Monster Motorsport Saturday Night with Caleb Dunn Memorial Presented by D.R. Beers & Son Construction and Metal Core and D.R. Scrap Metals Night of Destruction at Petty Raceway
Track Release/Photos by Tanya Everett Photography
(RIVER GLADE, NB – July 3rd, 2019) – It is a busy Saturday evening of motorsports action coming up at Petty International Raceway. With wet weather delaying the Seventh Annual Caleb Dunn Memorial presented by D.R. Beers & Son Construction from last weekend to Saturday, it will be run with the already scheduled Metal Core and D.R. Scrap Metals Night of Destruction. The fifth annual Night of Destruction will be highlighted by the popular Demolition Derby. Racing action at the River Glade, New Brunswick oval kicks off on Saturday, July 6th at 6pm
Making his first appearance at Petty International Raceway will be Guy Meister and The Sheriff Monster Truck. Equipped with seats in the back of the truck, fans will be able to ride along with Meister beginning at 5pm on Saturday evening. After taking the wheel of The Sheriff, Meister will continue to thrill fans as he plans on driving a car through a camper later in the evening. Meister is a familiar name to motorsports fans in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia for his daring stunts, dirt track racing and The Sheriff Monster Truck. Meister made an appearance on the first season of Bad Chad Customs on Discovery Canada over the Winter.
Along with the $500 to win Demolition Derby finale on the Metal Core and D.R. Scrap Metals Night of Destruction, the Demolition competitors have two “heat races” to partake in during Saturday night’s show. The Barrell Race and Reverse/Back Up Race will each pay $150 to the winners.
The Late Model 100 on deck for Saturday evening is a special one for Justin Beers (Moncton, NB). Not only is the family business presenting the event as a marketing partner, it marks the anniversary of the first Late Model Sportsman win for Beers. With the way Beers has run to kick off 2019 in the No. 3 Chevrolet, one would believe that he has to be considered a favorite heading into Saturday’s 100-lap extended distance race for the A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman division.
Beers leads the point standings after three events but with the best seven races counting towards a driver’s year end point total, a lot can change between now and the Mike Stevens Memorial in September. Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake, NS) is the most recent winner in the division, taking the checkered flag during the Salisbury Helping Hands Food Drive three weeks ago. Marcel LeBlanc (Bouctouche, NB) and Laurie Cormier (Riverview, NB) also own feature victories through the first two races of the season.
When it comes to breakthrough victories, look no further than Salisbury drivers Neal Crawford and Kenny MacKenzie Jr to fit that role should they be able to take charge on Sunday. Crawford has been knocking on the door over the past few seasons to get into victory lane for the first time in his No. 92 car while MacKenzie Jr has been searching for speed in his No. 85 in an attempt to return to the top of the scoring pylon. MacKenzie Jr., along with another former track champion in Luc Bourgeois (Memramcook, NB) will look to kick the door down to victory lane on Saturday with their first feature wins of 2019. Whoever is able to take the checkered flag will have to earn it though over 100-laps of grueling Late Model Sportsman competition on the high banked bullring.
As the season begins to work into the Summer months, the storylines from top to bottom begin to flourish at Petty International Raceway. A fine example of that can be seen in the Kings County Performance Women on Wheels division. While seasoned drivers Ashley Campbell and reigning champion Paula Evans have both been on the podium over the first two races, they’ve been joined by a fresh face in Katie Beazley. Beazley, who has spent countless Summer days at race tracks throughout the region, has finishes of third and second in her first two races behind the wheel of a stock car.
“Growing up, I’ve always dreamed of racing, the same way any kid does,” explains Beazley of her decision to race a Kings County Performance Women on Wheels car this year. “I felt the pressure to go out and put on a good show. I mean, my uncle is a six-time Late Model touring champion! It was intimidating to go out and compete against seasoned drivers, so I took the first two races as an opportunity to learn as much as I could. By my second race, I was a little more comfortable. Looking forward to Saturday’s third race, it would only make sense to follow the trend and shoot for a win!”
