MacKenzie Wins In Carquest Tour's Antigonish Visit
Vet Wins His First Since '04, Tour Now Heads to NBIS
Mike MacKenzie in victory lane. (Ken McIsaac Photos)
Mike MacKenzie of Dartmouth, NS won the PIONEER COAL 100 for the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour at Riverside Speedway, near Antigonish, NS on Saturday night.
MacKenzie, whose last win was 2004, took the lead on lap 95 from Bob White and held off a late charge from Wayne Smith to win the second race of the season. White, of Kennetcook, NS ended up second, ahead of Smith of Timerblea, NS. Shawn Tucker of Fredericton, NB and Donald Chisholm of Antigonish, NS rounded out the top five.
Smith won both the Fast Track RV Sales Halfway award and the Most Laps Led Award. Smith led from lap 3 until lap 58 when contact with Shawn Turple resulted in a penalty. Over 5000 fans saw 6 cautions slow the event, which took 1 hour and 14 minutes to complete.
Greg Proude of North Wiltshire, PE, Tucker and White won heat races.
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, NB won the Dash for the Pole, featuring the top nine finishers in the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials. Turple of Enfield, N.S. debuting in Steven Henderson’s car, had the fastest time on the 1/3 mile oval, at an average speed of over 92.9 miles per hour. None of the top five cars opted to take the Dartmouth Bottles and Metals Pole Challenge.
Thirty-three of the Maritimes top drivers attempted to qualify for the Main Feature. The Urquart MacDonald Associates “B” Feature determined the final qualifying positions for the main event. Darren MacKinnon of Winsloe, PE won the event over Cy Harvey of Elmsdale, NS and Dean McInnis of Whycocomagh, NS.
After the race though, there were some changes to the final rundown.
Wayne Smith, Timberlea, NS was found to have an unapproved part on his car during post race technical inspection. The carburetor on Smith’s car did not meet the specifications as required by the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour rules, resulting in Smith being disqualified.
The results of the race have changed as a result, with Bob White, Kennetcook, NS receiving 2nd place and Shawn Tucker, Fredericton, NB third. Donald Chisholm and Lonnie Sommerville rounded out the top five.
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is heading to the Geary Woods this weekend and the Parts for Truck 100 is promising to be one of the best tour events ever held at New Brunswick International Speedway. Upwards of 30 cars are expected to make their way to the Geary woods this Saturday night for the tour’s first NBIS visit of the season. Green flag is scheduled to fly at 6pm (5:10 start for time trials).
This week’s lineup will reflect both quantity and quality with the Pro Stocks from the tour racing. Defending tour champion John Flemming, current points leader Mike Mackenzie, (who just won his first race since 2004), Rollie MacDonald and Wayne Smith are expected as well as several drivers familiar with NBIS including Saint John’s Lonnie Sommerville, 2006 Peterbilt 250 Champion and Fredericton’s Shawn Tucker, who calls NBIS his home track and is another former tour champion and Peterbilt 250 champion.
In addition, the race will also feature the return of three-time NBIS CARQUEST Pro Stock Division Champion, Brad Mann, along with the familiar faces of Shawn Turple and his new ride, and Frank Fraser who has jumped out of retirement to take part in the tour for the 2007 season.
The rain date is Sunday, June 17th at 2:00pm. In the event of questionable weather, fans and drivers should call 506-454-RACE (7223) for event status before leaving for the facility.
MacKenzie's #02 Pro Stock