Maritime Legends Set for Scotia Tire 50 at Scotia Speedworld Saturday
(Halifax, NS – August 7th, 2014) – For the drivers vying for a championship on the Maritime League of Legends Tour, it’s getting to crunch time.
With a tight point battle after three events, the Scotia Tire 50 at Scotia Speedworld on Saturday night is sure to shake up the landscape of the championship battle. The 50-lap event presented by Scotia Tire Service Limited marks the second of two visits to Scotia Speedworld on the 2014 campaign and takes place on the biggest racing weekend in the Halifax Regional Municipality, the 15th Annual Atlantic Cat 250 weekend. Qualifying for the evening’s racing gets the green flag at 5pm.
Heading into the fourth event on the six race series schedule, it is reigning champion Justin MacNeill (Bedford) with the point lead. MacNeill and his #10 Cummins/Parts for Trucks team held the same position last year at this time, but owned a bigger point advantage on the rest of the field. This year, MacNeill has a slim three point lead on Shelburne’s Paul Goulden. Goulden is quickly turning into “the Closer,” with his #57 Andy’s Tire Ford charging hard to the front in the late laps of the last two Maritime League of Legends Tour features.
MacNeill and Goulden best not look too hard in their rear view mirrors, as Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport), Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth) and defending Scotia Tire 50 winner Danny Harvey (Lantz) are not far behind the top two. Harvey, who sits fifth in points, is just 14 markers behind MacNeill and only a mere three points out of Cruickshank in third. Of note, Naugle is the only driver within the top five in points to win a feature this season, taking the checkered flag first at Petty Raceway in June for the Atlantic Tiltload 50. Another win for Naugle, or a first win for Cruickshank or Harvey, in 2014 could vault them to the top of the standings at the halfway point of the season.
While far from out of the point picture, 2013 runner-up “Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan can continue her climb up the standings with a solid run Saturday in the Scotia Tire 50. Meehan enters Scotia Speedworld on the strength of a third place finish at Riverside International Speedway last month and will need another run like that to chip into the 21 point deficit she faces in the championship standings. Meehan is a winner on the 2014 Weekly Racing Series at Scotia Speedworld in the Legend class, but is still searching for her first Maritime League of Legends Tour checkered flag.
The Traction #53 car and Tony Gaudet Jr (Milford Station) sit tied for seventh in the standings, six points out of sixth place. Joey Lawson (Porter’s Lake), Brad Brown (Halifax), Mark Williams (Windsor Junction), Scott Cunning (Halifax), Tylor Hawes (Porter’s Lake) and Matthew Scott (East Dover) are also among the expected entries for the Scotia Tire 50 on Saturday night.
In addition to the prestige of winning the Scotia Tire 50 on 15th Annual Atlantic Cat 250 weekend, the field will be vying for a special piece of hardware. The winner of the Scotia Tire 50 will receive a hand crafted trophy produced by Velocity Machining and Welding for their hard work on Saturday.
Tickets for the Scotia Tire 50 can be purchased at the gates of Scotia Speedworld on race day. For facility information, including ticket prices, camping and addition Atlantic Cat 250 weekend information, please log onto ScotiaSpeedworld.ca.
About Scotia Tire Service Limited:
Scotia Tire Service Limited has five locations in Metro Halifax, including four retail locations throughout the HRM and a wholesale and commercial centre located in Burnside. Scotia Tire strives to exceed customer expectations with a variety of services and knowledgeable staff to meet all personal and/or business needs. Scotia Tire believes in integrity, dependability and flexibility, always having the consumer’s best interest in mind, with safety as their top priority. For more information on Scotia Tire Service Limited, click on to ScotiaTire.com.
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.
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 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