(Aug. 28) - It was another classic battle for the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) series with the $31,475 Atlantic CAT 150 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia seeing series points leader Scott Fraser lead all but one lap of...
(Aug. 28) - It was another classic battle for the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) series with the $31,475 Atlantic CAT 150 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia seeing series points leader Scott Fraser lead all but one lap of the race. Fraser, from Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, battled second-place points runner Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine, for more than 90 laps as the two ran either nose-to-tail or door handle-to-door handle - until lap 130 when Rowe spun while racing Fraser through turns 1-2. Rowe was leading Fraser by a nose at the start/finish line as lap 130 was completed. There was no contact between the cars. Rowe finished sixth. It was Halifax, Nova Scotia’s John Flemming who finished second and perhaps got the loudest cheers at the end of the race. Flemming had qualified to start the Atlantic CAT 150 from the first place spot but elected to accept the Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores Pole Challenge and start at the rear of the field in return for bonus money. Flemming started at the rear of the 27-car field and raced his way to second with a legitimate shot at the win, following Fraser to the checkers by less than one second. Race payouts show Flemming with winnings of $6,000 ($3,000 for second; $2,500 Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores Pole Challenge Bonus; $500 Motor Mart Dash For Cash win) and Fraser collects $5,700 ($5,000 for first, $400 Linco Fisheries Halfway Challenge, $300 Provincial Electric Most Laps Led). “John drove a heck of a race,” said Fraser. “He raced hard and he raced clean. We saw him coming and knew we’d have to work to hold him off.” An ecstatic Flemming said he had a great race and was pleased with the outcome as he collects the biggest paycheck of his racing career. “We had fun,” Flemming said. “Working the traffic is what it’s all about. We had a great car. Of course we’d have loved to have won it, but I knew Scotty would be tough to get around. With so few laps left we were happy to settle for second. What a night.” Rounding out the top five were Jerry Babb from Windham, Maine, Mike MacKenzie, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Adam Friend, Pittsfield, Maine. The 150 scheduled laps were stretched to 152 because of a late race caution and the green-white-checkered finish rule. It took only 59 minutes, 23 seconds to complete the race which saw nine caution periods. Motor Mart Heat Race winners were Kirk Thibeau, Fort Fairfield, Maine and Marty Prevost, Fall River, Nova Scotia. MacKenzie set a fast time of 14.140 seconds in the Snap-on Tools Time Trials. Fraser stretches his points lead over Rowe from two points entering the Atlantic CAT 150 to 17 markers leaving the show. With just one race remaining (Sept. 10th at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine) in the $560,000 six-race series the chase for the $15,000 championship and the Kelly Cup will be fierce.
FINAL RESULTS: 1. Scott Fraser, Shubenacadie, NS 2. John Flemming, Halifax, NS 3. Jerry Babb, Windham, Maine 4. Mike MacKenzie, Dartmouth, NS 5. Adam Friend, Pittsfield, Maine 6. Ben Rowe, Turner, Maine 7. Bub Bilodeau, Standish, Maine 8. Mike Rowe, Turner, Maine 9. Mike Riley, Halifax, NS 10. Kirk Thibeau, Fort Fairfield, Maine 11. Sam Sessions, South Paris, Maine 12. Dan Eddy, Dartmouth, NS 13. Bobby White, Kennetcook, NS 14. Dave Potter, Cambridge, NS 15. Scott Alexander, Dartmouth, NS 16. Doug Stokes, Dartmouth, NS 17. Gary Drew, West Buxton, Maine 18. Chris Hughes, Charlottetown, PEI 19. Scott Robbins, Dixfield, Maine 20. Stan Dicks, Sydney, NS 21. Marty Prevost, Fall River, NS 22. Tim Brackett, Oxford, Maine 23. Tim MacKay, Dartmouth, NS 24. Tom Mayberry, Naples, Maine 25. Leo Cochrane, Halifax, NS 26. Steve Henderson, Truro, NS 27. Dean Clattenburg, Concord, North Carolina