CHICKENBURGER RACE WRAP
August 5, COCO BEACH NIGHT
COCO BEACH LEGENDS – PYE GOES BACK-TO-BACK IN LEGENDS
After the high handicap heat race for the Coco Beach Legends, Steve Pye (Lantz) had a broken car. A laundry list of things was to be fixed after the 10-lap qualifier to get the Payless Automotive sponsored car to the grid for the 25-lap feature. They did just that though and Pye once again got back up on the wheel and drove the #6 car back to victory lane! Pye bested Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) and “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale), who once again found themselves locked into a battle for position. Last season’s champion Paul Blenkhorn (Truro) came home in fourth while Falmouth’s Matt Moore completed the top five.
Richard Salter (Centre Burlington) won the first heat race for the class while Harvey was victorious in the second. Salter, in the Brycon Construction Legend car completed double duty on the night as he also raced his #16 Sportsman car in the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series.
TRUCKS – SMITH DOUBLES DOWN, RETAKES POINT LEAD
The see-saw battle that is the Truck series at Scotia Speedworld swung in the way of Lower Sackville’s Dan Smith on Friday night. Smith, in his #39 Chevrolet S-10 took the heat and feature win away on Coco Beach Night, taking the point lead back from Church Point’s JP Arsenault, who finished 3rd in each of the races. Ryan Goldsmith of Bridgewater scored his best career finish by coming home in second while last week’s feature winner Vernon Brown (Antrim) and Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) rounded out the top five in the 20-lap main event.
The Trucks continue their battle on Atlantic CAT 250 Superweekend with a feature on Friday night. Smith now has the point lead by five and will look to hold the advantage over Arsenault on Dartmouth Dodge night.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN SERIES – FOUR SCORE FOR SMITH
Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside) scored his second consecutive and fourth overall feature win in the 2011 Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series this past week at the Speedworld – but it was far from easy. Smith, the rookie had to navigate his #44 K. Hubley Woodworking and Contracting Dodge Charger past the veteran of Kirk Ryan in his #2 Eric Noble Trucking Pontiac Grand Prix. The two battled side-by-side for numerous laps and dueled it out on late restarts for the victory. Ryan came home in second, closely chased by Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake), point leader Jeff Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit) and Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake).
Veinotte started off the night on a winning note by taking the victory in his 10-lap qualifier, joining Elmsdale’s Chris Dingle as a heat race winner. Dillman maintains the point lead heading into their longest race of the season, the Dartmouth Dodge 100.
LUMBERMART THUNDER – MATTHEWS CAPTURES FEATURE, RETAKES POINT LEAD
Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) was on his game on Friday night as the #99 Sangsters Automotive Honda Civic returned to victory lane for the first time since the season opener by winning the 25-lap feature on Coco Beach Night. Matthews held off Tylor Hawes (Sheet Harbour) and 2010 titlist Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) in the waning laps as the top drivers weaved their way through slower traffic heading to the checkers. Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) brought home his Civic to his best finish of the season with a fourth place run, besting sophomore driver Andrew Warren (White’s Lake).
Hawes and Jeremy Hallett (Rawdon) recorded heat wins in the 25-car field. Matthews will retake the point lead as he now leads by eight markers over Hawes and 11 over Matthew Warren (White’s Lake) with just two races to go in the Lumbermart Thunder car season.
LUMBERMART LIGHTNING – SINGER SWEEPS TO SECOND FEATURE WIN
Cody Singer (Kennetcook) brought home the feature win in the Lumbermart Lightning class on Coco Beach to capture his second feature win of the season. Singer battled point leader Jorden Smith (Lakeside) for the victory but it was the #151 Leo J Beazley Neon that got the top spot in the end. Mike “The Outlaw” Umlah scored his first podium finish of the season as he brought home his #108 Mega Enterprises Ltd. Neon home in third, beating out Jamie Dillman (Carroll’s Corner) and Tyler Hallahan (Elmsdale), who scored his best career finish with a fifth place run in the 20-lap feature.
Singer completed the double down by winning his heat race, joining Hallahan as the winners in the qualifiers.
Next up for Scotia Speedworld is the Atlantic CAT 250 Superweekend. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will take to the track in the longest and richest race on the Speedworld sked this Saturday night while the Maritime League of Legends Tour will also join them for a 50-lap undercard. The Sportsman take centre stage Friday night with the Sportsman 100 Presented by Dartmouth Dodge along with the Scotia Speedworld Truck class. For more information on the weekend, check out ScotiaSpeedworld.ca.
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