Your Need To Know Guide to the Mike Stevens Memorial at Petty International Raceway
Track Release – September 17th
RIVER GLADE, NB (September 17, 2014) – Petty International Raceway will host its season finale this Saturday and Sunday with the inaugural Mike Stevens Memorial 150 Weekend, sponsored by R. Stevens Mechanical. Highlights are expected to include the 150-lap pro stock feature and the crowning of six Petty racing division champions.
The Mike Stevens Memorial 150 on Saturday is shaping up to be a star-studded tribute to the late Mike Stevens with more than 25 pro stock racers expected to enter including three Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) champions (John Flemming – Halifax, NS, Shawn Tucker – Fredericton, and Shawn Turple – Enfield, NS), as well as Jonathan Hicken (Montague, PE) – a four-time winner on the PST circuit this year.
Dave O’Blenis (Boundary Creek), a multi-time pro stock champion and race winner who considers Petty home turf is also on the expected entry list, as are local racers Robbie Fraser (Riverview), Michael Kyle (Sussex), Glyn Nott (Burton), Paul Gahan (St. Mary’s), Tim Rodgers (Upper Coverdale), Sarah McKay – PST Rookie of the Year (Quispamsis), Jason Carnahan (Moncton), Kevin Moore (Fredericton), and Chris Duncan (Hampton).
The Mike Stevens Memorial 150 is the last points event of the season for the Petty Pro Stock division which sees Duncan leading Ken MacKenzie by only one point. O’Blenis is third, seven behind MacKenzie and Rodgers is just three behind in fourth. Kyle is fifth, seven behind Rodgers.
Besides pro stocks, Saturday’s show will see a 100-lap feature for the Napa Cmax Sportsman to determine the 2014 division champion. Russell Smith Jr. leads that battle by eight points over Laurie Cormier, and O’Blenis (doing double-duty in pro stock and sportsman) sits third – five behind Cormier.
On Sunday afternoon four more Petty racing division champions will be decided along with a 50-lap feature for the Atlantic Modified Tour.
Cory Hall leads the Leisure Days RV Bandoleros standings by seven markers over Cole Tanner. Adam Meehan and Braden Langille are tied for third – just one point behind Tanner and Ashton Tucker is just one behind them. Courtney O’Blenis (Dave’s daughter) is just two points behind Tucker.
In Mister Transmission Mini Stocks it is JR Lawson on top with a 16-point advantage over Brad Daley. Patricia Taylor is third, only 11 markers behind Daley.
The Petty Street Stock division sees Ken MacKenzie Jr. leading Alexandra O’Blenis (also Dave’s daughter) by just 11 points heading into the final event. Mike Duskey is third, three behind O’Blenis.
Mike Stevens, a multi-time PST winner from Salisbury, passed away August 4, 2013 after being involved in a crash during a race at a track in Prince Edward Island; he was just 30 years old. His life, and his tragic passing, left a mark on the Maritime racing community. He attended Petty Raceway as a boy so having the memorial event at the facility is a natural fit. Members of Stevens’ family, including his wife Sharon and sons Brody and David, as well as his race team will be in attendance. Winners of all the weekends feature races will receive a Mike Stevens Memorial trophy.
A complete pro stock expected entry list along with Petty racing division point standings, and much more about this weekend and the facility, can be found online at www.pettyraceway.com.
Racing starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday . There is plenty of free parking for those with RV’s who want to spend the weekend.
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TimsCorner.ca Story – September 15th
Petty International Raceway will welcome the best in Atlantic Canadian stock car racing to the Moncton area this weekend, Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st, as the track hosts their final event of the season, the Mike Stevens Memorial weekend.
Traditionally one of the biggest “end of season” events in the region, this year is shaping up to be no exception. The highlight on the weekend, the Mike Stevens Memorial Pro Stock 150, boasts an expected entry list of 30 drivers from around the region. The list of expected entries for the Pro Stock race features an All Star type field, with seven of the top ten teams from the RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock class at Speedway 660 and nine of the top ten Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour drivers represented in the 30 car list. Of the 19 races contested between the two sanctioning bodies in 2014, 16 feature wins are accounted for in Saturday’s field.
