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HALL SWEEPS RIVERSIDE WITH CELTIC AIR SERVICES 50 WIN

(JAMES RIVER, NS – August 19th, 2018) – Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB) put together another dominant Riverside International Speedway performance on Sunday afternoon en route to the win in the Maritime League of Legends Tour Celtic Air Services 50. The win was his third on the Maritime League of Legends Tour in 2018 in his fourth start and second straight Legend car victory at the high banked oval.

Austin MacDonald (Pictou, NS), returning from an early Summer of competition in the United States, took home second after coming from the rear twice over the 50-lap duration. MacDonald would pick up Fleet Brake Atlantic Rookie of the Race honors over Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS), who also scored his first Maritime League of Legends Tour podium finish in the Celtic Air Services 50. Emily Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines, NS) bested her brother Adam Meehan (Rawdon Gold Mines, NS) for the fourth place position in the 15-car field.

Hall, who started seventh on the field, passed Shelby Baker (Fall River, NS) early in the race and never looked back for the win. Baker, who entered as the point leader on the Series, had contact with another car later in the race which resulted in a parts failure and heavy contact with the Turn Three wall. Baker emerged alright from the accident and would be credited with a 13th place finish.

Three-time 2018 feature winner Craig MacDonald (Waverley, NS) and leading Fleet Brake Atlantic Rookie of the Year driver Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) each found mechanical trouble during the race and would retire before the finish of the race.

Austin MacDonald and Cory Hall took home heat race victories. The Celtic Air Services 50 took approximately 40 minutes to complete.

OFFICIAL FEATURE RESULTS – CELTIC AIR SERVICES 50

® - Fleet Brake Atlantic Rookie

1st - #08 Cory Hall (NB)
2nd - #27 Austin MacDonald ® (NS)
3rd - #12 Sam Rogers ® (NS)
4th - #75 Emily Meehan (NS)
5th - #6 Adam Meehan (NS)
6th - #48 Waylon Farrell (NL)
7th - #31 Will Farrell (NL)
8th - #7 Jeff Cruickshank (NS)
9th - #18 Josh Langille (NS)
10th - #36 Devin Gallant (PE)
11th - #4 Kevin MacDonald (NS)
12th - #28 Kyle Shipley (NS)
13th - #53 Shelby Baker (NS)
14th - #68 Michael Cormier (NB)
15th - #98 Craig MacDonald (NS)

The Maritime League of Legends Tour is back in action on Saturday, August 25th at Petty International Raceway for Round Eight of Ten on the 2018 season. The 50-lap feature is a part of the 54th River Glade International and will be a part of a card that includes the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, MJS and Prime Lift East Coast Mini Stock Tour and the Leisure Days RV Bandoleros. Racing begins at 6pm on August 25th.

For complete information on the Maritime League of Legends Tour, please visit MaritimeLegends.ca.

About Celtic Air Services

Celtic Air Services is your full service FBO at the Port Hawkesbury Airport, the gateway to beautiful Cape Breton Island, the world famous Cabot Trail and some of the world’s most famous golf courses. From concierge to aircraft services, Celtic Air Services can handle it all! For more information, please visit CelticAirServices.com.

About Riverside International Speedway

Riverside International Speedway is recognized as a premiere stock racing facility in Canada. The 1/3-mile high banked asphalt oval roars to action several times a year for special events. It is the home for eastern Canada’s only NASCAR event, and of the IWK 250 – widely known as the best stock car race in Canada. Located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, the facility is easily accessible at exit 30 on Trans Canada Highway 104. For more information call 902.863.2410 or click www.riversidespeedway.ca.

About The Maritime League of Legends:
The Maritime League of Legends Association was formed in 2005 by a group of racer’s wanting to grow the Legends Cars division in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. In 2018, the Maritime League of Legends Tour will visit five venues throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island between May and September during its ten race season. For more information on the Maritime League of Legends, please visit www.maritimelegends.ca.
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ACT / Bouvrette Rides the Rim to Bacon Bowl Win at Chaudiere
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 20, 2018, 10:17:18 AM »
Bouvrette Rides the Rim to Bacon Bowl Win at Chaudiere

Vallée-Jct., QC – Blainville, QC’s Jonathan Bouvrette took the high road to victory at Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere in the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Bacon Bowl 200 on Saturday, August 18. The former Serié ACT Champion grabbed the lead on lap 81 and was never headed from there on his way to the $10,000 CAD top prize.

 

Bouvrette started 10th on the grid following a redraw among the top-12 starters. He stayed quiet in the early going as front row starts Karl Allard and Jean-Francois Dery put on a back-and-forth duel for the top spot. But following a pair of cautions on lap-68 – first for Randy Goulet’s spin exiting turn two, then again when Allard spun on the restart – Bouvrette’s machine roared to life on the high line.

 

Working the third and even the fourth groove, Bouvrette cut through the field, eventually diving underneath Samuel Charland for the top spot. While three more caution flags would bunch up the field, the eventual winner easily leaped out to a big advantage following each restart.

