Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
June 27th: Kiddie Rides Night
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
It didn’t take long for Cory Leonard (Halifax) to find victory lane.
After nearly winning a main feature on Friday the 13th, Leonard held court up front of the 25-lap feature as the youngster from Halifax held off veterans Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) and two-time champion Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) for his first career Coors Light Truck win in just his fourth start at the track. Both Fenton and Smith were quick to congratulate Leonard on his first win. Cory’s father Tony is a multi-year veteran of the track, racing in the Street Stock and Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman divisions, among others.
Finishing in fourth was “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale), followed by Derek Sutherland (Dartmouth), who filled in for rookie Matt Vaughan (Lake Fletcher). Vaughan was unable to attend the race due to his high school graduation, which happened on the same night.
Fenton bested Smith and Leonard by taking the win in the 10-lap heat race.
Molson Night will see the Coors Light Trucks take centre stage Friday.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
In a rough and tumble Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series race, Aaron Boutilier of Porter’s Lake stumbled across the line first to pick up his first win of the season.
The motor on the #4 CARSTAR Collison Centre/Ritchie’s Renovations Ford had begun to let go on Boutilier as it sputtered and skipped within the final five laps of the feature. Even with the sick sounding powerplant, Boutilier remained under power long enough to take the checkered flag first.
Sophomore Travis Roma of West Chezzetcook closed up at the end of the race on Boutilier, but settled for a career-high second place. Roma had a hard charging battle for third behind him, which saw point leader Harry Ross White (Noel Road) take to the top groove and pass two cars in the final three laps to take the third position. The two he passed, Darren Wallage (Oakfield) and DJ Casey (Prospect Road), had to settle for fourth and fifth at the end.
The race featured a scary wreck on Lap Six which saw Wade Slauenwhite (Beaverbank) ride the driver’s side of Pete Miller’s (Kennetcook) car down the length of the front straightaway. The two came to rest with Slauenwhite’s Sportsman lodged on the driver’s compartment of Miller’s car. Both drivers were okay, including Miller, who rushed out of his car.
Heat wins in the 18 car field went to Tyler Hallahan (Elmsdale), who picked up his first Sportsman win at Scotia Speedworld and Tony Leonard (Halifax).
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
Another race, another win for Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake).
This time though, it took him longer to get to the front, only making the pass on then leader Joey Lawson (Porter’s Lake) in the final ten laps of the 25-lap feature. Lawson, who was involved in an incident the week prior that “broke everything but the shock” on the corner of the car, picked up a heat race win and finished a career high second place in the feature. The two from Porter’s Lake were joined on the podium by long haul driver Jeff Atkinson from Port LaTour, who had a hungry Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth) wearing down the bumper of the #15 in the waning laps of the feature. “Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan took home fifth.
Butcher completed his perfect evening by winning his heat race, joining Lawson as qualifying winners.
“The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) is making up for lost points in the Thunder division!
After a stumble on Week One, MacEachern has won the last two main features in the Thunder Division at the Speedworld. This time MacEachern had to do it from the rear of the field and once again had to hold off a hard charging Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) to take the win. Matthew Warren (White’s Lake) continued his podium streak by coming home third at the finish of the 25-lap race, besting fellow former champions Tim Webster (Beaverbank) and Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) for the final podium position in the feature.
Lively and Kyle Gammon (Middle Sackville) captured heat race victories to kick off the evening.
Four races, four different feature winners.
This time, it was “Rational” Richard Patrick and his #141 Covey’s Auto Recyclers/Breast Cancer Awareness Dodge overcoming earlier mechanical gremlins to take the win in the wild 25-lap Lightning feature. Scott Thibodeau (Halifax) closed the gap on Patrick during a green flag stretch in the middle of the event, but a Green-White-Checkered finish at the end did not aide the #169 car and Thibodeau had to settle for second. Deven Smith (Lakeside) overcame an early dustup with Mark Campbell (Halifax) to come home with third, edging out Week One winner Mike Brown (Urbania) and Darrell Sullivan (Harrietsfield) on the two lap dash to end the race.
For the first time in nine years, “Big Daddy” Kenny Hopper (Elmsdale) took the checkered flag in a heat race. He was joined as a heat race winner by Deven Smith.
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