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THE PASSION THAT DRIVES US
F THERE WAS ANY DOUBT IN MY MIND ABOUT THE PASSION OF AUTO RACING FANS FOR THEIR SPORT, IT’S GONE NOW.
That’s because of an item I recently read on wheels24.co.za which plainly stated that, despite the current political strife with Ukraine, the Russian Formula 1GP in Sochi remains a go for October 2014. The race, which will be held on a street circuit in close proximity to the area covered by the 2014 Winter Olympics, has been under a lot of speculation since The Kremlin annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea back in March of this year. The political situation was enough to cancel the World Superbike championships, however, no such plans will interfere with the Russian Formula 1 GP. Local organizers expect the final layer of asphalt to be completed by August. Construction currently continues on the main grandstand, pit building and team buildings. Organizers have stated that, as of this writing, a final layer of asphalt was ready to be put down and decisions were being
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partly ignites their passion for their sport. This is also one of those times when passion transcends mere words and I begin to realize, yet again, the limitations of language. And yet it’s passion that moves us forward, keeps calling to us over and over again; drives us, especially when the haters say “it can’t be done.” That’s why I find myself constantly in awe of those willing to take risks—repeatedly—and willing to sacrifice all while knowing the stakes. The passion for racing is reflected in the writing of ATA contributor Tim Terry. finalized about where and how many temTim’s writing is always fun to read. Like porary stands would be installed. racing, the pace is fast, the insights freOrganizers expect to sell about 55,000 netic, the subjects interesting and corners tickets for the event, including about 20 sometimes surprising. When I’m reading percent of those to foreign visitors. his articles, I sometimes imagine an editor The passion for racing appears to be standing in front of his keyboard about universal since Atlantic race car driving to drop a chequered flag. Tim once again fans are no slouches in the passion debrings together the best of his insights on partment either. It’s hard to locate more the track for this issue, and we are grateful dedicated fans anywhere and we all know for his presence. the risks once a driver gets behind that It’s a different kind of passion that wheel. It may be shocking when tragedy drives the marriage between high tech does occur; you think about the driver’s and automobiles, which isn’t so bizarre family and kids; about the legacy left beas it once appeared. While intrigued, I hind. But drivers understand precisely the still have many many reservations about risks involved and that in turn is what the concept of a driverless car, with safety topping the list. And with the marriage now moving beyond mere entertainment systems to health ratings, mapping and weather monitoring among other tasks, it’s clear we’re moving way beyond just the mere concept of driving.( Driving? So 1990s dude). Instead, it’s as if the golf beBrookside Road, Truro, NS tween human and machine is beginning to narrow. Our Phone: (902) 897-0252 biggest app isn’t the one on Fax: (902) 897-2854 our phone. It’s the one sitting in your driveway. This, vancehanesautoparts.com along with apps affecting and DAILY SHIPPING ANYWHERE enhancing trucks are features worth checking out in our latest issue. This being summer, it’s always tempting to have” just one more” before getting behind the wheel and heading home after a night on the patio. That means keep the racing on the tracks, folks. Have a great summer and stay safe. We’ll all be happy drivers then! Onward!
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HE SNOW IS MELTED, THE TEMPER ATURES ARE BEGINNING TO RISE AND RACE TEAMS IN ATLANTIC CANADA ARE BEGINNING TO PREPARE THEIR RACE CHARIOTS FOR THE 2014 SEASON.
