MacKenzie Beats O’Blenis to Win the Martin’s Firecracker 150!

Posted on August 19th, 2012

Fredericton N.B. -Ken MacKenzie won the Martin’s Home Heating Firecracker 150 at Speedway 660 on Saturday night. MacKenzie passed his friend Dave O’Blenis to win the three thousand dollar first place prize money in one of Atlantic Canada’s biggest Sportsman races of the season.

“We finally won one of these things” said a jubilant MacKenzie in the Speedway 660 Victory Lane. “We won two Sportsman championships but never have been able to win one of these big races until tonight and it is was especially sweet to finally beat my good friend Dave O’Blenis.”

O’Blenis led the race at the half-way point and looked unbeatable until MacKenzie powered his way to the front of the field late in the race. Both MacKenzie and OBlenis pulled double duty on Saturday night, competing in Sportsman and Pro Stock. Brent Roy, the Camry Kid, finished third in the Firecracker 150. Randy Moore, George Jamieson and Byron Bartlett won the qualifying heat races.

O’Blenis had a great night at Speedway 660. In addition to a second place finish in the Firecracker 150, he won the A.L. Gullison Disaster Kleenup Pro Stock main event. The win gives O’Blenis a firm grip on the points lead heading into the Night of Champions next Saturday night. Greg Fahey finished second in the feature, followed by Jordan Gahan who got his first ever podium finish. Gahan won both the Pro Stock heat and dash to go with his third place feature finish.

Peter Martin took the checkered flag in the RV World Street Stock feature. It was the first feature win for the 17 year old Saint John driver. Rob Pethick was second and Josh Arbeau drove home third. Pethick and Martin also won the heat races, while Roger Slocum took the checkers in the dash.

Luc McLaughlin extended his point lead in the 4 cylinder division by winning his feature. Tyler Seveck finished second, while Justin Cole took third. Christine Chittack and Justin Cole won the heat races.

Dawson McIntee was the top Hanwell Vllage Mart Bandolero driver of the night. He won the 15 lap Bando feature followed by Alicia Mowat and Cole Boudreau. Courtney O’Blenis and Braden Langille won the heat races.

Speedway 660’s double header weekend continues on Sunday afternoon at 2PM with the Enduro 200. Next Saturday night at 7PM Speedway 660 hosts Fan Appreciation Night and the Night of Champions. Championships in all five racing divisions will be decided.
Martin’s Home Heating FIRECRACKER Sportsman(150 laps)
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 85 Ken MacKenzie Petitcodiac, NB
2 48 Dave OBlenis Boundary Creek, NB
3 26 Brent Roy Hanwell, NB
4 40 Richard Atkinson Geary, NB
5 28 John Rankin St.Martins, NB
6 45 Calvin Rankin Quispamsis, NB
7 12 Glyn Nott Burton, NB
8 11 Cal Hatfield Rothesay, NB
9 42 Matt Rodgers Smithtown, NB
10 20 Peter Gaddess Minto, NB
11 37 Jacob Logan Harvey, NB
12 44S Steve Seveck Temperance Vale, NB
13 21 Devin Snell Rowley,NB
14 34 Randy Moore Saint John, NB
15 70 Dave Biggar Lake George, NB
16 41 Robert Raynes N. Summerville, NB
17 49 Jamie Brown St Martin, NB
18 96 George Jamieson Fredericton, NB
19 72 Brandon Harris Fredericton Jct, NB
20 07 Robbie Fraser Riverview, NB
21 33 Charlie Wilkins Keswick, NB
22 7 Byron Bartlett St Stephen, NB
23 14 Andrew Rodgers Smithtown, NB
24 31 Mark Harris Fredericton Jct, NB
25 61 Randy McCoy Fredericton, NB
26 83 Corey Little Rowley, NB
27 29 Matt Maillet Oromocto, NB

A.L.Gullison Disaster Kleen Up Pro Stock Feature (40 laps)
# Driver Hometown
1 48 Dave OBlenis Boundary Creek, NB
2 20 Greg Fahey St. Stephen, NB
3 16 Jordan Gahan Lower St Marys, NB
4 88 Kevin Moore Pepper Creek, NB
5 85 Ken MacKenzie Petitcodiac, NB
6 69 Brian Gillespie Nackawic, NB
7 97 Chris Duncan Hampton, NB
8 9 Derek Christie Fredericton, NB
9 29 Robert Tomlinson Arthurette, NB

RV World Street Stock Feature(20 laps)
# Driver Hometown
1 44 Peter Martin Saint John, NB
2 9 Rob Pethick Nackawic, NB
3 61 Josh Arbeau Burton, NB
4 15 Roger Slocum Quispamsis, NB
5 18 Shannon Brake Quispamsis, NB
6 8 Benji Ruff Carlow, NB
7 54 Rick Cashol Saint John, NB
8 1 Heidi Cooper Fredericton, NB
9 13 Jack Lane Geary, NB
10 93 Chuck Morton Lincoln,NB
11 4 Richard Hartley Saint John, NB
12 5 Brad Slipp Saint John, NB
13 85 Kenny MacKenzie Jr. Salisbury, NB
14 83 Shayne Russell Tracy,NB

4 Cyl Div Feature (15 laps)
# Driver Hometown
1 11 Luc McLaughlin Geary, NB
2 70 Tyler Seveck Temperance Vale, NB
3 38 Justin Cole Harvey Station, NB
4 69 Daniel Clark Fredericton, NB
5 3 Kevin Peterson Hoyt, NB
6 54 Greg Cashol Saint John, NB
7 77 Ira Farnell Lincoln, NB
8 27 Christine Chittick Saint John, NB
9 7 T.J. Madore Geary, NB
10 8 Jeremy Doran Fredericton, NB
11 00 Brad Moore Lincoln,NB
12 95 Jessica Hawkins Minto, NB
13 18 Gene Beatty Lakeville Crnr,NB
14 21B Courtney Barton Minto,NB
15 71 Neil Miousse Miramichi, NB
16 17 Scott Goodine Bear Island, NB
17 20 Mark Young Fredericton, NB
18 80 Leaha McNeil Fredericton, NB
19 2 Evan Morgan Fredericton, NB
20 52 Randy Campbell Quispamsis, NB

Hanwell Village Mart Bandoleros Feature (15 laps)
# Driver Hometown
1 19 Dawson McIntee Moncton, NB
2 3 Alicia Mowat Hardwood Ridge, NB
3 00 Cole Boudreau Chipman, NB
4 23 Drew Greenlaw Eastport, ME
5 51 Brady Langille Shubenacadie, NS
6 14 Alexandra Oblenis Boundary Creek, NB
7 46 Dana Hamm Cambridge, NB
8 33 Cole Tanner Shubenacadie, NS
9 55 Mackenzie Brewer Quispamsis, NB
10 48 Courtney OBlenis Boundary Creek, NB
11 04 Cole Ogden Rusagonis, NB
12 52 Destiny Enkel Saint John, NB
13 24 Ben Pelletier Hampton, NB
14 1 Ryan Messer Harvey, NB