Cassius Clark wins Auto Value 250

Farmington, Maine’s Cassius Clark is the 2012 Auto Value 250 champion. Clark capped off an impressive SpeedWeekend run to take the checkered flag in Atlantic Canada’s biggest short track race of the season. The Pro All Star Series points leader won the race ahead of second place D.J. Shaw from Center Conway, New Hampshire and Matt Harris from Fredericton Junction.

“Wow what a run, the King Racing team of Rollie MacDonald gave me a great car tonight and I am thrilled to be the Auto Value 250 champion” said Clark in Speedway 660’s Victory Lane. “I love Canada and to follow up the Atlantic Cat 250 win at Scotia SpeedWorld with Speedway 660’s Auto Value 250 this year is certainly one of the biggest thrills of my racing career.”

Clark led 120 laps en route to his victory and picked up 21 thousand dollars in prize money. John Flemming captured the Modern Electric half way challenge, led 72 laps, finished 8th and takes home more than 67 hundred dollars in prize money.

Fans endured two rain delays during SpeedWeekend Sunday qualifying , but were treated to an exciting Auto Value 250 once the race went green. Several top contenders including Shawn Tucker, Lonnie Sommerville, Ben Rowe, Greg Fahey and Kirk Thibeau had mechanical issues which forced them to retire from the race.

“This is our first Auto Value 250 and we’ll definitely be back next year to try to get to victory lane” said D.J. Shaw. “The competition here is great, this is a fast race track, the fans are awesome and I can’t wait to come back here next year.”

Rick Cashol won the Fredericton Hyundai Street Stock feature. The five-time RV World Street Stock champ finished ahead of Josh Arbeau and 2012 Street Stock Champ Shannon Brake. The Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero feature was captured by Cole Boudreau. The 2012 Bando champ took the victory over Cole Tanner and Dana Hamm-Cameron.

SpeedWeekend 2012 wraps up Monday afternoon at 2pm when the Enduro 200 takes the green flag at Speedway 660.

AUTO VALUE 250
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 13 Cassius Clark Farmington, ME
2 60 DJ Shaw Center Conway, NH
3 87 Matt Harris Fredericton Jct., NB
4 72 Brad Eddy Halifax, NS
5 73 Joey Doiron Berwick, ME
6 97 Chris Duncan Hampton, NB
7 48 Dave OBlenis Boundary Creek, NB
8 97F John Flemming Willamwood, NS
9 99 Craig Slaunwhite Terence Bay, NS
10 17T Travis Benjamin Morrill, NB
11 9 Derek Christie Fredericton, NB
12 88 Kevin Moore Pepper Creek, NB
13 69 Brian Gillespie Nackawic, NB
14 45 Leonard Boutilier Dutch Settlement, NS
15 35 Brad Mann , Atholville, NB
16 55X Jason Carnahan Moncton, NB
17 17 Colter Wiggins Fredericton, NB
18 01 Robbie MacLean , Charlottetown PEI
19 29 Robert Tomlinson Arthurette, NB
20 16 Jordan Gahan Lower St Marys, NB
21 20 Greg Fahey St. Stephen, NB
22 03 Steve Halpin Saint John, NB
23 4 Mike Stevens Colpitts Settlement, NB
24 8 Ben Rowe Beechridge, ME
25 52 Shawn Tucker Killarney Road, NB
26 85 Ken MacKenzie Petitcodiac, NB
27 28 Kirk Thibeau Presque Isle, ME
28 23 Lonnie Sommerville Saint John, NB

O`Blenis wins the Coastal Blending and Packaging 150

Dave O’Blenis got off to a great SpeedWeekend start by taking the checkered flag in the Coastal Blending and Packaging Sportsman 150 at Speedway 660. O’Blenis battled a head cold all day, but when it came time to race he drove his Burger King Toyota Camry to Victory Lane.

“What an awesome run we had tonight, this team worked hard all day while I stayed in the hauler trying to deal with this bloody head cold` said O`Blenis. “As much as I want to celebrate this victory, I`ve got to head home, get a good night`s sleep and get ready for tomorrow`s Auto Value 250.“

O`Blenis, the 2012 A.L. Gullison Disaster Kleenup Pro Stock champion at Speedway 660, won the race over Glyn Nott and Steve Halpin who finished second and third. Ken MacKenzie, winner of this year’s Martins Home Heat Firecracker 150, finished fourth, while Calvin Rankin came home fifth.

’ ’We had a strong car tonight but we were no match for Dave OBlenis said Glyn Nott. He was incredible on those restarts and we just didnt have anything for him, but I sure am proud of this race team and pretty proud to come home second. ’ ’

OBlenis and Halpin are two of four drivers entered in both the Coastal Blending and Packaging 150 and Auto Value 250 this weekend. Tomorrow Dave OBlenis, who finished 2nd in last years Auto Value 250 will attempt to become the first driver to win both of SpeedWeekends big races.

Other Speedway 660 action saw Tyler Seveck win the the Fredericton Jewellers four cylinder feature. Seveck finished ahead of second place Randy Campbell and third place Justin Cole.

Sunday afternoon at 2PM qualifying heats for the Auto Value 250 take center stage at SpeedWeekend 2012. Race fans will also see the Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero and RV World Street Stock heats and feature. Auto Value 250 pre-race ceremonies begin at 6:30PM and the field of 28 Pro Stock qualifiers take the green flag at 7PM.

Over thirty of the best Pro Stock drivers in eastern North America will attempt to qualify for the Auto Value 250. SpeedWeekend 2012 wraps up at 2PM Monday afternoon with the Enduro 200.

COASTAL Blending & Packaging 150
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 48 Dave OBlenis Boundary Creek, NB
2 12 Glyn Nott Burton, NB
3 74 Steve Halpin Saint John, NB
4 85 Ken MacKenzie Petitcodiac, NB
5 45 Calvin Rankin Quispamsis, NB
6 42 Matt Rodgers Smithtown, NB
7 29 Matt Maillet Oromocto, NB
8 27 Lonnie Sommerville Saint John, NB
9 44S Steve Seveck Temperance Vale, NB
10 72S Shawn McLean Petitcodiac, NB
11 34 Randy Moore Saint John, NB
12 40 Richard Atkinson Geary, NB
13 28 John Rankin St.Martins, NB
14 31 Mark Harris Fredericton Jct, NB
15 41 Robert Raynes North Summerville, NB
16 15 Alexander Mike Halifax, NS
17 70 Dave Biggar Lake George, NB
18 20 Peter Gaddess Minto,
19 14 Andrew Rodgers Smithtown, NB
20 11 Cal Hatfield Rothesay, NB
21 16 Jason Shannon Hoyt, NB
22 96 George Jamieson Fredericton, NB
23 58 Mike Power Jr Osborne Corner, NB
24 26 Brent Roy Hanwell, NB
25 80 Dan McNeil Douglas, NB
26 7 Byron Bartlett St Stephen, NB

Fredericton Jewellers 4 Cyl Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 70 Tyler Seveck Temperance Vale, NB
2 52 Randy Campbell Quispamsis, NB
3 38 Justin Cole Harvey Station, NB
4 69 Daniel Clark Fredericton, NB
5 77 Ira Farnell Lincoln, NB
6 29 Eldon Campbell Moncton, NB
7 3 Kevin Peterson Hoyt, NB
8 00 Brad Moore ,
9 2 Evan Morgan Fredericton, NB
10 21B Courtney Barton ,
11 18 Gene Beatty ,
12 09 Kim Longname Fredericton, NB
13 95 Jessica Hawkins Minto, NB
14 7 T.J. Madore Geary, NB
15 82 Clifford Biggart Fredericton, NB
16 80 Leaha McNeil Fredericton, NB
17 20 Mark Young Fredericton, NB
18 8 Jeremy Doran Fredericton, NB
19 71 Neil Miousse Mirimichi, NB
20 27 Christine Chittick Saint John, NB
21 11 Luc McLaughlin Geary, NB
22 54 Shane Blount Saint John, NB

Double Duty for Sommerville, O’Blenis, MacKenzie and Halpin!

Race fans are excited about the Auto Value 250 on SpeedWeekend, but before Sunday’s big Pro Stock race, they will be treated to an amazing Sportsman race. The Coastal Blending and Packaging 150 will cap off a full night of racing action, beginning at 7PM on SpeedWeekend Saturday.

Four drivers are expected to run both the 150 and 250 this weekend. Defending Coastal Blending and Packaging 150 winner Lonnie Sommerville, who also has two Auto Value 250 wins, will run both races. Dave O’Blenis, who finished 2nd in the Auto Value 250 last year and was crowned Speedway 660’s A.L. Gullison Disaster Kleenup Pro Stock champ last Saturday, has also registered for both races. Ken MacKenzie, winner of the recent Martin’s Home Heating Firecracker Sportsman 150, is also expected to suit-up for both races. In addition Steve Halpin, third place finisher in the 2011 Auto Value 250 is expected to run both the 150 and 250 events.

Lonnie Sommerville, defending Coastal Blending and Packaging Sportsman 150 winner, has confirmed he will run both big races on SpeedWeekend. Sommerville, a two-time Auto Value 250 winner, will join Dave O’Blenis, Ken MacKenzie and Steve Halpin who are also expected to see double duty.


“The Coastal Blending and Packaging 150 gets over-shadowed by the Auto Value 250, but that SpeedWeekend Sportsman race is one of the most challenging events of the year” said O’Blenis. “We’ve got a pretty good car and have really got something to prove after finishing second to Kenny in the Firecracker.”
Glyn Nott, who is riding high after winning Speedway 660’s Martins Home Heating Sportsman Championship last Saturday, is also one of the favourites heading into the race. Nott enjoys the longer races and has had a lot of success in them over the years.

“Everything went our way last week and after thirteen years we finally captured that elusive Sportsman title, but this is another week and another challenge” said Nott. “Dave, Kenny and Lonnie are all experienced Pro Stock drivers, with strong Sportsman resumes, so they’ll be tough, but so will the visiting drivers and our own Speedway 660 Sportsman teams.”

Over thirty Sportsman drivers are expected to attempt to qualify for the Coastal Blending and Packaging 150. Sportsman racing is a fan favourite in Atlantic Canada. The cars are not as powerful as the Pro Stocks and harder to muscle through the turns, but Sportsman racing has always been intense and exciting for race fans.

Excitement Builds for SpeedWeekend 2012!

Atlantic Canada’s biggest short-track stock car racing event of the season is about to begin. SpeedWeekend 2012 kicks off on Friday evening with a popular corn-boil and infield party at Speedway 660. Racing takes place Saturday night, Sunday afternoon & evening and Monday afternoon.

“Campers have been rolling in here all week, the excitement continues to build for SpeedWeekend and the race teams will soon begin to arrive” said Speedway 660’s Steve Burns. “It’s our biggest event of the year and we will continue working non-stop to make sure we are ready to host fans, race teams and sponsors.”

The Coastal Blending and Packaging Sportsman 150 highlights racing action on Saturday at 7PM. Qualifying for the Auto Value 250 gets underway at 2PM Sunday and the biggest pro stock race of the season takes the green flag at 7PM. On Monday at 2PM the final Enduro 200 wraps up the racing season.

Over eight thousand race fans and the best Pro Stock drivers in eastern North America will invade Speedway 660 for Sunday’s Auto Value 250. The Coastal Blending Packaging Sportsman 150 and the Enduro 200 are also part of SpeedWeekend 2012


“The level of competition in the Auto Value 250 this year will be intense, we’ve got two, three time winners plus three other former winners and a long list of other strong contenders” said Speedway 660’s Chris Johnston. “The Coastal Blending and Packaging 150 is also attracting a lot of interest and we’ll see a large field of cars attempt to qualify for that Sportsman race.”

Shawn Tucker is the defending Auto Value 250 winner. Tucker, who has won the race twice, will be joined by Johnny Clark and Lonnie Sommerville who are also two time winners. The elite of the Pro All Star Series and Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will also be out to win the 250. In addition, Speedway 660’s A.L. Gullison Disaster Kleenup Pro Stock division drivers, including 2012 champ Dave O’Blenis, will defend their home turf.

“It’s basically a who’s who of short track racing and we are happy to see SpeedWeekend continue to grow and attract race teams and fans from all over eastern North America” said Johnston. “We are also pleased to showcase all five of our weekly racing divisions and I think the fans are going to be on the edge of their seats all weekend long.”

In addition to the Coastal Blending and Packaging 150 on Saturday night, fans will also be treated to the fastest growing brand of racing at Speedway 660. The Fredericton Jewellers four cylinder division will entertain fans along with the Martin’s Home Heating division and visiting Sportsman racers. On Sunday the Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero and RV World Street Stock drivers will race during the afternoon of Auto Value 250 qualifying. The Fredericton Hyundai Street Stock 50 is always a highlight of SpeedWeekend. The Enduro 200 at 2PM Monday afternoon wraps up Speedway 660’s 2012 racing season.

“Speedway 660 has worked hard to be fan-friendly and it’s nice to see familiar faces and first time fans land here for SpeedWeekend” said Burns. “I want to thank all of our weekly fans, sponsors, race teams as well as our employees and volunteers for helping us grow SpeedWeekend into the short-track racing spectacle that it has become.”

Speedway 660 officials say there are still a few campsites available for the weekend. Fans interested in claiming one of those sites or advance SpeedWeekend event tickets are encouraged to call the Speedway 660 raceline at 506-454-7223.

Conversation with Johnny Clark: Welcome to Clarksville – Population 8000!

Johnny Clark likes to go to the woods - the Geary Woods that is! He has ended up in Speedway 660’s Victory Lane four out of the last five times he has visited us. This weekend Clark is looking for another Auto Value 250 win when he takes on some of the best short track racers in North America. Wade Wilson talked with Johnny Clark about his racing career and SpeedWeekend 2012.

