CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series
Race Wrap & Full Results

June 16th - Hydraulics Plus Night


Matthew Rushton (Dartmouth) made it look easy as he drove to his first win of the season in only his second career Bandolero race.

Rushton, who had post race technical inspection issues on opening day, drove the #2 Overall Experience Bandolero to victory lane without issue on Hydraulics Plus Night. Rushton was dominant in victory, leading every lap from green to checkered. Brooke Dowe (Bedford) fell one spot short of her second straight win by finishing second with Dawson Noble (Upper Nine Mile River) in third. Dylan MacMillan (Glenholme) captured the fourth place spot in the 15-lap feature while Chase MacKay (Bear Cove) rebounded from a mid race spin for a fifth place finish.

Rushton also pocketed the eight lap heat race victory on the first Friday night appearance for the Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros for 2017.

Josh Langille (Coldbrook) brought home his second consecutive Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Outlaw win on Friday night while Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River) was nearly able to upset his older peers with the Bandit class win.

Langille battled with Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow) for the overall win and the victory in the Bandolero feature on Hydraulics Plus Night, but it was Noble who was persistent in his challenges as he pushed his car towards the front of the field. While Noble was busy locking up the Bandit win, Langille and Rogers battled early and often, which featured multiple cross over moves in the first half of the 15-lap feature.

Austin MacDonald (Pictou) passed the most cars in the event to finish fourth overall and third in Outlaw. MacDonald started fifth but was placed to the rear on a caution with seven laps to go after battling with Rogers. Owen Mahar (Hubley) finished fifth overall in the 12 car field and second of the Bandits. Reigning champion Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) was third on the podium for the Bandits.

Dylan Dowe (Bedford) and Josh Langille won Bandolero heat races.

Deven Smith (Lakeside) returned to victory lane on Friday evening in a commanding performance during the Toursec Lightning feature.

Smith, the reigning divisional champion, started on the pole position in the 15-car field and drove away in the caution free, 25-lap race. Darrell Sullivan (Harrietsfield), who fell off the pace of Smith late in the race, held on for second place ahead of a hard charging Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood). Thibodeau had to work his way through traffic, upending Travis Keefe’s (Clayton Park) bid for his second straight podium finish in the waning laps. Keefe, the leading Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie in the class, held on for fourth ahead of “Rational” Richard Drake (Halifax).

Thibodeau and Smith took home qualifying heat races.

A light Pulse Heavy Duty Truck field still provided edge-of-your-seat excitement expected by the Speedworld’s convoy.

After a slide on Lap Three by two-time champion and heat winner Gordie Ritchie (Elmsdale), the 25-lap feature saw a pair of two truck battles between Ritchie and Adam Carter (Lantz) for the third place spot and Megan Parrott (Beaver Bank) and Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) for the lead. Parrott led to the halfway point in the feature before Smith made the winning move with ten laps to go to take his second win of the season. Parrott settled for a close second with Carter able to take third over Ritchie.

For the second straight event, the Strictly Hydraulics Legend feature was a rough and tumble affair that took over one hour to complete the 25-lap distance.

In the feature event, a number of drivers running in the top five were involved in incidents throughout the race that could not completely rebound to get back before the drop of the checkered flag. Drivers like Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport), Danny Harvey (Lantz) and Shane Lively (Middle Sackville) did not finish the event while Shelby Baker (Fall River), Tylor Hawes (Porter’s Lake) and Paul Goulden (Shelburne) completed the race outside the top five.

The only driver that may have been exempt from the madness was Jolicure, New Brunswick’s Cory Hall, who won his second straight Legend feature at Scotia Speedworld. Hall started 12th, but three cautions and five laps later found him taking the lead from Tony Gaudet Jr (Milford Station). Hall’s timing on restarts was impeccable, leaving no doubt to who the winner would be in the final 20 laps.

“Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines) methodically worked through the field with all the calamity to claim second place. Her brother Adam Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines) rebounded from a Lap 17 caution that saw him go to the rear after contact with Danny Harvey to finish a strong third. Gaudet Jr and “The Legend” Cy Harvey (Elmsdale) completed the top five.

Dylan Sutherland (Beaver Bank), Emily Meehan and Danny Harvey collected heat race victories in the 21-car field.

Tim Webster (Beaver Bank) is having one of his best seasons in nearly a decade at Scotia Speedworld.

Webster, two weeks after Kyle Gammon (Mount Uniacke) drove the #86 car, returned to his home track and ended the night dancing on the roof with the checkered flag.
It was not easy as Webster had to hold off a freight train at the end of the feature event. Mark Williams (Elmsdale), hungry for his first feature win at Scotia Speedworld, pressured Webster late and even looked to the inside in the closing laps but could not muster a challenge for the former Thunder champion. Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) was third on the evening, ahead of Chris Hatcher (Beaver Bank) and Jesse Deveau (Greenwood). The 25-lap feature went caution free.

The night started off great for Deveau, former Valley Raceway dirt track champion, as he recorded his first heat win on the blacktop of Scotia Speedworld. Williams took home the second heat race victory.


Race Day Photos:
Hydraulics Plus Night
June 16, 2017 @ Scotia Speedworld
Photos by: McCarthy PhotographiC