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Randy Millar Wins Martin’s Home Heating Most Popular Driver Award

The Martin’s Home Heating Most Popular Driver Award is returning to PEI with Oyster Bed Speedway Late Model driver Randy Millar.

The Freeland, Prince Edward Island driver becomes the first Island driver to win the prestigious TCM Best of Racing Award since James Doucette brought it to Miscouche in its first year in 2012.

The Martin’s Home Heating Most Popular Driver Award was announced and presented Saturday during the Oyster Bed Speedway banquet at the Winsloe Lion’s Club in Winsloe, Prince Edward Island.

Feature Photo by Marlie Paynter

RESULTS

TCM Most Popular Driver Voting Format:

Round One – All of the 95 nominated drivers are placed on the same ballot. After one week of voting, the field will be trimmed to the top 25 drivers for the second round of voting. Fans are permitted to pick up to five drivers on the first ballot.

Round Two – The second round of voting will take place from Wednesday, September 28th at 6pm to Wednesday, October 5th at NOON and will feature the top 25 27 drivers (there was a three way tie for 25th in Round One) from the first round of voting.  The top ten from this group will transfer into the final round of voting.

Round Three – The final round of voting for the 2016 Martin’s Home Heating Most Popular Driver Award will feature the top ten from the second round of voting. The winner of this final vote will receive the TCM Most Popular Driver Award.

ROUND ONE RESULTS

1st – #9 Owen Groves
2nd – #06 Sara Thorne
3rd – #16 Olivia Thorne
4th – #48 Waylon Farrell
5th – #23 Michael Neary
6th – #77 Randy Millar
7th – #48 Courtney O’Blenis
8th – #67 Cody Byrne
9th – #29 Mitchell Fahey
10th – #74 Alexandra O’Blenis
11th – #74 Jason Groves
12th – #68 Justin Ryan
13th – #26 Brent Roy (2015 Champion)
14th – #39 Dan Smith
15th – #10 Megan Parrott
16th – #15 Roger Slocum
17th – #40 Robbie MacEwen
18th – #56 Josh Collins
19th – #3 Cole Tanner
20th – #7 Kenny Snow
21st – #67 Dylan Blenkhorn
22nd – #32 Sarah McKay (2014 Champion)
23rd – #68 Michael Cormier
24th – #38 Justin Cole
T25 – #23 Drew Greenlaw
T25 – #0 Troy Burke
T25 – #1 Ryan Messer

28th – #86 Kenny Mackenzie Jr
29th – #21 Mitchell Montgomery
30th – #29 Greg Fahey
31st – #18 Darren MacKinnon
32nd – #8 Kent Vincent
33rd – #99 Craig Slaunwhite
34th – #73 Allison Hall
35th – #12 Sam Rogers
36th – #49 Harry Ross White
37th – #75 Emily Meehan
38th – #2 John Rankin
39th – #53 Cole Butcher
40th – #58 Logan Power
41st – #29 Jeff MacInnis
42nd – #91 Dylan Gosbee
43rd – #42 Mike Duskey
44th – #88 Kody Quinn
45th – #0 Shawn Turple
46th – #13 Cassius Clark
47th – #32 Ashton Tucker
48th – #40 Richard Atkinson
49th – #80 Amanda Wheatley
50th – #03 Colton Noble

Notes:

– 1,645 total votes cast, each of the top five received over 100 votes.

– Owen Groves edged Sara Thorne by one vote for the top spot.

– Positions 28th to 38th were less than 10 votes out of the top 27. Kenny MacKenzie Jr and Mitchell Montgomery finished one vote out of a transfer spot.

ROUND TWO RESULTS

1st – #77 Randy Millar
2nd – #29 Mitchell Fahey
3rd – #39 Dan Smith
4th – #48 Waylon Farrell
5th – #26 Brent Roy (2015 Champion)
6th – #06 Sara Thorne
7th – #10 Megan Parrott
8th – #23 Michael Neary
9th – #9 Owen Groves
10th – #38 Justin Cole

11th – #0 Troy Burke
12th – #15 Roger Slocum
13th – #68 Michael Cormier
14th – #40 Robbie MacEwen
15th – #68 Justin Ryan
16th – #67 Cody Byrne
17th – #7 Kenny Snow
18th – #16 Olivia Thorne
19th – #48 Courtney O’Blenis
20th – #67 Dylan Blenkhorn
21st – #1 Ryan Messer
22nd – #74 Alexandra O’Blenis
23rd – #74 Jason Groves
24th – #23 Drew Greenlaw
25th – #56 Josh Collins
26th – #3 Cole Tanner
27th – #32 Sarah McKay (2014 Champion)

Notes:

– 1,500 votes cast, top three received over 100 votes.