Johnny Clark has won four of his last five races at Speedway 660. On Sunday he will try to become the first three time Auto Value 250 winner during SpeedWeekend. Clark’s crew has been busy all week putting the famous number 54 back together after a bad wreck at a PASS race down in Connecticut last weekend.

Wade: Hey Johnny, the Auto Value 250 is happening this weekend. Do you need directions to Speedway 660 up here in New Brunswick?

Johnny: No Wade, I think we can find our way there, although the first time we came to Speedway 660 we kinda wondered where the heck we were headed when we turned onto that road going into the Geary Woods!

Wade: Before we talk about this weekend’s race, can you tell our fans how you first got into racing and how you got to where you are today?

Johnny: I always loved going to the races as a kid and actually started racing in 1995 in the Street Stock Class at Wiscassett. My Dad was a big influence and he made it possible for me to go racing. I got my first Pro Stock win in 1997 at Wiscassett. My career highlights include winning the 1997 Coastal 150, becoming the youngest driver to ever qualify for the Oxford 250, six Pro All Star Series championships and oh yeah, let’s not forget about those two Auto Value 250 wins at Speedway 660.

Wade: It would take a lot of space to tell folks about all of your racing accomplishments, but you just mentioned those six PASS championships and you are closing in on 40 wins on the tour. That’s pretty amazing.

Johnny: Thanks. What’s really amazing though is this race team. I get to drive a great car and if we go to Victory Lane I am the one who gets the credit, but I want to set the record straight right now that I am just one member of an awesome race team. Everyone on the team has an important role to play and shares any success we have had over the years.

Wade: You have won four of your last five races at Speedway 660. That includes two PASS 200’s and two Auto Value 250’s. What is it about this place that brings out the best in you?

Johnny: I like to go fast and Speedway 660 is a fast race track. Its turns are nicely banked and it has two distinct grooves. It’s a tight little track too and you have to stay focused because if you make a mistake, look-out because you’ll end up in the beach! The fans up your way are great too, they make us feel at home and they sure love their racing too. Speedway 660’s owners do a good job and your local drivers in every one of your divisions are pretty impressive. Fans in your area are fortunate to have an excellent race track in their back yard and an event like SpeedWeekend.

Wade: Shawn Tucker broke your winning streak here with a win in last year’s Auto Value 250 and you broke his streak with a PASS victory earlier this year. The two of you guys have got this place figured out.

Johnny: Shawn is one tough and cool customer. He’s got a great race team and you know they’ll put a wicked car under him this weekend. Shawn has two Auto Value 250 wins, just like us and Lonnie Sommerville. They’ll both be competitive this weekend. Shawn sure knows his way around Speedway 660 and always saves a little extra for those final few laps. We look forward to racing with him this weekend.

Wade: Tucker isn’t the only competition you’ll face this weekend. The Auto Value 250 will attract some of North America’s best short track racers.

Johnny: Yeah, this is one of the top races in eastern North America. The prize money is always good and with the Canadian dollar as strong as it is, this race attracts a lot of Americans, including the top PASS tour teams. You have to be at the top of your game to get to Speedway 660’s Victory Lane. An Auto Value 250 win is a highlight in anyone’s racing season and career.

Wade: People like you because you can wheel a car - plus you are fan friendly. But it takes more than that to be a winner - it takes a great team in the shop and in the pits to get where you want to be when the fireworks go off at the end of the Auto Value 250.

Johnny: Bobby Clark, Robert Green, Tim Clark, Terry Downes, John Clark, Paul Rice, Diane Clark, Craig Smiley, Bill Marshall, & Heidi Marshall don’t get enough credit for the work they do and I want to thank them for playing a big role in any success that I have had as a driver. Every driver you see in this weekend’s Auto Value 250 has got a strong team behind them. I’m a little partial, but I like my team and am thankful I am racing with them on my side!

Wade: Without giving away any team secrets, how are you going to approach this year’s 250 and what will it take to become the first three time winner of this race?

Johnny: Well to tell the truth, we are working hard just to get ready to head up your way this weekend. We wrecked bad down at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut during last Sunday night’s PASS race. We were battling Ted Christopher for the lead when we bounced off the fence down in turns one and two. The car got beat-up bad and we are scrambling just to get it put back together in time to head up to the Auto Value 250. So I am not sure how it’ll go, but I do know this team is going to do everything possible to get to Speedway 660 this weekend and put a competitive race car under me.

Wade: Did you know we are thinking about changing Speedway 660’s name to Clarksville?

Johnny: You are too funny! We like coming up to Speedway 660. It’s one of the highlights of our racing season. As I said before, the fans up there are amazing, it’s a great track and the Auto Value 250 is a tough race to win. We’ve got two of your trophies in our garage and hopefully on Sunday night we’ll be in the running to bring a third Auto Value 250 trophy back home.

Wade: Drive carefully on the way here, don’t get lost and best of luck in this year’s Auto Value 250.

Johnny: Thanks, after all of our trips up north, I think we can find Speedway 660. It will be a little harder getting to Victory Lane on Sunday night though. But we’ll do our best. Please say hello to everyone up in New Brunswick for us and we look forward to seeing you all this weekend.

Expected Entries - Auto Value 250! Can you Pick a Winner!

Fredericton, NB - Fans of Pro Stock racing are in for a treat this Sunday night in the Geary woods as they will have many options when trying to pick the 2012 winner of the Auto Value 250.

Six former Auto Value 250 Champions will be in the field along with the best talent on the eastern seaboard. One thing is for certain, it won’t be an easy pick!

On top of the list of previous competitors, this year fans will see Pro All Stars Series (PASS) standouts Cassius Clark and DJ Shaw. Cassius is leading the PASS points series and is fresh off a victory in the prestigious Atlantic Cat 250 only three weeks ago.

PASS North White Mountain Podium: Sommerville (left), Shaw (center), Cassius Clark (right)
Photo credit: Norm Marx

DJ Shaw has been tearing it up in New England of late, winning two of the last three PASS North events and finishing 2nd in the third.

Johnny Clark is also looking to add another Auto Value 250 trophy list, while Maine racing legend Ben Rowe is looking for his first!

The list of potential winners goes on and on with this event. Whether its two time Champion Lonnie Sommerville who has been competing full time on the PASS north series this year, 2011 defending Auto Value 250 winner, Shawn Tucker, three time Speedway 660 Champion Greg Fahey, 2008 winner Craig Slaunwhite, multi-time runner up Travis Benjamin, Wayne Smith, John Flemming, and on and on.

Auto Value 250 Expected Entries

01

Robbie Maclean

Winsloe, PEI

03

Steve Halpin

Saint John, NB

4

Mike Stevens

Riverview, NB

8

Ben Rowe

Turner, ME

9

Derek Christie

Fredericton, NB

12

Mike Kyle

Sussex, NB

13

Cassius Clark

Farmington, ME

15

Brent Wiggins

Fredericton, NB

16

Kevin Roberge

Levis, QC

16

Jordan Gahan

Fredericton, NB

17

Colter Wiggins

Fredericton, NB

17

Travis Benjamin

Morrell, ME

20

Greg Fahey

St. Stephen, NB

23

Lonnie Sommerville

Saint John, NB

28

Kirk Thibeau

Fort Fairfiled, ME

29

Robert Tomlinson

Arthurette, NB

35

Brad Mann

Glen Levitt, NB

38

Darren Sherwood

Moncton, NB

44

Wayne Smith

Timberlea, NS

45

Leonard Boutilier

Halifax, NS

48

Dave O’Blenis

Boundery Creek, NB

52

Shawn Tucker

Fredericton, NB

54

Johnny Clark

Hollowell, ME

55

Jason Carnahan

Moncton, NB

60

DJ Shaw

Center Conway, NH

69

Brian Gillespie

Nackawic, NB

72

Brad Eddy

Dartmouth, NS

73

Joey Doiron

Berwick, ME

84

Martin Latulippe

Vallée Jonction,QC

85

Ken Mackenzie

Petitcodiac, NB

87

Matt Harris

Fredericton Junction, NB

88

Kevin Moore

Fredericton, NB

97

Chris Duncan

Saint John, NB

97

John Flemming

Halifax, NS

99

Craig Slaunwhite

Halifax, NS

COASTAL Blending & Packaging SPORTSMAN 150 - Competitor Info!

Click here for Sportsman Competitor info for the COASTAL Blending & Packaging Sportsman 150

NOTE: For traveling teams a note that 2-way radios are not allowed. Scanners are mandatory and must only have track scanner frequency in the scanner.

Auto Value 250 Competitor Info!

Auto Value 250 Competitor Info 2012

2012 Auto Value 250 Rules - Aug 23

Appendix to MPST Rules MPST Competitors - Aug 23

SPEEDWEEKEND 2012 - Weekend Schedule

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2012 SPEEDWEEKEND Schedule of Events

2012 SPEEDWEEKEND TICKET INFO!

RESERVED SEATING
We will once again be offering reserved seating for the Auto Value Pro Stock 250 this year. The top 5 rows ONLY in each section along the front stretch will be reserved seating as well as the top 5 rows in several of the larger sections in the licensed area.

JULY 14th - Aug 3rd - 2011 Reserved Seat Holders will have the opportunity to renew their seats for 2012

Aug 7th ON - All remaining reserved seats will go on sale to the general public. We will also at this time be selling General Admission advance tickets. Pricing as per table below.

GATES OPEN 1HR EARLY
Those buying advanced tickets (reserved or general admission along with season pass holders) will have access to the grandstand area 1 hour before the posted grandstand gate opening time.

Tickets can be purchased through the race line at 506-454-7223 or via fax at 506-451-7223 or mail

2012 Advanced Ticket Order Form

TICKET PRICES

SUNDAY
Sunday Only - Reserved Seat $50
Sunday Only - Reserved Seat in Licensed Area (19yrs old) $50
Sunday Only - Adult General Admission $40
Sunday Only - Youth General Admission $15
Sunday Only - Adult General Admission with Pit Pass $50

WEEKEND PASS
Weekend Pass with Reserved Seat for Sunday $65
Weekend Pass - Adult General Admission $55
Weekend Pass - Youth General Admission $25

Weekend Pit Pass with Reserved Seat for Sunday $80
Weekend Pit Pass with Adult General Admission on Sunday $70

SATURDAY
Saturday Only - Adult General Admission $20
Saturday Only - Youth General Admission $15
Saturday Only Adult General Admission with Pit Pass $25

Please note grandstand ticket holders may purchase a pit pass upgrade at the back gate to enter the pit area.
Pit pass Upgrade for Adult Grandstand ticket holders - Saturday $5
Pit pass Upgrade for Adult Grandstand ticket holders - Sunday $10

MONDAY - ENDURO
Monday Only - Adult General Admission $10
Monday Only - Youth General Admission $7
Monday Only Adult General Admission with Pit Pass $12

Auto Value 250 Fireworks Go Off All Around Shawn Tucker!

Check out Speed51.com’s story here

Tucker the third, Two Time Winner of the Auto Value 250!

Fredericton N.B:

After starting 14th and going to the back multiple times Shawn Tucker of Fredericton would make his final push towards victory lane beginning on lap 170.

Going to the back after pitting, Tucker would begin his push to his second Auto Value 250 victory. On lap 175 he would be back in the top ten and making quick work of the field and having Brian Gillespie and Dave O’Blenis get together on lap 180 he would move up to fifth. Tucker would bounce between fifth and seventh until lap 194 when he was in fifth and Ben Rowe and Greg Fahey got together to bring out a caution to put Tucker in third.

He would move into second on lap 197 and take the lead for four laps before Fahey would take over the lead. Tucker would trail Fahey in second before falling back to fourth on lap 213 as Rowe and Kirk Thibeau moved into second and third.

On lap 233 Fahey and Rowe would get together allowing Thibeau and Tucker to move into the front row where Tucker took the lead on the restart to lead the remainder of the race en route to his victory.

He becomes the third two-time winner alongside Johnny Clark of Hallowell, Maine and Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John.

Prior to the Auto Value 250 Devin Snell of Rowley took the Fredericton Hyundai Street Stock 50, while Benji Ruff of Carlow finished in second and 2011 division champion Rick Cashol of Saint John finished in third.

Cole Boudreau of Chipman took the Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero BLAST ahead of Dawson McIntee of Moncton. Alicia Mowatt of Hardwood Ridge would finish in third.

