Pro Stock, Sportsman, Highlight Season Finale This Saturday
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its third and final visit of the season to Riverside International Speedway this Saturday for the Lucas Oil 150. The high banked oval of Riverside will play host to race 11 of 12 for the popular touring series. The event will also mark the third and final Lucas Oil presented race of the season. With local heroes and championship contenders all expected in the field on Saturday, action in the Lucas Oil 150 is sure to be intense. Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials get underway at 4:10 p.m., with racing slated for 5:00 p.m.
With only two races remaining on the 2015 schedule the chase for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour championship is extremely close. Local driver Donald Chisholm (Antigonish) enters the Lucas Oil 150 on top of the standings. Exide Batteries 2014 Rookie of the Year Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) sits second just four points behind Chisholm. Darren MacKinnon (Charlottetown, PE) looks to become the first ever Tour champion from Prince Edward Island as he enters the weekend in third position just nine points behind the leader. Two-time winner this season Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake) hopes to improve his fourth place position in the standings at the Lucas Oil 150, Butcher is still well within contention just 13 points back of Chisholm. With two races remaining and a maximum of a 60 point gain per race, the championship chase is far from over. If any of these four drivers wins the championship it will be their first pro stock touring series title.
The Napa Sportsman Series will kick off the show with the Highland Home Building Centers 75 lap feature prior to the Lucas Oil 150. As with the pro stocks, this is the second-last race of the season for the sportsman series. And, like the pro stocks, the title chase is tight. In the sportsman series it’s Sydney’s Kyle Reid leading Main-A-Dieu’s Darren Price by just two markers in the series standings. Sydney’s Shawn Waterfield trails Price by 31 markers in third, and Joey Rudderham, from Marion Bridge, is fourth – just 18 behind Waterfield. Just as in the pro stock tour, winning the title would be a first for each of the top four sportsman contenders.
Fans are reminded this event will see a 5 p.m. race-time. Track management made the start one-hour earlier than usual to accommodate a one-week later slot in the schedule, the combined 225 laps of feature racing, cooler evenings, and an earlier dusk. Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials (pro stock) start at 4:10 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 1 p.m.
Advance reserved and general admission tickets are available at the Riverside Box Office, phone 1.902.863.2410 or here. Tickets will be available at the gate on race day, starting at 1 p.m.
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST
#0 – Shawn Turple – Enfield, NS
#5 – Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#8 – Kent Vincent – Westmoreland, PE
#14 – Terry Dougay – Albany, PE
#18 – Darren MacKinnon – Charlottetown, PE
#21 – Shawn Pierce – Bridgewater, NS
#24 – Steve Ross – Waverly, NS
#29 – Greg Proude – Springvale, PE
#32 – Sarah McKay – Quispamsis, NB
#40 – Robbie MacEwen – Charlottetown, PE
#53 – Cole Butcher – Porter’s Lake, NS
#66 – Daryl Mahar– Hubley, NS
#67 – Dylan Blenkhorn – Truro, NS
#89 – Donald Chisholm – Antigonish, NS
#91 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#94 – Dj Casey – Prospect, NS
#97 – John Flemming – Halifax, NS
#98 – Jerome Kehoe – Sydney, NS
#99 – Craig Slaunwhite – Terence Bay, NS
*Entry list subject to change without notice
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 (PST) is 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 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 our administration office at 902.481.2531 or click www.maritimeprostocktour.com.