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guest editorial 2012 start your engines t by tim terry he green flag has waved on what is expected to be an exciting 2012 racing season around atlantic canada at the time of press new brunswick s petty international raceway speedway 660 prince edward island s oyster bed speedway and nova scotia s scotia speedworld have all opened their seasons with the four other maritime oval paved oval tracks set to kick start their 2012 seasons in june the laps that have been run so far have given us an early indication of who will be tough to beat this summer and who will be the ones to watch as the season goes forward in new brunswick the o blenis motorsports team will be a force over this coming year in fact the team already has three podium finishes to their credit including the win in the gt enterprises sportsman 150 at petty international raceway on may 19th with dave o blenis at the helm of the #48 burger king toyota camry his daughter alexandra finished third that night in the leisure days rv bandoleros while courtney came home to a top ten finish on opening night dave followed up his win one week later with a runner-up run in his pro stock ride at geary s speedway 660 during their first show of 2012 with four teams running out of the same hauler and 21 events which equates to thousands of laps being planned between three venues this season the o blenis clan will be one of the busiest teams in atlantic canada in the coming months shubenacadie nova scotia has been a hotbed of stock car why buy new when used will do 1-800-565-2433 n recycled replacement auto parts n rebuilders available n parts locating service 4 autoatlantic.com njuly 2012 talent and is very evident in the first few weeks of the 2012 campaign stevie lively and cole tanner each started out their years with two feature wins at two different tracks lively took his #32 hubley auto sales civic to wins at petty raceway and scotia speedworld while tanner had his #33 sheehy enterprises bandolero to victories at petty raceway and speedway 660 both are former champions in the sport with lively taking the 2010 thunder car championship at scotia speedworld while tanner is the 2011 inex canadian outlaw bandolero champion and both will look to add to their accolades in their respective divisions this season young talent also seems to be on the rise in a sport where experience and seat time means everything the 20-somethings and under age bracket are lighting up the win column in addition to lively and tanner legends champion dylan blenkhorn won the title in his first full-time season in the car in 2011 cole butcher moved to a legend car this season and has posted two top five finishes and a heat win in his first two starts in the car at scotia speedworld it s not often that we talk about rookies having a shot at a championship but watch for butcher to be contending for the championship at his home track in his freshman year another one of those young guns to keep your eye on in 2012 is martin landry the former four cylinder track champion at the centre for speed is racing at petty international raceway full time this season in his second year at the wheel of an eight cylinder street stock the 21-year old turned heads in the may 19th event at the river glade new brunswick track by passing and holding off multi-time new brunswick track champ rick cashol and speedway 660 young gun devin snell to take his first ever feature win at the track with the street stock field being full of veterans landry will have his work cut out for him at petty but expect the #00 car to be near the front of the field each week if the opener was any indication be sure to get out to your local track this season and watch the future stars of this brookside road truro ns sport though our season is just beginning it will fly by phone 902 897-0252 quickly before you know it fax 902 897-2854 we ll be in october looking back at the season that was vancehanesautoparts.com there is nothing more excitdaily shipping anywhere ing than sitting in the stands watching the best short track drivers in the region go fender to fender around a tight bullring whether it is a four cylinder mini stock or a high powered parts for trucks pro stock tour chariot the thrill of side-by-side racing cannot be denied until next time keep the hammer down and see you at the track!
