IPSC Speedworld Readies for Round Four

Halifax, Nova Scotia (July 17) - Expectations are high as the staff and management of Scotia Speedworld prepare for next Saturday’s running of the Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores 150 - Round 4 of the six-race International Pro ...

Halifax, Nova Scotia (July 17) - Expectations are high as the staff and management of Scotia Speedworld prepare for next Saturday’s running of the Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores 150 - Round 4 of the six-race International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) for 1999. The IPSC for 1999 has taken northern New England and Eastern Canada by storm seeing the participation of top drivers from both areas - all competing for their share of the season-long awards which now exceed $560,000 (CDN - $375,000 U.S.) The series is being co-promoted by Scotia Speedworld (SSW) and Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) in Maine. The “International” rivalry that organizers were hoping would evolve when the series was conceived has developed with Canadian teams winning the first two events (Scott Fraser on May 22nd at OPS; Bobby White on June 26th at SSW). However, the U.S. teams claimed their stake with Round 3 - the True Value 250 at Oxford on July 4th where Maine’s Ralph Nason took the checkers and Ben Rowe, also from Maine, took control of the series point standings - by a narrow one point advantage over Fraser. The series champion will receive $15,000. “If what we saw in our first race this year (June 26th Forbes Chev. Olds. 150) was any indication, we’ll have a show to exceed all racing shows in recent history,” said Bas Gordon, general manager of Scotia Speedworld, located close to the Halifax International Airport. “Our crowd was bigger than we’ve seen in years and the spectators certainly saw an exciting race - matter of fact they’re still talking about it. We are expecting all of the teams that were here on June 26th to return next week. With the experience the drivers gained both on the track and with each other, the wick should be turned up a notch - or two - or three...” White, from Kennetcook, Nova Scotia, started on the pole (first place) on June 26th, was penalized for rough riding, went to the rear, and still came through the pack to win the race. White picked up $5,500 for the days work - the biggest payday of his racing career. Nova Scotia drivers finished first, third and fifth in the event (Mike MacKenzie, Dartmouth was third and Cy Harvey, Elmsdale was fifth). U.S. drivers filled out the top five with Adam Friend (Michigan) and Gary Drew (Maine) second and fourth, respectively. “We’ve been getting inquiries for tickets for the Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores 150 since the day after the last race,” said Gordon. “Advance ticket sales are strong and we’re expecting a capacity crowd.” Scotia Speedworld can seat approx. 5,000 in the main grandstand. Snap-on Tools Time Trials will kick off race activities on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Motor Mart Heat Races will start at 6 with the Scotia Speedworld Weekly Racing Series divisions providing support class action, all leading up to the openhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores 150. Advance tickets are available in Halifax at Racing Around (Bayers Road Shopping Center); in Dartmouth at Forbes Chev. Olds, Parts For Trucks, D & D Racing (Penhorn Mall), Amber Contracting and Scotia Speedworld; in Bedford at Municipal Contracting; and in Yarmouth at Motor Mart. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $5 for youth (6-16). Admission is free for children 5 and under. The Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores 150 will be televised on a tape-delayed basis (air time yet to be determined) on Access Cable channels. For more information on the IPSC, check our web site at www.IPSChallenge.com. SPECIAL NOTE There will be no racing at Scotia Speedworld on Sunday, July 25th as originally scheduled. The Scotia Speedworld Weekly Racing Series featuring the C & R Auto Supply Sportsman, Scotia Speedworld Street Stock and Nova Automotive Hobby Stock divisions will be included in the July 24th Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores 150 show.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mike MacKenzie