Butcher picks up first win of season

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Cole Butcher of Porter’s Lake, N.S., took his first check­ered flag of the season Sun­day night and his se­cond con­sec­u­tive At­lantic Cat 250 vic­tory.

Butcher takes home $15,150 for the win and an­other plaque on the cov­eted Scott Fraser Memo­rial Cup.

Butcher took the lead early but was put to the rear on lap 55 for an on track in­ci­dent but bat­tled back through the en­tire field to re­claim the lead on Lap 101.

Shawn Tur­ple (En­field, N.S.) bat­tled hard with Cas­sius Clark (Farmington, Me.) to finish run­nerup in the 18th edi­tion of the At­lantic Cat 250. Dy­lan Blenkhorn (Truro, N.S.) fin­ished fourth with Greg Proude (Spring­vale, P.E.I.) fol­low­ing up his win at Oys­ter Bed Speed­way with a fifth-place finish at Sco­tia Speed­world.

Four At­lantic Tilt­load Heat races de­ter­mined the starting po­si­tions for the iconic race. Butcher won heat one which put the reign­ing cham­pion in the pole po­si­tion. Five-time series cham­pion John Flem­ming (Hal­i­fax, N.S.), Blenkhorn and Dy­lan Gos­bee (Corn­wall, P.E.I.) also won their re­spec­tive heats.

Butcher led 198 laps to col­lect the Linde Most Laps Led Award.

His younger brother Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake, N.S.) won the Ex­ide Bat­ter­ies Rookie of the Race Award.

Rus­sell Smith Jr. (Lake­side, N.S.) won the King Freight Fu­ture Win­ners Award for the At­lantic Cat 250 by fin­ish­ing sixth in his first Pro Stock start of the year.

Rob­bie MacEwen (Char­lot­te­town, P.E.I.) ac­cepted the At­lantic Tilt­load Pole Chal­lenge, send­ing him from eighth po­si­tion in the starting grid to the fi­nal 26th starting spot. MacEwen earned $500 for tak­ing the chal­lenge but he was un­able to make up enough po­si­tions dur­ing the race to se­cure ad­di­tional bonus funds. Craig Slaun­white (Ter­ence Bay, N.S.) was the win­ner of the Goulden’s Shell Hard Charger Award by gain­ing 19 po­si­tions to finish sev­enth.

Prior to the At­lantic Cat 250 the Mar­itime League of Leg­ends ran a 50-lap fea­ture. Craig Mac­Don­ald (Waverly, N.S.) took the check­ered flag fol­lowed by Way­lon Far­rell (Con­cep­tion Bay South, N.L.) and Ryan Mack­in­tosh (Kan­napo­lis, N.C.).

The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is off next week­end but re­turns to Petty In­ter­na­tional Race­way on Aug. 26 for the Cum­mins 200 which will high­light River Glade In­ter­na­tional week­end.

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