Smith Wins Forbes Chevrolet 150
HALIFAX, NS (July 5, 2008) - Wayne Smith of Timberlea, NS won the Forbes Chevrolet 150 at Scotia
Speedworld, in Halifax, NS on Saturday night. Smith and Lonnie
Sommerville staged war on each other, swapping the lead several times
throughout the 150 lap event. Smith's win extended his points lead and
it was his first Halcraft Print Checkered Flag of the season.
Sommerville, of Saint John, NB came home second, ahead of Donald Chisholm of Antigonish, NS. Shawn Turple of Enfield, NS and Kent Vincent of Crapaud, PE rounded out the top five.
Smith won the Coast Tire Most Laps Led Award. Over 3000 fans saw Smith and Sommerville traded the lead twelve times between them. Only one other driver led a lap.
Twelve cautions slowed the event, which took 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete.
John Flemming of Halifax, NS accepted the opportunity to take the Hipertech Pole Challenge. He gave up his Pole (1st place) starting spot to fall back to the 25th at the start of the race to compete for extra points and money. He finished in the 17th position.
Rollie MacDonald of Pictou, NS, Mike MacKenzie of Dartmouth, NS and Shawn Tucker of Fredericton, NB won heat races.
Flemming won the Dash for the Pole, featuring the top nine finishers in the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish, NS had the fastest time on the 3/10 mile oval, with an average speed over 74 miles per hour.
Robbie MacLean of Charlottetown, PE won the "B" Feature, ahead of Brad Mann of Glen Livet, NB and Roger Crane of Montague, PE. Also qualifying for the Main Feature from the "B" Feature was Darren Vanderaa of Milton, PE.
Thirty six of the top drivers from the Maritimes attempted to qualify for the Main Feature, a new record field for the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour.
In a tribute to Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame member Jim Hallahan, the #02 Forbes Chevrolet of Mike MacKenzie was painted and lettered as the #33 "Hugger" Camaro that Hallahan drove throughout the 1970's.
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour returns to action in two weeks time at the high banks of Riverside Speedway. The IWK 250, the crown jewel on the 2008 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour schedule, will be held on Saturday July 19th. This is a CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour sanctioned event, with "open" competition rules which will allow cars from other series to compete. Nearly fifty cars are expected to attempt to qualify for the event, including NASCAR Cup drivers Regan Smith and Aric Almirola.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS - THE FORBES CHEVROLET 150 - July 5, 2008 at Scotia Speedworld
|1||44||Wayne Smith||150||ICI Paints||Timberlea NS|
|2||23||Lonnie Sommerville||150||AE MacKay Builders||Saint John NB|
|3||89||Donald Chisholm||150||Nova Construction||Antigonish NS|
|4||0||Shawn Turple||150||Dexter Construction||Enfield NS|
|5||8||Kent Vincent||150||Atlantic Turbines||Crapaud PE|
|6||52||Shawn Tucker||150||Rockico Truck & Trailer||Fredericton NB|
|7||13||Rollie MacDonald||150||King Freight Lines||Pictou NS|
|8||29||Greg Proude||150||Challenger Farm Equip.||Charlottetown PE|
|9||23s||Craig Slaunwhite||150||Atlantic CAT||Terence Bay NS|
|10||5||Jonathan Hicken||150||Reynolds Well Drilling||Montague PE|
|11||18||Darren MacKinnon||150||Shaws Towing||Winsloe PE|
|12||66||Daryl Mahar||150||Inglis Jewelers||Five Island Lake NS|
|13||35||Brad Mann||150||Subway Restaurants||Glen Livet NB|
|14||33h||Mike MacKenzie||150||Forbes Chevrolet||Dartmouth NS|
|15||94||Russell Smith||150||Signs by Chris||Timberlea NS|
|16||26||Mike Stevens||150||R. Stevens Mechanical||Salisbury NB|
|17||97||John Flemming||150||Certainteed||Halifax NS|
|18||76||Roger Crane||149||Montague Tire||Montague PE|
|19||19v||Darren Vanderaa||148||Chappell Construction||Milton PE|
|20||32||Chris Hughes||148||Pauley Equipement||Brackley Beach PE|
|21||01||Robbie MacLean||145||Ford Electric||Charlottetown PE|
|22||80||Roger Miller||142||Stan's Auto||Kennetcook NS|
|23||48||Dave O'Blenis||74||Burger King||Boundary Creek NB|
|24||4||Dale Holmes||35||Castle Building Centres||West Covehead PE|
|25||21||Shawn Pierce||34||Steve's Iron Works||Bridgewater NS|
|26||11||Marty Prevost||34||Mega Enterprises||Fall River NS|
|27||39||Sandy Livingston||34||Key Base Financial||Springhill NS|
|28||19||Tim Rodgers||28||Philips Bros Excavating||Upper Coverdale NB|
Lead Changes: 13 among three drivers
Lonnie Sommerville: 1-19; 31-44; 74; 79-84; 112-114; 138-139
Wayne Smith: 20-29; 45-73; 75-78; 85-111; 115-137' 140-150
Mike MacKenzie: 30
Heat Winners: Rollie MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Shawn Tucker
Dash Winner: John Flemming
Fastest Qualifier: Donald Chisholm (14.577 seconds)
"B" Feature Top Three: 1. Robbie MacLean; 2. Brad Mann; 3. Roger Crane
Did Not Start: Bobby White; David Heino; Jeff Campbell; Mike Banks; Brian Jollimore; Kris Fournier; Lowell Affleck; Pete Miller
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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