Proude Victorious in Carquest Pro Stock Tour Season Opener
Scotia Event Kicks '09 Season Off Up North
Maritime Pro Stock Tour PR Report
Greg Proude of Springvale, Prince Edward Island won the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour Season Opener – the Lucas Oil 100 – at Scotia Speedworld, located near Halifax, NS on Saturday evening. The race started out with two quick cautions in the first 4 laps but then ran smooth. Daryl Mahar of Hubley, NS finished second, ahead of John Flemming from Halifax. Wayne Smith, Timberlea, NS and Lonnie Sommerville of Quispamsis, NB rounded out the top five.
Proude won the Coast Tire Most Laps Led Award after leading the final 81 laps of the race. Over 4000 fans saw him take the lead from Craig Slaunwhite of Terence Bay, NS who led the first 19 laps. Five cautions slowed the race, which took just under an hour to complete.
Dave O’Blenis from Boundary Creek, NB, Robbie MacLean of Winsloe, PE and Kent Vincent from Crapaud, PE each won a LiteCo heat race, while Jonathan Hicken, Brudenell, PE, won the B Feature which was his last chance to qualify for the race. Thirty of the Maritime’s top drivers attempted to qualify for the Main Feature.
Greg Proude won the Dartmouth Dodge Dash for Cash, featuring the top ten finishers in the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials. He also had the fastest time on the 1/3 mile d-oval, with a time of 14.204 seconds (76.035 mph)
The fans were also treated to an exciting Maritime League of Legends Tour race. The 50 lap feature ended after only 49 laps when Jeff Atkinson, Port Latour, NS flipped on the front stretch after many cautions in the final 5 laps. Justin MacNeil, Sackville NS ended up taking the first checkered flag of their season.
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour returns to action in two weeks, when it makes its first stop at the high banks of Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia for the Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 100 on June 6. Racing starts at 6pm.
Proude's winning #29 at Scotia. (Ken MacIsaac Photo)