddy, Gary Lindbergh, Brandon Easey and Dave Marcucilli rounded out the top five.

On Sunday morning, I made the decision to head back towards home to catch the Great Crate Race at Brighton Speedway that started at 2pm. Instead of waiting around all day and going to Humberstone Speedway on Sunday night, I changed my plans to Brighton, and arrived at the track just before noon. The Great Crate Race was a marathon, with almost every car in the field having a problem at one time or another. Chuck Meyers was the eventual winner, driving Greg Belyea’s backup car. Corey Earle finished second ahead of Jordan Peters, Darren Peters and Steve Baldwin. Ryan Scott won the 2012 Danny Reid Memorial $2000 to win Canadian Modified/IMCA Modified race.

This coming weekend I will be back at Mohawk International Raceway for their final weekend of the 2012 season. The Big Block Modifieds take centre stage with the DIRTcar Pro Stocks, Go Nuclear Late Models and an open event for the Mod Lites and Bandits. On Saturday night, the 358 Modifieds will be in action along with the DIRTcar Sportsman series, Go Nuclear Late Models and the final round of the CKON 97.3 TUSA Mod Lite Series.

If you cant make it to the track, you can always follow along at home with my live raceday reports from the track, follow Finish Line Web Design on twitter @finishlineweb17, Facebook at facebook.com/finishlineweb17 or at my website, finishlinewebdesign.ca.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the track in just another week. I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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1000 Islands Report: Champions Being Crowned

1000 Islands Report: Champions Being Crowned

By Craig Revelle – September 3, 2012 - Just a few short months ago, the 2012 season started, and now here we are at the end of another season of weekly racing.  Champions have been crowned at all area tracks, and now all that is left is the bigger races over the next few weeks.  This is always an exciting time of the season, but after a great summer of racing, its sad to see that the end is near.  This past week was really busy with events at the Brockville Speedway kart track on Wednesday night, a rare Thursday night show at Mohawk International Raceway followed by a visit to Oswego Speedway on Friday night, Brockville Speedway on Saturday and ending at Cornwall Speedway on Sunday for their season finale.

It was a fun night at Brockville Speedway on Wednesday night and the Finish Line Web Design Kart with my nephew Brandon Revelle behind the wheel tied his career best finish with a strong second place run in the Rookie 2 division.  Winners on the night included Tye David, Ethan Bressard, Madison Mulder, Mitchell Roantree, Jarrett Herbison, Breanna Ladouceur, and Shelby Ladouceur.  Nathalie Castonguay won the annual Mother’s race.

With Labor Day Weekend on the horizon, Mohawk Raceway scheduled a rare Thursday night show in favor of their usual Friday night date.  It was a big night for drivers and fans as the track would crown their 2012 champions.  It was also the final points night for the Frenchie’s “Chevy Runs Deep” Modified Series and the Frenchie’s “Drive One” Sportsman Series.  Entering the night, Chris Raabe had a slim two point lead over Billy Dunn in the battle for the track title, while Dunn and Matt Billing were tied for the Frenchie’s title.  When the dust settled at the end of the night, it was Carey Terrance in victory lane, but it was Billy Dunn coming out on top in both the overall track championship battle and the Frenchie’s series after a second place finish.  Dale Planck, Matt Billings and Chris Raabe finished the 50 lap race in the top five.  Dylan Evoy had already locked up his second straight Mohawk Raceway Sportsman title and was looking to do the same in the Frenchie’s series in the Sportsman 35 lap main event.  Gilles Godard was the race winner, taking the top spot over Brandon Hagan, Josh VanBrocklin, Evoy and Mike Arquiette.  Allen Peters was the Pro Stock feature winner with PJ Peters taking the championship.  Bryan Green ended his championship season in style with a feature win in the Mod Lites, and Mathieu Aubin also put an exclamation point on his stellar season, winning the final race of the regular season and the Bandit track championship.

With a night off from the weekly tracks on Friday, I decided to do something a little different, as Oswego Speedway hosted a special event for the Sportsman division that typically runs on the dirt tracks.  It was a fun event for everyone as it offered a chance to do something a little different then the normal weekly grind.  Jeremy Pitcher, a regular at Fulton Speedway took home the win over Rob Humphrey, Matt Parkhurst, Geoff Garner and Dana Aikins.

Saturday night at Brockville was another exciting night as they closed out a perfect regular season with no rainouts at all during the season.  The championship came down to the final laps of the race between Lee Gill and Kyle Dingwall.  Pat O’Brien won the race, but Dingwall’s second place finish secured the 2012 track championship by just two points over Gill who finished sixth.  Matt Billings, Stephane Lafrance and Dale Planck rounded out the top five finishers.  Dylan Evoy won the Sportsman main event but it was Chris Herbison’s stellar season that locked up his second straight championship.  John Gifford won the Street Stock main event, with Kevin Fetterly taking his third consecutive track title.  Corbin Miller was the Rookie feature winner with Dwight Feltham taking his first ever championship and Jason Powers was the Vintage Modified feature winner with Paul Billings earning his first championship.

It was a big day at Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday night at they hosted the Jiffy Auto Service 200.  125 laps for the 358 Modifieds, 40 laps for Sportsman and Pro Stocks and a regular show for Semi Pro and Mini Stocks filled the schedule.  It was also the final points night toward the battle for the 2012 championships for all divisions.  Dale Planck took the win and the championship, as well as the Canadian Nationals Series championship.  Danny O’Brien, Mat Williamson, Carey Terrance and Chris Raabe rounded out the top five finishers.  Dylan Evoy was the Sportsman feature winner, but it was Chris Herbison claiming his second straight track title.  Herbison also won the St. Lawrence Seaway Sportsman Series championship.  Evoy finished the race ahead of Devin Caron, Louis Jackson Jr., Herbison and Corey Wheeler.  Ryan Stabler, Derek Cryderman and Michael Blais also took home feature wins, with Joey Ladouceur claiming the 2012 Pro Stock Championship and Mohawk Racing Parts Series championship.  Benoit Dubois and Martin Bernard also took home the championships in the Semi Pro and Mini Stock divisions.

This coming weekend I will be on the road following the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series as they make their swing to the Niagara region.  Ransomville Speedway is up first on Friday night in New York, then back into Ontario for events at Merrittville Speedway and Humberstone Speedway on Saturday and Sunday.

If you cant make it to the track, you can always follow along at home with my live raceday reports from the track, follow Finish Line Web Design on twitter @finishlineweb17, Facebook at facebook.com/finishlineweb17 or at my website, finishlinewebdesign.ca.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the track in just another week.  I hope you continue to enjoy my weekly column, as always, any comments or suggestions can be sent to crevelle@ripnet.com.

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