Auto Value 250 Pro Stock Feature
# Driver Hometown
1 52 Shawn Tucker Fredericton, NB
2 48 Dave O’Blenis Boundary Creek, NB
3 03 Steve Halpin Saint John, NB
4 88 Kevin Moore Fredericton, NB
5 28 Kirk Thibeau Presque Isle, ME
6 44 Wayne Smith Timberlea, NS
7 8 Ben Rowe Turner, ME
8 45 Leonard BoutillerDutch Settlement, NS
9 54 Johnny Clark Hallowell, ME
10 69 Brian Gillespie Nackawic, NB
11 16 Kevin Roberge Levis, QC
12 20 Greg Fahey St. Stephen, NB
13 17 Colter Wiggins Fredericton, NB
14 99 Craig Slaughwhite Whites Lake, NS
15 55 Jason Carnahan Moncton, NB
16 35 Brad Mann Glen Levit, NB
17 29 Robert Tomlinson Arthurette, NB
18 2 Matt Matheson Haneytown, NB
19 66 Paul Gahan Lwr. St. Marys, NB
20 23 Lonnie Sommerville Saint John, NB
21 17B Travis Benjamin Morrill, ME
22 10 Brady Creamer Miramichi, NB
23 97F John Flemming Halifax, NS
24 9 Derek Christie Fredericton, NB
25 84 Martin Tulippe Vallee Junction, QC
26 26 Mike Stevens Riverview, NB
27 97 Chris Duncan Hampton, NB
28 15 Jimmy Spencer Cornelius, NC

Fredericton Hyundai Street Street Stock 50
# Driver Hometown
1 10 Devin Snell Rowley, NB
2 8 Benji Ruff Carlow, NB
3 54 Rick Cashol Saint John, NB
4 18 Shannon Brake Quispamsis, NB
5 61 Josh Arbeau Burton, NB
6 15 Roger Slocum Quispamsis, NB
7 44 Peter Martin Saint John, NB
8 29 Kevin McKeen Upper Kingsclear, NB
9 11 Rodney Ness Hanwell, NB
10 00 Martin Landry Grande Barachois, NB
11 42 Andrew Rodgers Smithtown, NB
12 13 Jack Lane Geary, NB
13 9 Rob Pethick Nackawic, NB
14 1 Heidi Cooper Fredericton, NB
15 93 Chuck Morton Fredericton, NB
16 4 Richard Hartley Saint John, NB
17 5 Don Matheson Saint John, NB
Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero BLAST (20 laps)
# Driver Hometown
1 00 Cole Boudreau Chipman, NB
2 19 Dawson McIntee Moncton, NB
3 3 Alicia Mowatt Hardwood Ridge, NB
4 08 Cole Tanner Shubenacadie, NS
5 1 Ryan Messer Harvey, NB
6 85 Kenny MacKenzie Jr. Salisbury, NB
7 46 Dana Hamm-Cameron Fredericton, NB
8 23 Drew Greenlaw Eastport, ME
9 48 Courtney O’Blenis Boundary Creek, NB
10 14 Alexandra O’Blenis Boundary Creek, NB
11 18 Spencer Snelgrove Moncton, NB
12 24 Ben Pelletier Hampton, NB
13 55 Mackenzie Brewer Quispamsis, NB
14 95 Bryar Ellis Janesville, NB
15 52 Destiny Enkel Saint John, NB
16 20 Nathaniel Gullison Oak Bay, NB
17 0 Brady Langille Shubenacadie, NS
18 62 Luke Ettinger Kennetcook, NS

Sommerville Wins COASTAL Blending & Packaging Sportsman 150

Fredericton N.B. Starting on the pole, Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John would lead the first 75 laps of the Coastal Blending and Packaging Sportsman 150.

On lap 75 there would be the competition caution for cars to refuel and make any adjustments. At the halfway point Dave O’Blenis of Boundary Creek was in second, with Matt Maillet of Oromocto in third, John Rankin of St. Martin’s in fourth, and Colby Smith of Cape Sable Island, NS rounding out the top five.

In the second half of the main event Smith would make a push to the front, moving into fourth on lap 76 and up to second by lap 82.

Smith would catch Sommerville on lap 117 before both go together as Smith pushed the back end of Sommerville around, sending both to the back of the field.

O’Blenis would inherit the lead, with Maillet in second and Glyn Nott of Burton up to third.

After a handful of cautions the most important would come at lap 125. On lap 124 a caution had also come out, but having to go to the pits Sommerville would be placed to the back of the field behind the lap cars. On the lap 125 caution, which Sommerville was involved in he would move into the middle of the field at the back of the cars on the lead lap.

He moved up into the fourth spot on lap 134 as Nott and Smith go together, sending them to the back. Sommerville would break back into the top three on lap 137 and second on lap 139.

With only seven laps to go Sommerville took the lead on the outside from O’Blenis to capture the feature.

O’Blenis would settle for second, with Mike Power Jr. of Osborne Corner in third. Rankin and Myles Harris of Nasonworth rounded out the top five.

In the 4 Cylinder feature Eldon Campbell of Moncton picked up the win, with Jeremy Doran of Fredericton in second and Luc McLaughlin of Geary in third.

Coastal Blending and Packaging Sportsman 150
# Driver Hometown
1 27 Lonnie Sommerville Saint John, NB
2 48 Dave O’Blenis Boundary Creek, NB
3 58 Mike Power Jr Osborne Corner, NB
4 28 John Rankin St.Martin’s, NB
5 31 Myles Harris Nasonworth, NB
6 17 Colby Smith Cape Sable Island, NS
7 80 Dan McNeil Douglas, NB
8 42 Matt Rodgers Smithtown, NB
9 34 Randy Moore Saint John, NB
10 20 Peter Gaddess Minto, NB
11 88 Luc Bourgeois Moncton, NB
12 10 George Jamieson Fredericton, NB
13 37 Jacob Logan Harvey, NB
14 33 Charlie Wilkins Keswick, NB
15 12 Glyn Nott Burton, NB
16 29 Matt Maillet Oromocto, NB
17 95 Nathan Ellis Janeville, NB
18 40 Richard Atkinson Geary, NB
19 99 Shawn Hyslop St. Stephen, NB
20 44S Steve Seveck Temperance Vale, NB
21 07 Robbie Fraser Riverview, NB
22 45 Calvin Rankin Quispamsis, NB
23 85 Ken Mackenzie Salisbury, NB
24 45B Phil Barkhouse Halifax, NS
25 16 Jason Shannon Hoyt, NB
26 11 Cal Hatfield Rothesay, NB

4 Cylinder Feature
# Driver Hometown
1 29 Eldon Campbell Moncton, NB
2 8 Jeremy Doran Fredericton, NB
3 11 Luc McLaughlin Geary, NB
4 3 Kevin Peterson Hoyt, NB
5 2 Robert Flowers Geary, NB
6 70 Tyler Seveck Temperance Vale, NB
7 52 Randy Campbell Quispamsis, NB
8 54 Greg Cashol Saint John, NB
9 69 Daniel Clark Fredericton, NB
10 77 Ira Farnell Lincoln, NB
11 76 Nathalie Russell Saint John, NB
12 20 Sebastien Greer Harvey, NB
13 71 Neil Miousse Miramichi, NB
14 27 Christine Chittick Saint John, NB
15 82 Clifford Biggart Fredericton, NB
16 00 Matt Crocker Fredericton, NB
17 31 Andrew Brooks Fredericton Jct, NB

SPEEDWEEKEND SATURDAY SCHEDULE!

SATURDAY SEPT 3, 2011
11:30pm Pit gate opens
12:30pm Grandstands Opens - For Adv ticket holders
1:30pm Grandstands Windows at Ticket Booth Open
1:30 - 5:30pm Practice and for all divisions including PRO STOCKS

7:00pm
Martins Home Heating Sportsman Heats
4 Cylinder Heats
Legends Heats
Sportsman Last Chance
4 Cylinder Feature
Legends Feature

COASTAL BLENDING & PACKAGING SPORTSMAN 150

Clark to Defend, Rowe with Unfinished business, Many Others with their own Plans!

Fredericton, NB - Johnny Clark, based on last years performance and the season he has had to date would arguably be the man to beat heading into this weekends Auto Value 250. But there are several teams heading to the Geary woods this weekend that have different plans. The biggest name in modern stock car racing in the Northeast, Ben Rowe has some unfinished business at the Auto Value 250 and is retuning to see what he can do about that. After missing his heat race in 2010 due to a motor change, Rowe won his consi and was heading to the front early in the 250 we he was involved in a wreck that ended his day. “We had a great car last year and the team worked their tails off to change that motor on Sunday morning. I cant wait to take another crack at these guys and that Auto Value 250 trophy!”. Rowe is fresh of his win in the Atlantic Cat 250 and is a four time PASS North Champion as well as a two time winner of the Oxford 250. Rowe will again pilot a car prepared by O’Neal Racing crew, the same car Sterling Marlin entered in the 2009 event.

Johnny Clark is also no stranger to Speedway 660 victory lane. Johnny is a two time Auto Value 250 champion and most recently captured the PASS 200 victory at Speedway 660 on June 11th. In victory lane that day Johnny made his intentions clear when asked if he would be returning to compete in the 2011 Auto Value 250, “Are you kidding me, I love this place and I love the 250. You bet I’ll be here”.

The list of potential winners goes on and on with this event. Whether its two time Champion Lonnie Sommerville who has been competing full time on the PASS north series this year, 2010 Parts for Trucks Tour Champion and former Auto Value 250 winner, Shawn Tucker, Three time Speedway 660 Champion Greg Fahey, 2008 winner Craig Slaunwhite, multi-time runner up Travis Benjamin, Wayne Smith, John Flemming, and on and on.

Auto Value 250 Expected Entries
2 Matt Matheson     Geary, NB
03 Steve Halpin       Saint John, NB
8 Ben Rowe             Turner, ME
9 Derek Christie     Fredericton, NB
10 Brady Creamer   Miramichi, NB
12 Mike Kyle           Berwick, NB
15 Jimmy Spencer   Charlotte, NC
16 Kevin Roberge    Levis, QC
17 Colter Wiggins   Fredericton, NB
17 Travis Benjamin Morrell, ME
20 Greg Fahey        St. Stephen, NB
23 Lonnie Sommerville Saint John, NB
26 Mike Stevens     Riverview, NB
28 Kirk Thibeau      Fort Fairfiled, ME
29 Robert Tomlinson Arthurette, NB
35 Brad Mann        Glen Levitt, NB
44 Wayne Smith    Timberlea, NS
45 Leonard Boutilier Halifax, NS
48 Dave O’Blenis   Boundery Creek, NB
52 Shawn Tucker   Fredericton, NB
54 Johnny Clark     Hollowell, ME
55 Jason Carnahan Moncton, NB
66 Paul Gahan        Fredericton, NB
69 Brian Gillespie   Nackawic, NB
75 Gary Smith        Bangor, ME
84 Martin Latulippe Vallée Jonction,QC
88 Kevin Moore     Fredericton, NB
97 Chris Duncan   Saint John, NB
97 John Flemming Halifax, NS
99 Craig Slaunwhite Halifax, NS

COASTAL Blending & Packaging Sportsman 150 Competitor Info

Click here for Sportsman Competitor info for the COASTAL Blending & Packaging Sportsman 150

NOTE: For traveling teams just a note that 2-way radios are not allowed.  Scanners are mandatory and must only have track scanner frequency in the scanner.

SPEEDWEEKEND 2011 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

SPEEDWEEKEND 2011 - Weekend Schedule

Auto Value 250 Competitor Info! Updated Aug 30

Auto Value 250 Competitor Info 2011

2011 Auto Value 250 Rules - Aug 30

Appendix to MPST Rules for MPST Competitors - Aug 30

SPEEDWEEKEND 2011 - Weekend Schedule

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SPEEDWEEKEND Ticket Info!

SPEEDWEEKEND TICKET INFO

RESERVED SEATING
We will once again be offering reserved seating for the Auto Value Pro Stock 250 this year. The top 5 rows ONLY in each section along the front stretch will be reserved seating as well as the top 5 rows in several of the larger sections in the licensed area.

JULY 9th - July 29th - 2010 Reserved Seat Holders will have the opportunity to renew their seats for 2011

Aug 2nd ON - All remaining reserved seats will go on sale to the general public. We will also at this time be selling General Admission advance tickets. Pricing as per table below.

GATES OPEN 1HR EARLY
Those buying advanced tickets (reserved or general admission along with season pass holders) will have access to the grandstand area 1 hour before the posted grandstand gate opening time.

Tickets can be purchased through the race line at 506-454-7223 or via fax at 506-451-7223 or mail

2011 Advanced Ticket Order Form

TICKET PRICES

SUNDAY
Sunday Only - Reserved Seat $50
Sunday Only - Reserved Seat in Licensed Area (19yrs old) $50
Sunday Only - Adult General Admission $40
Sunday Only - Youth General Admission $15
Sunday Only - Adult General Admission with Pit Pass $50

WEEKEND PASS
Weekend Pass with Reserved Seat for Sunday $65
Weekend Pass - Adult General Admission $55
Weekend Pass - Youth General Admission $25

Weekend Pit Pass with Reserved Seat for Sunday $80
Weekend Pit Pass with Adult General Admission on Sunday $70

SATURDAY
Saturday Only - Adult General Admission $20
Saturday Only - Youth General Admission $15
Saturday Only Adult General Admission with Pit Pass $25

Please note grandstand ticket holders may purchase a pit pass upgrade at the back gate to enter the pit area.
Pit pass Upgrade for Adult Grandstand ticket holders - Saturday $5
Pit pass Upgrade for Adult Grandstand ticket holders - Sunday $10

MONDAY - ENDURO
Monday Only - Adult General Admission $10
Monday Only - Youth General Admission $8
Monday Only Adult General Admission with Pit Pass $12

Jimmy Spencer Enters Auto Value 250

Mr Excitement is heading north to the Geary Woods!

Fredericton, NB - All the way from Berwick, Pennsylvania to NASCAR and now to the Auto Value 250. NASCAR’s Mr Excitement has announced his intentions to enter the 11th Annual Auto Value 250 at Speedway 660. Spencer will join a strong list of Southern Stars who have competed in the Labour Day Classic. Over the past several years fans have seen Sterling Marlin, Johnny Benson, Terry & Justin Labonte and Ron Hornaday take battle against the best Pro Stock teams in the Northeast.

Spencer, who currently resides in Cornelius, North Carolina, is a household name from his days behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car. He is perhaps best known for his on and off track rivalries with the likes of Kurt Busch. Spencer has two Sprint Cup victories to his credit both coming in 1994 at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedways. Spencer’s last Cup start was in 2006 at Pocono Speedway. Before his days in NASCAR Spencer competed in Late Model events in Pennsylvania before moving up to the Modified ranks.

“I can’t wait, these historic short track events are awesome. I’m always amazed at the atmosphere and the excitement the fans create. This is a lot of folks Daytona 500. I’m looking forward to coming up for the weekend and seeing what we can do against the regions best!” said Jimmy in a phone interview.

