SHANE RAY SCORES FIRST EVER BANDIT WIN WHILE MOTHER NATURE CLAIMS THE EVENING AT MOHAWK
By: Tim Baltz
With a night of threatening weather looming it didn't stop the top drivers at the Mohawk International Raceway this past Friday night as the Bandit's were ready for a double dip and a huge field for the first TUSA Mod Lite appearance in 2016.
In the Bandit 10 lap event CJ Lavair was on a mission looking for his first Mohawk win in the Bandit class. On lap 7 that mission came to an end as mechanical issues sidelined him for the night. This left defending track champion Shane Ray in control of the field with nearly a half track lead. Over the remaining 3 laps Ray was on cruise control as he scored his first ever Bandit feature win. Richard Thorton held on for 2nd while Lucas Brown crossed in 3rd.
In the regular 15 lap Novice Sportsman feature Jamie LaFountain was the man in charge as he charged away from the field looking for his 2nd win of the year. On lap 4 Thunder Anderson lost control of his car bringing out the only caution. From the restart on through to the finish Jamie LaFountain would go unchallenged to score his 2nd win in the last 4 weeks over Junior Delormier and Dana Francis.
After all qualifying heats finished up the skies opened up forcing the remaining features to be run at later dates. The schedule over the next month at Mohawk is going to be extremely busy as track officials have confirmed the following dates for the makeup features.
August. 19 the held over 358 Modified 30 lap event from July. 22 will take place along with the final round of the Bailey Motor Company 358 Modified Series 30 lapper. The Quebec Lightning Sprints, Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club, Sportsman and Novice Sportsman will be on hand while the Bandit and Mod Lites will have the night off.
August. 26 another huge night of racing will see the Modifieds have the held over feature from August. 5 plus the regular scheduled 30 lap contest, along with the final round of the Number One Speed Equipment Sportsman Series plus a full show for Novice Sportsman, Bandit and Mod Lite
The season finale on September. 2 will see the held over features from August. 5 for the Sportsman and Bandit along with a full regular card of racing in all 5 classes which includes the 50 lap 358 Modified Labor Day Championship.
The TUSA Mod Lite Series race from August. 5 will be made up during the 2 day weekend making it a Twin 20 event for the series on Friday September 16.
With so much racing going on over the next month including double features for many of the divisions, you will be sure to get your fill of racing before the end of 2016. All Friday night action will kick off at the usual 7:30pm start time.