MIKE STEVENS MEMORIAL WEEKEND OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERY MOTORSPORT FAN
Track Release/Photo by Tanya Everett
(RIVER GLADE, NB – September 16th, 2021) – The eyes of the Maritime motorsports community will be on Petty International Raceway in River Glade, New Brunswick this weekend. The Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend at Petty International Raceway kicks off Friday, September 17th and features two full cards of stock car racing action. From the up and coming talent in the Leisure Days RV Bandoleros kicking off the Friday evening card to the Super Late Model Pro Stock division anchoring the weekend with 31 entries for their 200-lap race on Saturday, September 18th and a half dozen divisions in between, fans will be left on the edge of their seats from flag to flag!
Simply put, a win on the Mike Stevens Memorial weekend comes with prestige. With drivers making the haul to the high banked bullring from all three Maritime Provinces for this event, the competition will not only see quantity in numbers through all divisions but the quality will be prevalent from the first feature on Friday to the Super Late Model 200.
Much has been made about the 200-lap headlining act of the weekend, but the AE McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman and Street Stock divisions will each have one more chance to showcase their brand of racing during the Mike Stevens Memorial weekend. Each division will run 100-lap features, the Sportsman will have their chance to hit the track Saturday while the Street Stocks will anchor the Friday night portion of the show. Both divisions have been hotly contested with some heavyweights within the Province already scoring wins this year at Petty International Raceway.
Alexandra O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB), Kenny MacKenzie Jr (Salisbury, NB) and Laurie Cormier (Riverview, NB) have held the checkered flags over five races in the AE McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman division at Petty Raceway. Even with bigger car counts during the 57th Jones Auto Body River Glade International and the Old Fashion Meat Market $5K, the three familiar faces seem to find their way to the front. O’Blenis and MacKenzie each have a pair of wins to their credit at Petty International Raceway this season while Cormier won the International in July. The trio finished in the top six in this race last year, with MacKenzie third, Cormier fourth and O’Blenis sixth behind winner Jordan Veinotte (Porters Lake, NS) and rookie Brandon Carter (Moncton, NB). Cormier won this race most recently in 2018 and 2019 with MacKenzie taking it home in 2017.
Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) returned to victory lane last week at Petty International Raceway during the Street Stock feature. It was Cormier’s second victory of the season leading into a race where he is the defending champion. The Street Stock division has seen four different winners in five races in 2021 with Cormier being the only repeat winner. Brad MacLean (Black River, NB), Mike Weagle (Steeves Mountain, NB) and Evan Lane (Salisbury, NB) have victories at Petty this season. The Mike Stevens Memorial has seen four different winners in as many years including Cormier, Ryan Richard (Saint John, NB), Logan Power (Riverview, NB) and James Matchett (Miramichi, NB). Simply put – with the competition in this division throughout the Maritimes, it is anyone’s best guess who will come out with the checkered flag on Friday night during their 100-lap feature.
While Friday’s show is led by the Street Stock 100, five other divisions will compete on the undercard for their shot at glory during the Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend. The two Four Cylinder classes on the Petty International Raceway roster – the Mister Transmission Mini Stock and Kings County Performance Women on Wheels – will race for their Mike Stevens Memorial weekend title on Friday night. The Mister Transmission Mini Stock division has been the story of JR Lawson (Shubenacadie, NS) and Cody Byrne (Orwell Cove, PE) on this weekend for the past three seasons. Byrne won this race in 2018, finished second to Lawson in 2019 and won in a wild finish to the race in 2020 that featured 36 Mini Stock entries. Rob Poirier (Irishtown, NB) is the only repeat winner in 2021 in the class though another strong performance by Ryan McKnight (Sussex, NB) that resulted in a feature win last Saturday has the No. 46 on the radar as a favorite for the win on Friday.
Hannah Gallant, Gail Thebeau and Lauralee Blackburn are the most recent winners on Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend in Kings County Performance Women on Wheels competition. The ladies have put on some exciting door-to-door racing this season at Petty Raceway with reigning division champion Paula Evans coming away with the most recent victory in the class last Saturday.
The Leisure Days RV Bandoleros and Sherwood Sawmills Legends will compete for their Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend titles on Friday evening. The Bandolero division has put on some incredible racing throughout the Summer and they, along with their Legend counterparts, will race hard for the checkered flag on Friday!
The Atlantic Modified Tour will contest the tenth round of their point season on Friday night. Travis Conroy (Miramichi, NB) has the point lead with two events to go but Zean Dutcher (Miramichi, NB) is the most recent winner on the Series after his win last Saturday at Petty. A full Modified preview can be found at AtlanticModifieds.com.
The Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics powered by Conrad Bros. and the Maritime League of Legends Tour will provide undercard action to the two Late Model divisions on Saturday. The Maritime League of Legends Tour will contest their seventh point race of the year with Craig MacDonald (Waverley, NS) in firm control of the championship after two podium finishes at Speedway 660 two weeks ago – one of which resulted in a victory on SpeedWeekend. Twenty-five competitors have raced at least once with the Series in 2021 and several of those are expected to make the trek to compete in the Cross Roads Cycles 50.
The Hot Rods will compete in the Fall Brawl presented by Subaru of Moncton and in support of the IWK Foundation. The Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics powered by Conrad Bros. kicked off the 2021 season on the high banks at the River Glade International weekend with Tylor Hawes (Porters Lake, NS) capturing the checkered flag. A healthy field of Hot Rods are expected to cap their 2021 season Saturday at Petty International Raceway.
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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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.