MIKE STEVENS MEMORIAL 200 TOPS 30 ENTRIES FOR SATURDAY’S RACE
Track Release/Photo by Tanya Everett
(RIVER GLADE, NB – September 14th, 2021) – One of the biggest events on the New Brunswick motorsports schedule is coming up this weekend at Petty International Raceway and the River Glade, New Brunswick oval is set to be busy. After pre-registration opened for the Eighth Annual Mike Stevens Memorial Super Late Model (Pro Stock) 200 last Wednesday, a total of 26 cars had registered in just six hours. Heading into race week, a total of 31 teams have signaled their intent to compete on Saturday, September 18th. With a handful of teams also in preparation for the event, the list could bump up higher before the green flag flies on the weekend.
The list is led by four-time race winner Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell, PE), who will emerge from semi-retirement to drive a King Racing prepared car in the event. The defending champion of the Mike Stevens Memorial 200 has taken time off as his son Ethan begins his Bandolero career and Saturday will mark Hicken’s first start in a Late Model since the end of the 2020 season. There is sure to be no rust on Hicken as he looks for his fifth win in the Super Late Model portion of the show in the short eight year history of the race.
The only other previous winner of the event that has entered the event is Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS). Blenkhorn, the 2019 East Coast International Pro Stock Tour champion, has scaled back his racing efforts to a part time schedule in 2021 but has Saturday’s event circled on his calendar. He has two races under his belt in the current season with a high of third place at Scotia Speedworld in Tour competition in August.
Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB) and Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, NS) hold the hottest hands of active drivers heading into Saturday’s Mike Stevens Memorial 200. Hall has won two Pro Stock events at Petty International Raceway in 2021 including the 57th River Glade International Brycon Construction 200 in July. The No. 83H is coming off a win at the RE/MAX East Coast Elite Realty Pro Stock 250 at Speedway 660 on Labour Day Weekend. Slaunwhite is the winner of the last three consecutive East Coast International Pro Stock Tour races and leads the standings in that Series by eight points with two races to go in their championship chase.
While the entry list for the event contains quantity, it also sees quality, top to bottom, in the 28 names it contains. Two-time East Coast International Pro Stock Tour champion Cole Butcher (Hantsport, NS), six-time Speedway 660 champion Dave O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB), multi-time 250 champion Lonnie Sommerville (Barnesville, NB), Oyster Bed Speedway Pro Stock champion Dylan Gosbee (Cornwall, PE), two-time RE/MAX 250 champion Ashton Tucker (Lyttleton, NB), 2020 Mike Stevens Memorial third place finisher Robbie MacEwen (Sherwood, PE), Riverside Speedway feature winner Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth, NS) and 2021 RE/MAX 250 runner-up Devin Snell (Saint John, NB) only begin to scratch the surface of the deep talent pool assembling for Saturday’s race.
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – MIKE STEVENS MEMORIAL 200
#1 Ryan Messer – Harvey, NB
#01 Troy Burke – Winsloe, PE
#2 Ashton Tucker – Lyttleton, NB
#03 Steve Halpin – Saint John, NB
#5 Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#8 Kent Vincent – Westmoreland, PE
#08 Nicholas Naugle – Dartmouth, NS
#9 John Rankin – St. Martin’s, NB
#10 Devin Snell – Saint John, NB
#11M Luc McLaughlin – Geary, NB
#11V Jordan Veinotte – Porters Lake, NS
#18 Darren MacKinnon – Charlottetown, PE
#23 Lonnie Sommerville – Barnesville, NB
#29 Greg Proude – Springvale, PE
#31 Chris Reid – Sydney, NS
#32 Chris Hughes – Brackley Beach, PE
#40 Robbie MacEwen – Sherwood, PE
#41R Mike Rodgers – Moncton, NB
#41L Robert Lee – Fredericton, NB
#44 Michael Cormier – Grand-Barachois, NB
#48 Dave O’Blenis – Boundary Creek, NB
#52 Dustin Tucker – Darlings Island, NB
#53 Cole Butcher – Hantsport, NS
#54 Jarrett Butcher – Porters Lake, NS
#67 Dylan Blenkhorn – Truro, NS
#72 Brad Eddy – Lower Sackville, NS
#83H Cory Hall – Jolicure, NB
#88 Kevin Moore – Fredericton, NB
#91 Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#97 Chris Duncan – Hampton, NB
#99 Craig Slaunwhite – Terence Bay, NS
**entry list subject to change without notice
MIKE STEVENS MEMORIAL PREVIOUS WINNERS
2020 – Jonathan Hicken of Brudenell, PE
2019 – Jonathan Hicken of Brudenell, PE
2018 – Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro, NS
2017 – Cassius Clark of Farmington, ME
2016 – Jonathan Hicken of Brudenell, PE
2015 – Jonathan Hicken of Brudenell, PE
2014 – Shawn Turple of Enfield, NS
The two day Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend presented by NAPA Petitcodiac & Salisbury, Brycon Construction, Archibald Drilling & Blasting, R. Stevens Mechanical and Carnahan Construction opens on Friday, September 17th with a five division card anchored by a 100-lap Street Stock feature. The Atlantic Modified Tour, Kings County Performance Women on Wheels, Mister Transmission Mini Stocks, Sherwood Sawmills Legends and Leisure Days RV Bandoleros round out a busy night. Post time is 7pm on Friday night. Grandstand admission prices for Friday’s event are $20 for adults and $10 for youth aged eight to 18 with children aged seven and under admitted for free. Pit admission is $30 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Pit gates open at 4pm, grandstand gates open for spectators at 5pm with qualifying getting underway at 7pm.
Saturday, September 18th is headlined by two Late Model shows – the Mike Stevens Memorial Super Late Model Pro Stock 200 presented by R. Stevens Mechanical and Carnahan Constructions and the AE McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman 100. The Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics powered by Conrad Bros. Fall Brawl in Support of the IWK Foundation and Maritime League of Legends Tour Cross Roads Cycles 50 will play support to the Late Models. Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s event are $40 for adults and $10 for youth aged eight to 18 with children aged seven and under admitted for free. Pit admission is $50 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Pit gates open at 9:30am, grandstand gates open for spectators at 2pm with qualifying getting underway at 4pm.
Adult Weekend Passes are available on Friday for $50 (Grandstand) and $70 (Pits)/ Please note, all tickets and passes are available at the gate only. Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis.
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