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Payea Pours it on Late for Showdown Win at New London-Waterford

 

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) point leader and defending champion Scott Payea came on strong in the race’s second half to capture the New London-Waterford 150 on Saturday, June 16. The Colchester, VT veteran took the lead for good from Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert on a lap-105 restart, then withstood a test from Rowley, MA’s Eddie Macdonald to capture his second win of the season and the $5,000 winner’s prize in round 2 of the Summer Showdown Series. Hebert, Mike Ziter, and Bryan Mason rounded out the top-5.

 

The ACT Late Model Tour will return from its upcoming mid-summer break with the J.P. Sicard/Kingdom Gravel 151 at Groveton, NH’s Speedway 51 on Saturday, July 14. Post time is 6:00pm.

 

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

 

Pos   Start Pos   Driver   Car #     Hometown   Laps

1. ( 10 ) Scott Payea ( 37VT ) , Colchester, VT , 150 Laps
2. ( 11 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) , Rowley, MA , 150 Laps
3. ( 5 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 150 Laps
4. ( 3 ) Mike Ziter ( 54VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps
5. ( 7 ) Bryan Mason ( 10NH ) , Stark, NH , 150 Laps
6. ( 2 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Lebanon, NH , 150 Laps
7. ( 4 ) Ryan Morgan ( 3CT ) , Gales Ferry, CT , 150 Laps
8. ( 8 ) Corey Mason ( 1NH ) , Groveton, NH , 150 Laps
9. ( 18 ) Tyler Chapman ( 81CT ) , Quaker Hill, CT , 150 Laps
10. ( 13 ) #Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 150 Laps
11. ( 19 ) Ryan Olsen ( 61NH ) , Woodsville, NH , 150 Laps
12. ( 16 ) Adam Gray ( 97MA ) , Granby, MA , 150 Laps
13. ( 6 ) Claude Leclerc ( 11QC ) , Lanoraie, QC , 149 Laps
14. ( 24 ) Walter Sutcliffe ( 78CT ) , East Haven, CT , 149 Laps
15. ( 12 ) Ray Parent ( 98RI ) , Tiverton, RI , 149 Laps
16. ( 17 ) Brian Tagg ( 9MA ) , Oxford, MA , 148 Laps
17. ( 22 ) #Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT ) , Duxbury, VT , 147 Laps
18. ( 14 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Franklin, NH , 147 Laps
19. ( 15 ) Chip Grenier ( 9VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 128 Laps
20. ( 20 ) Keith Scalia ( 9CT ) , North Bradford, CT , 105 Laps
21. ( 21 ) Keith Chapman ( 22CT ) , Mystic, CT , 96 Laps
22. ( 1 ) #Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT ) , Duxbury, VT , 59 Laps
23. ( 23 ) C.J. McLaughlin ( 04MA ) , Bellingham, MA , 45 Laps
24. ( 9 ) #Christopher Pelkey ( 41VT ) , South Barre, VT , 25 Laps
 
Lap Leaders: Peyton Lanphear pole, Rich Dubeau 1-24, Jimmy Hebert 25-86, Scott Payea 87-97, Hebert 98-105, Payea 106-150. (5 lead changes among 4 drivers)

Time of Race: 1:25:12   Margin of Victory: 0.777 seconds

Cautions: 10 (laps 5, 25, 25, 27, 50, 86, 96, 97, 105, 105)

Heat Winners: Rich Dubeau, Ryan Morgan, Jimmy Hebert

Consi Winner: Mike Ziter


Michael R. Stridsberg
Thunder Road Speedbowl/American-Canadian Tour
Media Director
(802) 244-6963 ext. 6
media@thunderroadvt.com/media@acttour.com
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TURPLE WINS RON MACGILLIVRAY CHEV BUICK GMC 150 IN PHOTO FINISH

 

(Antigonish, NS - June 16, 2018) – After swapping the lead three times in the final 107 laps of the race, Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS) held off Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) by just 0.002 seconds to win the Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet Buick GMC 150 at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday night. Craig Slaunwhite (Terrence Bay, NS) got up on the wheel late in the race to overtake John Flemming (Halifax, NS) for his third consecutive third place finish on the season. Cornwall, PE’s Dylan Gosbee rounded out the top five with solid run.

Atlantic Tiltload Heat Races began the racing action for the Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet Buick GMC 150. Turple, Cole Butcher, Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS), and Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell, PE) each picked up qualifying race victories. Turple led the most laps (66) in a long race which saw 6 cautions that included 3 red flags.

Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth, NS) takes home the King Freight Future Winner Award with his first career Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour top five finish. Waylon Farrell (Conception Bay South, NL) picks up the Exide Batteries Rookie of the Race Award after finishing sixteenth in the main feature.

