SUMMERSIDE, PE - Carnivore capped off aharness racing driving triple to propel the Island reinsman to victory in Saturday night's Atlantic Regional Driving Championship at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.
Campbell scored a 1:55.1 win with Carnivore in the final race of the competition for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington, P.E.I. Campbell finished the competition with 71 points to send him to the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
"I'm feeling really good," Campbell said after the victory. "I had a good line up and the horses raced good. It's always close these kind of things and that's what makes it really exciting."
Pictonian Press finished second to put Nova Scotia driver Ryan Ellis into the other spot for the National's with 65 points, while PC Shockwave finished third to give Darren Crowe 55 points, finishing third in the competition.
"It started out good and I just had good horses I guess," Ellis said. "After looking at the card I thought I had a shot and the horses came through."
finished fourth in the competition with 50 points, while was fifth with 49 points followed by (41), (31), (31) and Kevin Dillon (27).
Hughes opened up the competition in race 2 with a 2:01.1 victory aboard Miracleonthehudson to give him the early lead over Silverhill Princess () and Diagram Hanover (Ellis).
Lyndale Royal captured race 3 in a 10-length 1:56.4 score for Ellis over Ok Chivas () and Rivervues Legacy (Crowe), giving Ellis the points lead.
Ultimate Labamba captured race 4 in 1:58 giving the top spot towith second going to Just Coastin Along (Hughes) and Whitesand Artist ( ) third.
Rash B Havior delivered as the post time favorite in race 5 to widen the lead for driverwith Bad Date (Crowe) second and The Warden ( ) third.
Dance Hanover captured race 6 to propel Trites into third place with second in that race going to Blu Meadow Willie (MacPhee) and Joachim () third.
Race 7 had Darren Crowe bring himself into contention with a 1:57 victory aboard Barrett Jackson ahead of In Cahoots (Barrieau) and Smackwaterjack (Ellis).
Its Handsome Hank captured race 8 in 1:59.1 to put Ellis into second place behindwith Roccos Cavallo (Kevin Dillon) second and River Paradise (Hughes) third.
sat out race 10 to see Barrieau score with Keystone Nobility over Tyber Champ (Darren Crowe) with Onehotvett (Ryan Ellis) third.
and Ellis will join , ., , , and in the National Driving Championship.
The Summerside card also featured two divisions of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series with Bunny Mach capturing the first division in 1:56.2 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee) was second with Prynne Hanover () third. The second division went to General Luckypercy and Barrieau in 1:56.1 for trainer and owners Jack Brown and Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown. Andro Madi (Dale Spence) was second with Dirt Track Momma ( ) third.
By Nicholas Oakes