By Bill Foley
Former Sportsman veteran Corey Cormier made a quick impression on night one of the Sunshine Swing at All-Tech Raceway.
With just a couple of laps to go the Otisville, N.Y. driver found himself in third place trailing only Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard.
However, when the final checker fell, he was sitting back in sixth.
A disappointed Cormier, standing alongside his car outside, told Dirt Track Digest, “The track just rubbered up and we got tight. I drove harder and harder, but I oversteered in the corner and missed the rubber.”
Continuing, he explained, “I’ll take it as it is my first time here and it was good until it wasn’t.”
Earlier in the night he surprised many by winning his qualifying heat.
Looking back on that, he said, “It was really good. This car is perfect. We just picked it up this year and it is working great. The car is free and working the right way. We are happy with that.”
With his run at All Tech the obvious question was if he was moving to this type of competition this year?
He noted, “We will see what happens as the season goes on, but right now I have an open 360 motor and we will see how long that lasts. These motors are expensive so we will see how well we can take care of it.”
Looking toward the feature, he said, “A win would be huge down here. These guys are as good as it gets for Modified racing. So, we’ll see what happens.”
Even though he has been well known for his Sportsman accomplishments this type of racing isn’t exactly foreign to him.
He explained, “I did a little bit two years ago, but we blew this motor up and the other one we had so we had to step back. I probably raced 15 Modified races.”
The motor in the car isn’t legal at his regular Saturday night haunt, the Orange County Speedway as it is strictly Short Track Super Series legal.
Cormier’s car is a 2023 Bicknell and everything on it is brand new and the motor is supplied by Pro Power Racing.
So, his plans at this point is “We will try to keep this motor together and chase Deyo Series and probably run some Small Block with the Super DIRTcar Series and run at Middletown at the races they are having.