This news is also great for all involved with Speedway 660. “We are pumped! Having Mr Excitement here on SPEEDWEEKEND is going to be awesome. Fans will get a kick out of his down to earth nature. Jimmy is old school and loves hanging out an going fast. To have him here, at our track, racing in front of our fans is a really cool deal.” said Speedway 660 co-owner Steve Burns.

Please contact Angela Coffey at Speedway 660 (506-455-3181 or info@speedway660.com) for any questions.
The Auto Value 250
The 2011 Auto Value 250 will take place on Sunday, September 4th, 2011 and will be the highlight of the 10th Annual SPEEDWEEKEND. The event will showcase the Speedway 660 Oleary Auto Group Pro Stocks against the best of the Eastern Canada and New England. The purse for 2011 will be over $70,000 with a guaranteed $15,000 to the event winner and possible winner’s cheque of $28,000. Last year, Johnny Clark took home a record $26,350 including lap money. Only eleven years old, the event as grown in crowd, atmosphere, and car count every year since its inception. Over 8,000 people attended the 2010 event to break attendance records at Speedway 660. Forty plus pro stock cars will be attempting to qualify for 28 spots on the starting grid.

SPEEDWEEKEND
Just like the Auto Value 250, SPEEDWEEKEND continues to grow every year. Over 14,000 people attended last year’s four-day stock car fest that includes a corn boil on Friday night, the always popular Sportsman 150 race on Saturday night, the Auto Value 250 on Sunday, and finishes up with an Enduro 200 on Monday. While the Auto Value 250 is the highlight of the racing event, the weekend has developed into an event on its own with over 700 campers turning Speedway 660 into a small town over the weekend. It has become the destination of choice for the region’s stock car fans.

Speedway 660
Speedway 660 is WicKID Family Fun! The 1/3 of a mile high-banked paved oval features three classes of racing on a weekly basis: Oleary Auto Group Pro Stocks, Martin’s Home Heating, RV World Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders and the Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero division. Over 70,000 people are expected to attend over 20 events during the 2011 season. Speedway 660 is located off Highway 7 on Route 660 in Geary, NB, and is within minutes of Saint John and Fredericton. Speedway 660 can be found online at www.speedway660.com.

Speed51.com’s Trackside Now Coverage of the Auto Value 250!

Check out all the action as it played out on Auto Value 250 Sunday thanks to the folks at Speed51.com

Speed51.com Auto Value 250 Leftovers!

Check out Speed51.com’s left overs story here

Johnny Clark Wins Speed51.com’s Quarter Master’s Clutch Performance of the Week!

Johnny Clark
#54 Super Late Model

After a late race restart in the Auto Value 250 at Speedway 660, Johnny Clark had a problem.

Up to that point, Clark has completely dominated the race.  He racked up $50 for each lap he led and to that point led nearly all of them.  A few times, Jonathan Hicken would lead briefly after a restart, but Clark was solidly in command of the event.

Then, Shawn Turple got a little bit of an advantage on this particular restart.  Clark fought back and the two made contact.  That sent them both to the rear.

Now, Clark lined up around 15th and had only a short time to get back up to the front.  read more

What a Weekend! - Wade’s Weekly #15

SPEEDWEEKEND 2010 is officially over, but will live on for many years in our memories. Even Hurricane Earl couldn’t dampen our spirits for long. Sunday’s Auto Value 250 was one of the best ever. We saw long green flag runs and several strong cars, but none stronger than Johnny Clark.

The Last Train to Clarksville

Speedway 660 may have to change its name to Clarksville. That’s because Johnny Clark all but owns the joint. He led 208 laps in winning his second Auto Value 250 and ended up with a payday of over 26 thousand dollars! Back in June, Clark roared into Speedway 660 and won the Pro All Star Series race.
No wonder he likes it here. Just like Scott Fraser back in the late nineties, Johnny Clark has this place figured out. We used to call it Fraserville way back then, but today even though his name is not on the deed it’s fair to say that Johnny Clark owns Speedway 660!

Even though Johnny led the most laps, took the half way challenge and won the race it wasn’t as easy as it may have looked. He had several serious challengers including Jonathan Hicken, the determined Prince Edward Island driver who dogged Clark throughout most of the Auto Value 250.
And what about Shawn Turple? The Nova Scotia sensation gave Johnny all he could handle, but for the second year in a row Shawn had to settle for the runner-up spot in the Auto Value 250.

Bragging Rights
Maine has pulled into a tie with New Brunswick for the most Auto Vale 250 wins. Clark’s two plus wins by Kirk Thibeau and Scott Chubbuck give the Mainers four titles. Lonnie Sommerville also has two to add to wins by Shawn Tucker and Dave O’Blenis, which give NB a total of four. Nova Scotia has a pair of wins coming from the late Scott Fraser and Craig Slaunwhite. Prince Edward Island is still looking for its first Auto Vale 250 championship.

Sportsman Domination
Myles Harris must have been watching Johnny Clark closely on Sunday night. On Monday afternoon Harris took a page out of Clark’s playbook and dominated the O’Leary Buick-GMC 150. Like Clark, the veteran Sportsman driver had some serious challengers but dominated the race and took the checkered flag.

Our Weekly Hero
Johnny Clark is the man! There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Clark is the best pro stock driver we have seen in a long time at Speedway 660. I hesitate to say he’s the best ever, because I still have vivid memories of Scott Fraser and the way he dominated racing here. But one thing is for sure Johnny loves this place and knows how to get it done here.

We’re Not Done Yet
This Saturday night Speedway 660 will light up for the last time in 2010. Our final Enduro will run under the lights and its going to be a hoot. Teenager Courtney Barton from Minto is worth the price of admission. If you haven’t seen this young lady wheel a car you had better spin on down. Oh yeah, the rest of the Enduro drivers aren’t too shabby either.

It’s been a great year at Speedway 660 and it’s hard to believe it is almost over. Saturday night the curtain will fall on one of our best seasons ever. See you at 7PM and make sure to hang in for the big fireworks show at the end of the night.

Harris says Good bye Earl and Dominates O’Leary 150

Fredericton, NB - After Hurricane Earl made its presence known on the Saturday of SPEEDWEEKEND, the O’Leary Buick GMC 150 got underway on Monday afternoon with a strong field of 40 cars trying to qualify for a field of 26 cars.

Starting on the pole of the 28 car field was Myles Harris who quickly relinquished the lead to the #37 of Bradley Logan on lap 1. Logan would lead the first 26 green flag laps with Harris hot on his tail. On lap 27 after cooling his tires and settling in for the long run, Harris dove to the inside of Logan going into turn 1 and held the spot coming out of turn two. The two would go side by side for several laps with Harris eventually gaining the position “A” in first place.

The race is traditionally broke into two 75 lap segments and Harris would carry the lead into the 75 lap mandatory competition yellow. After the break current points champion Ken Mackenzie took a run at Harris and was successful in driving his #85 to the front off the restart on lap 75. Mackenzie would hold that lead for just six laps with Harris again making a charge after a slow restart. Mackenzie would have to pit under green shortly after that and almost certainly eliminating his chances for a win at this years 150. Harris continued to dominate going forward with serious challenges a couple different fronts from both the #9 of Derek Christie and the #03 of Steve Halpin. Halpin hung around the front all night good enough for a 3rd place but the hard charger of the night definitely goes to the #9 of Christie. Christie started shotgun on the field of 26 cars and made his way to 2nd in the end. Christie didn’t stop at that, making several attempts to take the lead against Harris. In the end, Harris was too strong for the field and showed the nearly 5000 fans a dominating performance. Harris would lead 120 laps overall to take home just over $ 1600 in prize money.

In the other divisions, the 4 cylinders took to the speedway in their final appearance of the year and entertained the fans as well with an excellent side by side affair. In the end, 2010 points champion Kevin Peterson edged the #2 of Robert Flowers for the feature win. Flowers finished a strong 2nd with the #7 of TJ “Hollywood” Madore taking home a respectable 3rd place finish.

In the bandolero division sparks flew early with some uncharacteristic cautions both in practice and during the heats. Those setup an intense battle on the racetrack for the 15 lap feature. In the field on the day were several drivers who would not normally be in the Geary woods but who made the trip from Nova Scotia for the big weekend. One of those racers was young Emily Meehan who drove her #15 to victory lane in impressive fashion. Rounding out the top three was another travelling Bandolero, the #5 of Cole Butcher out of Halifax and the only local driver to hit the podium was none other than Dana Hamm in his #46 ride.

In the Atlantic Open Wheel Modified tour, 17 cars took the Geary woods with the #48 of Jamie Brown taking home the checkered flag. Rounding out the top three were the #3 of Ken Deveau and the #9 of Mark Price in 2nd and 3rd place respectfully. Unfortunately for Deveau he was later disqualified during technical inspection which moved Price to a 2nd place finish and the 4th place finisher of Joe Hoyt up to third.

Speedway 660 resumes action next Saturday night September 11th at 7 pm under the lights for the final event of the year, the Enduro 200 that was lost due to Hurricane Earl. The green flag will fly at 7 pm with Speedway management planning a big fireworks show to end the season.

O’Leary BUICK GMC Sportsman 150
Fin Car Driver Hometown
1 31 Myles Harris Nasonworth, NB
2 9 Derek Christie Fredericton, NB
3 3 Steve Halpin Saint John, NB
4 29 Matt Maillet Burton, NB
5 45 Calvin Rankin Quispamsis, NB
6 42 Matt Rodgers Smithtown, NB
7 11 Cal Hatfield Rothesay, NB
8 40 Richard Atkinson Geary, NB
9 1 Micheal Banks Lake George, NB
10 33 Charlie Wilkins Keswick, NB
11 80 Dan McNeil Douglas, NB
12 22 Remi Gaudet Grand Barachois, NB
13 85 Ken Mackenzie Salisbury, NB
14 37 Bradley Logan Harvey Station, NB
15 77F Frank Fraser Shubenacadie, NS
16 70 Dave Biggar Lake George, NB
17 99 Shawn Hyslop St. Stephen, NB
18 31F Freddy Prosser Shenstone, NB
19 28 John Rankin St.Martins, NB
20 46 Ron Lane Moncton,NB
21 26 Brent Roy Hanwell, NB
22 5 Wade Harris Canal, NB
23 12 Glyn Nott Burton, NB
24 99M Marc Gautreau Grand Barachois, NB
25 48 Dave O’Blenis Boundary Creek, NB
26 95 Nathan Ellis Janeville, NB
Bando Feature
Fin Car Driver Hometown
1 15 Emily Meehan Rawdon, NS
2 5 Cole Butcher Porter’s Lake, NS
3 46 Dana Hamm Cambridge, NB
4 1 Ryan Messer Harvey, NB
5 3X Jarrot Butcher Porter’s Lake, NS
6 19 Dawson Mackintee Moncton, NB
7 20 Nathaniel Gullison Oak Bay, NB
8 3 Alicia Mowatt Minto, NB
9 OO Cole Boudreau Chipman, NB
4 Cylinder Feature
Fin Car Driver Hometown
1 3 Kevin Peterson Hoyt, NB
2 2 Robert Flowers Geary, NB
3 7 TJ Madore Geary, NB
4 16 Kyle Dunster Haneytown,NB
5 70 Tyler Seveck TemperanceVale, NB
6 92 Luc McLaughlin Geary, NB
7 77 Ira Farnell Lincoln, NB
8 15 Sean Peters Fredericton, NB

Record Payday for Johnny Clark as he Dominates the Auto Value 250!!

September 5, 2010
Fredericton, NB - The biggest motorsports event in Atlantic Canada once again did not disappoint with a record crowd of over 8000 attending the Auto Value 250 and a dominating performance by Johnny Clark. Thirty seven cars attempted to qualify for just 28 spots. Clark who qualified through his heat started 5th on the starting grid and made his way to the front just 17 laps into the main event. Pole sitter Shawn Turple would lead the initial 16 laps but the 54 of Clark tracked him down in dominating fashion.

Clark would lead the next 161 laps, only relinquishing the lead because he had to pit for tires and fuel. That opened the door for “Big” Kevin Moore in his #88. Moore led the next few laps only to be caught by the powerful Clark who would lead until lap 187 when Shawn Turple in his #0 and the 54 got together as Turple was attempting a pass on the leader. That sent the two front runners to the rear and allowed Jonathan Hicken to assume the lead. The lead was again short lived as Clark again made his way to the front in under 20 laps. On lap 208, Clark would take the lead for the final time, weaving his way through lap traffic on his way to a record payday of $ 26,350. A record held by the late Scott Fraser. Clark led a total of 208 laps including the Bulletproof Solutions Halfway Challenge.

Clark said after the race “I never get tired of winning races and especially big ones like this” Clark became the second two timer winner of the event with Lonnie Sommerville being the first in 2009. Rounding out the top three with strong performances were Shawn Turple in 2nd and Shawn Tucker in 3rd place. Both drivers said after the race “they had nothing” for the 54 of Clark.

In the LeisureFamilyRV.com Street Stock division, Peter Gaddess made a nice move on the 54 of Rick Cashol in the dying laps of the 50 lap event. Cashol took home a 2nd place finish while Matt Matheson rounded out the top three.

In the other support division, the Cummins Diesel Legends put on a great show in their 35 lap main event with Steve Pye taking home the checkered flag followed by the legend Cy Harvey and Paul Blenkhorn rounding out the top three.
SPEEDWEEKEND resumes action on Monday with the O’Leary Buick GMC 150 going at 1 pm. The best sportsman cars from all over the Maritimes will head to the Geary woods for a 150 lap main event.

