(Halifax, NS, August 8, 2013) The Atlantic Cat 250, Halifax’s most anticipated stock car racing weekend of the season, returns to Scotia Speedworld this Friday and Saturday for two days of full throttle excitement! The two day event will attract over 5000 fans and the best stock car drivers from the Maritimes and abroad.
Friday night the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman will kick things off as they go head to head on the 3/10th mile oval for 100 laps in the Dartmouth Dodge 100. On Saturday race fans will see the stars of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour battle for 250 grueling laps in the weekend’s main feature, the Atlantic Cat 250, which has a posted purse of over $50,000.00!
Gates open at 5:00 PM on Friday, qualifying for the Dartmouth Dodge 100 will begin at 7:30 PM. Gates open at 2:00 PM on Saturday with Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials for the 14th Annual Atlantic CAT 250 at 4:10 PM.
The Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman will take centre stage on Friday night for the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100.
The race, which is a part of the three-race Maritime Sportsman Challenge, is expected to draw over 30 cars from Atlantic Canada. Defending Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series champion Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake, NS) leads the Maritime Sportsman Challenge standings over defending Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100 winner Colby Smith (Cape Sable Island, NS) and Shawn McLean (Havelock, NB).
They will all have to hold off Scotia Speedworld regulars who will be defending their home turf on Friday including point leader Darren Wallage (Oakfield, NS), Harry Ross White (Noel Road, NS) and last week’s first time main feature winner Wade Slauenwhite (Beaverbank, NS). Action on Friday also includes the Coors Light Trucks and the ACE Lumbermart Thunder and Lightning divisions with the green flag set to drop at 7:30pm.
Saturday the stars of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will take over the oval for the weekend’s main feature, the Atlantic Cat 250.
Over two dozen drivers will have a shot at taking the prestigious trophy, headlined by Turner, Maine’s Ben Rowe, who will be looking to eclipse his own record by taking home his fourth Atlantic CAT 250 crown driving the No. 10 Dexter Construction/Municipal Contracting Chevrolet. Lonnie Sommerville (Saint John, NB) and current Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour point leader John Flemming (Halifax, NS) are currently the only two Canadian winners of the event and will look to add a second Atlantic CAT 250 trophy to their mantles on Saturday night.
Only four races remain in the chase for the 2013 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Championship. Flemming (Halifax, NS), a three-time Tour Champion sits atop the current standings with a whopping 102-point lead after his fourth victory of the season one week ago. A slight shake up in the standings after the EXIT Realty PEI 100 sees Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB) moving into the second spot in the standings. Tucker can make history Saturday by becoming the first driver to win all three major Maritime 250 lap-races. Shawn Turple (Enfield), Greg Proude (Springvale, PE) and Darren MacKinnon (Charlottetown, PE) complete the top five in the standings after round eight and each will be looking to move up the standings with their first Atlantic CAT 250 win on Saturday.
If you can’t make it to Scotia Speedworld this weekend tune into Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, channel 167 Canada Talks for live for flag-to-flag coverage of the Atlantic Cat 250. Joe Chisholm and the crew from Race Time Radio will be on air with full event coverage starting at 7:00 PM AST. The race will also be streamed live at www.racetimeradio.com at no charge.
Drivers and officials will be racing with heavy hearts this weekend after the death of Pro Stock Tour driver Mike Stevens of Riverview, NB last week. Organizers have several tributes planned for Saturday to honour Stevens and will also be raising money for the Trust Fund being set up for Stevens’ two young boys.
Admission for the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100 is $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for youth (8-15 years old); pit admission is $15.00. Admission for Saturday’s Atlantic Cat 250 is $35.00 for adults; $6.00 for youth; pit admission is $40.00. Two day passes are also available – adults are $40.00, two day pit passes are $45.00. Children 7 and under are admitted for free all weekend. Weekend passes are available in advance at all Ticket Atlantic outlets (Atlantic Superstores), by phone 902.451.1221 or www.ticketatlantic.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on race day. (Cash Only)
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – Atlantic Cat 250 (subject to change without notice)
#0 – Shawn Turple – Enfield, NS
#5 – Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#8 – Kent Vincent – Westmoreland, PE
#10 – Ben Rowe – Turner, ME
#13- Denver Foran – Edmonton, AB
#14 – Terry Dougay – Albany, PE
#18 – Darren MacKinnon – Charlottetown, PE
#21 – Shawn Pierce – Bridgewater, NS
#23 – Lonnie Sommerville – Saint John, NB
#24 – Steve Ross – Waverly, NS
#29 – Greg Proude – Springvale, PE
#35 – Brad Mann – Glen Livet, NB
#45 – Leonard Boutilier – Dutch Settlement, NS
#51 – Vance Hanes – Kennetcook, NS
#52 – Shawn Tucker – Fredericton, NB
#53 – Cole Butcher – Porter’s Lake, NS
#66 – Daryl Mahar – Hubley, NS
#67 – Dylan Blenkhorn – Truro, NS
#72 – Brad Eddy – Lower Sackville, NS
#77 – Colby Smith –Cape Sable Island, NS
#89 – Donald Chisholm – Antigonish, NS
#91 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#97 – John Flemming – Halifax, NS
#99 – Craig Slaunwhite – Terence Bay, NS
*Entry list subject to change without notice
Past winners of the Atlantic CAT 250
2000: John Flemming, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001: Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, Mass., 2002: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine, 2003: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine, 2004: Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, Maine, 2005: Mike Rowe, Turner, Maine, 2006: Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, Maine, 2007: Mike Rowe, Turner, Maine, 2008: Travis Benjamin, Belfast, Maine, 2009: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick, 2010: Cassius Clark, Farmington, Maine, 2011: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine, 2012: Cassius Clark, Farmington, Maine, 2013: ????
About Atlantic Cat:
Atlantic Tractors & Equipment Ltd. (Atlantic CAT) is a full-line Caterpillar Equipment and Engine Dealership serving the provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The dealership meets the business needs of its customers by providing superior products backed by excellent parts and service capabilities. Atlantic Cat operates from eight locations. The company is engaged in the sale, lease, rental and service of the full-line of Caterpillar Earthmoving and Engine Products. These include machines for use in a variety of industries – Mining, Forestry, Agriculture, Road Building, Road Maintenance, General Construction and Light Construction operations. The company sells and services the full-line of Caterpillar diesel Engines and Power Generation products for use in applications requiring Stand-by or Prime Power diesel generating products, Marine Power for commercial vessels, Truck Power for the on-highway trucking industry and time-saving Harvesters for the agricultural industry.
About Dartmouth Dodge:
Dartmouth Dodge is truly “WHERE NOVA SCOTIA COMES TO SAVE” on both new and pre-owned vehicles. Conveniently located in central Dartmouth, this modern facility features metro’s only drive-thru quick lube, full service collision center, 18 service bays and 5 detail/accessory bays. Recently named Atlantic Canada’s #1 fleet dealer, Dartmouth Dodge is ready to meet all of your automotive needs, personal or commercial. Visit www.ddodge.com or call 1 800 414 0213.
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 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 . You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/prostocktour and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prostocktour
About Scotia Speedworld:
Scotia Speedworld (SSW) is a 3/10-mile asphalt oval racing facility. SSW is the only track in Nova Scotia to host a weekly racing series, which runs May through September and features six different classes of racecars. SSW also hosts special events, including Monster Jam and the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. SSW is located at Exit 6 on Highway 102, across from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. For more information please click on www.ScotiaSpeedworld.ca or call our Event Hotline at (902) 873-2277 or our office at (902) 481-2514. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sswracing and follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/sswracing
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