The NAPA Sportsman Series entertained fans for an exciting 75 lap feature prior to the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 with Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside, NS) crossing the line for the checkered flag ahead of Matt Vaughan (Bedford, NS) and Frankie Fraser (Shubenacadie, NS).

The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour returns to Scotia Speedworld next weekend for the Nova Truck Centres Make A Wish 150 on Saturday, June 23rd at 6:00pm. Admission for Saturday’s Nova Truck Centres 150 is $25.00 for adults; $8.00 for youth; pit admission is $30.00. Children 7 and under are admitted for free. If you are looking for a racing packed weekend don’t miss the CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series on Friday night at 7:00pm at Scotia Speedworld. Adult weekend passes are available for $35.00 for grandstands, $40.00 for pit access. Tickets will be available at the gates on race day (Cash Only). Visit www.maritimeprostocktour.com for all event information.

About Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC:

Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC, located on St. Andrews Street in Antigonish Nova Scotia, is the #1 choice for all your automotive needs. This four-time Triple Crown Award winner has been serving Eastern Nova Scotia since 1986. Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet, “A name you can count on, a team you can trust.” To learn more about Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet please call 902.863.2803 or click www.ronmacgillivraychev.com

About the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour:

The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) is considered the highest level of stock car racing in Canada. The Tour is recognized in the industry as one of the healthiest stock car racing series in North America. PST visits four tracks throughout the Maritimes during its May through September season. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited. For more information, call our administration office at 902.481.2531 or click www.maritimeprostocktour.com You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/prostocktour and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prostocktour

 

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Kevin Lacroix Conquers Jukasa for First Oval Track Win

Dominates En Route To NASCAR Pinty’s Series Victory

 

HAGERSVILLE, Ont. – For the better part of three seasons Kevin Lacroix has dominated the road courses races in the NASCAR Pinty's Series. But was still looking for his elusive first oval track win.

He took care of that Saturday night in dominating fashion, by winning the Rankin Construction 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

The 30-year-old driver from Saint-Eustache, Quebec took the lead on Lap 79 after the first competition break and didn't look back.

Lacroix's No. 74 Bumper To Bumper/ Total/ Gates Dodge held off hard charges from Alex Tagliani and Cole Powell in the closing laps and in NASCAR Overtime for his ninth career series victory.

Series newcomer Cole Powell, in his second career NASCAR Pinty's Series start, led 67 laps and finished second. Alex Tagliani rounded out the top three for his first podium finish of 2018.

Marc-Antoine Camirand and Andrew Ranger were fourth and fifth, respectively.

RELATED: RESULTS | CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

D.J Kennington finished sixth, while CTMP winner LP Dumoulin rebounded after a flat tire on lap 140 and a jumping the restart penalty on lap 149 to finish seventh.

Josten's Rookie of the Year candidate Brett Taylor, Peter Shepherd III and Connor James completed the top 10.

With the win, Lacroix took the points lead from Dumoulin by five points. Marc-Antoine Camirand, two behind Dumoulin and one ahead of Powell.

The Rankin Construction 200 will air on TSN2 on Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m ET, and on RDS2 on Tuesday, July 3 at 10:30 p.m.

The NASCAR Pinty's Series will be back in action Saturday, June 30, at Quebec's Autodrome Chaudiere.


Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

NASCAR Pinty's Series-Rankin Construction 200 Results

Saturday

At Jukasa Motor Speedway

Hagersville, On

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (4) Kevin Lacroix, Saint-Eustache, Que., Dodge, 206 laps, 82.341 mph.

2. (3) Cole Powell, MT. Brydes, Ontario, Chevrolet, 206.

3. (6) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 206.

4. (5) Marc-Antoine Camirand, Saint-Leonard-d'Aston, Que., Chevrolet, 206.

5. (1) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Dodge, 206.

6. (7) D.J. Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 206.

7. (9) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 206.

8. (12) Brett Taylor, Calgary, Alta., Dodge, 206.

9. (10) Peter Shepherd III, Brampton, Ont., Ford, 206.

10. (11) Connor James, Bradford, On, Dodge, 206.

11. (17) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Dodge, 206.

12. (13) Adam Martin, Ayr, Ont., Ford, 203.

13. (8) Anthony Simone, Aurora, Ont., Dodge, 183.

14. (16) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Chevrolet, 160, electrical.

15. (14) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 149, suspension.

16. (2) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Que., Chevrolet, 95, accident.

17. (18) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 71, suspension.

18. (15) Kerry Micks, Mount Albert, Ont., Ford, 32, engine.

 

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 33 minutes 49 seconds

Margin of Victory: .365 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: A.Ranger (119.522 mph, 18.825 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 26 laps.

Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A. Ranger 1-11; C. Powell 12-78; K. Lacroix 79-206.

