Atlantic Cat 250 Weekend Packed Full of Racing Action at Scotia Speedworld
Series Release/Photo by McCarthy Photographic
(Halifax, NS, August 4, 2015) The Atlantic Cat 250, Halifax’s most anticipated stock car racing weekend of the season, returns to Scotia Speedworld this Friday and Saturday for two days of full throttle excitement! This year’s event will attract the best stock car drivers from the Maritimes and beyond. Friday night the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman will kick things off as they go head-to-head in the Dartmouth Dodge 100. Saturday race fans will see the stars of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour battle for 250 grueling laps in the weekend’s main feature, the Atlantic Cat 250, which has a posted purse of over $60,000.00!
The Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100 takes centre stage Friday night and will feature some of the top talent in Sportsman racing from across the region. Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman series point leader Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside) has won the last two Dartmouth Dodge 100 events and will look for his third consecutive win in this prestigious race. He will be challenged by dozens of other competitors including his uncle, and six-time Maritime touring champion Wayne Smith (Timberlea) and former Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman track champions Jeff Dillman (Middle Musquodoboit) and Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake), among others.
Warming up the track for the Dartmouth Dodge 100 Sportsman feature will be the Coors Light Trucks and the Chickenburger Thunder and Lightning cars. Gates open at 5:00pm Friday with racing action set for 7:00pm.
Saturday the cars and stars of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour take over Scotia Speedworld for the Atlantic Cat 250. Darren MacKinnon (Charlottetown, PE) finds himself on top of the standings in the chase for the championship following his win at the Lucas Oil 100 last weekend. MacKinnon has a slim four point lead over Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS) and five points on Donald Chisholm (Antigonish, NS). Cole Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) is fourth heading into the Atlantic Cat 250, just 15 points behind MacKinnon. Two-time series champ Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS) sits fifth but has some ground to make up at his home track as he trails MacKinnon by 76 points.
American driver Cale Gale (Mobile, AL) will race the #10 Atlantic Cat / Dexter Construction car in Saturday’s main feature. Gale is a familiar name in NASCAR and short track circles with dozens of NASCAR Xfinity, NASCAR Truck and ARCA Racing Series starts highlighted with two ARCA Racing Series victories and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win.
In addition to winning the 16th edition of the Atlantic Cat 250 and taking home the coveted Scott Fraser Memorial Cup, drivers will also be vying for their piece of the $60,000 purse and lucrative contingency funds, including $6250 in lap money – for each lap a driver leads he will receive $25! Drivers will also want to be ahead of the pack at the halfway marker as there is a $1000 bonus for the driver who leads lap 125. The Atlantic Tiltload Pole Challenge could pad one team’s pockets with up to $2000.
The Hydraulics Plus Bandolero cars will get things started Saturday with a 20 lap feature followed by the Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Scotia Tire 50.
Kids can enjoy lots of fun activities at the Atlantic Cat Kids Tent Saturday from 3:00-5:00pm. Stop by with the kids for face painting, pick up a Cat hard hat and tattoo, and take cool selfies on a mini excavator!
Gates open at 2:00pm on Saturday with Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials for the Atlantic Cat 250 set for 4:10pm; racing at 5:00pm.
Race Time Radio will return to Scotia Speedworld for the Atlantic Cat 250 Weekend. Race broadcasts will be available for listeners absolutely free, no subscription necessary, via www.racetimeradio.com by clicking the “Listen Live” links in the upper right of the page, or by downloading their smart phone App, for iPad, iPhone, & Android.
Admission for the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100 is $12.00 for adults, $2.00 for youth (8-15 years old); pit admission is $15.00. Admission for Saturday’s Atlantic Cat 250 is $35.00 for adults; $6.00 for youth; pit admission is $40.00. Two day passes are also available – adults are $40.00, two day pit passes are $45.00. Children 7 and under are admitted for free all weekend. Tickets available at the gate on race day. (Cash Only)
The Atlantic Cat 250 Weekend kicks-off Thursday with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Meet & Greet. The free event will take place at Atlantic Cat (175 Akerley Blvd, Burnside Industrial Park) Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm and features many stars of the series, lots of prizes, including tickets to the Cat 250, and a BBQ in support of the Atlantic Provinces Make-A-Wish Foundation. Drivers scheduled to appear include five-time series champion John Flemming, 2014 Atlantic Cat 250 winner Dylan Blenkhorn, two-time winner this season Cole Butcher, American guest driver Cale Gale and many more!