 

Fellow former Serié ACT Champion and current NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor Alex Labbé eventually got the second spot following a long battle with Charland and seemed primed to challenge for the victory. But just when it looked like he was starting to close in the late going, Bouvrette found something more in the tank and pulled away down the stretch.

 

Labbé settled for the runner-up spot. Raphael Lessard, who hopped in the Marco Bilodeau machine following qualifying, charged from dead-last on the grid to swipe third from Charland following a thrilling battle in the final laps. Despite losing out on a podium spot, Charland managed to win the Autodrome Chaudiere Triple Crown by two points over St.-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle.

 

Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea was the highest-finishing American, as the current ACT Late Model Tour point leader came from 18th at the start to finish fifth. The result secured him the ACT Triple Crown over Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet, who ended up ninth. Laperle, Allard, Dany Trepanier, and Steve Cote also earned top-10 finishes.

 

Cote set the fastest speed in time trials and also won the first heat. Charland, Labbé, and Sweet earned heat race wins as well. Dany Poulin and Jeff Cote won the consolation races. Thirty racers attempted to qualify for the 24-car starting field.

 

ACT will be back in action Saturday, August 25 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. The Oxford Plains 150 for the ACT Late Model Tour is part of Oxford 250 weekend and highlights a packed evening at the famed 3/8-mile oval that also includes the North East Mini Stock Tour, PASS Modifieds, North East Classic Lites, and Wicked Good Vintage Racers. The front gates open at 12:00pm with a 5:00pm post time. Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors/military, $12 for kids ages 6-12, and $60 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

 

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.

 

BACON BOWL 200

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 10 ) Jonathan Bouvrette ( 41QC ) , Quebec, QC , 200 Laps
2. ( 4 ) Alex Labbe ( 48QC ) , St-Albert, QC , 200 Laps
3. ( 24 ) Raphael Lessard ( 75RL ) , St-Joseph-de-Beauce, QC , 200 Laps
4. ( 5 ) Samuel Charland ( 41 ) , Victoriaville, QC , 200 Laps
5. ( 18 ) Scott Payea ( 37VT ) , Colchester, VT , 200 Laps
6. ( 7 ) Patrick Laperle ( 91QC ) , St-Denis, QC , 200 Laps
7. ( 1 ) Karl Allard ( 7A ) , Levis, QC , 200 Laps
8. ( 9 ) Dany Trepanier ( 19QC ) , St-Edouard, QC , 200 Laps
9. ( 11 ) Nick Sweet ( 40VT ) , Barre, VT , 200 Laps
10. ( 8 ) Steve Cote ( 1QC ) , Montreal, QC , 200 Laps
11. ( 12 ) Marc-Andre Cliché ( 98QC ) , Vallee-Jonction, QC , 199 Laps
12. ( 2 ) Jean-Francois Dery ( 21QC ) , Quebec, QC , 199 Laps
13. ( 3 ) Marc Begin ( 37 ) , St-Philibert, QC , 199 Laps
14. ( 19 ) Simon Roussin ( 6QC ) , Quebec, QC , 199 Laps
15. ( 17 ) Jeff Cote ( 51 ) , Beauceville, QC , 199 Laps
16. ( 16 ) Dany Poulin ( 2 ) , Vallee-Jonction, QC , 198 Laps
17. ( 20 ) Dominique Jaques ( 3DJ ) , Vallee-Jonction, QC , 198 Laps
18. ( 14 ) Alexandre Tardif ( 21 ) , St-Georges, QC , 197 Laps
19. ( 21 ) #Christopher Pelkey ( 41VT ) , South Barre, VT , 197 Laps
20. ( 23 ) Marc Verner ( 77 ) , Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, QC , 195 Laps
21. ( 13 ) Elie Arseneault ( 03EA ) , Laval, QC , 102 Laps
22. ( 6 ) Randy Goulet ( 43 ) , Quebec, QC , 102 Laps
23. ( 15 ) Mathieu Kingsbury ( 9QC ) , Blainville, QC , 102 Laps
24. ( 22 ) Rock Poulin ( 16 ) , St-Georges, QC , 67 Laps
 
Lap Leaders: Karl Allard 1-2, Jean-Francois Dery 3, Allard 4-5, Dery 6, Allard 7, Dery 8-71, Samuel Charland 72-80, Bouvrette 81-200. (7 lead changes among 4 drivers)                                                           

Time of Race: 1 hour, 12 minutes                  Margin of Victory: 3.708 seconds

Cautions: 5 (laps 68, 68, 100, 102, 140)

Heat Winners: Steve Cote, Samuel Charland, Alex Labbe, Nick Sweet

Consi Winners: Dany Poulin, Jeff Cote

Michael R. Stridsberg
American-Canadian Tour
Media Director
(802) 244-6963 ext. 6
media@acttour.com
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MECHANICAL ISSUES PREVENT CAMIRAND FROM ANOTHER STRONG FINISH
Riverside International Speedway - Bumper to Bumper 300
 
 
 
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
For immediate distribution
 

Antigonish, NS, August 20, 2018 -  Marc-Antoine Camirand was fast on Sunday, as he was on track at the Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, NS, in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The driver of the GM Paillé N°22 Chevrolet Camaro unfortunately had a difficult end of race and suffered mechanical failure that forced him back to the pits.
 
