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CLOSED: Final Round Voting for the 2017 TCM Best of Racing Awards

VOTING PERIOD CLOSED! Thanks for your votes and support of TCM in 2017 – award winners to be announced during the month of November.

The third and final round of the 2017 TCM Best of Racing Awards are here!

The third ballot, which will run until Friday, October 20th at Noon Atlantic, consists of five different awards, including the final round of the CSS Insurance Most Popular Driver Award voting.

The ballot also includes the 2017 Kings County Performance Rookie of the Year and the TCM Breakout Performer of the Year Awards, along with both classes (Late Model and Support) of the Finish Line Vinyl Design Best Looking Car Awards. All three have a panel and fan vote aspect to decide the winner of each awards.

Read below about the Most Popular Driver format, the nominees for the TCM Breakout Performer, Kings County Performance Rookie of the Year and Finish Line Vinyl Design Best Looking Car Awards and cast your vote for in the final round of the 2017 TCM Best of Racing Awards!

TCM Most Popular Driver Voting Format:

Round One – All of the 125 nominated drivers (a record for the TCM Most Popular Driver Award) are placed on the same ballot. After Round One of voting, the field will be trimmed to the top 25 drivers for the second round of voting. Voting closes for Round One on Thursday, October 5th at NOON Atlantic.

Round Two – The second round of voting will take place from  Thursday, October 5th at 6pm Atlantic to Thursday, October 12th at Noon Atlantic and will feature the top 25 27 drivers 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 2017 CSS Insurance Most Popular Driver Award will feature the top ten from the second round of voting. The winner of this final vote will receive the sixth annual TCM CSS Insurance Most Popular Driver Award. Voting runs from Thursday, October 12th at 6pm Atlantic to Friday, October 20th at Noon Atlantic.

Finish Line Vinyl Design Best Looking Car Awards

The nominees for this years award were placed into a Facebook photo album on our Facebook page, separated by division – Late Model and Support Class. A panel of 20 from outside the region whom are seeing the cars for the first time, had the chance to pick their favorite five cars, in no particular order. Each car they selected received one panel vote. The five cars that received the most panel votes are placed into the Fan Vote portion of the award.

As in previous years, the fan vote is worth 50% of scoring for this award. The panel’s final overall tally will count for the other half. The car which scores the most points over the two halves will win the award.

Ties are broken by the car who finished higher in the panel vote.

SCORING EXPLANATION – TCM Breakout Performer of the Year/Kings County Performance Rookie of the Year Award

Each of the three panelists, who have been to the race tracks, seen the racers and have read/heard plenty about the nominees, formulated the list of ten nominees and a brief list of each of their accomplishments. They were asked to rank their favorite five. Their top picks each received five points, second pick received four points, third received three, fourth got two points and their last pick got one point.

The fan vote winner will be awarded five points, with each of the top five in the fan vote receiving the same point scoring as if the fans were a panelist.

Simply put, each “panelist” carried 25% weight in determining the winner of these two awards. Drivers could score five points from each, meaning a perfect score would be 20 points.

Ties are broken by the amount of ballots a driver appears on, followed by the amount of top votes they received. Should drivers still be tied following that, the combined panel score will determine a winner.

Kings County Performance Rookie of the Year Award Nominees

Car No. Name Hometown Track Division Accomplishments
08 Matt Vaughan Bedford, NS SSW Sportsman Scotia Speedworld Sportsman Champion, One Feature Win, Five Podiums
08 Nicholas Naugle Dartmouth, NS MPST Pro Stock One Top Five, Four Top Tens in Maritime Pro Stock Tour Rookie Season
1 Ryan Messer Harvey, NB S660 Pro Stock One Feature Win, Four Podium Finishes and Sixth in Speedway 660 Points. McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 Pole Sitter.
22 Cuyler Byrne Charlottetown, PE OBS Street Stock One Feature Win in Season Finale, Fourth in Championship Points at Oyster Bed Speedway
22 Darren Flemming Belnan, NS SSW Thunder September included two top fives at Scotia Speedworld, two podiums at LDMS and a runner-up finish on SpeedWeeked at Speedway 660 after leading 48 of 50 laps
27 Curtis Collins Saint John, NB S660 Sportsman Speedway 660 Rookie of the Year, Two Second Place Finishes, Glyn Nott Sr. Award on SpeedWeekend in 150
48 Courtney O’Blenis Boundary Creek, NB S660 Sportsman One Feature Win, One Second Place Finish in Rookie Late Model Season at Speedway 660
54 Jarrett Butcher Porters Lake, NS MPST Pro Stock MPST Rookie of the Year with Two Top Fives and Six Top Tens
58 Logan Power Riverview, NB PIR Street Stock Petty Raceway Street Stock Champion and Triple Crown Winner, One Feature Win
59 Mark Best The Goulds, NL EBP Sportsman One Feature Win, Fourth in Championship Standings at Eastbound Park

