Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
July 4th: Molson Night
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) became the first two-time winner in the 2014 season for the Coors Light Trucks.
Fenton positioned his #3 Halifax Garage Builders/Cutting Edge Construction Chevrolet up front early and held on to become the first driver to win two races in the 2014 campaign.
The battle down to the wire was for second between two rookies as Matt Vaughan (Lake Fletcher) was on the losing end of a last lap pass to Cory Leonard (Halifax). The two traded paint out of Turn Four coming to the checkered flag with last week’s feature winner edging out the returning Vaughan. Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) faded at end to finish fourth, holding off “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale) in the #10 Capstone Building Products Chevrolet.
Race control had to go to instant replay to figure out who won the qualifying heat for the Coors Light Trucks and after a few moments, it was Vaughan who was given the win over Ross Moore (Antrim). Moore was subbing the full night for Vernon Brown (Antrim).
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS
After opening up the season in 2013 with three feature victories, it took Rawdon’s Adam Meehan to Race Four in 2014 to capture his first feature win of the year.
Meehan took the lead on a restart with six laps to go from Stewiacke’s Wyatt McCulloch and held it to the checkered flag. Meehan and McCulloch inherited the front row on the late restart when Cole Tanner (Shubenacadie) and Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB) made contact and spun in Turn One, relegating both to the rear of the field. Hall had led the most laps in the event and appeared to be well on his way to his first career victory at the Speedworld before a caution bunched up the field.
Tanner, the winner of the last two feature races, had worked his way up to the lead after a succession of quick restarts but could not rebound after being sent to the rear after the contact with the #08 car with six laps to go. Tanner finished ninth in the feature, while Hall got up on the wheel and passed nine cars in six laps to take fourth place in the 14 car field.
McCulloch crossed the line on Lap 15 second to Meehan, with Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) rounding out the podium in third. Dylan Sutherland (Beaverbank) completed the top five.
Heat winners included Hall and Meehan.
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
Cole Butcher’s streak is over, and the one to end it was fellow former Hydraulics Plus Bandolero graduate “Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan.
Meehan went to the lead following a late race restart, taking the point over Paul Goulden (Shelburne), who was in search of his first career victory in a Strictly Hydraulics Legends car. Meehan was lights out on a late race restart, holding the top spot to the checkered flag for her first win since September 7th, 2012.
Goulden fell back to fourth on the outside line after the exchange but rallied back to third, passing Jeff Atkinson (Port LaTour) at the finish for the spot. Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) moved by the two to take second spot at the stripe with Atkinson fourth and Ryan Mackintosh (Amherst) taking fifth.
Atkinson and Goulden, two of Scotia Speedworld’s longest haulers on a weekly basis from Port LaTour and Shelburne, respectively, took wins in the qualifying heat races.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
Aaron Boutilier sent a strong statement on Friday when he took the checkered flag first in the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series 38-lap main feature.
Boutilier, who became the first two-time winner in the division with the victory, had his motor sputtering across the line to win one week ago. This time, the Porter’s Lake driver had no mechanical gremlins whatsoever as he powered his #4 CARSTAR Collision/Ritchie’s Renovation Fusion over the line first to collect the first place trophy.
He took the lead around the midway point in the race from Alex Johnson (Enfield) and had to hold off a hard charging defending series champion in Darren Wallage (Oakfield) on a late restart to hold on to the win. Wallage took home second, with Johnson, who admitted his Ford began to lay down in the late laps of the race, holding onto third.
Harry Ross White (Noel Road) had to come from the rear of the field after an early spin to finish fourth in the 20 car field to preserve his point lead. The closest battle at the end came down to sophomore drivers Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) and DJ Casey (Prospect Road), with a hard charging Roma capturing fifth at the end.
Heat wins went to a returning Owen Barkhouse (Halifax) and Tony Leonard (Halifax).
Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) is once again a winner in the Thunder division at Scotia Speedworld. The 2010 champion drove his #32 Bud’s Top Soil/Hubley Auto Sales Honda to victory in his first feature win of 2014.
Lively had to hold on in the late laps of the 25-lap, caution free feature though as Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) turned the wick up in the closing laps. Matthews ran down Lively after taking second place and was to his inside out of Turn Four coming to the checkered flag but could not complete the pass and had to settle for the runner-up spot.
Brandon Watson (Windsor Junction) held on for the third place spot as defending champion Matthew Warren (White’s Lake) and “The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) bared down on Watson for the spot. Both Warren and MacEachern had to work their craft from near the rear of the field at the start of the race.
Matthews and rookie Andrew Lively (Middle Sackville) captured ten lap heat races in the 16 car field.
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