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CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series Champions to be Crowned Friday at Scotia Speedworld

Track Release/Photo by McCarthy Photographic

(HALIFAX, NS – September 14, 2016) –Scotia Speedworld’s CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series will close its 29th season this Friday at 7:00pm. Seven divisions will crown champions; the Coors Light Trucks, Toursec Thunder &Lightning, Hydraulics Plus Bandit & Outlaw Bandoleros, Strictly Hydraulics Legends and the Affordable Fuels Sportsman. Grandstands will open at 5:00pm with racing action slated for 7:00pm.

The closest championship battle in the CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series is a three-way dance in the Toursec Thunder division. Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie) enters with a slim three point advantage on Dave Matthews (Kennetcook). Lively’s lead on Matthews had been cut in the last two races from 18 points to three and will look to hang on for his first championship since his Toursec Thunder title in 2010. Matthews is a two-time champion, winning in 2011 and 2014. Andrew Lively (Middle Sackville), in search of his first Toursec Thunder title, sits third and has pulled to within 12 points of the point lead by virtue of his second feature win of the season last Friday night.

Pete Miller (Kennetcook) retook the lead in the Affordable Fuels and Metro Home Heating Sportsman division last Friday night on the strength of a second place feature finish. Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake) entered with the point lead but will now head into battle this Friday with an eight point disadvantage to Miller. While Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook) and 2012 champion Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake) find themselves with a small outside shot at the title, their focus will be on each other as only four points separate themselves heading into Friday night.

The Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Bandits division features the closest point battle of any of the Bandolero divisions at Scotia Speedworld. Nathan Langille (Coldbrook) leads by 11 points on Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River). Both drivers have five feature wins on the 12 race season and have been the class of their field over the season.

Sam Rogers and Tyler Hutchinson, both of Onslow, lead the Outlaw and Beginner Bandit divisions, respectively, as a part of the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero division. Given their point lead and the average car count in their classes, it is expected that both Rogers and Hutchison will only have to start their features to win their first Scotia Speedworld track championships in their second full year of racing.

Reigning Toursec Lightning champion Deven Smith (Lakeside) will look for a second straight championship as he heads in with a 15 point advantage on Friday night. Scott Thibodeau (Williamswood), last week’s main feature winner, enters second in the standings while four-time feature winner in 2016 in “Rational” Richard Drake (Halifax) has a mathematical shot at his first track championship but has a 26 point hole to dig himself out of.

Paul Goulden (Shelburne) still has a mathematical chance at catching Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake) in the Strictly Hydraulics Legends division. Goulden, who has won the last two features at the track, still has 27 points to make up on Butcher. The reigning Strictly Hydraulics Legends Champion and two time Bandolero titlist can wrap up the championship with a ninth place finish or better in the main feature.

With a 37 point advantage, Dan Smith (Lower Sackville) has to only start the main feature in the Coors Light Truck class to claim an unprecedented fifth straight Scotia Speedworld track championship.

Craig MacDonald (Waverley, Strictly Hydraulics Legends) and Mike Jollimore (Halifax, Toursec Lightning) have both clinched the Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year Awards in their respective classes. Brooke Dowe (Bedford) has a comfortable advantage on Dylan MacMillan (Glenholme) and Chase MacKay (Bear Cove) in the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year battle.

The closest Tim Hortons at the Airport Rookie of the Year battle all season has been in the Toursec Thunder division between Mitchell Hopkins (Beaver Bank) and the team of Greg McKay and Justin Rowe (Dartmouth). Hopkins holds one of the biggest leads that have been between the two over the 2016 season – 13 points. Hopkins is a former Toursec Lightning driver while McKay and Rowe entered their first full stock car season in the #42 car in 2016.
Don’t miss any of the action Friday night at the CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series Finale! Racing at 7:00pm!

Saturday the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will close out their 2016 campaign at Scotia Speedworld with the Dartmouth Dodge 200. One driver will walk away with the prestigious Series title and a $10,000 cheque! Qualifying for the Dartmouth Dodge 200 gets underway with Atlantic Tiltload heat races at 4:00PM. The Upper Clements Park Maritime League of Legends will run a 50 lap feature prior to the much anticipated Pro Stock Tour finale.

Admission for the CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series Finale is $14.00 for adults; $4.00 for youth (8-15 years old). Children 7 and under are admitted for free. Tickets will be available at the gates on race day (cash only). Weekend passes are also available; please visit for complete details.

Format for September 16th

Pit Gate opens 4:30 p.m.
Tech Inspection starts 4:30 p.m.
Practice starts (SP, TR, LG, LI, TH, 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


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

Hydraulic Plus Beginner Bandolero Cars – 15 laps
Hydraulic Plus Bandolero Cars – 15 laps
Coors Light Trucks – 25 laps
Strictly Hydraulics Legend Cars – 25 laps
Affordable Fuels Sportsman Cars – 38 laps
Toursec Lightning Cars – 25 laps
Toursec Thunder 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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