Standings: 1. K. Lacroix, 89; 2. L. Dumoulin, 84; 3. M. Camirand, 82; 4. C. Powell, 81; 5. D. Kennington, 78; 6. A. Ranger, 73; 7. A. Tagliani, 72; 8. B. Taylor, 71; 9. A. Martin, 66; 10. K. Micks, 63.
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Tim Kerr Is ‘Back in the Groove’ After Top-10 at Brewerton; Embracing New Challenges

 
PICTON, Ont. (June 14, 2018) – After a busy off-season and a tumultuous start to the 2018 campaign, Tim Kerr finally feels like he’s ‘Back in the Groove’ to success behind the wheel of his Village Variety-sponsored No.07 Bicknell Racing Products Big-Block Modified.
 
The Picton, Ont. native competes weekly in Central New York at Brewerton Speedway and has found a new Saturday home at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY. Kerr admits it was a tough start to the 2018 campaign after a busy off-season.
 
“I didn’t really get into race mode until the new car showed up in April, so we’re still playing catch-up,” admits Kerr. “(The new car) is the same as what I had two years ago at Charlotte when we won. We switched it up last year and I didn’t really feel that comfortable in the other car, so we went back to what I was comfortable with.”
 
The transition to the new car with the team’s old specs has also been challenging for the No.07 team as the notebook gets a weekly update without much help from last year’s notes.
 
“This car’s hooked up more, so our gearing notes are out of whack,” Kerr said. “It’s a learning curve again. The big thing right now is just making the right calls and getting used to what we need instead of what we were doing. We’re not over adjusting, because you could swing a lot of things with these racecars and you just need to get a good baseline. I think we’re at the point where we’re back to where we should be.”
 
The start to the season saw Kerr go without a top-10 finish in his first half-dozen races before he broke through last Friday, June 8 at Brewerton with a seventh-place finish in his Enders Racing Engines powered ride.
 
“It did feel good,” Kerr said. “I think we had a little better car than where we finished. I messed up a little on a restart and made a couple of errors, but the car felt good and like it did in previous years. We still have some tweaking to do on it, but it felt good to get a top-10.”
 
In addition to finding the right balance on the car, Kerr has been challenged by running two categorically different racetracks on back-to-back nights on a weekly basis. Brewerton’s D-shaped 1/3-mile is not at all similar to the big half-mile at Canandaigua. Kerr’s experience at Brewerton guides him in the right direction, but he doesn’t have the same luxury on Saturday nights.
 
“The biggest challenge is just knowledge,” Kerr explained. “You have to log laps. The more laps you log, the more you learn. Before this year, I had only been to Canandaigua twice. It’s a learning curve, but it’s a good thing for a racer to have a learning curve. Going from a bullring to a big track forces you to be a little more versatile as a racer.”
 
Now Kerr is looking forward to Friday’s Showdown at Sundown Super DIRTcar Series race at Brewerton. He knows it’ll be a tough field of racers as the series regulars invade to take on the already talented cast of weekly Big-Block racers. However, he feels well-prepared after last weekend’s tripleheader that also saw him race at Weedsport Speedway.
 
“We made some good strides last weekend,” Kerr said positively. “Friday night will be a good test because it’s a tour race at Brewerton. The racetrack will be fast early, but it’ll slick off and hopefully we’ll be good enough when it gets slippery because that where it counts.”
 
Keep up with Tim Kerr’s busy 2018 Big-Block Modified schedule all summer long by following him on Twitter and Facebook.
 
KEEP UP WITH KERR
Website: www.timkerr07.com
Twitter: @07TimKerr
Facebook: facebook.com/TimKerr07
 
Tim Kerr’s 2018 Big-Block Modified season is supported by a number of corporate partners, including, Village Variety and Gas Bar, Hubert Kerr Construction, Home Hardware Picton, The Bronskill Group, Greenbush Electric, Tim Dainard Electric, Bicknell Racing Products, Enders Racing Engines, Threadworks Custom Embroidery, Turnin’ Wrenches, Zero3 Motorsports, Clayton Johns Media, Image Factor Media and The Vinyl Solution.
 
 
About Clayton Johns Media: Clayton Johns Media provides smart motorsports media solutions through affordable public relations services, including professional press releases, social media management and training, and website maintenance. Whether you’re a grassroots team racing at your local track or a professional team travelling with a national tour, Clayton Johns Media can build a package tailored to your needs. Visit us online at claytonjohnsmedia.com, on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an Email for more information.
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Dirtcar Racing / Raabe Goes Back to Back
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on June 16, 2018, 02:36:50 PM »
Raabe Goes Back to Back While Kelsey Scores Emotional Sportsman Checkered Flag

 

By: Tim Baltz

 

Long time supporter of the speedway Brass Horse was on hand for a full night of racing this past Friday night at the Mohawk International Raceway. All 5 divisions were ready for action and with the Twin Leaf Convenience 358 Modified division back after a week off, they were refreshed and ready to put on a show.

