Big Purse Up for Grabs In Maritime Legends Race Saturday at Riverside
(August 14th, 2014 – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) – The cars and stars of the Maritime League of Legends Tour head to Riverside International Speedway outside of Antigonish, Nova Scotia for Round Four of their 2014 schedule Saturday evening at 6:30pm. While the race will be the traditional 50-lap length and will pay the same amount of championship points, the purse has been boosted for this special event and will see the winner pocket a cool grand for the victory.
That’s right, the winner of Saturday’s Maritime League of Legends Invitational at Riverside International Speedway will receive $1,000 for their 50-laps of work.
While big money races are more common on the southern side of the border, this is the first time the Maritime League of Legends Tour and Riverside International Speedway have hosted a race with an increased purse. The race is also sponsored in part by Brycon Construction and Cummins Diesel, who helped raise the stakes on Saturday.
In the first race at Riverside International Speedway this season for the Maritime League Of Legends Tour, it was former series champions Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake) and Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) battling for the win with Butcher edging Blenkhorn for the win in the Maritime Legends Challenge on IWK 250 weekend. Early indications point toward the two being at the track Saturday with their sights set squarely on the big payout for first place.
While the increased prize money is sure to bring out extra cars to the race, this fourth round of the series is also a point race for the Maritime League of Legends Tour. Last weekend at Scotia Speedworld, Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth) became the first two time winner on the series in 2014 by taking home the Scotia Tire 50 over point leader Justin MacNeill (Bedford). With the win, Naugle and the Brycon Construction car close to within nine points of MacNeill for the top spot in the standings with three races to go.
Paul Goulden (Shelburne) ran strong last time out at Riverside Speedway and leads Jeff Cruickshank (Hantsport) and Danny Harvey (Lantz) by six points for the third place spot in the standings. Ten points behind Goulden is “Miss Rawdon Rocket” Emily Meehan, who enters Riverside on the strength of two third place finishes in events at Scotia Speedworld and Riverside International Speedway.
Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake) is expected to be back behind the wheel of the #53 after handing the wheel over to Colby Smith (Cape Sable Island) during the Scotia Tire 50 last weekend. Joey Lawson is also looking to make major gains in the standings at Riverside Speedway on Saturday.
A total of 22 drivers have made at least one start this season on the Maritime League of Legends Tour, many of whom are expected to show up to run in one of the biggest Legend races this region has ever seen.
The race is a part of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series weekend at Riverside International Speedway, which includes the running of the Wilson Equipment 300 for the series on Saturday night. Maritime League of Legends Tour heats will go green at 2:35pm with the 50-lap main event beginning at 6:30pm. Complete event information, including race day format, ticket information and more, can be found 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.