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Pro Stock Tour Special Edition

(June 27, 2017) The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is coming to Speedway 660 for Canada Day. The Cummins 150 will be one of the highlights of the season in the Geary Woods and everyone is excited to see the tour come to town. We thought we would take a quick look at what the tour has been up to in 2017, prior to the big race this weekend.

The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour started the 2017 season at it’s home base near Halifax.  Shawn Turple, from Enfield Nova Scotia, won the Lucas Oil 150 at Scotia SpeedWorld.  Turple won the race ahead of 2016 champion Cole Butcher for his first tour win since 2014. Dylan Blenkorn was third, while Dylan Gosbee and Jarrett Butcher rounded out the top five. 

Turple led 130 laps winning  the Linde Most Laps Led Award.   The Atlantic Tiltload Heat Races were won by Blenkhorn, five-time series champion John Flemming and Exide Batteries Rookie Contender Nicholas Naugle. The Lucas Oil 150 featured 10 cautions and took one hour, 20 minutes to complete. There were no New Brunswick drivers in the 24 car field.McCarthyPhoto_170520-6118Tim Terry, from Tim’s Corner Motorsports,  interviews Shawn Turple winner of the first Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour of 2017 . It was Turple’s first tour win in three years. (photo by McCarthy Photographic) 

Race two of the 2017 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour was held in Riverglade at Petty International Raceway.   Shawn Turple picked right up where he left off in the season opener by taking his second straight checkered flag. This time Turple battled from the back of the field after being involved in an incident on lap 105.

Turple grabbed the lead from Dylan Gosbee on the final lap during  a Green-White-Checkered finish. Gosbee settled for second while Dylan Blenkhorn was third. Jonathan Hicken and Greg Proude completed the top five. Turple, Blenkhorn , Craig Slaunwhite and George Koszkulics won the Atlantic Tiltload Qualifying heat races. 

There were five different leaders and 14 cautions in the 150 lap race. Slaunwhite, who led 57 laps  took home the Linde Most Laps Led Award. There were four New Brunswickers in the 26 car field. Devin Snell (Saint John) finished 17th, Craig Ward (Riverview) was 20th, Shannon Squires (Saint John) was 24th and Mike Kyle (Sussex) finished 26th. McCarthyPhoto_170610-0797Shawn Turple continued his hot start to the season by winning the Parts for Trucks 150 down in Riverglade in early June. (photo by McCarthy Photographic)

Round three of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour went to Dylan Blenkhorn. The Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150, at Riverside International Speedway, was Blenkhorn’s tenth tour victory. Turple had another great race finishing second just ahead of Cole Butcher. Greg Proude  and Josh Collins rounded out the top five.  

Dylan Gosbee, Collins and Donald Chisholm won the Atlantic Tiltload Heat Races.  Blenkhorn picked up the Linde Most Laps Led Award by leading 83 of the 150 laps. Devin Snell was the only New Brunswick entry and he finished last in the 24 car field. There were only three cautions in the race.
McCarthyPhoto_170618-1634(L to R)  Cole Butcher, Dylan Blenkhorn and Shawn Turple finished on the podium at the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock race at Riverside International Speedway. (photo by McCarthy Photographic)

Last weekend, the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour was back in Halifax for round number four. Just like us they were rained out on Saturday, but unlike us they had a rain date on Sunday. Cassius Clark, no stranger to fans here, led the final six laps getting the better of  Dylan Blenkhorn to pick up his first Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour of the season.

Clark, winner of two McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250′s at Speedway 660, started sixth in Sunday’s Nova Truck Centres Make A Wish 150. Blenkhorn and Craig Slaunwhite joined Clark on the podium with Cole Butcher and Dylan Gosbee  completing the top five.

Atlantic Tiltload Qualifying heat winners were Gosbee, Slaunwhite and Shawn Turple. Slaunwhite, one of only two Nova Scotia drivers ever to win the 250 on SpeedWeekend, led 80 laps of the Nova Truck Centres Make a Wish 150 to pick up the Linde Most Laps Led Award.IMG_38741Cassius Clark, from Farmington, Maine, won Sunday’s Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour race at Scotia SpeedWorld. Clark, who has had a lot of success at Speedway 660, will try to make it two wins in a row on Saturday night. (photo by McCarthy Photographic)

There were 22 cars in Sunday’s race and Mike Rodgers, the only New Brunswicker, drove home in 18th place. There were seven cautions in the 150 lap event.

One year ago Greg Proude had his first ever win at Speedway 660 and first Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour win since 2010. Proude held off Cassius Clark to win round five of the 12 race Maritime Tour. Craig Slaunwhite, who started last in the 20 car field, finished third in the Cummins 100.Greg Proude Cummins 100 winner July 3, 2016Greg Proude and his crew were pretty excited after winning the Cummins 100 at Speedway 660 last year. On Saturday night the tour comes back for 150 laps of action on Canada’s 150th birthday! (photo by Michelle Roy) 

The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is one of the best racing series in Canada. Speedway 660 will roll out the red carpet and welcome the tour to the Geary Woods on Canada Day for the Cummins 150. It’ll be one of the “must-see” races of 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

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