Saturday’s Maritime League of Legends Tour 50 to serve as INEX National Qualifier
Photos by Mike McCarthy/McCarthy Photographic; Series Release
(BEDFORD, NS – August 27th, 2019) – The Maritime League of Legends Tour will close off a busy month of August this weekend with their annual trip to the Geary woods and Speedway 660. The Legends will contest the ninth round on their 2019 season on Saturday evening with the Maritime League of Legends Tour 50, which will also serve as the Tour’s INEX National Qualifier in the Province of New Brunswick. For the second time this season, the Bandolero division will join the Legends and will compete on both days of SpeedWeekend 2019 in the Tim’s Corner Motorsports Bandolero Blast. Racing gets underway on Saturday, August 31st at 5:30pm with Sunday, September 1st’s green flag going in the air at 2pm.
The last two Maritime League of Legends Tour races have belonged to Braden Langille. The Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia driver won two weeks ago at Riverside International Speedway and pulled away when it counted last week at Petty International Raceway during the G6N Consulting Group 50. Langille has won five of the eight rounds so far on the Series and finished on the podium in the other two races he competed in the No. 51 Velocity Machining and Welding car.
Speedway 660 is a new adventure for the US Legend Cars FZ09 motor package though and it is something that the championship leader is looking forward to.
“I’m excited to get there to try this motor,” said Langille after the win in the G6N Consulting Group 50. “They say they are a momentum motor, so at a bowl like Speedway 660 they should work really well.”
While Langille is having a dream season, Craig MacDonald (Waverley, NS) is looking to wake Langille up. MacDonald had another second place run last weekend at Petty International Raceway and will look to climb out of a nine point hole in the next two races. MacDonald owns two wins on the season at two different tracks and has four second place finishes to his credit in 2019. Speedway 660 holds a special place in MacDonald’s heart and was well on his way to winning this event one year ago before a parts failure sidelined the No. 98 in the final laps.
Shelby Baker (Fall River, NS) knocked out another podium finish last weekend in the G6N Consulting Group 50 for his third top three finish in the last four races. Baker has a firm grip on third in the standings with two races to go on the Maritime League of Legends Tour.
Saturday’s 50-lap Legend feature on SpeedWeekend 2019 is the second of two regional qualifiers for INEX Asphalt Nationals on the Maritime League of Legends Tour schedule in 2019. The top finishing Pro, Master, Semi-Pro and Young Lion driver in the field in the Geary woods on Saturday will not only win a cash bonus from Fleet Brake Atlantic, they will become eligible for a provisional starting spot in Asphalt Nationals. INEX Asphalt Nationals takes place from October 17th to 19th at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro, North Carolina.
Fleet Brake Atlantic Class Bonus winners from the G6N Consulting Group 50 at Petty International Raceway included Langille (Pro), MacDonald (Semi-Pro), Danny Chisholm (Canning, NS; Young Lion) and Paul Goulden (Shelburne, NS; Master). The top driver in each INEX sanctioned division in each Maritime League of Legends Tour event will pick up a cash bonus courtesy of Fleet Brake Atlantic. The top driver in each division at year’s end will also pocket a bonus from Fleet Brake Atlantic.
After dropping their three worst point totals of the season, Chisholm enters Speedway 660 as the point leader in the Rookie of the Year chase. Chisholm leads by 30 points over Devin Gallant (Rustico, PE) with Devin Wadden (Hammonds Plains, NS) only four points behind Gallant. When it comes to the overall standings, where all finishes are tallied to the championship, Wadden has taken fourth place overall with Gallant in sixth behind Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS).
Darren Sherwood (Cambridge-Narrows, NB) and Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) will look to defend their home province for the final time in 2019 with a win on Saturday evening at Speedway 660. Cormier and Rogers came close to winning this event one year ago but fell short in a thrilling finish to Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea, NS).
The Tim’s Corner Motorsports Bandolero Blast will be in search of a new champion in 2019 after Sam Rogers made his move to Legend cars full time in 2019. Rogers has won the last three Bandolero Blast events at Speedway 660 on SpeedWeekend and while a new champion will be crowned this weekend, the talent looking to take it away is no stranger to winning.
Four of the top Outlaw drivers in the region are expected to battle it out on Saturday and Sunday for the TCM Bandolero Blast hardware. Danny Chisholm will do double duty on the weekend racing in both the Legend and Bandolero. Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River, NS) will be making the haul along with his brother Dawson as they look to return to Riverview Ford Lincoln Victory Lane. Colton is the point leader at both Scotia Speedworld and Petty International Raceway in their Bandolero Outlaw division. Dylan Dowe (Bedford, NS) and Austin Tanner (Shubenacadie, NS) each won an INEX National Qualifier at Sydney Speedway in July and will look to take their talents to Speedway 660 and the TCM Bandolero Blast this weekend.
Speaking of point leaders, Ayden Christensen (Windsor Junction, NS) has been lighting the lamp this season. Christensen is the leader in the Beginner Bandolero division at Petty Raceway and has three Bandit wins at Scotia Speedworld in 2019. Fan favorite Chase MacKay (Bear Cove, NS) took a liking to Speedway 660 last year during the Bandolero Blast and hopes to add the track to the list the Bandit driver has won at this year. Nyk Pothier, who celebrated a birthday on Monday, will also return to Speedway 660 for the second consecutive year.
Teagan Dempsey (Fredericton, NB) will make his Speedway 660 debut this weekend. Dempsey is the only Fredericton based Bandolero team in the Province and has been looking forward to racing in the TCM Bandolero Blast since it was added to the schedule. The rookie contender is sure to have his friends and family in the stands cheering him on this weekend.
The racing action on SpeedWeekend 2019 begins on Saturday, August 31st at 5:30pm with the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman 100 as the opening act for the two day short track showcase. The Maritime League of Legends Tour will contest INEX sanctioned action on Saturday a 50-lap INEX National Qualifier for Legends and the 25-lap Tim’s Corner Motorsports Bandolero Blast Part One. Joining the Sportsman, Legend and Bandolero competitors on Saturday will be the Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour racing in the Pub’s Drive Thru Bottle Exchange 50.
The racing action gets underway at 2pm on Sunday, September 1st with qualifying for the 19th Annual McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250. In addition to the Pro Stock action, the DMR Auto Street Stock, Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter and Tim’s Corner Motorsports Bandolero divisions will be in action along with the Atlantic Modified Tour.
Advance tickets and campsites are available now by calling the Speedway 660 office at (506) 454-7223.
For complete information on the Maritime League of Legends Tour, please visit MaritimeLegends.ca.
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About The Maritime League of Legends:
The Maritime League of Legends Association was formed in 2005 by a group of racer’s wanting to grow the Legends Cars division in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. In 2019, the Maritime League of Legends Tour will visit five venues throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island between May and September during its ten race season. For more information on the Maritime League of Legends, please visit www.maritimelegends.ca.
About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it attracts race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until Labour Day Weekend. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, wraps up Speedway 660’s racing season.