RACE RESULTS AND WRAP
Race Wrap: Media Races Night
MEDIA RACE - HARRIE COMPLETES HERALD THREE-PEAT
Jenn Harrie joined Matt Bubbers and Calvin Clarke on Friday night as winners of the Media Race since its reincarnation three years ago - all of whom have represented the Chronicle Herald! Harrie, who has a background in road racing, but admitted it has been a couple years since she had turned competitive laps, set out for her first oval racing experience at the Speedworld in Mark Campbell’s #150 Adesa Auto Auctions Neon and ran in the top two positions for a majority of the 11 lap event. It looked like Caroline Parker from 96.5 KOOL FM was going to stop the Herald streak on Friday night after leading four laps of the event and even established quite a lead on her combatants before throwing the car into Turn Three a bit hot and spinning out the Dwayne Flemming owned #43. The second spin was her downfall and was the final lead change of the night between her and Harrie.
Jeff Cogswell from LIVE 105 finished in third, driving Matt Farrell’s #129 TCSR Designs Dodge with Chris Lawrence from Energy 103.5 (driving Jon Bonin’s #8 Robinson’s X-Treme Towing Civic) and Scotty Mars from LIVE 105 (driving Darren MacRoberts’s #16 Honda) completing the top five.
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS - BAKER BACK TO THE TOP, WINS SECOND FEATURE OF 2012
Fall River’s Shelby Baker is on a mission this season. The former Hydraulics Plus Bandolero champion went to victory lane on Friday night in the Strictly Hydraulics Legend main feature. Baker moved his way to the front in the mid stages of the 25-lap feature in the #53 Atlantic Tiltload/Hope for Wildlife Legend and held off the #13 Champion’s Bar and Grill/The CAT Shack Legend driven this week by Justin MacNeill (Bedford) for the win in the closing laps. Former ACE Lumbermart Lightning champion Dan Michaud Jr (Lawrencetown) scored his first ever Strictly Hydraulics Legend car podium finish with a third place run, besting Lower Burlington’s Richard Salter and young gun Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake).
Qualifying heat races were won by MacNeill and Salter. The Strictly Hydraulics Legends are back in action this Friday as a part of Kiddie Night.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLERO - MEEHAN WINS WILD BANDO FEATURE
On one of the wildest nights in the seven year history of the class, it was Adam Meehan (Rawdon) scoring his first win of the season in the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero main feature on Media Night. Meehan, in the #6 Drive Products - Ocean Truck Equipment Bandolero, would inherit the lead with five laps remaining in the event and held off Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake) for the win. Cole Boudreau (Chipman, NB) finished third after an incredible comeback following a spectacular heat race accident which saw his #00 State Farm Insurance/Downhome Heating and Ventilation Bandolero tumble side over side thrice on the front straight. Rounding out the top five on the wild night at the track included Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) and Braden Langille (Shubenacadie).
The Main Feature featured the second rollover of the evening when Dylan Sutherland (Beaverbank) came into contact with a lapped car, sending the #16 Sutherland’s Auto Body car for a wild ride up the Turn Two banking. Sutherland had taken the lead two laps prior after Boudreau and Ettinger made contact while dueling for the lead out of Turn Two. Sutherland swept to the outside at the halfway point to take the advantage before the tumble in Turn Two with five to go.
JACK DANIEL’S TRUCKS - THE CHAMP IS BACK, ARSENAULT WINS ON MEDIA NIGHT
Four races in the Jack Daniel’s Truck class and four different winners have paraded the checkered flag. The latest in that list is JP Arsenault (Church Point), who drove his #4 Pico et Bebitte Chevrolet into victory lane on Friday evening. Arsenault took the lead early and never looked back for the win, holding off a hard charging Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) for the victory. The victory was even sweeter for Arsenault after two straight weeks of tough luck. “We had a flat tire last week, spun out two weeks ago but she’s running good, so I think we got her back on track,” said Arsenault in victory lane.
Finishing in third was Derek Sutherland (Dartmouth), with Vernon Brown (Antrim) and point leader Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) rounding out the top five. JP Arsenault completed the “double down” by winning the 10-lap heat race to go with the 20-lap feature victory. The Jack Daniel’s Trucks are back in action this Friday night for Kiddie Night.
ACE LUMBERMART THUNDER - MACMILLAN SCORES SECOND CAREER FEATURE WIN
After a week which saw Kyle MacMillan (Hammonds Plains) fall from a tie for first to fourth in points, the ACE Lumbermart Thunder veteran knew he needed a solid night to put his name back in the championship picture in the division - and that’s exactly what he did! MacMillan, in his #5 Scotia Tire Wyse Road/No Bull Auto Civic, passed point leader Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) and Tylor Hawes (Sheet Harbour) on the outside line in the 25-lap feature and drove away from the field to take his first feature win since the 2010 ACE Lumbermart 50. Lively pursued Hawes for most of the feature and had given the #01 a couple of light taps to let him know he was there, but it was to no avail as Hawes topped Lively for the second spot at the end of the night. The battle for fourth in this feature was one of the best of the evening as Dwayne Flemming (Truro) edged out last week’s winner Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) and Andrew Cluett (Kennetcook) for the spot at the checkers.
MacMillan completed the double down by winning the high point heat race after a “bump and run” of his brother and 2011 Wooden Door Bistro Rookie of the Year Kirk Mullane (Hammonds Plains) for the win in the 10-lap qualifier. Troy Bonin (Tantallon) was victorious in the first heat event. Lively will remain the point leader by a slim margin over MacMillan as the division takes their off-week before returning for MOPAR Express Lane night on July 6th.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN SERIES - BOUTILIER TAKES CHECKERS IN DARTMOUTH DODGE 50
Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) ran in the second spot for most of the second half of the rain delayed Dartmouth Dodge 50 on Sunday afternoon before “flipping the switch” with ten laps to go. Boutilier, who won on Opening Day in May, moved his #4 CARSTAR Collision Center Ford Fusion around Darren Wallage (Oakfield) and his #3 The CAT Shack/Diesel and Auto Electric Chevrolet with ten to go and held the lead until the checkered flag. Wallage, who led the most laps in the race, came home second while Phil Barkhouse Jr. (Beaverbank) followed up his win on Night #2 with a strong third place run after the second half of the race was run without a yellow. Fourth place in the Dartmouth Dodge 50 belonged to Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside) while point leader Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake) brought his Ford home in fifth.
No heat races were contested due to impending weather in the area. The Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series is back in action this Friday night as a part of the Kiddie Rides festivities.
Next up for the Scotia Speedworld Weekly Racing Series is June 29th for Kiddie Night. Kids can come to Scotia Speedworld and get a ride with their favorite driver at 7pm, prior to racing in the Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros, ACE Lumbermart Lightning, Jack Daniel’s Truck, Strictly Hydraulics Legend and Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman divisions.
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June 22, 2012 - Scotia Speedworld Media Night
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