Auto Value 250 - Unoficial Results
Fin Car Driver Hometown
1 54ME Johnny Clark Hallowell, ME
2 0 Shawn Turple Enfield, NS
3 52 Shawn Tucker Killarney Road, NB
4 29X Greg Proude Nth Wiltshire, PEI
5 17T Travis Benjamin Morrill, NB
6 5 Jonathan Hicken Montague. PEI
7 77ME Scott Chubbuck Dresden, ME
8 99 Craig Slaunwhite White Lakes, NS
9 23 Lonnie Sommerville Saint John, NB
10 44 Wayne Smith Timberlea, NS
11 28 Kirk Thibeau Presque Isle, ME
12 88 Kevin Moore Pepper Creek, NB
13 97 Chris Duncan Kingston, NB
14 8 Kent Vincent Crapaud, PEI
15 66M Daryl Mahar Hubley, NS
16 20 Greg Fahey St. Stephen, NB
17 48 Dave O’Blenis Boundary Creek, NB
18 87 Matt Harris Fredericton Jct., NB
19 69 Brian Gillespie Nackawic, NB
20 30 Travis Kittleson Merritt Island, ME
21 66 Paul Gahan Lower St Mary’s, NB
22 18 Darren Mackinnon Winsloe, PEI
23 10 Johnny Benson Cornelius, NC
24 26 Mike Stevens Colpitts Settlement, NB
25 89 Donald Chisholm Antigonish, NS
26 35 Brad Mann Glen Livet, NB
27 8N Ben Rowe Turner, ME
28 17 Brent Wiggins Fredericton, NB
Fredericton Hyundai Street Stock 50
Fin Car Driver Hometown
1 20 Peter Gaddess Minto, NB
2 54 Rick Cashol Saint John, NB
3 2 Matt Matheson Geary, NB
4 69 Matt Banks Lower Kingsclear, NB
5 4 Joe Albert Minto, NB
6 29 Kevin McKeen Upper Kingsclear,NB
7 99 Rob Pethick Nackawic, NB
8 13 Jack Lane Geary, NB
9 10 Devin Snell Rowley,NB
10 1 Heidi Cooper Hanwell, NB
11 4 Richard Hartley Saint John,NB
12 41 Peter Martin Saint John,NB
13 18 Shannon Brake Quispamsis, NB
14 54P Paul Miller Minto, NB
15 8 Benji Ruff Carlow, NB
16 83 Trent Noble Tracy, NB
17 23 Mike Francis Saint John, NB
18 11 Rodney Ness Hanwell, NB
19 93 Chuck Morton Lincoln NB
20 5 Brad Slipp Saint John, NB
21 28 Jason Shannon Hoyt, NB
22 61 Josh Arbeau Fredericton, NB
23 40 Bill Belleville Saint John, NB
Cummins Legend Feature
Pos No. Name
1 6 Steve Pye
2 37 Cy Harvey
3 13 Paul Blenkhorn
4 38 Darren Sherwood
5 98 Jerry Austin
6 72 Brad Eddy
7 67 Dillon Blenkhorn
8 55 Ray Cox Jr.
9 29 Kyle Campbell
10 53 Shelby Baker
11 10 Justin McNeil
12 7 Jeff Cruickshank
13 0 Bradey Creamer
14 46 Derek McCullum
15 33 Gary Dunning
16 1 Matt Moore
17 48 Cory MacLean
18 14 Scott Cunning
19 36 Tony Gaudet

Johnny Benson Enters Auto Value 250!!!

NASCAR Veteran Benson Returning to Challenge for the 10th Annual Auto Value 250

Fredericton, NB – Last year’s Auto Value 250 at Speedway 660 Speedway attracted one of the best fields of pro stock cars ever seen in the region. This year’s field has already broken that standard and today veteran NASCAR driver Johnny Benson has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2010 Auto Value 250. The 2008 Craftsman Truck Series Champion and former Nextel/Winston Cup regular announced that he has teamed with Martins Home Heating and Sommerville Racing to make the trek north to Fredericton, NB for the Labour Day event.

The Auto Value 250 is now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and the region’s top pro stock drivers regard the race as the premier stock car event of the season. Benson is no stranger to the event as he led the charge of high profile drivers to compete with his entry in the 2005 and 2006 event.

“I’ve been looking to get back up here since my last run in 2006.  It’s an awesome weekend and the folks are a blast.  We’ve had some scheduling conflicts over the past few years but I’m excited to be able to come for the 10th Anniversary event” said Benson.

Benson has had some great success since his last visit to Speedway 660 as he won the 2008 Craftsman Truck Series Championship.  “2008 was a great year in the trucks and I remember people from New Brunswick sending email and notes along congratulating me.  That was pretty neat that they took the time to keep up on what I was doing down south” said Benson.

Benson will be supported in his bid for the Auto Value 250 title by local sponsors Martin’s Home Heating and Venmar.   “We are thrilled to have Johnny Benson back at Speedway 660” said Richard Martin of Martin’s Home Heating.  “We were completely impressed with Johnny when he was here in 2005 and 2006.  You couldn’t ask for a better representative and on top of that the guy can certainly wheel a race car”.

He has competed in 274 Spring Cup races over 11 years and was the Rookie of the Year in 1996. He has also competed in 91 Busch Series races over 10 years and was the 1994 Rookie of the Year. He followed his Rookie of the Year Award with a Busch Series Championship in 1995.

“Johnny is a class act and we are really excited to have him back for the 10th Anniversary Auto Value 250” said track co-owner Chris Johnston, “Johnny was the first NASCAR driver to make his way north and compete in our race and I must say he set the standard pretty high for everyone following behind him”.

Please contact Angela Coffey at Speedway 660 at 506-455-3181 or info@speedway660.com for any questions.

Steve Waylon Band to Entertain Auto Value 250 Fans again in 2010

Fredericton, NB –  Speedway 660 management announced that fans who attend this years annual Auto Value 250 will again be treated to a free country music  show during the intermission of the big event.  Steve Waylon and his band Rebel Ridge will perform in front of over 8000 fans just prior to the opening ceremonies.   Waylon has been a staple over the past two years for the event and Speedway Management and fans were eager to have him back.  “Were very pleased to have such a great group of guys with that kind of talent for the event.  They have become part of the event and I think they really add to the atmosphere.“ said co-owner Steve Burns.


Waylon who has developed quite a following as opened for acts as like Doc Walker, Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Jim Witter, Matt Minglewood, Kim Mitchell, Trooper, and April Wine, to name a few.

Steve Waylon hails from Fredericton, New Brunswick and presents a fresh sound in today’s Country music, which offers a very high energy sound and show. His “Driven Country” music style is comparable to Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry and Lynrd Skynrd.

Having played in some local Atlantic Canadian bands Steve moved to Ontario for a couple of years where he gained seasoning in a very competitive market. With this experience Steve is now on his own path to stardom.

Steve’s career started when he played and sang harmonies on stage with his Dad at the age of 15. He remembers the excitement of looking out into the crowd of 150 people, but if felt like 150,000. Watching the crowd and their reactions, he was “hooked”.

Speedway management think that that race fans will be “hooked“ on the bands smooth sound and co-owner Chris Johnston says “I`m excited to have these guys involved.  They stepped and wanted to be a part of this deal and were grateful to have them.  Please contact Angela Coffey at Speedway 660 at 506-455-3181 or info@speedway660.com  for any questions.

Ben Rowe, Kittleson and Clark Headline Strong US Contingent for Auto Value 250

Chubbuck, Benjamin and Thibeau also looking to take the trophy back across the border!

Fredericton, NB – The biggest name in modern stock car racing in the Northeast, Ben Rowe has announced his intentions to compete in the 10th Annual Auto Value 250.  Rowe is a four time PASS North Champion as well as a two time winner of the Oxford 250.  Rowe will pilot a car prepared by O’Neal Racing crew, the same car Sterling Marlin entered in the 2009 event.   “This race has been on my radar for a while; my schedule has never worked out until this year.  I’m pretty excited to be taking a crack at it.  It’s a great race” said Rowe.


Another familiar southern face, Travis Kittleson, will also be returning to the Auto Value 250 for a 4th attempt at victory. Kittleson has been a force to be reckoned with in his last two starts in the Auto Value 250 and he doesn’t expect this year to be any different.  “This event is now on my radar every year.  I’m fortunate to be able to drive one of Lonnie Sommerville’s cars with the help of McKay Builders.” said Kittleson who currently resides in Mooresville, NC.  Most noticeably last year he dominated the early part of the race and led over 70 laps.   Travis has had some success in these Pro stock cars.  In 2006, he was touted as one of the top Pro Stock/Super Late Model drivers in America.  In 2005, Travis took part in Jack Roush’s Driver X Show and finished in the top 8 drivers vying for a chance to race a Craftsman truck for Roush racing.  All totalled Travis has over 190 starts in Pro Stock and ASA Late Model events.  54 of those events he won!!! And was in the top 10 in 138 of the 190+ starts.  Oh yeh, he’s also had 35 poles and 87 top 5’s.

Johnny Clark is also no stranger to Speedway 660 victory lane.  Johnny is a former Auto Value 250 champion and most recently captured the PASS 200 victory at Speedway 660 on June 12th.  In victory lane that day Johnny made his intentions clear when asked if he would be returning to compete in the 2010 Auto Value 250, “Are you kidding me, I love this place and I love the 250.  I won $20,000 here in 2007.  You bet I’ll be here”.    Johnny has three PASS North wins this season and is currently leading the PASS North points championship by 13 points over Ben Rowe.

Another familiar name that is making his way to Speedway 660 for the Auto Value 250 is 2005 Champion Scott Chubbuck.  Scott is coming off a 2nd place finish in the COASTAL Blending & Packaging 150 a few weeks back and is ready to roll this weekend.  “We love coming up here on labour day weekend.  The guys look forward to it all year.” Said Chubbuck.

Rounding out the registered US competitors are 2001 Auto Value 250 Champion Kirk Thibeau and multi-year runner up, Travis Benjamin.

Please contact Angela Coffey at Speedway 660 at 506-455-3181 or info@speedway660.com  for any questions.

The Auto Value 250
The 2010 Auto Value 250 will take place on Sunday, September 5th, 2010 and will be the highlight of the 9th Annual SPEEDWEEKEND. The event will showcase the Speedway 660 Coastal Blending & Packaging Pro Stocks against the best of the Eastern Canada and New England. The purse for 2010 will be over $70,000 with a guaranteed $15,000 to the event winner and possible winner’s cheque of $28,000. Seven years ago, the late Scott Fraser took home a record $25,400 including lap money. Only ten years old, the event as grown in crowd, atmosphere, and car count every year since its inception. Over 8,000 people attended the 2010 event to break attendance records at Speedway 660.  Forty plus pro stock cars will be attempting to qualify for 28 spots on the starting grid.

SPEEDWEEKEND
Just like the Auto Value 250, SPEEDWEEKEND continues to grow every year. Over 14,000 people attended last year’s four-day stock car fest that includes a corn boil on Friday night, O’Leary Buick GMC Sportsman 150 race on Saturday night, the Auto Value 250 on Sunday, and finishes up with an Enduro 200 on Monday. While the Auto Value 250 is the highlight of the racing event, the weekend has developed into an event on its own with over 650 campers turning Speedway 660 into a small town over the weekend. It has become the destination of choice for the region’s stock car fans.

Speedway 660
Speedway 660 is WicKID Family Fun!  The 1/3 of a mile high-banked paved oval features three classes of racing on a weekly basis: Coastal Blending & Packaging Pro Stocks, Martin’s Home Heating, and Leisure Family Rv.com Street Stocks. Over 70,000 people are expected to attend over 18 events during the 2010 season. Speedway 660 is located off Highway 7 on Route 660 in Geary, NB, and is within minutes of Saint John and Fredericton. Speedway 660 can be found online at www.speedway660.com.

Auto Value 250 Competitor Info!

Auto Value 250 Competitor Info 2010

2010 Auto Value 250 Rules

Appendix to MPST Rules for MPST Competitors

SPEEDWEEKEND 2010 - Weekend Schedule

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Auto Value to Headline Pro Stock 250!

Fredericton, NB – 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the prestigious Pro Stock 250 at Speedway 660 and speedway management has announced that Auto Value will be the new title sponsor for this prestigious event.   The Auto Value 250 will run on Sunday Sept 5th, part of SPEEDWEEKEND 2010 at Speedway 660.  The event has grown substantially since its inception in 2001 with a record crowd of 8000 people attending last year’s event and a record 44 cars attempting to qualify for just 26 starting positions.


“This event is the cornerstone of our year and we believe the partnership with Auto Value is the perfect fit” said co-owner Steve Burns.   Burns went on to say, “Auto Value is a first class organization and we are proud to have their name associated with the big 250.  Any time you see motorsports you automatically think auto parts.”

David Vaughn of Auto Value said “We are very pleased to be a part of this event.  We have seen it grow and we want to be part of the next generation of growth.  Store owners across the province have always been supportive of the sport itself and this is just a natural fit”.

The news comes just in time with the Auto Value 250 just weeks away and competitors like Johnny Clark, Lonnie Sommerville and Travis Benjamin already committed to competing in this year’s event.  “We are expecting a even more growth this year with the Auto Value 250” said co-owner Chris Johnston.   “This is clearly the right direction and partnership for us going forward.”

Auto Value is no stranger to this event just the same.  In 2009 Auto Value in conjunction with Auto Pride sponsored the car that allowed NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin to compete in last year’s event.   “The guys at Auto Value have been supportive from day one at the Speedway and this is just an extension of that.  We couldn’t be happier” said Steve Burns.

Auto Value is one of the largest aftermarket auto parts suppliers that prides itself on responding to the individual automotive needs of each customer and providing proven, quality service. They have over 5,200 parts stores and in North America with 31 in Atlantic Canada.

For more information about the Auto Value 250 and SPEEDWEEKEND 2010 contact Angela Coffey at 506-455-3181.

