For those that were at Petty International Raceway last Saturday were treated to two competitive Late Model races, and some of the best racing action seen all season long on the River Glade, New Brunswick high banks.
Scott Sinclair was at Petty International Raceway and captured all the action of both the Mike Stevens Memorial Pro Stock 150 and the NAPA C/Max Sportsman 100 presented by R. Stevens Mechanical. He has been gracious enough to share some of his shots with us here.
MIKE STEVENS MEMORIAL PRO STOCK 150
OPENING CEREMONIES/DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
Ken Mackenzie Sr entered Saturday battling Chris Duncan for a championship in the Petty Pro Stock division.
Exide Batteries Rookie of the Year on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Sarah McKay readies for her fifth Pro Stock start at Petty Raceway.
John Flemming was in the Mike Stevens Memorial field one week after locking up his fifth Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour title.
Greg Proude ran a strong race in his Atlantic Dodge Dealers Dodge, eventually coming home with a fourth place run.
Jonathan Hicken was all smiles during Driver Introductions. Hicken wound up second on the night at a track where he won twice in 2014.
Kent Vincent, a former International winner, started the Mike Stevens Memorial out strong before fading back in the field.
Craig Slaunwhite and Robbie Stevens share a moment prior to the race. Slaunwhite and the R. Stevens Mechanical Chevrolet wound up in 16th place at the finish of the 150-lap race.
Eventual winner Shawn Turple waves to the crowd during Driver Introductions.
Art Steeves, who will be inducted into the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in November, waved the green flag on the Mike Stevens Memorial 150.
“Big Bird” Dylan Blenkhorn started the Mike Stevens Memorial 150 from the pole position and led the first 76 laps of the race, including the EIT Race Radios Halfway Award. Blenkhorn wound up seventh at the end after fighting a tight car.
Championship contenders Chris Duncan and Ken Mackenzie found each other behind a spinning Tim Rodgers, which also collected Dylan Gosbee and Robbie Fraser.
Robbie MacEwen made his fourth Pro Stock start of 2014. While running up front early, the team failed to finish the event after more mechanical problems plagued the team.
Brady Creamer (10) battles with John Flemming (97) in the first half of the event. Creamer finished eleventh after spending many laps of the event in the top ten.
Sarah McKay found herself in a bit of trouble early in the race in Turn Two.
DJ Casey made his Pro Stock debut in the #44 K. Hubley Woodworking and Contracting Chevrolet, finishing in 13th place and on the lead lap.
Greg Fahey was aboard the #29 McLaughlin Roof Trusses Limited Chevrolet that Trevor Sanborn drove at the Re/MAX 250 at Speedway 660. Fahey was credited with an 18th place finish.
One of the best drivers without a victory in recent years at Petty Raceway is Jerome Kehoe. Kehoe, who was making only his second Pro Stock start of the season, finished the 150 in 12th place.
Jason Carnahan, who was sporting a tribute to Mike Stevens on the evening, had a tough sled throughout the race after posting the third quick time in practice.
Shawn Pierce ran up to sixth place in the first segment of the race and with the inversion for the second 75 laps would start in third. On the restart, Pierce would spin in front of the field out of Turn Four. The field scattered without anyone getting into Pierce. He rebounded to finish tenth.
The same “spin in front of the pack without anyone hitting you” role was taken moments later by Robbie MacEwen in Turn Two. Robbie Fraser’s night ended with a bang in Turn Three, as his car climbed the wall. He was okay, but his car? Not so much.
Shawn Turple captured his third checkered flag of the season, besting Jonathan Hicken and Shawn Tucker for the win in the Mike Stevens Memorial Pro Stock 150.
Chris Duncan chats with Cyril Hall after wrapping up the Petty Raceway Pro Stock division title on Saturday night.
Gary Tingley went for a wild ride down the back straight when his throttle stuck, climbing the wall for a brief moment in Turn Three. Tingley emerged from the car sore, but okay.
Laurie Cormier led early in the NAPA CMAX 100 before handing the lead over to eventual winner Devin Snell. Cormier faded to fifth in the event.
Rookie Daniel Clark ran many laps within the top five in his first Sportsman start at Petty Raceway, before a mechanical failure forced him to pit road.
Bill Sommerville made his final start at Petty Raceway Saturday during the NAPA CMax 100. Sommerville is set to officially retire from full time racing this weekend during the Chi City Showdown.
Devin Snell chats with Cyril Hall following his first Sportsman victory at Petty Raceway.
Russell Smith Jr., who finished third on the night, celebrates his 2014 NAPA CMax Sportsman track championship. The Petty track title is his second consecutive in the Late Model class.
Luc Bourgeois finished a strong second place in the NAPA CMax 100 on Mike Stevens Memorial Weekend.
Devin Snell was the winner in the NAPA CMax Sportsman 100.
Alexandra O’Blenis, one year after taking home the Street Stock championship, brought home the NAPA Petitcodiac Rookie of the Year Award in the NAPA CMax Sportsman class.
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