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22nd Annual Shriners Classic for Sportsman Runs Canada Day at Scotia Speedworld

Track Release/Photo by McCarthy Photographic

(Halifax, NS. June 29, 2016) The 22nd edition of the Shriner’s Classic for the Affordable Fuels & Metro Home Heating Sportsman is set for Friday night at Scotia Speedworld. In addition to the 50 lap Sportsman feature fans will also see racing action from the Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros, Coors Light Trucks and the Toursec Thunder & Lightning cars. Racing action will get underway at 7:00 PM.

The Shriner’s Classic is the longest active running race in consecutive years in Atlantic Canada with its 22nd edition taking place this Friday. The first annual Shriner’s Classic was held in 1995 as a Street Stock race and was later transferred to the Sportsman class when the Street Stock division was dissolved.

Many of the region’s short track stars have won the prestigious race, however every driver who has competed this season in the Affordable Fuels Sportsman class at Scotia Speedworld is missing a Shriners Classic on their racing resume. While former event winners are still active within the region, this could be the second consecutive year the event sees a new champion after Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside) won the event in 2015 for the first time.

Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake) has raced to five podium finishes in the first five races this season and leads the Affordable Fuels Sportsman division into battle Friday as the point leader. 2012 Affordable Fuels Sportsman titlist Aaron Boutiler (Porter’s Lake) sits second in the championship chase, 13 points out of the top spot. Pete Miller (Kennetcook) and Matt Moore (Falmouth), fresh off winning the last two races in the class, sit within striking distance.

Brentley Pirri (Three Fathom Harbour) is fifth in the standings after finishing second last Friday night at Scotia Speedworld. He knows the gravity of the Shriners Classic and hopes to win his first Sportsman race in the prestigious event on Canada Day. “It’s a huge race,” said Pirri in victory lane last week. “It means so much to everyone at this race track and it carries so much history. We’re going to bring our “A Game” on Friday, but we know everyone else will be too.”

Shriner’s Classic Past Winners
1995 – Gordie Ryan (#65)
1996 – Troy Slaunwhite (#80)
1997 – Terry Roma (#38)
1998 – Ron Tibert (#64)
1999 – Mel Tibert (#01)
2000 – Harry Ross White (#18)
2001 – Tony Leonard (#74)
2002 – James Graves (#27)
2003 – Craig Slaunwhite (#99)
2004 – Terry Roma (#38)
2005 – Terry Roma (#38)
2006 – Sheldon Pemberton (#62)
2007 – Craig Slaunwhite (#99)
2008 – Harry Ross White (#18)
2009 – Jeff Dillman (#08)
2010 – Colby Smith (#77)
2011 – Jeff Dillman (#08)
2012 –Jeff Dillman (#0)
2013 – Darren Wallage (#3)
2014 – Jeff Dillman (#0)
2015 – Russell Smith Jr (#44)

Scotia Speedworld and the Dartmouth Shrine Club have raised over $315,000 since 1988, with proceeds going to the Shriner’s Burn Hospital and the IWK Remedial Seating Program. Be sure to pick up your 50/50 tickets at the track on Friday night and support these two worthy children’s charities.

Admission for the Shriner’s Classic is just $14.00 for Adults; Youth (8-15) are $4.00 and children 7 and under are free…all summer long! Tickets are available at the gate on race day (cash only).

For more information on this event or the 2016 season please visit


Format for June 29th

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Pit Gate opens 4:30 p.m.
Tech Inspection starts 4:30 p.m.
Practice starts (SP, TH, LI, TR, Beg BN, BN) 5 min sessions 5:00 p.m.
Grandstands open 5:00 p.m.
Practice ends 6:25 p.m.
Drivers Meeting @ line-up board – all divisions 6:30 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies     7:00pm


Held Over Feature from May 22nd
Toursec Lightning – 25 Laps

Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandolero Cars – 8 laps
Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Cars – 8 laps
Coors Light Trucks – 10 laps
Affordable Fuels Sportsman Cars – 10 laps
Toursec Thunder Cars – 10 laps
Toursec Lightning Cars – 10 laps

Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandolero Cars – 15 laps
Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Cars – 15 laps
Coors Light Trucks – 25 laps
Affordable Fuels Sportsman Shriners Classic – 50 Laps
Toursec Thunder Cars – 25 laps
Toursec Lightning Cars – 25 laps

*format subject to change without notice

About Scotia Speedworld:
Scotia Speedworld (SSW) is a 3/10-mile asphalt oval racing facility. SSW is the only track in Nova Scotia to host a weekly racing series, which runs May through September and features six different classes of racecars. SSW also hosts special events, including Monster Jam and the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. SSW is located at Exit 6 on Highway 102, across from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. For more information please click on or call our Event Hotline at (902) 873-2277 or our office at (902) 481-2514. Like us on Facebook at  and follow us on Twitter

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