Leading the field include Speedway 660 titlist Dave O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB) and Rookie of the Year Cole Boudreau (Chipman, NB) along with Parts for Trucks Tour champion John Flemming (Halifax, NS) and Rookie of the Year Sarah McKay (Quispamsis, NB). Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell, PE) has made Petty Raceway his playground as of late, winning two of the three Pro Stock Tour races contested at Petty Raceway this season and will be joined in the field by another 2014 winner on the high banks in touring competition in Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS).
Part-time racer Lonnie Sommerville (Barnesville, NB) will be gunning for the victory at Petty International Raceway after a fifth place finish in the Re/Max 250 earlier this month at Speedway 660. Scotia Speedworld Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman sophomore DJ Casey (Prospect Road, NS) will be making his Pro Stock debut at the helm of the #44 Oval Outlaw Racing Chevrolet on Saturday afternoon. Oyster Bed Speedway Central Engine Services Late Model point leader Robbie MacEwen (Sherwood, PE) will also be making the trek across the Confederation Bridge with his Pro Stock in tow for the 150-lap affair.
As if that wasn’t enough, like the other house divisions on the card for the weekend, the Mike Stevens Memorial Pro Stock 150 will serve as the final point race for the Petty Pro Stock division. Chris Duncan (Hampton, NB) leads Ken MacKenzie (Sailsbury, NB) by a single point. Eight points behind Duncan sits O’Blenis in third, with Tim Rodgers (Upper Coverdale, NB) and Michael Kyle (Sussex, NB) just three and ten points, respectively, behind O’Blenis. With a point system that separates every on track position by a single point, the landscape of the point standings could change greatly as a track champion is crowed after 150-laps.
Fans can expect to see that All Star feel to trickle down through each of Petty’s house divisions. The NAPA CMax Sportsman field will run 100 laps on Saturday, while the Leisure Days RV Bandoleros, Mister Transmission Mini Stocks and Street Stocks will run 50-lap features on Sunday, each split into two 25-lap segments. Cory Hall (Jolicure, NB, Bandolero), JR Lawson (Shubenacadie, NS, Mini Stocks), Kenny Mackenzie Jr (Salisbury, NB, Street Stock) and Russell Smith Jr (Lakeside, NS, Sportsman) will each try to defend their point lead with extra entries expected in all fields. While no official entry lists are available, interest from all over the Maritimes has been expressed in the support classes for the weekend.
The Atlantic Modified Tour will also contest a 50-lap point paying event on their series on Sunday to close off the weekend. Ryan Messer (Harvey, NB) was the winner the last time the series paid a visit to the high banked oval in August.
Tickets for the Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend will be available at the gate on raceday. Unserviced camping is available at the track and is free of charge.
For complete information on the event and venue, please visit PettyRaceway.com.
Photo by McCarthy Photographic
Expected Entry List – Mike Stevens Memorial Pro Stock 150 – September 20th, 2014
#00 – Cole Boudreau – Chipman, NB
#07 – Robbie Fraser – Riverview, NB
#0 – Shawn Turple – Enfield, NS
#5 – Jonathan Hicken – Brudenell, PE
#10 – Brady Creamer – Miramichi, NB
#12 – Michael Kyle – Sussex, NB
#12 – Glyn Nott – Burton, NB
#14 – Terry Dougay – Albany, PE
#16 – Paul Gahan – Lower St. Mary’s, NB
#18 – Darren MacKinnon – Winsloe, PE
#19 – Tim Rodgers – Upper Coverdale, NB
#21 – Shawn Pierce – Newcombville, NS
#23 – Lonnie Sommerville – Barnesville, NB
#29 – Greg Fahey – St. Stephen, NB
#29 – Greg Proude – Springvale, PE
#32 – Sarah McKay – Quispamsis, NB
#40 – Robbie MacEwen – Sherwood, PE
#44 – DJ Casey – Prospect Road, NS
#48 – Dave O’Blenis – Boundary Creek, NB
#52 – Shawn Tucker – Fredericton, NB
#55 – Jason Carnahan – Moncton, NB
#63 – Kent Vincent – Crapaud, PE
#67 – Dylan Blenkhorn – Truro, NS
#85 – Ken MacKenzie – Salisbury, NB
#88 – Kevin Moore – Fredericton, NB
#91 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#97 – Chris Duncan – Hampton, NB
#97 – John Flemming – Halifax, NS
#98 – Jerome Kehoe – Sydney, NS
#99 – Craig Slaunwhite – Terence Bay, NS
*Entry list provided to us by Petty International Raceway and is subject to change without notice
PRACTICE DAY – Friday, September 19th
There will be a practice for all divisions competing in the Mike Stevens Memorial weekend on Friday, September 19th from 3pm to dusk. Pit admission is $10 per person with the grandstands open free of charge.
