AKWESASNE - This past Friday night at Mohawk International Raceway, the Go Nuclear Late Models highlighted the nights action along with the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Bandits.
With the presence of the World of Outlaw Late Models in the area, the field for the Go Nuclear Series was the toughest ever.
The Go Nuclear Late Models were set to go for their second event of the Northern tour. World of Outlaw Late Models Star Chub Frank drew the pole and quickly raced out to the early lead with AJ Kingsley, James Jameson, Adam Turner and Clint Smith Making up the top five. Alan Chapman brought out the first and only caution of the night as he spun in turn 4. On the restart Chub Frank continued his great run as many of the top series regulars had spirited battles with World of Outlaw Late Model Series regulars. Adam Turner and Clint Smith put on a great show for the fourth spot as they battled side by side for the next five laps until Smith took the position away for good on lap 10. Frank had built up over a straightaway advantage by halfway with Smith, Kingsley, Dale Caswell and Turner rounding out the top five. By lap 17 Chub Frank entered into heavy lapped traffic but was able to move his way through and hold a comfortable advantage over a fast closing Clint Smith. Back in the top five Billy Eisle, the North Tour opening winner at Can-Am, charged from 11th on the grid to break into the top five on lap 22. However, nobody had anything left for Chubzilla as he scored his first ever Go Nuclear Late Model Series win over fellow WOO Late Model regular Clint Smith. AJ Kingsley had a solid drive all night finishing third with Caswell and Billy Eisle rounding out the top five.
The 358 Modifieds also had an exciting 25-lap feature in store. David Papineau and Zach Aubertine brought the field to the green flag with Aubertine grabbing the holeshot into turn 1. The first caution flew early on lap 2 as Tom Benedict spun his car in turn 4. When the green flag flew it was Aubertine leading the way over Luke Stewart, Brian McDonald, David Papineau and Jeff Sykes. The yellow would return to the speedway for Lance Willix as he broke his front end in turn 2. Under the same yellow Points leader Billy Dunn would break a drive shaft ending his night early. Aubertine continued to show the way on the restart but McDonald and Carey Terrance started to put the pressure on the leader by lap 9. Terrance who started in the eighth spot, quickly got by McDonald for second and tried to reel in Aubertine for the lead, and the chase was on. The Yellow flew again for Larry Welling Jr. Who slowed in turn 3. When the green came out on lap 16 Terrance went to work. He took his car to the top side of the speedway and motored by Aubertine to grab the top spot on lap 17. Behind him Tim Fuller also was making a charge from his 15th starting position. Fuller was on the charge making a three wide pass to move into second on lap 19 as he tried to run down Terrance. However with three to go Fuller slowed on the back stretch handing second back to Brian McDonald. Everything went to plan for Terrance on this night as he motorted to his first win of 2013 over Danny OBrien who came from 13th starting spot to finish second. McDonald, Chris Raabe and Aubertine completed the top five at the finish.
In Sportsman action 31 cars came to the start of the 20-lap affair as Mike Stacey jumped out to the early lead from the outside pole position with Thomas Cook, Jasmine David, Trevor Arquiett and Robert Delormier making up the top five early on. On lap 4 the first yellow came out for Wyatt Mullin as he broke a front end in turn 4. On the restart Mike Stacey continued to lead with Thomas Cookright there with him in the 2nd spot. Stacey had a great car on this night as he quickly opened up a half straightaway lead over Cook, Delormier Brad Winters and Dylan Evoy. On lap 8, Jenna David spun her machine in turn 3 bringing out the yellow. On the restart Stacey still had the lead but the man on the move was Evoy. After starting 19th Evoy quickly charged to the high side off turn 2 making it three wide down the back stretch to move into the top spot on lap 10. One lap later the final caution flew for a four-car tangle in turn 3. On the final restart with nine to go Evoy raced out to a comfortable lead but other drivers behind him werew on the move as well. Corey Wheeler started 17th and after a great battle with Mike Stacey, was able to get to second on lap 14. But the man from Brockville kept his great year going as Evoy made it three wins in four starts at Mohawk. Wheeler came home second, Shane Pecore charged from 20th to finish third with Brent Kelsey and Mike Maresca completing the top five.
The Bandit division this season has been dominated by Jean Marc Larose, but he would have his work cut out for him as he started in the 10th spot. Marc Reggentin and Scott Banker brought the field to the green and Banker raced out to the early lead in the event. Behind him Danny Lefebvre closed in and grabbed the top spot away just after lap 3 but Jean Marc Larose was on the charge. After taking second away from Reggentin he motored by Lefebvre to get the lead and run away from the rest of the field. Only 1 caution slowed the field on lap 9 for Reggentin and Lefebvre as they tangled in turn 3. On the restart nobody had anything for Jean Marc Larose as he scored his third win in a row over Scott Banker ,Darryl Mitchell, Chris James and Dudes Thompson.
This Friday, all five divisions will be back on the card for a full program. Racing gets underway at 7:30p.m.