Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro, Nova Scotia captured the biggest win of his career Saturday night when he piloted his #67 Blenkhorn’s Auto Recyclers Chevrolet to victory in the 15th Annual Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld. Blenkhorn took the lead on Lap 141 and held the top spot for the final nine laps of the event, holding off Ben Rowe (Turner, ME) on a three lap dash to the checkers. Rowe held on for second, over reigning series champion John Flemming of Halifax, NS. Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB) rallied in the second half to finish fourth with Greg Proude (Springvale, PE) completing the top five.
After leading a race high 131 laps in the Atlantic Cat 250 Blenkhorn not only earned the Linde Most Laps Led Award, but collected more than $13,000 for his victory in the biggest stock car racing event in Halifax.
Blenkhorn, who collected his third win of the season on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, started from the pole position after Craig Slaunwhite accepted the Atlantic Tiltload Pole Challenge. Slaunwhite was in contention for a top five finish before he and Cassius Clark (Farmington, ME) tangled with four laps to go. Slaunwhite, who won the King Freight Dash, finished 11th in the Atlantic Cat 250. Clark took home the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials with a time of 14.301 seconds. Dartmouth Dodge Heat Races went to Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake) and Dean Clattenburg (Mooresville, NC). With his fourth place finish, Tucker pocketed the Exide Batteries Hard Charger Award.
Prior to the race, a small ceremony was held to officially retire the No. 00 of Scott Fraser and the No. 12 of Scott Kelly from Maritime Pro Stock Tour competition.
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour returns next weekend for the special Friday night make up race at Riverside International Speedway. The Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet Buick GMC 150 will go green at 7pm. Tickets on sale now atwww.riversidepeedway.ca.
Series PR – Photo from Driver’s Facebook
|1||67||Dylan Blenkhorn||250||Blenkhorn’s Auto Recyclers, / The Cat Shack||Truro, NS|
|2||00||Ben Rowe||250||Dexter Construction||Turner, ME|
|3||97||John Flemming||250||Dartmouth Dodge / Alpine Auto Glass||Halifax, NS|
|4||52||Shawn Tucker||250||Tucker Racing Products||Fredericton, NB|
|5||29||Greg Proude||250||Atlantic Dodge Dealers||Springvale, PE|
|6||5||Jonathan Hicken||250||Castle Building Centres||Brudenell, PE|
|7||53||Cole Butcher||250||Atlantic Tiltload Ltd / Irving Blending & Packaging||Porter’s Lake, NS|
|8||18||Darren MacKinnon||250||Shaw’s Towing Service / MacKinnon Bros Service||Milton Station, PE|
|9||21||Shawn Pierce||250||Hercules SLR / South Shore Speed and Sound||Blockhouse, NS|
|10||12||Donald Chisholm||250||Keltic Ford / Nova Construction / Wearwell Garments||Antigonish, NS|
|11||99||Craig Slaunwhite||250||Halifax Glass and Mirror / Archibald Drilling & Blasting||Terence Bay, NS|
|12||80||Roger Miller||249||Kennetcook, NS|
|13||66||Dean Clattenburg||249||K Hubley Woodworking & Contracting / Inglis Jewelers||Hubley, NS|
|14||14||Terry Dougay||249||Right on Board Locksmith / Wayne’s Auto Mart||Albany, PE|
|15||51||Mike MacKenzie||247||Vance Hanes Auto||Dartmouth, NS|
|16||08||Cassius Clark||246||King Racing||Farmington, ME|
|17||32||Sarah McKay||237||AE McKay Builders Ltd||Quispamsis, NB|
|18||24||Steve Ross||206||Alpine Auto Glass – Bedford / Twenty Degrees||Waverley, NS|
|19||8||Kent Vincent||246||Vector Aerospace||Crapaud,PE|
|20||45||Leonard Boutilier||203||NGH Industrial Services||Dutch Settlement, NS|
|21||02||Brad Eddy||93||Autofair||Lower Sackville, NS|
|22||0||Shawn Turple||90||Dexter Construction / Municipal Group||Enfield, NS|
|23||44||Wayne Smith||62||Petty Raceway||Lakeside, NS|
Failed to Qualify: 0
Number of Cautions: 18
King Freight Dash Winner: #99 Craig Slaunwhite
Dartmouth Dodge Heat Winners: #53 Cole Butcher, #66 Dean Clattenburg
Linde Most Laps Led: #67 Dylan Blenkhorn
Atlantic Tiltload Fast Time: #08 Cassius Clark (14.301 seconds)
Exide Batteries Hard Charger Award: #52 Shawn Tucker