Silly Season ’15
Ladies and gentleman, start your engines!
Welcome to the place for all your off-season news, rumors, talk and more – Silly Season ’15!
Through the winter, we will be updating this page with everything that is going on that we can report. From teams changing divisions, moving home tracks, new paint schemes, selling race cars, looking for new rides or maybe not changing anything at all, we will have it here for you!
While some weeks may be dead, we will attempt to update this page every Tuesday evening with any new rumblings in Atlantic Canada that we can find!
How do you get your information into us? It’s easy!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with all your news, photos (from your build photos to paint scheme ideas – anything) and any information you’d like to share with us. We want to hear it all! We’ll paraphrase it, and post it below.
The format of this page will be posted something similar to the man who a lot of us go to for NASCAR Silly Season news, Jayski. Our news will appear below sorted by date, most recent closest to the top. We will have colored tags at the end of each post, so you can easily catch news by province and division.
Let the rumor mill begin!
Photo by McCarthy Photographic
MACKENZIE MOVES TO SPORTSMAN – Kenny Mackenzie Jr is on the move upward. One of the 2014 TCM Short Track Draft Picks is moving to the Sportsman division full time this coming season. MacKenzie will also dabble in Street Stock, in which he won a championship at Petty Raceway in, and you might even see Junior in a Pro Stock before the year is out!
BRAXTON STAFFORD MOVING TO SPORTSMAN – After five years in drag racing, 16 year old Braxton Stafford is making the jump to oval racing and the Late Model Sportsman ranks. The teenager from Blackville, NB will be running a former Colby Smith car that was campaigned at the end of the 2014 season at Shediac CENTRE For Speed’s Atlantic Championships by “The Racing Ranger from Renous” Kim Hallihan.
Take a look – this thing is a sharp piece!
HALL TO LEGENDS – Jolicure, New Brunswick’s Cory Hall will be making the transition to Legend cars after a successful run in the Bandolero ranks. Hall got his Legend career started with a handful of starts between Charlotte Motor Speedway and Orlando Speedworld, and will look to take lessons learned into the Maritime League of Legends and Scotia Speedworld season.
FAHEY TO RETURN TO PRO STOCK FULL TIME – Greg Fahey will return to the seat of a Pro Stock at Speedway 660 and search for another Pro Stock championship at the track in 2015. Fahey will pilot the #29 McLaughlin Roof Trusses Limited Chevrolet SS with a Tucker Chassis and will fill the seat the retiring Brian Gillespie leaves. Fahey did drive with the team at the Mike Stevens Memorial 150 at Petty Raceway, and the plan is to take part in big races when both Greg’s and the team’s schedule allows. (01/19) NEW BRUNSWICK | LATE MODEL
“CHASE THE RACECAR” EXPANDS FLEET FOR 2015 – Patricia Taylor’s “Chase the Racecar” Mini Stock team has expanded by two cars, bringing the total to three for the upcoming 2015 season. Taylor, in her third season of racing, has added multi-time feature winners in father and son Eugene and Mike Weagle to her squad. The team plans to race at New Brunswick’s Petty Raceway, CENTRE For Speed, Speedway Miramichi and Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway, along with participating in various car shows and charity functions. Their first event is slated for the 41st Castrol Radical Speedsport Show in April at the Moncton Coliseum. For more information, please visit their Facebook page. (01/04) NEW BRUNSWICK | MINI STOCK
RUDDERHAM MOVES UP TO SPORTSMAN – The 2014 runner-up in the Street Stock division at Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway is on his way up to the NAPA Sportsman Series. Rudderham has purchased a former Brad DeCoste car and the Street Stock he campaigned has hit the road to a team that will run out of Petty Raceway, a track where Rudderham and his Street Stock have previously held a checkered flag. Rudderham will have the Rookie of the Year trophy in the Sportsman division his cross hairs for 2015. (01/04) NOVA SCOTIA / SPORTSMAN
ROY TO DOUBLE DIP AT SPEEDWAY 660 – 2015 will be a transition year for Brent Roy. Roy, the 2014 Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman champion, will begin the season in the Sportsman class and will be switching to the Pro Stock division, pending completion of their car. Roy plans on doing double duty on Speedweekend and the Best of the Best 150 with both Toyota Camrys. Roy has also not ruled out traveling to different tracks throughout the year as well. (12/15) NEW BRUSNWICK | SPORTSMAN/PRO STOCK
COLE TO 660 SPORTSMAN FULL TIME IN 2015 – Harvey, New Brunswick’s Justin Cole is looking to make the move to the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman class full-time in the 2015 season at Speedway 660. Cole, who ran Street Stock for the last two seasons, has that car for sale and will primarily set his focus on the Late Model at the Geary oval. (12/03) NEW BRUNSWICK | SPORTSMAN
NS STEWART RACING EXPANDING FOR 2015 – After a successful rookie campaign sharing a race car, father and son duo Tom and Devon Stewart are expanding to a two car Lightning team for the upcoming season. Both will be racing Dodge Neons, one of which is the former Mark Campbell #150 car, and will both look to campaign different numbers. Tom will be driving the #171 car with Blenkhorn Auto Recyclers on the side, while Devon will pilot the #196 with backing from C&K Welding. (11/21)
UPDATE – Tom Stewart will carry primary sponsorship from Pioneer Coal. The Stewart family comes from a long line of coal miners. (12/03) NOVA SCOTIA | MINI STOCK
MACINNIS PURCHASES MACLEAN CHAMPIONSHIP CAR – Jeff MacInnis is looking to move up the ranks of the Oyster Bed Speedway Street Stock division by purchasing the car that won it all in 2014. MacInnis has struck a deal to buy the #82 car piloted by Mark MacLean in 2014 while MacLean builds a new car for the upcoming season. Check out the story here. (11/21) PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND | STREET STOCK
CASEY COMMITS TO PARTS FOR TRUCKS TOUR – Prospect Road, Nova Scotia hotshoe DJ Casey has purchased the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour championship car from John Flemming and plans on running full time on the Tour in 2015. Casey ran the car in open events at Speedway Miramichi and CENTRE For Speed at the end of 2014, highlighted with a second place run at the Atlantic Championships in October to Jonathan Hicken. Casey, who finished runner-up to Darren Wallage in the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman Series at Scotia Speedworld in 2014 and is the 2006 INEX Canadian Bandolero champion, is the first rookie to signal intentions to run full-time on the series with PEI’s Robbie MacEwen yet to announce next season’s Pro Stock plans. (11/10) NOVA SCOTIA | LATE MODEL