The 300-lap race, scheduled on Saturday, was postponed to Sunday due to rain. Qualifying was canceled, and the grid was set according to championship points. Camirand took advantage of the situation, as he started outside the front row, in second place.
 
The driver of the GM Paillé N°22 Chevrolet Camaro had to concede a few spots early in the race, but came back strong after the two thirds of the Bumper to Bumper 300, as he led 43 laps before the second mandatory break.
 
“My car was becoming faster and faster, and I took the lead on lap 186. I was able to keep my position and I was not too hard on the car. I was hoping for another strong result,” told Camirand.
 
Unfortunately, when the car came back on track after the second pit stop, it was not as fast as it should have been.
 
“I don’t know what happened. I took new tires and we didn’t change the set up… When I got back on track, I had lost three tenths of a second on my lap time. Maybe there was something wrong with this new set of tires. We will never know … “ he said.
 
Camirand’s misfortune continued late in the race, as a broken rear-end forced him to the pit. “There was smoke behind my car, and NASCAR officials gave me the black flag. The rear-end was broken, and I didn’t make it out of the pits after that,” he explained.
 
These unfortunate events were costly in the championship standings, but Camirand stays in the race for the title, sitting fourth, only seven points behind second place.
 
“We’ll come back strong for sure. I do not give up. There are four races left, and I know anything can happen…”, he concluded.
 
The Bumper to Bumper 300 from Riverside International Speedway will air on TSN 2 on Saturday Aug. 25th at 1:30 p.m. ET and on RDS 2 on Tuesday September 11th.
 
Marc-Antoine Camirand and the GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro will be back in action next weekend, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series heads to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, near Bowmanville, ON, as part of the Silverado 250 weekend in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Informations:
Fannie Brouillette                                             Linda Jones
Cell.: 819-698-8785                                          (705) 730-4044
brouillette.fannie@gmail.com                           ljones@drivenmi.ca
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Results/News / RANGER POWERS HIS WAY TO FOURTH PLACE FINISH
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 20, 2018, 10:09:37 AM »
RANGER POWERS HIS WAY TO FOURTH PLACE FINISH 
 
August 19, 2018. Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge hit the track at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia this past Sunday for round number nine of the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series.  Ranger powered his way forward during the 300-lap race to score a fourth place finish.
 
Originally scheduled for Saturday night persistent rain postponed the event until Sunday and the compressed schedule only allowed for 30 minutes of practice.  When the race began in the afternoon Ranger was consistently quick in his #27 Mopar Parts Dodge.
 
During the first of two scheduled breaks in the action the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge the team elected not to pit for new tires and fuel, saving their four fresh tires for later in the race.  Despite having older tires Ranger maintained close contact with the front of the field.
 
The #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team did bring Ranger to pit lane during the second break and topped up with fuel and changed to four fresh tires.  When green flag action resumed Ranger put on a charge looking to gain positions and moved forward in the field.
 
Pushing right to the end of the race the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge crossed the finish line with a fourth place finish.
 
“It was a good day,” said Ranger afterwards. “We had a good run today, we came up with a good finish.  It was a good job by the whole Mopar team.  I had a little trouble with a bump on the track entering turn three, it upset the car a little bit and I had to fight that.  The competition is so close that if the car was a little better there we could have finished higher. 
 
“I’m looking forward to getting back to the track at CTMP next weekend where we’ve won before and going for another victory”.
 
Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team are back in action this coming Saturday & Sunday, August 25th& 26thas part of the NASCAR Truck Series weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ON.
 
Race fans can get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team news during the off-season by going to www.mopar.caand clicking on Motorsports.     

Prepared by, TL Sports & Entertainment, todd@tlsportsent.com(239) 961-2618
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Results/News / MIXED RESULTS FOR CBRT AT RIVERSIDE
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 19, 2018, 10:54:18 PM »
MIXED RESULTS FOR CBRT AT RIVERSIDE
 
August 19, 2018. Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) returned to action this past Sunday for round number nine of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Riverside International Speedway near Antigonish, Nova Scotia this past Sunday.
 
Drivers Brett Taylor, Larry Jackson and making her first ever start in the series Julia Landauer strapped in for an expected 300-laps of racing. Sadly mechanical issues would plague two of the three, Taylor though would persevere with a difficult handling car and just missed out on a top ten finish.
 
The race was originally scheduled for Saturday night, however rain showers would postpone the event and make for a compressed Sunday schedule with only 30 minutes of practice time.  During the session Landauer battled a carburetor issue in the #1 CBRT Dodge but still logged as many laps as possible to get comfortable with the car.
 
