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Bourgeois Best Caleb Dunn Memorial 100 Field

Veteran Memramcook racer picks up second win of 2015 season

(RIVER GLADE, NB – August 3rd, 2015) – Luc Bourgeois of Memramcook returned to Petty International Raceway victory lane Sunday as he took the checkered flag first in the Caleb Dunn Memorial Sportsman 100. The win is the second on the season for the #88 Wizzard Overhead Doors/Linde Ford team after winning the LaFarge Aggregates and Concrete season opening event on May 16th.

Returning veteran and fan favorite Laurie Cormier won his heat race and started from the pole in the event. Cormier led the opening 20 laps of the 100-lap feature before a water pump belt broke on the #53, opening the door for Sydney, Nova Scotia’s Chris Reid to take the lead. The time at the top was short lived for the #31R Chevrolet as Bourgeois would take the lead on Lap 28 and hold it to the checkered flag.

Bourgeois was far from unchallenged up front for the lead in the race. Aside from Reid, the Rodgers brothers, Andrew and Matt from Smithtown and St. Stephen’s Greg Fahey were amongst the drivers giving Bourgeois a run for his money over the 100-lap distance.

The race featured 13 cautions, with five flying in the last 15 laps of the main feature. The final restart set up a four lap dash to the finish, with Andrew Rodgers holding off a hard charging Kenny MacKenzie Jr of Salisbury for the runner-up position behind Bourgeois. Byron Bartlett and Fahey completed the top five in the 22-car field.

Cormier, Bourgeois and rookie Neal Crawford won heat races in the 22 car field.

The race also served as the second of three rounds in the New Brunswick Short Track Challenge for Sportsman. Standings after two races in the series were unavailable as of press time. The final round of the challenge series will run on Saturday, September 19th at Speedway Miramichi.

Gary Tingley of Colpitts Settlement took home a convincing victory in a caution free affair in the CMax Street Stock division. Tingley, who led every lap, pulled away from the battle for second at the end of the 30-lap feature, which featured visiting driver Brandon Snow from Oyster Bed Bridge, Prince Edward Island edge out sophomore driver Nick Cudmore for the spot. Shawn Lewis and Martin Landry completed the top five in the 14-car field. Tingley and Snow took home Street Stock heat races.

Point leader Mike Weagle rebounded to take home the 25-lap Mister Transmission Mini Stock feature, leading the final 20 laps en route to the victory. Rob Poirier was second in the feature event with a returning Dustin Phillips taking third place. Heat race winner Tim Webster placed fourth with Eugene Weagle coming home in fifth place. The feature race featured two caution flags.

Braden Langille capped off a busy weekend by taking home the Leisure Days RV Bandolero main feature on Sunday. Langille, who competed in three races in as many days and at as many tracks, made the move on “The Flying Frenchman” Michael Cormier with five laps remaining in the event. Point leader Ashton Tucker followed Langille through when the #51 took the top spot, while Mackenzie Brewer made the move on Cormier for third in the last two laps. Cormier had to settle for fourth, with sophomore Levi Rossiter coming home in fifth. One caution on Lap 11 slowed the main feature. Cormier and Langille won heat races to set the tone for the 20-lap feature.

The Atlantic Modified Tour and Eastern Super Mini Cup Series also made appearances on the Caleb Dunn Memorial card at Petty International Raceway Sunday. Doug Matchett of Miramichi won a 35-lap, caution free, Atlantic Modified Tour race over Joe Hoyt and rookie Justin Beers. Matt Watson of Summerside, Prince Edward Island took a crash shortened 17-lap Eastern Super Mini Cup Series feature for his fourth consecutive win on the 2015 season. Mike Weagle and Chris Wilson joined Watson on the podium.

The next event for Petty Raceway is the 51st River Glade International Weekend, featuring two big nights of stock car racing action. Friday, August 21st at 7:30pm will see racing action in the Jones Auto Body Sportsman 100, CMax Street Stock, Mister Transmission Mini Stock and Leisure Days RV Bandolero divisions. Saturday, August 22nd at 6pm will see touring action in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Tour and Atlantic Modified Tour. Complete information on the event is available at PettyRaceway.com.

