Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results
September 9th - Strictly Hydraulics Night
Affordable Fuels Sportsman
After control arm bushings took him out of competition the week prior, Matt Moore (Falmouth) returned with a vengeance by sweeping the night in the Affordable Fuels Sportsman division.
After Brentley Pirri (Three Fathom Harbour) and Richard Salter (Centre Burlington) led the opening laps of the race, Moore took the lead just shy of the halfway point and held it throughout the remaining laps of the 38-lap feature to take his second Sportsman feature victory of the season.
Pete Miller (Kennetcook) brought his car home in second at a very pivotal time in the season while Pirri, who had a very fast #37 car, had to settle for third. Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) and Wayne Miller (Kennetcook) completed the top five in the 15-car field.
Salter won the first qualifying heat over a returning Steve MacPhee (Yarmouth). MacPhee, who has been racing on the south shore of the province as of late, is a former Dukes and Hobby Stock racer at the Speedworld who made his return in Sportsman for the first time in over a decade. Moore won the second qualifying heat.
Point leader Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake) struggled to find the handle on his car throughout the night and manhandled his #11 Ford to sixth in the feature. The driver who says he never likes to enter with the point lead in the Affordable Fuels Sportsman division will enter battle in the final race eight points behind Miller. Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) found himself in an on track scrape with Kirk Ryan (Upper Nine Mile River) and fell to 36 points behind the championship spot and only four points up on Boutilier heading into Finale Friday.
Andrew Lively (Middle Sackville) is bound and determined to make this a three way dance for the championship in the Toursec Thunder division on Finale Friday.
Lively made an early move on “The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth) and held on for the remaining 18 laps to capture the Toursec Thunder feature on Strictly Hydraulics Night, his second of the season. The caution free affair saw last week’s feature winner Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) and Merle Corbin (Sackville) join Lively on the podium. Point leader Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) was fourth after sparks flew from his car late in the race from a dragging part while MacEachern, who put up his best run of the season, finished in fifth.
MacEachern and Andrew Lively shared heat race victories.
Stevie Lively’s fourth place finish was enough to keep his point lead in tact but the advantage between him and Matthews dropped to three points. The Dave v. Stevie storyline all season will be joined by Andrew as Lively has closed the gap between him and the top spot to 12 points heading into the finale.
Strictly Hydraulics Legends
Reigning Canadian Masters champion Paul Goulden (Shelburne, NS) earned his second straight victory in the Strictly Hydraulics Legends division Friday at Scotia Speedworld.
After a week where Goulden found himself in the lead after a late fracas and a fire involving drivers within the top five, Goulden got up on the wheel and drove to the front of the field for his second feature win in as many weeks.
Goulden had to make the winning pass in the final five laps after placing heavy pressure on Adam Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines) for the top spot. Goulden and Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake) got by the #6 and settled the top spot among themselves at the end with the #57 G&S Racing Legend edging out Butcher for the top spot. The point leader would finish second with Meehan continuing his strong late season push with a third place finish. Tylor Hawes (Porter’s Lake) found himself within the hunt for a third straight podium finish but had to settle for fourth ahead of Craig MacDonald of Waverley, who officially clinched the Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year Award in the class with a fifth place finish.
Hawes and Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake) won qualifying heat races. Butcher led the feature early in the #75 car before a fluid leak forced him to pit road 11 laps shy of the finish of the feature.
Jarrett Butcher will close in on a second straight Strictly Hydraulics Legends championship on Friday as he enters with a 27 point lead over Goulden. In order to clinch the championship, Butcher will need a ninth place finish in the Finale Friday feature.
There is fight left in Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood).
Thibodeau drove to the win in the Toursec Lightning feature on Friday night to keep his championship hopes alive heading into the final race of 2016. Thibodeau led championship leader Deven Smith (Lakeside) and “Rational” Richard Drake (Halifax) across the stripe in the 25-lap main feature. For Thibodeau’s #169 JET Tools Neon team, it is their seven straight podium finish dating back to mid-June. It is also the sixth time in eleven races these three cars have placed on the podium together.
Marc MacMillan (Glenholme) put up a strong performance on Friday with a fourth place run, followed by “Mr. Lightning on the Hill” Steve Matthews (Bedford).
Smith and Mike Jollimore (Halifax) won qualifying heat races. For Jollimore it was his first checkered flag in a Toursec Lightning car at Scotia Speedworld and his point lead on his nearest competitors is big enough for him to clinch the Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year Award heading into the season finale. Congratulations Mike!
The gap between Smith and Thibodeau is 15 points heading into the finale while Drake still remains mathematically involved by sitting 26 points out. Smith can clinch his second straight championship with a podium finish in the main feature, regardless what happens in the heat race, on Friday night.
Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros
While Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow) celebrated his eighth win on the season at Scotia Speedworld, young Morgan Mosher (Mahone Bay) celebrated his first Hydraulics Plus Bandolero win!
Rogers drove to his eighth win in the combined Outlaw and Bandit feature after passing Josh Langille (Coldbrook) with five laps remaining in the 15-lap feature. The two were the only competitors in the Outlaw class. Third overall and the first spot in the Bandit division went to Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River). The win is Noble’s fifth of the season in the class. Behind Noble in the finishing order included “Pumpkin Jack” Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) and Danny Chisholm (Canning).
Rogers holds a comfortable 18 point lead over Josh Langille heading into the final Outlaw feature of the season.
Nathan Langille holds an 11 point lead over Noble heading into the final Bandit race with Owen Mahar (Hubley) and Chisholm just 17 and 18 points back, respectively, heading into the last point race of the year. Langille and Noble each have five feature wins each with Chisholm holding the other two victories.
In the Beginner Bandit division, it was Mosher becoming the fourth different feature winner of the year en route to his first career Speedworld feature win. Mosher passed Dawson Noble (Upper Nine Mile River) in the early laps for the lead and held off point leader Tyler Hutchinson (Onslow) for the feature win in the waning laps. Young Scotsburn hotshoe Tanner MacLean finished third, ahead of Brooke Dowe (Bedford) and Dawson Noble, the younger brother of Bandit race winner Colton.
With a 52 point lead on Mosher, Hutchinson must only start the Beginner Bandit main feature on Friday to win the season long championship.
Rogers, Mosher and Dylan Dowe (Bedford) won Hydraulics Plus Bandolero heat races on Strictly Hydraulics Night.
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