 

When the green flew to start the Twin Leaf Convenience 358 Modified division a scary moment happened in turn 2 as Lance Willix and Jeremy LaSalle made contact sending LaSalle airborne off the backstretch. LaSalle was able to continue but had to come from the rear. It is was a family affair at the front of the field as John and Madison Mulder led the field to a 2nd green flag with the younger Mulder getting the lead in turn 1 over John Mulder, Joey Ladouceur, Chris Raabe and Larry Welling Jr. After getting to victory lane 1 year ago Madison showed his muscle early on as he pulled away from the field but Joey Ladouceur would have something to say about that as he charged to 2nd and reeled in the leader. On lap 3 Ladouceur used the bottom lane to take over the top spot and begin to open up a commanding lead. With Ladouceur on front 2018 Memorial Cup winner realized he had to get going, and he did just that as he took over 3rd from John Mulder on lap 6 then took 2nd from Madison on lap 7. One lap later Joey Ladouceur's comfortable lead had been reduced significantly as Raabe made a bid for the top spot in a classic side by side battle. On lap 9 Raabe made the move taking the lead away with Ladouceur, Matt Woodruff, Madison Mulder and Carey Terrance completing the top 5. At the halfway point it was all Chris Raabe as he had well over a straightaway lead but Matt Woodruff was the talk of the night. After sliding backwards at the initial green flag Woodruff continued his march forward as he took the 3rd spot on lap 16 and then with some patience was able to charge by Joey Ladouceur on lap 22 for 2nd but needed a caution to catch Raabe. It would not happen as in the end Chris Raabe was in beast mode on this night, as he drove away from the field to notch his 2nd win in a row. Woodruff, who won his first feature on dirt last week at Airborne came home 2nd over Joey Ladouceur, Carey Terrance and Larry Welling Jr.

 

The 25 lap Crossroads Tobacco Sportsman division was ready to go and so was veteran Bruce Makinson as he took the lead from his pole starting position over Jamy Begor, Greg Snyder, Brent Kelsey and Mike Stacey. Makinson had not won in a long time at Mohawk and appeared ready to head to victory lane as he drove away in the early laps as the major battle was taking place from 2nd on back. Greg Snyder Brent Kelsey, Brianna Ladouceur and Ricky Thompson were all having a great battle for position but in the process they were also letting the leader Makinson drive away to over a straightaway lead by lap 8. Brent Kelsey was the first driver to break free of the pack as he took 2nd from Snyder bringing Brianna Ladouceur with him to 3rd over Snyder and Thompson. Lapped traffic was starting to come into play on lap 11 as Makinson continued to lead but Kelsey was quickly running down the race leader with Ladouceur now 3rd over Thompson and Snyder. At the halfway point lapped cars were making it difficult for Makinson which played right into the hands of Brent Kelsey. On lap 16 coming off turn 2 Kelsey made his move for the lead and began to pull away. Brianna Ladouceur also was on the move as she took 2nd the following lap and ran down Kelsey and was looking for her 3rd win in a row. Over the remaining laps Ladouceur tried several times to get by on the bottom and had a shot with 5 to go but couldn't make the pass work. On this night it was an emotional one as Brent Kelsey charged home for his first win of the season at Mohawk, an emotional Kelsey dedicated the win to his mother, who passed away 2 weeks ago. Brianna Ladouceur would settle for 2nd with Robert Delormier making a big move to 3rd at the checkered flag, Zach Arquiett came home 4th in his first start of the year with Cedric Gauvreau 5th.

 

In Green's Performance Mod Lite action it was Nick Mallette charging to the front of the field early on and was looking to get back into championship form. Mallette led early on over Dan Reif, Styles Arquiett, Brad Reif and Harley Brown. With a fast race track everyone was loving the inside groove on this night and Nick Mallette was refusing to leave the bottom lane but Dan Reif was making several attempts to get by the defending track champion, but was not successful in the early going. On lap 10 Brad Reif would spin his machine on the back stretch bringing out the caution. When the green flew it was Mallette in control but Reif was right there to challenge with Harley Brown coming into the picture taking position number 3 from Styles Arquiett and the battle was on. Over the remaining 4 laps Dan Reif did all he could to try and take his 2nd in a row but Nick Mallette proved to be too strong as he marched on to become the 4th different winner in 4 races in Green's Performance Mod Lite action. Dan Reif crossed in 2nd over Harley Brown, Styles Arquiett and Brad Reif who charged from the back to take 5th.