Before we get into what race tracks and series are firing up in 2014, let’s take a moment to thank to unsung heroes of the sport that have been working throughout the winter months to get race cars ready for the Summer - and that’s the pit crews of these race cars. Whether you’re working on the mechanics of a car, designing, painting and/or decaling a car or maybe you are the guy or gal talking to companies and signing advertising partners on board for the season, you are a very pivotal part in making this sport what it is. When you think about it, it’s pretty simple - no race cars, no race fans, no race tracks. If race cars do not show up to put on a show, no fans will show up to see it and the race track makes no revenue, meaning more locked gates and shut down tracks. Over the off-season, I have had the chance to do some work with Shotgun Racing, a team in the Thunder division at Scotia Speedworld that will expand from one car in 2013 to three in 2014. Yes, I got my hands dirty, which for those that know me, rarely happens. The men and women that put their hard work into these cars make the sport happen at the end of the day. Maybe that’s a story for our next issue of Auto and Trucking Atlantic. Now, to the business at hand, what is going on in 2014? Wherever you are in the region, there is a race track near you that you can take in the action of thrilling short track stock car racing. There are exciting de-
velopments in the stock car scene in Newfoundland, one mainland tour that was once busting at the seams with cars is seeing a rebirth and the youth movement continues to shape the landscape of our sport. So, let us begin with race tracks that we know of that are in operation for the 2014 season and what their plans hold for the upcoming season. Note: We have no current information on Lake Doucette Motor Speedway (outside Digby, NS) or Redneck Raceway (Norton, NB) as of press time. When submitted, information can be found at www.timscorner.ca
Let’s begin with the only race track in Nova Scotia (and one of only three in Atlantic Canada) which provides a Weekly Racing Series for drivers to take part in and fans to watch every week. Friday nights will continue to be the staple for Scotia Speedworld, outside of Enfield, Nova Scotia and across from the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport. A total of 15 Friday night events (every Friday from June 6th to September 12th) and five specials will set the schedule for the 2014 season. The season kicked off with a big double header weekend on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour went green on the 24th of May with the Lucas Oil 100 and will be joined for the season opener for the Maritime League of Legends Tour. Sunday, May 25th saw the season opener for the biggest weekly racing series in Atlantic Canada , which includes six divisions, the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman, Coors Light Trucks, Strictly Hydraulics Legends, Thunder, Lightning and Hydraulics Plus Bandoleros. Up to five of those divisions make up each Friday night card. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make three additional appearances to the tight 3/10-mile oval following their May 24th season opener. The Lockhart Truck Center 150 will be green on June 21st, the 15th Annual Atlantic CAT 250 on August 9th and the finale of the track and the series for the season, the Dartmouth Dodge 200 on September 13th. The Maritime League of Legends will also be on the card for the August 9th show. Two major Late Model Sportsman shows will be
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on the schedule this season. The 20th Annual Shriners Classic for Sportsman, which raises money and awareness for the Dartmouth and District Shrine Club and all the charities and functions they support, will get the green flag on Friday, July 25th. The Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100, which serves as the longest Sportsman event at the oval and the final event on the Maritime Sportsman Challenge, was on Friday, August 8th. Special events include the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour that went on May 31st and June 1st and the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, which makes appearances at the oval for four weeks, two prior to the season beginning in May and two following the checkered flag in September/ October. TOP STORYLINE TO WATCH: Cole Butcher (Legends) and Dan Smith (Trucks) will try to make history as the first threetime consecutive divisional track champion (that we are aware of) at Scotia Speedworld. The pair won their second consecutive titles one season ago in their respective divisions. Of note, it was Butcher’s third title in four years, after winning the Bandolero championship in 2010.
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Riverside Speedway in James River, Nova Scotia (nestled just south of the town of Antigonish on the Trans Canada Highway) will once again maintain a special events schedule in 2014. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be the headline acts on the four weekends the track will see competition, with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour’s IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’s Wilson Equipment 300 supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief being the two “major” shows on the docket. The IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body has been the biggest show in town in recent years, if you consider Atlantic Canada to be the “town” in question. Attracting enough cars to send some teams packing prior to the main feature, the qualifying time trials, heat races and consolation rounds are well worth the price of your ticket to see the Super Late Models fly around the high banks of the 1/3-mile oval. The payout is nice too, with the winner traditionally taking away more than $10,000 after purse money, lap
leader money and other contingency and special awards. Did we mention the event typically attracts some big attention from down south?! Traditionally, the event features a current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to add to the already stacked field of Saturday night stars. Last season, reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski led the most laps in the event but after the front valence began scraping the track and speed off the car, Shawn Tucker moved in and got by to take the win. Keselowski and his Cup teammate Joey Logano have each posted top three finishes in the event, as has David Reutimann and Regan Smith still stands as the only NASCAR affiliated driver to win the event since the rebirth of the race in 2006. Marcos Ambrose, Aric Almirola and Ricky Craven have also participated in the weekend, while last year’s fifth place finisher Austin Theriault has recently signed a three race deal to drive the JR Motorsports #5 in the Nationwide Series. **Note - as of press time, the celebrity driver for the IWK 250 has yet to be announced You may have heard of the guy that owns JR Motorsports. Yeah, current
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Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. Yeah, that guy. The IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body goes green on Saturday, July 19th, one night following the marquee event for the NAPA Sportsman Series in the Highland Home Building Centre 100. The Late Model Sportsman take to the high banks four times a season with the event on IWK 250 weekend being the only 100-lap feature for the series. They will be joined by the Maritime League of Legends Tour on the Friday night, July 18th card for a 50-lap feature. The eighth annual NASCAR Canadian Tire Series stop at Riverside will take place on Saturday, August 16th. If the 2013 edition is any indication, the fans are in for a show they will not forget. Jason Hathaway hounded eventual series champion Scott Steckly for the lead, taking it away with under ten to go and holding off DJ Kennington in a breathtaking show of NASCAR short track racing. Take it from someone who has seen all seven previous NASCAR Canadian Tire Series shows at Riverside, that was one of, if not the, best race they have ever put on at the facility.
