It’s hard to believe, but another racing season has wrapped up. They say: “Time goes fast when you’re having fun”. Perhaps that is why the 2010 season flew by so quickly. We certainly had our fair share of fun and witnessed some of the best racing in the 17 year history of Speedway 660.
Camp Fire Talk
Saturday night after the Enduro wrapped up and the curtain came down on the 2010 season, folks gathered around a camp fire or two. Everyone knew the season was over, but no-one really wanted to say good-bye knowing that it will be nine months or so before many of us see each other again.
The camp fire talk was focused on the great season of racing at Speedway 660. And it was an exceptional year. Large crowds, great car counts and even better racing was the order of the day in 2010.
September 11, 2010– Due to Hurricane Earl during SPEEDWEEKEND the third and final Enduro race for the 2010 season in the Geary woods was held on Saturday night under the lights. The event saw 21 cars make their way to compete on the 1/3 mile asphalt. The winner on the evening was Matt Caissie in his #19. The last 50 lap segment was pure excitement with the #13 of Greg Hopkins doing a barrel roll and the #70 of Darrell Harris flipping on its roof. In the end the real winners on this day were the nearly 3000 fans who came bundled for the cool weather to watch the bumping and banging of their favourite drivers and at the end of the evening they were treated to a spectacular firework display.
Check out all the action as it played out on Auto Value 250 Sunday thanks to the folks at Speed51.com
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#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
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.
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.
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.