 

Novice Sportsman has had a quality field in 2018 and on this night it was no different. Despite a couple of early race jingles Kurt Russell was the man in charge of the field as he led in the early going over Brian McGinnley, Corbin Millar, Jason Rose and Josh Laware. Russell did not have an easy time as Brian McGinnley was lurking on the bottom for the lead while behind those 2 drivers Jason Rose and Corbin Millar were having their own war for 3rd and 4th in a tight 4 car battle. Russell was able to hold on to the lead but Brian McGinnley refused to go away. On lap 13 Jason Rose saw his shot at a top 5 finish go away as he slid off turn 2 and ended up near the tree line and the red flag was displayed. Despite being stuck in the mud Jason Rose was towed out and was able to restart at the rear ending up 10th at the finish. On the final restart Kurt Russell stuck to his game plan as he held off a determined Brian McGinnley to become the 5th different winner in as many races at Mohawk. McGinnley crossed in 2nd over Millar, Dale Gonyo and Josh Laware.

 

The Bandit class is always a great show to watch and veteran Gary Sharlow was not about to take a back seat to anyone as he charged into the lead in the opening laps over Nick Perham, RJ Tressider, Mike Pecore and Anthony Law. Sharlow who won 1 feature in 2017 was looking strong on this night but Perham, Tressiber and Pecore were making it difficult on him as they stayed within striking distance. As the laps wound down Nick Perham did all he could do to get by but Gary Sharlow would pull away in the remaining laps to score his first win of the season in Bandit action. RJ Tressider made a big move to take the 2nd spot at the checkered flag with Mike Pecore, Nick Perham and Anthony Law rounding out the top 5.

 

Next Week G&R Auto Parts will be on hand along with Adirondack Auto for a full show in all 5 classes with the first green flag dropping at 7:30pm. For the latest news and up to date points, results and anything else that is going on at Mohawk, log on to our website at mohawkintlraceway.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Twin Leaf Convenience 358 Modified

CHRIS RAABE, Matt Woodruff, Joey Ladouceur, Carey Terrance, Larry Welling Jr., Madison Mulder, Brian McDonald, Gage Morin, John Mulder, Jeremy LaSalle, Keith Weston, Lance Willix, Ryan McLean

 

Heat Winners: Madison Mulder and Carey Terrance

 

Crossroads Tobacco Sportsman

BRENT KELSEY, Brianna Ladouceur, Robert Delormier, Zack Arquiett, Cedric Gauvreau, Ryan Stabler, Chris Frennier, Bruce Makinson, Johnathon Ferguson, Mike Stacey, Greg Snyder, Thomas Cook, Delbert Legrow Jr., Anthony Rasmussen, Ricky Thompson, Devin Willis, Miguel Peterson, Andy Howard, Jamy Begor, Mike Trapp, Junior Delormier, Kristian Smoke, Delbert Legrow, Dustin Bradley, Richard Thornton, Billy Cook, Melvin Rush, Tommy Jock Jr., Joel Hargrave

 

Heat Winners: Jamy Begor, Miguel Peterson and Robert Delormier

 

Green's Performance Mod Lite

NICK MALLETTE, Dan Reif, Harley Brown, Styles Arquiett, Brad Reif, Jason Premo, Scott Sharpe, Matt Fregoe, Tim Reif, Karine Thibault, Brendan Villnave, Colby Fregoe

 

Heat Winners: Harley Brown and Dan Reif

 

Novice Sportsman

KURT RUSSELL, Brian McGinnley, Corbin Millar, Dale Gonyo, Josh Laware, Eugene Tarbell, Lee Bsrcomb, Thunder Anderson, Joshua Pete, Jason Rose, Xavier Perrin, Jonathan Rush, Gavin Riddell

 

Heat Winners: Brian McGinnley and Corbin Millar

 

Bandit

GARY SHARLOW, RJ Tressider, Mike Pecore, Nick Perham, Anthony Law, Ian Bressett, Brandon Lauzon, Shane Ray, (DNS) Jeff Trapp

 

Heat Winner: Gary Sharlow 
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V8 Supercars / McLaughlin holds out flying van Gisbergen in Darwin
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on June 16, 2018, 02:36:09 PM »
McLaughlin holds out flying van Gisbergen in Darwin

Scott McLaughlin used all his guile to hold a flying fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen at bay in a Darwin thriller constructed from two vastly different race strategies.

McLaughlin held on desperately to fend a fast-finishing Van Gisbergen, who had the benefit of newer race rubber courtesy a later stop, for his sixth win of the season. ARMOR ALL Pole Sitter David Reynolds, who used the same late stop strategy as Van Gisbergen, landed third.

The two Kiwis put on a classic Darwin finish in a fight to the flag with McLaughlin under enormous pressure in the closing stages, admitting his concern at Van Gisbergen’s closing speed.


