IPSC: Fraser to be at Scotia Speedworld after successful ASA debut

(July 19) - Scott Fraser, defending International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) champion, will be at Scotia Speedworld this weekend for the Copenhagen Inc./ Ultramar Corner Stores 150. Fraser, from Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, returns to his home...

(July 19) - Scott Fraser, defending International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) champion, will be at Scotia Speedworld this weekend for the Copenhagen Inc./ Ultramar Corner Stores 150. Fraser, from Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, returns to his home track after an impressive debut in the American Speed Association (ASA) event at Chicago Motor Speedway on July 16 where he turned heads as a virtual unknown by qualifying second fastest out of the 48 cars on hand. He finished eighth in the race after leading the first 19 laps. Fraser thought it was an "okay" run. "You know me," Fraser said. "I'm never satisfied unless we're in Victory Lane. Worse thing is we felt like we had a car to win the race." Fraser started falling back when his right heel was burned from the excessive heat coming off the exhaust headers through the floor of the race car. His crew made an insulated boot to put around the heel during a pit stop which worked until the halfway mark of the race when it started burning again. He started working the accelerator with his left foot, burning his left heel before the end of the 200-lap race. He worked his way back as high as second. With 50 to go he brushed another car during the melee behind a wreck and damaged the nose of his racer, which hurt the aerodynamics and made the car "push like a dump truck" in Fraser's words. Fraser, 29, made the decision not to attempt to defend his IPSC title last winter when the ASA program started coming together with fellow Nova Scotian and long-time racer, Rollie MacDonald. MacDonald owns the ASA car Fraser races. MacDonald will also be in the IPSC field at Scotia Speedworld Saturday. Fraser will drive his familiar No. 08 Atlantic CAT Grand Prix while MacDonald will race his No. 31 King Freight Lines Dodge. The ASA car will sit in the trailer until the duo head to Toledo, Ohio for their next ASA race on July 30th. In all, he will attempt five ASA starts this year, which leaves him able to run for the ASA Rookie of the Year title in 2,001. A full field of cars is expected for the Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores 150 which boasts posted awards of over $30,000 U.S. and offers the chance for the winner to take home as much as $8,500. "We guarantee 24 starting spots," said IPSC Competition Director Randy Black. "We expect at least 10 cars from the U.S. and the balance of the field will be from Maritime Canada." Snap-on Tools Time Trials are set to get underway at 4:30 p.m. on July 22. The 10 fastest cars are guaranteed starting spots in the feature race, but must race the Motor Mart Dash For Cash to determine the actual starting order. Positions 11-20 are determined by the finishing order in the Motor Mart Heat Races. Positions 21, 22, 23, and 24 have been established as series provisionals, if required. Additional spots may be assigned as Promoter's options. Advance tickets are now on sale in Halifax at Racing Around; in Dartmouth at Scotia Speedworld, Forbes Chev Olds, R & D Racing and Parts For Trucks; and in Elmsdale at Elmsdale Superstore. EVENT NOTES:

* Look for Halifax, Nova Scotia's John Flemming to return to form this weekend. Flemming has been searching for the right combination with the new race car he has been using in 2,000, and has made no secret he hasn't been happy with his finishes. "The best we ran was in the first race at Scotia (second)," said Flemming. This week he will try the car he raced to several victories in pro stock racing last year. "We had it out testing and it feels real good," said Flemming.

* All five IPSC events this year have seen new track records set. The record at Scotia Speedworld is held by Ben Rowe from Turner, Maine at 13.752 seconds. Can it be broken again?

* This event will feature the popular Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores Pole Challenge where one of the top five starters will have the opportunity to earn a $3000 (Cdn.) bonus if they forfeit their starting spot for the rear of the field and then win the race. They earn $100 per spot gained, minimum, based on the highest spot they reach in the running order.

* Expected Canadian entries include: Scott Alexander, Leo Cochrane, Dan Eddy, John Flemming, Scott Fraser, Dave Gorveatt, Vance Hanes, Steve Henderson, Tim MacKay, Mike MacKenzie, Marty Prevost, Mike Riley, Russell Smith and more...

* Expected U.S. Entries Include: Gary Bellefleur, Richie Dearborn, Adam Friend, Larry Gelinas, Tom Mayberry, Ben Rowe, Sam Sessions, Andy Shaw, Gary Smith, Kirk Thibeau, Kenny Wright and more...

* Support class racing will see Scotia Speedworld Weekly Racing Series competitors featuring the Nova Automotive Hobby Stock, Miller Tire Street Stock and C & R Auto Supply Sportsman. Heat races for these classes will get underway at 2 p.m. and alternate with IPSC practice. Features for the SSW divisions will be run after 6 p.m. with the IPSC show.

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Drivers Gary Smith , Mike MacKenzie