Blenkhorn captures biggest win of his career

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At 15th annual Atlantic Cat 250

HALIFAX – Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro, N.S., captured the biggest win of his career Saturday night.

Blenkhorn piloted his No. 67 Blenkhorn’s Auto Recyclers Chevrolet to victory in the 15th annual Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld. Blenkhorn took the lead on Lap 141, and held the top spot for the final nine laps of the event, holding off Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine, on a three-lap dash to the checkers.

Rowe held on for second over reigning series champion John Flemming of Halifax, N.S. Shawn Tucker of Fredericton, N.B., rallied in the second half to finish fourth, with Greg Proude of Springvale, P.E.I., completing the top five.

After leading a race-high 131 laps, Blenkhorn not only earned the Linde Most Laps Led Award, but also collected more than $13,000 for his victory in the biggest stock car racing event in Halifax.

Blenkhorn, who collected his third win of the season on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, started from the pole position after Craig Slaunwhite accepted the Atlantic Tiltload pole challenge. Slaunwhite was in contention for a top-five finish before he and Cassius Clark of Farmington, Maine, tangled with four laps to go.

Slaunwhite, who won the King Freight dash, finished 11th in the Atlantic Cat 250. Clark took home the Atlantic Tiltload time trials with a time of 14.301 seconds. Dartmouth Dodge heat races went to Cole Butcher of Porters Lake, N.S., and Dean Clattenburg of Mooresville, N.C. With his fourth-place finish, Tucker pocketed the Exide Batteries Hard Charger Award.

Prior to the race, a small ceremony was held to officially retire the No. 00 of Scott Fraser and the No. 12 of Scott Kelly from Maritime Pro Stock Tour competition.

The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour returns for a special Friday night make up race at Riverside International Speedway on Aug. 15. The Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet Buick GMC 150 will go green at 7 p.m.

Organizations: Scotia Speedworld, Parts for Trucks, Exide Riverside International Speedway

Geographic location: Maine, Turner, Halifax Fredericton Springvale Halifax.Blenkhorn Farmington Porters Lake Mooresville, N.C.

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