When the Stock/Super Stock Tour Arrives
When the Stock/Super Stockers come to town we are always impressed with the axe job they do on their respective indexes, their professional attitude toward racing and their quick reaction to a call to come to the ramp , but this visit also showed how impressive they can be as racers.
After two rounds of qualifying, Jeremy Keans garnered the number one qualifying spot, and after disposing of Joe Dupuis in the first round received the bye into the semi-finals.
Bill Sheppard had to get by Blair MacDonald and Don Lavoie to earn his spot in the final four where he then managed to defeat Keans.
In the other half of the ladder, Mike Ingram defeated Scott Sprague and Alan Harper to get to meet Kelly MacKay who had eliminated Ed Chapman and Cory Sprague.
MacKay got by Ingram and had a .544 light against Sheppard’s .557 in the final, but Sheppard ran right on his dial to push MacKay under (6.79 on 6.81) and to earn his first but not last victory of the weekend.
As I indicated, the S/SS story didn’t end there. When their eliminations were over, 11 of the 14 cars stayed to wreck havoc on the rest of the proceedings.
Later in the afternoon Sheppard worked his way through a large field of No-Box Gamblers’ racers to face and defeat a very tough Shane Bolger.
Meanwhile , Jack Keirstead, who entered the Box Gamblers’ race, according to him, to get a pass or two on his car, ended up defeating another Stocker, Don Lavoie, in the Box class final. Not bad eh!!
On Sunday they were at it again in the Pro Bracket division. The final four were all from the S/SS ranks. Sheppard again got to the final by defeating Cory Sprague. Don Lavoie did the same to Kelly MacKay to meet Sheppard in the final. But this time, it was the Bud Man’s turn to prevail.
The Super Pro class saw Greg Powers get by Jason MacNeil in their final. Chick Coughlin took third when he ended a very impressive day by losing the semi to MacNeil
Brian Hedd from Dixon Point, NB won the Bike/Sled class by defeating Darren Basque from Moncton in their final. Darren Creamer beat Paul Metcalfe for third place.
In the Sportsman class, Dani Rippey from Windsor, NS edged Kensington PEI’s Josh MacCarville in their final. Rookie racer, Rylie Green, from Berwick, NB took third with a victory over Moncton’s Jenna Rippey.
A Duck Race was run for all first round losers, and after five rounds of racing New Waterford, Nova Scotia’s Sheldon Pastuck defeated Tyne Valley’s William Newcombe in the final. Poor Sheldon had to make one more climb up the tower steps to get the cash. Sheldon had already made several trips up the steps throughout the day changing dial-ins for two very special Junior Dragsters.
Fourteen Juniors vied for class honours on Sunday. Brandon Kelly from Long Point, NB gained his second victory of the weekend by defeating Katie Pastuck in the final pairing. Charlottetown’s Dillon Bolger edged Hunter River’s Dawson Toombs in their run-off for third. Dawson Miller from Tupper Lake, NS edged Mackenzie Powers to win the Junior Duck race.
On Saturday, Benjamin Kelly had defeated Tupper Lake, Nova Scotia’s Dawson Miller to earn his first win.
Next racing at the park will be the Sport Compact race on September 10 and 11Turkey Trot Nationals and ADRA Team Race on Thanksgiving Weekend.