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TCM Three Stars + Weekend Agenda – September 2nd, 2016

Last weekend saw a little bit of everything. While rain washed out one card, two major events took place in New Brunswick and Newfoundland along with a big show jut south of the border.

This week we focus on the 52nd Jones Auto Body River Glade International, with three drivers that won features over the two day card comprising the TCM Three Stars. One of those pulled a double header weekend, winning both features he entered.

It is a light week on the Weekend Agenda, with three tracks in action over four days this weekend. Yes, it is possible to go to all four races if you are adventurous.

Without further adieu, the TCM Three Stars from Weekend #15 in Atlantic Canada.

**Feature Photo by McCarthy Photographic

Third Star

Jarrett Butcher of Porter’s Lake, NS

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Photo by McCarthy Photographic

Jarrett Butcher might have had the second fastest car last Saturday at Petty International Raceway, but he ended up capturing the checkered flag at the end of the MacDonald Buick GMC Moncton 50 for the Upper Clements Parks Maritime League of Legends Tour.

In a substitute driver role for Adam Meehan, Butcher drove the #6 car to second and it looked as if he was going to finish there. Coming down to the end on a long green flag run, Butcher had seen leader Cory Hall get smaller in the windshield and the field getting smaller in the rearview.

Then a caution came out.

Hall had spun from the lead out of Turn Four. Butcher inherited the lead and with a strong crop of drivers behind him, including Paul Goulden and Justin MacNeill who were also looking for their first Tour win of the year, he would have to be lights outs to take the checkered flag.

He was just that and Butcher along with his new-to-him ride went to victory lane for Butcher’s first Tour win of the year after a season full of ups and down on the road.

Staying steady and putting himself in a position to win late in the MacDonald Buick GMC Moncton 50 earns Jarrett Butcher his first TCM Three Star selection of the season.

Second Star

Mike Weagle of Salisbury, NB

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If you told us in May it would be the last weekend in August before we spoke of Mike Weagle’s first win at Petty International Raceway, you probably could have taken that prediction to the Vegas pay window.

While the defending Mister Transmission Mini Stock champion at Petty International Raceway had two second place runs this year in feature competition, he had yet to score a victory.

Whether seven is a lucky number or not, he pulled off the win in very convincing fashion in the seventh race of the season, pulling away from the field every lap to take home the win on River Glade International weekend. In fact, he only slowed down once, in the last two laps to let girlfriend Patricia Taylor in seventh back on the lead lap at the end of the caution free 25-lap feature.

Not to be outdone, he went up to Speedway Miramichi the next day and won that feature too. While the track has not provided us with compete feature results, Weagle told us Saturday night he had to beat former track champion JR Lawson to win that race as well.

For his two very convincing feature victories from the weekend, Mike Weagle lands his first TCM Three Stars appearance of the season.

First Star

Luc Bourgeois of Memramcook, NB

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Luc Bourgeois won the biggest race of his career last Friday night in fine fashion at Petty International Raceway.

Bourgeois took home an exciting Jones Auto Body 125 for Sportsman competitors, the headlining feature on the Friday night portion of the 52nd River Glade International. The point leader maintained his spot atop the Sportsman division at the race track by taking the lead on the 96th circuit of the race from Russell Smith Jr and holding on for the final 30 laps to take the victory.

the race had a little bit of everything, from early wrecks to green flag runs and some exciting restarts that kept fans on the edge of their seats. In the end, Bourgeois outlasted his competitors and saved enough at the end to drive his car to victory.

For his win in the River Glade International, Luc Bourgeois takes home the top TCM Three Star selection of the week.

WEEKEND AGENDA

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.

NOVA SCOTIA

Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway in Sydney: Off – Next Event on Sunday, September 25th

Lake Doucette Motor Speedway in Salmon River (outside of Digby): Off – Next Race on Sunday, September 11th

Riverside International Speedway in James River: OFF – Next Race on Saturday, September 10th

Scotia Speedworld in Enfield: Kiddie Night on Friday, August 26th @ 7pm; Strictly Hydraulics Legends, Coors Light Trucks, Affordable Fuels Sportsman, Toursec Thunder, Toursec Lightning

Valley Raceway in Kingston: Off – Next Event on Sunday, September 11th

NEW BRUNSWICK

Petty International Raceway in River Glade: Off – Next Event on Saturday, September 10th

Shediac CENTRE For Speed in Grand-Barachois: OFF – Next Event on Saturday, September 10th

Speedway 660 in Geary: A.E. McKay Builders 150 on Saturday, September 3rd @ 6:30pm; Sportsman, Upper Clements Parks Maritime League of Legends Tour, Atlantic Modified Tour
McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 on Sunday, September 4th @ 2pm; Pro Stocks, Sharp Shooters, Street Stocks, Tim’s Corner Motorsports Bandolero Blast

Speedway Miramichi in Miramichi: Off – Next Event on Saturday, September 17th

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Oyster Bed Speedway in Oyster Bed Bridge: Championship Point Racing and Demolition on Monday, September 5th @ 2pm; Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Outlaw, Mini Four Fun, Demolition

NEWFOUNDLAND

Eastbound Park in Avondale: Off – Next Event on Sunday, September 11th

Thunder Valley Speedway in Bishop’s Falls: Off – Next Event on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th

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TCM Coverage Schedule – Weekend 16 of 2016

Friday, September 2nd – Kiddie Night – Scotia Speedworld (NS) – 7pm AT (TCM Race #38 of 2016)

Saturday, September 3rd – A.E. McKay Builders 150 – Speedway 660 (NB) – 6:30pm AT (TCM Race #39 of 2016)

Sunday, September 4th – McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 – Speedway 660 (NB) – 2pm AT (TCM Race#40 of 2016)

Monday, September 5th – Annual Labour Day Card – Oyster Bed Speedway (PE) – 2pm AT (TCM Race #41 of 2016)

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