Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Kicks Off Tri-Province Trip in July
IWK 250 Presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body headlines busy month
By Tim Terry
The month kicks off with the fifth round of the PFTPST at Scotia Speedworld. The Lockhart Truck Center 100 was dominated by Shawn Turple in 2010 and he will look to once again defend his home turf on July 2nd. Home track favorites such as Wayne Smith, John Flemming, Mike MacKenzie, Daryl Mahar and Marty Prevost will look to pull the feat that Enfield’s Turple did one year ago to give them the momentum heading into the crux of the 2011 campaign. On July 9th the Tour will make its one-and-only stop of the summer in New Brunswick’s capital region as the Pro Stocks will take to the track at Geary’s Speedway 660. The tight confines of Speedway 660 always lends itself to side-by-side and bumper-to-bumper entertainment every lap.
The 100-lap event is expected to bring out the best of the track regulars to battle the best from the region, which will be led by 2010 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour titlist Shawn Tucker. Tucker’s shop is minutes away in the capital city and is always a threat whenever his #52 Chevrolet Impala hits the track. One of the most anticipated events on the schedule every year is the IWK 250, presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body at Riverside International Speedway. NASCAR Sprint Cup series pilot Marcos Ambrose returns for a second consecutive year in hopes of avenging mechanical problems from one season ago. “We had a car good enough to win last year,” commented Ambrose on the 2010 edition of the IWK 250. “We had a motor lay over with around 100 laps to go. We had heaps of speed so if everything hangs together, and I keep my head screwed on straight, we should be close to the front all night.”
Ambrose will join the NOVA Racing stable of drivers headed up by Donald Chisholm and George Koszkulics. Chisholm had one of the fastest cars at this event in 2010 and made two spirited runs to the front of the field before an accident sidelined him in the closing stages of the race. The race is one of the highest attended on the Tour and makes the qualifying action exciting as drivers vie for a coveted spot on the starting grid. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour action goes green on Saturday, July 23rd with support racing taking the spotlight on the evening before.
Rounding off the month of July is a trip across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island. Oyster Bed Speedway plays host to round eight of the Tour as the best in the business will duke it out for 100-laps in the Air Show Atlantic 100. Wayne Smith bagged the win here last season but had to hold off relentless challenges from Islanders Jonathan Hicken and Kent Vincent to get to the line first. Greg Proude, Darren MacKinnon and series newcomer Randy Millar among others will look to keep the Air Show Atlantic 100 trophy on the red mud after the race gets the checkers on Saturday, July 30th.
For more information on the races and the drivers who compete in them on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, visit MaritimeProStockTour.com.
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