Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
HYDRAULICS PLUS BANDOLEROS
Austin MacDonald (Pictou) is making it a championship title fight in the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Bandits.
MacDonald passed Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow) in the second half of the 15-lap feature on Friday to take his fourth win in six races. Rogers, the leading Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year in the class, kept MacDonald pushing to the limits but would have to settle for second at the finish. Josh Langille (Coldbrook) pushed hard late in the feature to finish third, with Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River) and Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) rounding out the top five in the 13-car field.
MacDonald scored maximum points on the night by winning the heat race, while Noble picked up the first heat on the evening.
MacDonald chases Josh Langille in the standings and now the gap is eight points heading into the season finale on Saturday, September 26th. Rogers moved past Nathan Langille for third in the standings as the two will battle it out for the final spot in the top three in the standings.
In the Outlaw division, Luke Ettinger (Kennetcook) once again outran Wyatt McCulloch (Stewiacke) to take home his third win in six races. The two have figured into the equation of the win in each of those six races in some way and have been the hottest two drivers in the division over the second half of the season. Braden Langille (Shubenacadie), who led the point standings for a majority of the season, finished third on Friday, followed by “The Flying Frenchman” Michael Cormier (Grand Barachois, NB) and Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea).
McCulloch now has a nine point lead over the #51 car heading into the season finale Saturday at Scotia Speedworld as McCulloch looks for his first track championship at the Speedworld.
COORS LIGHT TRUCKS
Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) is on a mission.
Fenton scored his fifth Coors Light Truck win of the season on Friday night, leading a podium that featured Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman veterans Harry Ross White (Noel Road) and Tony Leonard (Goodwood).
“We want to get to the number that we were last season,” said Fenton on his win total. “We need one more to make the six we had last year. We come out to win every week, but we will be going hard for the win next Saturday.”
For Harry Ross White, the race was a blast.
“That brought me back to the old days when we ran Street Stocks,” said HOSS. “I had a lot of fun racing with Jason and Tony.”
The two championship contenders completed the top five in the feature, with Matt Vaughan (Lake Fletcher) getting the best of three-time titlist Dan Smith (Lower Sackville). Vaughan also won the heat race.
Dan Smith has a 28 point lead heading into the season finale on Saturday, September 26th. Smith is looking for a record setting fourth consecutive championship in the same class at Scotia Speedworld.
STRICTLY HYDRAULICS LEGENDS
On the eve of running for his first Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour championship, Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake) brought his #5 Atlantic Tiltload Legend to the track for an appetizer round at Scotia Speedworld. The three-time champion of the Strictly Hydraulics Legends reminded the field why he has those three titles by winning his second feature of the season in a part time role in the class.
Butcher edged out leading Tim Hortons at the Airport rookie Cory Hall (Rawdon Gold Mines) and veteran Emily Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines) for the win. Hall was driving a borrowed car from MacLean Motorsports after a crash the previous week destroyed his primary car, while Meehan stood on the podium for just the second time in 2015. Cole’s younger brother Jarrett and Danny Harvey (Lantz) completed the top five as they battled hard in the late laps of the race.
Harvey and Scott Cunning (Halifax) were front row centre on an early restart where the two made contact, crumpling the bumper of Cunning’s car which forced the #14 car to pit from the lead.
Jeff Atkinson (Port LaTour) and Jarrett Butcher won the heat races in the 16-car field, which also included Lloyd Eason Jr of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland.
Jarrett Butcher, who is looking to extend the Butcher Racing championship streak to four in the Strictly Hydraulics Legend division, has a nine point lead on Hall and 20 points on Paul Goulden (Shelburne) heading into the finale on September 26th.
In one of the wildest finishes of the year, point leader Deven Smith (Lakeside) drove through the smoke, almost literally, to lead the final feet in his fifth feature win of the season in the Chickenburger Lightning class.
Richard Patrick (Halifax) took the lead from Tom Stewart (Stewiacke) just past the halfway point in the race. Patrick held the lead until Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood) caught the #141 car and the two proceeded to battle it out for the win in the race. In the last corner, both drove deep trying to come out of the other end with the checkered flag, but with Patrick washing up into Thibodeau in Turn Three, it allowed Smith to sweep by both as they collected their cars to pick up the win on the last lap.
Darrell Sullivan (Harrietsfield) charged hard but had to settle for fourth behind Stewart.
Tom Stewart bested the field in Heat One, edging out teammate for the night in Robert Petten of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. Marc MacMillan (Glenholme), who had a flat tire in the feature, won the second heat. A total of 20 cars took part in the meet, the biggest car count for the division this season.
Smith and Thibodeau pace the field in the standings, while MacMillan, Sullivan and Patrick will have a battle on their hands for the third place spot in the championship when they run their final 25-lap feature on September 26th.
The #31 car driven by Matthew Warren (White’s Lake) is once again a champion of the Chickenburger Thunder champion at Scotia Speedworld, winning the championship in an impromptu showdown with his title fight contender Dave Matthews (Kennetcook).
Early in the 25-lap feature, the two made contact sending Warren around. With no caution being pulled from race officials and them deeming Matthews made contact with Warren, the no fault incident was called and Matthews was asked by officials to fall back behind Warren under green. The two went back and forth at the back of the field for 20 laps, with Matthews even getting by Warren at one point. As the two weaved through traffic, Warren tried to keep at least one car between he and Matthews in order to solidify a championship. Warren would end up passing Andrew Lively (Shubenacadie) with two laps to go, a car Matthews could not pass before the checkered flag. The title came down to that pass and would ultimately give the #31 car, which was split between Matthew and his brother Andrew, by two points.
Up front, Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) closed off 2015 with his second consecutive and third total feature win of the season. It was not easy for the #32 MultiServe Civic as he had to hold off a frantic charge from “The Sheriff” Kyle Gammon (Mount Uniacke) throughout the feature. “The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) held off two-time champion Tim Webster (Beaverbank) for third, with Andrew Warren, driving the #33 car, coming home in fifth.
Andrew Warren and Dave Matthews each won heat races.
DARTMOUTH DODGE SPORTSMAN
After falling one spot short the previous week, Aaron Boutiler (Porter’s Lake) has successfully completed his return to Scotia Speedworld with a win in the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series.
Boutilier held control of the 50-lap feature over an early rough half of the race and outran Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie Matt Moore (Falmouth) and Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) for the win. For Moore, second place is his best finish in a Sportsman car in only his sixth start.
Pete Miller (Kennetcook) who, like Roma, is locked into the battle for second in the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman championship, finished fourth in the 21-car feature with Victoria, Newfoundland’s Shane Coffen impressing in his Speedworld debut with a fifth place finish.
Point leader Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside) finished seventh in the feature and will carry a 47 point lead into the season finale this Saturday. The second place battle between Miller, Roma, Phil Barkhouse Jr (Hammonds Plains) and Harry Ross White (Noel Road) will enter the finale with 17 points amongst them.
Heat races were won by Wayne Miller (Kennetcook), Moore and Harry Ross White (Noel Road).
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