Trent Blakney Towing and Excavating 100 Leads off June at Petty Raceway
Track Release/Photo by Tanya Everett Photography
(River Glade, NB – June 1st, 2016) – Petty International Raceway will play host to their second race of the 2016 season on Saturday, June 4th with the running of the Trent Blakney Towing and Excavating 100. The card features stock car racing action in six different classes, including the Petty International Raceway Sportsman, Extreme Window and Entrance Systems Street Stock, Mister Transmission Mini Stock, Leisure Days RV Bandolero and Women on Wheels divisions. The Atlantic Modified Tour will also make their first stop of the season at Petty International Raceway. Post time for the Trent Blakney Towing and Excavating 100 is 6pm.
The opening round of the Sportsman division season saw a battle for the ages between defending track champion Luc Bourgeois (Memramcook, NB) and Andrew Rodgers (Smithtown, NB). The two battled for the top spot in the Quality Concrete 100 late in the going of the race, with Rodgers besting Bourgeois by inches at the finish for the $2,000 winner’s payday. Bourgeois will be back on Saturday in search for his first win of the year but will have stiff competition from a number of the region’s top Sportsman drivers, including Ken Mackenzie Jr (Salisbury, NB), Matt Maillet (Burton, NB), Laurie Cormier (Riverview, NB), Phil Barkhouse Jr (Hammonds Plains, NS), Dawson McIntee (Moncton, NB), Neal Crawford (Salisbury, NB), Chris Cormier (Moncton, NB) and Bert Cormier (Bouctouche, NB).
A trio of drivers with the same last name will be making their 2016 racing debuts on Saturday. Six-time Maritime Late Model touring champion Wayne Smith (Timberlea, NS) along with his nephew and former Petty International Raceway track champion Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside, NS) will strap into Sportsman cars for the first time this season. Colby Smith (Cape Sable Island, NS), no relation, is also expected to slide into the window of a Sportsman car for the first time in over a year. All three will be threats to take home the checkered flag on Saturday evening.
Mike Duskey of Albany, Prince Edward Island got the jump on his competition in the Extreme Window and Entrance Systems Street Stock division by taking home the first feature win of the season on May 21st. Duskey enters the second race of the season ahead in the championship point standings over Mike Edwards (Penobsquis, NB) and Craig Ward (Riverview, NB). Ward, known around racing circles as “The Thrill Maker,” led the most laps in the season opener after pacing the field in the May 21st race for 20 of the 30 circuits completed.
Tim Webster (Beaver Bank, NS) took the victory in the season opening Mister Transmission Mini Stock feature but it was a clash of former champions that created waves on May 21st. Mike Weagle (Salisbury, NB) led the first 20 laps of the first feature of the year with JR Lawson (Shubenacadie, NS) hot on his bumper for the duration. With five laps remaining, the two tangled coming out of the second corner, dashing any chances of victory for the pair. Webster was able to dodge the spinning cars and ultimately race to the win over Kody Quinn (Glace Bay, NS) and Logan Power (Moncton, NB). The competitive field of four cylinder race cars will look to continue their championship chase with another exciting feature on Saturday night.
Local favorite Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) laid claim to the first Leisure Days RV Bandolero feature of the year on May 21st. The seasoned veteran of the class that features youngsters aged between eight and 16 years held off a pack of victory hungry Nova Scotian drivers to capture the checkered flag two weeks ago. Nathan Blackburn (Timberlea, NS), Sam Rogers (Lower Onslow, NS), Josh Langille (Coldbrook, NS) and Austin MacDonald (Pictou, NS) will all look to back up their top five runs on the opening day of the season with a win of their own on Saturday night.
The Women on Wheels division will make its Petty International Raceway debut on Saturday night in its first of three appearances at the track in 2016. These female drivers with no previous full time stock car experience will be taking to the track in four cylinder race cars with the ultimate goal of winning at Petty International Raceway. In an exhibition race held at the track in July of last year, Janet McFetridge (Tantallon, NS) held off all challengers for the win in her stock car debut. McFetridge will look to make it two-for-two in Women on Wheels competition in their first official point race on Saturday.
The Atlantic Modified Tour will contest their second point race of the season on Saturday. Last weekend in Miramichi, sophomore Justin Beers scored the win in the season opening race over seasoned veterans Joe Hoyt and Doug Matchett. The race on Saturday night is in addition to the previously announced three visits to the high banked oval by the New Brunswick based touring series.
Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s events are $20 for adults and $10 for youth aged eight to 18, while children seven years of age and under will be admitted free. Pit admission is $25 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Pit gates for competitors open at 1pm, grandstand gates open for spectators at 4pm with racing getting underway at 6pm.
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