– Randy Millar won the second round by 22 votes over Mitchell Fahey.

– Troy Burke finished three votes out of tenth place. Slocum, Cormier, MacEwen and Ryan finished within 15 votes of the top ten cut off.

FINAL ROUND RESULTS

10th Place – #23 Michael Neary – Portugal Cove, NL – Eastbound Park – Bandolero

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Photo from Michael Neary Racing

Round One Result: 5th (4% of Vote)
Round Two Result: 8th (5% of Vote)
Round Three Result: 10th (6% of Vote)

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: First final ballot appearance

9th Place – #9 Owen Groves – Heart’s Delight, NL – Eastbound Park – Bandolero

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Photo from Owen Groves Racing

Round One Result: WINNER (5% of Vote)
Round Two Result: 9th (5% of Vote)
Round Three Result: 9th (6% of Vote)

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: First final ballot appearance

8th Place – #39 Dan Smith – Lower Sackville, NS – Scotia Speedworld – Trucks

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Photo by McCarthy Photographic

Round One Results: 14th (2% of Vote)
Round Two Results: 3rd (7% of Vote)
Round Three Results: 8th (7% of Vote)

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: First final ballot appearance

7th Place – #48 Waylon Farrell – Conception Bay South, NL – Maritime League of Legends/NAPA Sportsman

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Photo by McCarthy Photographic

Round One Results: 4th (4% of Vote)
Round Two Results: 4th (7% of Vote)
Round Three Results: 7th (7% of Vote)

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: 2015 – 4th.

6th Place – #26 Brent Roy – Hanwell, NB – Speedway 660 – Pro Stock

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Photo by John Miller

2015 Champion

Round One Results: 13th (2% of Vote)
Round Two Results: 5th (6% of Vote)
Round Three Results: 6th (9% of Vote)

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: 2015 Champion, 2014 – 4th

THE TOP FIVE

5th Place – #10 Megan Parrott – Beaver Bank, NS – Scotia Speedworld – Trucks

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Photo by McCarthy Photographic

Round One Results: 15th (2% of Vote)
Round Two Results: 7th (5% of Vote)
Round Three Results: 5th (10% of Vote)

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: 2015 – 8th Place

4th Place – #38 Justin Cole – Harvey, NB – Speedway 660 – Sportsman

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Photo by John Miller

Round One Results: 24th (1% of Vote)
Round Two Results: 10th (4% of Vote)
Round Three Results: 4th (12% of Vote)

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: 2015 – 5th

3rd Place – #06 Sara Thorne – Chance Cove, NL – Eastbound Park – Bandolero

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Photo from Eastbound Park

Round One Results: 2nd (5% of Vote)
Round Two Results: 6th (6% of Vote)
Round Three Results: 3rd (12% of Vote)

Total Vote Percentage: 9% of total vote over three rounds

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: First final ballot appearance

2nd Place – #29 Mitchell Fahey – Carbonear, NL – Eastbound Park – Sportsman

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Round One Results: 9th (2% of Vote)
Round Two Results: 2nd (8% of Vote)
Round Three Results: 2nd (14% of Vote)

Total Vote Percentage: 8% of total vote over three rounds

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: First final ballot appearance

CHAMPION – #77 Randy Millar – Freeland, PE – Oyster Bed Speedway – Late Model

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Millar photos by Marlie Paynter Rayner

Round One Results: 6th (3% of Vote)
Round Two Results: WINNER (9% of Vote)
Round Three Results: WINNER (16% of Vote)

Total Vote Percentage: 10% of total vote over three rounds

Previous Most Popular Driver finish: 2015 – 6th, 2013 – 7th

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Note: Randy Millar is one of five drivers to make the final round of voting for the Martin’s Home Heating Most Popular Driver in three of the last five years. Millar (2016, 2015 and 2013), Brent Roy (2016, 2015, 2014), Sarah McKay (2015 – 7th, 2014 – Champion, 2013 – 2nd), Emily Meehan (2015 – 10th, 2014 – 3rd, 2012 – 2nd) and Cole Tanner (2014 – 5th, 2013 – 3rd, 2012 – 4th) each have three final ballot appearances. Millar, Roy and McKay represent the last three champions of the award. McKay and Tanner were both eliminated in the second round in 2016 while Meehan failed to make it past Round One in 2016.

Previous champions of the TCM Martin’s Home Heating Most Popular Driver Award:

2016: Randy Millar of Freeland, PE
2015: Brent Roy of Hanwell, NB
2014: Sarah McKay of Quispamsis, NB
2013: Mike Stevens of Salisbury, NB
2012: James Doucette of Miscouche, PE

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