LATE MODELS HIGHLIGHT 56TH JONES AUTO BODY RIVER GLADE INTERNATIONAL SATURDAY AT PETTY RACEWAY
Track Release/Photo by Tanya Everett Photography
(RIVER GLADE, NB – August 12th, 2020) – Steeped in history, one of the oldest stock car races in Canada will take to the track this Saturday at Petty International Raceway in River Glade, New Brunswick. The 56th running of the River Glade International presented by Jones Auto Body will see over 50 Late Model competitors between the Pro Stock and Sportsman divisions battle it out to etch their name into history as a River Glade International champion. The Legend, Leisure Days RV Bandolero and the Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics will complete a busy Saturday evening of racing. Action begins with qualifying at 6pm on August 15th.
Twenty-nine drivers have signaled their intentions to compete in the Pro Stock portion of the 56th Jones Auto Body River Glade International. The car count is the highest seen for the event since the event came to Petty International Raceway in 2011. Of those drivers, only four have won the Pro Stock portion of the event in the past, including two time winners Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell, PE) and Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, NS) along with 2011 winner Kent Vincent (Crapaud, PE) and 2013 winner Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB). Dave O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB) and Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside, NS) are both former two-time Sportsman winners of the event that will compete in the Pro Stock 150 on Saturday.
Ashton Tucker (Lyttleton, NB) is holding the hottest hand of any driver in the Late Model scene in the Province of New Brunswick. Tucker won the Brycon Construction Bubble Buster Round Two at Petty International Raceway and has won the last three extended distance Pro Stock races at Speedway 660. Among those was the first of four races in the Petty Raceway and Speedway 660 Pro Stock Series, the Best of the Best Pro Stock 150 last Saturday night. Tucker finished ahead of Lonnie Sommerville (Barnesville, NB) and two-time Pro Stock Tour champion Cole Butcher (Hantsport, NS) in the first round of the newly formed series between the two tracks. Sommerville debuted his new Rowdy Manufacturing car last weekend and the No. 23 is slated to make its way to Petty International Raceway this Saturday night.
Some familiar faces will be making their first starts of the season at Petty International Raceway and one driver will be making their Pro Stock debut. Former Scotia Speedworld Sportsman Champion Matt Vaughan (Bedford, NS) will make his first run in the iconic No. 0 Dexter Construction Chevrolet on Saturday. Slated to be his first full season with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour after two-time River Glade International Champion Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS) retired from full time competition at the end of 2019, this will be Vaughan’s debut with not only the team but in a Pro Stock car. Vaughan has several starts at Petty International Raceway, most recently with a sixth place run during the August 1st AE McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman race.
Reigning RE/MAX East Coast Elite Realty Pro Stock Champion Brent Roy (Hanwell, NB) also makes his return for the first time in seven years to Petty International Raceway. Roy is a three-time track champion at Speedway 660 and was last at Petty International Raceway when he was a full time Sportsman competitor. Speaking of former champions, Randy Millar (Freeland, PE) will make his first Pro Stock start of 2020 at the Jones Auto Body River Glade International. Sportsman standout Ryan VanOirschot (Antigonish, NS) will pilot the Ace in the Hole special in his first Petty Pro Stock start on Saturday evening. Chris Duncan (Rothesay, NB), Robbie MacEwen (Sherwood, PE) and Kevin Moore (Fredericton, NB) are among the drivers expected to make their first 2020 trip to Petty Raceway on Saturday evening.
ENTRY LIST – 56TH JONES AUTO BODY RIVER GLADE INTERNATIONAL PRO STOCK 150 (UPDATED AUGUST 13)
#01 Troy Burke – Winsloe, PE
#02 Craig Ward – Riverview, NB
#0 Matt Vaughan – Bedford, NS
#1 Ryan Messer – Harvey, NB
#2 Ashton Tucker – Lyttleton, NB
#5 Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#8 Kent Vincent – Crapaud, PE
#10 Devin Snell – Saint John, NB
#18 Darren MacKinnon – Charlottetown, PE
#23 Lonnie Sommerville – Barnesville, NB
#26 Brent Roy – Hanwell, NB
#32C Chris Hughes – Brackley Beach, PE
#36 Gary Elliott – Truro, NS
#40 Robbie MacEwen – Sherwood, PE
#42 Mike Duskey – Albany, PE
#44 Russell Smith Jr – Lakeside, NS
#48 Dave O’Blenis – Boundary Creek, NB
#51 Mark LeClair – Brackley Beach, PE
#52 Shawn Tucker – Fredericton, NB
#53 Cole Butcher – Hantsport, NS
#54 Jarrett Butcher – Porter’s Lake, NS
#77 Randy Millar – Freeland, PE
#80 Ryan VanOirschot – Antigonish, NS
#83 Cory Hall – Jolicure, NB
#88 Kevin Moore – Fredericton, NB
#91 Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#97 Chris Duncan – Rothesay, NB
#99 Craig Slaunwhite – Terence Bay, NS
The AE McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman portion of the show is also shaping up to be a big show with 26 drivers signaling intentions to compete on Saturday. Among those entries include the last four Jones Auto Body River Glade International Sportsman champions. Three-time champion Laurie Cormier (Riverview, NB) will look to make good on his season debut with a win, as will 2016 champion Luc Bourgeois (Memramcook, NB). Jordan Veinotte (Porters Lake, NS) enters as the most recent Sportsman winner at the track while Kenny MacKenzie Jr (Salisbury, NB) will be searching for his second River Glade International title on Saturday.
