Another season is officially in the record books and some familiar names remained atop the standings at MIR while some drivers experienced the thrill of being a champion for the very first time in their career.
In the very competitive 358 Modified division Watertown New York's Billy Dunn has made it look rather easy the last 3 seasons aboard his Laurent Ladouceur owned 23 machine, Dunn claimed his 3rd straight track championship. His season began with a DNF but quickly rallied back never finishing out of the top 5 the rest of the 2014 campaign. In total Dunn won 5 times including a dominant performance during the DirtCar 358 Modified Series event in September where he lapped all but 7 cars on the way to his 3rd career series win. With his 3rd straight title he joins Ovide Doiron and Mike Perrotte as the only drivers to win the championship 3 years in a row, Dunn will be back in 2015 to try and become the only driver to claim top honors for the 4th consecutive time.
The Frenchie's "Chevy Runs Deep" 358 Modfied Series over the last 7 seasons has become something that every driver really wants to win and in 2014 Danny O'Brien etched his name on the trophy becoming the first ever Canadian driver to win the title. His run started on opening day aboard his own 17D machine, with a dominant performance in the prestigious Memorial Cup event as he finally won it after many years of trying. A 3rd place run on Independence Day driving the Mike and Lori LaSalle owned M96 was good enough to secure his first ever series championship. The Kingston Ontario native will be back in 2015 to defend the title but more importantly will be looking for his 1st ever track championship.
The Sportsman class saw some of the biggest car counts around during the 2014 campaign with as many as 40 cars looking for a starting spot during the regular season. In the end it was Cornwall Ontario's Corey Wheeler taking home the championship for the 2nd straight year joining Dylan Evoy as the only 2 drivers with multiple titles. Wheeler's season was nothing short of stellar as started off with 2 straight top 5 finishes but the next month and a half was where he gave the rest of the field nightmares. Wheeler won an amazing 5 times in 6 weeks including 4 in a row, while having all top 5 finishes during the regular season. The Cornwall native will be back in 2015 and hopes to become the 1st ever 3 time champion.
The 4th season of the Frenchie's Ford "Go Further" Sportsman Series was competitive as ever but in the end Dylan Evoy held on to claim the title once again. The Brockville native is the series only champion and all time win leader with 6 wins in 12 events. The 2014 campaign started off with 2 straight runner up finishes on June 20th to Corey Wheeler, then to Shane Pecore on July 25th. On August 29th Evoy made a statement winning his first series race of the season and first since July. 13 of 2012, ultimately securing the title for the 4th time. His 2015 plans are the same as he will attempt to win the title for a 5th time but would also like to claim another track championship.
The Mod Lite division completed its 4th season in 2014 and the inaugural division champion Mathieu Robinson claimed his 2nd track title becoming the first ever multi time champion in the class. Robinson had an impressive year winning the season opener and would later add a 2nd win on July 4th. His season overall was about consistency and he was just that all year with no finishes outside the top 10 including 9 top 5s. Robinson returns for the 2015 season in hopes of a repeat performance.
Randy Whiting made the Bandit division his own personal playground in 2014 as he dominated all year for his first ever Mohawk title. Whiting won 6 races in 12 starts but the most impressive stat is that he had 11 top 2 finishes with his worst finish of the season being 7th in July. At season's end Whiting was unsure of his 2015 plans which leaves the Bandit division title up for grabs.
The "Wild Child" Jasmine David was honored as the recipient of the Mitchell Jock Memorial award for the 2014 season. After an impressive rookie campaign which saw her claim 2 feature wins in the newly formed Rookie Sportsman class at Brockville, the sophomore driver took on a full slate of racing at both MIR and Cornwall. Her best finish at Mohawk was 8th on July 18th and her season best came that same weekend in Cornwall where she dominated the opening 12 laps of the 20 lapper, eventually finishing in the 6th spot at the checkered flag. David commented saying "This season was all about my dad, he wanted me out there so that's what we did." This award is in honor of the late Mitchell Jock who was a long time driver in many different division at Mohawk, who passed away after a devastating illness. David joins Tommy Jock Jr., Stephane Lebrun, Chris Raabe and Corey Wheeler as the other recipients of this award.
With 2014 in the books the much anticipated 2015 season is set to get underway in just 2 weeks time with the Atomic Spring Clash April 25th and 26th. For more information log on to our brand new website www.mohawkspeedway.com