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Smith wins CARQUEST Tour

Wayne Smith of Timberlea, NS captured his second CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour Championship at Scotia Speedworld

Smith had a 33 point lead going into the final event of the 2008 season and finished the Parts for Trucks 200 in the sixth position to retain his points lead over Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, NB.

Sommerville closed the gap between the two early, by winning the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials and accepting the Hipertech Pole Challenge to gather extra points and bonus money in his quest to catch Smith for his first championship. Sommerville left his second place starting spot to start 25th in the field to gain an automatic ten points. He finished in the third position to gain five more bonus points. However, it wasn't enough as Smith drove to the front of the field early to earn the Coast Tire Most Laps Led award and five extra bonus points, before falling back to the sixth position late in the race.

Champion

The Championship was the second on the tour for Smith, who won the inaugural Championship back in 2001. It was also his fifth Maritime Touring championship, tying him with Greg Sewart of Halifax, NS for the most championships in the region. After the race, Smith thanked his sponsors, car owners, crew and his fans for backing him throughout his career.

200 EIT Race Radio Rookie of the Year Craig Slaunwhite of Terence Bay, NS won the PARTS FOR TRUCKS 200, the 2008 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour Finale. Slaunwhite took the lead for the final time with two laps remaining in the race to win his second Halcraft Print Checkered Flag of the season.

Slaunwhite had an amazing season on the tour, winning twice in his rookie year and finishing in the fourth position in the year end point standings. The 2008 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour season is now in the history books. 55 different competitors attempted to qualify for at least one of the eleven events held this season. Twenty three cars had 100% attendance, which were the most full time cars the series has had in its eight year existence. The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour honors its competitors with its Championship Banquet. The Banquet will be held at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro, NS on October 25th.

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