Completing the schedule are two Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and NAPA Sportsman Series shows that bookend the season - the Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet Buick GMC 150 on Saturday, June 14th and the Lucas Oil 100 on Saturday, September 6th. TOP STORYLINE TO WATCH: You’ll want to put the Lucas Oil 100 on Saturday, September 6th on your schedule. Last season, Ross Lewis appeared to be in the driver’s seat, on his way to winning the NAPA Sportsman Series crown until the last lap where an accident sent him from running in the top three in the race to the last car on the lap and put winner Aaron Boutilier into the championship spot. This event will not only mark the championship race in that series, but also the penultimate round in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. You won’t want to miss this one!
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Bill and Lynne Vasil made waves in January by purchasing the former Island Speedway in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and
working towards their first season as track operators. The Vasils are the series directors for the NAPA Sportsman Series at Riverside International Speedway and are in the process of renovating the track that has sat dormant for the past three seasons to make it Cape Breton’s destination for stock car racing entertainment. Lots needs to be done before their first green flag on Saturday, July 5th, including patching/paving the racing surface, building a new Turns Three and Four wall and updating buildings and infrastructure around the facility, just to name a few things on the list. Four events are scheduled under the new management on July 5th, July 26th, August 30th and September 27th, all taking place on Saturdays. Three divisions will re-open the track as house classes, including the Late Model Sportsman, Street Stock/Truck and Mini Stocks. You can visit their new website at cbminersmemorialspeedway.ca for all the up to date information on the race track as it become available.
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The only operating weekly race track in New Brunswick enters its second season under ownership of the Roy and Foley families. After a successful first season that was dampened by rain at the start, the management has hit the ground running with schedule changes for the upcoming 2014 season. The first visible change is extending the season by opening two weeks earlier than previous seasons. The green flag flew for the Riverview Ford Lincoln Season Opener on Sunday, May 11th at 2pm, with the first two events of the season being run on Sundays at 2pm before switching to their traditional Saturday at 7pm slot on May 24th. The highlight of the season remains Speedweekend 2014 - with the Auto Value 250 anchoring the weekend for the Super Late Models on Sunday, August 31st. The DMR Auto Sales and Service Street Stocks and Westwood Estate Apartment Bandoleros will play support on the undercard for the 250, which has traditionally paid $15,000 to win and saw Shawn Tucker
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collect over $25,000 after lap money was added in for his 2013 win in the event. Saturday night of the weekend sees the Irving Blending and Packaging Sportsman 150 hit the track. In 2013, 36 cars traveled to the Geary woods to vie for the top prize in one of the deepest Sportsman fields in recent memory. At the end of the night, Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia’s Colby Smith would take the big win in his #77 car. The Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters will play support on the night. New for 2014 also includes Speedweekend qualifiers for the aforementioned Westwood Estate Apartments Bandolero (June 14th), Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter (June 28th) and DMR Auto Sales and Service Street Stock (July 12th) divisions. On these nights, the winner of the extended lap feature will qualify to start on the pole position during the respective Speedweekend feature event. Talk about big stakes added to a weekly point event! The track will see the two biggest Super Late Model touring series in the region return to the tight oval with the Maine based Pro All Stars Series running a 150-lap event on Saturday, June 7th and the Maritime based Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour presenting the Irving Blending and Packaging 100 on Saturday, July 5th. Other big events include the Martin’s
Home Heating Sportsman 100 (June 21st) and the Firecrack 150 (August 9th) for Late Model Sportsman competitors and the RE/ MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock Best of the Best 150 on July 26th. The three race Enduro series makes a return this season as well. The popular crash ‘n bash series will return on June 29th, July 19th and September 1st. TOP STORYLINE TO WATCH: With now six-time track champion Greg Fahey vacating the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division for a run in the Big Poppas Motorsports Pro Stock, the Sportsman track championship is wide open for the taking. Young guns like Matt and Andrew Rodgers along with “The Camry Kid” Brent Roy will try to overcome hungry veterans like George Jamieson, Jason Shannon, Shawn Warren and more to win the championship. Oh, and there are no less than five rookies in the class with Alexandra O’Blenis, Dawson McIntee and Drew Greenlaw moving up from Bandoleros and being joined by Four Cylinder stars James Courtney and Daniel Clark to take on the cream of the crop in Late Model Sportsman racing in the region. Strap in, this is going to be a wild ride!!!
