(Halifax, NS, August 9, 2012) 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 almost $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 qualifying for the Cat 250 at 4:00 PM. Weekend passes are on sale now at Ticket Atlantic.
The Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman will take centre stage on Friday night for the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100. Dean Clattenburg, who originally hails from Dartmouth, will make his first “home track” start in over ten years on Friday evening. Clattenburg got his racing career kick-started at Scotia Speedworld before moving to the MASCAR circuit and eventually to North Carolina, where he currently resides making a living building race cars. Clattenburg will drive the No. 15 machine out of the Alexander racing stable. Frankie Fraser (Shubenacadie) will also make an appearance in the Dartmouth Dodge 100 piloting Jeff Dillman’s No. 0. Fraser will be going for a record-breaking fourth win in the 100 lap event.
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. 26 drivers will have a shot at the prestigious Cat 250 title on Saturday night including US short track hot-shoes Mike Rowe (Turner, ME) and Cassius Clark (Farmington, ME). Mike Rowe, a two-time Cat 250 winner (2007, ’05) will be in the No. 10 car prepared by Steve Henderson. Cassius Clark, who also has a Cat 250 win on his racing resume (2010), will pilot the No. 13 King Racing entry for the fourth time this season. The competition for the Americans will be stout as they will have to beat some of Canada’s best racers to add another Cat 250 title to their already impressive list of accomplishments.
Only four races remain on the 2012 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour schedule and the championship battle is heating up! John Flemming (Halifax), a three-time Tour Champion sits atop the current standings along side Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell, PE). Hicken was victorious in last weekend’s Advance Rentals 150 which garnered him top points, unlike Flemming who had a motor let go during the race which relegated him to a 16th place finish. Both drivers are now deadlocked in first with 1527 points. Two other past champions remain in the title hunt heading into the Atlantic Cat 250. 2009 Champion Shawn Turple (Enfield) sits third, just five markers behind Hicken and Flemming. Hot on Turple’s heels is three-time Tour Champion Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB) who holds down fourth, just six points behind Turple and 13 back of the leaders. Donald Chisholm is in fifth position with some work to do as he is 40 points out of the lead, but there is plenty of racing left in the season for Chisholm and other drivers to make their move on the current leaders.
If you can’t make it to Scotia Speedworld this weekend be sure to tune into Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, channel 157 Sports Express 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.
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 (as of August 9)
#0 – Shawn Turple – Enfield, NS
#1 – David Heino – Barrington, NS
#02 – Mike MacKenzie – Dartmouth, NS
#03 – Steve Halpin- Saint John, NB
#4 – Mike Stevens – Riverview, NB
#5 – Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#8 – Kent Vincent – Westmoreland, PE
#10 – Mike Rowe – Turner, ME
#11 – Marty Prevost – Fall River, NS
#13- Cassius Clark – Farmington, ME
#14 – Terry Dougay – Albany, PE
#15 – Frankie Fraser – Shubenacadie, NS
#21 – Shawn Pierce – Bridgewater, NS
#24 – Steve Ross – Waverly, NS
#29 – Greg Proude – Springvale, PE
#35 – Brad Mann – Glen Livet, NB
#45 – Leonard Boutilier – Dutch Settlement, NS
#52 – Shawn Tucker – Fredericton, NB
#66 – Daryl Mahar – Hubley, NS
#72 – Brad Eddy – Lower Sackville, NS
#80 – Roger Miller – Kennetcook, NS
#89 – Donald Chisholm – Antigonish, NS
#91 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#92 – Pete Miller – Kennetcook, NS
#97 – John Flemming – Halifax, NS
#98 – Jerome Kehoe – Sydney, 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: ????
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 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. 2012 marks the 25th season of weekly racing at the venue. 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