The 2009 racing season is in full swing in the Geary Woods. Two weeks in and we have already seen some fantastic action at Speedway 660, but things are really just starting to heat up.
The big story so far, at least in my opinion, is the emergence of Matt Harris in the Irving Lubricants Pro Stock Division. Matt has always had the best of riggin, but this year his entire team is on a mission. Two weeks – two victories including a trip to the Auto Pride Victory Lane by besting an impressive field in the Max 1 Advanced Synthetic 100.
By winning the first Best of the Best Pro Stock 100 event, Matt has punched his ticket to the Peterbilt 250 in September. Going into SpeedWeekend 2009, Matt Harris now knows he has a guaranteed starting spot in Atlantic Canada’s biggest stock car race.
This Saturday night is DQ Kids Day. The folks from Dairy Queen do a great job sponsoring this event and always bring a freezer full of treats for the kids. And of course there will be lots of excitement and surprises for our youngest fans, including the famous candy scramble on the front stretch during intermission! But racing will still be the big attraction with championship points up for grabs in all three divisions and the Atlantic Open Wheelers thrown in for good measure.
Matt Harris’s surprising start, has given him a leg up as the early favourite for the Pro Stock title. But don’t tell that to Greg Fahey, our defending champion. Greg has finished second to Matt in both events this season and you can bet the kids from St Stephen are going to make things interesting before all is said and done. And then there is Glenn Rasmussen, Brent Wiggins, Big Kevin Moore and a few other pro stockers who are poised to make a run in 2009.
The Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman Division is wide open from my vantage point. Brian Gillespie, the five time sportsman champ, has joined “The Big Boys” in Pro Stock and its anyone’s guess who will emerge as the new King of the Sportsman Division. Fans are talking about Wade Harris, Glyn Nott, George Jamieson and Michael Banks, but two or three young guns might just be ready to step up. Brent Roy, John Rankin and Derek Christie look good two weeks in and I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one of them be in the hunt for the sportsman title.
The Coast Tire Street Stock Division is always exciting at Speedway 660. Last week Roger Slocum was a Robin’s Inn hat-trick award winner and in week one Shawn Hyslop was awesome, but as you know anything can happen when the Street Stockers fire up their machines.
Its been an unbelievable start to 2009 and every time I switch off the microphone at the end of an exciting night of racing, I am totally blown away by the caliber of competition. I don’t know about you, but on the drive home I am always thankful that we have such great racing here and am proud to be a member of the tight-knit racing family at Speedway 660!