CORNWALL, ONTARIO — A gorgeous evening for racing as the Cornwall Motor Speedway presented the initial DIRTcar Sportsman Series event as the best drivers in the business went on in a heated battle for 50 laps in the Jiffy Auto Services 50 Sunday, June 1.

DIRTcar Sportsman Series regulars Martin Pelletier and Adam Hilton led the field 31 competitor to the green of the 50-lap event as Pelletier grabbed the lead over Hilton and defending series champion Brad Rouse ran third. Rouse quickly took second as Hilton went off the track in turn 4 to bring yellow flag conditions in lap 3.

Pelletier was able to hold off Rouse, Joey Ladouceur running behind the leaders, when Samuel Desrochers lost a wheel in front of the grandstand and caution was back out with 5 laps completed.

Pelletier kept the lead as Mathieu Desjardins cracked the top 5. Ladouceur used the high lane to pass Rouse for second on lap 8 as Desjardins did the same thing to him 2 laps later. Jasmine David spun in the front stretch on lap 13 and the third yellow was out.

The pair of No. 92 rides were still in front, Pelletier holding the lead over Ladouceur as a great battle was occurring for third. As they got into heavy traffic, Pelletier tried to avoid contact with a slower car and Ladouceur took the top spot as yellow was out. Pelletier got back in front as the green lights were back; he led Ladouceur, Rouse, Corey Wheeler and Mathieu Desjardins at the halfway point.

Pelletier had the high lane figured out as the feature reached lap 30 while Desjardins lost some momentum and Gilles Godard powered to fifth. A good battle was forming up for second with Rouse taking the position from Ladouceur with 15 laps to go.

Pelletier joined slower cars as the feature hit the 40-lap mark. Patrice Dumouchel got out of the speedway in turn 4 with 6 laps to go. Pelletier pulled away from the field and led the final laps to win his first DIRTcar Sportsman Series race over Joey Ladouceur and Brad Rouse.

The French speaking driver was pretty happy in the winner’s circle: ”We finished second two year ago and fourth last year and winning the first event gives us a good head start for this year!”

The series will head west as the Sportsman will race at Ramsomville Speedway on Wednesday, July 2nd.

DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #1-Cornwall Motor Speedway, June 1, 2014 Event Summary

Jiffy Auto Service 50 Feature Results:

Martin Pelletier, Joey Ladouceur, Brad Rouse, Corey Wheeler, Mathieu Desjardins, Gilles Godard, Shane Pecore, Justin Lalancette, Adam Hilton, Mike Maresca, Ryan Stabler, Jessica Power, Steve Cote, Mike Stacey, Mitch Primeau, Wyatt Mullin, Robert Delormier, Adam Rozon, Patrice Dumouchel, Adam Leslie, Dillon Sallows, Billy Cook, Scott McGill, Jasmine David, Louie Jackson, Jean-Nicholas Gareau, Ricky Thompson, Corey Winters, David Andre, Thomas Cook, Samuel Desrochers

LAP LEADERS:

Pelletier (1-50)

Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 went to redraw, 5 to feature)

#1: Corey Wheeler, Adam Hilton, Corey Winters, Patrice Dumouchel, Louie Jackson, Ricky Thompson, Jessica Power, Dillon Sallows

#2 : Adam Leslie, Wyatt Mullin, Billy Cook, Thomas Cook, Mike Maresca, Robert Delormier, Jean-Nicholas Gareau, Jasmine David

#3: Shane Pecore, Joey Ladouceur, Martin Pelletier, Ryan Stabler, Justin Lalancette, Adam Rozon, Steve Cote, Scott McGill

#4: Brad Rouse, Mathieu Desjardins, Gilles Godard, Samuel Desrochers, Mike Stacey, David Andre, Mitch Primeau

-DIRTcar NE Press Release. Photo Credit: Cornwall Motor Speedway Photo, Rick Young

Pellettier Collects First DIRTcar Sportsman Win at Cornwall