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Petty Raceway Feature Results – August 2nd, 2015

Sportsman Feature Results – 100 Laps
1 88 Luc Bourgeois
2 14 Andrew Rodgers
3 85 Ken MacKenzie Jr
4 7 Byron Bartlett
5 29F Greg Fahey
6 31R Chris Reid
7 23 Shawn Waterfield
8 42 Matt Rodgers
9 33 Denis Mallet
10 3 Bert Cormier
11 61 Phil Barkhouse
12 4 Aaron Boutilier
13 42R Kyle Reid
14 31 Kevin Cormier
15 92 Neil Crawford
16 25 Marcel Maillet
17 29 Matt Maillet
18 19 Dawson McIntee
19 92x Pete Miller
20 74 Alex Johnson
21 53 Laurie Cormier

Street Stock Feature Results – 30 Laps
1 91 Gary Tingley
2 63 Brandon Snow
3 87 Nick Cudmore
4 92 Shawn Lewis
5 00 Martin Landry
6 94 Ryan Raynes
7 5 Rob Prosser
8 09 Nick Cadger
9 89 Mike Edwards
10 2 Clifford Mercer
11 1 Tom Nichols
12 50 James Smith
13 85 Ken MacKenzie Jr
14 52 Destiny Enkel (DNS)

Mini Stock Feature Results – 25 Laps
1 60 Mike Weagle
2 0 Rob Poirier
3 47 Dustin Phillips
4 86 Tim Webster
5 61 Eugene Weagle
6 72 Rob Boutilier
7 10 Patricia Taylor
8 58 Logan Power

Bandolero Feature Results – 20 Laps
1 51 Braden Langille
2 32 Ashton Tucker
3 55 MacKenzie Brewer
4 68 Michael Cormier
5 84 Levi Rossiter
6 27 Austin MacDonald
7 18 Joshua Langille
8 44 Nathan Blackburn
9 3 Nathan Langille
10 87 Danny Chisholm
11 12 Sam Rogers
12 17 Dylan Dowe
13 77 Riley Goodwin

Eastern Super Mini Cup PR:

Matt Watson scored his 4th consecutive feature victory Sunday afternoon at Petty International Raceway. Watson dominated the majority of the race, after taking the lead away from Chris Wilson in the early laps. Hometown favorite Mike Weagle picked up a career best 2nd place finish, while Wilson rounded out the podium.

For the top 3, it was an emotional post-race celebration, after the race was halted on lap 17, and eventually called off after the most harrowing wreck in series history. Derek Goodwin and Steven Curtis were battling for 4th place on the track, when contact was made. Goodwin’s car was sent flipping hard into the concrete wall off of turn 4, before sliding down the front stretch. Mark Ferguson, who was trying to avoid the wreck, ended up hitting the wall hard.

Following the wreck, Goodwin and Ferguson were transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Both drivers were released overnight on Sunday; Ferguson sore but otherwise OK, and Goodwin with minor injuries. We wish both drivers a speedy recovery.

While seemingly minor compared to the wreck, it was still a tough night for other drivers. Kirk Sheasgreen broke something on lap 2 while leading the race. Kyle Maher had a tough night too, after he blew his motor. Both drivers posted DNF’s in the feature.

Overall, the feature was slowed by 2 cautions, 1 of which resulted in the yellow/checkered. The race featured 3 lead changes among 4 drivers. Sheasgreen led the initial lap, before Goodwin led passed him and led a lap. Chris Wilson then overtook Goodwin, and led for 3 laps before Watson made the final pass for lead, and led the final 12 laps.

Watson & Wilson Winners in Heat Race Action

For just the 2nd time in Eastern Super Mini Cup Series history, the field was divided, and two 10 lap heat races were run.

The first heat race saw Matt Watson make an early move to get around Kirk Sheasgreen, as Watson went on to win. Sheasgreen held on to finish 2nd; his best finish of the year. Jared Tozer finished 3rd, Steven Curtis was 4th, and Kyle Maher rounded out the field.

Heat 2 came right down to the wire, as Chris Wilson made a last lap pass over Mike Weagle to score his 3rd checkered flag of the year. Mark Ferguson finished 3rd, Derek Goodwin came home 4th after leading a few laps, and Don Gaudet rounded out the field.

Points will be updated shortly. The next race for the Eastern Super Mini Cup Series is nearly a month away, as the series return to action on August 29th at Speedway Miramichi!

Finally, the Eastern Super Mini Cup Series like to thank everyone at Petty International Raceway for their hospitality yesterday, in our only stop at the venue in 2015. We hope to return again in 2016. Most importantly, a big thank you to the clean-up crew, and medical personnel at Petty, who were on scene of the wreck immediately, and handled everything very professionally. The safety team at Petty is clearly second to none.

Feature Results

Matt Watson #88

Mike Weagle #16

Chris Wilson #2

Jared Tozer #22

Derek Goodwin #24

Steven Curtis #12

Mark Ferguson #41

Don Gaudet #3

Kyle Maher #78

Kirk Sheasgreen #43

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