Nova Truck Centres Make A Wish 150
This was our 10th annual Nova Truck Centres 150, but this year was extra special as we had the opportunity to put some smiles on so much deserving faces. Thanks to Ann Butcher of Atlantic Tiltload who organized 3 kids whose wish was to attend a pro stock car race, we were able to grant their wishes.
Make-A-Wish Atlantic grants wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions to experience hope, strength and joy. 3 Nova Scotian families travelled to join us at the Nova Truck Centres 150—here are their stories:
Dylan, age 6, from Kingston, NS was accompanied by his mom and step-dad. Dylan was born with VACTERL Association, a life-threatening condition with a group of anomalies occurring together at birth. His challenges affect his bones, limbs and organs including a tethered spine and a hole in his heart. He’s had a number of surgeries including his first surgery at 5 hours after birth. Dylan had an extraordinary birthday this past year as he and his family went to Universal Studios as he got the be ‘The Hulk’ amongst his favourite Super Heroes!
Chase, age 9, from Springhill, NS was accompanied by his mom and dad. Chase was born with IRAK-4, an immune system deficiency. This very rare, genetic condition leads to recurrent bacterial infections. His wish was to go on rides at Disney World where he also got to meet Mickey Mouse!
Elizabeth, age 5, from Windsor. NS was accompanied by her 3 older brothers and her parents. Elizabeth was born with a rare heart condition that affects normal blood flow through her heart, since birth she has required several cardiac surgeries. Elizabeth loves to dress up and play with her brothers. Make-A-Wish was not surprised when her wish request was to enjoy Star Wars Jedi Training Camp. She and her family had experienced a trip of a life-time.
Dylan, Chase and Elizabeth got to get in on the action by riding in the big rigs during the truck parade, stand on the podium to meet the race drivers, as well as be a part of the victory lane celebrations!
Make a Wish kids and their families in the stands.
This years truck parade one of the best yet, thanks to our awesome customers who showcased their big rigs on the track–a big thank you to all customers who participated!
Check out some of the photos:
Cassius Clark (Farmington, ME) started at the rear of the field in the Nova Truck Centres Make a Wish 150 at Scotia Speedworld on Saturday evening. Clark took the lead from Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS) on Lap 123 and held on for his second feature win in three races on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour in 2016. Turple held on to second while Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside, NS) charged hard for third place after substituting in for Daryl Mahar (Hubley, NS) in the #66 car. Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, NS) and Greg Proude (Springvale, PE) completed the top five in the feature event.
Atlantic Tiltload Qualifying started off the day’s racing action. Slaunwhite, Clark and Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS) each took home heat race wins in the 23 car field. Smith Jr. was the recipient of the King Freight Lines Future Winner Award. Turple took the Linde Most Laps Led Award after leading 104 laps of the Nova Truck Centres Make a Wish 150. Harry Ross White (Noel Road) was the top freshman in 12th place to capture the Exide Batteries Rookie of the Race Award. Five cautions slowed the race which took one hour, eleven minutes to complete.
Fans were treated to two of Scotia Speedworld’s Weekly Racing Series divisions prior to the Nova Truck Centres Make A Wish 150. Jorden Smith (Lakeside, NS) won the 25 lap Toursec Lightning feature and Jason Fenton (Eastern Passage, NS) won the Coors Light Trucks 25 lap feature.
Cassius Clark will maintain the point lead on the Series as the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first appearance of the season in New Brunswick next Saturday June 25th at Petty International Raceway. Tickets for the 100 lap feature will be available at the gate on race day. Visit www.maritimeprostocktour.com for complete event details and coverage.