JAMES RIVER, NS (September 12, 2012) – The Maritime League of Legends are into the homestretch of its 2012 season with Friday night being the final oval race of the year at Riverside International Speedway. The Maritime League of Legends Tour is a part of the finale weekend at the track, which will also see action in the NAPA Sportsman Series on Friday, and will be highlighted by the Wilson Equipment 300 for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Saturday. Friday night’s program begins at 7pm and features qualifying and a 50-lap feature for the popular 5/8-scale race cars.
When it comes to the championship, four drivers have pulled themselves away from the pack with two races remaining in the season. In fact, the top two in the standings are tied for the lead and haven’t finished worse than fourth in the first four races of the season. Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake) broke through to victory lane in the series last stop at Petty International Raceway (NB) with defending Tour titlist Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) right on his heels at the checkered flag. In July at Riverside, the results was flipped with Blenkhorn ahead of Butcher at the end of 50 laps. The two are just six points ahead of Justin MacNeill (Bedford), who won the first two races of 2012, and twenty points up on Dylan’s father Paul Blenkhorn (Truro) heading onto the high banks of Riverside.
It isn’t just about a point battle though. There will be more than a dozen other hungry drivers looking to enter victory lane in the Tour’s final appearance at the James River oval for 2012. Emily Meehan (Rawdon) holds a hot hand heading into Friday night, coming off a win in the final race for the Scotia Speedworld Weekly Legends on September 7th. Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) has come on strong lately as well and should be a contender for Friday’s checkered flag. Derek MacCallum (Lower Sackville) and Rob Cormier (Truro), among others, will be hoping the high banks hold their first Maritime League of Legends Tour victory of 2012 on Friday night.
The Wilson Equipment 300 weekend gets underway Friday September 14 with the season finale championship points race for the Napa Sportsman Series, along with the second last race of the year for the Maritime League of Legends. Racing starts Friday at 7 p.m.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race takes place on Saturday with afternoon practice and qualifying and the green flag drops for the 300 lap main event at 7 p.m. local time.
Tickets will be available at the box office Friday and Saturday.
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 2012, the Maritime League of Legends Tour will visit four venues throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick between May and October during its seven race season. For more information on the Maritime League of Legends, please visit www.maritimelegends.ca.
Riverside International Speedway, a 1/3-mile high banked asphalt oval, is located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, at exit 30 off Trans Canada Highway 104. Opened in 1969, the facility was totally rebuilt in 2006 to become a premiere motorsports site, comparable to the best short tracks in Canada and the U.S. To learn more about Riverside Int’l Speedway, please visit www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902.863.2410.