Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
June 26th: Kiddie Rides Night
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
Unlike the smooth, refreshing taste of an ice cold Molson Coors product on a beautiful summer evening, the Coors Light Truck feature on Friday night was rough, tumble and hard to swallow for some as Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) showed the way to his second big win of the year. Smith, who sported a bit of cosmetic damage to his #39 Glenstone.ca Chevrolet after having to come through the field, topped Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) for the win on Kiddie Night.
Fenton rallied from the rear of the field twice after contact with Kevin Clark Jr. (Goodwood). The second incident between the two saw Clark intentionally attempt to take out Fenton in Turn One while multiple laps off the pace, which resulted Clark in being parked for the remainder of the event.
Jamie Creamer (Spryfield) was able to move around a spun Adam Carter (Lantz) to take third place in the feature. Creamer, who is a 25 plus year veteran, emerged from his Campbell’s Auto Chevrolet like he had just won the Daytona 500 to a big cheer of the crowd. Carter would fall to fifth at the end of the feature, in front of leading Tim Hortons at the Airport rookie Megan Parrott (Beaverbank), who recorded her career best Coors Light Truck finish with a fourth place run.
While Smith won the feature, it was Fenton winning the 10-lap qualifying heat and taking the point lead from the three-time and defending champion after Smith was fourth in the heat race. The Coors Light Trucks are back in action Friday night.
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
Score one for the old guys!
Forty-four year old Danny Harvey (Lantz) was calm, cool and collected out front and was spot on during a late race restart with three laps remaining to take home his first Strictly Hydraulics Legends win of the season. Harvey took the lead from heat winner Scott Cunning (Halifax) early in the race and never looked back for his first Speedworld win since September 6th, 2013.
Shadowing Harvey’s #1 Ritchie’s Renovations Dodge to the line was Tim Hortons at the Airport rookie Cole Tanner (Shubenacadie) in the #2 Overall Experience ride. Tanner, a multi-time Hydraulics Plus Bandolero feature winner, impressed in the race by following in the tire tracks of Harvey all the way up to the checkered flag. Paul Goulden (Shelburne) joined the two on the podium for his second top three run in three feature events. “Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan held off a hard charging Cole Boudreau (Chipman, NB) for the fourth place spot. Boudreau was driving the #88 Brycon Construction car for Nicholas Naugle, who was graduating high school on Friday night.
Cunning and Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake) took home heat race victories. For Butcher, it was his second heat win of the season.
Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB) entered the event with the point lead, but a mechanical problem sidelined him early in the feature. While he would get back out on track, his 16th place finish would hand the point lead over to Goulden. The top eight in the standings only have 19 points amongst them and it will be sure to be shaken up once again Friday night during the Chickenburger Show ‘n Shine.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
Through all the smoke and stay dry, it was Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside) taking home his second consecutive Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series victory at Scotia Speedworld.
After 31 laps of the 38-lap feature, it appeared that 2012 champion Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) was well on his way to his first feature win of the season. After starting fourth on the field, he made quick work to get to the lead position. By Lap 32, he had a full straightaway lead on the rest of his competition and was closing in on a six car pack battling for fifth.
That is, until something expired on the car in a big cloud of smoke out of Turn Four, triggering a caution with six laps to go. The caution would not only alter Boutilier’s race but the fate of over a half dozen others and their season as a whole.
The lead in the race was handed over to Fred Schofield (Windsor) with Pete Miller (Kennetcook) sharing the front row with the #05 car. When the 14-car field entered Turn Two on the restart, only five would come out the other side. Schofield’s car got out from under him through the first set of corners, sparking a nine car melee out of Turn Two. The wreck ended the night for point leaders Phil Barkhouse Jr (Hammonds Plains) and Jeff “D8Dozer” Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit), while others carried on with major damage on their cars in the final five laps in the race. The race was red flagged for over a half hour as safety crews removed cars from each other as to not rupture any additional lines containing hot fluid.
When the race restarted, Smith Jr, who got through the wreck with minor right rear cosmetic damage, started on the pole and held on to the win. Smith, who started 12th on the grid, held off Harry Ross White (Noel Road) and Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake), who noticed a sheared left front control arm on his car in victory lane. Miller held on for fourth, with Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) recovering from his crash damage for fifth.
Of note, Alex Johnson (Enfield), who ended up on top of the #54 car in the wreck, came back on track to finish seventh in the feature without losing a lap.
Boutilier and Schofield each took heat race victories.
The point picture was shaken up with the Turn Two melee and now has Smith Jr atop the standings heading into Friday night.
Deven Smith (Lakeside) backed up his first win of the season during the Nova Truck Centres 150 with his second a week after on Kiddie Night.
Smith passed “Rational” Richard Patrick (Halifax) just shy of the halfway point in the 25-lap feature and gapped the #141 Ken-etic Auto Dodge enough to hold him off for his second win of the year. Patrick, who has struggled with motor issues to this point in the season, held on for second over Darrell Sullivan (Harrietsfield), who scored his second consecutive podium finish. Fourth place belonged to Week One winner Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood) who, like Sullivan and Smith, has scored three consecutive top five finishes to begin the 2015 campaign in the Chickenburger Lightning division. Jamie Dillman (Carroll's Corner) continued his strong season with a fifth platce run on Friday night.
Thibodeau and Patrick each scored heat race victories to open up the night for the division.
Smith and the #194 Smith Brothers Racing Neon team has opened a slim six point advantage on Thibodeau heading into Chickenburger Show n Shine Night on Friday.
After he was on the other end of a “bump and run” the week before, Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) wound up holding the checkered flag on Kiddie Night in the Chickenburger Thunder division.
Two early cautions slowed the pace of the 25-lap feature, but while Lively was working on his first feature win of the year, it was the show for second behind with Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) taking second over Andrew Warren (White’s Lake). The two drove hard for the second spot, with Matthews and Warren both initiating contact with each other at times in the heat of battle. While Warren apologized for getting into Matthews after missing a shift in the battle, Matthews, a two-time champion in the class, was quick to scrutinize the race craft of the former Atlantic Cat 250 Thunder car weekend winner in victory lane.
“The Dancing Queen” Kyle MacMillan (Hammonds Plains) rallied to finish fourth, with Fanfest feature winner Shane Lively (Middle Sackville) completing the top five in the 20 car field.
Lively and “The Sheriff” Kyle Gammon (Mount Uniacke) took home heat race victories to begin the night. For both division veterans, it was their second heat wins of 2015.
The Chickenburger Thunder division will have a week off for the pot to simmer before returning on $20 a Carload Admission Night on July 10th. Matthews will take a 19 point lead into the next event.
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