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The East Coast Mini Stock Tour will be at the Lake Doucette Motor Speedway on Aug. 5 for the Southwest Showdown.
The East Coast Mini Stock Tour will be at the Lake Doucette Motor Speedway on Aug. 5 for the Southwest Showdown. - Contributed

LAKE DOUCETTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, N.S. – After a break of over a month, the MJS and Prime Lift East Coast Mini Stock Tour is ready to resume their 2018 season in a big way Sunday, Aug. 5.

The stock car touring series will visit Lake Doucette Motor Speedway in Salmon River, Nova Scotia, for the Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore. The 75-lap feature is expected to bring approximately 18 of the best Honda racers from across the Maritimes to compete for the checkered flag at the unique, 1/2-mile egg shaped oval. Racing begins at 1 p.m.

This is the second straight new venue for the MJS and Prime Lift East Coast Mini Stock Tour after the Series attacked Scotia Speedworld for the Passione Flooring and Interiors 50 on June 23.

The last time an organized Honda Civic race was held at Lake Doucette Motor Speedway was nearly a decade ago when the track invited the Scotia Speedworld Thunder teams to compete in a late season showcase. Less than a handful of drivers, including “The Ironman” Drew MacEachern (Dartmouth, NS), Matthews, Matthew Warren and Joey Lawson (Porter’s Lake, NS), competed in that race that will be in the field Sunday. Flemming and Deveau competed in the track’s Fun Day in September 2017. The number of drivers without competitive laps on the half mile layout in a Honda outnumbers those that have been in a race there.

A number of drivers will see the track for the first time this weekend in Honda racing competition. Speedway 660 Sharp Shooter and Scotia Speedworld Thunder feature winner Neil Miousse (Kentville, NS), Oyster Bed Speedway Mini Outlaw feature winner Cody Byrne (Orwell Cove, PE), multi-time track champion JR Lawson (Shubenacadie, NS), Petty International Raceway Mini Stock point leader Chantel Ackles (Shubenacadie, NS) and multi-time Scotia Speedworld Thunder feature winners David “Hibby” Hibbs (Middle Sackville, NS) and Nic Baker (Middle Sackville, NS) just scratch the surface of talent that will be on display Sunday.

Greg McKay (Eastern Passage, NS), Tyler Larkin (Montague, PE), Jerome Tracey (Port Hawkesbury, NS) and Taylor McLean (New Glasgow, NS) are also among the expected entries to compete for the Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore on Sunday afternoon.

Special thanks to contingency sponsors Giles Auto World and EIT Race Radios, who will present the Pole Challenge and Hard Charger Awards, respectively, during the Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore on Sunday.

Fans that are in the Yarmouth area early for the big race can stop by Bruce Honda on 166 Starrs Road on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a BBQ with the cars and stars of the MJS and Prime Lift East Coast Mini Stock Tour. There will be an early arrival practice for competitors in the Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore from 3 p.m. to dusk at Lake Doucette Motor Speedway.

Grandstand admission prices for Sunday’s Bruce Honda Showdown on the Shore 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 9 a.m., grandstand gates for spectators open at 11 a.m. with racing getting underway at 1 p.m. The event also includes Lake Doucette Motor Speedway house division classes with racing in Four Cylinder Women, Four Cylinder Men, V8 Stock and Sportsman.

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.

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