2012 atlantic racing feature racing 2012 someth by terry waterfield reen flags are waving once again as the 2012 auto r acing se ason gets underway with a wealth of exciting action promised for tracks in the four atlantic provinces from scotia speedworld this year celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary to exciting news from newfoundland and labrador of new ownership for two tracks there with a promise of the possibility of new tracks opening in n.l going forward it looks like an exciting year is brewing sadly the news that the blue mountain speedway property near bathurst n.b has been sold and will no longer op g erate as a race track dampens all the good news a bit so it s once more time for for auto trucking atlantic to look into its crystal ball or more factually check with the various racing series and race tracks to see what they have in store for us our crystal ball is getting a bit aged and can t see as far into the future as it used to so there may be changes or additions to some of the schedules mentioned in this article since several series and tracks had not completed their schedules at our deadline auto trucking atlantic has links to most of the tracks in this article at autoatlantic.com a quick google search should find the rest what follows is our annual roundup of the activities in atlantic canada s racing scene parts for trucks pro stock tour atlantic canada s top touring series the maritime pro stock tour is offering a 12-race series again this summer with no less than four extra-length races replacing the normal 100-lap features the mpts announced that parts for trucks would retain their title sponsorship to the series which will be known as the parts for trucks pro stock tour again in 2012 last year s point s champion wayne smith will not be defending his title after announcing he would not be running a full season this summer look for him at the 250s in order to spend more time at petty international raceway smith from timberlea n.s scored his third mpst championship last summer for a record six maritime pro stock titles by a margin of 14 points over shawn tucker of fredericton n.b just 23 ahead of thirdplace john flemming of halifax n.s the race will include nascar sprint cup regular joey logano who will drive the cat car for kids in the race both tucker and flemming each three times champions in their own right 6 autoatlantic.com njuly 2012
thing for everyone are back this season so the race for the point s championship should be every bit as heated as usual in fact every series champion other than smith including shawn turple of enfield n.s and rollie macdonald pictou n.s has sent in their entry forms although macdonald may not run the full series for a series that typically goes down to the final race to crown a champion this is good news for fans the tour for 2012 consists of seven 100 lap features along with two 150 lap one 200 lap and two 250 lap events highlighting the series are the two 250-lappers the iwk 250 at riverside international speedway july 21 and the atlantic cat 250 at scotia speedworld august 11 these two races usually draw the largest entry lists and the largest crowds while both count points towards the parts for trucks pro stock tour driver s title both races are open to non-tour pro-stock vehicles that meet the requirements and often draw entrants from outside the maritime provinces often attracting drivers from the u.s.a nascar sprint cup regular joey logano has entered the iwk 250 at riverside and will drive the cat car for kids in the race the tour opened sunday may 20 at scotia speedworld for the carquest 100 the first of four dates at ssw other races at scotia include the lockhart truck centre 100 june 23 and the final race of the season the dartmouth dodge 200 on sep 8 the schedule also includes two races at petty international raceway with the lucas oil 100 that ran on june 2 and a 150-lap event august 25 riverside international speedway ran the ron macgillivary 100 on june 16 and the lucas oil 100 will be on august 18 in addition to the iwk 250 the tour will visit oyster bed speedway on p.e.i twice with the lucas oil 100 going on june 30 and the advance rentals 150 august 4 and will make one stop at speedway 660 in new brunswick for a 100-lap race august 4 atlantic open wheel modified tour the atlantic open wheel modified tour has posted a 10-race schedule for 1012 plus a special event at centre for speed oct 07 as part of the new brunswick track s season-ending atlantic stock car championships speed weekend the aow will race eight of their races at new brunswick tracks but will drop down across the border for two events at spud speedway in caribou maine june 24 and august 18 marking the third consecutive year the tour has raced at the american venue three point s races are scheduled for patty international raceway jun 1 aug.5 and sep 22 two at centre for speed jun 30 and aug 25 and three at speedway miramichi jun 9 jul 21 and sep 29 we are looking forward to the reo all photo s for this feature by terry waterfield
2012 atlantic racing feature pening of miramichi city speedway and hope to hit the track this year with between 16 and 20 cars tour treasurer mike raeburn said there are 12 committed to racing the full schedule and 8 that have committed to running a partial schedule joe hoyt of fredericton n.b last year s champion will return to the series to defend his title but raeburn the champion in 2009 and 2010 tongue planted firmly in his cheek exclaimed i plan on kicking joe s ass in 2012 maritime league of legends tour the maritime league of legends will be visiting three ovals and one road circuit in their seven-race 2012 schedule the tour will make two trips each to scotia speedworld riverside international speedway and petty international raceway plus one visit to atlantic motorsport park s road circuit the legends tour opened their season at scotia speedworld may 20 running along with the parts for trucks carquest 100 then will return to the track august 11 as part of the