Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
August 10/11: Dartmouth Dodge 100
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN 100
Russell Smith Jr. can strike another big win off his to-do list.
Smith Jr. captured his first Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100 at Scotia Speedworld on Sunday afternoon by dominating the 100-lap race, leading wire-to-wire to take the win. The #44 K. Hubley Woodworking and Contracting Dodge was challenged on many restarts by Harry Ross White (Noel Road), Frankie Fraser (Shubenacadie) and defending Dartmouth Dodge 100 winner Colby Smith (Cape Sable Island) but each would find themselves at the back of the field on restarts in the late stages - Smith and White with contact between them and Fraser with a spin by himself off the second corner.
Dale Richardson (Stellarton) crossed the line in second but did not pass post race inspection, giving Darren Price (Sydney) the second place spot after starting the event 19th on the 28 car field. “This feels like a win to me,” said Price, who impressed in his first Speedworld start in the #29 Island Well Drillers Chevrolet. Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series regulars Larry Fisher (Porter’s Lake) and Brenley Pirri (Three Fathom Harbour) came home third and fourth while Fraser rebounded from his spin to finish fifth.
Drivers from all corners of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick attempted to qualify for the race with 37 Sportsman cars in the pits for Friday night’s qualifying. With no provisionals on the field for the special event, drivers the likes of Phil Barkhouse Jr (Hammonds Plains), Wade Slauenwhite (Beaverbank) and Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series point leader Darren Wallage (Oakfield) did not qualify for the show after dismal heat races. Brady Creamer (Miramichi, NB) could not make it back to the Speedworld for the Sunday raindate, promoting Tyler Hallahan (Elmsdale) into the field.
Many quick cars found tough luck throughout the afternoon. Carmen Comeau (Meteghan) had a quick car on Friday night but ended up 26th on Sunday afternoon. Havelock, NB’s Shawn McLean was up in the top five of the race for a majority of the race before a transmission let go with 26 laps to go, relegating him to a 16th place finish. Ray Cox Jr (Porter’s Lake) was back in a Sportsman car for the first time in nearly ten years and was destined for a top ten finish before being swept up in a wreck on Lap 44, which also included Sydney’s Fred Broussard Jr. and defending series champion and Maritime Sportsman Challenge point leader Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) finished 11th.
Heat races were won by Smith Jr., Smith, Cox Jr. and Richardson. Qualifying was run on Friday night before persistent showers washed out the 100-lap race to Sunday just prior to the green on Friday.
The next race for the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series is August 30th during Kiddie Night.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS
Adam Meehan (Rawdon) extended his point lead with a huge win on Atlantic CAT 250 weekend in the Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros.
Meehan, in his #6 Meehan’s Garage and Trucking/Drive Products/Ocean Truck Equipment Bandolero took the undercard to the big show on Saturday by pulling away from Braden Langille (Shubencadie) in the closing laps of the feature. Nicholas Naugle (Halifax) drove to his career best finish at Scotia Speedworld with a third place finish, besting rookie Wyatt McCulloch (Stewiacke) and Shubenacadie’s Cole Tanner. A dozen of the Nova Scotia’s up and coming stock car stars took the green flag in the feature.
Meehan and Beaverbank’s Dylan Sutherland each took qualifying heat race wins.
The Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros are back in action this Friday during ACE Lumbermart Night.
*Note - Danny Chisholm was involved in a practice crash on Saturday night and was transferred to the hospital for further evaluation. Last update we had on Chisholm on Saturday evening was that he was doing fine other than being a bit sore.
ACE LUMBERMART THUNDER
The #31 is in victory lane for the second time this season in the ACE Lumbermart Thunder class - but it was a story in itself on how it got there.
The #31 Multi-Tech Automotive Honda was driven by Andrew Warren (White’s Lake) on Sunday afternoon while his brother Matthew was busy getting married the night before. The night prior, the team was busy putting a transmission into the #31 after it let go during practice on Friday night. The end result, the #31 car was holding the checkered flag when Sunday afternoon was completed.
The pass itself was as exciting as the story leading up to it. Warren was working up on then leader Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) as he was lapping a slower car. The lapped car and Matthews made contact, sending one car spinning and Matthews to the rear of the field as race officials deemed him to be involved in the contact that brought out the yellow.
Warren was far from being out of the woods though as he had to hold off Kyle Gammon (Mount Uniacke) in the closing laps of the feature. Matthews drove his #99 car back up to third with Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) edging out Andrew Cluett (Kennetcook) in an amazing display of racing for fourth as the two veterans of the class were side by side for a majority of the 25 lap feature.
Brandon Watson (Windsor Junction) and Tim Webster (Beaverbank) took home heat race victories on Friday night.
The ACE Lumbermart Thunder cars will take to the track Friday for their only extra distance race of the season in the ACE Lumbermart 50.
ACE LUMBERMART LIGHTNING
Marc MacMillan (Glenholme) picked a pretty pivotal time to become a first time winner in the ACE Lumbermart Lightning class.
MacMillan scored his first win on not only the biggest weekend of the season at Scotia Speedworld, but with point leader JR Lawson not answering the call to the green on Sunday, the #192 Glenholme Petro Pass/KCSBuyandSell Neon will also close in on the point lead! MacMillan crossed the line first ahead of a hard charging “Rational” Richard Patrick of Halifax. Deven Smith (Lakeside) backed up his first career win one week prior with a third place run after holding off Richie Moore (Elmsdale) for the spot in a close battle down to the finish of the feature. Stewiacke’s Chevy MacDonald completed the top five in the field.
Qualifying for the class was completed on Friday night before the rain fell and the qualifiers were won by Robert Henry (Halifax) and BJ Nicholson (Beaverbank).
The ACE Lumbermart Lightning cars will take to the track on Friday night for the prestigious ACE Lumbermart 50.
COORS LIGHT TRUCK DIVISION
Dan Smith (Lower Sackville), the defending Coors Light Truck champion, went to victory lane in the 20-lap feature for his second win of the season over Bridgewater’s Ryan Goldsmith. Smith, Goldsmith and Robbie Watts (Lucasville) battled for the top spot at the end with the #39 showing the way at the end. Larry Vaughan (Lake Fletcher) brought home a fourth place finish for his cheering section, which included Irvin and Barbara Leonard from Hudson, New Hampshire. Chris Ainsworth (Halifax) brought home the Fallen Heroes Racing #11 to a fifth place run in the feature.
Watts captured the 10-lap qualifier on Friday night.
Smith and his #39 Glenstone Excavation Chevrolet will have a single digit point lead heading into Friday night’s ACE Lumbermart Night.
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