Canada’s Oldest Stock Car Race Returns This Weekend to Petty
Track Release, Photo by McCarthy Photographic
RIVER GLADE, NB (August 20, 2013) – With a 49-year history it is the oldest stock car race in Canada, it is the River Glade International, and it is this weekend at Petty International Raceway. Keeping with the format established in this the modern era of the event the River Glade International will see two segments, one for sportsman racers on Friday night and another for pro stock racers on Saturday night.
Each and every racer that enters either the sportsman or pro stock race would be honoured to see their name etched on the majestic perpetual International Cup that boasts the names of all the former winners which include top racers in Canadian motorsports like Junior Hanley, Don Biederman, Earl Ross, Jim Hallahan, and Greg Sewart – all members of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Hallahan will be honoured this weekend as a two-time winner of the International (1966 and 1968) and for his ongoing contributions to motorsports which have spanned more than six decades, the last four in the Maritimes. John Shirtliff, from Ontario – winner of the first River Glade International in 1965 and a good friend of Hallahan’s, will also be on hand at Petty this weekend as a special guest.
Besides the prestige of winning an ‘International’ the winners of each segment take home a custom-made stand-up clock, crafted especially for the event by local craftsman Kevin Hubley.
On Friday the Jones Auto Body Twin 75’s will determine the sportsman International winner along with the champion of the Maritime Sportsman Challenge (MSC) – a new three-race series contested at three tracks in the Maritimes this summer. The race is also a championship points race for Petty’s GT Enterprises Sportsman house division. Point battles are tight in both: in the MSC Nova Scotia’s Colby Smith is at the top with just six markers separating the top five; in the GT Enterprises Sportsman class it is Nova Scotia’s Russell Smith Jr. on top with a slim 15-point lead and just 28 points separating the top five. The Jones Auto Body Twin 75’s is the second last race of the season for the GT Enterprises Sportsman division and is the longest race of the season for the MSC.
For all these reasons, along with a $1,500 payout to the MSC champion, anticipation is high for one of the biggest sportsman car counts of the year anywhere in the Maritimes.
There is one racer expected to enter the sportsman race for which the money and the points are second to the win; Maritime racing legend Frank Fraser, a native of the Moncton area and winner of six Internationals, wants one more International title so has this race date circled on his calendar.
Besides sportsman racing, fans in attendance Friday night will see action in the C Max Paint and Body Shop Supplies Street Stock and Leisure Days RV Bandoleros divisions. Racing starts Friday at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday it is the Parts for Trucks 150 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. Series leader John Flemming has a commanding 91-point lead, but not insurmountable, over second place Shawn Tucker and third place Shawn Turple. All three are former series champions and none have won a River Glade International so they, along with every other driver in the field, will be charging hard for the win. A special treat for fans will see Maine hotshoe Travis Benjamin behind the wheel of the car that won the most recent race on the circuit while full-time driver Craig Slaunwhite sits out the event to attend a family wedding.
The Maritime League of Legends, Mister Transmission Mini Stock, and AOW Tour will join the pro stocks at Petty International Raceway on Saturday. Racing starts at 6 p.m. (pro stock time trials at 5:10 p.m.).
Watch for a complete entry list and more pro stock details later this week from series communications.
Complete point standings for all divisions, except pro stock, can be found online at www.pettyinternationalraceway.com. Pro stock standings are online at www.maritimeprostocktour.com.
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