TCM Breakout Performer of the Year Nominees

Car No. Name Hometown Track Division Accomplishments
00 Matt Crocker Fredericton, NB S660 Street Stock Four Feature Wins at Speedway 660 incl. SpeedWeekend
06 Alex Sheehan Oyster Bed Bridge, PE OBS Street Stock Five feature wins at Oyster Bed including David Lambe, Atlantic Stock Car Champion for Street Stocks at CFS
1 James Matchett Miramichi, NB PIR Street Stock Four Feature Wins including Mike Stevens Memorial at Petty Raceway, Podium Finishes on SpeedWeekend and Atlantic Championships
23 Brandon McFarlane Placentia, NL EBP Sportsman First Feature Victory in Sportsman, Seventh in Points
3 Chris Cooper Old Shop, NL EBP Legends Third in standings, scored first feature victory in July
32 Ashton Tucker Lyttleton, NB S660 Pro Stock Two Feature Wins, Runner Up in McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250, Third in Best of the Best 150, Second in Points
4 Shane Bridges Ellerslie, PE OBS Four Fun Three Feature Wins in Competitive Four Fun Class at Oyster Bed Speedway
48 Waylon Farrell Conception Bay South, NL SSW Legends Three Legend Feature Wins at SSW, Maritime Legends Champion, Second in Affordable Fuels Sportsman 150
51 Jesse Deveau Greenwood, NS SSW Thunder Seven Top Fives at Scotia Speedworld, TJ Greenlawn Dirt Clash Winner, Swept Lake Doucette Fun Day
80 Amanda Wheatley Warren Grove, PE OBS Street Stock 2017 Street Stock Champion, Two Feature Wins, Fifth in Maritime Street Stock Showdown

Finish Line Vinyl Designs Best Looking Car Finalists

(All photo rights owned by their respective photographer)


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

#21 – Patrick Horne – Lawrenctown, NS – Oyster Bed Speedway – Street Stock

#22 – Cuyler Byrne – Morrell, PEI – Oyster Bed Speedway – Street Stock

#33 – Shane Collins – Placentia, NL – Eastbound Park – Hobby Stock

#99 – Dave Matthews – Kennetcook, NS – Scotia Speedworld – Thunder


#08 – Nicholas Naugle – Dartmouth, NS – Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Pro Stock

#1 – Matt Moore – Falmouth, NS – Scotia Speedworld – Sportsman

#2 – Lonnie Sommerville – Barnesville, NB – Open Comp. – Pro Stock

#28 – John Rankin – St. Martin’s, NB – Speedway 660 – Sportsman

#67 – Dylan Blenkhorn – Truro, NS – Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Pro Stock

2017 TCM Best of Racing Awards Final Ballot

***Note – one vote per computer/IP address/email address/person per ballot. Multiple responses from the same information will not be counted. Incomplete responses will not be counted.


About CSS Insurance:
CSS Insurance has been operating in Halifax since 1968, and is one of the few fully independent insurance brokerage firms remaining in the area. Our success has been built on the high level of customer service we provide to our clients. We are located in downtown Halifax. Please contact us by visiting, by phone at (902) 422-1211 or visit us at 2625 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite #14 in Halifax.

About Finish Line Vinyl Design:
Finish Line Vinyl Design was founded in 2013 by Kirk Alexander and is the only place you need to go for all your design and print needs. From the design itself to making it a reality, whether it’s a sign, banner, vehicle wrap, race car graphics or any other method of print, Finish Line Vinyl Design will help you create a great finish. For more information, find them on Facebook at



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