CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series
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July 7th - Strictly Hydraulics Night

Bent bumpers, fenders and tempers littered the track after 24 laps of racing in the Strictly Hydraulics Legends division feature.

In one of the most talked about feature race anywhere in Atlantic Canada on the weekend, Danny Harvey (Lantz) outlasted the field on two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish to collect his first win of the year.

One caution had slowed the field throughout the feature until the end, when the caution flew feet before the finish line on Lap 25 for an incident in Turn Two. Adam Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines), who had led the field, had been displayed the caution flag instead of crossing under the checkered flag, meaning the field would see up to two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish as per the Scotia Speedworld Procedures.

After a mid-pack altercation that would draw a caution in Turn Two on the first attempt to finish the race under green, all heck would break loose on the second and final attempt at a finish.

Meehan led Shelby Baker (Fall River), point leader Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB), Harvey and Paul Goulden (Shelburne) to the final restart. Meehan got out to the lead but as was the case on the first attempt to finish the race, Hall was planted on his back bumper. As the field exited Turn Four coming for the final white flag, Hall made contact with Meehan, sending both cars sliding and out of control.

The two would continue to collect their cars into Turn One and would eventually take Baker along for the ride. The caution flag was displayed, all three cars were deemed by race officials as caution cars, sending them to the end of the lap for the finish and giving Harvey the victory.
Goulden, as surprised as anyone at the finish that transpired, finished second followed by Emily Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines), who was fired up as anyone and took shots at multiple parties in her post race interview. Craig MacDonald (Waverley) was scored as fourth in his return, ahead of Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour point leader Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro).

Hall and Emily Meehan took home heat race victories in the 20-car field.

Paul Goulden will now enter Fanfest as the point leader by nine points over Cory Hall.

Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros

While the Langille brothers returned to their winning ways, the Beginner Bandit Bandolero division presented by Hydraulics Plus saw another new feature winner.

Devin Wadden, a karting standout, made his first start behind the wheel of an Oval Outlaw Racing Bandolero and drove it to victory lane in the 15-lap feature. Wadden passed teammate Campbell Delaney before the halfway mark and held the point from there on in the caution free affair. Matthew Rushton (Halifax) was closing the gap as the run wore on but had to settle for second when the checkered flag flew. Dawson Noble (Upper Nine Mile River) was third, ahead of point leader Brooke Dowe (Bedford) and Delaney.

Delaney and Dowe took heat race wins.

In the combined Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Outlaw and Bandit feature, Josh Langille (Coldbrook) made his way through the field and passed his brother Nathan to take the feature win. Austin MacDonald (Pictou) had a strong run, finishing second overall and in class, ahead of reigning track champion Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow). Nathan Langille was the top Bandit, finishing fourth overall, ahead of Owen Mahar (Hubley).

Only one yellow slowed the event after Danny Chisholm (Canning) lost a wheel on Lap One. The field would go 15-laps caution free from the initial yellow.

The Langille brothers won their respective heat races.

Like Danny Harvey’s victory in the Strictly Hydraulics Legends feature, Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) was in the right place in the right time to lock down his first Toursec Thunder feature win of 2017.

It looked to be Darren Flemming’s night. Flemming, whose father Dwayne saw success in the Toursec Thunder division, led the first 21 laps in only his fourth start. JR Lawson (Shubenacadie), who has won championships in a Honda Civic across the Maritimes but has yet to win a feature in his career at Scotia Speedworld, ran down Flemming under green and began setting up a pass to try and finally shake the monkey off his back.

In the end, Flemming held his line on the inside as Lawson looked to create another groove to the left side. It resulted in Lawson making contact with the back end of Flemming and sending the #22 for a spin in Turn One with four laps to go. Both cars would go to the back, giving Matthews the lead for the final restart.

Matthews held off leading Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie in Neil Miousse (Kentville) for the win, with Tim Webster (Beaver Bank) in third. Of note, this is the first feature race Webster has competed in this season at Scotia Speedworld that he hasn’t won. Nic Baker (Middle Sackville) was fourth ahead of Greenwood’s Jesse Deveau.

Lawson and Miousse pocketed heat race wins.

Steve Matthews (Bedford) celebrated an emotional victory as the rain fell on the front straight at Scotia Speedworld.

Matthews, who had recently lost his step father, drove to his second win of the year after passing Marc MacMillan just shy of the halfway point of the originally scheduled 25-lap distance. Deven Smith (Lakeside), who celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday, was on his way to reeling in Matthews before a Lap 18 caution eventually ended the race because of rain. MacMillan, who has had a dismal season to this point, brought home a third place finish that felt like a win for the 2013 Toursec Lightning champion. Tom Stewart (Stewiacke) was fourth, followed by point leader Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood).

MacMillan and Stewart took Toursec Lightning car wins.

Thibodeau’s point lead took a small hit and is now 16 points over Matthews heading into the Toursec Twin 50’s on Friday.

23rd Annual Shriners Classic for Sportsman
The 50-lap Shriners Classic was lost due to weather and will be made up on Friday, July 28th. Former Affordable Fuels Sportsman champion Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) and current point leader Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) took home heat victories. Five drivers, including Phil Barkhouse Jr (Hammonds Plains), Josh Collins (Placentia, NL), Jeff Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit), Tony Mason (Dutch Settlement) and Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside), were poised to make their 2017 Scotia Speedworld debut.


Race Day Photos:
Strictly Hydraulics Night
July 7, 2017 @ Scotia Speedworld
Photos by: McCarthy PhotographiC