SPORTSMAN IN THE SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY WITH 150 AT SPEEDWAY 660
Track Release/Photo by Michelle Roy
Winner will pocket $1,500 in first major Late Model Sportsman race in 2021
(GEARY, NB – July 1st, 2021) – Speedway 660 returns to action with a second consecutive weekend of stock car racing action. The Geary, New Brunswick will turn its attention to the Late Model Sportsman division as they will race 150-laps around the 1/3-mile in their first extended distance race of the 2021 season. Billed as one of the longest Sportsman races in the Province this season, the race is expected to draw out of town cars to compete for the checkered flag and $1,500 payday. The Late Model Sportsman 150 is supported by the DMR Auto Street Stocks and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters. Racing begins on Saturday, July 3rd at 6:30pm. Should inclement weather interfere on Saturday, there is a rain date set aside for Sunday, July 4th at 2pm.
If the first two races in the Late Model Sportsman class at Speedway 660 can be used as a sample size, fans are in for a thrilling showcase on Saturday night. On paper, it is two familiar faces to Riverview Ford Lincoln Victory Lane that have feature victories in 2021 in Alexandra O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB) and Richard Atkinson (Geary, NB) but the two had to earn their victories with late race passes. For O’Blenis, it came down to navigating a spinning Luc McLaughlin (Geary, NB) and her sister Courtney O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB). Last Saturday night, Atkinson ran down Curtis Collins (Barnesville, NB) in the late laps and spent eight laps side-by-side with the No. 27 before taking the upper hand on the last lap of the 40-lap feature.
In short, both races have seen exciting finishes and each have been decided in the last half lap. With some extra laps and money hanging in the balance on Saturday, this is sure to be the third exciting installment in the Speedway 660 story for 2021.
The DMR Auto Street Stocks are led into battle by Riley Goodwin. The McAdam, New Brunswick driver has finished second in every race he has entered this season, which includes heats and features. It results in a 17 point advantage in the standings over sophomore driver Tristin Harris (Harvey, NB). The former Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter champion began racing Street Stocks in 2020 and sits just three points ahead of another Four Cylinder graduate in Caleb Urquhart (Charter Settlement, NB). Nick Cudmore (Petitcodiac, NB) and Shawn Hyslop (St. Stephen, NB) took home the two feature victories so far this season in DMR Auto Street Stock competition.
BJ Gillespie (Harvey, NB) and Randy Titus (French Lake, NB) pace the field in Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters competition. Gillespie, who won during the Riverview Ford Lincoln Season Opener, has a seven point advantage on Titus heading into the third show of the year. Last time out, Malcolm Suley (Clarendon, NB) was the winner of last Saturday night’s feature that saw 26 starters. With two races under the belt, the third stanza of the 2021 season for the four cylinders should be a showcase as the Sharp Shooters dial in their cars for the Summer stretch!
The RE/MAX East Coast Elite Realty Pro Stock division is idle this week but will return during Christmas in July on Saturday, July 17th with a 150-lap feature!
Can’t make it to the track to see the Sportsman 150 in person? No problem! Speedway 660 media partner Tim’s Corner Motorsports TV will have a crew at Speedway 660 to produce the event as an On-Demand video production. You can watch the race the day following the event by heading to TimsCorner.tv! TimsCorner.tv is a member of the Speed Sport TV family.
For the fifth 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 Saturday night’s racing card is $20 (aged 16 and up). Pit admission is $25 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Tickets are available at the gate on race day. Pit gates for competitors will open at 1pm on Saturday, grandstand gates open for spectators at 5pm with racing getting underway at 6:30pm. A complete race day format will be available via the track’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Speedway660.
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 has attracted race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec since 1994. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until late September. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, is the marquee event of the Speedway 660 season on Labour Day Weekend.