23rd Annual Shriners Classic for Sportsman Friday Night at Scotia Speedworld
Track Release/Photo by McCarthy Photographic
(Halifax, NS – June 21, 2017) The 23rd 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, Toursec Thunder and Strictly Hydraulics Legends. Racing action will get underway at 7:00 PM.
The 23rd Annual Shriners Classic is one of the biggest Late Model Sportsman races in Eastern Canada and is expected to draw big names to Scotia Speedworld to run for the coveted trophy. Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside) is a two-time and the defending champion of the event and on Friday will look to become only the third driver in event history to win three or more Shriners Classic races.
NASCAR Pinty’s Series and Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour competitor Josh Collins (Placentia, NL) will run his first Affordable Fuels Sportsman race at Scotia Speedworld on Friday night in the 23rd Annual Shriners Classic. Collins will also be in the field for Saturday’s Nova Truck Centres Make A Wish 150. Jeff Dillman is also expected to be in the field on Friday evening driving Matt Moore’s Sportsman car. Dillman is a four-time winner of the event.
“This race carries the most prestige of any Sportsman race we run all year at this track,” said Jordan Veinotte, driver of the #11 Veinotte’s Truck and Auto Ford in the Affordable Fuels Sportsman division. “To be listed alongside the late Terry Roma and a number of other champions like Craig Slaunwhite that have moved on to race on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour would be a top highlight for any Sportsman driver. The pressure is certainly on to put our names on the trophy this Friday night.”
Pulse Heavy Duty Truck driver Megan Parrott (Beaver Bank) will join Tim Terry as co-host for the 23rd Annual Shriners Classic. Parrott is a two-time feature winner in the division, a graduate of the Hydraulics Plus Bandolero division and is a fan favorite within the CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series.
Parrott and her peers in the Pulse Heavy Duty Truck division will race Saturday on the undercard to the Nova Truck Centres Make A Wish 150 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. They will also be joined by the Toursec Lightning division from the CARSTAR Weekly Racing Series to round out the second day of the double header weekend.
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)
2016 – Russell Smith Jr (#44)
Scotia Speedworld and the Dartmouth Shrine Club have raised over $341,000 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 $15.00 for Adults; Youth (8-15) are $5.00 and children 7 and under are free…all summer long! Tickets are available at the gate on race day (cash only).
|Pit Gate opens||4:30 p.m.|
|Tech Inspection starts||4:30 p.m.|
|Practice starts (BN, TH, LG, SP) 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||6:35 p.m.|
Opening Ceremonies 7:00pm
Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandoleros – 8 laps
Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros – 8 laps
Strictly Hydraulics Legend Cars– 10 laps
Affordable Fuels Sportsman Cars – 10 laps
Toursec Thunder Cars – 10 laps
Hydraulics Plus Beginner Bandoleros – 15 laps
Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros – 15 laps
Toursec Thunder Cars – 25 laps
Strictly Hydraulics Legend Cars– 25 laps
Affordable Fuels Sportsman Shriners Classic – 50 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, Nitro Circus 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 www.ScotiaSpeedworld.ca or call our Event Hotline at (902) 873-2277 or our office at (902) 481-2514. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sswracing and follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/sswracing