Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
August 10th: Atlantic Cat 250 Weekend
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
Russell Smith Jr had the broom out Sunday afternoon.
The Lakeside driver won his second consecutive Dartmouth Dodge 100 Sunday at Scotia Speedworld. With the win, Smith Jr. successfully completed the sweep of the three Maritime Sportsman Challenge events on 2014, previously winning events at Riverside Speedway in July and Petty Raceway seven days prior to the Dartmouth Dodge 100 at Scotia Speedworld.
Smith Jr. dominated the event, wasting little time taking the lead from the third starting position. During green flag runs, Smith Jr. would stretch out the lead, including one run where he nearly had championship favorites Darren Wallage (Oakfield), Harry Ross White (Noel Road) and DJ Casey (Prospect Road) all one lap down.
His main competition finished right behind him, with Cape Sable Island’s Colby Smith and 20th Annual Shriners Classic winner Jeff Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit) joining him on the podium. Both showed speed, but at the end of the race, it was Smith who pulled away for the win in the #44 K. Hubley Woodworking and Contracting Dodge Charger.
Richard Salter (Centre Burlington) finished a strong fourth place with Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) taking fifth place.
Smith Jr., Chris Reid (Fort McMurray), who had Dillman driving for him, and Boutilier finished in the top three in Maritime Sportsman Challenge points.
The race featured numerous cautions and one brief rain delay. Twenty-four cars answered the call to the green in the feature, with Brian Jollimore (Halifax) withdrawing following his heat race. The fastest lap of the feature was turned by Smith Jr., with a 15.613 second lap.
Heat races were won by Boutilier, HOSS and Smith Jr.
The Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series returns to point racing in two weeks for Kiddie Night on August 29th.
Finally, Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) has shaken the monkey off his back.
When it appeared Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) was setting up for another last lap pass on Matthews, it was Matthews who showed speed in the waning laps in his #99 Matthews Motorsports Civic to take his first feature win of the season. “The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) made a late pass on Lively to take second over the #32.
The race took a turn when leader Tim Webster (Beaverbank) got driven out of the groove by Kyle MacMillan (Hammonds Plains), who had to pit under caution to fix a flat tire. The move put Webster back to fifth and MacMillan’s car on the trailer following a black flag disqualification from the race officials.
Webster would rebound for fourth and was followed to the line by Brandon Watson (Windsor Junction).
A post race technical infraction would remove Lively from the top five, moving everyone from third on back up one spot and placing Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie Shane Lively (Middle Sackville) into fifth.
Shane Lively and Jeremy Hallett (Rawdon) took home heat race victories.
For the first time this season, the caution flag was used in the Thunder car division in a main feature after defending series champion Matthew Warren (White’s Lake) and his car came to a rest in Turn Three. The lap 14 caution halted the Thunder division’s streak of 214 laps of consecutive green in main features. Impressive feat by the Thunder guys and gal!
Matthews will look to extend his now 30 point cushion on the rest of the field Friday in the second leg of the Twin 50s.
After numerous mechanical problems throughout the season, Richie Moore (Elmsdale) has returned to a place he is familiar with - victory lane!
Moore raced to his first victory of the season and became the sixth different winner in the Lightning class Sunday afternoon. His #153 Stonewall Sprinkler Systems Dodge held off a hard charging Mike Brown (Urbania), who had to settle for second on the afternoon. Darrell Sullivan (Harrietsfield) scored a career high third place finish, ahead of point leader Deven Smith (Lakeside) and Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood).
Jamie Dillman (Carrolls Corner) and Moore brought home 10-lap heat race wins.
The point battle continues to tighten up as the Lightning division heads into the second leg of the Twin 50s on Friday.
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
Unlike the previous two weeks, the Coors Light Trucks ran a tame, caution free 25-lap race.
What hasn’t changed, is the dominance of Eastern Passage’s Jason Fenton.
One week after having major damage to his #3 Halifax Garage Builders Chevrolet, Fenton returned to victory lane for the fifth time in nine races by taking the checkered flag on Atlantic Cat 250 weekend. Behind Fenton, it was Matt Vaughan (Lake Fletcher) returning from transmission issues on August 2nd to finish second, followed by a hard charging Kevin Clark Jr (Halifax). Clark Jr. returned to the Speedworld for the first time in six years and drove his #17 truck to third on a late race surge over two-time champion Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) and leading Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie Cory Leonard (Goodwood).
Fenton could not get to the top spot in the heat race, which belonged to Leonard in the 11 truck field.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS
Adam Meehan (Rawdon) picked a key time to score his third feature win of the 2014 season.
One week after tangling with Cole Tanner (Shubenacadie), Meehan put it all behind him by scoring maximum points on the biggest stage of the 2014 season - the undercard for the Atlantic Cat 250!
It was far from easy though as Meehan had a hard charging Braden Langille (Shubenacadie) coming large in his rear-view mirror. Langille was sent to the rear of the field twice throughout the race but got up on the wheel to finish in the runner-up spot.
Craig MacDonald (Waverly) served as a substitute for Tanner and brought the car home in a respectable third for his first Bandolero race of 2014. Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) and Wyatt McCulloch (Stewiacke) crossed the line in fourth and fifth in the feature, respectively.
Josh Langille (Coldbrook) kicked off the day with his first heat race win of the season. Meehan took honors in the second heat race.
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