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Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway Hosts Back To School Shootout Saturday

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(Wednesday, August 26th – Sydney, NS) – Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway is back in action on Saturday, August 29th with the fourth of five events on their 2015 season. The Back to School Shootout will see three divisions of stock car racing in action, the NAPA Sportsman Series, Cape Breton Trailer Sales Street Stock and Atlantic Cat/Hewitt Rentals Mini Stocks, racing for valuable championship points and the coveted checkered flag. Racing action gets underway Saturday at 3pm.

After their most recent round at Riverside International Speedway on August 14th, it is Sydney’s Kyle Reid that leads the NAPA Sportsman Series into competition this Saturday. Reid took the point lead from Darren Price of Main-a-Dieu, who now sits a slim two points out of the championship lead with just three races remaining in the season. The Gillis Home Hardware 100 will be key for drivers like Shawn Waterfield (Sydney) and leading rookie Joey Rudderham (Marion Bridge) if they want to put themselves into championship contention late in the season. The two sit third and fourth, respectively, in the standings but one bad race in the next three could spell trouble for their 2015 championship dreams.

The Cape Breton Trailer Sales Street Stock division continues to grow as the season progresses, which will make it harder for Vance MacDonald (Sydney) to defend his 30 point lead with two races to go over John Halliday (Sydney). Halliday cannot rest either with Jeff Adamsson (Lower L’Ardoise) just 12 points back heading into Saturday’s 25 lap feature presented by Saf-way Auto Parts.

The #81 car usually driven by Shubenacadie’s JR Lawson in the Atlantic Cat/Hewitt Rentals Mini Stock class will be in attendance on Saturday to defend its point lead, but it will not be Lawson behind the wheel. Lawson will have two-time and defending Scotia Speedworld Thunder champion Dave Matthews (Kennetcook) at the wheel of his #81 581 Motorsports Honda. Matthews will be a teammate to third place point driver Kyle MacMillan (Dartmouth). Kody Quinn (Glace Bay) is sandwiched between the two teammates in second in the standings, just a slim eight markers out of the top spot.

Brandon MacMillan (Glace Bay) and Colin Nickerson will be looking to make up some ground in the standings with just two races remaining in the season. The last Ramsay’s Honda 50 for the Four Cylinder class on August 1st saw sophomore driver Art McNamara (Cleveland) lead 46 of the 50 laps in the feature before an incident took him out of contention and put the lead and ultimately the win in Lawson’s hands.

With the month of September just around the corner and with the sounds of school bells soon to replace race cars, Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway will be offering free grandstand admission to students for the August 29th show at the track. There will also be giveaways throughout the afternoon’s racing card to keep fans on the edge of their seats between the excitement of race cars on the tight Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway configuration.

One race remains at Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway following Saturday’s Back to School Shootout. The season finale is slated for Saturday, September 26th and will see champions crowned in the NAPA Sportsman Series, Cape Breton Trailer Sales Street Stock and Atlantic Cat/Hewitt Rentals Mini Stock divisions. Complete information on the final event at the Sydney oval will be available as the event nears.

Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s Back to School Shootout event are $20 for adults over the age of 19, with free admission for students aged 13 to 18 and children 12 and under. Pit admission is $25 and restricted to those 18 years and older. Pit gates open for competitors at 10am, with racing beginning at 3pm. For a complete race day schedule and more information pertaining Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway, please visit

About Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway:
Formerly Island Speedway, Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway was re-opened by Bill and Lynne Vasil for racing in July 2014, bringing life to the motorsport and stock car racing scenes on Cape Breton Island. The track features three classes, the NAPA Sportsman Series, the Cape Breton Trailer Sales Street Stocks, and Atlantic Cat/Hewitt Rental Store Mini Stocks, with five dates throughout the summer of 2015. The track is located at 1162 Grand Lake Road in Sydney, Nova Scotia. For more information, please visit or find the track on Facebook, at


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