Petty International Raceway to Celebrate ’16 Season with Final Race Event
Photo by Tanya Everett Photography/Track Release
Music and karaoke to cap on track action
(October 5th, 2016 – River Glade, NB) – Petty International Raceway will send off the 2016 season in style on Saturday, October 8th with a major racing card and recognition ceremony to officially crown track champions in five racing divisions. The racing portion of the show is to make up the lost racing from the Mike Stevens Memorial weekend that was washed out due to rain on September 25th. The racing action gets underway at 12pm on Saturday.
The highlight of the racing action on Saturday will be the Mike Stevens Memorial Limited Late Model 75. While heat races were run for this event and the starting grid has been set, teams that did not compete on September 25th are welcome to join in and run the 75-lap feature but will be required to start at the rear of the 15-car field. Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake, NS) and Kenny MacKenzie Jr (Salisbury, NB) won the two heat races contested in September and will provisionally start the Limited Late Model 75 from the front row on Saturday. The Limited Late Model race is comprised of Maritime Sportsman cars running with used Hoosier 1070 Pro Stock tires.
The Mini Stock 50 from the Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend will be completed to kick off the show on Saturday. The race was halted by rain with 38 laps completed in September and the final 12 laps will be completed on Saturday. The 2015 Mister Transmission Mini Stock champion Mike Weagle (Salisbury, NB) leads the race ahead of Kennetcook, Nova Scotia’s Dave Matthews and Irishtown, New Brunswick’s Rob Poirier, Chantel Ackles and J.R. Lawson, both of Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, in the top five.
The Mister Transmission Mini Stock division will run an additional 25-lap main feature on the afternoon. While only drivers who competed on the Mike Stevens Memorial weekend are welcome to compete in the remaining 12 laps of the first feature, all Mini Stock competitors from around the region are welcome to compete in the added 25-lap feature.
The Atlantic Modified Tour will run their penultimate round of their touring series Saturday at Petty International Raceway. Tom Betts (Doaktown, NB) comes in as one of the hottest drivers on the open wheel circuit, winning the last race for the series at Petty International Raceway and winning the ‘Chi City Showdown last month at Speedway Miramichi. Justin Beers (Moncton, NB) has a healthy 39 point advantage in the championship standings over Joe Hoyt (Waasis, NB) and multi-time series titlist Mike “Sparky” Raeburn (Hampton, NB) with two races remaining in their season.
The Leisure Days RV Bandolero and Extreme Window and Entrance Systems Street Stock divisions have both been added to the card for Saturday. The Bandolero class will run a 20-lap feature while the Street Stock class will contest a 30-lap feature. Both races will be non point affairs as “The Thrill Maker” Craig Ward (Riverview, NB) and “The Flying Frenchman” Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) have already locked down point championships in the Street Stock and Bandolero classes, respectively.
Please note that the 50-lap Legends feature originally scheduled for September 25th has been canceled and will not be made up.
Following all the racing action on the afternoon, the top five in points at Petty International Raceway in their respective house division will be honored in a brief recognition ceremony on the front straight. In addition, the winners of the Petty Fan Choice Awards for the Most Popular Driver and Best Looking Car for each class will also be announced and awarded. Fans voted for their favorite drivers via PettyFanChoice.com for the two awards for each division. The Women on Wheels division, who do not race on Saturday, will also be recognized with their top five in points and Petty Fan Choice winners.
Petty International Raceway also invites fans, teams, drivers, crews and staff to stick around after the racing action for music and karaoke. Everyone is welcome to join in by the front gate to celebrate the racing season for 2016 following the racing and awards on Saturday.
Those that obtained rain checks from the Sunday, September 25th rain out are reminded that this is the only event those rain checks can be used for. For those without a rain check, adult admission to the grandstands on October 8th is $20, youth admission (ages eight to 18) is $10 while children seven and under are admitted free of charge. Pit admission is $30.
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