During a practice session on the clay oval at the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, Alexandria race car driver Joey Ladouceur set a new track record in the 358-Modified class, completing the circuit in 12.640 seconds.
Ladouceur tells me, “The track record was set during practice in the Modified division, driving our family-owned #23 Mr Radiator Auto Service Dirt Modified (Cornwall’s premier division) car. The chassis is a Bicknell chassis (built in St. Catharine’s ,Ontario), and the engine is one that my dad, Laurent [a Glengarry Sport Hall of Fame inductee], built. Most of the other competitors have engines that they buy from professional engine builders that cost $25,000 – $30,000, so it was nice to have something that we built ourselves beat all the professionally-built engines.”
On the conditions for the August 9 racing, the veteran drivers says, “After a brief rain delay, and some prepping of the moist clay by the speedway track crew, the track conditions were perfect for a track record (there’s a lot of traction when the clay transitions from slippery to tacky/sticky. After that is begins to harden and slowly transitions to hard clay, kinda like polishing cement, which leads to a decline in traction and slower lap times.”
Originally scheduled to begin last Sunday, the green flag is now set to fly on the 2020 season at the Cornwall Motor Speedway on June 6, though the event will be for drivers and race teams only. No spectators will be permitted.
All of this, of course, is due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Speedway and stock car drivers have been impacted, just as other sports and events have.
The June 6 event, billed as “Back To The Track 50” will run on Saturday, June 6, with 50 laps for both Modified and Sportsman classes. Due to current Ontario government guidelines, no spectators will be permitted to attend. Race fans can take in the action online, via the 360nitro.tv platform (purchase required).
Strict rules will be enforced for race teams, which will be limited in number to the driver and four support members. Up to 30 cars will take to the track in each of the two scheduled events.
The Cornwall Motor Speedway has announced a delay of its planned 2020 season-opening, which had been booked for May 17.
“With the current COVID-19 Pandemic that is affecting everyone and with the current recommendations of the Public Health Safety Agency of Canada, the Lavergne family [owners of the Speedway] decided to postpone the start of the 2020 season, that was scheduled to begin on May 17, until further notice.”
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Along with that announcement, Speedway staff have decided to hold off on releasing a schedule of events for this summer, as things remain in flux: “Several scenarios are currently being discussed about our scheduling format for the upcoming summer. “We are monitoring the situation closely and will adapt our decisions to accommodate our race team, fans, and sponsors, while respecting all recommendations from the Government. Our first priority is to have a safe and virus-free environment for our drivers and fans to enjoy while being compliant with regulations in place.”
Owing to COVID-19 concerns and related closures, the Cornwall Speedway has announced that it will delay the revealing of its 2020 schedule until May 1, with the plan for summer racing to begin on May 17.
Sunday night racing at the Cornwall Motor Speedway wrapped up last weekend with Alexandria’s Chris Raabe capturing hist first victory this season on the local track, his sixth overall win of the summer.