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season and returns with an ambitious 12 race schedule on eight weekends, one of the busiest since the new management re-opened the high banked track in 2011. Speaking of the high banks, one visible change fans, drivers and crews will see is the addition of a wall surrounding the third and fourth corners. This not only keeps cars inside the track and away from the woods, like Braden Langille’s Bandolero found two seasons ago, but also gives the track more pit area space, which will be used to line up cars in the new area behind the Turns Three and Four wall. The flow of traffic will also be able to be reversed through the tech shed, giving teams a chance for plenty of line up area for inspection while not clogging the middle of pit road as has been the case in recent years between divisions coming off the track and those who are lined up waiting to go out for their features. Sure, those changes will make things at “the back of the house” flow smoother, but what about the front?! What will the fans see?! The major change is the addition of the one more house division and it is a big one. Petty Raceway has added a Pro Stock or a Super Late Model class to five of their cards this season. The rules are based off those at Speedway 660 and the schedule of five races does not conflict with any on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour or Speedway 660, allowing cars from those series and tracks the opportunity to run at the track. Big names the likes of Dave O’Blenis, Greg Fahey and Kenny Mackenzie have already committed to the series, making this a powerhouse division out of the gate. Returning for 2014 are the Sportsman, Street Stock, Mini Stock and Bandolero divisions. The Street Stock and Mini Stock divisions came down to the last laps of the season to determine a champion in 2013 and with Alexandra O’Blenis and Mike Phillips moving up this season, there should be new champions in both of those classes. Russell Smith Jr. and Cole Tanner are expected to defend their championships in the Sportsman and Bandolero classes, respectively. In the case of Tanner, he will be looking to become the first three-time consecutive Bandolero track champion in Atlantic Canada. As for events, Petty Raceway is
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back heavy on major events, beginning with the August long weekend and the Caleb Dunn Memorial Weekend. The two day show will be highlighted by a Sportsman 125 lap feature on Saturday and a Pro Stock 75 on Sunday evening. All Petty house divisions will be on the card for point paying features as well as the Atlantic Modified Tour (Saturday) and the Eastern Super Mini Cup (Sunday) touring series. The 50th River Glade International weekend takes place next on August 22nd and 23rd. As with tradition since Petty Raceway took the reins of the prestigious event from River Glade Speedway in 2011, the Sportsman will shine with the Jones Auto Body 100 on the Friday night card, followed by the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Dartmouth Dodge 150 on Saturday. Also included on Saturday’s card is the completion of the Maritime League of Legends Tour Atlantic Tiltload Challenge, a 50 lap affair to cap off the two race series which begins on June 28th. The Mike Stevens Memorial weekend presented by R. Stevens Mechanical closes off the Petty Raceway season on September 20th and 21st. Stevens, a multi-time winner in Pro Stock competition, lost his life last year in Prince Edward Island and it was only fitting a race be run in his memory at his home track. The Late Models will own the night on Saturday with the Pro Stocks running 150-laps and the Sportsman closing their season with a 100-lap feature. The Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Bandoleros and Atlantic Modified Tour will close off the weekend on Sunday. TOP STORYLINE TO FOLLOW: Petty Raceway has entered into an agreement with Speedway Miramichi to present the “New Brunswick Big Dawg Challenge” in 2014. Three races at Speedway Miramichi (more on those in a bit), and three race events at Petty Raceway (May 17th, July 11th and August 22nd/23rd) will count for
points towards the series in Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Late Model Sportsman. The Challenge should boost car counts at both tracks.
