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TCM Three Stars + Weekend Agenda – May 26th, 2016

Feature photo by Marlie Paynter.

While we are embarking on a new weekend of racing, let’s take a final look back at the weekend that was with our TCM Three Stars selections.

Throughout the summer, we will make our weekly selections and include them with our TCM Maritime Agenda. These drivers flexed their muscle the weekend prior by running strong, turning heads or even ending up in victory lane. You may even see a lighter side of the sport with a selection or two throughout the season.

On season opening weekend, there were many performances that would render themselves a spot on the podium for the TCM Three Stars from the seven tracks in action. Here are the three selections for the week!


Dave O’Blenis of Boundary Creek, NB


Photo by Michelle Roy/Speedway 660

In two different cars, at two different race tracks in two big features, Dave O’Blenis landed two podium finishes including a win to cap off his opening weekend double.

O’Blenis began his weekend at Petty International Raceway with a third place performance in the $2,000-to-win Quality Concrete Sportsman 100. The race had received lots of pre-season hype because of the winner’s purse and while the quantity of cars may have lacked for the chatter prior to the season, there was no slouch in the 14 car field and O’Blenis had to earn his spot on the podium over the 100-laps.

The next day, O’Blenis found himself with the checkered flag in Riverview Ford Lincoln victory lane at Speedway 660. While the five-time Pro Stock champion at the track may not have been in the lead often throughout the feature, the #48 car was there when it counted, taking the lead at Lap 40 en route to bagging the first checkered flag of the year over fellow veterans Matt Harris and Kevin Moore.

Could this be the year O’Blenis captures another Pro Stock crown in the Geary woods?! Performances like this and being out front when it counts could put O’Blenis in the company of another #48 that calls himself a six-time champ!


Colton Ford of Oyster Bed Bridge, PE

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Photo by Marlie Paynter

While Colton Ford may have fallen three laps short of what was almost guaranteed to be a feature podium finish when his motor expired, the afternoon he had at Oyster Bed Speedway was enough to garner the reigning champion a spot on the TCM Three Stars list for Weekend One of the season.

Ford charged hard in his heat race, only to fall inches short of a win to Amanda Wheatley. The role would be reversed in the semi with Ford picking up his first win of the season. In the feature, Ford battled with Kenny Snow as the two went at it side-by-side for the lead before the #35 went up in smoke with only three laps remaining.

His performance on Monday afternoon, while lacking a feature checkered flag, was still strong enough in the 19-car Street Stock field at Oyster Bed, to land him on the TCM Three Stars list.


Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine


Photo by McCarthy Photographic

The two time finalist for the TCM Power Performer of the Year Award has started his season off in Atlantic Canada with a win in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Lucas Oil 100.

Clark started fourth by virtue of his win in the fourth Atlantic Tiltload heat. Picking his passes in the opening laps, he went from fourth to the lead by the end of the third circuit and only would relinquish the lead once from that point on to win the first race of the season on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour.

The field was stout and while Greg Proude and Craig Slaunwhite challenged Clark for the top spot, it was seemingly in control of Clark and the #13 King Competition Parts and Fabrication Chevrolet where he could comfortably run his own pace up front and not sweat much about the 25 other cars on the track.

If this is a sign of things to come, we may want to save a seat here every time Clark belts into the #13 car in Atlantic Canada!


The Weekend Agenda takes a bit of a different look this year, but will give you a quick glance at the basics. If a track is racing, you’ll see the track name and location in green and if a track is not running an event on a weekend, their name and location will be red. The line proceeding will display the divisions running on the weekend and a start time, or a date of when the next event is at the track. If a track has provided us a pre-race advance or press release by Thursday afternoon, that information will be linked.


Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway in Sydney: OFF – Next Race on Saturday, June 4th

Lake Doucette Motor Speedway in Salmon River (outside of Digby): OFF – Next Race on Sunday, June 5th

Riverside International Speedway in James River: OFF – Next Race on Saturday, June 11th at 6pm

Scotia Speedworld in Enfield: Monster Jam; Saturday, May 28th at 1pm and 7th, Sunday, May 29th at 1pm – Next Race on Friday, June 3rd at 7pm


Valley Raceway in Kingston: OFF – Next Race on Sunday, June 5th at 1pm


Petty International Raceway in River Glade: OFF – Next Race on Saturday, June 4th at 6pm

Shediac CENTRE For Speed in Grand-Barachois: OFF – Next Event on Saturday, June 18th

Speedway 660 in Geary: Weekly Point Racing; Saturday, May 28th at 6:30pm including Pro Stocks, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Sharp Shooters | PRE-RACE ADVANCE HERE

Speedway Miramichi in Miramichi: “Return of the Dukes” Stock Car Racing at 5pm; Atlantic Modified Tour, Street Stock, Mini Stocks, Dukes, Bandoleros. Rain date is Sunday, May 29th at 2pm.


Oyster Bed Speedway in Oyster Bed Bridge: OFF – Next Event on Sunday, June 5th at 2pm.


Eastbound Park in Avondale: Race #2 of NASCAR Whelen All American Series at 2pm; NAPA Auto Parts Sportsman, Atlantic Dodge Dealers Hobby Stocks, Hanlon Realty Legends, Islander RV Sportsman

Thunder Valley Speedway in Bishop’s Falls: OFF – Next Event on Sunday, June 12th at 2pm.


TCM Coverage Schedule – Weekend Two of 2016

Saturday, May 28th – Speedway 660 – Weekly Point Racing – 6:30pm AT

Sunday, May 29th – Eastbound Park – Race #2 – 2pm NT

**Schedule Subject to Change Without Notice

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