Brookside man is ready for a competitive Pro Stock season

Published on May 15, 2017

Dylan Blenkhorn has been spending a lot of time fine tuning Black Amber, in preparation for this year’s Pro Stock races.

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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour begins a new race season Saturday, and Dylan Blenkhorn is ready to get behind the wheel.

The 22-year-old driver is spending most of his spare time fine-tuning his car, Black Amber.

I enjoy racing but it’s the fans that really keep me going. It’s pretty cool when a little kid comes up and wants an autograph or when someone asks for advice.

Dylan Blenkhorn

 “There were rumours about me quitting,” he said. “I enjoy racing but it’s the fans that really keep me going. It’s pretty cool when a little kid comes up and wants an autograph or when someone asks for advice.”

He gave one child a second place trophy he won, and heard about how the boy kept it by his bed every night before bringing it back to him to have it autographed.

“To have that kind of impact is pretty cool.”

Blenkhorn’s father raced cars and introduced him to the sport when he was a child. He ended up competing against his father – often beating him – and his dad now helps him at races.

He had impressive outings with Bandolero and Legend cars before going into pro stock competition, where he first raced a car that came to be known as Big Bird because of its colour. Last year he took a trip to Michigan to purchase a car from Van Doorn Racing. He called the red car Amber, but now that it’s been repainted he’s calling it Black Amber. He likes the car because it’s different from the others and because it’s easy to work on.

“I never expected to race at this level and I expect this year to be tough,” he said. “We were so close to the championship last year. We’re spending double the amount of time on the car this year, trying to figure out little things that can make the car faster, trying to find the competitive edge. It’s so competitive now.”

Blenkhorn enjoys a variety of motorized competition including demolition derbies, backward racing, barrel racing with cars and snowmobile racing.

Quinn Flooring remains his major sponsor and he’s excited about the new pro stock season.

“I hope to be just as good, if not better, than last year, but having fun while doing it is the main thing,” he added.

 

 

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2017 Schedule

 

Sat May 20

4 p.m.

Lucas Oil 150

Scotia Speedworld

Halifax, NS

Sat June 10

6 p.m.

150 Laps

Petty Int'l Raceway

River Glade, NB

Sat June 17

6 p.m.

Ron MacGillivray Chev Bucik GMC 150

Riverside Int'l Speedway

Antigonish, NS

Sat June 24

6 p.m.

Nova Truck Centres 150

Scotia Speedworld

Halifax, NS

Sat July 1

6 p.m.

Cummins 150

Speedway 660

Fredericton, NB

Sat July 15

TBA

IWK 250 Presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body

Riverside Int'l Speedway

Antigonish, NS

Sat July 22

6 p.m.

Irving Oil Blending & Packaging 150

Petty Int'l Raceway

River Glade, NB

Sat Aug 5

6 p.m.

Lucas Oil 150

Oyster Bed Speedway

Oyster Bed Bridge, PE

Sat Aug 12

5 p.m.

Atlantic Cat 250

Scotia Speedworld

Halifax, NS

Sat Aug 26

6 p.m.

Cummins 200

Petty Int'l Raceway

River Glade, NB

Sat Sept 9

6 p.m.

Lucas Oil 150

Riverside Int'l Speedway

Antigonish, NS

Sat Sept 16

4 p.m.

Dartmouth Dodge 200

Scotia Speedworld

Halifax, NS

Dylan Blenkhorn behind the wheel.

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