Big Blocks Preparing For Cornwall Invasion


CORNWALL, Ontario – The Super DIRTcar Series is gearing up to headline the four-division Canada Day DIRTcar Weekend Blast on June 30 and July 1 at Cornwall Motor Speedway.

The premier Big-Block Modified series opens the action at the high-banked quarter-mile on June 30 followed on July 1 by the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and DIRTcar Pro Stock series.

Last year’s Super DIRTcar Series winner at Cornwall, Chris Raabe, made his way to his first Super DIRTcar Series Victory Lane behind the wheel of a small block. This year, he anticipates such a competitive field of drivers that it may be tough for many racers just to qualify for the redraw.

“Last year the big names were lucky enough to get in the redraw. For these races, half the battle is getting a decent starting spot,” said Raabe, who as a 358-Modified Rookie in 2011 won a track championship at Mohawk International Raceway. “There are so many good guys, it’s hard to come to the field these days. Last year we were lucky to get a good starting spot, and we had a pretty balanced race car, so we were able to stay up front the whole race.”

Raabe, of Napanee, Ontario, made the last year’s redraw after a third-place finish in qualifying heats, drawing the third starting spot, passing Danny Johnson and Bobby Herrington for the lead and fending off late-race challenges from Mario Clair.

“It was pretty big for us last year. It’s always exciting to win when all the big guys are there,” Raabe said. “A lot of these guys – Brett Hearn, and a lot of those other guys – I look up to them a lot, and it’s fun to race with them.”

Although Cornwall does not race Big-Block Modifieds regularly, Raabe said the local 358-Modified racers are ready to, once again, put up a strong fight against the series regulars.