Ross Thorne, Josh Collins Among Monday Winners at Eastbound Park
Track Release (edited)/Photo by Eastbound Park, Nicole Breen
The rain may have delayed the annual Islander RV Victoria Day Weekend Speedfest at Eastbound Park, however the Sunshine was shining on new stars in the INEX and NASCAR season opener on Victoria Day Monday.
Thousands of fans were treated to an all new formatted program at Eastbound Park which started off with a trackside Pit Party with a live kitchen party with Carl Peters and Dave White on the Shamrock City Performers stage.
Ross Thorne a veteran of Chance Cove, wowed the fans with a stellar performance to hold on to win the 2nd feature in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Division One. Thorne’s Racing career goes deep to the days of dirt track racing and today claimed his first major win at Eastbound International Speedway as he held off a fleet of stout race teams such as the #23 of Josh Collins. Collins piloting the #23 Wing n It car for Brandon McFarlane picked up his first win of the season in the first of two features in the late model class, and almost made it a double down day until Thorne upset the field with his huge win in the 2nd feature.
#23 Michael Neary made his Hanlon Realty US Legend debut at Eastbound with not only taking the pole, but the first win of the season.
#16 Andrew Morgan and #33 Shane Collins exchanged paint in the first two main events of the season in the Atlantic Dodge Dealers Hobby Stock. Collins took the first win in the early afternoon, however the 2nd main event was a fan favourite with Morgan and Collins battling for the lead majority of the race. The #16 of Morgan held on for the 2nd win, and possibly gave fans a front row seat to what may unfold in the 2018 season as we head to week #2 on June 3rd.
#9 Owen Groves of Hearts Desire showed true form and started where he left off at the end of the 2017 Season as the MNR Performance Bandolero Champion. Groves picked up the checkered flag as the #54 Nicholas Codner played chase.
June 3rd will feature the Hanlon Realty National Qualifier featuring the US Legends, Bandolero, Hobby Stock, and NASCAR Late Model Racing in the Whelen All- American Series. Visit eastboundpark.com for more info.