(Aug. 21, 2017) The 2017 Day of Champions was an incredible day of racing in the Geary Woods. We want congratulate all of our champions and rookie of the year award winners as well as feature winners from the last point race. We invite you to check out the Day of Champions photo album.
After being rained out on Saturday night, the sun broke through on Sunday morning and the race teams arrived at Speedway 660 ready to race. Scott Kennie checks things over on his little Sharp Shooter in preparation for the last points race of the season.Matt Crocker flashes a big smile after the Street Stock practice session. He must be happy with the way the double zero is working. We’ll have to wait and see if the car stays hooked-up for Matt’s heat and feature!Brent Roy takes a little break in his trailer. The Day of Champions can be a little nerve-racking for drivers who are in the running for a Speedway 660 title. But the Pro Stock points leader looks like he is in deep thought about what might come to pass this very afternoon. Either that or he’s taking a nap. And here’s a dashing young couple walking hand-in-hand through the pits before taking up their duties in the tower and on the track.It’s always fun hanging around the pits before the races. Some guys just like to sit down and work out a strategy before the cars head out on the track. It’s almost time to go racin, but first the driver’s have got to meet with race officials in Donnie’s Dungeon.The Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters roll out first and it doesn’t take them long to make things interesting.Kyle MacKinnon (#22), who is second in the points, makes a bold move and passes two cars on the backstretch.That move propels Kyle right into the Riverview Ford Victory Lane and gets him some well deserved championship points. Chuck Mercer wins the first DMR Auto Sales Street Stock heat race. Chuck, a former ENDURO champion, came to Speedway 660 for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon for a little shake-down in preparation for SpeedWeekend.Remember Matt Crocker? Well “Mister Maritime Hustle” continues to smile after winning the second Street Stock heat race. The Sportsman drivers are up next and John Rankin (#28), who trails Drew Greenlaw by two points in the championship standings, draws the pole position.John uses that great starting spot to his advantage, driving off with the win. Rankin earns some pretty important points in this heat race.Drew Greenlaw, the Sportsman point leader, makes the pass on Rob Raynes in the second heat. Courtney O’Blenis wins that second Sportsman heat race. The youngest O’Blenis is really starting to hit her stride late in the 2017 season, much to the delight of all her fans at Speedway 660! Brent Roy wins the first RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock heat race. That’s good news for the point leader who will start on the pole for the feature.Ashton Tucker, who is chasing Brent for the championship, keeps pace by winning the second Pro Stock heat race. The Sharp Shooters drive wide-open down into turn one to kick off their 20 lap feature. The two Kyle’s race each other hard. Boudreau (#81) , the points leader, and MacKinnon are both in the running for their second titles. Kyle passes Kyle, but then MacKinnon has an incident with Bryan Suttie and the 22 car goes hard into the beach. A flat tire and severely damaged race car ended this Kyle’s championship dreams.An excited Matt Martin wins his first ever Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter feature. Way to go Matt!Tyler Crocker, Street Stock Matt’s little brother, drives home in second spot. Tyler is pretty excited with this run and can’t wait to bring his little Sharp Shooter back to 660 for SpeedWeekend.
