Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
September 4th - $20 Car Load Night
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS
Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow) kicked off a night at Scotia Speedworld which saw three first time feature winners crowned before the night was completed.
Rogers, the leading Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year contender, held off the two championship point contenders in Austin MacDonald (Pictou) and Josh Langille (Coldbrook) for his first win in a Bandolero car. MacDonald hounded Rogers for the top spot for many of the late laps but it was the #12 that held on for the win. Danny Chisholm (Canning) was fourth in the feature, while Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) recovered from an incident with his brother Josh in the heat race to finish fifth in the feature.
It was a career night for Chisholm as well after recording his first career heat race win before finishing fourth in the feature. MacDonald, in his hunt for the point lead, also won a heat race.
In the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Outlaw division, Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) continued his hot streak by winning his second main feature of the season. Ettinger has finished first or second in feature action in five of the last six feature races and has vaulted to third in the standings with his recent string of strong finishes.
Like Rogers in the Bandit class, Ettinger had to hold off Outlaw point contenders Wyatt McCulloch (Stewiacke) and Braden Langille (Shubenacadie) for the win. Both Ettinger and McCulloch had their cars in a controlled slide out of the final corner coming to the checkered flag, showing off their car control one race after an incident on the last lap took both out of winning contention.
Dylan Sutherland (Beaverbank) and Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea) completed the top five in the main feature. McCulloch won the heat race.
Josh Langille (Bandits) and McCulloch (Outlaws) take the point lead in their respective division into AMP Energy Night on Friday night.
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
While Kevin Clark Jr (Goodwood) crossed the line first on Friday night in the 25-lap Coors Light Truck main event, it was Matt Vaughan (Lake Fletcher) celebrating his second win in three races.
Clark Jr’s #17 All Season Firewood Chevrolet crossed the finish first ahead of the field, but was penalized during the feature for spinning eventual fifth place driver Adam Carter (Lantz) in the green flag run to the finish of the race. Because Clark Jr ignored the black flag from race officials, he was no longer in contention for a lead lap position.
Vaughan’s win comes at a critical time when he is battling for second in the point standings. The #08 Aerotec Engines Chevrolet finished ahead of reigning Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year Cory Leonard (Goodwood) and the current leader for the prestigious honor in Megan Parrott (Beaverbank). The driver Parrott is battling for fifth in the overall standings, veteran Jamie Creamer (Spryfield) was fourth in the feature.
Clark Jr was the heat race winner, leading a Leonard’s Racing 1-2 finish with teammate Cory Leonard in tow.
Point leader Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) was penalized by race officials for speeding on pit road and wound up finishing eighth. Feature winner leader in the class Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) was involved in a big crash on the front straight on Friday night and while he was okay, his truck was damaged enough to not finish the feature and wound up tenth.
The Coors Light Trucks are back Friday for another 25-lap feature.
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
It has been a long drought, but Paul Goulden (Shelburne) is finally a Legend car feature winner.
The 50-year old reigning INEX Canadian East Masters Champion was lights out on a late race restart and held on over veteran Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) for the first win of his career. The win comes at a critical time for the #57 G&S Racing team as they are in the thick of the point battle with two races to go. Cruickshank held off a pack of quick “youngsters” behind him to preserve his best finish of the season, including leading Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB), Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake) and “Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines).
Cruickshank began the night with a heat win along with Justin MacNeill (Bedford).
Butcher will take the point lead with just two races to go as he tries to bring a fourth consecutive Legends championship to the Butcher Racing stable from Scotia Speedworld.
After a roller coaster season full of ups and downs, it has swung up for Shubenacadie’s Stevie Lively.
Lively returned to victory lane in a big way on Friday night as he took his second win of the season in the Chickenburger Thunder class. Lively edged out championship point contender Matthew Warren (White’s Lake) as Warren made a charge to the front of the field late in the feature. Kyle Gammon (Mount Uniacke) continued his hot streak with a third place finish, his seventh podium finish in eight races. Two-time and defending Chickenburger Thunder champion Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) raced to a fourth place finish in the 25-lap feature, ahead of fifth place finisher “The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth).
Brandon Watson (Windsor Junction) and Lively each won qualifying heat races.
With the Chickenburger Thunder class having an off week this week, the point championship will come down to a two point shootout between the Warren brothers and Matthews, with the #31 car having a two point lead on the #99 car.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
Scotia Speedworld erupted on Friday night as Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) finally joined an elite list of drivers to call themselves winners in the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series.
Roma could not have scripted his first win any better on paper. Roma won his Dartmouth Dodge Heat Race, sat on pole for the 38-lap feature and led every single lap in the caution free affair en route to the very popular win. The race was not without challenge though, as Roma and the #38 Mike Rushton Snap On Tools Chevrolet had a returning Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) following along in his tire tracks for a majority of the first 35-laps of the race. Boutilier did not let Roma out of sight by more than a car length until three laps to go when Boutilier began to lose power steering.
Joining Roma and Boutilier on the podium was third place driver Harry Ross White (Noel Road), rebounding after being out of the previous week’s Shriners Classic on the first lap. Pete Miller (Kennetcook) was fourth, with point leader and heat race winner Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside) coming home in fifth place.
The race shook up the landscape of the second place point battle, with Miller moving into the spot by two points over Phil Barkhouse Jr (Hammonds Plains) and only four points ahead of Roma. White is fifth, with Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake), Alex Johnson (Enfield) and Brentley Pirri (Three Fathom Harbour) all within 17 points of the second place spot in points with just two races to go.
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