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Bourgeois Credited With ‘Chi City Showdown Sportsman Win (Update)

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Here are the podium finishing results from Speedway Miramichi’s ‘Chi City Showdown stock car racing event held on Saturday, September 17th.

Thanks to Denver Matchett for providing these results.

4 Cylinder 50
Top 3

1- #81 JR Lawson
2- # 0 Rob Poirier
3- #10 Patricia Taylor

Atlantic Modified 50
Top 3

1- #2 Tom Betts
2- #1 Justin Beers
3- #68 Peter Chisholm

Street Stock 40
Top 3

1- #48 Courtney O’Blenis
2- #68 Riley Goodwin
3- #52 Destiny Enkel

Sportsman 75
Full Results

1- #88 Luc Bourgeois**
2- #48 Dave O’Blenis
3- #54 James Matchett
4- #74 Alexandra O’Blenis
5- #10 Brady Creamer
6- #48 Courtney O’Blenis*
7- #11 Kyle Campbell
8-  #97 Kim Hallihan

*Courtney O’Blenis ran the Sportsman race in her Street Stock car

**Dave O’Blenis crossed the line first after a spirited side by side battle with Luc Bourgeois over the final laps, which ended with Bourgeois spinning in turn 3 on the final lap. In a sportsmanlike act, Dave took the blame for the last lap incident and the track gave the win to Bourgeois.

TCM Note – Wait, what?!

After this note from Denver, we decided to try and dig a bit deeper. We spoke with James Matchett this afternoon and confirms Denver’s recollection of events to be as is, with O’Blenis crossing under the checkered flag in first. According to Matchett, his understanding that the race procedures were set to those that are followed at Petty International Raceway. Under the no fault caution rule used at Petty Raceway (and at most tracks in Atlantic Canada), both Luc Bourgeois and Dave O’Blenis would have been moved to the end of the lead lap for either a green white checkered finish or the finish as is.

Petty International Raceway does not have a “protect the leader” rule, which was used in a finish during a Sportsman feature at the Atlantic Championships at the CENTRE For Speed.

The finish, as described, leaves us scratching our heads and it did to James as well. While he is not upset, he too was left a bit confused about the call.

TCM Note II Spoke with Barry Richard from Speedway Miramichi briefly. The track had originally given O’Blenis the victory as he had crossed the line first after the hard battle with the #88 car. He explained that the call to give Bourgeois the checkered flag was made by Dave and with the track having limited Sportsman racing up at the track, they agreed and gave Luc the win.

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