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – Atlantic Cat 250 (as of August 4th)
#0 – Shawn Turple – Enfield, NS
#5 – Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#8 – Kent Vincent – Westmoreland, PE
#10 – Cale Gale – Mobile, AL
#10C – Brady Creamer – Miramichi, NB
#13 – Cassius Clark – Farmington, ME
#14 – Terry Dougay – Albany, PE
#18 – Darren MacKinnon – Charlottetown, PE
#21 – Shawn Pierce – Bridgewater, NS
#22 – Joel Hickox – Cornwall, PE
#24 – Steve Ross – Waverly, NS
#29 – Greg Proude – Springvale, PE
#32 – Sarah McKay – Quispamsis, NB
#40 – Robbie MacEwen – Charlottetown, PE
#51 – Vance Hanes – Kennetcook, NS
#53 – Cole Butcher – Porter’s Lake, NS
#66 – Daryl Mahar – Hubley, NS
#67 – Dylan Blenkhorn – Truro, NS
#89 – Donald Chisholm – Antigonish, NS
#91 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#94 – DJ Casey – Prospect, NS
#97 – John Flemming – Halifax, NS
#99 – Craig Slaunwhite – Terence Bay, NS
*Entry list subject to change without notice
Past winners of the Atlantic CAT 250
- 2000: John Flemming, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 2001: Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, Mass.
- 2002: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine
- 2003: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine
- 2004: Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, Maine
- 2005: Mike Rowe, Turner, Maine
- 2006: Johnny Clark, Farmingdale, Maine
- 2007: Mike Rowe, Turner, Maine
- 2008: Travis Benjamin, Belfast, Maine
- 2009: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
- 2010: Cassius Clark, Farmington, Maine
- 2011: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine
- 2012: Cassius Clark, Farmington, Maine
- 2013: Craig Slaunwhite, Terence Bay, NS
- 2014: Dylan Blenkhorn, Truro, NS
Saturday Race Day Format
|Back Gates Open
Pro Stock Tech Opens
Pro Stock Practice
Grandstand Gates Open
Pro Stock Practice
Pro Stock Practice
Pro Stock Drivers Meeting
3:35 p.m. (Tech Shed)
|Atlantic Tiltload Time Trial lineups immediately follow drivers meeting|
|Atlantic Tiltload Pro Stock Time Trials||4:10 p.m.|
|Pro Stock Dash Draw|
|King Freight Lines Pro Stock Dash – 10 laps|
|Bandolero Heats – 8 laps
Legend Heats – 10 laps
|Dartmouth Dodge Pro Stock Heats – 10 laps|
|Bandolero Feature – 20 Laps
Legend Feature – 50 laps
|Pre Race Ceremonies
Pro Stock Meet & Greet – on track
Infield Pit Setup during Meet & Greet
Pro Stock Driver Introductions (up and over podium)
|Atlantic Cat 250|
About Atlantic CAT:
Atlantic Tractors & Equipment Ltd. (Atlantic CAT) is a full-line Caterpillar Equipment and Engine Dealership serving the provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The dealership meets the business needs of its customers by providing superior products backed by excellent parts and service capabilities. Atlantic Cat operates from eight locations. The company is engaged in the sale, lease, rental and service of the full-line of Caterpillar Earthmoving and Engine Products. These include machines for use in a variety of industries – Mining, Forestry, Agriculture, Road Building, Road Maintenance, General Construction and Light Construction operations. The company sells and services the full-line of Caterpillar diesel Engines and Power Generation products for use in applications requiring Stand-by or Prime Power diesel generating products, Marine Power for commercial vessels, Truck Power for the on-highway trucking industry and time-saving Harvesters for the agricultural industry.
About Dartmouth Dodge:
Dartmouth Dodge is truly “WHERE NOVA SCOTIA COMES TO SAVE” on both new and pre-owned vehicles. Conveniently located in central Dartmouth, this modern facility features metro’s only drive-thru quick lube, full service collision center, 18 service bays and 5 detail/accessory bays. Recently named Atlantic Canada’s #1 fleet dealer, Dartmouth Dodge is ready to meet all of your automotive needs, personal or commercial. Visit www.ddodge.com or call 1 800 414 0213.
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) is considered the highest level of stock car racing in Canada. The Tour is recognized in the industry as one of the healthiest stock car racing series in North America. PST visits five tracks throughout the Maritimes during its May through September season. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited. For more information, call our administration office at 902.481.2531 or click www.maritimeprostocktour.com . You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/prostocktour and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prostocktour
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