Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
July 12th: Mopar Express Lane Night
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
The see-saw battle atop the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series continued on Friday night with defending series champion Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) taking the main feature victory and a huge heat race win. Boutilier started on the outside of leader Darren Wallage (Oakfield) on a restart with six laps to go and used the top side to get around the #3 car, who held the advantage until the checkered flag.
Wallage had to settle for second in the feature, followed by a jubilant Brentley Pirri (Three Fathom Harbour), who scored his first podium finish of the year. Owen Barkhouse (Halifax) also recorded his best finish of the season on Mopar Express Lane Night with a fourth place run, while Harry Ross White (Noel Road) completed the top five in the 17 car field.
Mike Banks (Wilmot) and Boutilier captured Dartmouth Dodge Heat Races. Banks was well on his way to a top five finish in the feature before a wreck in the late stages set him back to 14th. Boutilier gained eight points on Wallage in the heat and now sits just a single point behind Wallage heading into the 19th Annual Shriner’s Classic on July 26th.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS
Once the door to victory lane was answered, Craig MacDonald of Waverley was not going to let the door close easy.
The #9 Red Seal Bandolero captured his second consecutive victory in the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero class on Friday’s MOPAR Express Lane Night. It was far from easy for the sophomore though as he had to fend off the charge of point leader Adam Meehan (Rawdon), who in the end came home the bridesmaid to MacDonald. Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) was third in the feature, with Shubenacadie drivers Cole Tanner and Braden Langille comprising the back half of the top five.
Ettinger scored a popular victory in the high handicap heat race while Nicholas Naugle (Halifax) grabbed the checkers in heat one.
The next race for the Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros is on ACE Lumbermart Night on July 19th.
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
It’s been a long time coming for Jeff Cruickshank.
The Hantsport driver of the #7 Murray Davis Trucking Legend had to endure a late race restart after gapping the field by a straightaway under green to take his first career win in the Strictly Hydraulics Legends class at Scotia Speedworld.
Cruickshank held off a determined Dan Michaud Jr (Lawrencetown) to take the win while Paul Goulden (Shelburne) brought his #57 home for his best career Legend car finish with a third place run. Matt Moore (Falmouth) and “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale) rounded out the top five.
Goulden and Michaud Jr took home heat race victories.
With the point leader entering the race, Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake), finishing 11th in the feature, it will allow Harvey to take the point lead by a single point after MOPAR Express Lane Night. In fact, the top seven in the standings are only separated by 21 points after Friday night’s racing!
ACE LUMBERMART LIGHTNING
Richie Moore (Elmsdale) became the first two-time winner in the ACE Lumbermart Lightning division in 2013, but it was far from easy to capture the flag first.
Moore made the move for the lead in the middle portion of the 25-lap Lightning feature but was shadowed by the two point leaders after Moore took the point in the #153 Stonewall Sprinkler Systems Neon. JR Lawson (Shubenacadie) finished a car length behind Moore in second with “Rational” Richard Patrick’s (Halifax) hard charge to the front being halted by the checkered flag in the third place spot. Marc MacMillan (Glenholme) ran laps up front before fading to fourth with BJ Nicholson (Beaverbank) completing the top five.
Marshall Bezanson (Elmsdale) and Moore both got a taste of victory early on MOPAR Express Lane Night by taking heat race wins.
Patrick gained a point on Lawson on the night after heat race results are factored in, meaning Patrick will take a three point edge on the #181 car heading into the ACE Lumbermart 50 this Friday night.
ACE LUMBERMART THUNDER
It has taken seven years to get back to this point, but Tim Webster (Beaverbank) is a winner in the ACE Lumbermart Thunder car division. Webster got track position early in the #86 Anything on Wheels Honda and held the lead for a majority of the event en route to his first Thunder car win since 2006.
The Thunder Division returns to action for their biggest race of the season in the ACE Lumbermart 50 on Friday night.
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