RACE DAY FORMAT – Saturday, September 20th
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10am – Pit Gates and Tech Opens
1pm – Grandstands Open
Sportsman Practice – 1pm (20 Minutes)
Pro Stock Practice – 1:20pm (20 Minutes)
Sportsman Practice – 1:40pm (20 Minutes)
Pro Stock Practice – 2pm (20 Minutes)
Sportsman Practice – 2:20pm (20 Minutes)
Pro Stock Practice – 2:40pm (20 Minutes)
Track Closes – 3pm
Drivers Meeting – 3:05pm
Green Flag – 4pm
Sportsman Heats – 10 Laps
Pro Stock Heats – 10 Laps
Sportsman Last Chance (if required)
Pro Stock Last Chance (if required)
Pro Stock 150
RACE DAY FORMAT – Sunday, September 21st
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10am – Pit Gates and Tech Opens
Bandolero Practice – 11:50pm (10 Minutes)
Grandstands Open – 12pm
Mini Stock Practice – 12pm (10 Minutes)
Street Stock Practice – 12:10pm (10 Minutes)
AMT Practice – 12:20pm (10 Minutes)
Bandolero Practice – 12:30pm (10 Minutes)
Mini Stock Practice – 12:40pm (10 Minutes)
Street Stock Practice – 12:50pm (10 Minutes)
AMT Practice – 1pm (10 Minutes)
Track Closes – 1:10pm
Drivers Meetings – 1:15pm
Green Flag – 2pm
Bandolero Heats (10 Laps)
Mini Stock Heats (10 Laps)
Street Stock Heats (10 Laps)
AMT Heats (10 Laps)
Bandolero Feature First Half (25 Laps)
Mini Stock Feature First Half (25 Laps)
Street Stock Feature First Half (25 Laps)
Bandolero Feature Second Half (25 Laps)
Mini Stock Feature Second Half (25 Laps)
Street Stock Feature Second Half (25 Laps)
AMT Feature (50 Laps)
PETTY HOUSE DIVISION STANDINGS (Top Five)
Petty Pro Stock Division
1st – #97 – Chris Duncan – 146
2nd – #85 Ken MacKenzie – 145
3rd – #48 Dave O’Blenis – 138
4th – #19 – Tim Rodgers – 135
5th – #12 Michael Kyle – 128
NAPA CMax Sportsman
1st – #44 Russell Smith Jr – 249
2nd – #53 Laurie Cormier – 241
3rd – #48 Dave O’Blenis – 236
4th – #88 Luc Bourgeois – 233
5th – #7 Byron Bartlett – 204
1st – #85 Kenny MacKenzie Jr 389
2nd – #14 Alexandra O’Blenis 377
3rd – #42 Mike Duskey 374
4th – #87 Nick Cudmore 358
5th – #49 Gary Wade 357
Mister Transmission Mini Stocks
1st – #81 JR Lawson 335
2nd – #66 Brad Daley 319
3rd – #10 Patricia Taylor 308
4th – #88 Kody Quinn 279
5th – #69 Mike Edwards 245
Leisure Days RV Bandoleros
1st – #08 Cory Hall 240
2nd – #33 Cole Tanner 233
3rd – #6 Adam Meehan 232
4th – #51 Braden Langille 232
5th – #32 Ashton Tucker 231
6th – #48 Courtney O’Blenis 229
GRANDSTAND TICKET PRICES
(Pit admission add $5/day, cash only, available at the gate on race day)
September 20 – Mike Stevens Memorial
Adult – $30.00
Youth (8 to 18) – $10.00
7 & under – free
September 21 – Mike Stevens Memorial
Adult – $10.00
Youth (8 to 18) – $5.00
7 & under – free
September 20 & 21 – Mike Stevens Memorial
Weekend Pass – Adult – $35.00
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