(August 18) - It was a race of horsepower, lots of horsepower under the hood of "Racin" Ralph Nason's No. 10 Ford in the Snap-on Shootout at Scotia Speedworld. Nason was among 10 top drivers from the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) ...
(August 18) - It was a race of horsepower, lots of horsepower under the hood of "Racin" Ralph Nason's No. 10 Ford in the Snap-on Shootout at Scotia Speedworld. Nason was among 10 top drivers from the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) starting the 25-lap race for Snap-on Tools Time Trial Award winners from the '99 and 2000 seasons. The veteran driver from Unity, Maine collected a $3,000 Snap-on Tools toolbox for his efforts.
John Flemming, Halifax, Nova Scotia was second followed by Sam Sessions from South Paris, Maine.
The Snap-on Shootout saw a mandatory two-tire pit stop at half-way, where Nason picked up the lead, emerging first from pit road.
Shelia Volans, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia was a lucky fan who was matched with Nason. Volans was awarded a $1,000 Snap-on Tools toolbox when her driver (Nason) won the Shootout.
The Snap-on Shootout was the IPSC highlight of a night of qualifying action for the Atlantic CAT 250, the biggest pro stock race ever held in Eastern Canada. The first 16 starting spots have been set after two rounds of qualifying, the top 10 in the Snap-on Time Trials and the Motor Mart Dash for Cash and positions 11-16 through the Motor Mart Heat Races.
Maine's Ben Rowe turned the fastest lap in time trials at 13.907 seconds around the 3/10-mile oval and will start on the pole position for the Atlantic CAT 250.
Prince Edward Island's Dave Gorveatt and Sessions were Motor Mart Heat Race winners.
Defending IPSC champion Scott Fraser blew a motor during the Motor Mart Dash For Cash and has returned to his Shubenacadie shop to make the necessary repairs to get back to the track on Saturday. A top 10 sarting spot is guaranteed by virtue of his top 10 time in time trials.
Gates open at 3 p.m. for the Atlantic CAT 250 which boasts posted awards of over $55,000 U.S. and guarantees the winner $10,000 U.S. with the opportunity to earn as much as $18,000 U.S.
Scotia Speedworld is located across from the Halifax International Airport.
ATLANTIC CAT 250 STARTING GRID (FIRST 16 - REST OF 24-CAR FIELD DETERMINED SATURDAY AFTER CONSOLATION RACE): 1. Ben Rowe (Turner, Maine), 2. Ralph Nason (Unity, Maine), 3. Mike MacKenzie (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), 4. John Flemming (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 5. Kirk Thibeau (Fort Fairfield, Maine), 6. Gary Smith (Bangor, Maine), 7. Richie Dearborn (Hollis Center, Maine), 8. Scott Fraser (Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia), 9. Leo Cochrane (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 10. Scott Alexander (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), 11. Dave Gorveatt (Charlottetown, PEI), 12. Sam Sessions (S. Paris, Maine), 13. Andy Shaw (Conway, New Hampshire), 14. Kenny Wright (Woolwich, MAine), 15. Tom Mayberry (Naples, Maine), 16. Cy Harvey (Elsmdale, Nova Scotia).
SNAP-ON SHOOTOUT RESULTS: 1. Ralph Nason, 2. John Flemming, 3. Sam Sessions, 4. Mike MacKenzie, 5. Andy Shaw, 6. Ben Rowe, 7. Mike Riley, 8. Kirk Thibeau, 9. Kenny Wright, 10. Rollie MacDonald