Jordan McCreadie Nabs First Career 358 Modified Win on Dirt at Mohawk
By: Tim Baltz
In contrast from 1 week ago which saw cold temperatures and even snow at times throughout the area. It was an absolutely perfect night for racing with Cedarview Golf Course on hand. All 5 divisions were ready for battle on a perfect race track.
In 358 Modified action 2 former track champions would lead the field to Austin Swamp's green flag as Carey Terrance would out run Chris Raabe into turn 1 with Billy Dunn, Jordan McCreadie and John Mulder completing the top 5. Terrance had a fast race car at the beginning of the event and was running away from the field using the bottom side of the speedway while behind him Raabe, Dunn and McCreadie were having a war for 2nd 3rd and 4th. At the halfway point Terrance was still running away from the field and in the process, even lapped traffic was giving him no issues, at least for the time being. Behind the leader Chris Raabe and Billy Dunn were having a spirited battle for 2nd and 3rd with Dunn getting the number 2 spot on lap 17 this also brought Jordan McCreadie to challenge Raabe for 3rd and would take over the spot as the field came down to complete lap 18 while Corey Wheeler rounded out the top 5. Terrance was running a perfect race and appeared to be headed for his first win of the season. On lap 21 that all changed off turn 4 as Terrance tangled with a lapped car forcing him into the infield tire ripping the right front wheel off his race car. This handed the lead to 4 time track champion Billy Dunn under the caution, who was looking for his first win at Mohawk nearly 1 year to the date of his last victory. Dunn however would pull his car to pit road just before the field was given the 1 to go signal. This would give Jordan McCreadie the top spot with 9 laps remaining as the field was set to go back under the green flag. When the green flew McCreadie pulled away from Chris Raabe by 3 car lengths and was looking for the big win. Behind McCreadie, Raabe, Corey Wheeler and Tim Fuller were all in a tight battle for position and Tim Fuller was making some big moves from the 13th position. He would take 3rd away from Wheeler on lap 25 and would put the pressure on Raabe for the 2nd spot over the final 5 laps. With all the excitement behind the leader McCreadie was on cruise control pulling away by a full straightaway to score his first ever win on Dirt after many victories on blacktop. Raabe would come home 2nd over Fuller Wheeler and Luke Whitteker would come from 15th on the grid to complete the top 5.
The Sportsman division was set to roll and Adam Rozon has had a great start to the 2016 season and was looking for his first win since 2012 at MIR, would take the lead from the pole position over Moise Page, Louie Jackson Jr., Shane Pecore and Ricky Thompson. The caution flew quickly before the opening lap was completed as 5 cars spun in turn 3. All cars were able to restart at the back of the field. When the green flew for the 2nd time Rozon once again jumped out to the early lead and began to pull away from the field. Rozon would have a stout race car through the opening 5 laps while Moise Page was on the move charging to 2nd with Jackson and Pecore right there with him. Jackson was making some big moves early on and would make a great move through the middle of turn 2 to get by Page for 2nd and then draw even with Rozon heading into turn 3. Coming off turn 4 Jackson would take over the lead with 9 complete bringing Page to 2nd with Pecore now 3rd with Rozon and Joel Hargrave moving into 5th. Halfway through the race Jackson started to get into heavy traffic while last week's winner Shane Pecore was in a spirited battle with Moise Page for 2nd, a position that Pecore would take away with 11 laps remaining setting up a similar finish from 1 week ago. The top 2 drivers would put on a great battle for the lead and in the process cut through lapped traffic with no problems. On lap 21 Pecore made the move in turn 2 taking the lead on the top side for good while Jackson tried at will to regain the lead. Over the final 4 laps Jackson did all he could but it wasn’t enough as Shane Pecore scored his 2nd win in a row in the Sportsman ranks. Jackson settled for 2nd while Moise Page scored his 2nd straight top 3 finish coming home 3rd while Adam Rozon and Joel Hargrave rounded out the top 5.