Brady Creamer (Miramichi, NB) and Alexandra O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB) have both taken home wins this season in the AE McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman class. With three different feature winners in three races, combined with nearly two dozen others looking to add their name as a 2020 winner at Petty International Raceway, the competition will be ramped up with a date with the River Glade International trophy on the line.
Several Petty International Raceway regulars will look to not only win their first event of 2020 but also their first River Glade International trophy. Koven Lewis (Salisbury, NB) and Courtney O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB) have both led laps this season in feature competition and have to be considered contenders heading into Saturday evening. Marcel LeBlanc (Bouctouche, NB), Neal Crawford (Salisbury, NB) and Justin Beers (Moncton, NB) are all among former A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman winners at the track and will look to add the prestigious River Glade International title to their trophy case after Saturday. Two-time Atlantic Modified Tour feature winner Logan Power (Riverview, NB) will make his Late Model Sportsman debut for 2020 on Saturday in the Jones Auto Body River Glade International.
Like the Pro Stock field, the pre-entry list for the Sportsman portion of the Jones Auto Body River Glade International is one deep in talent. Colby Smith (Cape Sable Island, NS) leads a field of drivers looking to make their first Petty Raceway starts of 2020. Smith would like to add nothing more than to add a River Glade International title to his already impressive resume in Sportsman competition. Brad Eddy (Lower Sackville, NS) and 2019 TCM Most Popular Driver Megan Parrott (Beaver Bank, NS) both have starts in other divisions at Petty Raceway and will look to contend for the River Glade International title in the Sportsman race after 100-laps on Saturday. Sydney Speedway winner Shawn Waterfield (Sydney, NS) and reigning Scotia Speedworld track champion Deven Smith (Lakeside, NS) will also make the haul this weekend in hopes of building on their earlier season runs on the high banked bullring.
ENTRY LIST – 56TH JONES AUTO BODY RIVER GLADE INTERNATIONAL LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN 100
#03 Ronnie MacKay – Sydney, NS
#03B Bert Cormier – Bouctouche, NB
#1 Megan Parrott – Beaver Bank, NS
#2 Jeffrey Breen – Antigonish, NS
#3 Justin Beers – Moncton, NB
#6 Brad Eddy – Lower Sackville, NS
#10 Brady Creamer – Miramichi, NB
#11 Jordan Veinotte – Porters Lake, NS
#23 Shawn Waterfield – Sydney, NS
#30 Marcel LeBlanc – Bouctouche, NB
#41 Rob Raynes – Saint John, NB
#42 Matt Rodgers – Smithtown, NB
#43 Hudson Weston – Saint John, NB
#46 Koven Lewis – Salisbury, NB
#48C Courtney O’Blenis – Boundary Creek, NB
#52 Destiny Enkel – Royal Road, NB
#53 Laurie Cormier – Riverview, NB
#54 Clark Moore – Saint John, NB
#58 Logan Power – Riverview, NB
#74 Alexandra O’Blenis – Boundary Creek, NB
#77 Colby Smith – Cape Sable Island, NS
#85 Ken MacKenzie Jr – Salisbury, NB
#87 Nick Cudmore – Petitcodiac, NB
#87K Kevin Morse – Antigonish, NS
#88 Luc Bourgeois – Memramcook, NB
#92 Neal Crawford – Salisbury, NB
#94D Deven Smith – Lakeside, NS
#94R Ryan Raynes – Saint John, NB
The Leisure Days RV Bandolero and Legend divisions will warm up the track for the two Late Model divisions. In the Beginner Bandolero division, Chase Livingston (Springhill, NS) has raced to the last two victories in the division. Teagan Dempsey (Fredericton, NB) has two Bandolero wins to his credit this season but it was Gage Gilby (Enfield, NS) taking his first win of 2020 during the August 1st event. Braden Langille (Shubenacadie, NS) has won the first two Legend races run this season at Petty International Raceway and the reigning Maritime League of Legends Tour champion will look to continue his streak Saturday with a River Glade International title.
The Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics Powered by NTN will compete in their inaugural race of the Series presented by Subaru of Moncton. A complete preview of that race can be found on the online home for the Hot Rod Classics, HotRodClassics.ca.
Fans and teams are reminded to practice social distancing throughout the 56th Jones Auto Body River Glade International and a complete list of updated COVID-19 restrictions in regards to Petty Raceway can be viewed online at www.PettyRaceway.com.
Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s event 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. Pit gates for Pro Stock competitors open at 11:30am with support classes opening at 12:30pm, grandstand gates open for spectators at 4pm with racing getting underway with Pro Stock Time Trials at 6pm. Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis. There will be an open practice for teams competing in the 56th Jones Auto Body River Glade International on Friday evening from 5pm to dusk.
Tim’s Corner Motorsports and their TCMtv crew will be at Petty International Raceway to produce a video on-demand episode of the 56th Jones Auto Body River Glade International racing card. Their coverage will be available on Sunday morning with a Video On Demand pass to the event or a TCM Fast Pass VOD Subscription at www.timscorner.tv. Passes are on sale now with a portion of each sale going back to support Petty International Raceway.
An updated schedule of events for Petty International Raceway following Saturday’s race is now available at the web home of the River Glade, NB track. For complete, up-to-date information on Petty International Raceway, please visit PettyRaceway.com, follow us on Twitter (@PettyRaceway_NB) and like us on Facebook (@PettyInternationalRaceway).
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.