STREET STOCKS SEE SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT AT SPEEDWAY 660
Track Release/Photo by Michelle Roy
(FREDERICTON, NB – August 6th, 2020) – Speedway 660 will see two big days of racing this weekend with the first Double Header Weekend of the 2020 season. The second day of action will be highlighted by the DMR Auto Street Stocks as they take to the track for 75-laps presented by Urquhart Construction. The Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter divisions will play support on Sunday afternoon. The green flag goes in the air on Sunday, August 9th at 2pm.
Early indications have that the Urquhart Construction 75 could see the biggest car count of Street Stocks at one event to date in 2020. Twenty drivers have indicated to Speedway 660 officials that they are preparing their race cars for Sunday’s extended distance race. While quantity is nice, the field is deep with talent from across the Province giving fans the quality of a SpeedWeekend or a Ricky Bobby field in the middle of August.
After two races in the DMR Auto Street Stock division at Speedway 660, it has been the story of youth versus experience at the front. Rick Cashol (Saint John, NB) took six decades of experience back to Riverview Ford Lincoln Victory Lane on Opening Day, holding off a hungry field of Street Stock drivers looking to pop the top on 2020. One of those was Riley Goodwin (McAdam, NB), who went to victory lane during Fog City Auto Spa Night on July 25th. Goodwin also has a win at Petty International Raceway to his credit and is the only driver to win features at multiple tracks in 2020 in Street Stock competition.
Two drivers that have been dominant at their home tracks will look to race into Speedway 660 and come out with a checkered flag. Both Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) and Chris Wilson (South Esk, NB) are reigning track champions at their home facilities but will look for their first feature wins outside home soil on Sunday. Cormier is a two-time winner at Petty International Raceway, taking the last two victories at the River Glade, New Brunswick bullring. Wilson has swept Street Stock competition thus far at Speedway Miramichi and will look to carry that momentum from McKinnon Road to the Geary woods.
Speaking of champions, Chris Hanley (St. Stephen, NB) is the reigning DMR Auto Street Stock champion and will look to bring his No. 71 to the front on Sunday afternoon. He won’t be alone as a former track titlist looking to defend Riverview Ford Lincoln Victory Lane. In addition to Cashol and Hanley, Roger Slocum (Chipman, NB) has also climbed the season long mountain as a track champion at Speedway 660.
That only scratches the surface of the talent assembling for Sunday’s Urquhart Construction 75. Proven winners in the Maritimes like Justin Cole (Harvey, NB), James Matchett (Miramichi, NB), Brandon Carter (Moncton, NB), Brad MacLean (Black River, NB), Vance McMillan (Saint John, NB) and Chuck Mercer (Saint John, NB) are sure to be contenders in the race before Tim Elliott drops the checkered flag.
The freshman crop at Speedway 660 is strong this year with reigning Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters champion Tristian Harris (Harvey, NB) leading a crew that includes Caleb Urquhart (Fredericton, NB), Matt Martin (Haneytown, NB) and Ryan Bernard (Fredericton, NB). They’ll be joined by experience in Luke Dukeshire (Moncton, NB), Nick Cadger (Rothesay, NB), Scott Habkirk (Salisbury, NB) and Shawn Furlong (Moncton, NB), who hope to make some noise when the chips are down on Sunday and walk away with an Urquhart Construction 75 trophy!
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – URQUHART CONSTRUCTION 75 – SPEEDWAY 660 – AUGUST 9TH
00 Luke Dukeshire – Moncton, NB
09 Nick Cadger – Rothesay, NB
2 Chuck Mercer – Saint John, NB
2W Chris Wilson – South Esk, NB
5 Scott Habkirk – Salisbury, NB
7 Tristin Harris – Harvey, NB
11 Caleb Urquhart – Fredericton, NB
13 Brad MacLean – Black River, NB
15 Roger Slocum – Chipman, NB
33 Matt Martin – Haneytown, NB
38 Justin Cole – Harvey, NB
53 Vance McMillan – Saint John, NB
54 Rick Cashol – Saint John, NB
55 James Matchett – Miramichi, NB
65 Brandon Carter – Moncton, NB
68 Michael Cormier – Grand-Barachois, NB
71 Chris Hanley – St. Stephen, NB
73 Ryan Bernard – Fredericton, NB
77 Riley Goodwin – McAdam, NB
97 Shawn Furlong – Moncton, NB
*Entry list subject to change without notice
Coming off the Fog City Auto Spa 125, the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division are set for a Sunday showdown. Matt Rodgers (Smithtown, NB) was the big winner two weeks ago with Curtis Collins (Saint John, NB) and Richard Atkinson (Haneytown, NB) chasing him to the line. With the close competition in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division, whoever races to the win will have to be on the top of their game on Sunday.
The Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters will compete in their second race of the weekend on Sunday. With the Fairview Jeep Ram Gunslinger 50 next up on the schedule following the Double Header Weekend, several teams will use this weekend to their benefit as a test session. It is not lost on any competitor either that heading into the weekend, BJ Gillespie (Harvey, NB) is perfect in feature competition at his home track, scoring two wins in two events so far in 2020. With Randy Titus (French Lake, NB) holding two podium finishes to Gillespie’s checkered flags in two races along with Randy Storey (Royal Road, NB) and Malcolm Suley (Clarendon, NB) with two top fives to their credits, they are knocking on the door of Riverview Ford Lincoln Victory Lane waiting for someone to answer.
Speedway660.com has a complete preview of Saturday’s racing action along with an expected entry list for the Best of the Best Pro Stock 150 now posted. Saturday’s racing card also features the Fox Chevrolet 35 for the Atlantic Modified Tour and the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters.
For the fourth straight season, children aged 15 and under will be admitted to the grandstands for free to every stock car event at Speedway 660. The admission structure makes it easier for families to attend race events at the track and received positive feedback from fans when implemented mid-season in 2017.
Adult grandstand admission price for Sunday’s Urquhart Street Stock 75 is $20 (aged 16 and up). Pit admission is $25 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. A weekend pass, which includes admission to the Best of the Best Pro Stock 150 on Saturday and the Urquhart Construction Street Stock 75 on Sunday, is available for $40 for Adult Grandstand Admission or $50 for a Pit Pass. Tickets are available at the gate on race day. Pit gates for competitors will open at 9am on Sunday, grandstand gates open for spectators at 12:30pm with racing getting underway at 2pm. A complete race day format will be available via the track’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Speedway660, later in the week.
Please note, due to COVID-19 regulations in the Province of New Brunswick, Speedway 660 is required to collect contact information from every individual that attends this event.
For more information about the Saturday’s racing card, or any event at Speedway 660, visit Speedway660.com, like @Speedway660 on Facebook or call the Speedway 660 Raceline at (506) 454-7223.
About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it attracts race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until Labour Day Weekend. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, wraps up Speedway 660’s racing season.