(August 16) - Scotia Speedworld is ready for the Atlantic CAT 250 and the invasion of door-handle to door-handle stock car racing it will bring to the 3/10-mile asphalt oval. With more than $55,000 U.S. (approx. $82,000 CDN) at stake for the ...
(August 16) - Scotia Speedworld is ready for the Atlantic CAT 250 and the invasion of door-handle to door-handle stock car racing it will bring to the 3/10-mile asphalt oval. With more than $55,000 U.S. (approx. $82,000 CDN) at stake for the event which is so big it will take two days to run, action will be fast and furious. A 250-lap International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) race on Saturday will be the highlight with the winner of that race guaranteed a record $10,000 U.S. and having the opportunity to earn more than $18,000 U.S. "This is the biggest event we've ever hosted," said Bas Gordon, manager of Scotia Speedworld. "Advance ticket sales are going well and we expect sell-out crowds both nights." The Atlantic CAT 250 is the biggest race of the year on the 2000 IPSC schedule and expected to attract more than 30 competitors from throughout Eastern Canada and New England. Former IPSC race winners expected include: Scott Fraser, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia; Larry Gelinas, Scarborough, Maine; Ralph Nason, Unity, Maine; and Andy Shaw, Center Conway, New Hampshire. Friday, August 18th will see on-track action get underway at 7 p.m. with the Snap-on Tools Time Trials for the IPSC cars. Each team must make two timed laps with the fastest one counting. The top 10 starting spots in the Atlantic CAT 250 will be set with the 10 fastest times in time trial action. The remainder of the IPSC cars on hand will race the Motor Mart Qualifying Races to determine where they will start in the Atlantic CAT 250. 24 cars are guaranteed starting spots. Any cars not qualified Friday night will run a Last Chance race Saturday night to try and make the field. Friday night will also see the inaugural Snap-on Shootout for the IPSC Time Trial Award winners over the 1,999 and 2,000 seasons. Eligible for the 25-lap contest in which the winner gets a $3,000 prize include: Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine; Scott Fraser, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia; Mike MacKenzie, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Ralph Nason, Unity, Maine; Andy Shaw, Center Conway, New Hampshire; and Larry Gelinas, Scarborough, Maine. Three additional teams have been invited to parrticipate based on being highest in current IPSC point standings, one invitee per car brand. John Flemming (top GM), Halifax, Nova Scotia; Kirk Thibeau (top Ford), Fort Fairfield, Maine; and Rollie MacDonald (top Dodge), Pictou, Nova Scotia have all accepted the invitations. Fans will be participating in this event and eligible to win prizes furnished by Snap-on Tools. Scotia Speedworld Weekly Racers will also be on the race card Friday night including the Motor Homes Vacations Thunder Cars, Miller Tire Street Stock and a 50 lap feature for the Nova Automotive Hobby Stock.
Saturday will see the IPSC teams compete in Last Chance qualifying and the feature event, the Atlantic CAT 250. The C & R Auto Supply Sportsman division will provide support class action. Racing starts at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are available for the Atlantic CAT 250 at the following locations. Halifax: Racing Around. Dartmouth: D & D Racing, Amber Contracting, Forbes Chev Olds, Parts For Trucks, Scotia Speedworld. Bedford: Municipal Contracting. Elmsdale: Elmsdale Superstore. Scotia Speedworld is located across from the Halifax International Airport at Exit 6, Highway 102, just 20 miles from the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia. EVENT NOTES:
* The IPSC points race is tightening up with 7 of 11 events complete. Just 81 markers separate the top 10 with 22 between second and seventh. Top 10 drivers are: 1. Andy Shaw, New Hampshire 1303; 2. John Flemming, Nova Scotia 1265; 3. Kenny Wright, Maine 1259; 4. Kirk Thibeau, Maine 1251; 5. Ben Rowe, Maine 1247; 6. Sam Sessions, Maine 1246; 7. Mike MacKenzie, Nova Scotia 1243; 8. Mike Riley, Nova Scotia 1224; 9. Gary Smith, Maine 1222; 10. Adam Friend, Maine 1212. (10 of 64 teams shown - complete standings available at www.ipschallenge.com)
* Flemming has made the biggest strides in the point standings of late, advancing from seventh after 5 events. Flemming switched cars after the fourth event, returning the one he calls "Old Faithful" after having won five pro stock features with it in 1999. Flemming hopes to catch Shaw and keep the IPSC crown in Canada. The '98 champion, the late Scott Kelly, and '99 champ Scott Fraser were both from Nova Scotia.
* In addition to the on-track activities, there will be music and a barbeque in "The Winners Circle" tent located in the spectator parking lot at Scotia Speedworld. Music starts at 2 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and runs until race times both days.
* Defending IPSC champion Scott Fraser has competed in three American Speed Association (ASA) events in the past month and turned heads in the motorsports world with finishes of eighth, eighth and fifth. Fraser's ASA King Freight Lines Monte Carlo race car will be on display in the grandstand area at Scotia Speedworld on Saturday with an autograph session with Fraser between 5:30 and 6.
* Fans will have the opportunity to give Fraser their well wishes on his ASA venture by signing a banner which will be displayed on pit wall at Fraser's next ASA race, August 27th at The Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to be broadcast live on TNN at 3 p.m. EST. Donations received at the banner signing will be given to the Rhonda Nickerson Smith Memorial Fund, a charity whose mission is to create awareness for family violence.