Blenkhorn cap­tures Lucas Oil 150 crown

Truro driver takes River­side’s sea­son fi­nale

Truro Daily News - - Sports - BY RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE

For most of Satur­day night at River­side In­ter­na­tional Speed­way, it looked like Antigo­nish’s Don­ald Chisholm was go­ing to de­fend his Lucas Oil 150 ti­tle, which would have been his fourth check­ered-flag in a row at the track’s an­nual fi­nal event of the sea­son.

Un­for­tu­nately for the lo­cal favourite, Truro’s Dy­lan Blenkhorn had other ideas.

Blenkhorn, of Truro, made a last lap-pass to win his third event of 2018 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour sea­son, mak­ing for the most ex­cit­ing fin­ish at the James River track this sea­son.

“You have pa­tience,” Blenkhorn said, as a ju­bi­lant cel­e­bra­tion went on around him.

“It def­i­nitely is not a one-per­son deal, it takes a team and I have the best team here; that is why we’re in vic­tory lane tonight.”

Blenkhorn, the 2017 IWK 250 win­ner at River­side, talked about his style of rac­ing suit­ing the track.

“It’s just the speed, I think,” he said. “I like the high banks, the at­mos­phere… my driv­ing style suits it.”

Chisholm, who earned the pole po­si­tion and led for 116 laps, said he felt Blenkhorn’s 67 car had a lit­tle bit of an ad­van­tage over his 89 car, in the mid­dle of the cor­ners.

“The car was good; we needed a lit­tle help through the mid­dle of the cor­ners and, Dy­lan, that’s where he was bet­ter than us, right in the mid­dle,” Chisholm said.

“I think on the en­try and exit we were sim­i­lar, but that’s pretty well where he was beat­ing us. I might have done things dif­fer­ently if I had it to do it again.”

The vet­eran driver, who par­tic­i­pated in a lim­ited tour sched­ule this sea­son, noted it has been a tough year for his team.

“We strug­gled all week­end dur­ing the IWK 250, had the car go­ing a lit­tle bet­ter and then had a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure.” He added it’s seemed like that was just the story of their sea­son, me­chan­i­cal fail­ures, though that never played into it this race.

“It was nice ev­ery­thing stayed to­gether tonight, I just needed to keep the 67 car be­hind me for one more lap … that’s the way she goes some­times.”

Greg Proude of Spring­vale, P.E.I., tied his best fin­ish of the sea­son, com­ing third and com­plet­ing the podium. Craig Slaun­white of Ter­ence Bay, N.S. and Dy­lan Gos­bee, Corn­wall, P.E.I., also had solid races at River­side and rounded out the top five, re­spec­tively.

OTHER EVENTS

The Napa Sports­man Se­ries kicked off the race-day with their sea­son fi­nale, the High­land Home Build­ing Cen­tres 75, prior to the Lucas Oil 150

•Sydney’s Shawn Water­field came home first fol­lowed by Aaron Boutilier (Porter’s Lake, N.S.) and Pete Miller (Ken­net­cook, N.S.) who rounded out the podium.

•Colby Smith (Cape Sable Is­land, N.S.) was awarded the 2018 NAPA Sports­man Se­ries Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

The MJS Hold­ings/prime Lift East Coast Mini Stock Tour also fin­ished off their sea­son at River­side

•Cody Byrne ( Or­well Cove, P.E.I.) was on top of the podium fol­lowed by Dave Matthews (Nine Mile River, N.S.) and Matt Wat­son (Mis­couche, P.E.I.).

•Matthew War­ren ( Hatchet Lake, N.S.) was crowned the 2018 cham­pion.

RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE

Truro’s Dy­lan Blenkhorn with the checked-flag fol­low­ing his vic­tory in the Lucas Oil 150, Satur­day night at River­side In­ter­na­tional Speed­way. Richard Macken­zie

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