Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
July 10th: Q104 Night
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLERO BANDITS
For a fourth consecutive race, Josh Langille (Coldbrook) returned to victory lane in the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Bandit division.
Langille took the lead from Nathan Singer (Kennetcook) just prior to the halfway point of the 15-lap feature and would hold on over the second half of the race to take the win. “The King Commander” Austin MacDonald (Pictou) came home second place, with Singer holding on for his first podium finish of the season. Owen Mahar (Hubley) was fourth while Austin Tanner (Shubenacadie), who led laps in the feature, finished in the fifth place spot.
Dylan Dowe (Bedford) won his third heat race of the season, and was joined by MacDonald as qualifying race winners.
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLERO OUTLAW
Once again, it was defending Hydraulics Plus Bandolero champion Braden Langille (Shubencadie) taking his fourth consecutive feature victory of the season in the Outlaw division.
Langille made a move on Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) and Dylan Sutherland (Beaverbank) to take the lead early in the feature and never looked back en route to his fourth win of the season. Wyatt McCulloch (Stewiacke) finished second in the feature, with Sutherland, Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea) and Michael Cormier (Grand Barachois, NB) completing the top five.
Braden Langille took home the eight lap heat race win, scoring maximum points on the evening.
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake) continued holding his hot hand by winning a Strictly Hydraulics Legend feature on Friday night.
The two-time Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour feature winner used his off-weekend by shaking down his Legend car and wasted little time getting to the front of the field. Butcher passed Danny Harvey (Lantz) around the halfway mark in the feature and kept Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB) at bay during the second portion of the 25-lap feature en route to his first Legend win of the year. Hall came home second with Harvey finishing in third. Paul Goulden (Shelburne) picked up his fourth top five of the season with a fourth place run while last week’s winner Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth) brought his car home in fifth.
Tylor Hawes (Porter’s Lake) has the distinction as being the first driver to roll his car over in 2015. Hawes tumbled over in Turn One after battling for the lead early in the feature. Hawes was okay, but is the second consecutive week Hawes, a former Thunder car graduate, has been involved in an accident that has caused major damage to his race car.
Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookies Cole Tanner (Shubenacadie) and Adam Meehan (Rawdon) each scored their first Legend car victories of their respective careers in the heat races leading up to the feature.
Hall will hold the point lead by a handful of markers heading into the 21st Annual Shriners Classic on July 24th.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
After blown camshafts and head gaskets, among other mechanical failures, have littered Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series season, it was all put behind him Friday. Boutilier, the 2012 divisional champion, pulled into victory lane for the first time after winning the 38-lap main event on Q104 Night.
The race was slowed late by four yellow flags in the final 10 laps after most of the opening laps were run under consecutive green. Boutilier took the lead within the first few laps and extended his lead under the green flag run. While his long run was as sharp as it had been in previous weeks, Boutiler was solid as a rock under the multiple late race restarts to hold off his competition.
Point leader Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside) was second, followed by birthday boy Harry Ross White (Noel Road), who turned 51 last week. Pete Miller (Kennetcook) and Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) rebounded from misfortunes the week prior to finish in the top five in the 14-car field.
Richard Salter (Centre Burlington) and Brently Pirri (Three Fathom Harbour) each put a heat win on their resume on Friday. For both, it was their first of the season.
Smith extends his point lead heading into a race he wants to win badly, the 21st Annual Shriners Classic for Sportsman on July 24th.
A heartbreak the week prior was forgotten in victory lane as Darrell Sullivan (Harrietsfield) put his car ahead of the field for the first time in 2015.
Sullivan started eighth and was up to third by the first caution flag on Lap Five but it was in the second half of the race he made the move on then leader Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood) that would ultimately seal the deal. Deven Smith (Lakeside) continued his solid season with a second place run with Thibodeau joining Sullivan and Smith on the podium. Fourth belonged to last week’s feature winner “Rational” Richard Patrick (Halifax) with 2013 champion Marc MacMillan (Glenholme) completing the top five.
Thibodeau was joined as a heat race winner by sophomore Mitchell Hopkins (Beaverbank), who celebrated his first career victory at the Speedworld in the first heat race of the evening. Hopkins would back up his qualifying effort by leading laps in the feature before finishing sixth.
The Lightning division returns Friday for their first of two 50-lap events of the season.
Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) started dead last in the 16-car Chickenburger Thunder field. At the end of Lap 25, he was back in victory lane holding the checkered flag for the third time this season in just five features.
Matthews, who has not finished worse than third in feature racing this year, took the lead for the final time with four laps to go, passing “The Sheriff” Kyle Gammon (Mount Uniacke), who had led the most laps in the race and had built a big lead until two late race cautions bunched the field up behind him. Gammon would hold on to finish second in the feature, ahead of former divisional champion Kyle MacMillan (Dartmouth), who recorded his best Speedworld finish of the year with a third place run. Tim Webster (Beaverbank) and Andrew Warren (White’s Lake) rounded out the top five in the feature.
Heat races were won by sophomore driver Andrew Lively (Middle Sackville) and Gammon. The first heat race was marred by a last lap, last corner incident featuring rookies Cory Myles (Trenton) and Stephen Farrell (Middle Sackville). Both cars went full steam into the Turn Four wall, with Myles car being wedged against the concrete and Farrell’s #28 car. Both drivers were okay, with Myles reporting minor bumps and scrapes - along with biting his tongue before hitting the wall.
The Chickenburger Thunder division are in for a big night Friday as the first of two 50 lap events for 2015 take centre stage!
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