Photo by Pat Healey
(DARTMOUTH, NS – July 31st, 2019) – The Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour travels from one end of Nova Scotia to the other as the Series will contest the Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore presented by Endurance Roofing this Sunday afternoon at Lake Doucette Motor Speedway. The high banked, egg shaped, half mile oval located minutes from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia will host Round Five of Nine on the 2019 season, marking the halfway point of the third season for the Series. Racing gets underway on Sunday, August 4th at 1pm.
The unique layout of Lake Doucette Motor Speedway tests the grit, determination and talent of even the best drivers in the Series. A look back at the inaugural Tour stop at the track will show the likes of current point leader Dave Matthews (Kennetcook, NS) and 2017 champion Tim Webster (Beaver Bank, NS) with finishes outside the top five. On the other hand, it was Matthew Warren (White’s Lake, NS) who scored the win at Lake Doucette in 2018, a win that shifted the momentum his way and ultimately helped catapult him to the championship.
Fast forward to 2019, Matthews enters with an early season stranglehold on the championship standings after three wins in the first four events. Matthews took both ends of the Veterans for Healing Twin 75s last weekend at the re-opened Sydney Speedway and sits atop the standings. With two podium finishes at his home track, former Late Model Sportsman competitor Dave Timmons (Inverness, NS) moves himself to second in the standings.
The Rookie of the Year standings took a turn south this past weekend. Shay MacPhee (Yarmouth, NS) will enter his home track with a biggest lead in the freshman standings after Darrell Hulme (Sydney, NS) suffered set backs in both races at Sydney Speedway. Stephan Somerset (Nictaux, NS) will look to head to what would geographically be his home track with the Series to gain ground on his competition in the Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore presented by Endurance Roofing.
While he has one of the shorter drives of anyone to Lake Doucette Motor Speedway, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia’s Shawn Pierce will have one of the longest hauls to the track on Sunday. Pierce, a regular on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, will compete in the Lucas Oil 150 at Oyster Bed Speedway (PE) on Saturday evening before hitting the road for the nearly seven hour drive to Lake Doucette. Pierce will make his ECMST debut with Darkside Racing, competing in the No. 13 A-Pak Drywall and Acoustical Honda Civic for Drew MacEachern. Cody Byrne (Orwell Cove, PE) will also be making the haul from Prince Edward Island this weekend to compete in Southwest Nova Scotia.
Jesse Deveau (Greenwood, NS), Darren Flemming (Shubenacadie, NS) and Neil Miousse (Kentville, NS) all have hundreds of laps around Lake Doucette over the last year and all have to be considered favorites for the win heading into Sunday. Deveau was the runner-up in this event last year while Miousse took the Giles Auto World Pole Challenge at this race last season.
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – BRUCE HONDA SHOWDOWN ON THE SHORE PRESENTED BY ENDURANCE ROOFING
**entry list subject to change.
1 ® – Stephan Somerset – Nictaux, NS
13 – Shawn Pierce – Bridgewater, NS
17 ® – Shay MacPhee – Yarmouth, NS
18 – Taylor McLean – New Glasgow, NS
22 – Darren Flemming – Shubenacadie, NS
37 – JLS Autosport – Antigonish, NS
51 – Jesse Deveau – Greenwood, NS
58 ® – Darrell Hulme – Sydney, NS
67 – Cody Byrne – Orwell Cove, PE
71 – Neil Miousse – Kentville, NS
99 – Dave Matthews – Kennetcook, NS
The driver who qualifies on the pole position will be the first driver offered the Giles Auto World Pole Challenge. The first driver to accept the challenge will fall to the back of the field and pick up cash bonuses based off where they finish the event. The EIT Race Radios Hard Charger and RockAuto.com Hard Luck Awards will also be offered during the Season Opening, and every other, event on the Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour.
Grandstand admission prices for Sunday’s Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore presented by Endurance Roofing are $10 for adults and $5 for youth aged 10 to 15, while children nine years of age and under will be admitted free. Pit admission is $20 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Tickets are available at the gate on race day, cash only. Pit gates open for competitors at 9am, grandstand gates for spectators open at 11am with racing getting underway at 1pm. The event also includes Lake Doucette Motor Speedway house division classes with racing in Four Cylinder Women, Four Cylinder Men, V8 Stock and Sportsman. A complete race day format will be available via EastCoastMiniStockTour.com later in the week.
The Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore presented by Endurance Roofing is in the midst of a busy stretch of racing for the Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour. Following this weekend’s action, the Tour will head to Scotia Speedworld for a 50-lap show on Saturday, August 10th as a part of the 20th Annual Toromont Cat 250 weekend. The five race in four weekend road trip will draw to a close on Friday, August 16th at Riverside International Speedway with a 50-lap feature to open the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Bumper to Bumper 300 weekend.
Fans are encouraged to follow along with the ECMST on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ECMiniStockTour. You can also visit the ECMST website for complete series and event information at EastCoastMiniStockTour.com.
About Bruce Honda:
Since 1927, Bruce Automotive Group has prided itself on maintaining our focus on exceptional service and value to our customers. Our Bruce philosophy is what sets our company apart from the competition. We pride ourselves on offering everything a Honda buyer or owner could ever need. Moreover, at Bruce Honda, we offer a wide range of after-sales services that are designed to keep your Honda in perfect condition. To learn more about all of our after-sales services, contact us today! Bruce Honda is located at 176 Starrs Road in Yarmouth, online at BruceHonda.com or give them a call at 1-855-854-2489
About Passione Flooring and Interiors:
Passione Flooring and Interiors offers the highest quality of products from the Quality Sterling Group. Whether it is tile, carpet, hardwood, laminate or the world class service and installation, they can do it all! Their new state of the art location is now open at 64 Burbridge Avenue in Dartmouth’s Burnside Industrial Park. Visit them today or call (902) 832-9091 for expert advice on your next flooring and interior project! The Quality Sterling Group line of products and services can be found online at PassioneFlooring.com.
About the East Coast Mini Stock Tour:
The East Coast Mini Stock Tour was formed in December 2016 to give Mini Stock racing in the Maritime Provinces a unified home. Featuring four cylinder Honda models, the series will host events at six oval race tracks throughout Atlantic Canada in their nine race season. For complete information on the East Coast Mini Stock Tour, please visit EastCoastMiniStockTour.com
About Lake Doucette Motor Speedway:
Lake Doucette Motor Speedway (LDMS) is a 1/2 mile oval shaped paved track located in the small scenic village of Lake Doucette and run by the Southwest Stock Car Association . It is about 25 kilometers north of the town of Yarmouth in the district of Clare/Digby County at Exit 32 on Highway 101. Lake Doucette Motor Speedway is only 200 meters after the bridge on top the hill to your left. LDMS has 8 race days per season which runs early June through September and features 4 classes of racecars. For any information you can find us on Facebook at LakeDoucetteMotorSpeedway