(Halifax, NS, May 14, 2013) The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will open another sensational season of stock car racing this Sunday at Scotia Speedworld with the Lucas Oil 150. The season opener will launch the 12-race schedule that will take the Tour to five Maritime markets over the next 17 weeks.
Thirty of the best teams from across the region are expected to battle for a spot in Sunday’s feature event. Qualifying for the Lucas Oil 150 gets underway at 3:10 PM with racing slated for 4:00 PM. Grandstands gates open at 1:00 PM.
Three returning series champions are expected to be in the field this Sunday. Two-time champion (2009, ’12) Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS) enters the Lucas Oil 150 as reigning champ and will begin his quest for back-to-back titles. Three-time series champion (2002, ’03, ’06) John Flemming (Halifax, NS) knows something about back-to back titles as he is the only driver to ever accomplish this feat in the Tour’s 11-year history. Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB) is another three-time champion (2004, ’07, ’10) and rounds out the trio of champs who will be contending for the win this weekend at Scotia Speedworld.
The Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year battle will get kick-started at Sunday’s Lucas Oil 150. With a huge field expected for the season opener these rookies will have to rely on their impressive racing resumes to make the big show. Colby Smith (Cable Sable Island, NS) will make his third start on the Tour. Smith is a former Scotia Speedworld and NAPA Sportsman Series Champion and will pilot the No. 77 entry. Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) took home the Strictly Hydraulics Legends Championship as well as the Maritime League of Legends Tour title in 2012. Butcher will be at the helm of the No. 53 this season. Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS) is also a former Strictly Hydraulics Legend Series and Maritime League of Legends Champion and has one career start in the No. 67 on the Pro Stock Tour. Jeff Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit, NS) is a two-time Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series Champion; Dillman will attempt to make his first career Tour start in the No. 08 at Sunday’s Lucas Oil 150.
Canadian recording artist John Gracie will kick off the day’s festivities with a performance of the national anthem. The Maritime League of Legends Tour will then take centre stage in their season opener 50-lap feature prior to the main event. Be sure to arrive early as the first 100 people through the grandstand gates will receive a free gift from Lucas Oil!
If you can’t make it to Scotia Speedworld this Sunday you can still catch all the action by tuning into Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, channel 167 for Race Time Radio’s live full-event coverage of the Lucas Oil 150. The broadcast will air at 5:00 PM AST, the race will also be streamed live at www.racetimeradio.com
Admission for Sunday’s Season Opener Lucas Oil 150 is $25.00 for adults; $5.00 for youth; pit admission is $30.00. Children 7 and under are admitted for free. Advance tickets are on sale now at all Ticket Atlantic outlets (Atlantic Superstores), by phone 902.451.1221 or www.ticketatlantic.com. Tickets will also be available at the gates on race day (Cash Only).
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – SEASON OPENER LUCAS OIL 150
#02 – Mike MacKenzie – Dartmouth, NS
#08 – Jeff Dillman – Middle Musquodoboit, NS
#0 – Shawn Turple – Enfield, NS
#4 – Mike Stevens – Riverview, NB
#5 – Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#8 – Kent Vincent – Westmoreland, PE
#11 – Marty Prevost – Fall River, NS
#13- Denver Foran – Edmonton, AB
#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
#35 – Brad Mann – Glen Livet, NB
#37 – Cy Harvey – Elmsdale, NS
#45 – Leonard Boutilier – Dutch Settlement, NS
#51 – Vance Hanes – Kennetcook, NS
#52 – Shawn Tucker – Fredericton, NB
#53 – Cole Butcher – Porter’s Lake, NS
#55 – Jason Carnahan – Moncton, NB
#66 – Daryl Mahar – Hubley, NS
#67 – Dylan Blenkhorn – Truro, NS
#72 – Brad Eddy – Lower Sackville, NS
#77 – Colby Smith –Cape Sable Island, NS
#88 – George Koszkulics – New Glasgow, NS
#89 – Donald Chisholm – Antigonish, NS
#91 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#97 – John Flemming – Halifax, NS
#98 – Jerome Kehoe – Sydney, NS
#99 – Craig Slaunwhite – Terence Bay, NS
*Entry list subject to change without notice
About Lucas Oil: Lucas Oil is one of the fastest growing additive 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 industrial and agricultural markets. Lucas Oil has long been directly involved in the racing industry, and seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, Lucas Oil developed a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. Lucas racing products, including high performance engine oils and gear oils have proven themselves on NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA, USHRA and ATPA 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 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
From: Tara Foster
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