New Year, New Ride; Jeffrey Breen to Run at Scotia Speedworld Full Time in 2019
Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Jeffrey Breen is about to see his stock car career come full circle. The NAPA Sportsman Series regular has landed a ride at Scotia Speedworld in the Sportsman division full time in 2019.
Breen will drive an entry owned by Chris and Bethany McCormick, also out of Antigonish, as the pair competes for the Friday night champion outside of Halifax. The car is one formerly campaigned by Dave Timmons and it is expected to carry the No. 66, a number that Breen began his racing career with. The team will carry sponsorship from Steel Pro Inc. of Pictou, Nova Scotia.
To say Breen is excited for more races on his schedule at Scotia Speedworld is an understatement.
“Chris purchased a Sportsman car at the end of the season and he asked me if I would be interested in driving it for him at Scotia Speedworld in 2019,” said Breen of how the opportunity arose. “No hesitation – I immediately said yes! I cannot thank Chris and Bethany enough for believing in and choosing me to drive their race car. These opportunities do not come around often and I am extremely grateful and excited for this chance.”
It is a homecoming of sorts for Breen, who began his racing career in the Toursec Lightning division at Scotia Speedworld in 2011. Breen has also raced part-time in the Sportsman division over recent years, with the highlight of his Late Model adventures at Scotia Speedworld coming in the 2017 Affordable Fuels 150 where he finished fourth. This will Breen’s first full time season at the track as travel commitments prevented his family operated team from making every race in the past. Off track, Breen is a former Tim’s Corner Motorsports Most Popular Driver finalist, making the final round in 2014.
“I love the track,” said Breen. “It is has been a dream of mine to run a full season at Scotia Speedworld ever since I ran my first Lightning race there in 2011. I don’t think I can tell you how much I enjoy the track, competitors, officials, media and the fans. I’ve made a lot of friends racing at Scotia and am looking forward to making more connections in the coming year.”
Breen will be busy this coming Summer. In addition to racing for McCormick at Scotia Speedworld, he will be back at Riverside International Speedway to compete in the NAPA Sportsman Series.
“My car is still in the shop and I’ll run the races at Riverside in the No. 22 Chevrolet,” said Breen. “I’ll likely be pushing 20 races this season between racing at the two tracks. Travelling won’t be easy but I am dedicated to making it happen. The goals remain the same – to be competitive, contend for wins and hopefully we can convert that into being a championship contender at both race tracks.”
The Scotia Speedworld Sportsman division saw a rise in car count in 2018 with 15 teams competing in at least 80% of the races contested and 33 total teams racing in at least one race. Of those teams, four were new teams that were formed. The track saw nine different winners in 12 Sportsman races. Three drivers won their first Late Model feature at Scotia Speedworld last Summer, including rookies Megan Parrott and Deven Smith. Richard Salter captured his first win in a thrilling Shriners Classic feature, edging out Alex Johnson. Jordan Veinotte won his first Sportsman title at Scotia Speedworld in 2018.
Scotia Speedworld has yet to release their 2019 schedule of events but the track typically opens their year on the Victoria Day Long Weekend in May.
Photos by McCarthy Photographic