When the race began Jackson would run strong in the #25 CBRT car but a suspension issue would force him to pit road just past the midway point and ultimately end his day.
 
Landauer showed tremendous poise and held her own with the many experienced drivers in the field.  Landauer had the #1 CBRT Dodge in the top ten after the lap 200 mark of the race before a broken axle would cause her afternoon to end early.
 
Working hard for the entire race distance in the #46 CBRT Dodge, Brett Taylor muscled his tight handling racecar to the finish and claimed an 11thplace result. 
 
Despite the frustrations CBRT General Manager Joey McColm was pleased with much of what he saw this past weekend.  “I can’t say enough good things about how well Julia performed” he said. “Barely any practice and she looked really good in a car that’s so new to her.  I can’t wait for her to show even more next weekend”. 
 
“It’s a shame Larry had that issue, he was having a really good day. And Brent showed real grit handling that car to the end.  The whole team showed a real determined effort, we’re pretty excited to get back at it next weekend,” he added.
 
The CBRT drivers are back in action next this coming weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ON as part of the NASCAR Truck Series weekend.  CBRT drivers will hit the track Saturday August 25thfor practice and qualifying and race Sunday August 26th.  For the latest info & team updates follow @CBRTeams on Instagram and Facebook.
 
You can find the most up to date information on the CBRT website www.cbrteams.comand there are openings for interested partners to come on board in time for the new season. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series consists of races on ovals, road and street courses across Canada. 
 
Find the latest info on all the CBRT drivers at these coordinates:
 
Larry Jackson on Twitter @LarryJacksonvrm & @LarryJackson84 in Instagram
 
James Vance on Twitter @James_Vance & @jamesvancee on Instagram
 
Brett Taylor on Twitter @brett_taylor46 & @bretttaylorracing on Instagram
 
Julia Landauer on Twitter @julialandauer & @julialandauer on Instagram

Joey McColm on Twitter @JoeyMcColm
 
Follow CBRT on Twitter/Instagram @CBRTeams
 
Images: Julia Landauer in the #1 CBRT Dodge and Brett Taylor in the #46 car
 
CREDIT: Mathew Murnaghan


ABOUT CANADA’S BEST RACING TEAM
 
Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT) is a Canadian company established in 2013 that currently fields teams in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and Trans Am Series. CBRT is a highly competitive team of professionals who are invested in the cars and drivers they put on the track. Committed to environmental responsibility, CBRT is a pioneer of sustainability in auto racing, while simultaneously promoting excellence, integrity, and loyalty to their fans. As a leader in marketing solutions, CBRT focuses on strategic partnership, activation planning and execution using social engagement strategies and relationship enhancing experiences to strengthen the connection between brands and their customers.

Prepared by, Todd Lewis, TL Sports & Entertainment, todd@tlsportsent.com(239) 961-2618
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Verizon IndyCar Series / ABC Supply 500 race results
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 19, 2018, 10:53:02 PM »
ABC Supply 500 race results

LONG POND, Pennsylvania - Results Sunday of the ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (3) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 200, Running

2. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200, Running

3. (13) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200, Running

4. (8) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 200, Running

5. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 199, Running

6. (7) Zach Veach, Honda, 199, Running

7. (11) Marco Andretti, Honda, 199, Running

8. (5) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 199, Running

9. (19) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 198, Running

10. (15) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 197, Running

11. (20) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 197, Running

12. (12) Ed Jones, Honda, 197, Running

13. (21) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 196, Running

14. (18) Graham Rahal, Honda, 196, Running

15. (22) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 162, Contact                                                                     

16. (16) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 17, Contact                                                                       

17. (14) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 16, Mechanical                                                               

18. (4 ) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 6, Contact                                                                     

19. (6) Robert Wickens, Honda, 6, Contact

20. (9) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 6, Contact

21. (10) Takuma Sato, Honda, 6, Contact

22. (17) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 6, Contact

Race Statistics

Winner's average speed:  191.304 mph

Time of Race: 2:36:49.1128

Margin of victory: 4.4982 seconds

Cautions: 2 for 10 laps

Lead changes: 11 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders:

Power, Will 1 - 6

Rossi, Alexander 7 - 37

Power, Will 38

Carpenter, Ed 39

Dixon, Scott 40 - 42

Rossi, Alexander 43 - 71

Power, Will 72

Rossi, Alexander 73 - 135

Power, Will 136 - 140

Rossi, Alexander 141 - 168

Power, Will 169 - 171

Rossi, Alexander 172 - 200

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Dixon 530, Rossi 501, Newgarden 464, Power 449, Hunter-Reay 411, Wickens 391, Pagenaud 368, Rahal 351, Hinchcliffe 338, Bourdais 325.


