Fredericton, NB - Usually by this time the leaves have started to change and the hot summer weather seeps away into cooler Fall weather. However the sun it still shining in the Geary woods and the warmer weather is still at its grace, just in time for the Speedway 660 Season Finale, Fan Appreciation Day. This weekend is solely dedicated to the fans that make this sport exactly what it is, Fantastic! This will also be the weekend where the drivers give back to the fans with a pre-race on-track autograph session starting at 1pm. This is just one component of Fan Appreciation Day that is designed for fans of all ages and includes prizes from gracious sponsors that will be given away throughout the day. Aside from the prize giveaways and other highlights designed around fans, this weekend will be the final chase for the championship, crowning each division champ and outstanding rookie at the end of the event.
In the Coast Tire Street Stock Division, Rick Cashol in the #54 still holds the lead with 31 points over the second place contender, Matt Matheson in the #2. Cashol had a very good race this past weekend, taking home a third place podium finish while Matheson and the current third place contender, Jason Shannon in the #20, went home with a 5th and 4th place finishes. With only 35 points separating the top three; it could be any man’s race. This weekend will have the final results. Could Rick Cashol make a repeat championship to add to his previous championships or will new comers Matt Matheson or Jason Shannon take home first time championships?
In the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman Division, currently only 51 points separate the top five contenders. This division will be the division to watch with some very tight points racing happening this weekend. Currently 6 time champ, Brian Gillespie in the #69, holds the first spot with Glyn Nott in the #12 only 17 points outside of a championship. Sitting in the third spot is the #29 of Matt Maillet and with only a one point different between him and the #26 of Brent Roy, it could be a dash for the top three. Just outside the fourth place position is the #5 of Wade Harris, sitting 51 points outside of first. Last weekend the Sportsman drivers held a very tight race and this weekend is down to the grind, holding nothing back. Can Gillespie make this his seventh and repeat championship or will one of the other top 5 drivers take home a championship run?
In the Irving Lubricants Pro Stock Division Greg Fahey in the #20 currently holds the lead in the points. Fahey had a great weekend last weekend, taking home a feature win and some extra points to strengthen his lead in the points chase. However with only 27 points separating him and the second place contender, the #87 of Matt Harris, any little mistake can count towards a championship or not. Sitting just outside of second place is Brent Wiggins in the #17. Wiggins is only 36 points outside of first and could also take advantage of a mistake between Fahey and/or Harris. It is going to be a really tight weekend for the Pro Stock division and whoever wins it will be a first time champion for the 2008 season as Fahey, Harris and Wiggins have not won a championship yet in the Pro Stock division.
Prizes, an autograph session, and last gasp dashes to the championship - what more could a fan want? Who will be crowned champions in 2008 in all three divisions? Make sure you check out all the WicKID excitement at Speedway 660 this weekend. The action starts at 2pm this coming Saturday.
Fan Appreciation Day
Saturday, September 20th at 2pm
Pit gates open at 10am
Grandstands open at 12pm
Autograph Session at 1pm
Racing starts at 2pm
Regular points racing in the Coast Tire Street Stock Division (20 lap feature), Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman (30 lap feature), and CARQUEST Pro Stocks (40 lap feature).
Adults (16 and over) $12
Youth (ages 9-15) $9
Children (ages 8 and under) FREE
Family Pass: Two adults, Two youth plus 4 pop and 4 fries for $35.