TURPLE, HICKEN TAKE PASS
TO EARLY 2011 START
This past Saturday night, the drivers of the Pro All Stars Series North took to the track at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine for their season opener. With their lid-lifter being one of the earliest in Northern New England when it comes to Pro Stock type racing, some of our local drivers made the trip to the Southern Maine speedplant to start their season just a few weeks early.
Shawn Turple of Enfield, Nova Scotia had the most success of those drivers currently registered for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour as he wheeled the Dexter Construction/Municipal Group Chevrolet Impala to a solid fifth place finish in the 150-lap main feature. Turple was fast during Saturday’s practice session – posting an eighth quick time in the final shakedown. The draw for heat race starting spots wasn’t kind for the team as they drew last for the first heat but as we’ve seen many times before, the 2009 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour titlist got up on the wheel and got into the top seven to punch his ticket to the feature. Turple would work from the nineteenth starting spot at the green flag before breaking into the top ten at the halfway mark and entered the top five in the late stages of the event.
Meanwhile, Brudenell, Prince Edward Island’s Jonathan Hicken was credited with a fourteenth place finish in the #5 Chapman Brothers Construction Chevrolet Impala. The most recent winner on the Tour was also quick all day which was evident in the heat races where he drew the pole and finished third behind series and track veterans. Hicken would be a contender for a top ten run all night in the feature before falling back to a fourteenth place finish at the checkers.
The two teams showed once again that we have fantastic talent thriving and growing in this region on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. The next time Turple, Hicken and the rest of their Pro Stock peers are scheduled to be on the track in race conditions is the CARQUEST 100 at Scotia Speedworld on May 22nd at 4pm.
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