CHICKENBURGER RACE WRAP
July 22, LUMBERMART TWIN 50s
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLERO – TANNER TAMES BANDO FIELD FOR FIRST WIN
With point leader and defending champion Cole Butcher (Porters Lake) not in attendance for the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero feature on Lumbermart Night, the division was wide open for a driver to capitalize. That is just what the #33 Sheehy Enterprises Bandolero car did on Friday as rookie Cole Tanner (Shubenacadie) gained maximum points by doubling down on the night! Tanner held off Jarrett Butcher (Porters Lake) for the victory in the late stages of the 15-lap feature. Adam Meehan (Rawdon) and Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) were battling for third in the two circuits of the event before becoming entangled with Meehan’s #6 “towing” the #62 through the final lap. The incident let Beaverbank’s Dylan Sutherland shoot past the two cars to take his first ever podium finish with Meehan and Ettinger competing the top five.
Tanner also took top honors in the heat over Meehan and Ettinger. With his strong effort on Lumbermart Night, the rookie will take the top spot in the points heading into this Friday night at the Speedworld!
TRUCKS – SMITH STRIKES BACK WITH ANOTHER WIN
A back and forth battle has been ongoing in the Scotia Speedworld Truck division between the #4 of JP Arsenault (Church Point) and the #39 of Dan Smith (Lower Sackville). The two have been trading wins and the point lead all season long and on Lumbermart Night it was Smith’s turn to take the top spot. Smith triumphed in the main feature over Arsenault and also gained a point in the heat race to regain the top spot in the standings by a couple of points. Vernon Brown (Antrim) continued on the roll he’s been on with a third place finish while Bridgewater’s Ryan Goldsmith and East Dover’s Matthew Scott completed the top five.
The heat win went to Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage), who had been fighting a loose condition in his Chevrolet S10 in recent weeks. A broken right front wheel prevented him from finishing the feature.
LUMBERMART LIGHTNING – SMITH TAKES LUMBERMART 50
Jorden Smith (Lakeside) continued his momentum in the Lumbermart Lightning class by taking the checkered flag in the longest race of the season for the four-cylinder division. Smith pulled away on a late race restart by Cody Singer (Kennetcook), who weaved his way through lapped traffic in the middle stages to take the second place spot. Jamie Dillman (Carrolls Corner) recovered from a hard hit into the tires in Turn Three early in the feature to finish third. “That is the hardest hit I’ve ever taken in a race car,” said Dillman of the impact. “I’m not sure how this car still worked after that but I know I’ll be sore in the morning!” Dillman held off Mike “The Outlaw” Umlah (Stewiacke) in the final laps as the two battled hard for the final podium position. Completing the top five was the #173 of John Poan (Hantsport).
Robert Henry recorded his first heat race victory of his career while Umlah and Nick Hurshman (Lakeside) also picked up heat race checkered flags.
LUMBERMART LIGHTNING – GAMMON WINS IN FINAL THUNDER CAR START
Before the night began, it was announced that Middle Sackville’s Kyle Gammon would be making his final start in the Lumbermart Thunder class after recently acquiring a Sportsman car. Gammon would go out with a bang by winning in his final start and did so by winning the biggest race of the season for “the BEST Four Cylinder drivers in Atlantic Canada” by coming home first in the Lumbermart 50. Gammon had to hold off Tylor Hawes (Sheet Harbour) for the victory as Hawes followed in Gammon’s tire tracks for most of the 50 laps. Finishing in third was Joey Lawson (Porters Lake) while Jeremy Hallett (Rawdon) and Matthew Warren (White’s Lake) completed the top five in the 23 car field.
Picking up heat wins in the Lumbermart Thunder Class included Hallett, Gammon and Hawes. With Warren’s finish on the night, he should take his first point lead of his Thunder car career over veteran Dave Matthews (Kennetcook), who finished sixth on Friday night.
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