Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
August 7/8 - Atlantic Cat 250 Weekend
DARTMOUTH DODGE 100
Even a late race sputter couldn’t keep Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside) from a big celebration on Friday night.
The current Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series point leader drove to victory in the Dartmouth Dodge 100 for a third consecutive season. The race, which drew 25 cars from all points of the Maritimes, saw Smith lead the most laps in the event, but a late race sputter in Turn Two bunched up the top three for an incredible dash to the finish. The #44 K. Hubley Woodworking and Contracting Dodge held off a frantic charge from Smithtown, New Brunswick hotshoe Andrew Rodgers, who led laps and finished second in his first career Scotia Speedworld appearance. The pair was pressured to the line by veteran Phil Barkhouse Jr (Hammonds Plains). Six time Maritime touring champion Wayne Smith (Timberlea) was fourth after a spirited battle up through the field with 2014 NAPA Sportsman Series titlist Chris Reid (Fort McMurray, AB), who finished fifth.
Heat race wins went to Smith Jr., Barkhouse and “D8 Dozer” Jeff Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit).
The Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series will return to competition in two weeks as they contest the postponed 21st Annual Shriners Classic on August 28th.
A thrilling photo finish resulted in the first win of the season for Matthew Warren.
Warren, from White’s Lake, who missed this race two years ago because of his wedding, returned his #31 Markland Associates Honda to victory lane for the first time in 2015 in exciting fashion. After working over the back bumper of Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) for many laps, Warren drove to the high side and worked Lively on the outside for a number of laps before besting the #32 Multi-Serve Civic by less than a quarter car length at the finish of the 25-lap feature.
“The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) returned to the podium for the second consecutive week by finishing third ahead of reigning Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year Brad Hayes (Head of Jeddore), who scored his career best Scotia Speedworld feature finish with a fourth place run. Completing the top five was JR Lawson (Shubenacadie), who recorded his first top five finish at Scotia Speedworld since June 5th.
Heat races were won by Lively and Jeremy Hallett (Rawdon). Hallett is driving a 1996-2000 Honda Civic and it is only the second checkered flag for this generation of Civic in this class since the model was allowed in 2014. The first was also scored by the #71 Ted’s Speed Shop Civic late last season.
The Chickenburger Thunder class will contest the Big Money 50 as a part of Twin 50 Night on Friday, August 14th.
Darrell Sullivan (Harrietsfield) is hitting his stride on the late season stretch to the championship.
Sullivan picked up his second feature victory of the season Friday night by winning the Lightning 25 to open the feature racing on Dartmouth Dodge 100 night. Sullivan is one of only two drivers to finish every feature within the division in the top five, is the third repeat feature winner of the season and has won two of the last three feature races. He crossed the line first ahead of Steven Matthews (Bedford) but Matthews would not pass post race technical inspection, giving the second place finish to “Rational” Richard Patrick (Halifax). Patrick’s car owner, father and former Mini Stock champion Ken Zwicker was celebrating his 54th birthday on Friday and Patrick’s finish was dedicated to him. Former divisional champion Marc MacMillan (Glenholme) took home a fourth place trophy, ahead of point leader Deven Smith (Lakeside) and Tom Stewart (Stewiacke), who recorded his first top five of the season.
Stewart (his first of the season) and Smith also put up heat race victories to open up the night.
The Chickenburger Lightning cars will contest their second 50 lap feature of the season this coming Friday night.
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) took a big step forward towards his fourth consecutive Coors Light Truck championship with his third feature win of the season on one of the biggest stages of the season. Smith outran sophomore and heat race winner Matt Vaughan (Lake Fletcher) and an ecstatic Megan Parrott (Beaverbank), who scored her first career podium finish in a full-bodied stock car with a third place finish on Friday night. Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) came home in fourth place on the evening.
Behind the top four, Tony Leonard (Goodwood) and Adam Carter (Lantz) played cat and mouse for the final two laps after an incident between the two in the late laps in the race. As the leaders took the checkered flag, Carter’s #24 hit the tailgate of Leonard’s #74 at full steam in Turn Three with more contact after the fact ensuing. Leonard was able to limp his truck home for fifth.
Jamie Creamer (Spryfield) and Kevin Clark Jr (Goodwood) were scored at the end of the lineup for some extra curricular contact under a mid-race yellow flag.
The Coors Light Trucks have a, for some, much deserved off-week before returning for the 35-lapper on August 21st.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLERO BANDITS
When it appeared we may have our third different winner in as many weeks in the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Bandits division, Austin MacDonald (Pictou) set sail on a Lap 12 restart to take the lead and eventual win on Atlantic Cat 250 Night. The win is MacDonald’s second in a row and comes on the same night the King Racing #13 Pro Stock went to victory lane with Cassius Clark behind the wheel in the Atlantic Cat 250. Point leader Josh Langille (Coldbrook) finished in second with Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow) coming home in third. Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River), who led the most laps in the extended 20-lap feature, was fourth with Josh’s brother Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) in fifth.
The Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros are back in action this Friday.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLERO OUTLAWS
As sparks flew again between Braden Langille (Shubenacadie) and Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) once again, it was Wyatt McCulloch (Stewiacke) who stood tall as the winner as the 20-lap Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Outlaw feature prior to the Atlantic Cat 250 on Saturday. McCulloch outlasted a late wreck between the two and stood on the loudpedal on a subsequent restart to hold on to the win over a hard charging Dylan Sutherland (Beaverbank) for his second feature win of the season. Langille would rebound for third place, with Ettinger and Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea) shadowing him to the stripe.
McCulloch also won the eight lap heat race to inch closer to Langille in the point standings heading into a 25-lap main feature on Friday night.
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