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Four P.E.I. drivers post top-10 finishes

In IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway


Published on July 16, 2017

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – Four Prince Edward Island drivers posted top-10 finishes in the IWK 250 on Saturday night.

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Dylan Gosbee of Cornwall was fifth; Kent Vincent of Crapaud was sixth; Jonathan Hicken of Brudenell was eighth, and Greg Proude of Springvale was 10th.
Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro, N.S., made a life-long dream a reality by winning the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup at Riverside International Speedway. Cole Butcher of Porter’s Lake, N.S., was second, third spot was claimed by Craig Slaunwhite of Terence Bay, N.S., and Shawn Turple of Enfield, N.S., came fourth.
Other P.E.I. drivers in the race were Robbie MacEwen of Charlottetown (15th), Darren MacKinnon of Charlottetown (20th) and Terry Dougay of Albany (27th).
Competition got underway with five Atlantic Tiltload heat races for the 38 competitors vying to make the 30-car field. Jason Hathaway (Uxbridge, Ont.), Shawn Turple (Enfield, N.S.), Dave O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, N.B.), Kyle Reid (Fort MacMurray, Alta.) and George Koszkulics (New Glasgow, N.S.) won the heat races. Jarrett Butcher of Porter’s Lake, N.S., won the Atlantic Tiltload B feature.
Twenty cars qualified for the prestigious event via heat races. Cars who did not qualify through their heat then competed in a 25-lap last-chance race, with the top two securing their positions on the starting grid.
The remaining eight positions were determined by provisionals as set in the event procedures. Receiving a provisional to make the elite starting field were Vincent, MacKinnon, Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth, N.S.), Stephen Lively (Shubenacadie, N.S.), Greg Fahey (St. Stephen, N.B.), Gary Elliott (Dundas, Ont.), Josh Collins (Placentia, N.L.) and John Flemming (Halifax, N.S.).
NASCAR legend Mark Martin had a rough start to the day after hitting the wall hard during afternoon practice, and doing significant damage to the car. The 17 crew battled and were able to get the Cat Car for Kids into the starting grid, but their issues continued into the evening.  Martin pitted on Lap 57, but was unable to return to the race due to extensive mechanical issues.
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is in action next weekend for the Irving Oil Blending and Packaging 150 at Petty International Raceway, located just outside of Moncton, N.B.

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