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Live 105 Night
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS - LANGILLE, MEEHAN BIG WINNERS
The young guns of Scotia Speedworld were busy this past Friday night as two features were on the docket for the Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros. The drivers kicked off Live 105 Night with their held over feature from Atlantic CAT 250 weekend, which got fogged out following the Pro Stock feature. Shubenacadie’s Braden Langille continued his impressive late season push by taking the first feature of the evening, holding off Chipman, New Brunswick hotshoe Cole Boudreau for the top spot. Boudreau edged out point leader Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake) for the second spot, with rookie Craig MacDonald (Waverly) and Dylan Sutherland (Beaverbank) completing the top five in the first 15-lap feature of the night.
In the “night cap,” Langille had to settle for second as he perused eventual winner Adam Meehan (Rawdon) to the stripe. Meehan not only had to hold off Langille, but had point leaders Butcher and Boudreau in his rear view mirror at the finish of the race, while MacDonald, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, finished off his night with his second top five run with fifth in the second feature. Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) and Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea) took heat wins for the second feature. For Blackburn, it was his first ever Bandolero checkered flag, as he looked like a veteran up front after having to hold off a hard charging Megan Parrott (Beaverbank) and Nicholas Naugle (Halifax) at the close of Heat One.
The race also featured two Bandolero drivers from Newfoundland’s Thunder Valley Speedway. Waylon Farrell (Saint John’s, NL) made his second start of the season at the Speedworld by finishing seventh in the main while Jesse Hicks (Conception Bay South, NL) was a part of his first start of the season in his #30 at Scotia Speedworld. The Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros are off this week before racing on ACE Lumbermart Night on August 31st.
STRICTLY HTDRAULICS LEGENDS - BLENKHORN BESTS LEGEND FIELD
Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) was once again tops in the Strictly Hydraulics Legend car field, winning the 25-lap feature on Live 105 Night. The former Maritime League of Legends Tour and Strictly Hydraulics Legend champ held off “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale) in the first half of the feature and outdueled Matt Moore (Falmouth) at the conclusion of the race for the win. Moore held on to second with Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) coming home in the third place spot. Rounding out the top five included Dan Michaud Jr (Lawrencetown) and Derek MacCallum (Lower Sackville).
The championship battle swayed many times in the main feature. Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake) came in with a ten point lead over Paul Blenkhorn (Truro) and looked to keep pace with the #13 in the feature until Butcher and Shelby Baker (Fall River) made contact to bring out a caution, sending Butcher to the rear with 11 to go. When it looked like the former champion was set to take the point lead, Blenkhorn’s #13 went for a spin in the final corner of the event, relegating the 2010 champion to an 11th place finish, one spot worse than Butcher. Combined with heat finishes, Butcher still remains the point leader by ten heading into Energy 103.5 Night on August 24th.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN - HOSS DOUBLES DOWN FOR FIRST WIN OF SEASON
Noel Road’s Harry Ross White took a very popular win on Friday Night as he took the victory in the 38-lap Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series feature. The feature win wasn’t easy though as he had to hold off a determined Darren Wallage (Oakfield), who started deep in the field and had worked the back bumper of the #18 Archibald Drilling and Blasting Impala in the closing laps, but in the end it was HOSS holding off the challenges of Wallage for the win. Fred Schofield (Windsor) took third, followed by championship contenders Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake) and Mike Banks (Wilmot). Heat races were won by White and Schofield.
The title hunt was magnified in a big way early in the feature as a three wide move in the first lap of the event caused a wreck involving point leader Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake), Phil Barkhouse Jr (Beaverbank), Tony Mason (Nine Mile River) and Wade Slauenwhite (Beaverbank. The wreck ended the night of Slauenwhite and Mason while Boutilier limped around for nine green flag laps before the rear end gave way after the Lap One wreck. Unofficially, Veinotte will move to second in the standings, 38 points behind Boutilier with Banks and Larry Fisher (Porter’s Lake) one and two points behind Veinotte with three point races remaining.
The biggest impact of the night came when Joey Livingstone (Merigomish) went full blast into the tires in Turn Four after having to avoid a wreck in front of him. Livingstone emerged from his #01 Two Faced Tattoos Pontiac alright, but the car sustained major front end damage. Next up for the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series is the 18th Annual Shriner’s Classic for Sportsman next Friday, August 24th. The Classic will be 50-laps in length and is the longest actively running race in consecutive years in Atlantic Canada.
ACE LUMBERMART LIGHTNING - SMITH EXTENDS LEAD WITH WIN
New colors didn’t slow the pace of Jorden Smith (Lakeside), as the #144 Rent A Centre/DaBest Construction Neon picked up where he left off two weeks ago by putting yet another feature win in the bag in the ACE Lumbermart Lightning division. Smith had to hold off Richie Moore (Elmsdale) for the win while BJ Nicholson (Beaverbank), Mike Brown (Urbania) and Marc MacMillan (Glenholme) each brought their cars home in the top five in a very competitive 25-lap feature for the four cylinder cars. Heat races were won by “Rational” Richard Patrick in the Ken Zwicker owned #141 and Smith.
The point lead continues to inch closer to triple digits for Smith as it is now unofficially 89 points between Smith and Brown at the top of the Lightning standings with just three races to go. The next race for the ACE Lumbermart Lightning division is on August 24th during Energy 103.5 Night.
ACE LUMBERMART THUNDER - LIVELY RETURNS TO THE TOP OF THE THUNDER CLASS
Following fighting setup issues with his #32 Hubley Auto Sales Civic, Stevie Lively of Shubenacadie finally put the problems behind him by taking the win in the 25-lap ACE Lumbermart Thunder feature on Live 105 Night. Lively had a sizeable lead on the battle for second, which was taken away by Kennetcook’s Andrew Cluett over fellow Kennetcook driver Cody Singer, who was subbing for Dwayne Flemming (Shubenacadie) in the #43 car. Tim Webster (Beaverbank) brought his #86 car home in fourth, followed by point leader Kyle MacMillan (Hammonds Plains).
Heat races on the night were won by Lively and “the ageless rookie” Richard Ramsay (Halifax). At 60, Ramsay is in his first full ACE Lumbermart Thunder car season and took his first heat race victory of his young career on Friday night. MacMillan still holds the point lead as the series will see competition next on Friday, August 24th as the undercard to the 18th Annual Shriner’s Classic.
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