Long Awaited Winter Demolition To Kick Off 2021 in Miramichi!
After a wait of nearly two and a half months, the cars and stars of the Speedway Miramichi Demolition class will finally get the opportunity to make history at the inaugural Winter Demolition! Renamed the Easter Bunny Bash following the COVID-19 related delay, a great field of cars is lined up to kick off the 2021 season this Saturday, March 27th!
The timing of the event will present challenges never before faced, mainly snow, ice, and mud. Drivers will have to balance risk versus reward as they battle the March conditions along with each other! An afternoon of Demolition racing action will culminate with a two-part finale, which will see drivers attempt to survive for 50 laps during an Enduro before being sent to finish the event off with a Demolition Derby!
Around twenty drivers have filed entries thus far for the Easter Bunny Bash, with other entries expected to roll in before race day. A pair of Demolition winners from 2020 are among the drivers expected to vie for the victory in Matthew Sullivan (#18) and Jean-Francois Basque (#21). Sullivan captured the victory at The Day of 8’s en route to a top 5 finish in points, before capping off the year with a runner-up performance at the Halloween Spooktacular. Basque is a two-time Speedway Miramichi Demolition champion, and he captured the big win at the Demolition Blowout in October!
When it comes to storylines, one of the biggest from last season was the late-season rivalry between Basque and Miky Roussel (#369). It resulted in a highlight reel moment when the pair collided in a big crash during the Figure 8 race. While they have put the past behind them, Roussel is sure to be a driver to watch. Another driver who produced an unforgettable moment at the Halloween Spooktacular was Riley Harris (#1), who will make his return after the now infamous inferno sparked by his car last October. And while Spooktacular winner Trenton Silliker is not expected to be in attendance, Johnathan Dickson will be carrying the #69 on the side of his car. For Dickson, he also had a memorable moment at the Spooktacular event when he delivered a massive hit on a competitor, which broke the speakers at the track, and ended his race. These drivers are sure to produce even more thrilling action in the snow on Saturday!
If momentum is key to victory, look no farther than Norm Robichaud (#666). Robichaud suffered a dismal 2020 season but ended the year on a high note with a pair of victories in preliminary races at the Halloween Spooktacular, so watch for him to be a threat to win. Ricky Boudreau (#764) is another driver who earned a victory in the Figure 8 race coming on the end of 2020! The only female driver entered in the Demolition competition thus far is no slouch either – Sam Jardine (#12) is coming off a third place run in points in 2020, and hopes to steal a win in the snow.
While no official entry has been filed for the defending track champion, should Mitch Brideau (#22) make an appearance, he certainly would be a driver to watch after coming so close so many times to a Demo win last year. The runner up in points from last season in Dawson Cripps (#25) would also be a contender come race day. These two emerged as stars one season ago, and are sure to battle to the top yet again.
The field is sure to be full of talent, with lots of strong challengers among the registered drivers. Randy Girouard (#8) has contended for championships in the past, and he will look to kickstart a strong 2021! Girouard finished seventh in points last year, with Dylan Storey (#85) coming home just ahead of him in sixth. Storey has been a rising star in recent years and will be a driver to watch come Saturday. Shawn Sisk (#94) is one of the drivers most looking forward to the Easter Bunny Bash, and he will look to throw his name into the spotlight. Jonathan Leclair (#10) and Remi Rouselle (#10x) have both been on the verge of victories in recent years and will look to etch their names into the history books. Dylan Doucet (#02), Dakota Wray (#5) and Dylan Harris (#14) have all also filed entries for the Easter Bunny Bash!
Several newcomers have filed entries into the Easter Bunny Bash, including Geary’s Tyler McCormick (#66), Tracadie’s Jolin Boudreau (#47) and Gladwyn’s Billy Pelletier (#333). With the excitement and anticipation of a Winter Demolition, plenty more newcomers are sure to be in the field!
A slew of preliminary races will entertain prior to the grand finale. The wild and crazy Dash for Cash kicks off the show, and will be joined by the crowd favorite Back-Up Race! The Powder Puff race produced record car counts in 2020, and now the ladies will have an opportunity to race in the challenging winter track conditions, with a 10-lap race! The Bump to Pass race returns as well, with the possibility of additional preliminary races being added.
As always, a burnout competition will be held! Given the snow, ice, and mud, this burnout competition is sure to be a memorable one!
Fans are encouraged to tune in on Thursday March 25th at 8pm on the Speedway Miramichi Inc. and Tim’s Corner Motorsports Facebook page for a special edition of TCM Live previewing the Easter Bunny Bash! Hosted by TCM’s own Tim Terry, Maritime announcer and former Demo driver Dylan Langille, and Speedway Miramichi’s own Denver Matchett, they will preview all the excitement on tap for the inaugural Winter Demolition! Joining the show as guests will be drivers Norm Robichaud, Miky Roussel, and Sam Jardine! You will not want to miss it!
The Easter Bunny Bash gets underway at 2pm on Saturday, March 27th. Pit gates and grandstand gates open at 11:30am. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $10 for youth ages 8 to 17 years old and seniors 65 and over, while kids 7 and under are free. Pit passes are $25 and pit access is restricted to those over the age of 18, and those aged 8 to 17 with proper parental waiver forms. In the event a weather postponement is warranted, the alternate date is Sunday March 28th with a 2pm start time.
A reminder to all on COVID-19 protocol at the facility. Fans are advised to come early to guarantee their seat and avoid lines as capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Fans are permitted to sit with their one household bubble plus members of their steady 15, with one person per group being required to provide a name and number for contact tracing purposes. Masks will be required to enter the facility, with masks not needing to be worn if you are seated in the grandstands at least 2 metres away from any other group, if you are in your own designated pit stall with only members of your household bubble and steady 15, or if you are in a car with a helmet on. Physical distancing must be abided by in the grandstands and pit area, and spectators are asked to follow all signs and directives. New for 2021, no alcohol will be permitted in the grandstands due to new regulations from the Department of Health.
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