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Kris Fournier, 00, and Allison MacKinnon, 07, race side by side during recent action at Oyster Bed Speedway in Oyster Bed Bridge.
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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Roaring motors will ring throughout Goffs, N.S., on Saturday when the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Lucas Oil 150 opens the 2017 Maritime stock car racing season at Scotia Speedworld.
The 12-race schedule takes the Tour to five Maritime markets throughout the summer. Saturday’s qualifying starts at 4 p.m., the grandstand gates open at 1 p.m.
Over 30 teams from across the Maritimes and beyond have registered for the 2017 and 27 of those are expected Saturday,
The race features a stacked roster of drivers with past champions, John Flemming (Halifax, N.S.), Shawn Turple (Enfield, N.S.) and Donald Chisholm (Antigonish, N.S.) and current champ Cole Butcher of Porter’s Lake, N.S.
The field also includes multi-time feature winners Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, N.S.), Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, N.S.), Kent Vincent (Crapaud), Greg Proude (Springvale) and Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell). All rank in the top-10 on the all-time feature winners list.
The Exide Batteries rookie of the year battle enters round one, too, with Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth, N.S.), Jarrett Butcher (Porter's Lake, N.S.), Robbie MacEwen (Charlottetown) and Stevie Lively (Shubenacadie, N.S.) vying for the rook’s driving honour.
The Maritime League of Legends kicks off its 2017 campaign with a 50-lap feature before the Pro Stock opener.
Admission is $25 for adults and $8 for youth. Pit admission is $30. Children seven-years-old and under are free. Weekend passes available for $35, or $40 for pits. Tickets available at the gates on race day (cash only).
On the web at www.maritimeprostocktour.com.