CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series
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August 18th: INEX Night Powered By AMP Energy

Strictly Hydraulics Legends

It was only a matter of time before Shelby Baker (Fall River) returned to victory lane at his home track in his return to full time competition.

Baker, the 2007 Hydraulics Plus Bandolero champion, started on outside pole in the 50-lap INEX National Qualifier event, took the lead, held the field at bay on two restarts and never looked back in a dominant performance. Waylon Farrell (Conception Bay South, NL) finished second and began to pull away from the pack in the second half once he found his way up to the front. Braden Langille (Shubenacadie), who had said in victory lane he didn’t have a podium finishing car, wound up third when the dust settled. The top five was completed by point contenders and teammates Paul Goulden (Shelburne) and Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB).

Shane Lively (Middle Sackville) and Emily Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines) each won heat races to start off the night but both would find trouble in the feature. Meehan was involved in a tangle with Craig MacDonald (Waverley) on Lap 15, which sent both cars to the rear of the restart. Lively had an oil filter issue with his car as the field came to halfway, ending his night 25 laps shy of the finish.

Goulden takes a four point advantage on Adam Meehan (Rawdon) heading into the next point event on Friday.

Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandoleros
Brooke Dowe (Bedford) was the class of the field on Friday night, as she picked up her second win of the season and extended her point lead with only two races to go in the Bandolero season.

Dowe was challenged by Prince Edward Island’s Tanton Wooldridge, who made his first Scotia Speedworld start. The regular at Petty International Raceway looked to have Dowe’s number late but would spin with three laps to go, giving the field a restart and sending the #0 to the rear for the restart.

Behind Dowe, Dylan MacMillan (Glenholme) would hold off a hard charging Chase MacKay (Bear Cove) for the runner up spot. Dawson Noble (Upper Nine Mile River) would bring his car home fourth, ahead of Wooldridge.

Campbell Delaney (Halifax) and MacMillan took home qualifying heat race victories in the eleven car field.

With two races to go, Dowe holds a comfortable 21 point lead over MacMillan. They will race next on September 1st during Kiddie Night.

Hydraulic Plus Bandolero Combined
Once again, the top three Outlaw drivers would go at it for the win in the combined Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Outlaw and Bandit feature. It was the second place battle that was the show though as the leader pulled away to take the win.

Austin MacDonald (Pictou) took his second straight overall win of the year on Friday night, but behind him it was a crossover party at second. Point leader Josh Langille (Coldbrook) and reigning champion Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow) would go back and forth for the spot. When one would get the spot, the other would cross under to challenge again for the spot. Langille tried to get under Rogers on the final lap of the extended lap affair to get second but would come up inches short.

Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River) would close on the two going hard for second overall but would have to settle for fourth and first in the Bandit class. Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) was second in Bandit, followed in close pursuit by Owen Mahar (Hubley).

MacDonald and Noble each made the evening perfect by picking up the heat wins in their respective classes.

The top three in the Outlaw class sit within three points of each other with Josh Langille holding a one point advantage on MacDonald. Nathna Langille tagged on a point to his cushion on Friday and now has an eight point lead on Mahar with two races to go.

“Rational” Richard Drake (Halifax) stayed perfect in feature competition in the month of August by reeling off his third straight Toursec Lighting feature win on Friday.

Drake passed Tom Stewart (Stewiacke) and led the final two thirds of the 25-lap feature en route to his third straight feature win. Stewart was running second when the white flag flew, but Travis Keefe (Clayton Park) was able to get the runner up spot at the stripe after the two swapped paint on the final circuit. Point leader Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood) was able to squeeze by Stewart at the line to take the final podium spot. Stewart had to settle for fourth, ahead of fifth place Steve Matthews (Bedford).

Heat races were won by sophomore Mike Jollimore (Halifax) and Stewart.

The field ran in the missing man formation during the pace laps of the feature to honor Bob Thibodeau, who passed away suddenly on August 12th.

Scott Thibodeau still paces the standings but a rapidly closing Drake only has five points to make up to catch the #169 Jet Tools Neon.

Pulse Heavy Duty Trucks
The Pulse Heavy Duty Trucks did not race on Friday night as only one truck, Dan Smith, would enter competition after Cory Leonard loaded up following the practice session.


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INEX Night Powered By AMP Energy
August 18, 2017 @ Scotia Speedworld
Photos by: McCarthy PhotographiC