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“We all know Shane is a hard charger and I respect him like no other. It certainly was great for me to hold him off and for the team. I really wanted that win badly,” McLaughlin said.

“The other (Van Gisbergen) strategy was clearly faster but they (the team) had the belief in me to bring it home and thankfully I did.”

Van Gisbergen lamented qualifying fifth for the race given his finishing speed.

“It was a really cool race, I just wish we had have started further up the front,” he said. “Scotty was driving awesome, good lines at the end and I just couldn’t get through.

“Hopefully we can qualify and race from the front tomorrow.”

Reynolds took charge early with a drag race to the first corner from the straight to hold off McLaughlin who took his pit stop first early. Behind McLaughlin, Rick Kelly was pushing hard and in their stops almost came out in front of the young Kiwi.

McLaughlin took the effective race lead in the pits when Reynolds’ stayed out and began to slowly grow the gap. Once the pit cycle ran its course McLaughlin became the outright leader.

The race behind McLaughlin came alive halfway through when Van Gisbergen and Reynolds took their stops, both having run long. A five-way fight between Van Gisbergen, Reynolds, Kelly, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes across multiple corners was the moment of the race.

The winner was Van Gisbergen when Kelly pushed Whincup wide, allowing the Kiwi to slip through into second. On the end of the lap Van Gisbergen, on fresh tyres, nabbed Kelly and one lap later Reynolds did the same for third.

“I was hoping I would get a nice passage through the team-mates but they were in their own battle,” said Van Gisbergen. “Rick was defensive but I passed him. It was all on for those guys.”

As he did in 2011 with Stone Brothers Racing, Van Gisbergen’s fresh tyre strategy meant he exploded in the back half of the race.

Earlier Reynolds had snatched ARMOR ALL Pole Position from McLaughlin with a scorching single lap which blew the field away. It took just one lap of the 15-minute session for Reynolds to lay down the quickest time, with the Erebus Penrite Racing pilot completing only two laps in the session. 

He now has four of his eight career pole positions in Darwin, equal second on the all-time list.

RESULTS FOLLOWING TODAY'S RACE 15



  1st – Scott McLaughlin
  2nd – Shane van Gisbergen
  3rd – David Reynolds   1st – Scott McLaughlin
  2nd – Shane van Gisbergen
  3rd – David Reynolds 

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V8 Supercars / MCLAUGHLIN TAKES TEAM'S 100TH WIN IN DARWIN
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on June 16, 2018, 02:35:10 PM »
MCLAUGHLIN TAKES TEAM'S 100TH WIN IN DARWIN
 
 
DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN – SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – PRACTICE, QUALIFYING & RACE 15
 
Fabian Coulthard - No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 3 – 8th (Fastest Lap: 1m06.5555s)
Qualifying – 14th (Fastest Lap: 1m06.2535s)
Race 15 – 15th (Fastest Lap: 1m07.6372s)
 
Scott McLaughlin - No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Practice 3 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m06.1410s)
Qualifying – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m05.8943s)
Race 15 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m07.1932s)

RECAP:  Race 15 saw contrasting fortunes for Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard. Starting second, McLaughlin settled into the second position for the opening stint of the race behind polesitter David Reynolds. The pit stops started on lap six, with McLaughlin taking his first stop on lap seven. The team changed right side tyres only, with McLaughlin emerging as the effective leader in front of Nissan’s Rick Kelly. McLaughlin was back up to p10 on lap 17, and continued his charge back to the lead as the pit stop cycle continued. McLaughlin was challenged late in the race by Shane van Gisbergen, who pitted on lap 20 and was using much fresher tyres to charge through the pack. He got within half a second of McLaughlin by lap 33, but McLaughlin drove well and was able to hold him off to take the team’s 100th all-time victory. Coulthard’s race saw him start 14th. He got up to 10th position on lap one, and continued to push through the pack, pitting from fifth on lap 12, rejoining in 18th. He was back into 14th place late in the race, however as he began to struggle with tyre life, those who stopped late were able to push past Coulthard to see the No.12 driver finish 15th. McLaughlin now leads the Championship by 143 points from Shane van Gisbergen. Coulthard remains seventh. The team now leads the Teams’ points by 69 points from Triple Eight Race Engineering.
 
COULTHARD QUOTE: “I Got a good start, and made up four or five spots on the opening lap. We decided to pit early, but in in hindsight it probably wasn’t the right call. We’ll just regroup, and learn from it for tomorrow. I’m stoked for the team to have taken the 100th win, and to have been a part of that is a pretty proud moment. It’s a massive achievement.”

MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “I’m glad I didn’t have a heart rate monitor on – I would have blown the thing off the scale! Thanks to everyone at Shell V-Power Racing Team, they put a lot of faith in me to bring it home today, and thankfully I did. I wanted that win really bad to repay all the hard work the boys have been doing behind the scenes, and for it to be the 100th win for the team makes it a really great day.”
  DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
   
1. Scott McLaughlin 1637
2. Shane Van Gisbergen        1494
3. David Reynolds             1298
4. Craig Lowndes        1284
5. Scott Pye 1234
6. Jamie Whincup           1213
7. Fabian Coulthard 1139
8. Rick Kelly 1105
9. Tim Slade 1055
10. Chaz Mostert           1040

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
   
1. Shell V-Power Racing Team           2776
2. Triple Eight Race Engineering (Whincup/SVG)  2707
3. Walkinshaw Andretti United 2263
4. Brad Jones Racing              2031
5. Erebus Motorsport 1990
6. Tickford Racing (Mostert/Winterbottom) 1975
7. Nissan Motorsport (Kelly/Heimgartner) 1824
8. NISMO (Caruso/De Silvestro) 1457
9. Garry Rogers Motorsport 1424
10. Triple Eight Race Engineering (Lowndes) 1284
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V8 Supercars / Lowndes banks seventh in Darwin's heated battles
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on June 16, 2018, 02:34:20 PM »
Craig Lowndes (#888) - Holden Commodore ZB

"We've always had a good race car. I think today was all about trying to push forward and be aggressive on our strategy, which we were. We came in early and actually followed a few other cars in, which was probably a little bit surprising. Our tyre life was really good. We just got stuck behind Rick (Kelly) there for too long and of course, with the super soft tyre and that sort of situation, you use them up faster than you want to. We're very pleased starting 12th to finish seventh. It's good for our points, which is obviously what we want, but we've just got to work a bit harder for tomorrow, be in the top 10 to start with and make progress. Credit to the team, we made a very fast race car.


For further information please contact:
Cassie Burton
0410 888 883
cassie@tripleeight.com.au
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Championship Chase Continues Saturday at Speedway 660


(Geary, NB - June 14th, 2018) - The 25th Anniversary Season of Speedway 660 continues this Saturday night, June 16th, with a full card of racing action. Exciting stock car racing will be seen in four unique classes, the RE/MAX East Coast Elite Realty Pro Stocks, Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman, DMR Auto Sales and Service Street Stocks and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters. The green flag will go in the air on Saturday at 6:30pm.


While championships are won on Night of Champions in August, a title year can certainly be broken with a subpar run at any championship point event throughout the year. After three events that have seen some thrilling short track racing, the stage is set for another night of building championship dreams for a number of hard working race teams.


Dave O’Blenis (Boundary Creek) enters Saturday night with the point lead in the RE/MAX East Coast Elite Realty Pro Stock division on the strength of three top two feature finishes in as many races. O’Blenis started off with back to back wins and followed it up during last Saturday’s 50-lap feature with a strong second place effort to Greg Fahey (St. Stephen). Fahey, who said after the race the team needed the feature win they earned, moves to third in the standings. Sandwiched between two drivers who own nine Speedway 660 Pro Stock titles collectively is sophomore driver Ryan Messer (Harvey). Messer barely missed the podium one week ago after two runner-up finishes to O’Blenis in the first two weekends.


While Dave O’Blenis has lit the lamp twice in the Pro Stock ranks in 2018, his daughter Alexandra O’Blenis (Boundary Creek) responded with a Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman win of her own last Saturday night. The win, which also marked her third top five feature finished of the year, moved O’Blenis into third place in the standings. Drew Greenlaw (Eastport, ME) maintains his top spot on in the standings, adding two points to his margin over Curtis Collins (Saint John) after last weekend’s event.


The Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division has been competitive with each of the top five in points, including Jacob Logan (Harvey) and Alexandra’s younger sister Courtney O’Blenis (Boundary Creek) each racing their way to at least one podium finish in the first three races.


Saturday night will serve as the final tune up before the first major Sportsman division race in Atlantic Canada for 2018. While all eyes will be on Saturday’s 40-lap Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman main event, teams will also be tweaking their setups for the Martin’s Home Heating 125 coming up on Saturday, June 23rd.


Justin Cole (Harvey) and Shawn Hyslop (St. Stephen) returned to the podium last weekend in the DMR Auto Sales and Service Street Stock division. For Cole, it meant a return to the top of the point standings by a single point after three races over one of the most popular drivers in the class Riley Goodwin (MacAdam). Roger Slocum (Chipman) finds himself third in the standings after a second straight appearance on the podium after last weekend’s third place run. Charlotte County’s Hyslop and Chris Hanley (St. Stephen) complete the top five in the Street Stock division after a trio of races.


