IPSC: Dartmouth; Scott Fraser opens season with a bang

(May 6 - Halifax, NS) - The defending champion of the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) picked up where he left off last season with a win in The Daily News 150 at Scotia Speedworld. More than 3,500 fans watched Scott Fraser's No. 08 ...

(May 6 - Halifax, NS) - The defending champion of the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) picked up where he left off last season with a win in The Daily News 150 at Scotia Speedworld. More than 3,500 fans watched Scott Fraser's No. 08 Atlantic CAT Monte Carlo advance from it's fifth-place starting spot to take the lead from Mike MacKenzie, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on lap 10 around the 3/10-mile oval. Fraser held the point until the checkers flew.

Perhaps the most serious challenge of the day came from John Flemming, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the closing laps of the feature. Flemming had qualified to start first on the grid but forfeited that spot on the urging of the fans to accept the Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores Pole Challenge - meaning he dropped to the rear of the field for the start with the opportunity to win $100 Cdn. for every spot he gained or maybe even as much as $3,000 if he won the race.

"We had no intention on taking the Challenge," said Flemming, who finished second and won a $2,400 Cdn. bonus from Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores. "We are making a serious run for the IPSC points and figured we'd be safer starting at the front, especially with the cars that were here. But the fans got me. They were cheering, urging me to take it. And we had a ball. I love racing from the rear! Scotty had a strong car. We're happy with second."

Flemming's total pay for show will be just over $4,400 U.S., just short of Fraser's winners share of the purse equaling $5,150 U.S. Rounding out the top five were MacKenzie, Kirk Thibeau (Fort Fairfield, Maine), and Sam Sessions (South Paris, Maine).

Fast time of the day in the Snap-on Tools Time Trials was posted by Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine as he blistered the track record with a new time of 13.918 seconds. Rowe held the previous record at 14.020.

Motor Mart Heat Race wins were recorded by Ralph Nason, Unity, Maine and Bobby White, Kennetcook, Nova Scotia. The Motor Mart Dash For Cash went to Flemming.

The IPSC resumes competition on May 21st at Speedway 95 in Bangor, Maine.

For more info on the IPSC, check our web site at www.ipschallenge.com.

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Drivers Mike MacKenzie