CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results

August 4th: Canadian National Autism Foundation Night

Affordable Fuels Sportsman

A week before the longest Sportsman race at Scotia Speedworld, it was a former champion returning to victory lane.

Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) reminded the field he would be a contender in the Affordable Fuels 150 by driving his #4 CARSTAR Collision Ford to his first win of the year. Boutilier, the 2012 division champion, had tough luck early in the 2017 season but was able to seal the deal in the 38-lap main event. Matt Vaughan (Fletchers Lake) continued his impressive Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie season with a second place run in the feature. A returning Kirk Ryan (Upper Nine Mile River) lived up to his nickname as “Mr. Excitement” by battling it out with Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake) and was able to hold on to third place. Veinotte’s fourth place effort came after an early incident which made him march to the front from the rear of the field. Three Fathom Harbour’s Brentley Pirri came home fifth in the 14 car field.

Boutilier and Richard Salter (Centre Burlington) took home heat race victories.

Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) developed mechanical issues early in the feature and would wind up in the pit after six laps. The misfortune will hand the point lead over to Veinotte as they head into the Affordable Fuels 150 on Friday evening.

Pulse Heavy Duty Trucks

Another side by side show by Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) and Megan Parrott (Beaver Bank) once again resulted in Smith taking home the win in the 25-lap Pulse Heavy Duty Truck feature.

Like the battle in the previous race, the two full-time Trucks in the class slugged it out early and often in an incredible side by side battle. Parrott took the inside line for most of the feature while Smith worked the outside in the see-saw battle. Contact on the 19th lap saw Smith go around and Parrott go to pit road with a flat right front tire. The race would go back green without Parrott, giving Smith the win by one lap over Justin Balsor (Aylesford), who made his first Scotia Speedworld start. Third belonged to Parrott, who returned two laps after the final green flag flew.

Parrott won the heat race.

Toursec Lighting

Sparks flying between the two leaders left a Toursec Lighting veteran and a rookie to battle it out for the win on CNAF Night.

Jamie Dillman (Carrolls Corner) was looking poised to pick up his first feature win of the year after going to victory lane in the first heat race. Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood) was looking to extend his point lead and take his fourth feature win of the year. Contact between the two as they battled for the lead resulted in a caution flag and both drivers heading to pit road.

Enter “Rational” Richard Drake (Halifax), who took the lead from Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie Travis Keefe (Clayton Park) shortly after the final restart just past the halfway point in the feature. Keefe would hold on for second ahead of David Jollimore (Stewiacke), both of whom would take home their best career Toursec Lighting car finishes. Fourth in the feature belonged to Tom Stewart (Stewiacke), while Thibodeau drove back up to fifth in the 25-lap feature before the checkered flag flew.

Drake chipped into the lead of Thibodeau as they prepare to race this weekend as a part of the 18th Annual Atlantic Cat 250 weekend.

Strictly Hydraulics Legends

Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth) took a break from his busy Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour racing schedule to return to his roots and would win a wild Strictly Hydraulics Legends feature Friday night at Scotia Speedworld.

Naugle battled with Shelby Baker (Fall River) for the lead before a Lap 15 caution would relegate Baker to the rear for a Raceceiver related penalty. Naugle would set sail from there to pick up his first win on the season at home in his Legend car. Masters drivers Danny Harvey (Lantz) and Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) joined Naugle on the podium, followed by Adam Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines) and Baker, who rallied in the final ten laps for fifth.

Baker and Meehan won heat races.

Point leaders Paul Goulden (Shelburne) and Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB) were involved in separate incidents on Lap 10, which ended their night early due to crash damage.

The next time the Strictly Hydraulics Legends hit the track will be for their Nationals Qualifier on August 18th.

Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros

While the Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandolero division put on one of the best shows of the evening, a wild Combined Outlaw/Bandit feature ended with bent bumpers and hot tempers.

Brooke Dowe (Bedford) came within feet of winning her second Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandolero feature race of 2017, but would end up spinning in the final corner. Matthew Rushton (Dartmouth) was able to just slide by the spinning Dowe car to take the win, his third of the season. Chase MacKay (Bear Cove) was competitive all night long and recorded his best career finish with a second place run, ahead of Glenholme’s Dylan MacMillan. Fourth in the 15-lap feature belonged to Nyk Pothier with Dowe crossing the line in fifth.

Rushton and Ayden Christensen took home heat wins. It was the first checkered flag in the career for Christensen.

Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River) looked poised for his first career overall Bandolero feature victory, but a jumped restart which was the first of two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish dashed those hopes. A wreck on the second attempt to complete the race under green gave Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea) the Combined Outlaw/Bandit feature victory. Blackburn drove a renumbered Austin MacDonald (Pictou) back up car in his first Scotia Speedworld win of the year. Josh Langille (Coldbrook) and Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow) took second and third overall and in the Outlaw class. Bandit driver Owen Mahar (Hubley) edged out Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) for fourth overall and for the win in the Bandit class.

Noble won the Bandit heat while MacDonald won the Outlaw qualifier.


Race Day Photos:
CNAF Night
August 4, 2017 @ Scotia Speedworld
Photos by: McCarthy PhotographiC