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.

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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

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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.

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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

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SpeedWeekend Anticipation/Championship Review – Wade’s Weekly # 16

Everyone in Atlantic Canada’s racing community is excited about SpeedWeekend 2012. Lots of folks from Quebec and New England are also on their way to Speedway 660 for the biggest event of the racing season.
Before focusing on SpeedWeekend, let’s look back at one of the most eventful Fan Appreciation Night of Champions in the history of Speedway 660. First off congrats to all of the champs: Cole Boudreau, Luc McLaughlin, Shannon Brake, Glyn Nott and Dave O’Blenis.

They deserve the accolades and recognition that goes with winning Speedway 660 championships. Two division titles were especially hard fought this year. Glyn Nott went into the final point night in fourth place, 17 points out of first. Glyn controlled his own destiny by winning the heat, dash and feature to take the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman title by four points. Shannon Brake started the night nine points behind the leader and won the RV World Street Stock championship by two points.

Shawn Tucker is the defending Auto Value 250 winner and one of the favourites heading into the 2012 race. This weekend Tucker will attempt to become the first three time winner of the race. More than thirty other top Pro Stock drivers from Atlantic Canada, New England and Quebec will visit Speedway 660 for this year’s Auto Value 250.

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O’Blenis, Nott, Brake, McLaughlin and Boudreau Crowned on Night of Champions!

Fredericton N.B. – Burton’s, Glyn Nott is the 2012 Martin’s Home Heating Champion at Speedway 660. After thirteen years in the division Nott finally earned the title that has eluded him over the years. Nott trailed Sportsman point leader Randy Moore by 17 points heading into the Fan Appreciation Night of Champions. But Nott won his heat, dash and the feature to claim the championship.

“It took a hat trick to get the job done tonight and it is unbelievable that we finally got the Sportsman championship and you know what, this team and my family along with our sponsors made this happen” said a jubilant Nott in Speedway 660′s Victory Lane. “It took thirteen years to win this thing and we are going to celebrate this title in a big way.”

Nott took the checkered flag three times on the biggest point night of the year. Bradley Logan won the other heat. Matt Rodgers finished second in the feature and Jason Shannon came home third. Matt’s brother Andrew Rodgers was the Sportsman rookie of the year.

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Racing Tonight! Autograph Session at 5:30pm!

The Fan Appreciation Night of Champions Event is on at 7PM at Speedway 660. The pit gate opens for race teams at 1:30 this afternoon. The grandstands open at 5PM and the ONTRACK autograph session starts at 5:30.

Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero and Four-Cylinder Division heat races begin at approximately 6:30. Heat races in the other divisions begin at 7PM.

Fans will see racing in the AL Gullison Disaster Kleenup Pro Stocks, Martins Home Heating Sportsman, RV World Street Stocks, Hanwell Village Mart Bandoleros and 4 Cylinders.

Ticket Prices:
Adults (16 and over) $12.00
Youth (ages 9-15) $9.00
Children (ages 8 and under) FREE
Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Youth, 4 pop + 4 fries) $35.00