The Field is Set for the Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld
(Halifax, NS, August 6, 2010) Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine will start on the Pole for Halifax’s biggest stock car event of the season on Saturday, August 7th at Scotia Speedworld. The Atlantic CAT 250 is round two of three for the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour’s Triple Crown mini-series. Drivers and crews will be vying for a purse of almost $60,000.00 Saturday evening on the 3/10 mile oval, located adjacent to the Halifax International Airport. Gates open at 2pm with racing set to start with a 100 lap Sportsman feature at 5pm.
Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials started the Friday evening qualifying schedule. Cassius Clark flew around the track in just 14.278 seconds. Clark is driving Jonathan Hicken’s Chapman Brothers Construction/Castle Building Centers Chevrolet Impala for the weekend as he stands in wedding. When it came time for the Dartmouth Dodge Dash For Cash, Wayne Smith and Greg Proude started on the front line, but halfway through they got together in turn four to bring out a caution. When the checkered flag fell, it was Ben Rowe driving the #10 Dexter Construction Chevrolet Impala, teammate to the defending Champion Shawn Turple for the weekend, who crossed the line first and thus will start the prestigious event on the pole. Sitting beside him on the outside will be #8 Vector Aerospace/H&P Glover/Reliable Motors ride of Kent Vincent.
Following the initial rounds of qualifying, fans were treated to three Dartmouth Dodge Heat Races to determine the remainder of the starting grid. Halifax’s Mike MacKenzie, Terence Bay’s Craig Slaunwhite, and Saint John’s Lonnie Sommerville crossed the line first in those ten lap shootouts. All 27 drivers who attempted to qualify will race to win their piece of the close to $60,000 that is on the line tomorrow.
Saturday’s festivities get underway at 5:00pm with a 100 lap Sportsman feature which should keep fans on the edge of their seat leading up to the main event….the Atlantic CAT 250. Immediately following the Sportsman race is a Pro Stock Tour autograph session, followed by opening ceremonies and the Atlantic CAT 250!
Click here for complete results for both the Pro Stock and Sportsman divisions, including starting lineups.
Admission for Saturday’s Atlantic CAT 250 is $35.00 for adults; $5.00 for youth; pit admission is $40.00. Children 7 and under are admitted for free all weekend. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Pits are restricted to those 16 and older. Tickets will be available at the gate on race day.
Visit www.maritimeprostocktour.com for all event information or call our event hotline at 902.873.CARS
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
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 Scotia Speedworld
Scotia Speedworld (SSW) is a 3/10-mile asphalt oval racing facility. SSW is the only venue 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 CARQUEST 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.
About the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour (CPST) 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. CPST visits five tracks throughout the Maritimes during its May through September season. The CARQUEST 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
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