#TCMBestof2021: Six Different Winners in TCM Fan Favorite Short Track Awards
Even with tracks and series navigating COVID-19, fans and teams still had plenty of action to follow in 2021.
During the second round of voting in the TCM Best of Racing Awards for 2021, fans had the chance to cast their votes for their favorite tracks, series, events and more. The results yielded six different tracks receiving awards and a return to the top for the top touring series in Atlantic Canada.
Here are the results from the Fan Favorite Short Track Awards for 2021.
TCM Fan Favorite Touring Series: East Coast International Pro Stock Tour
For the East Coast International Pro Stock Tour, this is the seventh win in eight seasons in the TCM Fan Favorite Short Track Series.
After only contesting two races in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and missing out on the Fan Favorite Short Track Series Award, the Tour returned to a full time schedule in 2021 and crowned a champion for the 20th time in Series history. While the Series weathered several COVID related storms with restrictions and canceled races, they still produced nine races between three tracks. Craig Slaunwhite was able to capture the Tour championship for the first time in his career, fueled by three victories in the middle of the year.
The East Coast International Pro Stock Tour cruised to the win over the Maritime League of Legends Tour, who returned to competition in 2021 after sitting idle due to COVID in 2020. The margin of victory was over 150 votes. The Atlantic Modified Tour, who won the fan vote in 2020, finished fourth this season.
Fan Vote Results:
1st – East Coast International Pro Stock Tour – 47%
2nd – Maritime League of Legends Tour – 20%
3rd – Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics powered by Conrad Bros – 13%
4th – Atlantic Modified Tour – 11%
5th – Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour – 8%
Fan Favorite Touring Series:
2021: East Coast International Pro Stock Tour
2020: Atlantic Modified Tour
2014 to 2019: Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour (Six Time Winner)
TCM Fan Favorite “Weekly or Bi-Weekly” Short Track: Eastbound Park
The fans of Tim’s Corner Motorsports have awarded Eastbound Park with their first track award in 2021.
Sure, they have one previous TCM Award for the Kozy Kitchen Onion Rings in 2017, but this is the first track award for the Avondale, Newfoundland track. After several events in 2020, the track returned to the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series in 2021 with Jason Groves claiming the Track and Provincial NASCAR titles.
The track contests oval action in four divisions including the Sportsman, Legends, Hobby Stock and Bandoleros with nine total oval events this past year.
Eastbound Park paced the field by just over 50 votes with Scotia Speedworld and Petty International Raceway trading the runner-up spot back on several occasions.
Fan Vote Results:
1st – Eastbound Park – 29%
2nd – Scotia Speedworld – 20%
3rd – Petty International Raceway – 19%
4th – Oyster Bed Speedway – 12%
5th – Lake Doucette Motor Speedway – 11%
6th – Speedway 660 – 9%
Fan Favorite Weekly Track:
2021 – Eastbound Park in Avondale, NL
2019 – Scotia Speedworld in Enfield, Nova Scotia
2018 – Scotia Speedworld in Enfield, NS
2017 – Scotia Speedworld in Enfield, Nova Scotia
2016 – Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick
2015 – Scotia Speedworld in Enfield, NS
2014 – Speedway 660 in Geary, New Brunswick
TCM Fan Favorite “Monthly or Special Events” Short Track: Riverside International Speedway
Riverside International Speedway remains perfect when it comes to TCM Awards with their eighth consecutive season on top.
The fans gave the high banked oval the nod in the TCM Fan Favorite “Monthly or Special Events” Short Track for tracks with seven or less events in 2021. The track got a trio of races in over the season and while they ultimately lost the IWK 250 to COVID restrictions in September, fans got treated to plenty of action throughout the Summer. Pro Stock events at the track were won by Nicholas Naugle and Craig Slaunwhite (two).
Over 150 votes was the margin of victory for Riverside Speedway in this year’s vote – the biggest margin of victory over all three ballots of the TCM Best of Racing Awards in 2021.
Fan Vote Results:
1st – Riverside International Speedway – 45%
2nd – Thunder Valley Speedway – 17%
3rd – Speedway Miramichi – 12%
4th – Sydney Speedway – 10%
5th – Valley Raceway – 9%
6th – Shediac CENTRE For Speed – 7%
Riverside International Speedway is undefeated in this category.
TCM Fan Favorite “Major Event” of 2021: Atlantic Oliver Tire 200 In Memory of Jim Hallahan at Scotia Speedworld
For the first time, a 250-lap Pro Stock feature did not win the TCM Fan Favorite Major Event Award.
