SLAUNWHITE WINS THE SCOTT KELLY MEMORIAL 100 AT RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY
Craig Slaunwhite won the Scott Kelly Memorial 100 presented by Parts for Trucks at Riverside International Speedway,
located near Antigonish, NS on Saturday night. Slaunwhite, from Terence Bay, NS and Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, NB
swapped the lead several times until a heavy mist finally halted the event on lap 77 of the race. Slaunwhite, an EIT Race Radio
Rookie of the Year contender became the seventh different driver to take the Halcraft Print checkered flag of the season.
Sommerville finished second, ahead Shawn Tucker from Fredericton, NB. Wayne Smith of Timberlea, NS and Donald Chisholm of
Antigonish, NS rounded out the top five.
Slaunwhite won the Coast Tire Most Laps Led Award. Over 3000 fans saw the two each take three turns leading the event. Six cautions slowed the race, which took 45 minutes to complete.
None of the top five cars opted to take the Hipertech Pole Challenge.
Jonathan Hicken from Montague, PE, Mike MacKenzie of Dartmouth and Dave O'Blenis from Salisbury, NB won heat races. Sommerville won the Dash for the Pole, featuring the top nine finishers in the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials. He also had the fastest time on the 1/3 mile high banks, at a blistering speed of nearly 100 miles per hour.
The beginning of the event was delayed over an hour due to rain showers.
Twenty nine of the Maritimes top drivers attempted to qualify for the Main Feature.
The Scott Kelly Memorial 100 was presented by long time CARQUEST Tour sponsor and Kelly's backer when he competed, Parts for Trucks. Kelly was a former MASCAR Tour regular who lost his battle with cancer at far too young of an age. On hand for the event were Kelly's parents, Junior and Brenda and his wife, Wanda. Former tour Champion Wayne Smith had his car painted like Kelly's former #12 as a tribute to the family. The Kelly's were presented with his hood in victory lane autographed by all participants in the race as a souvenir.
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour returns to action next week, when it makes its final stop on Prince Edward Island. Raceway Park in Oyster Bed Bridge will be the site of round nine of 11 on the 2008 season, the CARQUEST 100, on August 23.
|1||23s||Craig Slaunwhite||77||Atlantic CAT||Terence Bay NS|
|2||23||Lonnie Sommerville||77||AE MacKay Builders||Saint John NB|
|3||52||Shawn Tucker||77||Rockico Truck & Trailer||Fredericton NB|
|4||12||Wayne Smith||77||ICI Paints||Timberlea NS|
|5||89||Donald Chisholm||77||Nova Construction||Antigonish NS|
|6||13||Rollie MacDonald||77||King Freight Lines||Pictou NS|
|7||48||Dave O'Blenis||77||Burger King||Boundary Creek NB|
|8||92||Pete Miller||77||ACL Construction||Kennetcook NS|
|9||0||Shawn Turple||77||Dexter Construction||Enfield NS|
|10||32||Chris Hughes||77||Pauley Equipement||Brackley Beach PE|
|11||29||Greg Proude||77||Challenger Farm Equip.||Charlottetown PE|
|12||6||Lowell Affleck||77||Barter Centre Used Cars||Summerside PE|
|13||19v||Darren Vanderaa||77||Chappell Construction||Milton PE|
|14||66||Daryl Mahar||77||Inglis Jewelers||Five Island Lake NS|
|15||88||George Koszculics||77||Wear Well Garmet Co.||New Glasgow NS|
|16||76||Roger Crane||77||Montague Tire||Montague PE|
|17||1||Robbie MacLean||77||Robbies Truck and Trailer||Charlottetown PE|
|18||26||Mike Stevens||77||R. Stevens Mechanical||Salisbury NB|
|19||35||Brad Mann||76||Subway Restaurants||Glen Livet NB|
|20||77||Gerry Curtis||76||Fredericton NB|
|21||18||Darren MacKinnon||72||Shaws Towing||Winsloe PE|
|22||4||Dale Holmes||66||Castle Building Centres||West Covehead PE|
|23||5||Jonathan Hicken||66||Reynolds Well Drilling||Montague PE|
|24||8||Kent Vincent||65||Atlantic Turbines||Crapaud PE|
|25||21||Shawn Pierce||58||Steve's Iron Works||Bridgewater NS|
|26||37||Kris Fournier||77||Totally Tile||Charlottetown PE|
|27||80||Roger Miller||27||Stan's Auto||Kennetcook NS/font>|
|28||39||Sandy Livingston, Jr.||20||Key Base Financial||Springhill NS|
|29||2||Mike MacKenzie||18||Forbes Chevrolet||Dartmouth NS|
Lead Changes: 5
Lap Leaders: Lonnie Sommerville (1); Craig Slaunwhite (2-18); Sommerville (19-28); Slaunwhite (29-61); Sommerville (62-66); Slaunwhite (67-77).
Dash Winner: Lonnie Sommerville
Heat Winners: Jonathan Hicken, Mike MacKenzie, Dave O'Blenis
Fastest Qualifier: Lonnie Sommerville (14.441 seconds, 99.924 mph)
About CARQUEST Auto Parts
With nearly 4000 locations in North America, CARQUEST Auto Parts supplies the professional automotive service repair industry as well as do-it-yourselfers with replacement parts, tools and equipment.
About the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited and features an annual series at five venues in the three Maritime Provinces of Canada. Former champions include John Flemming (2002, 2003, 2006), Shawn Tucker (2004, 2007), Wayne Smith (2001, 2008) and Rollie MacDonald (2005). For more information, call 902.481.2531 or click www.maritimeprostocktour.com.
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