Maritime eSports Race Wrap: Alexander, Chisholm, MacDonald Among Big Winners on Weekend
Mike Alexander (Cole Harbour, NS) took two wins away on the weekend during TCM Special Event iRacing races – both of which came with different cars, different tracks and ultimately different paths to victory lane!
Alexander raced to the win on Sunday during the Tranquility 125 at the virtual Myrtle Beach Speedway as the fuel began to run dry at the end of the race. The race was extended by one green-white-checkered finish, leaving Alexander just enough fuel left to celebrate at the end of the 129-lap distance. Noel Fougere (Antigonish, NS), Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS), Travis Roma (West Chezzetcook, NS) and Matthew Barkhouse (Dartmouth, NS) rounded out the top five. A total of 82 drivers attempted to qualify for the event, which also saw the first “Non Qualifiers” Race run prior to the main show. That race was won by Caden Tufts.
TCM ROAD COURSE CLASSIC
Alexander’s first victory of the weekend actually came just over 24 hours prior when he raced to the win in the TCM Road Course Classic at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Road Course. Alexander drove the No. 75 to the win in the 45-minute, 34 lap feature over Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea, NS) and Barrett Bonnar (Yarmouth, NS), who applied pressure in the waning moments of the event. Barkhouse and Evan Osborne (Porters Lake, NS) completed the top five of the 18 drivers that started the race.
PETTY RACEWAY eSPORTS SERIES
Danny Chisholm (Canning, NS) took advantage of late race cautions and pit strategy to ultimately come home the winner in the inaugural Petty International Raceway eSports Series event. Chisholm led only two laps in the victory over Southeast Super Trucks driver Brett Suggs (Mooresville, NC), Barkhouse, Alexander and Ricky Arbeau (Lincoln, NB). Alexander led the most laps in the race after pacing the field for 87 of the 100 laps.
Craig MacDonald (Waverley, NS) opened the weekend with a victory in the Gravelock Street Stock 75. MacDonald had pressure on the last lap from Josh Langille (Coldbrook, NS) as the two traded paint on the final circuit with MacDonald ultimately getting the win and punching his ticket to the TCM All Star Showcase, becoming the 13th driver to do so. Alexander was third with Brad Eddy (Lower Sackville, NS) and Steven Matthews (Bedford, NS) completing the top five.
Four events are on deck between the TCM Special Events and Petty Raceway eSports Series in a five race span.
FRIDAY – The TCM Special Events will head to Langley Speedway this weekend with the first event taking place on Friday. The car will be announced Wednesday morning. The event will go green at 8:30pm Atlantic, will be broadcast on the TCM Facebook page produced by Vidane Racing and title sponsorship on the race is available.
SATURDAY – The Petty International Raceway eSports Series takes their Spring tour across the state of Florida for Round Two. This time, they will be racing at the home of the Snowball Derby, Five Flags Speedway. Racing begins at 2pm Atlantic, will be available through the Petty Raceway and TCM Facebook pages and is produced by Vidane Racing.
SUNDAY – The first of two Super Late Model events for Atlantic Canadians to be held at Langley Speedway in three days will be the Tranquility.app 125. The TCM Special Events race will pit the fastest 50 from Saturday evening qualifying at the tight bullring with heat races beginning at 8:30pm Atlantic. The Web Racing Network will have live coverage through the Tim’s Corner Motorsports Facebook page.
TUESDAY – The Atlantic Canadian eSports Short Track Invitational returns on Tuesday with the Super Late Models at Langley Speedway taking centre stage one more time. This event will be open to any Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour competitor that has raced on the Series since 2016 and season long point champions from tracks around Atlantic Canada. Drivers will compete in heat races to set the field for the 100-lap feature. The race will be shown on the TCM Facebook page. Marketing opportunities are available for this race.