SPEEDWEEKEND and Auto Value Pro Stock 250 Ticket Info!!!

RESERVED SEATING
We will once again be offering reserved seating for the Pro Stock 250 this year. The top 5 rows ONLY in each section along the front stretch will be reserved seating as well as the top 5 rows in several of the larger sections in the licensed area.

JULY 19th - Aug 6th - 2009 Reserved Seat Holders will have the opportunity to renew their seats for 2010

Aug 7th ON - All remaining reserved seats will go on sale to the general public. We will also at this time be selling General Admission advance tickets. Pricing as per table below.

GATES OPEN 1HR EARLY
Those buying advanced tickets (reserved or general admission along with season pass holders) will have access to the grandstand area 1 hour before the posted grandstand gate opening time.

Tickets can be purchased through the race line at 506-454-7223 or via fax at 506-451-7223 or mail

2010 Advanced Ticket Order Form

TICKET PRICES

SUNDAY
Sunday Only - Reserved Seat $50
Sunday Only - Reserved Seat in Licensed Area (19yrs old) $50
Sunday Only - Adult General Admission $40
Sunday Only - Youth General Admission $15
Sunday Only - Adult General Admission with Pit Pass $50

WEEKEND PASS
Weekend Pass with Reserved Seat for Sunday $65
Weekend Pass - Adult General Admission $55
Weekend Pass - Youth General Admission $25

Weekend Pit Pass with Reserved Seat for Sunday $80
Weekend Pit Pass with Adult General Admission on Sunday $70

SATURDAY
Saturday Only - Adult General Admission $20
Saturday Only - Youth General Admission $15
Saturday Only Adult General Admission with Pit Pass $25

Please note grandstand ticket holders may purchase a pit pass upgrade at the back gate to enter the pit area.
Pit pass Upgrade for Adult Grandstand ticket holders - Saturday $5
Pit pass Upgrade for Adult Grandstand ticket holders - Sunday $10

SPEEDWEEKEND - Leisure Family RV.com CAMPRGROUND Info!!

Once again we will be offering our returning campers the opportunity to reserve your sites from last year. If you were a 2009 camper you can reserve a site through the raceline (506-454-7223) from July 19th until August 6th, 2010.

If you require additional spots or are a new camper for 2010, open reservations will begin Aug 7th, 2010.

IMPORTANT DATES
July 19th-Aug 6th - Returning Campers
August 7th on - Open Reservations

2010 CAMPER MAILOUT

Letter to all 2009 Campers is available (incase you might have moved and we don’t have your current address) 2010 Camper Mailout

Final Laps and Victory Lane Celebrations from SPEEDWEEKEND!

Thanks to Dan McKeil for posting posting the final laps in the O’Leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman 150 and the Peterbilt 250…..

SPEEDWEEKEND + Peterbilt 250 DVD Now Available!

For the first time ever fans will be able to purchase a SPEEDWEEKEND DVD of all the Saturday night and Sunday events.  Check out the preview for the DVD below….

Check out Pro Photo Productions for all the details on ordering….

Sommerville’s gamble proved golden in dramatic Peterbilt 250!

Great article in the Daily Gleaner by Bruce Halihan.  Read More….

Wade’s Weekly Issue 16 - A SPEEDWEEKEND to Remember!

SPEEDWEEKEND 2009 was incredible because we had exceptional racing, large crowds and great weather. And 2009 will go down as the year that we finally had our first two time winner of the Peterbilt 250.

Lonnie Sommerville’s pit strategy and hard driving in the last 25 laps propelled the popular number 23 into racing history. After crossing the stripe first Sommerville did a burn-out for the ages, with one hand on the wheel and one hand out the window holding the checkered flag!

Lonnie pulled into the Auto Pride Victory Lane amid a roar of approval from our fans and a storm of fire-works. And as he was getting out of the car there were two gigantic Ka-Booms that scared the daylights out of the race winner and this announcer!

During the celebrations Sommerville held his baby daughter proudly in his arms. She was wearing a little shirt with the words…”My Daddy is faster than your Daddy”. And on this night those words rang true.

But it wasn’t easy for Lonnie. Johnny Clark looked like he would be the first two time winner when he was running up front as the laps were quickly disappearing. Shawn Turple was right there too and Travis Kittleson was dominate until a tire issue ruined his chances. The 2008 Peterbilt 250 winner Craig Slaunwhite was strong all night long as well.

Congratulations to Greg Fahey, the Speedway 660 Irving Lubricant Pro Stock Champ, who drove to a 6th place finish. Unfortunately Sterling Marlin got caught up in someone else’s wreck and left early on “The Hook”.

The Peterbilt 250 was a great race with lots of long green flag runs and dramatic story lines. But it wasn’t the only exciting race of the weekend. The O’Leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman 150 was as dramatic as it gets in short track racing.

Dan McNeil was one of 43 Sportsman drivers attempting to qualify for Saturday night’s race. Only 26 of them got to run the 150 lap race and McNeil, who finished 7th in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman Division, was happy when he qualified.

But McNeil’s happiness went through the roof on the last few laps. There was a caution with three to go and Dan was posted in 5th. Everyone was watching Bradley Logan and Wade Harris who had taken turns leading the race and were on the front row as the last green flag came out.

As they battled for the lead and the white flag came out it was McNeil who got to the inside and made number 80 stick. He blew by Logan coming out of turn four and took the checkers. The crowd roared as the fire works shot into the air and Dan McNeil step-danced on the roof of his car!

On Monday, I was amazed at the huge Enduro crowd who came to see the last event of Speed Weekend and Speedway 660 for the 2009 season. Pat Sharpe won his second straight race and was crowned the series champ.

Speed Weekend 2009 was indeed incredible and Speedway 660 has got it down to a science. Steve Burns, Chris Johnston and their entire team do an amazing job organizing and pulling off the biggest racing event of the season.

It keeps getting bigger and better every year, but how are they are going to top Speed Weekend 2009? I know they will find a way because next year will be the tenth edition of Speed Weekend and believe me when I say it will be bigger and better!

That’s it for now, but I will have one more web column next week to wrap things up for the year.

Sharpe Wins race and Enduro Championship!

Fredericton, NB – The final checkered flag has fallen for the 2009-racing season. It was a beautiful day for the last race of the season, the Enduro 200. This was second race of the season for the Enduro drivers.  There were a couple more races on the schedule but had to be cancelled due to rain.  This weekend there was no rain in site. You could not ask for a better weather for the 2009 Speed Weekend.  The weekend was absolutely perfect for today’s Enduro 200

There were 18 cars ready to take the green in the first 75 laps until the 21 of Kim and Courtney Barton had to be pushed to the pit because her car would not start. It was the # 10 of Carmen McKeen who started on the pole.  He led for many laps until he was challenged by the # 8 of Dale Hathaway.  The # 72 of Justin Kenny took the lead for while. There were a few lead changes.  The dust was sure flying this afternoon as these cars for a little anxious and ended up in the beach a few times.

Everyone was waiting in anticipation to see if the #21 of Kim and Courtney Barton were going to put on a show like they did in the first Enduro 200.  The two changed drivers back and forth a few times.  The #21 had its share of problems as it was in a few on track mishaps.  The #21 was in the infield late in the race and the # 15 of Jimmy Robinson came in to help push the car back on track. Unfortunately the # 21 was going the wrong way and got clipped by another car. This was the end of the day for the # 21 of Courtney and Kim Barton.

The #86 of Andrew Betts gave the fans a little excitement with his signature move of the day.  Andrew liked driving his car in reverse a few times.  He had a little trouble with his hood coming up on one side. This was something you don’t usually see on the track.

It was all Pat Sharpe for most of the race. No one seemed be able to touch him. He had some great momentum going and it got him to the Auto Pride victory lane for the second and final time this season.  Finishing in second was the # 70 of Tyler Seveck. Rounding out the top three was last year’s champion the # 38c of Ed Vallis.

This is the end of the 2009-racing season at Speedway 660 and was it ever a good one. Last weekend we crowned two new champions Brain Fox in the Coast Tire Street Stock, John Rankin in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman and we had a repeat champion in the Irving Lubricant’s Pro Stocks.  If that wasn’t exciting enough, Speed Weekend sure was. 670 campers, Sterling Marlin, Travis Kittleson, a huge car count, Dan McNeil winning the O’Leary Pontiac 150 and Lonnie Sommerville being the only 2 time Peterbilt 250 champ.  The list could go on and on.  There was a record amount of fans in the stands. It was an absolutely spectacular 2009 Speed Weekend. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming season.

Sommerville Wins Peterbilt 250!

History Made at the 9th Annual Peterbilt 250
Sommerville becomes the first ever 2 time winner of the Peterbilt 250

Fredericton, NB-The biggest sporting event in Atlantic Canada turned out a record crowd on Sunday for the 9th running of the Peterbilt 250.  A record forty-four cars made their way to the Geary woods to attempt to qualify for only 28 starting positions in front of over 8,000 fans setting a new attendance record at Speedway 660.

With lots of cars and very few spots to get, qualifying was entertaining to say the least.
Heat winners for the qualifying heats were Greg Fahey, John Flemming, Craig Slaunwhite and Johnny Clark.   In the last chance, 20 cars started with only two spots remaining.   Notables in the final crack at the Peterbilt 250 were Rollie MacDonald, Glenn Rasmussen and Daryl Mahar.    Proude after a restart on lap 7 was able to make it to the front to secure his spot in the big race.  That left MacDonald, Mahar, Rasmussen and the PEI native Darren Mackinnon to fight it out for the final entry into the event.  The veteran Rollie MacDonald got a little racy with the 66M of Daryl which brought out a caution and allowed the 18M of Mackinnon to get the final spot into the Peterbilt.  At this point the only thing left was the provisional starters for the event which saw Glenn Rasmussen, Matt Harris, Jonathan Hicken and Robert Tomlinson granted entry into the prestigious 250.

Greg Fahey took the pole position in the 9th annual 250 by winning the first heat in qualifying while John Flemming took the outside pole.   Fahey’s front run only lasted the better part of a lap with Flemming leading the first 24 laps of the contest.  On lap 25 after a restart past champion Johnny Clark took the lead with a pass on the outside.  Clark dominated most of the night from this point forward leading 118 laps.   Travis Kittleson, the young gun from south of the border also took his turn at the front leading 76 laps including the Bulletproof Solutions Halfway challenge which earned him a $ 1050 in prize money on top of his winnings.

After a long green flag stretch on lap 145 the 30 car, after leading for nearly 50 laps, brought out his own yellow because of a flat tire and was penalized 1 lap.  With the caution, Kittleson headed for the pits and Clark assumed the lead with Shawn Turple and last years champion Craig Slaunwhite hot on his tail.  Back in the pack, but staying with the leaders were two past champions that had yet to pit for fresh rubber, the 52 car of Shawn Tucker and the #23 of Lonnie Sommerville.  What continued from here was an 80 lap green flag stretch which saw Johnny Clark lead much of until lap 224 when officials from the speedway had reports of oil on the track and were forced to bring out the caution flag.  Ironically it was the two front runners at the time, Turple and Slaunwhite who had radioed concerning the oil.   Had they not done so, things might have finished differently.   Instead Sommerville got the caution he needed.  Sommerville pitted on the caution and put two right side tires on for the homestretch.

With it being so late in the race, officials as per normal pulled all lapped cars leading to a 7 car shootout for the final 26 laps.   Shawn Turple took the lead off the restart over Clark who seemed to have used up his rubber.  “Turple Time” at Speedway 660 was short lived though because on lap 235 Lonnie Sommerville had made his way from 5th on the restart to the marquee first position, diving to the inside lane and passing cars at will.  Sommerville led the final 10 laps to become the first repeat winner of the Peterbilt 250 and mark his place in history.  Sommerville took home a check for $ 15,000 and a $ 750 in lap money.

Rounding out the top 3 were Shawn Turple who led 10 laps and took home the second prize of $ 5,000 and the 54 of Johnny Clark who led the most laps with 118 and took home a total of $ 8,900 for his efforts.

Two time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin qualified in his heat race for the 250 but was not a factor as he started 12th on the 28 car starting grid.  Marlin pitted and was coming back through field until he was involved in a wreck on lap 51 which ended his night.

Earlier in the evening street stock feature on lap 35, points champion Brian Fox and the guy who chased him in the points race all year, Rick Cashol got a little racy on the backstretch.   With the contact the two cars got hooked and that gave the no 2 of Matt Matheson the opportunity to pass both cars on the outside.  From then on it was Matheson who led the charge increasing his lead to 3 car lengths as he crossed the finish line.  Rounding out the top 5 was Rick Cashol in 2nd, Brian Fox in 3rd, Charles Gaddess in 4th and Smoking Joe Albert in 5th.

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Last lap Thriller Kicks off Speedweekend 2009!!!

McNeil wins biggest event of his career in a thrilling finish!!!!

Fredericton, NB –  The 1st leg of Speedweekend 2009 started out with a bang and end with a bang on Saturday night.  First off it was the 43 cars that tried to qualify for 28 starting positions.   This created a hectic set of qualifying heats with several cautions having an impact on the flow of the night.   Some might say it was the huge crowd and maybe a few nerves to go with it.  Whatever it was, it ended quickly once feature time hit the Geary Woods.    The racing action heated up as the temperature dropped.

During qualifying Derek Christie charged his was to a pole position with Brent Roy “the Camry Kid” on the outside pole.   With the exception of an early caution because the 12 of Glyn Nott broke the first 75 lap segment treated the Speedway 660 faithful to some awesome racing.   Derek Christie led until lap 35 when he got into the back of a lapped car which brought out the caution and sent him all the way to the back for the restart.  With Chrisitie’s misfortune Brent Roy and Wade Harris would do battle.

