McCray Leads Modifieds Into Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend
Series Release/Photo by Michelle Roy
(FREDERICTON, NB – September 16th, 2020) – The Atlantic Modified Tour returns to Petty International Raceway on Friday, September 18th for their second and final stop at the high banked bullring. The River Glade, New Brunswick oval will play host to the only extended distance race for the Tour in 2020, the Krown Rust Control 50. Round Five of Six on the Atlantic Modified Tour is a part of the Seventh Annual Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend. Racing on Friday evening begins at 7pm.
Yves McCray (Neguac, NB) enters the final two races with a comfortable 32 point lead over a tie for second place in the standings. While a seventh place finish in the Fairley’s Sports Bar 35 at Speedway Miramichi may have slowed his momentum, his point lead is still manageable with only two races to go. McCray enters a track he has seen success at. McCray won the 2019 track championship at Petty International Raceway on the strength of two feature wins last season. The No. 58 Sarkis Collision Center Modified driver led the most laps in the season opening CannaConnect 35 at Petty Raceway before losing the lead with five laps to go to eventual winner Logan Power (Riverview, NB).
Youth and experience from Miramichi, New Brunswick is the battle for second in the standings. Zean Dutcher and Travis Conroy both find themselves 32 points out of the championship position after the first trip to their home track. Conroy captured his second podium finish of the season with a third place run in the Fairley’s Sports Bar 35. Conroy’s first podium of the year came in the CannaConnect 35 at Petty Raceway in August. Dutcher was fourth in the first race of the year at Petty International Raceway and will look to capture his second podium finish of 2020 on Friday in the Krown Rust Control 50.
Kevin Bailey (Minto, NB) and Braxton Stafford (Blackville, NB) are well within striking distance for second place in the standings. Bailey, who is coming off a second place run in Round Four of the Series, is nine points behind Dutcher and Conroy for the runner-up spot in the standings. Stafford, whose most recent Atlantic Modified Tour win came at Petty International Raceway in 2018, is three points behind Bailey and a dozen markers out of second place. With two races at two unique race tracks remaining on the schedule, these two hope to move further up the standings when the dust settles in October.
The most recent winner on the Series is Joe Hoyt (Waasis, NB). Hoyt took home the Fairley’s Sports Bar 35 at Speedway Miramichi for his first victory on the 2020 season. Hoyt, who last won at Petty Raceway in 2017, will look to better a 7th place finish from earlier this year at Petty International Raceway.
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – KROWN RUST CONTROL 50 AT PETTY RACEWAY
#2 Kevin Bailey – Minto, NB
#2W Chris Wilson – South Esk, NB
#7 Travis Conroy – Miramichi, NB
#12 Steven Curtis – South Esk, NB
#17 Joe Hoyt – Waasis, NB
#55 Zean Dutcher – Miramichi, NB
#58 Yves McCray – Neguac, NB
#81 Jamie Weston – Saint John, NB
#84 Brandon Skidmore – Springhill, NS
#91 Braxton Stafford – Blackville, NB
Fans and teams are reminded to practice social distancing throughout the Mike Stevens Memorial weekend and a complete list of updated COVID-19 restrictions in regards to Petty Raceway can be viewed online at www.PettyRaceway.com. Additional grandstands have been added to the property since the River Glade International. Please note, due to COVID-19 regulations in the Province of New Brunswick, Petty International Raceway is required to collect contact information from every individual that attends this event.
Grandstand admission prices for Friday’s Night One of the Mike Stevens Memorial are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. Pit admission on Friday evening is $30. An Adult Weekend Pass, which includes admission to Friday and Saturday night’s racing action, is $70 for the pits and $50 for the grandstands. Pit gates on Friday open at 4pm, grandstand gates open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. The Street Stock, Mister Transmission Mini Stock and Leisure Days RV Bandolero divisions join the Atlantic Modified Tour on the card Friday evening.
For more information about the Atlantic Modified Tour, please visit the new online home for the Series at www.atlanticmodifieds.com. You can also “like” the Tour on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AtlanticModifieds.
About the Atlantic Modified Tour:
The Atlantic Modified Tour is a New Brunswick based open wheel modified touring series. Founded in 2003 by Jim Duke, the Atlantic Modified Tour continues to thrill fans across the Province. You can keep up with the Atlantic Modified Tour by liking the Series on Facebook and following the Tour on Instagram (@AtlanticModifieds) or by visiting their website at AtlanticModifieds.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.