 
 
 
 
 
Media contacts
 
Curt Cavin
Vice President, Communications
317-492-6036, ccavin@indycar.com Pat Caporali
Senior Manager, Media Relations & Outreach
317-492-4547, pcaporali@indycar.com
Kate Guerra
Senior Manager, National Media Outreach
317-492-8577, kguerra@indycar.com Mark Robinson
Senior Manager, Editorial
317-492-8538, mrobinson@indycar.com
Cathy Kightlinger
Manager, Lifestyle Communications
317-492-8534, ckightlinger@indycar.com Arni Sribhen
Coordinator, Media Relations
317-492-8531, asribhen@indycar.com
Colby Redmond
Manager, Advance Communications
317-492-8546, credmond@indycar.com
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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
 
ABC SUPPLY 500
RACE REPORT
08.19.18
NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Alexander Rossi collected a second-consecutive victory today, taking the twin checkers at Pocono Raceway and narrowing the championship points gap to leader Scott Dixon.

The 500-Mile race saw an extended red flag period after just six laps of competition for a multi-car incident that ended the day for 2015 race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The accident, which involved contact between the No. 28 and the No. 6 car of Robert Wickens resulted in damage to the catch fence which needed repaired before racing could resume. Wickens was transported to the Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown with orthopedic injuries and remains under evaluation.

Next weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series wraps up oval competition at Gateway Motorsports Park. The second event of a three-in-a-row stint will see practice and qualifying sessions on Friday with the 248-lap race waved green on Saturday night under the St. Louis lights.
 No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA


•STARTED 3rd // FINISHED 1st
•CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (501 pts.)
•OF NOTE: Led 180 laps on his way to a third win of the season // Collected a fifth IndyCar career victory // Remains second in the championship standings, closing the gap to just 29 points
"We came out in some traffic and it was really hard to be behind cars for some reason today. The No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda was better than everyone else, so it was an exceptional day but right now Rob [Wickens] and James [Hinchcliffe] and Ryan [Hunter-Reay] and everyone involved in that incident have our thoughts. It’s tough to really celebrate after what happened.


I really have to thank the team. I have amazing teammates. Zach [Veach] and Marco [Andretti] really helped me there in traffic so I owe them a beer, or a case of beer! I’ve just been leaning on Ryan and Michael [Andretti] and Bryan [Herta] ever since day one to help me overcome the challenge that is superspeedways. You can’t do any of this without an amazing team, so I am very thankful to be on Andretti Autosport and have this great group of people. It’s a special day today. We’re going to try and win a championship. We’re executing like we need to do on Sundays and we’ll do everything we can to keep that rolling. There’s no time to rest now as we’re in Gateway next weekend."
 
 No. 26 GROUP 1001 HONDA
•STARTED: 7th // FINISHED 6th
•CHAMPIONSHIP: 16th (239 pts.)
•OF NOTE: Collected a career best oval finish and second-best result of his rookie season
“I’m very satisfied with how our race today went. During the big crash in the beginning, it turned out that our front wing adjuster got ripped off the nose of the car. We started the race a little conservative on front wing, to get through the first stint. Our plan was to keep adding throughout the race, but we weren’t able to so that kind of hurt us – we were stuck with that same front wing angle. As soon as I got close to cars, I struggled. We just needed a little more front wing which we couldn’t put in. But, all-in-all, I’m pretty happy with our day. Hoping that Robert [Wickens] is okay – we’re all thinking of him.”
 
 No. 98 U.S. CONCRETE / CURB HONDA
•STARTED 11th // FINISHED 7th
•CHAMPIONSHIP: 11th (311 pts)
•OF NOTE: Showed speed as a podium contender but settled for seventh when a gamble on pit strategy didn't pay out // Recorded a 100th career top-10 finish
“I think we made a good gamble to pit early. We came out and we were flying, and we leap-frogged everybody… and it figures we’d go 480 miles with no yellow, so we ended up right back where we started. But, we went for it and all we needed was a little help to be on the podium, but we had to save [fuel] most of the race. Coming away with a 100th top-10, but wish it was a win. We’re on to Gateway next weekend but sending good thoughts tonight to Robbie [Wickens].”
 
 No. 28 DHL HONDA
•STARTED 4th // FINISHED 18th
•CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (411 pts.)
•OF NOTE: Involved in a multi-car collision with just six laps complete, causing extreme damage to the No. 28 and retiring the DHL team early from the 500-mile race // Hunter-Reay was checked, cleared and released from the Infield Car Center during the race's red flag
“Today was really unfortunate. I’m lucky to get out of that one and I just hope that Robert and everyone else involved is alright. We’re waiting on every word of his update and just really thinking of him. He had a run out of Turn 1, popped out to the outside and I stayed in the draft to Will [Power] in front of me. I closed up to Will and Wickens fell back. As we came to the corner, [Wickens] was at my left rear tire and I gave him some room to the bottom. I was pretty shocked I got hit in the back, but none of that matters right now – we’re just thinking about Robert and hoping he’s alright. It’s all very, very unfortunate.”
 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS

Ryann Rigsby
Vice President, Communications
ryann.rigsby@andrettiautosport.com
+1 610.909.7312 

Britni Allen
Senior Manager, Communications, INDYCAR
britni.allen@andrettiautosport.com
+1 740.816.2748

Phil Zielinski
Manager, Communications, Formula E
phil.zielinski@andrettiautosport.com
+1 317.373.9549

Amber Stevenson
Associate, Communications
amber.stevenson@andrettiautosport.com
+1 574.361.4325
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Verizon IndyCar Series / ALEXANDER ROSSI GRABS THIRD WIN OF 2018
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on August 19, 2018, 10:51:23 PM »
ALEXANDER ROSSI GRABS THIRD WIN OF 2018
NAPA Racing driver races to fifth career Verizon IndyCar Series win at Pocono Raceway
 
 
When the twin checkers flew over the Tricky Triangle, it was 26-year-old Alexander Rossi who took the top step of the podium to claim victory at the ABC Supply 500

Starting from the third position, the American driver raced 200 laps to earn his third win of the 2018 season, the fifth of his Verizon IndyCar Series career.

Previous victories came this year on the streets of Long Beach and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In 2017, Rossi won at Watkins Glen International and claimed winning honors at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016.

Rossi finished the 2017 season sitting seventh in the driver standings and 11th the year prior, collecting Rookie of the Year Honors for both the Indianapolis 500 and 2016 season.

This is the 61st Verizon IndyCar Series victory for Andretti Autosport. Since 2003, Andretti Autosport has scored four series titles (‘04/Kanaan, ‘05/Wheldon, ‘07/Franchitti and ‘12/Hunter-Reay) and six Indianapolis 500 wins (‘05/Wheldon, ‘07/Franchitti, ‘14/Hunter-Reay, ‘16/Rossi, and '17/Sato).

Andretti Autosport has four full-time entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series, with Rossi, Zach Veach  (No. 26 Group 1001 Honda), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) and Marco Andretti (No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda).

Full report and quotes to follow. 

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9
Mack DeMan Scores Win in Inaugural Action Sprint Tour Stop at Brighton Speedway
 
 
 
 
Photo by Rod Henderson 
 
 
BRIGHTON, Ont. (August 18, 2018) – Mack DeMan didn’t hold back at all in his return to Crate Sprint Car racing as the Mississauga, Ont. native started on the pole and led all 20 laps to earn victory with the Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com at Brighton Speedway on Saturday, August 18.

Although it was DeMan’s first career start with the Action Sprint Tour, the veteran racer is no rookie as he is the all-time Crate Sprint Car wins leader at Ohsweken Speedway and recently graduated to become a 360 Sprint Car racer. DeMan also became the fourth different winner in 8 series races this season. DeMan was driving for his former full-time car owner, Daren Barr.

“It’s super cool,” DeMan said of the win in Victory Lane. “There’s so many talented drivers in this division. Jacob Dykstra and Shone Evans, these guys are going to be putting on a show in a 360 soon.”

“The track really changed tonight,” DeMan continued. “The bottom was quick early, but then the No.87x was on the outside and Dykstra was up there too. So I had to go try it too. It’s just a great win for the Barr family. This was my first time ever racing a dirt track that I like more than Ohsweken. What a great little bullring, great facility and the track prep was great. It was just a fantastic night all around.”

A fantastic crowd was on hand at Brighton to watch DeMan and Holly Porter bring the 18-car field to the green flag after both drivers declined the Durnin Motors Front Row Challenge and the chance to earn a bonus $500 if either could win from the 12th starting spot.

On the initial start, teenager driver Liam Martin of Binbrook, Ont. made contact with the outside wall and suffered damage to the car’s right front, ending his night. DeMan established a lead again on the restart with Porter and third-starting Jacob Dykstra giving chase.

The second caution of the race came on lap eight when Fonthill, Ont. driver Steven Beckett made contact with an implement tire which resulted in a broken left-front and ended his race early. DeMan was again the point man on the ensuing restart while Holly Porter maintained second, but with a narrow advantage over Shone Evans, who took third on the restart and quickly entered the battle up front after starting sixth.

On lap 14, Evans made his move on Porter to take the second spot and set out to track down DeMan while Dykstra and Hannah Ferrell raced in the top-five. The third and final caution came with 18 laps completed when Brian Nanticoke ended up facing the wrong way in turn four. Ferrell also took her Barr Motorsports No.4 pit side during the yellow, ending her race two laps shy of the scheduled distance.

The green-white-checkered finish produced an epic finish between DeMan, Evans, Porter and Dykstra. Restarting in fourth, Dykstra raced past both Evans and Porter to take second on lap 19. DeMan managed to hold off the fury of action behind him to score the victory, while Dykstra earned the runner-up spot ahead of Evans, Porter and Aaron Turkey.

