The Riverview Ford Season Opener kicks off the 2013 short-track stock car racing season this Saturday night. The first green flag of the 20th anniversary season at Speedway 660 flies at 7PM. But race teams will head out to the “Geary Woods” for a pre-season practice session on Friday evening.
“There’s a lot of excitement among fans, advertisers, race teams and our employees and volunteers to get the season started” said Max Roy, one of Speedway 660’s new owners. “The Riverview Ford Season Opener marks the beginning of a summer of intense racing action in five great divisions and after a long off-season everyone is anxious to go racing.”
Drivers in the Westwood Estates Bandolero, Fredericton Jeweler’s Four Cylinder, Street Stock, Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions will showcase their cars and driving skills in the season opener. Speedway 660’s season starts this Saturday night and wraps up on September 2nd, SpeedWeekend Monday.
“We are excited about our first year as the new owners of Atlantic Canada’s top short-track and have worked hard to prepare for the 2013 season ever since we closed the deal to buy the facility back in early March” said Max Roy. “We encourage everyone to come out on Saturday night for the Riverview Ford season opener to kick off the 20th season of racing at Speedway 660.”
Close to one hundred race teams are expected to compete at the season opener. There will be new drivers, racing for the first time and drivers moving from one division to another. Most notable are Luc McLaughlin, last year’s Fredericton Jeweler’s Four Cylinder champ, who has purchased Shannon Brake’s 2012 Street Stock championship car; Glyn Nott, who bought a Shawn Tucker Pro Stock machine after winning the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman Division title last season and; Dana Hamm-Cameron who is jumping all the way from the Westwood Estates Bandoleros to the Pro Stock Division.
Dana Hamm-Cameron, shown here celebrating the 2011 Bando championship with his
Dad Troy Hamm, is climbing into a Pro Stock this year at Speedway 660. Troy a former
Speedway 660 Sportsman driver, is now focussed on his son’s racing career.
Racing in the Riverview Ford Season opener officially gets underway at 7PM on Saturday night, but fans are encouraged to get to the Geary Woods early because heat races for the Bandolero and four cylinder divisions begin at 6:20PM. Adult ticket prices are $12; Youth tickets, for kids between 8 and 15 years of age are $9 and; admission is absolutely free for race fans seven and under. New this year - a rain date for the season opener has been added to the Speedway 660 schedule. In case of inclement weather the openner will run at 2PM this Sunday afternoon. Fans can call the race line at 506-454-7223 or visit www.Speedway660.com on Saturday morning for updates.
The pits open at 4PM for Friday’s pre-season practice session and drivers will be on the track through-out the evening. Ticket prices are $8 dollars per person, except for fans seven and under who are admitted free of charge.