Scotia Speedworld picked up the award, their fifth TCM Award and first in the event category, for the Atlantic Oliver Tire 200 in Memory of Jim Hallahan. The event anchored by a 200-lap feature is typically reserved for the finale of the East Coast International Pro Stock Tour but due to scheduling it served as the penultimate round in 2021. The race was dedicated to the memory of Jim Hallahan, who the racing community lost in December 2020.
Ashton Tucker picked up his first career victory at the track and first Tour win for himself and the Miramichi based Brad Silliker Motorsports team. Danny Chisholm won the Maritime League of Legends Tour feature while Matt Watson captured the Skylark Security Solutions 40 for the Passione Flooring East Coast Mini Stock Tour. The Maritime League of Legends (Craig MacDonald) and the East Coast Mini Stock Tour (Dave Matthews) each crowned champions as a part of the event.
The award was decided by just over 30 votes.
Fan Vote Results
1st – Atlantic Oliver Tire 200 In Memory of Jim Hallahan at Scotia Speedworld – 38%
2nd – Mike Stevens Memorial at Petty Raceway – 33%
3rd – RE/MAX 250 at Speedway 660 – 19%
4th – River Glade International at Petty Raceway – 10%
TCM Fan Favorite Short Track “Major” Event:
2021 – Atlantic Oliver Tire 200 In Memory of Jim Hallahan at Scotia Speedworld
2020 – RE/MAX 250 at Speedway 660
2019 – IWK 25o at Riverside Speedway
2018 – IWK 250 at Riverside Speedway
TCM Fan Favorite “Non Major” Event of 2021: Petty $5K Race Day (Sportsman and Street Stock) at Petty Raceway
Fans sure love their big Street Stock races.
The Petty $5K Race Day, featuring the Old Fashion Meat Market $5K for Sportsman and the Stuff Your Stuff Storage $5K for Street Stocks, took top honors in the TCM Fan Favorite “Non Major” Event. The category features major events that are not headlined by a Pro Stock division feature. Brad MacLean and Alexandra O’Blenis cashed in for 100-lap feature wins in the inaugural running of the event in August.
The margin of victory was over 30 with the Petty $5K Race Day finishing ahead of another inaugural event in the AJK 50 at Scotia Speedworld. This is Petty Raceway’s seventh TCM Best of Racing Award but first in the Event Category.
Fan Vote Results:
1st – Petty $5K Race Day at Petty Raceway – 27%
2nd – AJK 50 at Scotia Speedworld – 21%
3rd – King of the Dirt at Valley Raceway – 14%
4th – Hillside Chevrolet Street Stock 100/Maritime League of Legends at Oyster Bed Speedway – 13%
5th – The Very Best Fall Shootout at Speedway Miramichi – 13%
6th – Soft Launch at Sydney Speedway – 12%
TCM Fan Favorite Short Track “Non Major” Event:
2021 – Petty $5K Race Day at Petty Raceway
2020 – Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150 at Speedway 660
2019 – Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150 at Speedway 660
2018 – Maritime Street Stock Showdown at Oyster Bed Speedway
TCM Fan Favorite Short Track Snack: Speedway Fries at Speedway 660
For a fifth time, the Speedway Fries at Speedway 660 have won over the stomach of voters.
The crispy coated potatoes have taken home the TCM Fan Favorite Short Track Snack for a second consecutive season and fifth season in eight years. It was a close battle once again, this time beating the Scotia Speedworld Cheeseburger from Withrow’s Farm Market by only nine votes.
For Speedway 660 it is their tenth TCM Best of Racing Award, spread over the Short Track Snack (five), Event (three) and Track (two) categories. The Geary, New Brunswick track’s mark is tied with Riverside Speedway for the most TCM Awards won by a single track.
Fan Vote Results
1st – Speedway Fries at Speedway 660 – 27%
2nd – Withrow Farms Cheeseburger at Scotia Speedworld – 25%
3rd – Donair Burger at Petty Raceway – 21%
4th – Cabana’s Fish and Chips at Riverside Speedway – 19%
5th – Douggie Special at Speedway Miramichi – 8%
2020 – Speedway Fries at Speedway 660
2019 – Popcorn Chicken at Oyster Bed Speedway
2018 – Popcorn Chicken at Oyster Bed Speedway
2017 – Onion Rings at Eastbound Park
2016 – Speedway Fries at Speedway 660
2015 – Speedway Fries at Speedway 660
2014 – Speedway Fries at Speedway 660
Stay tuned through December as we unveil the winners of the TCM Best of Racing Awards for 2021!