The racing season is over, everyone has hauled their RV home, the padlocks are on the Speedway 660 gates and the Geary Woods sit silent until May of 2013. September is always a time to reflect on the season past and look ahead to the future.
“We saw great racing this year, some intense rivalries and the continued growth of a youth movement that bodes well for the future of this sport” said Speedway 660′s Chris Johnston. “We have a vibrant racing community, from the drivers and their teams to the fans and sponsors, who love the thrills, excitement and occasional controversy that comes with short-track racing.”
Fans enjoying a sunny Monday afternoon watching the Enduro 200 as SPEEDWEEKEND 2012 winds down.
The 50/50 was not claimed Sunday night which is the first time in 17 years this has happened. With all the commotion we were not able able to draw another one as it was too late and a lot of fans left. The number was 794467 and it was a blue ticket. The ticket is worth $ 3100. If it is not claimed by the end of the week we will address it then. We will either add that money to the first 50/50 of the 2013 season or donate it to a charity on behalf on the fans and post the receipt and picture on the website. We we will make sure it gets claimed or it is dealt with appropriately.
It’s over – that’s right, SpeedWeekend and the 2012 season at Speedway 660 is history. Where did the season and summer get to?
Weather was a big story this year. Rain got us a couple or three times during the season and then on our biggest day of the year, SpeedWeekend Sunday, it got us again, at least for awhile.
The Auto Value 250 was a little late starting, but it was a great race once it went green. Joey Doiron in the 73 looked like he was going to run away with it in the early going, then the 97 took over and John Flemming appeared poised to win his first Auto Value 250. But Cassius Clark was not to be denied. After hanging around near the front for the first half of the race, Cassius in Rollie MacDonald’s machine, dominated the second half and landed in victory lane.
Sunday night’s Auto Value 250 was a spectacle on and off the race track. Wade Wilson attempts to interview race winner Cassius Clark with a barrage of fireworks making their way to the skyline. SPEEDWEEKEND 2012 will go down in the books as one of the most memorable racing weekends in Speedway 660 history. Photo Credit Matt Jacques
August 19, 2012- Chuck and Randy Mercer won the final racing event of SpeedWeekend at Speedway 660 on Monday afternoon. The Mercer boys, from Norton claimed the Enduro 200 and Enduro title. A large crowd cheered wildly as the Mercer’s celebrated their first championship on Speedway 660`s front stretch.
“This is incredible, a win today, second place in the first two Enduros and a Speedway 660 championship” said Chuck Mercer. “This is a great car and I want to thank the boys in the crew who worked hard all season to give us a chance to win this race and championship.”
The final racing event of SpeedWeekend and Speedway 660′s 2012 racing season goes this afternoon at 2PM. Approximately 20 drivers will race in the Enduro 200. Pat Sharpe, who captured victory in the first two Enduro’s of the year, will be out to win his 4th straight championship.
Last night Cassius Clark won an exciting Auto Value 250. Over 7000 thousand fans were at Speedway 660 for Atlantic Canada’s biggest Pro Stock race of the season.
Speedway 660 is ready for its busiest, most exciting day of the 2012 racing season. Qualifying for the Auto Value 250 begins at 2PM today. More than thirty of eastern North America’s best Pro Stock drivers are all set for their qualifying heats.
Race fans at SpeedWeekend will also see the Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero and RV World Street Stock drivers take to the track this afternoon. The Fredericton Hyundai Street Stock 50 will be part of this afternoon’s racing schedule.
Auto Value 250 pre-race ceremonies are scheduled for 6:30PM and drivers will take the green flag at 7PM.
Last night Dave O’Blenis won the Coastal Blending and Packaging 150, beating 38 of the best Sportsman drivers in the Maritimes. Tomorrow at 2PM the Enduro 200 wraps up SpeedWeekend and the 2012 racing season at Speedway 660.
SUNDAY SEPT 2, 2012 SCHEDULE
8:30am Pit gate opens
2:00pm RACING STARTS
AUTO VALUE 250 Heats (20 laps each)
Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero Heats
RV World Street Stock Heats
AUTO VALUE 250 Consi 1 (20 laps)
AUTO VALUE 250 Consi 2 (20 laps)
Hanwell Village Mart Bandolero Feature
Fredericton Hyundai Street Stock 50 (50 laps)
AUTO VALUE 250 Last Chance (TBD laps)
6:30 Driver introductions
6:50 Welcome and Anthems
Approx 7:00pm AUTO VALUE 250
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.