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Edward Collins Contracting 125 To Headline Saturday Card at Eastbound Park

(Thursday, August 27th) – This Saturday, August 29th, Eastbound International Speedway will be the place to be for stock car racing in Atlantic Canada as the Edward Collins Contracting 125 for the Islander RV Sportsman division hits the track. Drivers from across the province and beyond are expected to be at the Avondale, Newfoundland oval Saturday to try and top the field looking for the unique crate motor trophy and checkered flag in one of the longest races of the season in the province. Qualifying action begins at 4pm with opening ceremonies and feature racing in four divisions slated for a 7pm start.

After seven weeks of racing in the Islander RV Sportsman division, two drivers have come out with multiple feature wins. Wayne Walsh (Foxtrap, NL) leads the way with three wins including the first two to open the Eastbound Park season, while Josh Collins (Placentia, NL) has two wins to his credit, including a dominating performance in their last race on Saturday, August 8th. Jason Groves (Heart’s Desire, NL) and 14 year old hotshoe Waylon Farrell (Conception Bay South, NL) have each scored one win this season in the Islander RV Sportsman Series and will look to add another one in the eighth round of the ten race season at Eastbound Park.

They will not be alone though as the field is expected to feature upwards of 20 Late Models going at it for the win in the 125-lap main event. Defending series champion Ches Cole (Torbay, NL) will be in search for his first feature win of the season, while Waylon’s brother Will Farrell (Conception Bay South, NL) has also had an excellent run in the Islander RV Sportsman Series in 2015. They will also be joined Saturday by Nova Scotia’s Jerry Hayes (Sydney Forks) and Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour competitor Dylan Gosbee (Cornwall, PE) as they try to take the trophy back across the ferry with them. Gosbee was the winner in the Toromont Cat 150 at Eastbound Park last October.

Also a part of the festivities for the Islander RV Sportsman division will be the inaugural “Race for the Crate.” The 20-lap feature will see the bottom ten in the Islander RV Sportsman point standings that have competed in 80% of the races in the season, race to win a GM 602 Crate Motor. The Race for the Crate will take place following Islander RV Sportsman Time Trial qualifying for the Edward Collins Contracting 125.

The Hanlon Realty Legends, Atlantic Dodge Dealers Hobby Stock and Bandolero divisions will also contest point paying features as a part of Edward Collins Contracting Night. The Hanlon Realty Legends division has been dominated by the Farrell brothers and defending champion Johnathon Norman (St. John’s, NL), they will be joined on Saturday by former Scotia Speedworld and Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Tour champion Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS). Blenkhorn, who is a five-time winner on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and is in the thick of their championship hunt, will be driving a car out of the Brian’s Auto shop on Saturday night for the 25-lap Legends feature.

Robert Petten (Conception Bay South, NL) has been the driver to beat in the Atlantic Dodge Dealers Hobby Stock division thus far in 2015, taking his Dodge Neon to a majority of the feature wins this season. The Four Cylinder division is expected to be hotly contested Saturday night in their 25-lap feature, which will also include AJ Ford (Glace Bay, NS), who campaigns regularly at Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway.

The Bandolero division continues to grow on Newfoundland and will be on track Saturday for a 15-lap feature. Eleven year old Sara Thorne (Chance Cove, NL) will lead the field of youngsters into competition.

In addition to the racing action on the track, The Navigators will be playing a pre-race concert at Eastbound Park from 5:30pm to 7pm as a part of the pre-race Pit Party. Fans will be able to come onto the track, kick up their heels to The Navigators and meet their favorite drivers prior to feature racing action. Your admission ticket to the event includes the pre-race Pit Party and The Navigators concert.

Tim Terry of Tim’s Corner Motorsports and will also be at Eastbound Park on Saturday for the Edward Collins Contracting 125. Along with covering the weekend for Tim’s Corner Motorsports, Terry will be in the announcer’s booth on Saturday helping out with the call of the evening’s racing action. Terry is busy throughout the season as the public address announcer for Scotia Speedworld in Enfield, Nova Scotia along with series voice of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and the Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Tour.

The weekend gets kicked off Friday night on the St. John’s Waterfront with the Tailgate Party at Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill St. John’s. Fans are encouraged to come in, check out racecars that will be on display, grab a bite to east and mingle with teams prior to they get down to the business of racing on Saturday.

Pit gates open for competitors in the Edward Collins Contracting 125 at 1pm. Qualifying begins at 4pm with the Race for the Crate for the Islander RV Sportsman Series to follow. The pre-race Pit Party and The Navigators will entertain fans from 5:30pm right up to opening ceremonies at 7pm. Racing is slated to kick off at 7:30pm. All times are local.

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About Edward Collins Contracting:
For over 40 years, Edward Collins Contracting has been serving the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Edward Collins Contracting is the parent company to Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest service provider in environmental remediation, Universal Environmental Services inc.

About Eastbound Park:
Nestled away in the corner of North Eastern Canada, Eastbound International Speedway & Concert Park was developed in the beautiful town of Avondale, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Located just 25 miles from the oldest historical city in North America – St. John’s, NL, Eastbound Park is backdropped by Newfoundland’s vast natural beauty, giving traditional motorsport fans a sense of serenity with a taste of horsepower. Located off exit 34 on the Trans Canada Highway Eastbound Park is a sight you won’t miss, and an experience you will never forget.

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