Steve Bernard Outruns Billy Dunn For DirtCar 358 Series Win at Mohawk By: Tim Baltz

 
 

The much anticipated Mohawk Nationals kicked off in fine style Friday night at the Mohawk International Raceway with great weather, a great crowd and some of the best drivers to strap into a race car. Steve Bernard passed Danny Johnson on lap 68 then held off Billy Dunn to record the DirtCar 358 Modified Series win, Mike White led every lap and also held off a determined Roch Aubin and Bruno Cyr for his first ever DirtCar Pro Stock Series win, Guillaume Neiderer was dominant claiming the Lightning Sprint feature while Paul Klager led wire to wire in TUSA Mod Lite Series 25 lap contest.

 

Tyler Givogue who was making his 358 Modified debut led the field to green but it was Chris Raabe taking away the early over Givogue, Michael Parent, Mathieu Desjardins and Erick Rudolph. Raabe had a strong car in the opening 8 laps before a left rear flat tire forced the defending series champion to the pits handing the lead to Givogue on the next restart. When the green flew Givogue tried to hold the lead but Michael Parent took command of the field with Rudolph and Givogue completing the top 3. The caution flew again on lap 13 as Ryan Arbuthnot spun his car in turn 3 but was able to continue. On the restart it was a classic battle between a pair of 25s as Michael Parent in the 25P and the 25R of Rudolph were having a great battle for the top spot as they raced side by side for the next 10 laps as Mathieu Desjardins, Danny Johnson and Tyler Givogue completed the top 5. On lap 35 Erick Rudolph finally was able to get the advantage as he cleared Parent on lap 35 bringing Johnson with him to 2nd. On lap 36 Michael Parent's shot at a win went away as he blew a left rear tire and the caution flew again. On the restart Danny Johnson took over the top spot but behind them Brian McDonald was making a big charge coming from 6th to 4th as he battled with Steve Bernier for the number 3 spot. On lap 47 McDonald saw a chance at victory go away as he tangled with Bernier forcing the McDonald into the wall. When the field went back under green The Doctor continued his great run and was looking to head to another 358 Series win with Rudolph and now Steve Bernard charging into the picture as he completed the top 3. On lap 68 the final yellow flew as Michael Parent would break the front end on his car ending his night for good. On the restart Steve Bernard went right to work as he drove by Johnson on the top side of turn 4 for the lead bringing Billy Dunn to 2nd and the battle was on. Dunn gave it every effort he could but Steve Bernard remained strong in the top spot. Over the final laps Steve Bernard finally put it all together as he closed the deal claiming his 4th career DirtCar 358 Modified series win and first at Mohawk. Dunn would cross in 2nd followed by Danny Johnson, Steve Bernier and Erick Rudolph.