Raabe Claims 358 Thriller At Mohawk

By Tim Baltz

Akwesasne, NY – Another exciting event this past Friday night was one for the record books at the Mohawk International Raceway as Chris Raabe finally broke through for his first 358 Modified win of the season.  Joel Hargrave became the first two time winner in Sportsman, Devin Willis survived a late race restart for his first ever Novice Sportsman checkered flag.  Kevin Foster went back to back in Mod Lite while Richard Thorton continued his dominance with win number 8 in Bandit.

Brian McDonald set the pace early on at the start of the 30 lap 358 Modified feature event over George Foley, Lance Willix, Chris Raabe and Danny Johnson.  After his 2nd win of the season last Sunday at Cornwall and a very fast race track, McDonald had the car to beat as he led the opening 9 laps while Chris Raabe was right there to challenge him for the race lead.  On lap 10 McDonald’s great run came to disappointing end as he broke while leading off turn 2 bringing out the first yellow of the night.  On the restart, the new leader Chris Raabe took control of the field as Tim Fuller made a big charge to second after restarting 5th with Lance Willix, Mike Maresca and Danny Johnson completing the top five.  As the laps clicked off it was clear that the battle for the win was going to be settled with Raabe and Fuller sa they pulled away from the field.  On lap 18, traffic started to come into play as Raabe led the way but Fuller closed on the back bumper.  In traffic with 6 laps to go Fuller made a bid for the lead on the top lane but was not able to complete the pass as Raabe remained in front and in control.  Coming to the white flag Raabe was once again in traffic and Fuller began to make his move.  As they worked into turn 3 Chris Raabe flexed his muscle and used a great move to find clear race track and hold off a determined Tim Fuller for for his first win of the season after weeks of struggling.  Behind Fuller in 2nd was Lance Willix, Mike Maresca and Danny Johnson filling out the top 5.