Brad Eddy and LSR Team Up for ’13 Season
Brad Eddy Racing (B.E.R.) is excited to announce that 2011 NASCAR Whelen All American Track Champion Brad Eddy will be flying the colors of Lonnie Sommerville Racing (LSR) in 2013.
The 18 year old’s #72 Super Late Model race car will be maintained weekly at the LSR shop in Barnesville NB with short track star Lonnie Sommerville and Saint John native Geoff Armstrong alternating Crew Chef duties on race day for all 12 MPST events in 2013. Geoff joined forces with LSR for 2013 which will certainly give LSR a strong presence at tracks throughout the Maritimes.
Quote from Brad:
“I’m really looking forward to working with Lonnie and Geoff this season. Lonnie is a seasoned short track veteran with an outstanding reputation. Geoff is an extremely skilled fabricator and is very smart around a race car. This season has huge potential for me and my Team and I know together we will work hard to see success in my second year of on the very competitive Maritime Pro Stock Tour”
“My Nova Scotia based B.E.R. Team will assist in crewing the car at each event under the direction and leadership of Lonnie and Geoff. We are all committed to working hard to support Lonnie and his Family as they grow their racing business in Atlantic Canada and beyond.”
· NASCAR Whelen All American Series Track Champion – First Canadian to ever win a United States based NASCAR Championship and accomplished it at just 17 years of age.
· Over 50 feature event Wins before the age of 16
· Canadian INEX National Champion (most feature wins)
· Two Provincial INEX Championships
· Scotia Speed World Track Champion (most feature wins)
· INEX Young Lions Champion (Most feature Wins)
· AMKA Provincial Champion (26 Races -16 Feature Wins)
Brad is heavily involved in his community and uses his racing efforts to reach out and encourage others
Quote from Lonnie Sommerville:
“I am really looking forward to working with Brad this season; he comes from a great family that is dedicated to his racing career. After getting a chance to see him race last year and see the success he had we are looking to build on that momentum in 2013 and I am confident that we will be contending for race wins and a Championship.”
About Lonnie Sommerville:
Success in racing came early for Sommerville as in his first ever race behind the wheel of a stock car in 1991 at the age of sixteen was a win. From that first win people in the Maritime racing community quickly noticed the talent displayed by the racer. So in 1994 Lonnie formed “Lonnie Sommerville Racing” when he purchased a Maritime sportsman car. It took just three races behind the wheel before Lonnie won his first sportsman race which was just the start of a long list of wins and accomplishments over the next several years of sportsman racing.
It was late ’98 before Sommerville made his first ever start behind the wheel of a super late model, and just as history repeats itself so did the success of Sommerville by finishing third in his first race. The talent and abilities of Sommerville have been seen more than ever in the super late model division where he won the biggest payday ever for a New Brunswick based racer winning the 2006 Peterbilt 250 at Speedway 660 in Geary, NB.
The following year Lonnie was named the 2007 CARQUEST Maritime Pro Stock rookie of the year. Since then Sommerville has added several wins to his career totals most notably winning both Scotia Speedworld’s Atlantic CAT 250 and the Peterbilt 250 once again in 2009. The win at Speedway 660 made Sommerville the first driver in history to repeat as a Peterbilt 250 champion. The Canadian also captured his first win on foreign soil winning a feature event at the 2010 World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida. In 2013 Lonnie will compete for 2012 Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski’s driving a Super Late Model for selected United States events.
Lonnie Sommerville Racing is a full service racing business. They have a full inventory of racecar parts and offer everything from repairs to the fabrication of turnkey race cars. LSR builds and maintains racecars for several top drivers in the Maritimes and offers driver development programs working with young drivers to help showcase their talents. Lonnie can be reached at his race shop by calling 1-506-832-0884.
Quote from Geoff Armstrong:
“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to work with Brad and his Team in 2013. As Crew Chief for another competitor in 2012 we raced against Brad each week and he showed me that he has the drive and professionalism to succeed. Building on my own experience, and joining forces with Lonnie Sommerville Racing in 2013, I am confident that we will make a great Team. Lonnie taught me a lot when I first started in the sport and I really am excited to team up and grow his racing business.”
About Geoff Armstrong:
Geoff is a seasoned veteran of short track racing and started racing at a very early age. Geoff has worked with NASCAR Canadian Tire Series drivers Dave Whitlock, Mark Dilley, and Scott Steckly. He was also New Brunswick Pro Stock driver Greg Fahey’s Crew Chief in 2008, 2009 who went on to win the Pro Stock Championship at Speedway 660. Geoff also assisted New Brunswick driver Chris Duncan for the final 3 races of 2010 to win another Championship at Speedway 660. In 2011 Geoff maintained Steve Halpin’s Pro Stock race car finishing 3rd in the Auto Value 250 and in 2012 Geoff lead Steve and the Team to MPST Rookie of the Year honors.
About the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour:
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) is the highest level of stock car racing in Canada. The Tour is recognized in the industry as one of the healthiest stock car racing series in North America. PST visits five tracks throughout the Maritimes during its May through September season. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited.
Photo Credit: Ray Brown/Speedshots.ca