Earlier in the night during heat race action, local pilot Brandon Murrell came together with Dereck Lemyre in turn four, resulting in Lemyre’s No.56 rolling on its side. Lemyre’s Burger Barn Racing team was able to replace the top wing and compete in the Feature event.

The Action Sprint Tour continues its inaugural season on Sunday, September 2 at Humberstone Speedway for its second-to-last race of the season before crowning the first champion at Ohsweken Speedway on Friday, September 7.
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Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Race Report
August 18, 2018
Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ontario, Canada
Total Entries – 18

Entry List
No. Name – Hometown
08 Steven Beckett – Fonthill, Ont.
1 Holly Porter – Delhi, Ont.
1eh Paul Klager – Beamsville, Ont.
3b Blaine Barrow – Welland, Ont.
4 Hannah Ferrell – Vanessa, Ont.
4b Mack DeMan – Mississauga, Ont.
5d Jacob Dykstra – Port Colborne, Ont.
9c Brian Nanticoke – Ohsweken, Ont.
12 Brad Herron – Waterford, Ont.
19 Brandon Murrell – Gores Landing, Ont.
28 Jordan Hill – Ohsweken, Ont.
29 Liam Martin – Binbrook, Ont.
43h Ryan Hunsinger – Stouffville, Ont.
49h Jerry Hill – Hagersville, Ont.
56 Dereck Lemyre – Hamilton, Ont.
68 Aaron Turkey – Ohsweken, Ont.
87x Shone Evans – Scotland, Ont.
88h Josh Hansen – Beamsville, Ont.

A-Feature (20 laps)
Finish. # Name (Starting Position)
1. 4b Mack DeMan (1); 2. 5d Jacob Dykstra (3); 3. 87x Shone Evans (5); 4. 1 Holly Porter (2); 5. 68 Aaron Turkey (9); 6. 88h Josh Hansen (7); 7. 28 Jordan Hill (14); 8. 12 Brad Herron (8); 9. 49h Jerry Hill (10); 10. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (12); 11. 19 Brandon Murrell (11); 12. 56 Dereck Lemyre (17); 13. 1eh Paul Klager (13); 14. 3b Blaine Barrow (15); 15. 9c Brian Nanticoke (18); 16. 4 Hannah Ferrell (6); 17. 08 Steven Beckett (4); 18. 29 Liam Martin (16)
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Mack DeMan 1-20
Hard Charger – Jordan Hill +7 (14th to 7th)

Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 87x Shone Evans (1); 2. 4 Hannah Ferrell (4); 3. 88h Josh Hansen (3); 4. 49h Jerry Hill (6); 5. 1eh Paul Klager (5); 6. 29 Liam Martin (2)

Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 5d Jacob Dykstra (4); 2. 4b Mack DeMan (1); 3. 12 Brad Herron (3); 4. 19 Brandon Murrell (2); 5. 28 Jordan Hill (5); 6. 56 Dereck Lemyre (6)

Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 2 Redraw – All Cars Qualify)
Finish. # Name, (Starting Position)
1. 1 Holly Porter (2); 2. 08 Steven Beckett (3); 3. 68 Aaron Turkey (4); 4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger (6); 5. 3b Blaine Barrow (5); 6. 9c Brian Nanticoke (1)
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2018 Action Sprint Tour Top-5 Points Update
Following August 18 at Brighton Speedway
1. 87x Shone Evans – 601
2. 68 Aaron Turkey – 595
3. 5d Jacob Dykstra – 585
4. 43h Ryan Hunsinger – 513
5. 12 Brad Herron – 503
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2018 Action Sprint Tour powered by RaceRivalz.com Schedule
Fri. May 18 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Mon. May 21 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sat. June 9 – South Buxton Raceway – Merlin, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sun. June 17 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont. – Winner: Aaron Turkey
Sat. July 28 – Merrittville Speedway – Thorold, Ont. – Winner: Jacob Dykstra
Fri. Aug. 3 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont. – Winner: Jacob Dykstra
Sun. Aug. 12 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont. – Winner: Shone Evans
Sat. Aug. 18 – Brighton Speedway – Brighton, Ont. – Winner: Mack DeMan
Sun. Sept. 2 – Humberstone Speedway – Port Colborne, Ont.
Fri. Sept. 7 – Ohsweken Speedway – Ohsweken, Ont.

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About the Action Sprint Tour: The Action Sprint Tour is a travelling Winged Sprint Car Series based in Ontario, Canada. The cars on the Action Sprint Tour are powered by GMC 602 Crate Motors modified specifically to fit a Sprint Car chassis. The Series is racing its inaugural season in 2018 and will run 10 races at 5 different Ontario tracks. Drivers will compete for a point fund and bonuses totaling $10,000. For additional information, including rules, event purse and series point fund, visit the Series official website at www.ActionSprintTour.com.