atlantic cat 250 weekend the two visits to petty will coincide with a pair of parts for trucks pro stock tour events the lucas oil 100 which took place on june 2 and the 150-lap event on august 25 the riverside events include the iwk 250 july 20 and the nascar canadian tire series event september 14 the legends will finish off its touring season october 8 on the 2.5 km 11-turn road circuit at atlantic motorsport park and was working on adding four more to complete an eight-race championship the four races confirmed so far are all at riverside international speedway two of the races will coincide with parts for trucks pro stock tour events the highland sportsman 50 on june 16 and the highland sportsman 59 on august 18 there are two 100 lap events on the tour both at riverside july 20 as part of the iwk 250 and sept 14 as part of the nascar canadian tire series event targa newfoundland st john s nl the 2012 edition of the popular targa newfound will run from september 8 to 15 when more than 60 teams will test their driving skills over 2200 kilometres of some of the most scenic roads in the world targa or competitive sections are held on roads closed to the general public and comprise 20 of the total course event publicity states adding we ve designed our event so that every competitor not only has an opportunity to measure their performance against their fellow competitors but in fact each vehicle competes against itself on a handicap basis this event draws competitors from all across north america and has seen entrants from other countries as well vehicles entering the targa event are grouped into five divisions grand touring unequiped grand touring equipped classic modern and open cars entered in the classic and modern divisions will also be placed in a sub-class based on such things as age of the vehicle and engine displacement early entries had already topped 30 at our deadline and with the racing season now underway organizers are bracing for the usual flood of entries as the summer progresses napa sportsman series the napa sportsman had confirmed four races for the season see you at the races see you at the yard used vehicles same day delivery towing car carrying service scotia speedworld halifax ns this is a special year for scotia speedworld which is celebrating its 25th year of operation the 3/10-mile paved d-oval located outside halifax just across highway 102 opposite the halifax stanfield international airport ran its first racing event may 27 1988 ssw marked the occasion on sunday may 27 2012 when the track ran the first of 15 events in its weekly racing series this series crowns point s champions in six divisions bandolero lightning thunder truck legends and sportsman typically most of these events are held on friday nights with five of the six divisions in action at each event the season got underway on sunday may 20 however with the opening round of the 12-race parts for trucks pro stock tour the carquest 100 with the legends tour providing the undercard scotia speedworld will host three additional visits by the parts for trucks pro stock tour with their next stop the lockhart truck centre 100 on june 23 ssw s sportsman class will also be in action the highlight of the racing season occurs august 10th and 11th when the track presents the 13th annual atlantic cat 250 counting as round nine of the parts for trucks pro stock tour the event is open to other eligible competitors and usually attracts the largest entry list of the season and the largest crowds with competitors coming from as far away as new england this year s race marks the 13th consecutive year that atlantic tractors and equipment limited has presented the atlantic cat 250 at scotia speedworld making it the longest race and sponsor exit 6b main st 7 kms from mic mac mall turn right on ross rd 172 ross road westphal dartmouth ns b2z 1b4 902 434-7742 8 autoatlantic.com njuly 2012
2012 atlantic racing feature relationship in atlantic canada we are very proud of our longtime association with atlantic cat the atlantic cat 250 is our signature race at scotia speedworld said ken cunning general manager of scotia speedworld this race has long been one of the premiere racing events in our region in the eyes of both competitors and fans it s a destination event that everyone marks on their calendar qualifying events and the sportsman 100 presented by dartmouth dodge will be held on friday night aug 11 along with a truck division race and the atlantic cat 200 with preliminary races by the legends tour and bandoleros ssw will host a fourth visit by the parts for trucks pro stock tour the dartmouth dodge 200 a race which traditionally decides the parts for trucks pro stock tour point s championship ssw s sportsman class will also provide action to the event scotia speedworld presented their annual monster jam summer heat tour june 1 to 3 petty international raceway river glade nb with the partial retirement of part-owner wayne smith from a complete racing schedule petty international raceway a ¼ mile paved oval located just 30 km from moncton on highway 106 has expanded their schedule to 10 events wayne will now look after the competition rules and focus on increase the car count at petty while partners brett benoit tickets staff and account payable and craig macfetridge marketing advertising media will take care of the business end of the operation petty opened its 2012 season may 19 with races in the gt enterprise sportsman leisure days rv bandolero street stock and mister transmission mini stock/4 cylinder divisions highlight of the season schedule should be the 48th annual river glade international weekend an event which first ran in 1965 and was held at river glade speedway every year until 2009 when the track closed petty took over the event when the track was reopened by its current owners last summer and will present the event at petty aug 25 and 25 the event will feature the penultimate round of the parts for trucks pro stock tour in a 150-lap race on saturday and twin 75-lappers for the