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VALLEY RACEWAY BEGINS FIRST SEASON UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT SUNDAY WITH SEASON OPENER

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(KINGSTON, NS – May 13, 2022) – Valley Raceway will see the dirt fly for the first time in 2022 on Sunday, May 15th when the green flag flies for the Tim’s Corner Motorsports Season Opener. The race is the first of ten scheduled stock car racing events at the quarter-mile clay oval located outside of Kingston, Nova Scotia. Grandstand gates open at 11am on May 15th with racing beginning at 1pm.

It has been several weeks full of changes ahead of this Sunday’s Season Opener. Championship winning race car driver and local businessman Robbie Thompson made waves last month when it was announced he was a part of a group that would lead Valley Raceway into 2022 and beyond. The announcement, which was made official on April 8th, has created a busy period of preparation that most tracks in the Maritimes have months to prepare for rather than weeks. Of note, the ownership group also includes racer Chris LeBarron, who has also served as maintenance and operations manager at the facility since late April.

Fans are excited to get back to the Annapolis Valley’s only dirt track and so are the drivers. After the announcement that the track would operate in 2022, several teams have put late nights in to get their cars and trucks ready for the upcoming season. While some might not be ready ahead of the Tim’s Corner Motorsports Season Opener, many have the checkered flag and the win on Day One in sight. With drivers competing for season long championships beginning with Sunday’s event, the intensity is expected to be amplified in this first event at the track since last October.

For the first time, Valley Raceway took pre-season registrations to prepare for the new season. While several drivers have yet to signal their intentions to compete, indications point towards healthy car count in the top Modified class and the entry level Four Cylinder division. Rick Balsor (Aylesford, NS), Dave Mansfield (Nictaux, NS), Shawn Sanford (Aylesford, NS) and Matt Burgoyne (Bridgewater, NS) only begin to scratch the surface of top names set to race in the track’s top class in 2022.

The Four Cylinder division was booming prior to the COVID-19 pandemic putting a slow on racing in the Maritimes. Now the teams are back in the shops and preparing their cars for battle ahead of a full season. The class features a great mix of youth versus experience with the likes of Stephan Somerset (Nictaux, NS) and Tom Stewart (Nictaux, NS) trading slidejobs with the likes of upstart Kyle Thompson (Nictaux, NS), Travis Atwater (Aylesford, NS) and Adam Charron (Margaretsville, NS). While the Four Cylinders may lead the charge onto the clay on Sunday, they will leave with fans on the edge of their seats!

The V8 and Truck division is one that will see several drivers make their presence known on race day. Justin Balsor (Aylesford, NS) has shown the way in recent years but word on the street is that he is leaving his preparation to the last minute ahead of the race. This could open the door for the likes of AJ Watton (Aylesford, NS) and more to take home the checkered flag.

Adult grandstand admission price for Sunday’s event at Valley Raceway is $15. Youth aged 12 and under are admitted to the grandstands free of charge. Grandstand gates open for fans at 11am with racing beginning at 1pm. Tickets are available at the gate on race day, cash only. Camping is available on site (no services or hookups) free of charge.

A new website is being developed for the track and can be found, when completed later this season, at NSValleyRaceway.com. Until then, keep updated with everything Valley Raceway on Facebook at Facebook.com/NSValleyRaceway.

About Valley Raceway:
Located in picturesque Melvern Square, Nova Scotia, Valley Raceway is the Annapolis Valley’s only dirt oval. The track operates stock car events from May to October and is currently operated by a group led by championship race car driver, owner and businessman Robbie Thompson, his wife Michelle and Chris LeBarron. To keep up to date with events at Valley Raceway, please visit the track on Facebook at Facebook.com/NSValleyRaceway

 

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