Trevor Smith (Windsor, NS) found victory lane the last time out in the Mister Transmission Mini Stock division. Smith, who also has a second place finish to his credit on the season after narrowly losing out to JR Lawson (Shubenacadie, NS) during the Canadian National Autism Foundation Kids Race presented by Acura of Moncton, has the advantage in the points after two events. Rob Poirier (Irishtown, NB), the defending champion at Petty Raceway in the four cylinder division, Ryan McKnight (Sussex, NB), Chris Garnett (Havelock, NB) and Ryan Crawford (Salisbury, NB) complete the top five in the standings and all are aiming to grab their first feature win of 2019 on Saturday.
Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) continues to hold the hot hand in the Street Stock division with two of the last three features at Petty International Raceway going to the No. 68 car. Ryan Richard (Saint John, NB) has been quietly reeling off top five finishes and sits second in the point picture heading into Sunday’s Caleb Dunn Memorial presented by D.R. Beers & Son Construction. Brandon Carter (Moncton, NB) is coming off a season high second place run at Petty Raceway during the Salisbury Helping Hands Food Drive. Caleb Layton and leading rookie Smith will look to crack the podium for the first time in the 2019 Street Stock season on Saturday.
Yves McCray (Neguac, NB) leads the Atlantic Modified Tour point standings after three events on the season. McCray leads the Tour standings over “The Racing Ranger” Kim Hallihan (Renous, NB) by 10 points after their drop race is factored in. The No. 58 did not finish the last race at Speedway Miramichi after he and Doug Matchett (Miramichi, NB) got into an on track disagreement during the third race of 2019. In the Petty International Raceway track Modified standings, McCray leads by a single point over Brandon Skidmore (Springhill, NS) and by two points over Braxton Stafford (Blackville, NB) after their first race in River Glade on June 1st.
Please note, the Leisure Days RV Bandoleros will be off on Saturday evening as to not conflict with a rescheduled INEX National Qualifier in Prince Edward Island.
Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s event are $20 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 $25 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Pit gates for competitors open at 1pm, grandstand gates open for spectators at 4pm, The Sheriff Monster Truck rides will begin at 5pm with racing getting underway at 6pm. Should inclement weather interfere with Saturday’s program, a rain date of Sunday, July 7th has been set aside for this event.
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About D.R. Beers & Son Construction:
D.R. Beers & Son Construction is a construction company offering services in trucking, excavation and specializing in heavy equipment floating and snow removal. Based in the Moncton area, you can contact D.R. Beers & Son Construction for your next project by calling their office at (506) 858 9121.
About Metal Core:
If you work with metal, Metal Core is here to help! Since 2009, we have been providing high-quality products and services throughout Atlantic Canada. We invite you to come on by to see our large fully stocked warehouse to get the products you need to complete your project. From construction contractors and concrete workers to welders and fabricators, we take pride in delivering our products and services on time and just as you ordered it. Visit them at 144 Edinburgh Drive in Moncton, New Brunswick, call them at (506) 854-CORE or log on to MetalCore.ca for more information!
About D.R. Scrap Metals:
Turn your trash into cash with help from D.R. Scrap Metals Ltd, your trusted scrap metal buyers in Moncton and surrounding areas of New Brunswick. Professional, knowledgeable about what we do and with over 10 years of experience, we offer friendly service and pay the highest prices for copper, aluminum, brass and stainless steel, including batteries, radiators, appliances, catalytic converters, scrap automobiles and all types of machinery. We also provide roll-off bins, lugger bins and boom truck service for commercial and industrial clients. Our facility is centrally located at 180 Edinburgh Dr. in Moncton. We offer drive-through service for your convenience, as well as a pull-up door to allow for faster in-and-out service. Visit us online at DRScrapMetals.com.
About Petty International Raceway:
Petty International Raceway is located on Highway 106, just 40 km west of Moncton, New Brunswick. To learn more about Petty International Raceway, its location, admission, policies, history, and more, please visit www.pettyraceway.com.