CORNWALL, Ontario – Persistence paid off Sunday night for Carey Terrance, who, after a dramatic late-race pass for the lead, claimed the Super DIRTcar Series victory at Cornwall Motor Speedway.
An impressive total of 58 entries competed for a spot in the Sunday’s 30-car feature, and Terrance kept ahead, claiming a win in his heat race and drawing the ninth starting spot. He worked his way up to the top five by lap 50, and in lap 86 challenged David Hebert for the lead. His first challenge faltered when nearby cars collided to bring out a caution, but Terrance was not willing to give up, pulling up outside Hebert on the backstretch in lap 89 and passing him for the lead in turns 3 and 3.
“I just took my time with the race, and as the night went on, the tires got better,” Terrance said, adding that multiple cautions late in the race worked in his favor. “I think [Hebert] cooled his tires there at the end. We got the advantage over him at the last restart, and the car was just good after that.”
While Terrance, of Hogansburg, N. Y., spent the first half of the 100-lapper working up to the top five, Bobby Varin and Billy Dunn battled for a spot at the front of the pack. Polesitter Varin, of Johnstown, N. Y., took the initial lead at the green flag, but Dunn, of Watertown, N. Y., found the opportunity to pass him off a lap nine restart.
Dunn clung to his position for the next 45 caution-free laps, successfully maneuvering lapped traffic to carve out a hefty lead over Varin. The yellow flag waved in lap 55, bringing the field together, but Dunn managed to stay ahead on the double-file restart. Behind him, Whittaker and Varin fought for second, with Whittaker claiming it in lap 50 only to lose it to Hebert off a restart in lap 64.