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Tristan Ladouceur builds on family reputation for racing success

A young Alexandria kart racer is having quite the summer, racking up the victories on the dirt oval in Cornwall.

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Alexandria youngster Tristan Ladouceur has been racking up the victories in kart racing this summer. (photo used with permission)

Tristan Ladouceur, son of stock car driver Joey Ladouceur and grandson of Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame inductee Laurent Ladouceur, nabbed his fourth track victory of the season on Tuesday night.

His dad tells me that the young racer competes in Junior 3 class, a division for kids ages 12 through 15. Three of Tristan’s wins have come in Cornwall, while one was achieved on the Brockville track.

Thank you to photographer Tyler Lacelle for the above image. You can check out more of his work on his Facebook page.

And it’s not just young Tristan who is having a great summer on the track. His cousin Trey has two wins in the Stock (15+ age group), and cousin Liam has a few victories in Junior 2 (ages 10-12).

In the most recent Modifieds division race held on the Cornwall track August 23, Joey Ladouceur finished sixth. The winner on the night was the Seaway City’s own Corey Wheeler.

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Joey Ladouceur sets track record at Cornwall Motor Speedway

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.

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Joey Ladouceur racing his family’s #23 car at the Cornwall Motor Speedway. (submitted photo)

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.”

To see a video of Ladouceur on the track, follow this link to his Facebook post.

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Racing to return to Cornwall Motor Speedway in June, without spectators

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.

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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.

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Cornwall Speedway delays season-opening, 2020 schedule announcement

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.”

For more background, please see my earlier post here.

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Cornwall Speedway looks back on 2010-13

The Cornwall Motor Speedway shares this article written by Martin Bélanger as we look back on 2010 through 2013 at the race track.

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We are about 3 weeks away from turning a new chapter as we will start a new decade. A lot of great action and racing can happen in 10 years. Let’s look back at what happened at Cornwall Motor Speedway from 2010 to 2019, starting with the 2010 through 2013 racing seasons.

In 2010, the decade started with the announcement of the Canadian Nationals as a staple series at the speedway, replacing the Lucas Oil Canadian Series that toured area tracks. Brett Hearn stole the show at that first edition, winning both events and leaving with more than $10,000 in prize money. Laurent Ladouceur won his fourth and final Modified track championship over brothers Danny and Tim O’Brien. Joey Ladouceur was the dominant force in the Pro-Stock division in 2010, scoring the track championship along with the Mohawk Race Parts Series crown. Chris Raabe won the Sportsman title in front of veteran Chris Herbison, while Gaetan Amesse in Semi-Pro and Ronnie Tyo in Mini-Stock, won their respective championships.

Stephane Lafrance had a banner year in 2011, winning both the track championship and the Canadian Nationals Series. He became the first driver to get both titles in the same season. Carey Terrance and Joel Doiron completed the podium. Joey Ladouceur continued his dominant way in the Pro-Stock, with 6 wins, paving the way to his sixth championship. He also took the Mohawk Race Parts Series. After being runner up in 2010, Chris Herbison won the championship in Sportsman, while Kevin Fetterly Jr in Semi-Pro and Ernie Cree in Mini-Stock were named champions in their divisions.

2012 was another historic year for promoter Ron Morin as he hosted for the first time the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. Morin pushed the envelope that year in having the World of Outlaws Late Models as well. Donny Schatz won the historic race, while Mother Nature had her best with the Late Models. Dale Planck imitated Lafrance by winning his third track championship and the Canadian Nationals. Laurent Ladouceur finished second with Chris Raabe completing the podium. Chris Herbison had a terrific year by securing his second Sportsman championship and winning the new Seaway GM Series. Joey Ladouceur won both track and Mohawk Race Parts Series, while Benoit Dubois in Semi-Pro and Martin Bernard in Mini-Stock won their respective class titles.

The year 2013 started on the wrong foot with 4 of the first 5 events being cancelled due to inclement weather. The first program finally ran on June 9 that year. Mario Clair won the Modified track championship with Brian McDonald getting the honours in the Canadian Nationals. Joey Ladouceur made a splash in his first year in Sportsman, winning the track championship, with Mathieu Desjardins getting the Seaway GM Series. Dave Bissonnette captured the Pro-Stock championship, with Stephane Lebrun getting the Mohawk Race Parts Series. Steve Billings in Semi-Pro and Mike Gaucher in Mini-Stock nabbed the titles. This was also the last season for Ron Morin as the owner of Cornwall Motor Speedway.

In an upcoming story, we will revisit the years 2014 to 2016, which marked the debut of the Lavergne family as new owners of the track.

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Glen Roberton’s Leroux races to Brockville track championship

Andrew Leroux is the 2019 Brockville Speedway track champion in the mini stock division. The Glen Robertson resident clinched the crown with a third-place finish in the season’s final race Saturday night, marking his seventh top-five result of the summer.

In 9 starts overall, he had 8 top-ten finishes and one victory.

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Andrew Leroux: 2019 Brockville track champion (mini stock division)
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Raabe races to victory

Alexandria stock car driver Chris Raabe raced to victory in the August 23 race at Mohawk International Raceway.

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