Turple Wins Carquest Series Opener
Canadian Maritimes Series Kicks Off Season at Scotia
Shawn Turple of Enfield won the Lucas Oil 100 at Scotia Speedworld, located near the Halifax International Airport on Saturday night. Turple took the lead on lap 80 to take the first Halcraft Print Checkered Flag of the season on the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour. Dave O’Blenis of Salisbury, NB finished second, ahead of Mike MacKenzie of Dartmouth, NS. Brad Mann of Glen Livet, NB and Wayne Smith of Timberlea rounded out the top five.
Smith won the Coast Tire Most Laps Led Award. Over 1500 fans saw 12 cautions slow the event, which took over two hours to complete. A red flag involving ten cars on lap 83 marred the event, which was already rain delayed for three hours.
Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, NB, Turple and Russell Smith of Timberlea won heat races. Smith won the Dash for the Pole, featuring the top nine finishers in the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials. George Koszkulics of New Glasgow had the fastest time on the 3/10 mile oval, at an average speed at just under 73 miles per hour. None of the top five cars opted to take the Hipertech Pole Challenge.
Thirty-four of the Maritimes top drivers attempted to qualify for the Main Feature.
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour returns to action in two weeks time, when it returns to the high banks of Riverside Speedway for the Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 100 for round two of the 2008 season. Riverside Speedway will be celebrating 25 years of Pro Stock
Shawn Turple's #0 (Ken MacIsaac Photos)
racing in the Maritimes by paying homage to ten former Maritime Pro Stock (formerly called Late Model) champions.
RESULTS FOR THE CARQUEST PRO STOCK TOUR
LUCAS OIL 100 – May 24, 2008
SCOTIA SPEEDWORLD, HALIFAX, NS
Pos No. Name Laps Nat/State Sponsor
1 0 Shawn Turple 100 NS Dexter Construction
2 48 Dave O'Blenis 100 NB Burger King
3 2 Mike MacKenzie 100 NS Forbes Chevrolet
4 35 Brad Mann 100 NB Subway Restaurants
5 44 Wayne Smith 100 NS ICI Paints
6 23s Craig Slaunwhite 100 NS Atlantic CAT
7 19v Darren Vanderaa 100 PE Yogis Dairy Bar
8 18 Darren MacKinnon 100 PE Shaw's Towing
9 4 Dale Holmes 100 PE Castle Building Supplies
10 26 Mike Stevens 100 NB Lounsbury Truck Centre
11 66 Daryl Mahar 100 NS Inglis Jewelers
12 52 Shawn Tucker 100 NB Rockico Truck & Trailer
13 5 Jonathan Hicken 100 PE Reynolds Well Drilling
14 39 Sandy Livingstone 99 NS
15 92 Pete Miller 97 NS ACL Construction
16 19 Tim Rodgers 95 NB Norampac
17 23 Lonnie Sommerville 83 NB Irving Lubricants
18 88 George Koszculics 83 NS Wear Well Garmet Co.
19 8 Kent Vincent 83 PE HP Glover
20 89 Donald Chisholm 83 NS Nova Construction
21 76 Roger Crane 83 PE Montague Tire
22 29 Greg Proude 83 PE Challenger Farm Equip.
23 1 Robbie MacLean 78 PE Robbies Truck and Trailer
24 11 Marty Prevost 74 NS Mega Enterprises
25 51 Bob Nielsen 46 PE Priority Water
26 32 Chris Hughes 38 PE Pauley Equipement Inc