Take Two! Petty Raceway to Host Season Opening Lucas Oil 150 on Saturday
Track Release/Photo by Tanya Everett Photography
(RIVER GLADE, NB – May 21st, 2019) – After a wet Victoria Day Long Weekend, Petty International Raceway is gearing up for a second shot at opening the curtain on the 2019 racing season. The rainy forecast from a weekend ago, combined with a saturated ground from a week of precipitation, pushed the season opening racing event back a week and will now take place on Saturday, May 25th. The monster card will feature four divisions, headlined by the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and the Lucas Oil 150. The Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour, A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman and Street Stock classes will play support, each competing in their first point paying feature events of the season. Post time for Saturday’s show is 4pm.
When it comes to quality and the strength of field, the A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman at Petty International Raceway must be on the radar if you are a race fan. From proven veterans like Laurie Cormier (Riverview, NB) and Luc Bourgeois (Memramcook, NB) to rising stars like Kenny MacKenzie Jr (Salisbury, NB) and Justin Beers (Moncton, NB), the division boasts some incredible talent.
Those names just scratch the surface of what the division has to offer. With the location of Petty International Raceway, there are several “out of town” drivers that typically converge on the track. One of those has called the River Glade oval a home track as of late. Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake, NS) finished third in the championship chase in 2018 and is back this season looking to move two steps up the standings.
“It’s fun to think about goals after what we accomplished as a team last year,” said Veinotte on his outlook to the 2019 season. “We remained focused on consistency. While winning races is great, we’ve learned consistency wins championships. We want to win a championship at Petty Raceway this year and Saturday is our first step towards that goal. We can’t wait to see what the season brings!”
The Street Stock division will open with 50-laps of action on Saturday. Reigning Petty International Raceway track champion Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB), 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Salisbury and Petitcodiac Rookie of the Year Brandon Carter (Moncton, NB) and multi-time Petty International Raceway feature winner Mike Duskey (Albany, PE) are among the big names that will be in search of Saturday’s checkered flag. With this being the first chance for Street Stockers to attack the high banks, a double digit car count is expected to take the green flag this weekend in the class.
The most recent winner in the Street Stock division at Petty International Raceway is the 2017 track champion Logan Power (Riverview, NB). Power scored one of the biggest wins in his career last September by winning the Street Stock portion of the Mike Stevens Memorial. After that victory, the driver of the No. 58 Riverview Muffler Chevrolet is as excited as ever to get back to the track.
“We’re fired up for this season,” said Power looking ahead at 2019. “We want to take it one race at a time. If we can keep the fenders on the car and be around at the finish, we should have a top three car on Saturday. We’ve got goals set for the year we want to check off, the top bucket list item is to win at the River Glade International in August. Defending our win in the Mike Stevens Memorial is at the top of our list too. It all begins with Saturday though and I can’t wait to get on track!”
Please note that the Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour, A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman and Street Stock events will not run qualifying heat races on Saturday. Feature events for these divisions will be set by track and series procedures.
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and the Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour will also compete on Saturday. Complete information, including pre-race previews for Saturday, can be found on their respective web and social media platforms.
The Lucas Oil 150 serves as the first race in the Bumper to Bumper Petty Pro Stock Challenge (PPSC). House points will be kept over the four Pro Stock/Super Late Model events at Petty International Raceway in 2019 with the top team over the four races receiving $3,000. Second and third place finishers will receive prizes courtesy of Lonnie Sommerville Racing and Petty International Raceway, respectively.
Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s events at Petty International Raceway are $30 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 $35 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Grandstand gates open for spectators at 2pm with racing getting underway at 4pm. A complete race day format can be found later in the week at PettyRaceway.com.
The Mister Transmission Mini Stock, Leisure Days RV Bandolero and Kings County Performance Women on Wheels house divisions will open their Petty International Raceway season on Saturday, June 1st. The Canadian National Autism Foundation (CNAF) Kids Race presented by Acura of Moncton will also feature point paying events for the A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman and Street Stock classes. The Atlantic Modified Tour will also be on the card for their first of five Petty International Raceway appearances in 2019.
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