Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
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HYDRAULIC PLUS BANDOLEROS
In only his eighth attempt, Jolicure, New Brunswick’s Cory Hall is a winner in the Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros.
Hall, who is the only driver on the Weekly Racing Series that hauls each week from New Brunswick, held off the field on two late race restarts to capture his first Speedworld feature win. Ironically, the driver who he had battled tooth and nail with earlier in the season, Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook), was the one who shadowed him to the stripe on his big night. Braden Langille (Shubenacadie) was third, followed by sophomore Wyatt McCulloch (Stewiacke) and Dylan Sutherland.
The biggest field in Speedworld history for the Bandolero class was assembled Friday with 16 drivers taking part in the evening’s festivities. Langille and Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea) each recorded heat race victories.
Point leaders Adam Meehan (Rawdon) and Cole Tanner (Shubenacadie) found themselves in the main feature and tangled in Turn Four late in the going, putting them deep in the running order when the checkered flag flew. With their misfortunes combined with his solid run on the night, Langille will take the advantage heading into Atlantic Cat 250 weekend.
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
What else is there to say, the Strictly Hydraulics Legends has become the Cole Butcher show.
The Porter’s Lake driver once again won the Legends feature Friday night at Scotia Speedworld, his seventh in eight races at the track on the season. This time though, he had a hard charging Danny Harvey (Lantz) chasing him to the line, with Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport), Jeff Atkinson (Port LaTour) and “Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan rounding out the top five.
Butcher did get beat on Friday night though, in fact, by two drivers as Heat winner Harvey and second place Paul Goulden (Shelburne) topped Butcher in the high handicap qualifier. Brad Brown of Halifax scored his first Strictly Hydraulics Legend car victory Friday night in the first heat race.
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) picked a pivotal time in the season to score his first victory of 2014.
Smith, the two time and defending Coors Light Truck champion dodged early caution flags in the 25-lap affair to take his first win of the season. The win comes a week after Smith saw his truck beat up and bruised in a rough and tumble feature on July 25th.
Second place behind Smith was “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale), who survived contact from Chris Ainsworth (Elmsdale) early in the feature to come home with the runner-up spot. Tim Horton’s at the Airport Rookie Cory Leonard (Halifax) was third, followed by father and son tandem Jim MacMillan (Halifax) and Chris Smith (Murray Siding). For Smith, it was his best career finish.
MacMillan was joined by Tim Horton’s at the Airport Rookie Adam Carter in taking heat race victories. For Carter, it was his first career Coors Light Truck victory.
With Matt Vaugan (Lake Fletcher) having transmission problems on the night, it will open up the point chase heading into Friday’s feature.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
Darren Wallage is beginning to hit his stride as he searches for his second consecutive track championship at Scotia Speedworld.
After three consecutive second place finishes, the Oakfield driver of the #3 Blair’s Custom Metals Chevrolet took his car to the top of the board Friday by winning his second Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman feature of 2014. Wallage passed eventual third place finisher Fred Schofield (Windsor) for the victory in the 38-lap event. The 2012 champion of the division Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) kept his championship hopes alive with a second place finish. Sophomore and championship contender DJ Casey (Prospect Road) was fourth, with Richard Salter (Centre Burlington) posting his best finish of the season in fifth.
The race was red flagged on Lap Two when Pete Miller of Kennetcook rolled his #92 AJK/Shore Cycle Chevrolet heading into Turn Three. Miller was in the middle of a three wide battle when contact sent his, Owen Barkhouse (Halifax) and Larry Fisher’s (Porter’s Lake) cars towards the wall. The resulting contact put Miller on his roof and after a couple of tense moments, Miller emerged from his #92 car unharmed, with the exception of a scrape on his hand.
Salter and Schofield began the night by winning heat races in the 19 car field.
The Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series will head into their marquee race Friday, the Dartmouth Dodge 100. The race is also the finale for the Maritime Sportsman Challenge. Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside) is the defending champion of the race and point leader of the Maritime Sportsman Challenge.
A well timed, masterful last lap pass gave Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) his third feature win in four races Friday night at Scotia Speedworld.
Lively set up Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) going into Turn One on the final lap of the 25-lap feature and drove to the win in the feature.
Lively and his #32 Bud’s Top Soil Civic lead approximately two tenths of a mile, or two thirds of a lap, in his third win of 2014.
The door that Lively opened up was enough for Tim Webster (Beaverbank) and defending champion Matthew Warren (White’s Lake) to edge past Matthews to get onto the podium at the end of the race.
Former division champion Kyle MacMillan (Dartmouth) won his heat race and led 15 laps of the feature before losing the lead to Matthews. MacMillan fell to fifth at the end of the feature.
Webster won the other heat race.
Once again, while there was a caution in the first heat race, the main feature was run caution free, making it seven features the class has gone in 2014 without a yellow flag in a feature event.
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