Maritime League of Legends Ramp Up for Riverside
Series Release/Photo Credit: Lamrock Photography
The Maritime League of Legends Tour heads to the high banks of Riverside International Speedway on Friday evening, July 19th for the Maritime Legends Challenge, Round Three of Nine on the 2013 schedule. The 50 lap event, a part of the IWK 250 Super Weekend at the James River, Nova Scotia track, will see some returning faces battle the veterans and the freshmen of the series as they go for the win in one of the biggest races of the season.
After two events, Justin MacNeill of Bedford, Nova Scotia finds himself on top of the point standings with 197 points. MacNeill comes off a second place finish last weekend at Petty International Raceway in the Atlantic Tiltload 50, which followed up a victory in the season opening event at Scotia Speedworld in May. Second place in the standings after the Atlantic Tiltload 50 is “Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan, who finished third in the last event the Maritime League of Legends Tour contested at Riverside last September. She sits just 17 points off the mark of MacNeill. Scott Cunning (Halifax, NS) is four points off Meehan in third in the standings, with Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport, NS) and Danny Harvey (Lantz, NS) completing the top five in the point chase.
Just four points out of fifth sits a hotly contested five car battle for sixth, which sees the five drivers within two points of each other heading into Friday night. Darren Sherwood (Berry Mills, NB), who comes off an impressive third place finish at Petty and sophomore Paul Goulden (Shelburne, NS) sit tied for sixth, with Jarrett Butcher of Porter’s Lake, Nova Scotia one point behind at eighth. Charlottetown, PE’s Gary Dunning and Mark Williams (Windsor Junction, NS), who won his first heat race of the season last weekend, are tied for ninth in the series after two races.
The 2013 Rookie of the Year battle will take to Riverside with a tight tilt between Stewiacke, Nova Scotia’s Harry Breimer Jr. and Moncton, New Brunswick’s Graeme Bishop. Only six points separate the two heading into their first career Riverside starts.
Returning to the series on Friday night will be the past two champions of the series in Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) and Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS). Butcher ran the season opening race at Scotia Speedworld and along with a full time ride on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour this season is also in contention for the Scotia Speedworld Weekly Legends championship. Blenkhorn is focusing on the Pro Stock Tour Rookie battle, which he leads by ten points over Butcher heading into Saturday’s IWK 250. Blenkhorn is the defending champion of the Maritime Legends Challenge while Butcher won the fall race at Riverside in 2012 en route to his championship.
They will be joined by Atlantic Tiltload 50 winner Cy Harvey (Elmsdale, NS), Matt Moore (Falmouth, NS), Tony Gaudet Jr. (Milford Station, NS), Joey Lawson (Porter’s Lake, NS), Richard Salter (Centre Burlington, NS) and Adam Gilbert of Leduc, Alberta, who will be in a MacLean Motorsports prepared car for Friday night.
The action on Friday night goes green at 7pm and will also include the Highland Building Supplies 100 for the NAPA Sportsman Series. Tickets are available at the gate on race day or in advance by calling (902) 863-2410 or by logging onto Riverside International Speedway’s website at RiversideSpeedway.ca.
About Riverside International Speedway:
Riverside International Speedway is recognized as a premier stock racing facility in Canada. The 1/3-mile high banked asphalt oval roars to action several times a year for special events. It is the home for eastern Canada’s only NASCAR event, and of the IWK 250 – widely known as the best stock car race in Canada. Located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, the facility is easily accessible at exit 30 on Trans Canada Highway 104. For more information call 902.863.2410 or click www.riversidespeedway.ca.
About The Maritime League of Legends:
The Maritime League of Legends Association was formed in 2005 by a group of racer’s wanting to grow the Legends Cars division in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. In 2012, the Maritime League of Legends Tour will visit four venues throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick between May and October during its seven race season. For more information on the Maritime League of Legends, please visit www.maritimelegends.ca.