CHICKENBURGER RACE WRAP
July 29, STRICTLY HYDRAULICS NIGHT
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN SERIES – SMITH SCORES VICTORY
Rookie driver Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside) scored his third feature victory of the season Friday night when he took the checkers first in the 30-lap Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series main feature. Smith and his #44 Timberlea Beverage Room/K. Hubley Woodworking and Contracting Dodge, who entered the night 20 points back from Jeff Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit), made the move on Mike Banks (Wilmot) in the middle stages of the event and held off Kirk Ryan (Enfield) and Dillman for the win. Aaron Boutilier (Porters Lake), who came into Strictly Hydraulics Night as second in points came home in the fourth spot, nipping former champion Terry Roma (West Chezzetcook).
Heat wins in the field went to Ryan and Banks. Banks ran solidly in the top five for a majority of the feature until the #95 Valley Auto Chevrolet fell back to sixth at the checkers.
COCO BEACH LEGENDS – PYE RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE
Steve Pye (Lantz) returned to victory lane in the Coco Beach Legend cars this past week as he took down the 25-lap feature on Strictly Hydraulics Night. Pye positioned his #6 Payless Automotive Legend on the back of “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale) during the first half of the race before a caution bunched up the field. Pye made his move on Harvey in the laps following the restart and held on for the win. Harvey was second while Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) finished third following an incident involving then third and fourth place drivers Richard Salter (Centre Burlington) and Paul Blenkhorn (Truro) going for simultaneous spins out of Turn Four. Matt Moore (Falmouth) and Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) rounded out the top five.
Salter and Tony Gaudet Jr (Milford Station) started off the evening in victory lane with heat wins. The Legends are back on track this Friday for Coco Beach Night!
TRUCKS – BROWN SCORES FIRST TRUCK FEATURE VICTORY
Vernon Brown has come close before in the Scotia Speedworld Truck class but that elusive feature win had eluded the youngster from Antrim. Brown was not to be denied though on July 29th as he “doubled down” en route to his first even feature win in the class! The feature saw lots of side-by-side and paint swapping between the Truck class regulars which kept fans on the edge of their seat for the 25-lap duration. Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) brought his #3 truck home in second with JP Arsenault (Church Point) taking home third. Fourth belonged to Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) with Ryan Goldsmith (Bridgewater) completing the top five.
Arsenault and Smith continue to trade the point lead and unofficially after Strictly Hydraulics Night it is the #4 Pico et Bebitte Chevrolet taking the top spot back by a single point over Smith’s #39.
LUMBERMART THUNDER – WARREN MASTERS LAP TRAFFIC, LIVELY FOR WIN
Matthew Warren not only had to hold off hard chargers in the Lumbermart Thunder main feature on Friday night, he also had to navigate lapped traffic to hold on to the victory. Warren, from White’s Lake, drove his #31 Markland Associates Honda Civic to the checkered flag first in the 25-lap feature over defending champion Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) and Tylor Hawes (Sheet Harbour) but had to defend as heavy lap traffic at the end of the feature saw the leaders bob and weave through the slower cars. Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) brought home his #99 in fourth place while Andrew Cluett (Kennetcook) recorded his best finish of the 2011 season thus far with a fifth place run in the #94 Colonial Honda.
Heat wins in the 23 car field went to Cluett and Lively.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS – TANNER GOES BACK-TO-BACK IN BANDOS
Rookie Cole Tanner took a huge step forward in the championship chase on Friday by winning the 15-lap main feature in the Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros. Tanner had to make the winning pass on fellow Shubenacadie driver Braden Langille in the late stages of the feature to take his second consecutive feature in the class. Langille, who led the most laps in the feature, came home second followed by rookie Adam Meehan (Rawdon), Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) and Dylan Sutherland (Beaverbank).
Tanner, who entered the event with a two point advantage on Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake), took home the win while Butcher recorded a ninth place finish in the feature after lap one issues with the #3 Top Construction Bandolero relegated Butcher to the pits. Butcher did come away with the heat race victory on the night. The Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros return to the Speedworld as apart of Fan Appreciation Night on August 19th.
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