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Top Stories of 2014 on TimsCorner.ca

The 2014 season was one of emotion. Whether it was of victory or defeat, happiness or loss, the thrill of parading the checkered flag or the hold your breath excitement of a roller coaster ride gone bad, the 2014 campaign featured a lot of everything.

Our readers have once again spoken with their clicks, and we bring you the 12 most viewed stories, by month, on TimsCorner.ca. These stories are the ones that garnered the most traffic in their respective month. Compared to 2013, we over doubled our traffic from the previous year and we continue to see visitors, new and old, hit the site for their Atlantic Canadian racing fix. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for that.

We have also included the stories below that garnered the most interest on the TCM social media in 2014.

Without further adieu, here are the most viewed stories, by month, from the 2014 season on TimsCorner.ca.

*Note – Maritime related Ballot or Voting Pages (Petty Fan Choice, TCM Best Looking Car or RacingSpectator.ca Driver of the Year Award) have been omitted from the top content rankings, as have individual pages. Below are the news stories that got the most page views within their respective month.

Featured photo by Matt Jacques Photography

JANUARY 2014 – Top Content

Smokin’ Joe Albert

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February 2014 – Top Content

TCM Pre-Season Thunder Announced for NiSWC Competitors

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March 2014 – Top Content

Jordan Gahan

_1MG4838**The news of Jordan Gahan’s passing broke all single content TCM traffic records, with over 19,000 page views on the story within four days. Photo by Matt Jacques

April 2014 – Top Content

TCM Short Track Draft – Top Five Picks

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May 2014 – Top Content

Street Stocks to Rock Riverside for First Time in a Decade

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June 2014 – Top Content

PHOTO GALLEY – Wild Ride for Tyler Gauthier and Randy Millar at Oyster Bed

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July 2014 – Top Content

John Chisholm

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August 2014 – Top Content

Re/Max 250 Boasts 37 Car Expected Entry List

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September 2014 – Top Content

Fundraiser Announced for David Mutch

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October 2014 – Top Content

Steve Seveck

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November 2014 – Top Content

TCM Most Popular Driver Results – “Last Lap Pass” Wins Award by Five Votes

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December 2014 – Top Content

#PettyFanChoice 2014 Begins on TimsCorner.ca

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SOCIAL MEDIA SWEETHEARTS

These are the stories that gained traction via our Tim’s Corner Motorsports Facebook page throughout the 2014 season. Here are a few selections that you might have seen on your newsfeed or timeline this past year.

Street Stocks to Rock Riverside for First Time in a Decade

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The Street Stocks expected return to Riverside was our most popular article to hit our Facebook page in 2014, even trumping our TCM Best of Maritime Award ballots in select statistical categories, including an impression count of over 28,000 and created over 230 likes and 80 shares from our original post, according to Facebook Insights.

Not far behind though…

Emily Meehan to Make Pro Stock Tour Debut at Dartmouth Dodge 200

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It was a big year for “Miss Rawdon Rocket.” Meehan was the one to snap Cole Butcher’s win streak in the Legend division at Scotia Speedworld, she drove in the Jack Canfield Memorial at Atlantic Motorsports Park and, of course, the news maker of her year, she made her Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour debut in September at the Dartmouth Dodge 200. Aboard the Stephen Henderson owned, Dexter Construction sponsored Chevrolet, Meehan got valuable seat time and brought the car home in one piece in 17th place.

TCM had the honor of breaking the story to the region, and it was met with stout traffic numbers. On social media, the story got lots of attention, becoming one of only three stories in 2014 to gain over 200 unique likes through shares of the original post, one of four stories to reach over 10,000 unique users and one of only five stories (including TCM Best of Maritime Award ballots) to crack 20,000 impressions. Of note, the story was our most popular driver related racing announcements on both social media and website hits, over the 2014 season.

Also making noise in 2014…

Petty Raceway Plans Memorial Event for Mike Stevens

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Garnering over 70 shares of our original post, the announcement that the September event at Petty International Raceway would be renamed the Mike Stevens Memorial in honor of the late Mike Stevens of nearby Salisbury, New Brunswick, spread quick on Facebook.

The event, which took place over September 20th and 21st and featured six different divisions, would be one Mikey himself would be proud of, with close and competitive racing from the drop of the green on Saturday to the checkered flag on Sunday. The Pro Stock 150 was an exciting event that saw Dylan Blenkhorn dominate the first half of the event, before Shawn Turple took control in the second half while Shawn Tucker and Jonathan Hicken swapped paint between themselves on the track, and swapped words in their victory lane interviews.

The successful event also served as championship weekend for the track, where Cory Hall (Bandolero), JR Lawson (Mini Stock), Russell Smith Jr (Sportsman), Kenny MacKenzie Jr (Street Stock) and Chris Duncan (Pro Stock) locked down the 2014 track championships at the River Glade, New Brunswick oval.

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Of nearly 1,200 posts made on the Tim’s Corner Motorsports Facebook page in 2014, 15 of those garnered over 100 likes. Two of those were related to Emily Meehan’s Pro Stock Tour debut, two were related to Cole Butcher’s run at the INEX Legends Nationals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and two were related to Pro Stock wins by TCM Power Performer of the Year Jonathan Hicken. Call these three the “most likeable” in Maritime racing circles, if you will.

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It has a great year, and we thank you all for your support. We hope to see you back here in 2015, after all, you never know when the next big local racing story is going to break!

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