Kyle Boudreau finishes third in the feature, but that’s good enough to earn him the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter championship. It’s Kyle’s second title in the last three years. Scott Kennie grabs the Sharp Shooter Rookie of the Year Award. Scott is a big-time promoter of Speedway 660 and uses social media to encourage folks to come out to the Geary Woods and see what all the excitement’s about. Here’s Matt Martin’s victory lane winner’s shot. Martin is one of our most exuberant drivers and shared this special moment with his family. The Sharp Shooters always give our fans a “smoke-show” when they head back to the pits after their feature. This time it’s Matt’s turn to burn up the tires.The Street Stock 30 lap feature gets underway with Luc McLaughlin (#11) holding a comfortable lead in the championship point standings. Early on Luc lands in the beach and realizes he’s going to have to do a little more work to bring that title home.Then Destiny Enkel (#52) renews her friendship with Rick Cashol on the exit of turn four. Ricky really gets the worst of this deal and heads the wrong way. Luckily the five-time Street Stock champs suffers no further damage while going against the grain.But Noah Gillespie (#69) and our championship point leader get caught up in the incident. This time McLaughlin has a flat tire and limps back to the pits, but his crew responds quickly and get him back on the track in time for the restart.Matt Crocker wins the Street Stock feature. He was smiling after practice, continued smiling after winning his heat race and here’s another smile in victory lane after the feature. Shawn Hyslop drives the 99 to a second place feature finish.That earns Shawn second place in the championship point standings.Riley Goodwin (the shirtless wonder) comes home third in the Street Stock feature. Despite two visits to the beach and an unscheduled pit stop, during the feature, Luc McLaughlin earns enough points to grab the championship trophy!Luc is pretty proud to win the 2017 DMR Auto Sales Street Stock championship. He’s also got the 2014 championship trophy back at the shop!Luc does a pretty nice little burn-out of his own on the way back to the pits!John Rankin jumps out to the early lead in the Sportsman feature, with Courtney O’Blenis in hot pursuit. Rankin’s heat win gives him a one point advantage over Drew Greenlaw as they start the 40 lap feature.Drew (#23) started at the back of the pack and it didn’t take him long to work his way toward the leaders. He sliced and diced his way through traffic always moving closer to the race leader.Finally Greenlaw caught Rankin and tried to make the inside pass. A lap or two later, Drew tried to pass John on the high-side.Then coming out of turn four Greenlaw goes back down low. The two race hard down the front stretch before getting together and spinning out down in turns one and two. That sent the two championship contenders to the back of the pack. The excitement wasn’t over because after the restart Courtney O’Blenis (#48) and her sister Alexandra battled each other hard for the lead and the win.The O’Blenis siblings swapped the lead a few times in the final two or three laps with Courtney having a slight advantage coming out of turn four for the very last time. It was a mad dash to the finish line.Courtney got there first to claim her first ever Sportsman feature win!After that incredible finish these two amazing drivers give each other a hug on the front stretch to the delight of our fans.Wow what a day! Courtney O’Blenis gets her first Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman feature win. That’s an impressive run young lady!Alexandra, the older of the two O’Blenis sisters, is happy with a second place finish. Earlier this season she was on the podium for both the Martin’s Home Heating 100 and Firecracker 150. She’s looking forward to the next big 150 on SpeedWeekend.Andrew Rodgers followed the O’Blenis sisters to the finish line coming home third. Andrew said it was amazing to watch the two girls race each other that hard for the win.Richard Martin presents John Rankin with the 2017 Sportsman championship trophy. It’s John’s second championship – his first came in 2009. John and his family celebrate the championship – but we can’t see John’s son behind that nice sign that reads: Go Daddy Go!There he is all geared up to cheer for a pretty incredible Dad.Here’s John and all the kids. BTW we don’t think those are all John’s kids, but they are all pretty happy that he won the championship.It was a pretty big day for Curtis Collins and his family and friends too. Curtis is the 2017 Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman Rookie of the Year Award winner.The RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stocks come out for their 50 lap feature with point leader Brent Roy (#26) on the pole.Dustin Tucker (#52) took the lead from Brent and held it for a few laps before Ashton Tucker (#32) made the pass on Dustin.Ashton Tucker goes on to win for his second Pro Stock feature win of the season. Ashton’s great run earns him second place in the point standings. Very impressive.Greg Fahey comes home second in the feature after winning it the last time out. Those two excellent finishes has got the 29 team pretty excited about their chances in the McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 on SpeedWeekend. Dustin Tucker takes third place in the final point feature of the season. Dustin has had a great season and is excited to move on to SpeedWeekend.Ryan Messer is our 2017 RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock Rookie of the Year. Ryan, who won a feature earlier this season, is happy with his first season behind the wheel of the Big Car!And Brent Roy steps out of the 26 as the 2017 Pro Stock champ. One feature win and consistent finishes throughout the season gave the “Camry Kid” the title.The “Corolla Kid” joins the “Camry Kid” to celebrate the championship.Brent’s team deserves a lot of credit. They worked very hard at the track and in the shop to give their driver the opportunity to become our RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock champ.Brent, his Mom Shawna, Dad Max and sister Michelle shared this special moment.One last burn-out to celebrate a sensational 2017 Day of Champions at Speedway 660!
Thanks for checking out our Day of Champions photo album and thanks for being a fan of Speedway 660. We welcome everyone to come on down to the Geary Woods for SpeedWeekend, which runs from Friday, September 1st to Sunday, September 3rd.