CORNWALL, ON – The points race at Cornwall Motor Speedway in all categories is starting to take shape after the first third of the 2022 season.
In the premier class, the 358 Modified division’s current track champion Corey Wheeler is trying to fend off a tough challenge from Cary Terrence. The 40-year-old Terrence has won the championship four times at the Cornwall Motor Speedway, even though he considers the track one of the toughest. Carey clearly has mastered this ¼-mile high-banked oval and has taken a 5-point lead over Wheeler.
On the heels of the leader is Chris Raabe, another former speedway champion, with JF Corriveau trailing in fourth. Jonathan Ferguson rounds off the top five.
Defending champion Corey Wheeler’s perspective: “The year has been good to us so far!! I feel like we are still working towards being better. The competition is always good in Cornwall, so that’s no surprise! We will work hard and see what happens.”
The Sportsman Modified division is in much the same situation as defending track champion Ryan Stabler is fending off the challenge from former track champion Shawn Pecore. Pecore moved up into the 358 Modified ranks for a few seasons and has returned to the Sportsman ranks in 2022. He is always a tough competitor, giving Stabler a run for the money
In the Pro-Stock division, there has been a big resurgence in this class over the past few seasons. Car counts have steadily risen. One of the new drivers who has recently grown fond of this class is Bruno Richard, currently leading the points standings at Cornwall. Richard has had a tremendous season thus far and continues to triumph everywhere he goes. This characteristic is also evident in Cornwall, where Bruno enjoys a comfortable point advantage.
Bruno explains “We continue on the first goal of winning and coming home in one piece, but it was hard this past Sunday. We go one week at a time and we will continue to have clean races. I will race this weekend starting off at Mohawk Int. Speedway on Friday, then on Saturday, will be racing Lebanon or Fonda, depending on the weather, and finally, on Sunday, we race Glen Ridge for our second DIRT series race.”
Moving on to the Mini Stock division, Pierre Picard has inched ahead of Alexis Charbonneau by five points. Charbonneau is the current track champion and Picard is giving Alexis a run for his money this season thanks to his outstanding plays on the track.
Alexis explains: For this season I just want to retain my championship title! As the season unfolds me and Picard are consistently having a good battle each race night. I hope this battle will continue through the season as it raises the show for fans.”
Pierre Picard thoughts so far for this season: “It’s very nerve-racking for me as Alexis is a very good driver with a lot of experience. For me, it’s only my second season, but we are running really strong so far. We have a bit more speed in the straightaway than Alexis, but he comes back strong in the corners,. It would be really nice for me to win this season’s championship, but Alexis is very strong and will fight for his title to the end.”
Points breakdown as of July 12:
(1) Carey Terrance 309
(2) Chris Raabe 304
(3) Corey Wheeler 304
(4) J.F.Corriveau 283
(5) Jonathan Ferguson 264
(1) Ryan Stabler 359
(2) Shane Pecore 350
(3) Gabriel Cyr 300
(1) Bruno Richard 250
(2) Marc LaLonde 222
(3) Jocelyn Roy 206
(1) Pierre Picard 234
(2) Alexis Charbonneau 228
(3) Curtis Linday 209
The majority of the 2022 season is still young, and things can swiftly turn 180 degrees. The majority of the current divisional leaders have all been in their positions previously and are aware of what is necessary to win.
However, you should never write off any of the back markers since their desire for victory can just propel them to the points lead as the season progresses.