Riverside Ending 50th-Anniversary Season on Saturday
JAMES RIVER, NS (September 4, 2019) – This 2019 season has been a 50th-anniversary celebration to remember at Riverside International Speedway, a season which will conclude Saturday night with a big show featuring round 11 of 12 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour in the Lucas Oil 150, championship-deciding races for the Napa Sportsman Series and the Passione Flooring East Coast Mini Stock Tour.
Fans should note a special 4 p.m. start time for this event; the grandstand opens at Noon. And, fans should come to the track prepared to share favourite memories from Riverside as track announcer Dylan Langille will roam the grandstand throughout the afternoon/evening looking for special stories, rewarding the storytellers with official Riverside swag.
Additionally, management has announced a “Back to School” special offer for this event with FREE grandstand general admission for everyone 18 & under. Students are encouraged to wear school colours for a chance to win prizes.
“We really appreciate everyone’s support over the years and especially the enthusiasm we’ve seen this year with the 50th-anniversary celebration,” said Paul McLean, general manager for the facility. “With the points seasons winding down, the racing action is sure to be fierce in all three divisions.”
Truro’s Dylan Blenkhorn leads the chase for the championship with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour as the series contests its second-to-last race for this season at Riverside with the Lucas Oil 150. Blenkhorn holds a 21-point advantage over Jonathan Hicken (Montague, PE). Jarrett Butcher (Porters Lake) is in third-place 89 markers out of second-place. Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay) is just four points behind Butcher and Dylan Gosbee (Cornwall, PE) is 12 behind Butcher, rounding out the top five points-getters. Blenkhorn is a four-time PST feature winner at Riverside while Hicken is still looking for his first trip to Victory Lane at the historic 1/3-mile high banked oval.
Local favourites Donald Chisholm (Antigonish) and George Koszkulics (New Glasgow) are both expected to challenge series regulars in the Lucas Oil 150. Chisholm is an eight-time PST winner at Riverside, while Koszkulics has four PST feature wins at the fast oval. Chisholm will drive the No. 88 John Chisholm/Holman & Moody Mustang Boss 302/ RIS50 tribute car in the race. Both Chisholm and Koszkulics race out of the Antigonish-based Nova Racing stable.
Fans will also see Pictou’s up-and-coming racer Austin MacDonald make his PST debut. The teenager will drive a car out of the King Racing shop owned by his grandfather, racing legend Rollie MacDonald. Austin, who turned 16 on August 27, started racing cars in the Bandolero division when he was 10 and soon moved into Legends Cars which he has raced all over the United States and Canada, including a twice at Riverside.
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – LUCAS OIL 150
1. (02) Craig Ward, Riverview, NB
2. (07) Allison MacKinnon, Oyster Bed Bridge, PE
3. (08) Nicholas Naugle, Dartmouth, NS
4. (0) Shawn Turple, Enfield, NS
5. (5) Jonathan Hicken, Montague, PE
6. (8) Kent Vincent, Westmoreland, PE
7. (13) Austin MacDonald, Pictou, NS
8. (14) Terry Dougay, Albany, PE
9. (21) Shawn Pierce, Newcombville, NS
10. (23) Lonnie Sommerville, Barnesville, NB
11. (29) Greg Proude, Springvale, PE
12. (44) Russell Smith, Jr., Lakeside, NB
13. (48) Waylon Farrell, Conception Bay South, NL
14. (53) Cole Butcher, Porters Lake, NS
15. (54) Jarrett Butcher, Porters Lake, NS
16. (67) Dylan Blenkhorn, Brookside, NS
17. (82) Chris Hughes, Charlottetown, PE
18. (88) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, NS
19. (89) George Koszkulics, New Glasgow, NS
20. (91) Dylan Gosbee, Cornwall, PE
21. (99) Craig Slaunwhite, Halifax, NS
Entry List is Subject to Change Without Notice.