gt enterprise sportsman series friday the weekend will also feature races by bandolero mini stock street stock and the legends tour vying with the international as top event of the year the track has announced the first oval outlaw triple 44 s presented by o blenis sons roofing and siding for the track july 14 the race will feature 44-lap races for sportsman street stock and open wheel classes all on the track at the same time should be worth seeing the parts for trucks pro stock tour also raced at the track in the lucas oil 100 on june 2 petty will close out the season with the second annual pro stock open 150 saturday sept 22 riverside international speedway james river ns located near highway 104 exit 30 on beaver mountain road just 10 km from antigonish riverside international speedway runs a special-event only schedule on its one-third mile high banked oval often referred to as the fastest track in eastern canada riverside has four events slated for the track in 2012 beginning with the ron macgillivary chev buick gmc 100 on june 16 round three of the parts for trucks maritime pro stock tour event number two goes on july 19-21 with the running of the iwk 250 super blind to race at centre for speed shediac new brunswick s hediac s centre for speed entertainment park and the mira foundation for the blind are pleased to announce a charitable event partnership the event will feature the blind racing in speedway prepared race cars in order to raise funds to help train seeing eye and companion assist dogs for those in need the event which will be run at the centre for speed entertainment facility near shediac on july 28th will see blind and visually impaired drivers compete with the aid of sighed media and celebrity co-pilots who will guide their drivers to the finish line in the 10 lap stock car event mira will receive funds from tickets sold for the event and from other fund raising activities such as a 50/50 draw on event day the event is scheduled to be run on july 28th during one of the centre s weekly stock car events tickets will be available in advance through mira with proceeds to the foundation by calling 506 852-9539 readers who have a vehicle which runs but is no longer in use can help to make the event a success by donating their vehicle for 12 autoatlantic.com njuly 2012 the event car donors will receive free tickets special recognition at the event to donate a car or assist in their preparation for the event please call tim at the centre at 506 388-2145 for more info on this and other events at the shediac centre for speed this season please visit www.centreforspeed.com for more information on the mira foundation please visit mira5050 ca to ensure future delivery of these notices please add our email address to your allowed or safe senders list.
2012 atlantic racing feature race weekend highlight of the weekend is the saturday 250-lap pro stock race this race is counted as round seven of the parts for trucks pro stock tour but is open to any pro stock car who meets eligibility requirements the race will include nascar sprint cup regular joey logano who will drive the cat car for kids in the race we re thrilled to have a driver of joey s calibre joining us this year said riverside track manager paul mclean it is especially meaningful when you consider their busy schedules and that they take the time to compete in events like ours the highland sportsman 100 and legends challenge on saturday will fill out the weekend s racing schedule the parts for trucks pro stock tour makes their third visit to the track on august 18 for the lucas oil 100 which also includes a sportsman race riverside s summer racing schedule will be completed with the nascar weekend on sept 14-15 with a 300-lap race saturday a point s race in the nascar canadian tire series in their only visit of the year to the maritimes the final weekend also features races for sportsman and legends classes on saturday speedway 660 geary nb speedway 600 provides a variety of racing for its fans which started with an action packed opener may 28 14 autoatlantic.com njuly 2012
with races in five weekly classes right up to the final weekend sept 1-3 when the track presents the sportsman 150 saturday the auto value 250 sunday and the enduro 200 monday labour day in between the track presents a mixture of weekly points series events for pro stock street stock sportsman 4-cylinder and bandolero classes liberally sprinkled with special events speedway 600 will present the pass 200 the only visit to canada in 2012 by the new england based pro all star series round 6 of the parts for trucks pro stock series will be held at the track on july 7 in addition the track will present two enduro 200 races during the summer on jul 21 and aug 12 and the maritime home heating sportsman 100 jun 23 man 100-lap mini stock 50-lap mini cup 50-lap and bandolero 25-lap races on saturday a pro stock 150-lap street stock 50-lap atlantic open wheel 50-lap and 4-cylinder 25-lap races on saturday with a rain date of sunday the dr scrap metals extreme racing championship takes place at the track sep 22 and 23 with monster truck racind plus a freestyle and wheelies competition the cfs schedule is dotted with spe cial length races for most classes oyster bed speedway oyster bed pei oyster bed speedway opened a 14-event schedule may 21 with races in mini stock mini outlaw modified and street stock the four divisions run at the track on a regular basis with a demolition derby to follow the track will also feature two rounds of the parts for trucks pro stock tour centre for speed grand barachois nb a 3/8 mile semi-banked paved oval located east of shediac n.b centre for speed opens a bit later than most atlantic canadian tracks with their 2012 schedule showing a june 16 opening but runs the latest with their popular atlantic stock car championships speed weekend october 5 8 the busy weekend includes sports toll free 1-888-775-8383 4905 highway 2 wellington ns visit us online at maritimecarwash.ca july 2012 n autoatlantic.com 15