Donald Chisholm (Antigonish) captured his second win of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour season by winning the Lucas Oil 150 at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday. The defending Lucas Oil 150 winner and 2015 series champion battled for the lead late in the race with current point leader Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake). Butcher finished second and was joined on the podium by Greg Proude (Springvale, PE), who finished third.
Rollie MacDonald (Pictou), a Canadian and Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and the series 2005 champion, rallied from being a lap down to finish fourth in his first race since 2012. Shawn Turple (Enfield), two-time series champion, finished fifth among the 20 teams that entered the race.
Chisholm led 121 laps en route to the victory; he took the lead on lap 21 after starting third on the field. Buther started on the point but was quickly passed by Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay) who led until being overtaken by Chisholm.
Atlantic Tiltload Qualifying heat race winners were Butcher, Slaunwhite, and Chisholm. Steve Ross (Waverley) finished ninth to take home the King Freight Future Winners Award while Harry Ross White (Noel Road) moved one step closer to the Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year Award by being the top freshman at the Lucas Oil 150 with a 10th-place run.
Butcher will carry an almost insurmountable 51-point lead to the series season finale at Scotia Speedworld next Saturday. Slaunwhite fell from second to third overall after mechanical issues on lap 117 forced him to the pit, resulting in a 16th-place finish. Chisholm’s win moves him to second overall. Complete series point standings are here.
Unofficially, even if Chisholm leads the most laps and Butcher leads no laps (both get bonus points), Butcher would only have to finish 21st or better next week to secure his first series title.
Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) and George Koszkulics (New Glasgow) were parked for the night as the result of an altercation in the pits prior to the feature; before that, they had gotten together in their heat race. The series cites rule 5.7 in the penalty (Given the nature of competition, there may be times when relations among competitors become strained. All participants are expected to show restraint on the track and in the pit area. Should tensions become unmanageable, participants involved are expected to return to or remain in the pit area assigned to their car. Any person that deliberately goes into another persons pit in a violent and/or threatening manner or any person involved in a fight, regardless of who was the aggressor, may be removed from the premises, disqualified, and/or suspended. A fight shall be defined as making physical contact. Negative action by a crewmember could affect the car.)
The NAPA Sportsman Series kicked off the show with the Highland Home Building Center 75. Colby Smith (Cape Sable Island) was the winner with Shawn Waterfield (Sydney) and Waylon Farrell (Conception Bay South, NL) second and third, respectively.
The Lucas Oil 150 closed the 2016 season at Riverside International Speedway. Fans can stay in touch with the facility news over the off-season by visiting this site, following them on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribing to the newsletter.
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will finish the season next Saturday at Scotia Speedworld with the Dartmouth Dodge 200 set to crown the series 2016 champion. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate on race day (cash only).
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.
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour visits five 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 the administration office at 902.481.2531 or visit www.maritimeprostocktour.com.