Speedway Miramichi is back for their third exciting season since re-opening in the 2012 campaign. The management of the race track listened to fans, drivers and teams when creating their 2014 schedule and have arrived at a seven date schedule - three for stock car events and four for demolition events, three of which will be run as a point series and will crown a demolition point champion. The three stock car events will also crown point champions in Sportsman, Street Stock, Mini Stock and Bandoleros. Demolition events will run on Saturday evenings with dates including May 17th, July 12th and September 6th. The finale for 2014 will see the popular Halloween Spooktacular return on October 18th, with a Smash to Pass 75 and Mini Stock event on the card to close the season. The three stock car races on the schedule will not only crown track champions in 2014 but will also be the Speedway Miramichi portion of the NB Big Dawg Challenge with Petty Raceway, which is a combined six race series split with Petty Raceway. The series opens up on Sunday, June 15th at 2pm, continues on Sunday, August 17th and will conclude with the second annual September event at the Miramichi track on Saturday, September 27th. For the first time in over a decade, the Pro Stocks will be roaring to life in Northern New Brunswick as a part of the September 27th card. A 125-lap Pro Stock feature will be a part of the massive card, which features the Late Model Sportsman 100, Street Stock 50, Mini Stock, Bandolero, Atlantic Modified Tour and Eastern Super Mini Cup Series. TOP STORYLINE TO FOLLOW: The
Mini Stock division will be a part of all cards this season, including Demolitions, making it seven events for the class. More events should bring car counts up in the class for 2014. Speaking of, the track likes to chuck in big paydays for races throughout the year. In 2013, the October Halloween Spooktacular paid $3,000 to the winner of the Monster Eliminator Demolition and even paid $200 to the winner of the Four Cylinder event, both of which are big paydays for those respective classes. While no paydays have been announced for any of the seven events in Miramichi, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some big announcements in the near future!
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The CENTRE For Speed in Grand Barachois, New Brunswick has once again presented a scaled back schedule when it comes to stock cars for the 2014 season, highlighted by a new format for the Atlantic Championships in October. The Street Stocks and Sportsman will see four events throughout the regular season at the CENTRE For Speed on Saturday nights - June 14th, July 5th, August 16th and September 13th. The Mini Stock class will see racing on the latter three nights while the Atlantic Modified Tour will be on the card for the first event on June 14th. The Car Wars Demolition series will have three regular season dates throughout the year, with racing taking place on Sunday, June 1st, Saturday, July 19th and Saturday, August 30th. Events could include a combination of “Nuts on Wheels” Endurance races, Barrel Races, Lawn Tractor Races, Demolition Derby events and even a Roll Over Challenge on the August 30th date. The regular season motorsports schedule also includes the MIRA Blind Charity Race and Street Drags on August 2nd, the annual Atlantic Monster Nationals Mon-
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ster Truck show the next weekend on August 9th and the Truck and ATV Challenge on August 31st. The Atlantic Championships will see the conclusion of both stock cars and car wars for 2014 with the first weekend seeing a Modified (PEI Modified rules) 100, Street Stock 100 and Mini Stock 100 on October 4th, followed by a Car Wars Nuts on Wheels 150, Reverse Race, Lawn Tractor Race, Demolition Derby and a Four Cylinder 100 on October 5th. The Late Model portion of the Atlantic Championships weekend falls on October 11th with the running of a Super Late Model 200, Sportsman 100 and Atlantic Modified 50. STORYLINE TO FOLLOW: The hills, or in this case, the plains, of the CENTRE For Speed will be alive with the sound of Christian music on June 26th to 28th as the East to West Festival, Canadian’s Largest Christian Music Festival, will replace the sound of stock cars for the weekend. The event will feature major Christian music acts such as Third Day, Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, George Canyon and Sidewalk Prophets, just to name a few of the dozen of acts performing over the three days. Tickets are available by going to EastToWest.ca.
