Atkinson Named 2015 EIT Race Radios Hometown Hero Award Winner
Photos by McCarthy Photographic
If you mention the sport of stock car racing to Richard Atkinson, his eyes are sure to light up and a smile won’t be far off.
The passionate Late Model Sportsman driver that races in the Martins Home Heating Sportsman division at Speedway 660 has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the EIT Race Radios Hometown Hero Award. The award was created in 2015 to recognize the dedication and commitment of a driver to their home track.
While Atkinson and his #40 team did not venture out to any other tracks with their race car in 2015 (one of the criteria to be eligible for the award), on track, Atkinson showed he has the talent to keep up with the young guns of the sport in New Brunswick. Dubbed one of the two “Old Muskets” by track announcer Wade Wilson upon he and Randy Moore returning to competition after a year off, Atkinson quickly gave his fans something to cheer for. It took the returning Atkinson only five races to return to the podium, finishing runner-up to Moore on June 28th. When the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour was in town the next week, he finished third in the main feature and pulled the feat once again the next week on July 11th.
A couple of bad point nights at the end of season cooled off the red hot hand held early in the summer which resulted in sixth overall in the standings, but Richard Atkinson reminded the division that he was back and is a contender every Saturday evening in the Geary woods.
Off the track, Atkinson bleeds Speedway 660 and the sport of stock car racing. Atkinson goes the extra mile to promote his race teams, his marketing partners along with the race track he calls home in the summer. Whether it is displaying his car at community events and shows such as FrexRod, participating in last weekend’s Fredericton Holiday Parade or by word of mouth, Atkinson is dedicated to going fast and turning left 365 days a year.
Whether it is an interview with Wilson, during an autograph sessions or catching up with Atkinson in the pits, his passion and excitement for the sport is contagious, which is something everyone could pick up from the driver of the #40 car.
Congratulations to Richard Atkinson on being selected as the recipient for the inaugural EIT Race Radios Hometown Hero Award. As a part of the award, Atkinson will receive a radio package from EIT Race Radios and a TCM Awards banner. The presentation of the banner will be made on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 as a part of the Speedway 660 Awards Banquet. The EIT Race Radios Hometown Hero Award banner is a presentation of JDR Graphics and McCarthy Photographic.
Previous Winners of the EIT Race Radios Hometown Hero Award:
2015: Richard Atkinson of Geary, NB
About EIT Race Radios:
EIT Race Radios was established in May 2002 as a supplier of radio communication equipment for motor sports race teams and fans. EIT Race Radios attends race events across the Maritimes every weekend and provides communication assistance and equipment to race teams and track staff as well as radio scanners and headphones for sale or rent to race fans. For a complete product and price list, along with a schedule of events that EIT Race Radios and Brent Rowley will be attending, please visit www.eitgroup.com.
About Tim’s Corner Motorsports:
Tim’s Corner Motorsports (TCM) is your destination for all your regional stock car racing news in Atlantic Canada. Tim’s Corner began as a weekly stock car racing column appearing on ScotiaSpeedworld.ca and MaritimeProStockTour.com, penned by track and series announcer Tim Terry. TCM has grown to include basic media services for motorsport teams big and small. TimsCorner.ca, the official website of Tim’s Corner Motorsports, also features Tim’s Corner Unplugged, a podcast hosted by Terry which focuses on the local motorsports scene. For more information on Tim’s Corner Motorsports, visit TimsCorner.ca!