Fans are encouraged to be at Speedway 660 on Saturday night for a major announcement involving the July 21st running of the DMR Auto Sales and Service Street Stock 100.


Sophomore driver Scott “Bat Hubby” Kennie (Fredericton) finds himself atop the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters standings for the first time in his career. Kennie will not be able to rest on his advantage on the field though as knotted up for second are the pair of feature winners on the year in Brody Levesque (Fredericton) and Bryan Suttie (Keswick). Suttie scored a popular win on Kids Day while Levesque has two wins under his belt including the prestigious Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters 50 from one week ago. Rookies Randy Titus (French Lake) and Randy Storey (Fredericton) find themselves in fourth and fifth, respectively, following three events.


Returning for 2018, children aged 15 and under will be admitted to the grandstands for free to every stock car event at Speedway 660. The admission structure makes it easier for families to attend race events at the track and received positive feedback from fans when implemented mid-season in 2017.


Adult grandstand admission price for Saturday evening’s Championship Point Racing is $14 (aged 16 and up). Pit admission is $16 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Tickets are available at the gate on race day. Pit gates for competitors will open at 1pm, grandstand gates open for spectators at 5pm with racing getting underway at 6:30pm. A complete race day format will be available via Speedway660.com later in the week.


For more information about Speedway 660, visit Speedway660.com, like @Speedway660 on Facebook or call the Speedway 660 Banned Word/Site at (506) 454-7223.


About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it attracts race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until Labour Day Weekend. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, wraps up Speedway 660’s racing season.
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OSCAAR / OSCAAR Modified Jukasa Motor Speedway Preview
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on June 14, 2018, 09:24:36 AM »
OSCAAR Modified Jukasa Motor Speedway Preview

After a fun night at Kawartha Speedway, the OSCAAR Modifieds are ready to continue their big month of racing, with their first trip to Jukasa Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 16.

The man heading there with momentum on his side is John Harper, as he picked up the victory at Kawartha. He is off to a solid start in 2018, with two podium finishes.

The other driver to visit victory lane thus far in 2018 is Gary McLean, who picked up the win at Sunset Speedway. He backed it up with a runner-up at Kawartha.

While these two drivers will be tough to beat, there is a field hoping to score their first victory of the 2018 campaign and make history on Saturday night.

Cory Horner knows what it takes to do well in OSCAAR, as he has started off the year with a fourth-place finish at Sunset and third at Kawartha.

Gary Elliott will head to Jukasa Motor Speedway hoping to return to the top-10 after just missing it at kawartha with a 12th-place finish. He started off the year solidly, finishing in the top-10 at Sunset despite motor issues.

Chris Milwain will hope to score his fourth career OSCAAR victory following three wins last season, and two-top-fives to kick off this year.

Dale Reinhart hopes to keep the momentum going, following a seventh-place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

Mike Hearty is set for the long haul from Sault St. Marie to be part of the action, hoping to improve upon his sixth-place finish from Kawartha.

Wally Wilson will continue his learning curve behind the wheel of his modified, hoping the bad luck from the past two races is behind him.

Jase Cornell will hope to put together a solid performance following a pair of 11th-place finishes to start the 2018 campaign.

Duane Cinnamon will hope to have a smooth day at Jukasa after a solid top-10 at Kawartha.

Kelly Balson made his name known in the OSCAAR ranks with success in the Outlaw Super Late Model level, and started off solidly in the modified. He was leading at Kawartha, when he got spun in the late stages, ending his race early. He’ll hope for some better luck at Jukasa.

After missing the event at Kawartha, A.J. Emms will hope to run in the top-five once again, following a fifth-place finish in the season opener at Sunset.

The 2018 rookie of the year candidates – Jason Bowden, Jason Keen, and Jeff Showler – each have impressed thus far. While all three finished in the top-12 at Sunset, all three were once again in the top-15 at Kawartha. So far, Keen was the best at Sunset with sixth, followed by Bowden topping the list at Kawartha with a fifth. Who will come out on top this weekend?

You’re going to want to keep an eye on some other rookies, as both Tyler Di Venanzo and Mike Hamacher are expected to make their series debuts at Jukasa.

Two familiar faces are set to return to the field on Saturday, with Justin Demelo and Ryan Dick on the early entry list. It’ll mark Demelo’s first OSCAAR start since 2016, when he scored one top-five and three top-10’s in three starts. Meanwhile, Dick finished fourth at Flamboro in his last series start, October 2016.

David Balych continues to work towards his first career victory, having posted three top-10’s last season.

Marshall Schrenk will make his first series trip to Jukasa Speedway following a 13th-place finish at Sunset Speedway.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will be joined by the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series and NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Event details are located at https://www.jukasamotorspeedway.com/events/event/june-16/.

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin
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