In the 15 lap Novice Sportsman Junior Delormier was on a roll after taking the Novice Sportsman checkered flag at Cornwall last Sunday as he took the lead from the pole over Jamie Begor and Anthony Rassmussen. Delormier had a great race car in the opening 6 laps but Jamie Begor has been getting quicker and quicker as he was all over the back bumper of Delormier's machine and the battle was on. At the halfway point the top 2 driver were having a great battle but lapped traffic would play a big part in the outcome of the event. with 3 laps to go Delormier got hung up behind a lapped car allowing Begor to sneak by on the top side of the speedway. Both leaders cleared the traffic and continued their great run. On the final lap Junior Delormier gave Jamie Begor all he could handle but Begor held on to score his first career win over Delormier, Rassmussen, last week's winner Greg Snyder and Regi Castelle.
The Mod Lite division was on deck for a 15 lap affair and after last week's struggles pole sitter John Foster was looking to get his season back on the right path. Foster would take the lead from the pole over Kevin Foster and Deric Ellsworth. Foster had a great race car in the opening laps and was doing all he could to hold Ellsworth at bay while Scott Waldrif, Kevin Foster and Harley Brown completed the top 5. Without the aid of a caution flag Deric Ellsworth and the rest of the field had no chance of catching Foster as he finally got some luck on his side scoring his first ever Mod Lite win. Ellsworth held on for 2nd while Scott Waldrif Kevin Foster and Harley Brown completed the top 5.
In the Bandit division last week's winner Richard Thorton and Gary Sharlow battled hard for the win as Thorton led the opening 3 laps but the caution flew quickly as Gary Sharlow shredded a right front tire. When the green flew Thorton put the car on auto pilot as he led wire to wire again to score back to back victories.
The night concluded with a 10 lap Ironman Enduro qualifier with the receiving a guaranteed spot into the Ironman Slick Track Enduro on September 24th. TJ Herne jumped out front and led all 10 laps to secure the number 1 position for the big enduro in September over a solid field.
Next week the prestigious 50 lap Memorial Cup for the 358 Modifieds will head line the night along with a full show in all division brought to you by the good folks at Frenchie's Chevrolet and Frenchie's Ford. The first green flag drops at 7:30pm.
358 MODIFIED - JORDAN MCCREADIE, Chris Raabe, Tim Fuller, Corey Wheeler, Luke Whitteker, Pat O'Brien, Brian McDonald, Gage Morin, Matt Billings, John Mulder, George Foley, Mike Adderley, Larry Welling Jr., Zach Aubertine, Madison Mulder, David Papineau, Matt Woodruff, Patrick Dupree, Billy Dunn, Carey Terrance
SPORTSMAN - SHANE PECORE, Louie Jackson Jr., Moise Page, Adam Rozon, Joel Hargrave, Robert Delormier, Thomas Cook, Ricky Thompson, Sid Harmer Jr., Brianna Ladouceur, Andy Howard, Jesse Hudson, Jordan Miller, Mike Stacey, Billy Cook, Troy Fleming, Delbert Legrow Sr., Gabriel Cyr, Chris Frennier, Kyle Sharp, Bruce Makinson, Justin White, Delbert Legrow Jr., Joel Herne, Neal Provost, Gilles Godard, Tim Smythe
NOVICE SPORTSMAN - JAMIE BEGOR, Junior Delormier,Anthony Rassmussen, Greg Snyder, Regi Castelle, Jason Bruno, Styles Arquiett, JP Herne, Dana Francis, Marcel Lafleur, Dudes Thompson
MOD LITES - JOHN FOSTER, Deric Ellsworth, Scott Waldrif, Kevin Foster, Harley Brown, Nick Mallette, Dan Reif, Brad Reif, Jason Premo
BANDIT - RICHARD THORTON, Gary Sharlow, Tina Snyder, (DNS) Shane Ray
IRONMAN ENDURO QUALIFIER - 1) TJ HERNE #249 2) Jason Croft #9J3 Nolan Cooke #24x