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Prince Edward Island’s only paved stock car oval will once again roar to life with a full slate of racing this Summer. Oyster Bed Speedway went green on Victoria Day, Monday, May 19th with their annual Victoria Day card. The first event featured a full card of racing featuring all four house divisions, the Central Engine Services Modifieds, Stella Maris Credit Union Street Stocks, Chris’s Bobcat Mini Stock and Duffy’s Service Centre Outlaws. A second Demolition Derby will be held on Monday, September 1st as a part of Labour Day celebrations. Oyster Bed Speedway runs racing throughout the season in the Saturday at 7pm time slot, beginning on June 14th and running to August 23rd, with the exception of the July 5th off weekend. The second and third cards (June 1st and June 8th) along with the final two cards (September 7th and 14th) will see their Weekly Racing Series cards take place on Sunday at 2pm. Many special events blanket the schedule, including a stop by the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour on August 2nd. The track will host two Bandolero events on July 19th and August 9th. The Eastern Super Mini Cup Series will have three events on the Island on June 28th, July 12th and August 16th. Each house division will also have a Triple Crown series comprised of three races, creating one spotlight event on each race night on the schedule. Possibly the biggest event of the season will take place on Sunday, September 7th at 2pm with the fourth annual running of the David Lambe Memorial Street Stock race. In previous years, the best talent in the Street Stock class in Atlantic Canada has come to Prince Edward Island to duke it out over 75 laps for a $1,000 prize and the prestigious Piston Cup. In 2013, Geoff Boyle took the crown away from eventual series champ and former David Lambe winner Stephen Gass. If this event is not on your calendar, best put it on there now! You’ll want to be there for it. By popular demand, the track has also added an Enduro race on June 21st. Want action and excitement around every turn? You cannot go wrong with a day or night out at Oyster Bed Speedway in Prince Edward Island! STORYLINE TO WATCH: The track has decided to open up their Modified Super Series events (June 8th, July 26th, August 16th) to allow Late Model Sportsman teams from the mainland to compete
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with modifications to their race cars. The question is whether any of the teams from New Brunswick or Nova Scotia will make the changes to their cars to head over and compete on the Island this season. The last time Sportsman cars competed at the Oyster Bed Bridge track was in 2009 in their own invitational, which was won by Porter’s Lake, Nova Scotia’s Jordan Veinotte.
THUNDER VALLEY SPEEDWAY + EASTBOUND PARK
Pavement stock car racing in Newfoundland is undergoing a transformation. Thunder Valley Speedway in Bishop’s Falls has been under new ownership for since 2012 and with Pat Squires purchasing the former Avondale Speedway and rebuilding it from the ground up to house Newfoundland’s second pavement oval, fans have a lot to be excited about. Let’s start with the new Eastbound Park. The new Squires venture features a 1/3-mile, 20 degree banked oval - similar to the layout of Riverside International Speedway in James River, Nova Scotia. The facility will also include a go-kart track, drag strip and will be capable of hosting major concert events, which it will do this summer with the Eastbound Hoedown country concert. The facility will
also host a Monster Truck Show on their official opening weekend of July 26th and 27th. Together, the two tracks will host an eight race series for Sportsman, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Legends and Bandoleros. Thunder Valley will open the schedule with June 15th, June 29th and July 6th dates before hosting Race Six of the series on September 7th. Eastbound International Speedway will play host to the fourth and fifth rounds on the weekends of August 2nd and 3rd and August 9th and 10th before closing the series with two rounds on September 13th and 14th and September 20th and 21st. Three drag racing weekends have been set up at Eastbound for August 16th and 17th, September 27th and 28th and October 11th and 12th.The ultimate goal for the new Eastbound Park is to gain international attention with series like the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on their radar for upcoming seasons. You can visit their website at EastboundPark.com and keep up with all information as it is sent in at TimsCorner.ca.
PARTS FOR TRUCKS PRO STOCK TOUR
The 14th season of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is set to roar to life with great anticipation. Coming off a 2013 campaign which
featured the “tale of two seasons,” John Flemming and Shawn Tucker are set to renew rivalries as they set their sights on another championship. Oh, and so will dozens of others. Flemming came up to the checkered flag at Scotia Speedworld in September as a four-time champion of the series, the first in the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour era (2001 to present). A strong start with four wins was responded with four late season wins by Tucker, including the prestigious IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body. Late race consistency by Flemming combined with stumbles by Tucker to open 2013 gave Flemming the championship in the clash of the Maritime titans. Both will be back, Tucker with a new primary sponsor in Dobblestyen Service and Maintenance, and will be trying to fend off a whole host of top drivers in the region for the big trophy and $10,000 cheque in 2014. Shawn Turple will look to take his third career title in the #0 Dexter Construction Impala, while Island contingent including Darren MacKinnon, Jonathan Hicken, Greg Proude, Kent Vincent, Dylan Gosbee and Terry Dougay will look to bring their first championship title home to Prince Edward Island. Outside of the two championship contenders, Turple, Gosbee, Craig Slaunwhite and Donald Chisholm were feature winners in 2013, each of whom have filed reg-
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