Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
August 12/13th - Affordable Fuels 100 & Atlantic Cat 250
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS
While a newcomer made a splash in the Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandit division, a familiar face made another stop to victory lane in the combined Outlaw and Bandit main event.
Tanner MacLean (Scotsburn), son of multi-time Scotia Speedworld Legend car champion Scott MacLean, made his debut on the biggest weekend of the season a successful one by winning both the heat and the feature in the Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandit division. MacLean made the pass on point leader Tyler Hutchinson (Onslow) to become the third different winner on the season in the class. Hutchinson was up on the wheel, even getting the car sideways on a couple of occasions trying to reel in the newcomer. Morgan Mosher (Mahone Bay) continued his impressive second half run with a third place finish.
Meanwhile, Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow) took his sixth feature win of the season in the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero combined Outlaw and Bandit feature. Danny Chisholm (Canning) led a number of laps in the race but would fall to third overall behind Rogers and Josh Langille (Coldbrook), which was enough to take the Bandit win for a second time this season in the #87 East Coast EZ Docks Bandolero. Outlaw driver Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea) and Bandit point leader Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) completed the top five overall in the feature.
Nathan Singer (Kennetcook), who was third in the Bandit feature) and Rogers took the Bandit and Outlaw heat races, respectively.
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
While the field roughed each other up behind him, Tony Leonard (Goodwood) led wire-to-wire to take his first win of the season in the Coors Light Truck class.
Driving the #74 Truck for his son Cory, Leonard led every one of the 26 laps in the Coors Light Truck feature after a caution on the last lap forced a green-white-checkered finish to the race. It appeared that the feature would end under a stretch of green flag but a spin by Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) would slow the six truck field for a quick dash to the finish.
That dash would turn the results upside down, literally.
Racing for the second place spot, contact from Kevin Clark Jr (Goodwood) to Dan Smith’s (Lower Sackville) right rear quarter would send Smith’s truck rolling down the front straight. Smith emerged from his battered truck under his own power and was walking to the ambulance when Clark left his truck to find Smith. The altercation ended with Clark shoving Smith before being separated by track officials.
Clark, who won the heat race, would finish the feature, finishing third in the green-white-checkered finish. Fenton would finish second, with Megan Parrott (Beaver Bank) and Matt Vaughan (Fletcher’s Lake) completed the top five.
Needless to say, the 50-lap feature on Coors Light Night this Friday will be one you will not want to miss.
For the first time since the middle of June, reigning Toursec Lightning champion Deven Smith returned to Scotia Speedworld victory lane.
The Lakeside driver had to ultimately gain control of the race by passing his brother at the midway point in the 25-lap feature to score his third win of the season. His brother and multi-time division champion Jorden Smith (Lakeside) would finish second, ahead of Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood). Last week’s feature winner “Rational” Richard Drake (Halifax) was fourth, ahead of a hard charging Steve Matthews of Bedford.
Jorden Smith inherited a heat win after his brother Deven was penalized for rough driving. Greg Snelgrove (Stewiacke), with family and friends from away in the stands, won the opening heat on the evening.
AFFORDABLE FUELS 100
While it appeared that Colby Smith (Cape Sable Island) was heading back to victory lane in his return to the Affordable Fuels Sportsman division, the drive came up about five laps shy.
Smith led 95 of the 100 laps of the Affordable Fuels 100 but with an apparent tire going down on his car, the handling went away and led to Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside) to take his fourth straight win in the race.
The race featured two cautions, one at the beginning of the second lap which featured nearly a dozen cars receiving some sort of damage with five cars in the 21 car field being sidelined for the night. Alex Johnson (Enfield) suffered a mechanical problem bringing out the caution flag on Lap 63, setting up a 37 lap run to the finish and bringing to the end a 62 lap green flag run in the race. The race took 43 minutes to complete.
Colby Smith held on to second behind the #44 K. Hubley Woodworking and Contracting Dodge, with Affordable Fuels Sportsman competitor Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) scoring a career high third place finish in the “100.” “The Oval Outlaw” Wayne Smith (Timberlea), who put pressure on Roma at the end, faded in the waning laps to fourth with Affordable Fuels point leader Pete Miller (Kennetcook) coming home in fifth.
During the long run, Colby Smith set a blistering pace and put all but the top six on the lead lap and all but seven cars at least one lap down. Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake), who got a piece of the first wreck of the night, pitted with 25 laps remaining, placing five cars on the lead lap at the end, with Andrew Rodgers (Smithtown, NB) being the only car one lap down. The rest of the field was two or more laps down.
Heats were won by Roma, Colby Smith and Wayne Smith.
The Affordable Fuels Sportsman return this Friday night for a 50 lap feature.
“The BEST Four Cylinder Drivers in Atlantic Canada” lived up to all expectations as thrills and spills littered their 25-lap feature prior to the 17th Annual Atlantic Cat 250.
Third year driver Nic Baker (Middle Sackville), who won his heat race, led a number of early laps in the big race before Heat Two winner Kyle Gammon (Mount Uniacke), who was substituting for Andrew Lively (Middle Sackville), took the lead in the feature.
Baker would fall back until he found multi-time champ Dave Matthews (Kennetcook). Matthews battled for multiple laps trying to get by Baker, even dishing out the bumper to force a mistake out of the #88 car. As he found the line underneath and the pass was relatively clean, Baker would take notice and laps later would make contact with Matthews, sending him spinning towards the outside wall and into the rhubarb in Turn One. Matthews would get out of his car, leave his car and enter a hot racing surface, reaching into Baker’s car to confront him. Both drivers were okay and Baker would continue in the feature.
Merle Corbin (Sackville) would make his way to the front, eventually picking his spot and making a move on Gannon for the lead and would hold the top spot for his second career victory and biggest win of the season. Gammon, who had a successful track record on Atlantic Cat 250 weekend, finished second with point leader Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) third. “The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) recorded his best finish of the season with a fourth place run while Chris Hatcher (Beaver Bank) brought his car home fifth in the 13 car field.
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