(Geary, NB – May 24th 2018) – After having to wait one week, the cars and stars of Speedway 660 are more than ready to hit the track Sunday afternoon for their opening race of 2018. The Race for Hunger will also serve as the Riverview Ford Lincoln Season Opener on Sunday, May 27th at 2pm after last Sunday’s event was washed out following persistent showers throughout the afternoon.
The Race for Hunger on Sunday afternoon is to benefit the Oromocto Food Bank. Fans are encouraged to bring donations, whether they are monetary or of non-perishable food items, with them to the race track on Sunday to support the effort. In addition, any school students attending or staff of an Oromocto area school with valid identification or school clothing will be admitted free of charge.
Fans will see racing action in four unique stock car racing divisions, including the RE/MAX East Coast Elite Realty Pro Stocks, Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman, DMR Auto Street Stocks and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters.
A number of Speedway 660 regulars will find themselves in new divisions or new race cars on Sunday afternoon when the green flag flies for the first time in 2018. Drivers had the opportunity to shake down their rides last Saturday during the Pre-Season Practice. One of those drivers with a new car for the season is Justin Cole. The Harvey driver is making a return to the DMR Auto Street Stock division after spending two seasons in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to the DMR Auto Street Stock division,” said Cole ahead of Sunday’s Riverview Ford Lincoln Season Opener. “I’ve always had so much fun driving these cars. I think with the quality of drivers and equipment in this division that this is going to be one of the most exciting classes to watch all summer. I feel like there are seven or eight teams that could easily take home the championship in August and we hope to contend for that title on Night of Champions. Our team spent a tremendous amount of hours on a full rebuild on our No. 38 car and we’re really looking forward to getting the season underway Sunday!”
A number of champions, including multi-time champion Rick Cashol (Saint John) and Roger Slocum (Chipman) are among the roster registered for 2018. Last season’s runner up Shawn Hyslop (St. Stephen), third year driver Riley Goodwin (MacAdam), 2017 feature winner Chris Hanley (St. Stephen) and fan favorite Courtney Barton (Minto) lead a strong contingent of returning drivers to the DMR Auto Street Stock division.
A three way battle is shaping up for the Rookie of the Year Award in the class between three former Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter regulars. Reigning Sharp Shooters titlist Kyle Boudreau (Saint John), former champion Kyle MacKinnon (Lincoln) and Danny Bourque (St. Stephen) all have their new Street Stock machines ready for battle and are hungry to get the Riverview Ford Lincoln Season Opener underway. Will they be joined in their freshman quest by any others with the same goal? We will find out on Sunday afternoon.
Returning for 2018, children aged 15 and under will be admitted to the grandstands for free to every stock car event at Speedway 660. The admission structure makes it easier for families to attend race events at the track and received positive feedback from fans when implemented mid-season in 2017.
Adult grandstand admission price for Sunday’s Race for Hunger and Riverview Ford Lincoln Season Opener is $14 (aged 16 and up). Pit admission is $16 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Tickets are available at the gate on race day. Pit gates for competitors will open at 9:30am, grandstand gates open for spectators at 12pm with racing getting underway at 2pm. A complete race day format will be available via Speedway660.com later in the week.
For more information about the Riverview Ford Lincoln Season Opener or any event at Speedway 660, visit Speedway660.com, like @Speedway660 on Facebook or call the Speedway 660 Raceline at (506) 454-7223.
About Riverview Ford Lincoln:
Riverview Ford Lincoln Sales is the number one choice for all things Ford in Fredericton, NB and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re in the market for a new or quality pre-owned vehicle, servicing, parts or accessories, you’ll find everything you need along with the warmest of welcomes here at Riverview Ford Lincoln. Your complete satisfaction is our absolute priority, and that philosophy permeates through every aspect of our operation. Ford has what must be the most impressive lineup of new vehicles in its history available right now, and you’ll find them all here at Riverview Ford Lincoln. Visit them at 970 Hanwell Road, online at RiverviewFord.ca or call them at (506) 453-0400.
About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it attracts race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until Labour Day Weekend. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, wraps up Speedway 660’s racing season.