Turple Extends Point Lead With International Win
RIVER GLADE, NB (August 25, 2012) – Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour point leader Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS) took a huge step towards the 2012 championship by taking the victory in the Irving Max1-150 at Petty International Raceway on Saturday night. Turple capitalized on a restart with 14 to go to take the lead and held on at the end during an exciting Green-White-Checkered finish. Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year candidate Brad Eddy (Lower Sackville, NS) edged out Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, NS) in a photo finish for the second spot, while 2011 River Glade International winner Kent Vincent (Crapaud, PE) and Donald Chisholm (Antigonish, NS) completed the top five in the action packed event.
Slaunwhite, in the #99 Halifax Glass and Mirror Impala, dominated the early stages of the evening, taking the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials (13.689 seconds), King Freight Lines Halfway Award and the Linde Most Laps Led Award (82). Eddy collected Exide Batteries Rookie of the Race honors with his runner-up finish to Turple. John Flemming (Halifax, NS) started from the rear and finished 8th, picking up the Absolute Traffic Services Hard Charger Award. The Fast Eddie Racewear Dash for Cash was won by Vincent, while hometown favorite Mike Stevens (Salisbury) and Dean Clattenburg (Mooresville, NC) took home Dartmouth Dodge Heat Races. The Irving Max1-150 featured seven cautions and took 90 minutes to complete.
With his win, Turple and the #0 Dexter Construction/Municipal Group Chevrolet Impala now lead the standings, unofficially, by 27 points over Flemming. Hicken falls to third, 48 points behind Turple after a mechanical issue took the No. 5 Castle Building Centres car out of the race on lap 135.
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The Maritime League of Legends kicked off the show with a 50 lap feature, which saw Cole Butcher of Porter's Lake, NS, take the checkers.
Petty International Raceway sees the finale of its River Glade International double-header weekend Saturday with the final stop of 2012 in New Brunswick for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. An extra-distance feature, the Irving Max1 150 - a River Glade International event, will cap the weekend festivities. More than 20 of the regions top racers will be joined by Dean Clattenburg - a former MASCAR rookie of the year, now long-time North Carolina transplant - driving Rollie MacDonald's No. 13 entry.
The Maritime League of Legends will round out the show Saturday at Petty; pro stock time trials start at 5:10 and racing starts at 6 p.m.
The River Glade International was founded in 1965 and until 2009 was run at River Glade Speedway. Since then 29 different drivers have won the race and seen their names etched on the illustrious International Cup. In 48 years only 10 of the 29 have won the International more than once with local legend Frank Fraser leading the way with six victories; other multi-time winners include Jim Hallahan (1966, 1968), Don Biederman (1969, 1970), Adelard Cormier (1967, 1973), Greg Sewart (1983, 1984, 1987), Tim Rodgers (1990, 1993, 1997, 1998), Ian Mollins (1994, 1995), Ken MacKenzie (2000, 2001), Gary Hicks (2005, 2006), and Mike Power Jr. (2008, 2009).
Petty International Raceway is located on Highway 106, just 40 km west of Moncton, New Brunswick. To learn more about Petty International Raceway, its location, admission, policies, history, and more, please visit www.pettyraceway.com or call the event hotline at 506.372.8080. To receive current updates please follow us on Twitter (@pettyraceway_nb).