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Atlantic Championships Kick Off Saturday With Sportsman, Mini Stock, Bandolero Divisions

Early Registration Lists, Race Day Format and More for the 18th Annual Atlantic Championships Day One

Photos by Mike Francis/RacinPhotos

The 2017 Atlantic Championships at the CENTRE For Speed outside of Shediac, New Brunswick kick off Saturday with the Sportsman, Mini Stock and Bandolero classes taking centre stage.

Jacob Logan, who won the Sportsman feature in 2016 as a rookie, will be back to defend his championship on Saturday. The task is far from easy though, as he’ll have to fight for the Sportsman 100 crown with three-time event champion Racin’ Remi Gaudet, Speedway 660 champion John Rankin, Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour competitor Harry Ross White, former International champion Laurie Cormier, rookie Curtis Collins and former Scotia Speedworld Sportsman champions Pete Miller and Aaron Boutilier, among others.

The Sportsman entry list, as of Thursday evening, features 17 cars. Also included on the pre-entry list includes Nova Scotia’s Joey Livingstone, Alex Johnson, Andrew Starks and a returning Ross Lewis. New Brunswick’s Bert Cormier, Brady Creamer, Kyle Campbell, Marcel LeBlanc, Dan Duke (driving for Dan Bourque) and Robert Raynes (driving for Ryan Raynes) will look to keep the title in the province.

The 100-lap Sportsman race has provided some of the most exciting finishes in recent Atlantic Championships and with the field that is coming together, 2017 should be no exception.

EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – Sportsman 100; Shediac CENTRE For Speed on September 30th
**Subject to change without notice

01 – Joey Livingstone
07 – Robbie Fraser
1 – Harry Ross White
3 – Bert Cormier
3 – Justin Beers
4 – Aaron Boutilier
7 – Andrew Starks
10 – Brady Creamer
11 – Kyle Campbell
14 – Alex Johnson
15 – Dan Duke
22 – Remi Gaudet
27 – Curtis Collins
28 – John Rankin
30 – Marcel LeBlanc
37 – Jacob Logan
53 – Laurie Cormier
88 – Ross Lewis
92 – Pete Miller
94 – Robert Raynes

The Mini Stock division will also run 100-laps in the “Little Guys 100” on Saturday afternoon. Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia’s JR Lawson enters as the three-time and defending champion of the race. The 2011 winner and reigning Scotia Speedworld Thunder champion Dave Matthews will be in the field looking to stop the streak as will Petty International Raceway’s runner up Mike Edwards.

A strong contingent from Prince Edward Island will also make the trek to the CENTRE For Speed. Mitchell Arsenault, Coady Palmer, Matt Watson, Devin Gallant, Cody Byrne, Harley Cornish and Jake Rodgers are among those looking to cross the Confederation Bridge and take the title from Nova Scotia for the first time in over five years.

Sophomore Civic star Jesse Deveau swept Lake Doucette Motor Speedway two weeks ago and will look to do the same on Saturday afternoon in Grand Barachois. In addition to Matthews and Lawson, Deveau will have to keep rookies Darren Flemming and Neil Miousse, who is driving for Bob Landry, behind him.

Tyson Donovan and Michael Savoie will look to haul from the North Shore of New Brunswick to bring the title back to their home province.

EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – “Little Guys” 100; Shediac CENTRE For Speed on September 30th
**Subject to change without notice

00 – Michael Savoie
13 – Harley Cornish
17 – Jake Rogers
19 – Coady Palmer
22 – Darren Flemming
27 – Matt Watson
36 – Devin Gallant
51 – Mitchell Arsenault
51 – Jesse Deveau
55 – Neil Miousse
63 – Tyson Donovan
76 – Cody Byrne
81 – JR Lawson
89 – Mike Edwards
99 – Dave Matthews

The Bandolero division is starting to take shape for the 25-lap Bandolero feature. The field includes local drivers Koven Lewis, Evan Lane and Kelsea Lewis with Nova Scotian drivers Chase MacKay and sibling pairings Brooke Dowe and Dylan Dowe along with the Noble brothers Colton and Dawson.

If Josh Langille does not make the trek to the Lobster Capital, we are guaranteed a new champion as Braden Langille and Ashton Tucker, the most recent champions behind Langille, have moved up to the Pro Stock ranks.

We have reached out to a number of Bandolero teams but have yet to hear back as of press time.

EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – BANDOLERO 25; Shediac CENTRE For Speed on September 30th
**Subject to change without notice

03 – Colton Noble
3 – Nathan Langille
8 – Dawson Noble
10 – Evan Lane
11 – Koven Lewis
18 – Josh Langille
17 – Dylan Dowe
22 – Brooke Dowe
68 – Kelsea Lewis
71 – Chase MacKay

RACE DAY FORMAT – Saturday, September 30th

Pit Gates Open at 9:00 AM

Tech opens at 9:15 AM

Practice begins at 9:45 AM

                          Mini’s @ 9:45

                          Bandos @ 10:00

                        Sportsman @ 10:15

                              Mini’s @ 10:45

                            Bandos @ 11:00

                              Sportsman @ 11:15       

                               Track Closes at 11:45am

  Front Gates at Noon                                                     

Driver Meeting at Noon                                                                                                                                                   

 Racing starts @ 1:15 PM

Admission Prices

Saturday: Grandstand – Adults $25 | Children 8-15 $10 | Pit – $35
Weekend Camping – $20


Practice time is available Friday evening at the CENTRE For Speed from 5pm to 7pm. Pit admission is $15.

Pro Stocks and More Next Weekend

Weekend No. 2 of the Atlantic Championships will see Pro Stocks and Street Stocks anchor the weekend on Sunday, October 8th beginning at 1pm. The Pro Stocks will take the track for 250-laps while the Street Stocks will be featured in a 100-lap event. Full entry lists will be available next week on with entries brisk for both classes.

Saturday, October 7th will see the Limited Late Models take centre stage with the Four Fun and Mini Cups kicking off the second weekend. Racing begins at 1pm.

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