Fans are in for a great show on Saturday with a stout field of veterans, rookies and hometown heroes who will all be looking to leave their mark at the season opener. In order to do that however they will have to compete against reigning Series champion Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS), former champ Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS), former Cat 250 winners Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS) and Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, NS) and past IWK 250 winners Kent Vincent (Westmoreland, PE) and Darren MacKinnon (Charlottetown, PE), just to name a few of the elite field prepared for battle at the Lucas Oil 150.
A number of strong contenders from New Brunswick will look to defend their home turf. Sarah McKay (Quispamsis) returns to the Tour on a full-time basis in 2018 and will be joined in the Lucas Oil 150 by a number of drivers fans will see on a regular basis. The 2012 Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year Steve Halpin (Saint John), former Speedway 660 Pro Stock champion Chris Duncan (Rothesay) and Mike Rodgers (Moncton) return to the Series with Saturday's Lucas Oil 150 circled on their calendars. Greg Fahey (St. Stephen), winner of the Cummins 150 in 2017 at Speedway 660, will also make the trek to compete in the Lucas Oil 150 on Saturday evening.
Andrew Rodgers (Smithtown) and Cory Hall (Jolicure) will both make their Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour debut. Rodgers, younger brother of Matt Rodgers, has made headlines in the Sportsman division in recent years while Hall came within a whisker of winning the INEX International Semi Pro Legend championship in 2017. Rodgers will drive for his family's Pro Stock team with Hall making his debut in the No. 13 King Racing ride for 2005 Tour Champion and Hall of Famer Rollie MacDonald.
In addition to Rodgers and Hall, Waylon Farrell (Conception Bay South, NL) and Braden Langille (Shubenacadie, NS) also join the pair in the freshman club for 2018. Farrell is a two-time Maritime League of Legends Tour champion and owns multiple track titles in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Langille owns a number of INEX Bandolero Canadian National championships and is a former Scotia Speedworld Hydraulics Plus Bandolero track titlist.
The top newcomer to the Series at the end of the year will join a Who's Who list of drivers who have won the Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year Award. Jarrett Butcher (Porters Lake, NS), Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie, NS) and Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth, NS) return for their second full season after competing for the title one year ago while Robbie MacEwen (Sherwood, PE) will compete part time in 2018, which will include Saturday's Lucas Oil 150.
Also joining the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour this Saturday at Petty International Raceway are the MJS and Prime Lift East Coast Mini Stock Tour, Atlantic Modified Tour and A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman, all opening divisions will run 50 lap races.
Admission (cash only) for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 150 is $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for youth (8-18 years old); pit admission is $35.00. Children 7 and under are admitted for free.
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EXPECTED ENTRY LIST (as of Tuesday, May 15th)
#03 – Stephen Halpin – Saint John, NB
#07 – Allison MacKinnon – Oyster Bed Bridge, PE
#08 - Nicholas Naugle - Dartmouth, NS
#0- Shawn Turple - Enfield, NS
#5 – Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#8 - Kent Vincent - Westmoreland, PE
#13 - Cory Hall - Jolicure, NB
#14 – Terry Dougay – Albany, PE
#18 – Darren MacKinnon – Charlottetown, PE
#21 - Shawn Pierce - Bridgewater, NS
#29 - Greg Proude - Springvale, PE
#29F - Greg Fahey – St. Stephen, NB
#30 – Stephen Lively – Shubenacadie, NS
#32 – Sarah McKay – Quispamsis, NB
#40 – Robbie MacEwen – Charlottetown, PE
#41 – Mike Rodgers – Moncton, NB
#42– Kyle Reid – Fort MacMurray, AB
#42– Andrew Rodgers – Smithtown, NB
#48 – Waylon Farrell – Conception Bay South, NL
#49 – Harry Ross White – Kennetcook, NS
#51 – Braden Langille – Shubenacadie, NS
#53 – Cole Butcher – Porter’s Lake, NS
#54 – Jarrett Butcher – Porter’s Lake, NS
#67 – Dylan Blenkhorn – Truro, NS
#81 – Nevin Scott – Marshfield, PE
#82 – Chris Hughes – Brackley Beach, PE
#91 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#97 – Chris Duncan – Rothesay, NB
#99 - Craig Slaunwhite - Terence Bay, NS
*Entry list subject to change without notice
About Lucas Oil:
Lucas Oil is one of the fastest growing lubricant lines in the consumer automotive industry, carrying a premium line of oils, greases and problem solving additives as well as a heavy duty line of products for the trucking, industrial and agricultural markets, not to mention a complete line of motorcycle and marine lubricants. Lucas Oil has long been directly involved in the North American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again with the end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. Lucas racing products have proven themselves on NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA, PPL and USHRA tracks across the country.
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