Monster Trucks close out the Cornwall Motor Speedway season

Hundreds of spectators took part in the Cornwall Motor Speedway's last event of the season on Sunday September 29, 2019 in Cornwall, Ont. They were treated to a Monster Truck show, a first for the speedway. Francis Racine/Special to the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Francis Racine / Francis Racine/Special to the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

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Hundreds gathered on the bleachers of the Cornwall Motor Speedway Sunday, to cap off what turned out to be quite an eventful 50th season.

“Obviously, the big attraction for today are the three monster trucks,” said Martin Bélanger, public relations co-ordinator for the Speedway. “It’s the first time we have that here. They’ve been out in the community before, but never here. It’s therefore the biggest part of our show today.

“Judging from all the people here, I think the answer from local fans has been great.”

Younger spectators were invited to take part in their very own race, aboard small, battery powered vehicles. There was some bumping, some sliding but also, lots of smiles, as the Monster Trucks came to the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday September 29, 2019 in Cornwall, Ont. Francis Racine/Special to the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Francis Racine / Francis Racine/Special to the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

Bélanger further stressed the Monster Trucks could return to the speedway next year.

“We’ll see how the event goes, but so far it looks good.”

There was also a tough truck group taking part in the day’s festivities.

“People that come to witness our endure event, witnessed something similar,” said Bélanger.

Fully co-operating for the event was mother nature, who bathed visitors with warm sunshine and a soothing wind. Particularly after the speedway made the call on Friday to push the event back by a day due to the forecasted rain for Saturday.

Spectators were treated to a variety of different thrilling activities, such as a vehicle flipping over another. The car left one side of the track, going full speed, hitting a vehicle that had been set upright. The hard collision made some gasps, and many were left in awe.

Hundreds of spectators took part in the Cornwall Motor Speedway’s last event of the season on Sunday September 29, 2019 in Cornwall, Ont. They were treated to a Monster Truck show, a first for the speedway. Francis Racine/Special to the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Francis Racine / Francis Racine/Special to the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

“It’s very different from what we usually offer,” explained Bélanger.

According to the latter, the speedway’s promoter has been wanting to bring various features to the establishment.

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“Being that it’s our 50th anniversary, it gave us an excuse to really try new things,” he said.

This summer’s great weather enabled the speedway to hold 17 of their 20 events, which Bélanger deemed impressive.

“We had great races,” he said. “Lots of them were very tight and the outcome of our modified category was decided on the very last race of the season.”

There was also a good turnout of racers and cars in other categories, leading to competitive races.

“We really had a great season,” the man said.

When asked what next season will bring to spectators, Bélanger explained they are just beginning to plan the 2020 season.

“Our big series are all coming back next season,” he said. “We might try to bring other things, but it’s sometimes hard to bring American series here. We will have a lot of the things we had in our 2019 season.”

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