Fury in the fast lane: Cornwall Motor Speedway races into new season

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Cornwall Motor Speedway opened for the season Sunday, with a track full of lane changers and a fresh momentum sparked by new ownership.

Graham Gorman, speedway track promoter, laid out the vision of the new owners Raymond and Jacques Lavergne, a pair of egg farmers from St. Albert.

"They're very excited. Everything seems to be falling into place," said Gorman.

Since the brothers only took full ownership of the speedway on April 30, the need for a speedy switch-up behind the scenes was vital to prepare for the 2014 DIRT racing season opener.

"It was a very short time to do a whole pile of work," said Gorman.

It was 46-year-old Raymond's dream to be closer to the races after many years of being a pit crew member for DIRTcar Motorsports Hall of Famer Marcel 'The Hammer' Lafrance.

The high speeds and reasonable ticket prices have kept the speedway a huge draw for thousands of racing fans since 1969. So many of the upcoming changes are aesthetic and for comfort.

Already, a new sound system has been added to ensure fans across the large venue can hear flag-to-flag coverage from the announcers.

"They have a pretty aggressive business plan," said Gordon. "Over the next three to five years, the infrastructure of the grandstands will be renovated."

The highlight of the race program was the Minute Auto Wash 100. The best 358-Modified drivers in the northeast competed in the 100-lap feature event.

A complete race program was also on the card for Sportsman, Semi-Pro and Mini-Stock.

For more information on the upcoming season at the Cornwall Motor Speedway, visit www.cornwallspeedway.com.

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