It’s the pits for Dy­lan Blenkhorn out of cham­pi­onship con­tention after dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion

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TRURO, N.s.

Dy­lan Blenkhorn feels the Mar­itime Pro Stock Tour is treat­ing him un­fairly.

“It feels like that,” Blenkhorn, of Brook­side, said Tues­day. “I don’t know, I think every­one’s treated as fair as they can, but maybe they do have their favourites. I don’t want to say that but it kind of seems like that.”

On Sun­day, Blenkhorn won his fourth race of the season, tak­ing the check­ered flag at the Cum­mins 200 at Petty In­ter­na­tional Race­way in River Glade, N.B., to in­crease his lead atop the points stand­ings and move closer to his first tour cham­pi­onship.

Upon tech in­spec­tion fol­low­ing the race, how­ever, it was de­ter­mined the left side of Blenkhorn’s car was over­weight, and as a re­sult, he was dis­qual­i­fied, drop­ping him from first to sixth place in the stand­ings and putting an end to his cham­pi­onship hopes.

“It just seemed like they went out of their way to DQ us,” Blenkhorn, 22, said. “I think they could have treated us a little dif­fer­ent. I think they should un­der­stand that it was close and we weren’t try­ing to break the rules…”

The max­i­mum left-side weight of cars on the Mar­itime tour is 58.0 per cent. Blenkhorn said when his car was weighed fol­low­ing the race the scale read 58.0.

“We were good and I fig­ured they would just let us go ... then we took it off and put it on again and we were over – 58.2, 58.1. It al­most seemed like they wanted us to be over. They didn’t work with us, they wouldn’t even lis­ten to our state­ments.

“It just seems like they’re out to get us, try­ing to roy­ally screw us, hon­estly. I don’t get it.”

Ef­forts by the Truro Daily News to reach Mar­itime Pro Stock Tour of­fi­cials were un­suc­cess­ful.

Last year, Blenkhorn and his team suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate. Again, lead­ing the stand­ings with two races re­main­ing, Blenkhorn was docked 124 points for us­ing ti­ta­nium axles dur­ing a race at River Glade. The penalty dropped him to fourth place and out of the run­ning for a ti­tle.

“I’ll take re­spon­si­bil­ity for that; it was a dif­fer­ent kind of deal,” he said. “But I feel like this year the out­come was in their hands and we were treated un­fairly.”

Blenkhorn has a huge fan base and is one of the top young driv­ers on the cir­cuit. He said in­ci­dents that have taken place over the past two years have him ques­tion­ing his fu­ture on the tour.

“We spend a lot of our own money and time do­ing it so it just makes me won­der, am I wast­ing my time run­ning on the pro stock tour?

“Some days you’ve just got to think, ‘is it all worth­while or not.”’

Blenkhorn will ful­fil spon­sor and fan com­mit­ments and will drive in the fi­nal two races this season – Sept. 9 at River­side and Sept. 16 at Sco­tia Speed­world.

“We’re go­ing to hold our heads up high and go out there for our fans and for our spon­sors and see what hap­pens,” he said. “We’re just not go­ing to do any­thing for the tour and I don’t ex­pect they’ll do any­thing for us, ei­ther, so it is what it is.”

Blenkhorn added he has re­ceived tremen­dous sup­port from fans and fel­low driv­ers since Sun­day’s rul­ing.

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