Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
September 2nd - Kiddie Rides Night
Coors Light Trucks
Everyone remembers their first win. Some take less time than others to get into victory lane, some have a number of close calls before they crack the case of victory lane while some stun the field out of nowhere to win their first race.
Adam Carter (Lantz) has been patient. Carter has had some close calls, has won many heat races over his three season career with the Coors Light Truck class and has seen his share of rough races.
Finally, on Friday night, his knock on the door to victory lane was answered and Carter became a first time winner at Scotia Speedworld.
It was not easy as Carter had to hold off a frantic challenge from four time champion Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) for the win. Carter and the #24 Kenny U-Pull/CNC Energy Solution Chevrolet was flawless in the final laps, hitting his marks and keeping Smith behind to capture that coveted first win.
As Carter celebrated with a burnout, Smith and Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage) pulled into podium positions after the race. Matt Vaughan (Fletchers Lake) and Megan Parrott (Beaver Bank) completed the top five.
Carter completed the sweep by winning his heat race on the evening.
With Kevin Clark Jr (Goodwood), who celebrated the birth of a son last week, not in attendance, Fenton moves to second in points with Smith occupying a lead big enough that he will only have to start both the heat and feature on Finale Friday to win his unprecedented fifth straight track title at Scotia Speedworld.
Strictly Hydraulics Legends
Paul Goulden (Shelburne) was in the right place at the right time to collect his first win of the season in the Strictly Hydraulics Legends division.
Goulden led the final two laps on a green white checkered finish to score the victory after the leaders wrecked coming to the checkered flag.
Adam Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines) appeared to be poised to take his first feature win in a Legend car on the coattails of Carter’s breakthrough Coors Light Truck win.
Enter Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB).
Hall made his way through the field and took second place at the completion of the 20th lap of the 25-lap feature. Hall caught Meehan and went to work on the #6 Strongco car. Meehan held the inside line as Hall worked his back bumper until the last set of corners when Hall put his car onto the Bandolero track, made contact with Meehan and spun the leader coming to the checkered flag.
The spin would collect Adam’s sister Emily and point leader Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake) as Adam’s car spun up to the wall in Turn Four. Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) would cross the line first but the caution flag was displayed rather than the checkered and a two lap dash would be set up to determine the winner.
All four cars in the accident would be placed to the rear for the ensuing restart. Emily Meehan’s #75 needed a tow to pit road and was done for the evening due to crash damage. Adam Meehan and Jarrett Butcher would rejoin the field, as would Hall.
Under the caution, Cruickshank’s #7 Murray Davis Construction car would catch fire, relegating him to pit road for the duration of the night.
As officials dealt with the Cruickshank car in the pits, the red flag was displayed. Under the red, Hall would come back on track then subsequently go back to the pit. As the #08 car drove by Adam Meehan’s car under red, Hall drove into the side of the parked car. The unsportsmanlike and dangerous move forced officials to park Hall for the remainder of the feature.
Goulden would inherit the lead following the Cruickshank fire and the altercation in the final corner and would hold on over a hungry Tylor Hawes (Porter’s Lake) to take his first feature of the year. Hawes recorded a career high second place run with Craig MacDonald (Waverley) finishing third in a car he admitted after the race wasn’t a third place car. Scott Cunning (Halifax) and previous week’s winner Danny Harvey (Lantz) brought their entries home in the top five with Joey Lawson (Porter’s Lake) scoring sixth in his season debut.
Hawes and Hall won heat races on the 13 car field.
Jarrett Butcher continues to hold the point lead in the division with two races to go.
Deven Smith (Lakeside) had a big night at Scotia Speedworld in one of the most pivotal times in the Toursec Lightning championship chase.
Smith scored his second straight and fourth win of the season to extend his point lead in the class. Smith had championship contenders Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood) and “Rational” Richard Drake (Halifax) on his bumper at the end but kept them at bay for the victory. Tom Stewart (Stewiacke) was fourth in the feature while Jamie Dillman (Carroll’s Corner), subbing in for Garth Bezanson (Oldham), finished fifth in the #182 Pete’za Perfect Dodge.
Joining Smith as a heat winner in the 16 car field was Elmsdale’s Greg Snelgrove.
The gap from Smith to Thibodeau in points is now 16 points while Drake sits 22 points out of his first track championship with two races to go.
It is hard to believe, but Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) went into the month of September without a feature win.
A driver that was recognized by Tim’s Corner Motorsports as their Power Performer of the Year in 2015 had been a championship contender in 2016 in the Toursec Thunder class but had yet to solve the field for a feature win.
That changed on Friday as Matthews finally returned to victory lane in the Toursec Thunder class.
Matthews, who also won the heat race, took the checkered flag by passing Chris Hatcher (Beaver Bank). Hatcher in the late laps of the feature. Hatcher, who had to replace an axle after practice, held on to second with Andrew Lively (Middle Sackville) coming home third. Fourth place was taken by point leader Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) with a returning Andrew Warren (White’s Lake) finishing in fifth place in his first start of 2016.
Matthews gained nine points on Lively to put him back in second place and in the championship discussion. Ironically, Matthews now sits nine points out of the #32 car with two races to go in the championship chase.
Affordable Fuels Sportsman
Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake) has rekindled some early season magic and it has resulted in landing the #11 Veinotte’s Truck and Auto Ford in victory lane for the first time in two years.
Veinotte took the lead on Lap 11 after contact between Wayne Miller (Kennetcook) and Brentley Pirri (Three Fathom Harbour) for the top spot bunched the field and also collected Wayne’s brother and point leader Pete (Kennetcook), who bounced off the wall in the altercation.
Veinotte was in cruise control mode from the restart all the way to a Lap 36 caution for Kirk Ryan (Upper Nine Mile River) losing a rear wheel and spinning into Turn One. Veinotte set a blistering pace which saw only five of the 14 cars on the lead lap for the restart.
Veinotte held off the field on the green-white-checkered finish for his first win since Labour Day Weekend 2014. Alex Johnson (Enfield) rebounded after a tough race two weeks prior to finish second with Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) recording his fifth podium in six races. Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) and Wayne Miller completed the lead lap cars in the race and the top five in the 38-lap feature.
Pirri and Pete Miller took home heat race victories.
With Pete Miller’s finish, combined with Veinotte’s win, the #11 team has taken a one point lead in the championship chase with two races to go. Roma sits only 24 points out of the lead, making this a three way race for the championship with all three looking for their first track title.
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