Pro Stocks, Street Stocks Highlight Busy Second Weekend of Atlantic Championships
Photo by Mike Francis/RacinPhotos
The second weekend of the Atlantic Stock Car Championships at the CENTRE For Speed goes green on Saturday and Sunday with two action packed days of racing.
Five divisions will crown their Atlantic Champion for the 2017 season, while the Bandolero division will run an exhibition race on Saturday afternoon after an exciting Atlantic Championships battle one week ago.
Saturday afternoon’s action includes the Mini Cup division making their first and only off-Island appearance in 2017 for a 25-lap feature. The Four Fun division will bring the Four Cylinder heat to the track for a 50-lap feature and the Limited Late Models will close the card with a 125-lap main feature. Two of last weekend’s Sportsman podium finishers, Laurie Cormier and Brady Creamer, will lead the field into action on Saturday in the Late Model portion of the show.
The Pro Stock 250 field will feature former Atlantic Champions including Jonathan Hicken of Brudenell, PE and Dylan Gosbee of Cornwall, PE, along with Speedway 660 champion Brent Roy of Hanwell, NB and runner-up in the 2017 McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 in Lyttleton, NB teen sensation Ashton Tucker.
Kevin Moore (Fredericton, NB), Robbie MacEwen (Sherwood, PE), Shawn Pierce (Bridgewater, NS) and Brandon Skidmore (Springhill, NS) will look to take home an Atlantic Championship on Sunday afternoon. Pro Stock freshmen Craig Ward (Riverview, NB), Cal Hatfield (Saint John, NB), Andrew McKay (Quispamsis, NB) and Brandon Harris (Fredericton Junction, NB) look to strike gold in their first Pro Stock Atlantic Championships run, while Chris Hughes (Brackley Beach, PE) returns for a run at the checkered flag at the CENTRE For Speed.
A total of 16 drivers are pre-registered for the Street Stock 100, led by Speedway 660 champion Luc McLaughlin (Geary, NB) and Scotia Speedworld champion Dan Smith (Lower Sackville, NS). James Matchett (Miramichi, NB) is coming off the momentum of a big win at Petty International Raceway in September and will look for a second straight big win. Prince Edward Island is well represented in the field with Oyster Bed Bridge drivers Brandon Snow and Alex Sheehan looking to continue their winning ways off-Island.
Jamie Vassallo and Brennan MacInnis are coming from Cape Breton Island in hopes of taking the win back across the Canso Causeway. In 2016, Mike MacLeod was the winner of the Atlantic Championships for Street Stocks, but the team has since sold the car. The car will return to the CENTRE For Speed this weekend with three-time Mini Stock Atlantic Champion JR Lawson making his Street Stock debut on Sunday.
A complete entry list for each of the five divisions competing in their Atlantic Championships events are below. The lists are subject to change without notice and are expected to grow as the week goes on.
“Epic” will provide live music on Saturday night following the day’s racing and Happy Hour practice sessions for Pro Stocks and Street Stocks.
Monday, October 9th is set aside as a rain date for either racing event on the weekend, if needed.
PRO STOCK 250 – Expected Entry List
02 – Craig Ward – Riverview, NB
11 – Cal Hatfield – Saint John, NB
13 – Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
21 – Shawn Pierce – Bridgewater, NS
26 – Brent Roy – Hanwell, NB
32 – Chris Hughes – Brackley Beach, PE
32T – Ashton Tucker – Lyttleton, NB
33 – Andrew McKay – Quispamsis, NB
40 – Robbie MacEwen – Sherwood, PE
84 – Brandon Skidmore – Springhill, NS
87 – Brandon Harris – Fredericton Junction, NB
88 – Kevin Moore – Fredericton, NB
91 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
97 – Chris Duncan – Hampton, NB
STREET STOCK 100 – Expected Entry List
06 – Alex Sheehan – PE
1 – James Matchett – NB
3 – Big Poppas Motor Sports – PE
7 – Brandon Snow – PE
11 – Luc McLaughlin – NB
13 – Brad MacLean – NB
23 – Jamie Vassallo – NS
26 – Brennan MacInnis – NS
29 – Jeff MacInnis – PE
31 – Taylor Albert – PE
37 – Brandon Albert – PE
39 – Dan Smith – NS
68 – Michael Cormier – NB
74 – Cory Leonard – NS
77 – Riley Goodwin – NB
81 – JR Lawson – NS
87 – Craig Ward – NB
95 – Bryar Ellis – NB
LIMITED LATE MODEL 125 – Expected Entry List
03 – Bert Cormier – NB
07 – Robbie Fraser – NB
3 – Justin Beers – NB
10 – Brady Creamer – NB
11 – Kyle Campbell – NB
14 – Alex Johnson – NS
30 – Marcel LeBlanc – NB
53 – Laurie Cormier – NB
56 – Josh Collins – NL
61 – Ches Cole – NL
68 – Jerry Hayes – NS
92 – Pete Miller – NS
FOUR FUN 50 – Expected Entry List
05 – Brody Levesque – NB
4 – Shane Bridges – PE
48 – Jeff Richard – PE
51 – Bryan Suttie – NB
71 – Scott Kennie – NB
77 – Cody Gallant – PE
94 – Deven Smith – NS
171 – Tom Stewart – NS
MINI CUP 25 – Expected Entry List
00 – Jeremy Alexander – PE
3 – Dave Griffin – PE
8 – Donnie MacNeil – PE
18 – Chad Jackson – PE
40 – Kirk Sheagreen – NB
41 – Mark Ferguson – NB
78 – Shaun Morrison – PE
88 – Don Gaudet – PE
RACE DAY FORMATS
Full formats yet to be released.
Friday, October 6th – Practice from 4pm to 7pm (Test n Tune, one car on track at a time). Pit admission is $15.
Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th – Back gates open at 9am, practice TBA, grandstand gates at 11am, Driver’s Meeting at Noon, Racing at 1pm.
Saturday, October 7th – Limited Late Model 125, Four Fun 50, Mini Cup 25, Bandoleros. Pro Stock and Street Stock Happy Hours – 5pm to 7pm. Music featuring Epic at 7pm.
Saturday: Grandstand – Adults $25 | Children 8-15 $10 | Pit – $35
Sunday: Grandstand – Adults $35 | Children 8-15 $15 | Pit – $50
Weekend Pass (Saturday and Sunday) – Adults $50 | Children 8-15 $20 | Pits – $60
Weekend Camping – $20
Practice time is available Friday evening at the CENTRE For Speed from 4pm to 7pm. Pit admission is $15.
If you are at the CENTRE For Speed this weekend taking in the Atlantic Stock Car Championships, join in on the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ASSC17.
Monster Trucks, Mini Stocks and World Record Wheelies Next Weekend at CFS
The third and final weekend of the Atlantic Championships takes place on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th with Atlantic MONSTER Nationals taking the spotlight.
Saturday’s events will see Round One for the Monster Truck competitors, along with a V8 Demolition and the championship round of the MJS Holdings East Coast Mini Stock Tour. Sunday will see a Four and Six Cylinder Demolition and Roger LeBlanc’s World Record attempt play support to the Monster Trucks. LeBlanc will be attempting the world’s longest wheelie with three passengers, which will encompass three full laps around the 3/8-mile oval!
Ticket information and more can be found at CentreForSpeed.com.