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10
Tight Peterborough Speedway Point Battles Get Even Closer

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

 

For some, time is running out; while others are just beginning to feel the real excitement. The 2018 Hot August Nights Racing Series continued Saturday, August 18th as the Hoosier Racing Tire Ontario Outlaw Super Late Models and Ontario Pro Challenge divisions joined the hometown Jiffy Lube Mini Stock and Super Stock classes at Peterborough Speedway.

 

Nearly 20 Mini Stock runners left the staging area for a 20 lap feature that had Josh Bullen and Ember Junkin on the front row. Bullen jumped-out to an early lead, but the pace was slowed quickly when the yellow waved for a backstretch incident with just a single circuit on the board. A second caution, 3 laps later shuffled the deck. Using the gentleman’s rule, current point leader Ryan Oosterholt accepted responsibility for the spin and took a spot at the back of the pack for the restart. When the green waved again, Bullen kept the lead and hung-on for his first win of the year. Kevin Strutt, Junkin, Andy McCann and Nolan Gould completed the top 5. Oosterholt was 7th at the checkered flag.

 

Strutt, Oosterholt, Gould and McCann scored Mini Stock heat race wins.

 

The Ontario Pro Challenge Series checked-in for a pair of 25 lap feature events. Mike Norris and Peter Hattin started on the front row for the opening round, with tour point leader Tim Norris taking the lead with 8 laps complete and recording another win. Bryan Stevanus, Sean Warren, Mike Norris, Hattin, Rick Seeley, Mike Johnson and Julia Caprichio were next across the line. Officials inverted the starting field – putting Johnson and Seeley on the front row – for the second headline tilt. Tim Norris scored a second win on the night, over Warren, Stevanus, Johnson, Mike Norris, Seeley, Hattin and Caprichio. Both Pro Challenge features ran caution-free.

 

Paul Boundy and Mark Gordon led the 15 Super Stock drivers to the Great Canadian RV green flag that would also have championship implications. Gordon used a crossover move to the inside line and took the lead on the second lap. The driver of the #25 machine would move out to a healthy advantage before the first caution flag – on lap 14 – for an issue that involved his son, Kyle. Mark Gordon – who started the night with the point lead – encountered mechanical issues on the restart and pulled behind the wall. Boundy took over at the front of the field, with a hungry pack of title hopefuls on his tail. When the checkered flag waved, Bailey Jacobs had taken his second straight win. Rob Richards, Howie Crowe, Sean Walker and Boundy rounded-out the fast 5. Jacobs – who also picked-up a heat race victory – unofficially takes over the Super Stock point lead.

 

Kyle Gordon, Boundy and Marlie Owen also had Super Stock qualifier wins.

 

Jake Sheridan and Jordan Howse paced the starting field to the stripe as the Hoosier Racing Tire Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Series made its Peterborough Speedway debut. Sheridan grabbed an early lead, with former Autumn Colours Classic champion Ryan Kimball moving into the second spot. Howse, John Cadman and Glenn Watson joined the fight, until Watson pulled his #22 ride onto pit lane due to mechanical issues with only 15 laps complete. The frontrunners caught slower traffic and began lapping the backmarkers with about 17 laps on the board. Kimball used the lapped traffic to close on Sheridan but couldn’t take over the spot. A yellow on the 41st lap gave the field a chance to regroup but didn’t change the eventual outcome. Sheridan took the win, leading all 75 laps. Kimball, Cadman, Howse and Justin Holloway were next across the line.

 

All event finishes are unofficial and subject to scoring review, as well as post race technical and safety inspection.

 

Bullring bullet points: Racers weren’t the only winners on the night. Phillip Broom of Hampton, Ontario claimed the $434 prize in the night’s 50/50 draw…There were several driver changes in the Jiffy Lube Mini Stock division, including Neil Hannah taking over the #71 of Steve Brier and Brian Penney wheeling James Campbell’s #17…Julia Caprichio pulled a different type of double-duty. In addition to driving her own Pro Challenge machine, she served as spotter for her father Dario in the Super Late Model main event.

 

Action returns to Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval – Saturday, August 25th – as the Trailers Plus Ontario Legends and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – join the home track Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock, Super Stock and Late Model divisions for the year’s final Summer Toonie Night – presented by Pepsi – featuring $2.00 spectator grandstand admission. Pit gates open at 1:30, with general admission seating unlocked at 4:00. Racing starts at 5:00. For complete schedule details, see www.peterboroughspeedway.com or visit the track Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.


 

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Josh Bullen (#66) scored his first Jiffy Lube Mini Stock win of the year – Saturday, August 18th – at Peterborough Speedway.

 

Reigning series champion Tim Norris (#88) picked-up a pair of Ontario Pro Challenge Series main event victories – Saturday, August 18th – at Peterborough Speedway.

 

Bailey Jacobs (#60) recorded his second straight Super Stock feature win – Saturday, August 18th – at Peterborough Speedway.

 

Jake Sheridan (#9) claimed his first career Hoosier Tire Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model win – Saturday, August 18th – at Peterborough Speedway.

 

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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