Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
July 5th: Kiddie Rides Night
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
Chris Dingle is a winner in the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series.
Dingle, of Elmsdale, held off the field in the 38-lap main feature to take his first career Sportsman series victory at the Speedworld. In comparison to previous races in the class this season, the fourth feature of the Summer for the top Weekly class at Scotia Speedworld saw many consecutive green flag laps, including a run to the finish which saw Dingle having to hold off Fred Schofield (Windsor) to score the victory.
Darren Wallage (Oakfield) broke a tie for the point lead with a third place finish on Friday. Wallage entered the night even with defending champion Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) but after a pit stop around the midway point of the race, Boutilier had to rally from the rear to take an eighth place finish. Harry Ross White (Noel Road) and Wade Slauenwhite (Beaverbank) finished fourth and fifth in the 18 car field, respectively.
Dingle and Ross White took the checkers in the two qualifying heat races.
Wallage now takes an 11 point lead into Friday’s MOPAR Express Lane Night. Ross White, rookie DJ Casey (Prospect Road), Slauenwhite and Brentley Pirri (Three Fathom Harbour) have nine points amongst them from third to six as they contest their fifth race of 2013 on Friday.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS
After knocking on the door to victory lane in the opening races of 2013, someone finally answered the call of Craig MacDonald.
The Waverley sophomore brought home his first career victory on Kiddie Night over point leader Adam Meehan (Rawdon) and Braden Langille (Shubenacadie). Meehan and Langille each had to rebound from a last lap crash in the heat race to sit on the podium with MacDonald, who had two previous third place runs in 2013 prior to his first win. Cole Tanner (Shubenacadie) crossed the line in fourth while Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) completed the top five.
Ettinger and Nicholas Naugle (Halifax) took qualifying heat race victories in the 13 car field, which featured newcomer Danny Chisholm, an eight year old from Canning.
With his second place run, Meehan’s point lead is now extended to 18 points over Langille with MacDonald moving from fifth to third in the standings and ten points behind Langille. The Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros are in action this Friday for MOPAR Express Lane Night.
ACE LUMBERMART LIGHTNING
Urbania’s Mike Brown made the most of his first and what is currently slated to be his only start in the ACE Lumbermart Lightning division in 2013 - though the result from Friday night may alter those plans.
Brown, who finished third in points in the class last season, hopped into J.R. Lawson’s back-up car on Friday night and drove the #118 Atlantic Dodge/Blakies Dodge Neon to victory lane for his first career ACE Lumbermart Lightning car victory. After weaving his way through lapped traffic at the end, he had to hold off his teammate as the Shubenacadie driver worked his way to the back bumper of the #118 before the checkers flew. “Rational” Richard Patrick (Halifax) made the pass in the second half of the 25-lap feature to take third over Marc MacMillan of Glenholme. Richie Moore brought his #153 car home in the fifth spot.
MacMillan, Mike “The Outlaw” Umlah and Lawson took heat wins in the 21 car field.
With his second place run, Lawson gained four points on Patrick on Kiddie Night to move him to just two markers behind the #141 in the standings as the field prepares for MOPAR Express Lane Night on Friday.
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
As was the case one season ago, the drivers in the Coors Light Truck class tend to like to share the checkered flag around. On Friday, it was Dan Smith who had the winning combination to open the lock to victory lane and his first win of 2013.
The defending series champion from Lower Sackville has been locked into an early season battle with Ryan Goldsmith (Bridgewater) for the point lead and after losing three points to the #55 in the heat race, Smith rebounded in a big way to take the 20-lap main feature victory. Larry Vaughan (Lake Fletcher) drove the #08 truck to second in the feature with Goldsmith coming home in third. Chris Ainsworth (Halifax) scored his first top five finish in the class with Robbie Watts (Lucasville) completing the top five.
Goldsmith took the heat race victory for the Coors Light Trucks.
Smith now only has a single point between himself and the top spot in the standings, which is occupied by Goldsmith. With his sixth place run on Friday, Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) falls to 11 points behind the leader as the field will again see competition on July 19th during ACE Lumbermart Night.
ACE LUMBERMART THUNDER
A rivalry which hit the boiling point on Friday between champions opened the door for a birthday celebration in victory lane.
Matthew Warren of White’s Lake drove his #31 car to victory lane on his 31st birthday on Friday to collect his first win of 2013, breaking the streak of 2012 point champion Kyle MacMillan (Hammonds Plains), who had previously won the first three features of the new season.
Contact between MacMillan and 2010 champion Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) created quite the stir as both drivers took turns sending each other spinning once in the main feature, with the final contact coming on the white flag lap.
Kyle Gammon (Middle Sackville) finally figured out his car to put the #98 on the podium with a second place run over Andrew Cluett (Kennetcook), Tim Webster (Beaverbank) and Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth).
Gammon and Lively each took heat race victories to kick off the night.
MacMillan and Lively were scored in seventh and eighth at the end of the race and with the way it works out when it comes to points, MacMillan still sits atop the heap but now Warren moves into second, 14 behind the #5 car. Matthews is one point out of Warren at third place as the teams prepare for MOPAR Express Lane Night on Friday.
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