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August 23rd: Strictly Hydraulics Night
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
Cole Butcher drove to victory in the Strictly Hydraulics 50 on Friday night at Scotia Speedworld, but it was far from easy.
On paper, Butcher, the 2012 champion of the Strictly Hydraulics Legends, dominated the event by leading the most laps after driving up from his seventh place starting position early in the extended lap feature. Fans that watched the race will tell you that the youngster had to drive the wheels off the car to keep the victory.
Matt Moore (Falmouth), who has outscored the point leader by an average of seven points in the last four races, kept Butcher honest in the waning laps of a 23-lap green flag run to the finish, shadowing the #5 Atlantic Tiltload Ford for the run to the checkers.
Emily Meehan (Rawdon), who restarted on Lap 27 in sixth place, rim rode her #75 Legend around the outside of three drivers over the final 23 circuits to edge her way to third at the finish by inches over Cy Harvey (Elmsdale). Cy bested his nephew Danny Harvey (Lantz) to the stripe to take the fourth place spot.
Cy Harvey and Dan Michaud Jr (Lawrencetown) each took home qualifying heat race victories.
The top six in points with three races to go have just 25 points between them with Butcher and Moore tied for the top spot in the standings. Meehan sits third, just nine points ahead of sixth place Cy Harvey, with Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) and Danny Harvey stuck in the middle.
The next race for the Strictly Hydraulics Legends is Friday night at the Speedworld during Kiddie Night.
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
Vernon Brown (Antrim) joined Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) and Ryan Goldsmith (Bridgewater) as two time winners on the 2013 campaign in the Coors Light Truck division.
Brown took control of the 20-lap main feature on Strictly Hydraulics Night early and never looked back to take his second feature win of the season, which followed up his heat race victory earlier in the right. The “double down” is the fourth of the season in the Coors Light Trucks by the fourth different driver in the division.
Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) continues to make a late season push to the top with a second place finish on Friday night, besting point leader Smith to the stripe. Goldsmith came across the line in fourth, followed by top rookie in the class in Lucasville’s Robbie Watts.
The gap between the top two in the standings sits at eight markers, with Smith holding the advantage over Goldsmith. Should something happen in the final two point nights to the top two, Fenton will be right there as he is just 18 points out of the lead and ten out of Goldsmith for second.
The Coors Light Trucks are off this weekend but will return to the track for Fan Appreciation Night on September 7th.
ACE LUMBERMART LIGHTNING
Marc MacMillan’s (Glenholme) second feature win of the season has come at a very key time in the ACE Lumbermart Lightning car season.
MacMillan took home the feature win on Strictly Hydraulics Night ahead of the point leading car, which was driven by two-time Lightning champion Jorden Smith (Lakeside), while BJ Nicholson (Beaverbank) was out of town for the night. Darrell Sullivan (Harrietsfield) led a few laps in the race after taking his heat race home and crossed the stripe in third but failed post race tech, promoting Jamie Dillman (Carroll’s Corner) to third. Dillman drove a spirited race after finding himself at the rear of the field in the second half of the race. Brothers Earl and Chevy MacDonald (Stewiacke) completed the top five.
With the disqualification of Sullivan, Donovan Gaudet (Amherst) picks up the win in the first heat while Chevy MacDonald drove to victory in Heat Two on the evening.
MacMillan and his #192 Glenholme Petro Pass Neon still sit a dozen points out of the point leading #140 car with just three races to go in the season. Next up for the series is Friday on Kiddie Night.
ACE LUMBERMART THUNDER
Shubenacadie’s Stevie Lively is on a mission.
After returning to the Speedworld, the former ACE Lumbermart Thunder car champion has gone two-for-two in Thunder car features. Lively and his #32 Hubley Auto Sales Civic, walked away with the 25-lap feature on Friday ahead of an edge-of-your-seat battle between 2011 champion Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) and 2012 titlist Kyle MacMillan (Hammonds Plains) with Matthews edging out MacMillan for the spot. Following tech, MacMillan was stripped of his third place finish, promoting Kyle Gammon (Mount Uniacke) to third, followed by Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) and Matthew Warren (White’s Lake).
Matthews and J.R. Lawson (Shubenacadie) locked down heat race wins earlier in the evening to qualify for the main feature.
Matthews knocked off nine points on the advantage Warren had on him in the point standings and now the advantage sits at 26 points with three races to go in the season. Tim Webster (Beaverbank) is just five points behind Matthews and is determined to make this a championship battle before the checkers fly on 2013.
Next up for the ACE Lumbermart Thunder division is Friday for Kiddie Night.
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