The “Camry Kid” made an impressive pass on the outside just out of turn two on lap 37 to lead the charge and once Harris was passes it looked like he had used up his rubber as he moved back to 5th. On lap 65, Bradley Logan in his #37 was exactly where he wanted to be, on the outside of Brent Roy in 2nd place.     Logan would make the outside pass just 1 lap after the green flag restart.  He would hold this lead barely until lap 75 when the competition yellow was brought out.   As the competition yellow was coming to an end, officials at Speedway 660 instructed the #80 of Dan McNeil to make his way to the pits due to a tire that had been badly damaged during competition.  McNeil was able to return to the racing surface just prior to the event going back to green flag racing.  In the end this would prove to be a crucial event in the race.

As the race resumed it was Bradley Logan leading the way with Wade Harris in the preferred spot, the upper groove.  Once again it proved to be the place to be.  Just two laps in Harris made a strong pass on the outside.   As the leaders made their way around the Geary oval, McNeil back in last place started to make strong charge to the front with fresh right front tire to aid in his attack on the remaining field of 22.  A caution late in lap 89 would see the front of the field bunch up once again allowing McNeil to gain some much needed track position.  On lap 90, out of turn 2, Wade Harris slipped just so slightly and the no 9 of Derek Christie took it three wide down the backstretch making the pass on Harris and the “Camry Kid” Brent Roy on the inside.  With the entire crowd of over 6,500 people on the edge of their seats, the 5 of Wade Harris made the right move and backed off to avoid what would most certainly have been a huge wreck.  Meanwhile Logan took advantage of the side by side racing behind him to take a 3 car length lead over Christie and the 26 of Roy.

With just 35 laps left, Christie seemed to all but use up what he had left for rubber as he dropped back one by one in the field.  Logan in his Dairy Queen ride seemed unbeatable at this point but the top 5 thought otherwise.  Logan going nose to tail with the Harris knew he had to be perfect with only 15 laps to go or the veteran Harris would make him pay dearly.  That slip looked like it might happen as the leaders crossed the line at 142 but Logan was able to gather it up and looked like he had it when Wade Harris got the caution he was looking for on lap 147.   That put the 5 car of Harris in the preferred outside lane for what looked like a 3 lap shootout between the two front runners Harris and Logan….boy was I wrong, along with the other Geary faithful in attendance.  !  On the restart Logan and Harris battled for the next 1.5 laps when Logan drifted up the racetrack on the backstretch seemingly to do what any driver might do in that situation; protect the lead.  Harris had to back off and did everything he could to save the car.   While this happened a complete shuffle took place with the #80 of Dan McNeil diving for the bottom of the racetrack and a 2nd place position. McNeil with his newly found rubber post the 75 lap competition yellow made the #80 stick like glue on the inside lane, something most had not been able to do all night.   With just a half lap left, the stage was set for the most dramatic finish in the history of the O’Leary Pontiac Excitement 150.  McNeil made the unthinkable pass on the inside coming out of turn 4 on the final lap to win the biggest race of his life not to mention a cool $ 2,000 for his heroics.   McNeil vibrating from his win arrived on the Auto Pride Victory Lane stage and proceeded to the rooftop of his Chevy Monte Carlo Snooty Fox #80.   As he jumped up in celebration, the fireworks display wowed the crowd and the 1st event of SPEEDWEEKEND 2009 was complete.

The Atlantic Open Wheel modifieds also put on great show in their 30 lap main event with Shelley Stewart of Emerald PEI taking home the checkers in a very popular win with the crowd.   Mike Raeburn and Mark Price rounded out the top three respectively.

On a side note of interest, 45 pro stocks practiced on Saturday in preparation for the Peterbilt 250 on Sunday.

O’Leary Pontiac Excitement 150 Sportsman Feature
#    Driver    Hometown
1    80    Dan McNeil    Douglas, NB
2    37    Bradley Logan    Harvey Station, NB
3    26    Brent Roy    Hanwell, NB
4    5    Wade Harris    Canal, NB
5    70    Dave Biggar    Lake George, NB
6    9    Derek Christie    Fredericton, NB
7    29    Matt Maillet    Burton, NB
8    46    Ron Lane    Moncton, NB
9    1    Micheal Banks    Lake George, NB
10    28X    James Graves    Moncton, NB
11    34    Randy Moore    Saint John, NB
12    11    Cal Hatfield    Rothesay, NB
13    07    Robbie Fraser    Moncton, NB
14    99M    Marc Gautreau    Grand Barachois, NB
15    28    John Rankin    St.Martins, NB
16    40    Richard Atkinson    Geary, NB
17    45    Calvin Rankin    Quispamsis, NB
18    99    Shawn Hyslop    St. Stephen, NB
19    03    Steve Halpin    St. John, NB
20    33    Charlie Wilkins    Keswick, NB
21    0    Frank FraserJr    Shubenacadie, NS
22    6    Terry Charters    Dieppe, NB
23    31    Myles Harris    Nasonworth, NB
24    22    Claude Gaudet    Moncton, NB
25    83    Corey Little    Rowley, NB
26    12    Glyn Nott    Burton, NB

Great Article on Marlin in Daily Gleaner Today!

Check out Chris Camerons story in todays Gleaner  Read more…

SPEEDWEEKEND 09 Camper Update!

As of Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm we have the final tally:

672 Campers Onsite!!

Marlin Warms up for Peterbilt 250 with win in Nashville!

Fredericton, NB - Sterling Marlin took home his second victory in a row at Nashville last weekend warming up for the Peterbilt 250.

Check out story and results from Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.  Read More…

Peterbilt 250 Expected Entries Approaching 50!

Fredericton, NB – The Peterbilt 250 is only 9 years young and is looking to set a record for Pro Stock entries for the 2009 event.  The event has grown in stature and prestige each and every year since its inception in 2001.  The car count for the 250 has grown over the years also with the current record for car count was set in 2006 when  44 cars attempted to make the field.


“One of our original goals back in 2001 when we were planning the inaugural Peterbilt 250 was to build the event to attract 50 plus pro stock teams.  This year’s expected entries list is telling us we could get there this year” said Speedway 660 co–owner Steve Burns.   Interest on the Canadian has been steady this year with the addition of the Triple Crown presented by K&K Canada in conjunction with the CARQUEST Maritime Pro Stock Tour.  There also been increased interest across the border from the Pro All Stars Series teams that were in attendance for the PASS 200 at Speedway 660 back in June.

“This is a special time of year in the Northeast for everyone in racing.  To steal a line from my partner (Steve), You can’t create history, history creates itself. Our hat goes off to all the fans, staff, teams, sponsors and all involved in what has become an amazing weekend” said co-owner Chris Johnston.

2009 Peterbilt 250 Expected Entries List
as of Monday August 31st - list subject to change

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Shawn Turple

Enfield, NS

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Dan Eddy

Dartmouth, NS

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Robbie Maclean

Charlottetown. PEI

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Mike Mackenzie

Dartmouth, NS

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Brad Mann

Glen Levitt. NB

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Jonathan Hickens

Brudenell, PEI

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Lowell Affleck

Summerside, PEI

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Wayne Chase

Fredericton, NB

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Kent Vincent

Crapaud, PEI

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Leon Christie

Temperance Vale, NB

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Mike Kyle

Berwick, NB

13

Rollie Macdonald

Pictou, NS

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Brent Wiggins

Fredericton, NB

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Travis Benjamin

Morrill. ME

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Brian MacNaughton

Lower Coverdale, NB

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Darren Mackinnon

Sleepy Hollow, PEI

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Greg Fahey

St. Stephen, NB

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Shawn Pierce

Bridgewater, NS

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Lonnie Sommerville

Saint John, NB

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Travis Kittleson

Mooresville, NC

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Mike Stevens

Riverview, NB

28

Kirk Thibeau

Fort Fairfield, ME

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Robert Tomlinson

Arthurette, NB

29

Greg Proude

Springvale, PEI

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Chris Hughes

Brackley Beach, PEI

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Sandy Livingston

Amherst, NS

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Sterling Marlin

Franklin, Tennessee

44

Wayne Smith

Timberlea, NS

48

Dave O’Blenis

Boundary Creek, NS

51

Josh Jaillet

MacDougall Settlement, NB

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Shawn Tucker

Fredericton, NB

54

Johnny Clark

Hallowell, ME

55

Jason Carnahan

Stilesville, ME

66

Paul Gahan

Fredericton, NB

66

Daryl Mahr

Hubley, NS

69

Brian Gillespie

Nackawic, NB

76

Roger Crane

Montague, PEI

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Gerry Curtis

Fredericton, NB

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Scott Chubbuck

Wiscasset, ME

80

Roger Miller

Kennetcook, NS

81

Glen Rasmussen

New Denmark, NB

87

Matt Harris

Fredericton Junction, NB

88

Kevin Moore

Fredericton, NB

89

Donald Chisholm

Antigonish, NS

92

Mike Thornton

Fredericton, NB

92

Pete Miller

Kennetcook, NS

97

Chris Duncan

Saint John, NB

97

John Flemming

Halifax, NS

99

Craig Slaunwhite

Terence Bay, NS

Peterbilt 250 Competitor Info!

Peterbilt 250 Competitor Information 2009

2009 Peterbilt 250 Rules

Appendix to MPST Rules for MPST Competitors

SPEEDWEEKEND Weekend Schedule

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Steve Waylon Band to Entertain Peterbilt 250 Fans!!

Fredericton, NB - Speedway 660 management announced that fans who attend this years annual Peterbilt 250 will once again be treated to a free country music show during the intermission of the big event. Steve Waylon and his band Rebel Ridge will perform in front of over 8000 fans just prior to the opening ceremonies. “Were very pleased to have such a great group of guys with that kind of talent for the event. Every year we try to improve the event and take it to the next level. We believe, this is just that“ said co-owner Steve Burns.

Waylon who has developed quite a following as opened for acts as like Doc Walker, Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Jim Witter, Matt Minglewood, Kim Mitchell, Trooper, and April Wine, to name a few.

Steve Waylon hails from Fredericton, New Brunswick and presents a fresh sound in today’s Country music, which offers a very high energy sound and show. His “Driven Country” music style is comparable to Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry and Lynrd Skynrd.

Having played in some local Atlantic Canadian bands Steve moved to Ontario for a couple of years where he gained seasoning in a very competitive market. With this experience Steve is now on his own path to stardom. He is currently in the studio working on his first CD. Steve recently released his first single “No Deposit No Return” which climbed to the #65 on Country Music News National Chart.

Steve’s career started when he played and sang harmonies on stage with his Dad at the age of 15. He remembers the excitement of looking out into the crowd of 150 people, but if felt like 150,000. Watching the crowd and their reactions, he was “hooked”.

Speedway management think that that race fans will be “hooked“ on the bands smooth sound and co-owner Chris Johnston says “I`m excited to have these guys involved. They stepped and wanted to be a part of this deal and were grateful to have them. Please contact Miranda Carr at Speedway 660 at 506-455-3181 or miranda.carr@nbisonline.com for any questions.

Unfinished Business! Kittleson Enters Peterbilt 250!

Fredericton, NB –  Travis Kittleson announced today that he will be entering the 9th Annual Peterbilt 250 at Speedway 660.  Kittleson is a native of Merrit Island Florida, but now resides in Mooresville, NC.  Regional fans have seen Kittleson at the last two Peterbilt 250s.

Most noticeably last year as he sat on the pole and dominated the early part of the race.  Travis thought last year was going to seal the deal in his quest to win his first Peterbilt 250 but tire problems took him out of contention.  “Last year we had a great car with the Cushman team.  We really clicked and it was a ton of fun.  I couldn’t wait to get back up here again ”  says Kittleson.

With Cushman stepping back some from Pro Stock racing Kittleson decided to hook up with Lonnie Sommerville for this years 250.   “Travis and I have been talking about this for several months and we are both really excited to get to the track on Labour Day weekend.”  said Lonnie Sommerville

Travis has had some success in these Pro stock cars.  In 2006, he was touted as one of the top Pro Stock/Super Late Model drivers in America. In 2005, Travis took part in Jack Roush’s Driver X Show and finished in the top 8 drivers vying for a chance to race a Craftsman truck for Roush racing.   All totaled Travis has over 190 starts in Pro Stock and ASA Late Model events.  54 of those events he won!!! And was in the top 10 in 138 of the 190+ starts.  He’s also had 35 poles and 87 top 5’s.

Most recently Travis has been running a Nationwide car as well as pounding the pavement in the NASCAR garages handing out resumes and securing interviews with car owners.  More info on Travis can be found at www.traviskittleson.com

Please contact Angela Coffey at Speedway 660 at 506-455-3181 or info@speedway660.com for any questions.

Sterling Marlin Enters Peterbilt 250

Fredericton, NB –   All the way from Tennessee to the Geary Woods!  Two Time Daytona 500 Champion Sterling Marlin has announced his intentions to enter the 9th Annual Peterbilt 250 at Speedway 660.  Marlin will join a strong list of Southern Stars who have competed in the Labour Day Classic.  Over the past several years fans have seen Johnny Benson, Terry & Justin Labonte and Ron Hornaday take battle against the best Pro Stock teams in the Northeast.

Marlin was and is a household name from his days behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car.  He is perhaps best known as only the third driver in Cup history to win back-to-back Daytona 500s, joining Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough as the only drivers to earn that distinction after winning in 1994 and 1995.  “There is no doubt that my fondest memory is winning that first Daytona 500,” Sterling said.  Marlin has also added 8 other Sprint Cup victories (total of 10) to his resume, competed in 747 Cup races and has earned a whopping 38 Million dollars throughout his career.   Before his days in NASCAR Marlin won championships at Nashivlle Speedway.  Marlin is currently running a part time Sprint Cup schedule.

