SENSATIONAL STOCK CAR SUNDAY SET UP AT THE CENTRE FOR SPEED
Pro Stock and Street Stock divisions shaping up for great double headliner bill on Sunday
Track Release/Photos by WingNut Productions
(MONCTON, NB – October 6th, 2022) – The excitement continues to build for the 22nd Atlantic Stock Car Championships at the CENTRE For Speed in Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick. Two days of racing action will thrill fans of all ages with eight unique classes of cars competing over the Thanksgiving Day Weekend. Action begins on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th at 1pm each day.
As of press time, 14 Pro Stock entries have signaled their intent to compete during the annual Pro Stock 150. Several different storylines litter the field as they are set to converge on the 3/8-mile oval on Sunday afternoon. Lonnie Sommerville (Barnesville, NB) is a former multi-time Atlantic Stock Car Champion and leads the field into Sunday’s 150-lap main event. Rising New Brunswick stars Ryan Messer (Harvey, NB) and Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB), both of whom are champions of the Pro Stock 250 at Speedway 660 and both of whom have support class wins at the CENTRE For Speed, will be contenders when the chips are down on Sunday.
The Atlantic Stock Car Championships provides a stage for drivers to hone their skills in a Pro Stock. While they are not making their debuts in a Pro Stock, Tanton Wooldridge (Summerside, PE), Colton Noble (Upper Nine Mile River, NS) and Kenny MacKenzie Jr (Salisbury, NB) are all still new to the Pro Stock ranks with a half dozen Pro Stock starts between them. Brodie Lewis (Oyster Bed Bridge, PE) is capping his rookie season with an Atlantic Championships appearance.
John Rankin (St. Martin’s, NB) is a former Atlantic Champion in Late Model Sportsman and hopes to put a Pro Stock trophy beside his Sportsman hardware after Sunday. Pro Stock veterans Kevin Moore (Fredericton, NB), Robert Lee (Fredericton, NB), Calvin Rankin (Quispamsis, NB), former 660 track titlist Brent Roy (Hanwell, NB) and a returning Paul Gahan (Lower St. Mary’s, NB) all have the checkered flag in their sights. Ben Pelletier (Saint John, NB), who has a top five in this event to his resume, will look to repeat the feat in only his second start of 2022.
PRO STOCK 150
Expected Entry List
#1 Ryan Messer – Harvey, NB
#9 John Rankin – St. Martin’s NB
#22 Brodie Lewis – Oyster Bed Bridge, PE
#26 Brent Roy – Hanwell, NB
#28 Tanton Woolridge – Summerside, PE
#41 Robert Lee – Fredericton, NB
#45 Calvin Rankin – Quispamsis, NB
#50 Ben Pelletier – Saint John, NB
#66 Paul Gahan – Lower St. Mary’s, NB
#80 Colton Noble – Upper Nine Mile River, NS
#83 Lonnie Sommerville – Barnesville, NB
#85 Kenny MacKenzie Jr – Salisbury, NB
#88 Kevin Moore – Fredericton, NB
#98 Cory Hall – Jolicure, NB
At press time, 22 drivers have filled out their paperwork to compete Sunday in the Street Stock 100. Hometown driver Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB) won the Maritime Street Stock Series 100 in August during Can-Am Weekend and will be tough to beat once more on Sunday. Logan Power (Riverview, NB) and local favorite Martin Landry (Grand-Barachois, NB) joined Cormier on the podium during that race in August and both are entered to compete this Sunday.
Speedway 660 champion and upcoming Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee Rick Cashol (Saint John, NB) returns to the CENTRE For Speed on Sunday. Bryar Ellis (Janeville, NB) and Tom Nicholls (Estey’s Bridge, NB) battled for the Speedway Miramichi championship and both will be at the track Sunday to compete for the Atlantic Championship. Jeff MacInnis (Summerside, PE) and Randy Millar (Freeland, PE) both finished in the top five in a highly competitive Oyster Bed Speedway point championship chase and look to cap 2022 off with a win Sunday.
When it comes to big races, several drivers are hunting for a win to close off their year. Mitchell Arsenault (Summerside, PE), Justin Cole (Harvey, NB) and Brad MacLean (Miramichi, NB) are among those looking for a big win. Laurie Hutt (Stewiacke, NS) and Dan Duke (Moncton, NB) have plenty of experience and are sure to test the youth of the likes of Travis Conroy (Miramichi, NB), Brayden Tingley (Turtle Creek, NB) and Evan Lane (Salisbury, NB). Jimmy Somerville (Fredericton, NB), Ricky Myers (Charlottetown, PE), Ron Enkel (Saint John, NB), Drew Lewis (Salisbury, NB), Matthew Ford (Summerside, PE) and Shawn Furlong (Moncton, NB) round out a stout field of pre-registered drivers for the Street Stock 100.
The Four Fun division will compete in a 50-lap feature for their Atlantic Stock Car Championships event. The domestic Four Cylinder event will see the likes of two-time Sharp Shooter champion BJ Gillespie (Harvey, NB), 2021 Oyster Bed Speedway Champion Jeff Bridges (Kensington, PE), Scotia Speedworld winners Jamie Dillman (Carroll’s Corner, NS) and “Big Daddy” Kenny Hopper (Elmsdale, NS), Speedway 660 front runners Daniel Atyeo (Chipman, NB), Darren Wilcox (Fredericton, NB), Randy Titus (French Lake, NB) and Randy Storey (Royal Road, NB) in the field. That just scratches the surface of the talent lining up as nearly 20 drivers are pre-registered for the 50-lap feature on Sunday.
The young stars will also compete on Sunday with the Bandolero division set to crown an Atlantic Champion. Dawson Noble (Upper Nine Mile River, NS) and Chase Livingston (Springhill, NS), both of whom are poised to move to Legend cars full time in 2023, hope to capture their last big win of their career at the CENTRE For Speed. Oyster Bed Speedway track champion Daniel Vandenburg (Lower Onslow, NS), Beginner drivers Tylar Dempsey (Fredericton, NB), Mandi Lee (Fredericton, NB) and Hudson Ruff (Saint John, NB) along with Super Beginner Jesse Northup (Upper Nine Mile River, NS) will look to put their name on the big trophy at the end of Sunday.
Bryn Enterprises Thrill Rides will take to the track between 12pm and 1pm on Sunday prior to racing. Fans can ride around with former Late Model Sportsman Champion and Pro Stock star Glyn Nott while supporting their work as they support veterans. To get a ride, fans can contact Bryn Enterprises or see them at the track on race day.
Day One of the Atlantic Championships kicks off the two-day festival of speed and features the Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stock, Bomber/Ironmen and the Atlantic Modified Tour in the Tim’s Corner Motorsports 50. Racing begins on Saturday, October 8th at 1pm. Sunday’s on track activities featuring the Pro Stock, Street Stock, Four Cylinder and Bandolero classes, will also begin at 1pm.
Complete and up-to-date entry lists for all divisions competing at the Atlantic Stock Car Championships at the CENTRE For Speed, along with race day formats and full ticketing information, can be found at CENTREForSpeed.com.
About Shediac’s CENTRE For Speed:
Shediac’s CENTRE For Speed is a family-owned and operated Motorsports and Music Venue, located just 4kms from Parlee Beach, NB. We are Home of the Parlee Beach Music Festival, Atlantic Stock Car Championships, Atlantic Monster Truck Nationals, and much more. For more information, please visit www.centreforspeed.com.