By: TIM BALTZ – HOGANSBURG, NY – The pursuit of a dream for drivers in all 5 divisions at the Mohawk International Raceway began back on May 11th 2018. That dream was to be at the top of the leader board by season’s end for a chance at the title. Many will fulfill that dream while others will have 365 days to think about what might have been.
Long time track sponsor Frenchie’s Chevrolet and Frenchie’s Ford will be on hand this weekend as all 4 track titles will be on the line this weekend along with the championship in the MIR 358 Modified Series.
Carey Terrance stole the show this past Friday with his first win of the 2018 Twin Leaf Convenience 358 Modified season by beating Tim Fuller to the line and ending the season of dominance for the defending track champion. Fuller however still remains in the points lead with young stars Chris Raabe and Louie Jackson Jr. right there with him and looking for a chance at the title. Raabe leads the way in the MIR 358 Modified Series as 2 of his 4 wins have come in the 50 lap events this year and will look to become the 2nd driver to sweep all 3 races in 1 year.
Miguel Peterson claimed career win number 1 in the Crossroads Tobacco Sportsman ranks but Brianna Ladouceur’s 5th place finish was good enough to allow for some breathing room heading into this weekend’s racing program. With the 4th leg of the Unique Ecigs Sportsman Series in town, Ladouceur only has to show up to become the 2018 champion.
Dan Reif had a big lead in the Mod Lite standings until mechanical issues sidelined him in the later stages of the 20 lap affair. Jeff May scored his 2nd win of the year in as many starts while Reif’s title rival Harley Brown made a huge gain in the standings and now is in striking distance to try and claim his first ever divisional title.
In Bandit action points leader RJ Tressider had issues in the 10 lap event and saw his 29 point cushion start to go away. Terry Green Jr. claimed his first ever win and with this weekend the final race of 2018 for the Bandit class, Tressider will have his hands full with a solid field chasing him for the title.
This Fan Appreciation weekend will be action packed with 2 50 lap events plus regular distance features for Novice Sportsman, Mod Lite and Bandit. The action will be intense and with this being the last show before the Mohawk Nationals weekend, it will be one of the final chances to see you favorite drivers on home turf.
Racing action begins with the first green flag dropping at 7:30pm.