“I’m excited; these home grown short track events are what our sport was built on.   This is a huge race for the Atlantic region and I’m really looking forward to racing the best up there!”  said Sterling in a phone interview.

Auto Pride/Auto Value out of Fredericton, New Brunswick and Gatorade will be the co-primary sponsors on Marlin’s car.  In addition to the primary sponsors, Marlin will receive support for his venture from Peterbilt New Brunswick and Moosehead Breweries. Other sponsorship deals are still in the works.  “Man we are PUMPED.   This is a thrill of a lifetime for us at Auto Pride.  Sterling is an icon in this sport and we are pretty fired up to be a part of this deal.” said Randy McCoy of Auto Pride.  Ed Gulliver of Canex is also very excited about this opportunity, “This is an amazing deal for Gatorade, Canex and Griffins Pub to be involved with.  We cant wait for SPEEDWEEKEND!”

This news is also great for all involved with Speedway 660.  “This is something special.  There isn’t a NASCAR fan that hasn’t spent many a Sunday afternoon on the coach watching Sterling Marlin on TV.  To have him here, at our track, racing in front of our fans is a really cool deal.” said Speedway 660 co-owner Steve Burns.

Sterling’s car will be prepared by long time weekly Speedway 660 competitor Hal O’Neal and the OGC Racing Team.  “We are pretty excited.  We had some bad luck last year but the car has been completely rebuilt and its ready to go” said Hal O’Neal.   “We’ve been racing for a lot of years and we’ve really missed it this year so I think this is exactly what we need.  We can’t wait!”

Please contact Angela Coffey at Speedway 660 (506-455-3181 or info@speedway660.com) for any questions.

Peterbilt 250
The 2009 Peterbilt 250 will take place on Sunday, September 6tht, 2009 and will be the highlight of the 8th Annual SPEEDWEEKEND. The event will showcase the Speedway 660 Irving Lubricants Pro Stocks against the best of the Eastern Canada and New England. The purse for 2009 will be over $70,000 with a guaranteed $15,000 to the event winner and possible winner’s cheque of $28,000. Six years ago, the late Scott Fraser took home a record $25,400 including lap money. Only nine years old, the event as grown in crowd, atmosphere, and car count every year since its inception. Over 8,000 people attended the 2008 event to break attendance records at Speedway 660.  Forty plus pro stock cars will be attempting to qualify for 28 spots on the starting grid.

SPEEDWEEKEND
Just like the Peterbilt 250, SPEEDWEEKEND continues to grow every year. Over 14,000 people attended last year’s four-day stock car fest that includes a corn boil on Friday night, O’Leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman 150 race on Saturday night, the Peterbilt 250 on Sunday, and finishes up with an Enduro 200 on Monday. While the Peterbilt 250 is the highlight of the racing event, the weekend has developed into an event on its own with over 600 campers turning Speedway 660 into a small town over the weekend. It has become the destination of choice for the region’s stock car fans.

Speedway 660
Speedway 660 is WicKID Family Fun!  The 1/3 of a mile high-banked paved oval features three classes of racing on a weekly basis: Irving Lubricants Pro Stocks, Martin’s Home Heating, and Coast Tire Street Stocks. Over 70,000 people are expected to attend over 20 events during the 2009 season. Speedway 660 is located off Highway 7 on Route 660 in Geary, NB, and is within minutes of Saint John and Fredericton. Speedway 660 can be found online at www.speedway660.com.

Slaunwhite Makes History! (updated story and results!)

Fredericton, NB- A gorgeous sunny day always leads to a WicKID day or racing at Speedway 660. Today’s event, the Peterbilt 250 was a memorable one for many as Nova Scotia’s Craig Slaunwhite in the #23SFR made history tonight by becoming the youngest (27 yrs old) winner of the 8th annual Peterbilt 250. It was an emotional victory for the SFR team, five years from this day they won the Peterbilt 250 with the late Scott Fraser. In addition, this great event has yet to see a repeat winner as Slaunwhite becomes the 8th different winner of this event.


Today’s event was kicked off by heats for the Coast Tire Street Stocks as well as the Cummins Diesel Legend cars. When the Pro Stock heats hit the track it was time to get down to business. Thirty six cars hit the track looking for one of the 28 starting spots in the 250. The heat races provide a ton of action and a ton of stress for the drivers as they have to draw out of a hat for their heat starting position. Travis Kittleson was the luckiest man in the house as he drew the coveted #1. This gave him the pole in the first heat and a great shot at the pole in the 250 as the winner of heat one is the pole sitter for the 250. Kittleson cruised to victory in heat 1. Other heat winners included Travis Benjamin, John Flemming, and Paul Gahan. Consi winners were Johnny Clark and Mike Stevens with Brent Wiggins winning the last chance event. Provisionals went to Matt Harris (top points car in Speedway 660 points), Lonnie Sommerville (top CARQUEST Tour points), Kirk Thibeau (winner if the Irving Lubricants Best of the Best 100 – 250 qualifier) and Brian MacNaughton (top remaining Speedway 660 points car).
Fans were on their feet during intermission for the Steve Waylon band and opening ceremonies with driver introductions with included area dignitaries and guests.
The front row off the grid saw Travis Kittleson in the #29c on the pole position with #17b of Travis Benjamin starting outside on the front row. The early part of the 250 saw several yellows but once those were behind us the race got very interesting.

Kittleson dominated the first part of the event in the Cushman car leading the first 64 laps. Johnny Clark then tookcommand from lap 65 to lap 83 when Kittleson got around Johnny to resume the lead. Kittleson would lead for another 10 laps before CARQUEST Tour points leader Wayne Smith decided to flax his muscle and get around Kittleson for the lead. Smith was on a mission looking for his first Peterbilt 250 win. He led until around lap 150 when Johnny Clark reclaimed the lead and it was looking like we were going to see our first repeat winner of the Peterbilt 250. That wasn’t what Wayne Smith was thinking as he got around Clark to retain the lead. With about 70 laps to go the yellow flew and several cars headed for the pits including the 23s car of Slaunwhite’s. It would be Slaunwhite’s last pit stop.

Slaunwhite’s car had been decent all night but a chassis adjustment on this stop brought the car to life. Up front Smith was able to hold the lead and was heading for the victory. Slaunwhite was working his way towards the front but it didn’t look like anyone was going to catch Wayne Smith.

A late race yellow brought everyone back to together on a restart. Benjamin headed to the pits for tires and looked really strong as the race went green. Benjamin got all the way up beside Smith going for the lead but there wasn’t much roomon the outside of the 44 car. Benjamin tucked back in behind Smith and on lap 243 nudged him coming up the front stretch. Both cars had to lift for a fraction of a second to gather their cars and before they knew it the 23s car of Slaunwhite’s had beat them to turn one and took over the lead. Slaunwhite never looked back as we led the final 8 laps on route to the biggest win of his young career and a cheque for $15,400.

“I knew we had a good car all weekend but this race is about much more than a good car. Everything has to fall in place to win the Peterbilt 250” said Slaunwhite. When asked how he was going to top this win he responded “I don’t think I’ll ever do top this win”.

It was an emotion win for Slaunwhite and the Fraser crew as it was 5 yrs to the day since they celebrated in victory lane with the late Scott Fraser. In talking with Frank Fraser Sr after the race we saw that famous gleam in his eye. “I just can’t express how much we wanted to win this race again. We’ve wanted it so bad, we wanted to win another one for Scott! Craig has been doing well in the car and we knew he could get it done but tonight he showed us something special, he got up on the wheel and won it because he wanted it that bad, like we did. When he got by the 44 and 17b then was no way they were going to catch him the way he was wheeling that car. I’m proud of him and the guys. This is
a pretty neat deal!” said Fraser.

Seven cars finished the race on the lead lap with 22 of the 28 cars still running on lap 250. Wayne Smith in the #44 took the halfway challenge of one thousand dollars sponsored by Bulletproof Solutions.
Aside from the fast pace Peterbilt 250, the Coast Tire Street Stock division had their second biggest event tonight, the Fredericton Hyundai Street Stock 50. The winner of the Street Stock 50 hasn’t had the best of luck in the 2008 season, wrecking his car only a few weeks before the event. However, Shawn Hyslop and his crew have always worked hard to return with a big comeback and did just that in tonight’s Fredericton Hyundai Street Stock 50. Hyslop took home the feature win while the #54 of Rick Cashol finished in second and the #2 of Matt Matheson rounded out the top three.
In the Cummins Diesel Legends Feature Ian Mollins took home the victory over Cy Harvey and Justin MacNeill.
Earlier in the Peterbilt 250 qualifying a racing incident between Hal O’Neal and Graham Spinney resulted in Hal being sent to the Fredericton hospital after being unconscious after the wreck. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hal’s family and friends at this time.

2008 Peterbilt 250 - Final Results (pdf)

The Biggar The Better!!

Fredericton, NB – The old saying has always said that Bigger is better and in tonight’s O’leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman 150, Dave Biggar of Lake George proved this statement correct. The O’leary Pontiac Excitement 150 the kick off to all racing events for this year’s 2008 Leisure Family RV Centers SPEEDWEEKEND. Aside from the many sportsman that took part in today’s event, the Atlantic Open Wheel tour made it’s first debut to Speedway 660 for the 2008 season.

After numerous heats, and qualifying attempts only 26 cars made the feature event. Starting in the pole position was the driver who took both big Sportsman events of the 2008 season, Glyn Nott in the #12. Usually in a 150 lap event there are numerous lead changes between many drivers, this was not the case in tonight’s race where Nott lead the full 150 laps sweeping the board along with the halfway challenge award. Dave Biggar in the #70 car began the night on the outside position along side Nott. Biggar slowly made his way back towards the middle of the field, saving his car for the final bang at the end of the 150 laps. Matt Maillett of Burton in the #29 had another strong and successful run and looked to make a promising top three finish, if not the winner. However after holding on to second place for numerous laps, Maillet and Calvin Rankin in the #45 got tied up amongst each other which caused a minor wreck on lap 141 taking both of them to the back of the pack. By this time Biggar had taken his yellow #70 through the field and up to second place. The unofficial results held Glyn Nott to be the winner which would make him the overall winner of all BIG sportsman events at Speedway 660. Dave Biggar would finish in second with the #1 of Mike Banks finishing in third. The final results boiled down to Dave Biggar taking home the grand prize of being the O’leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman 150 winner, being his biggest win in 2008. Finishing in second was the #1 of Mike Banks and rounding out the top three was the #40 of Richard Atkinson. Due to technical difficulties in post-race examination Glyn Nott was disqualified and stripped of his win.

Tomorrow, Speedway 660 hosting the biggest event of the season - the Peterbilt 250. Qualifying starts at 2pm with a 50 lap Coast Tire Street Stock feature and Legends feature in the afternoon. The main event is slated to start at approximately 7pm. Approximately forty pro stock cars signed in on Saturday including NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series, Ron Hornaday and the famous New England driver, Andy Santerre. The car count should lead to some interesting qualifying races in the afternoon as competition will be stiff for the 28 starting spots.

O’Leary Pontiac Excitement 150

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Car No

Driver

Hometown

1

70

Dave Biggar

Lake George, NB

2

1

Micheal Banks

Lake George, NB

3

40

Richard Atkinson

Geary, NB

4

5

Wade Harris

Canal, NB

5

44

George Jamieson

Fredericton, NB

6

37

Bradley Logan

Harvey Station, NB

7

45

Calvin Rankin

Quispamsis, NB

8

95

Nathan Ellis

Miramichi, NB

9

80

Dan McNeil

Douglas, NB

10

28

John Rankin

St.Martins, NB

11

23

Wayne Wormell

Napan, NB

12

29

Matt Maillet

Burton, NB

13

81

Cody Price

Campbell Settlement, NB

14

3

Doug Craswell

Flatlands, NB

15

34

Randy Moore

Saint John, NB

16

25

Jeremy Graham

Jacksonville, NB

17

11

Cal Hatfield

Rothesay, NB

18

52

Josh Jaillet

MacDougall Settlement, NB

19

75

Don Shiels

Grand Bay - Westfield, NB

20

07

Robbie Fraser

Moncton, NB

21

26

Brent Roy

Hanwell, NB

22

85

Ken MacKenzie

Moncton, NB

23

9

Derek Christie

Fredericton, NB

24

0

Frank FraserJr

Shubenacadie, NS

25

69

Brian Gillespie

Nackawic, NB

26

12

Glyn Nott

Burton, NB

Its SPEEDWEEK and its a BUZZIN!!

Fredericton, NB - As we move through the week leading up to Leisure Family RV Centers SPEEDWEEKEND the atmosphere rises. Campers are rolling in steady dozens of people are working feverishly on the property and the sound of Pro Stock cars are is filling the air!!!! Wednesday is usually the first day of major activity in terms of testing. Today we saw 4 of the top teams onsite to get some laps in. New England Legend Andy Santerre was here shaking down his ride as well as Kirk Thibeau, Lonnie Sommerville and Matt Harris.

Look for more teams in tomorrow as Thursday is the last day to test before the big weekend. Friday the track is closed to testing for final preperations and to get ready for the Harveys Family Farms Corn Boil Friday Night!

O’Leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman Info!

Fredericton NB - We are closing in on the biggest Sportsman event in the Maritimes, the Oleary Pontiac Excitement 150 goes this Saturday night at 6:00pm. This years event is the 11th Annual Sportsman 150 and is part of the 8th Annual Leisure Family RV Centers Speedweekend.

Competitor Info with purse, procedures, and scheduling click here

Peterbilt 250 History!

This spring we launched the new Speedway 660 website with the new look and feel. One part of the site that has yet to be converted is the Peterbilt 250 History section. For the interim we have posted the link below so fans can access the history info from 2001-2007.

Feel free to browse through the stories and results.

Peterbilt 250 History 2001-2007