(May 29, 2017) Fans were treated to another great event at Speedway 660 last Sunday afternoon. The second race date of the 2017 saw a couple of drivers win their first-ever features and a couple of bad wrecks in our Pro Stock division. We invite you to check out Michelle Roy’s Photo Album from Sunday, May 28th.
Photo Album: May 28, 2017
Wyatt Alexander, out of Ellsworth, Maine made his first trip to 660. Wyatt wants to run a few Pro Stock races here in preparation for the McLaughlin Roof Trusses 250 on SpeedWeekend. We welcome the Alexander team to the Geary Woods and hope to see them back here often.Prince Edward Island’s Dylan Gosbee, was here too. Dylan runs the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and used an off weekend to come to 660 for a little shake-down in preparation for the PASS 150. It turned out to be a pretty good tune-up, but more on that later. Prior to every event there are driver’s meetings in our “tech shed” for each division. Race Director Brent Dunphy and Donnie Greer, our Technical Inspection Director, give the drivers and crew chiefs information and instructions before the first race of the day.There’s something new in 2017. Noah Gillespie (#69) is our first spotlight driver of the season. Each week one driver will be featured in our parade lap and fans will be provided information about their racing career.On this day we shake things up a little and begin with the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman Division. Two young drivers, Hudson Weston (#43) and Courtney O’Blenis do a little “Prom Dance” down the front stretch in the first heat race.Jacob Logan wins the first heat. The 2016 Sportsman Rookie of the Year has been in victory lane a few times with heat wins, but he has never, ever won a feature. Ryan Raynes was pretty sporty on Sunday afternoon. Ryan ran strong and captured the checkered flag in the second Sportsman heat.Brian Suttie made a couple of nifty passes to win the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter heat race. We saw some great side by side racing in the first DMR Auto Sales Street Stock heat race. Coming out of turn four on the final lap Destiny Enkle gets the inside run on Shawn Hyslop.It was a “drag race” to the stripe and the “Port City Princess” got there first!The hard charging “Street Stocker” was rewarded with a trip to the Riverview Ford Victory Lane. It was Destiny’s first visit to the RFVL this season.The next Street Stock heat was pretty darned exciting too. Luc McLauglin, a first week feature winner, beats Courtney Barton to the finish line to take top honours.Dave O’Blenis has a nice bounce back effort after retiring with an electrical malfunction in the RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock feature in week one. Dave wins the first of three Pro Stock heat races. Remember Dylan Gosbee, the “hot shoe” from the Maritime Pro Stock Tour? Well Dylan looked really good in the second Pro Stock heat race and ended up in victory lane.Brent Roy lit it up in the third Pro Stock heat. The “Camry Kid” drove his Canadian Tire Gas + Toyota to the win.Matt Maillet gets a little more than “slide-ways” in the early laps of the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman feature.Matt tries his best to save it, but ends up headed in the wrong direction on a one way oval! Matt continues to spin out of control while Andrew Rodgers avoids him by going high and Rob Raynes misses him by staying low.Matt finally gets the 29 straightened out while George Jamieson, Drew Greenlawn and Hudson Weston all take evasive action. Lots of smoke, but no real damage. Richard Atkinson (#40) and Jacob Logan “waged war” for the entire 40 lap feature, running side by side and nose to tail. In the end the “Young Gun” prevails and picks up his first ever feature win! There’s always something special about that first hug and kiss in victory lane. Now, the official winning photo. Jacob’s first will take a special spot on the Logan “Wall of Fame” right alongside Bradley’s big collection of winning shots.Back in the pits the celebration continues with more hugs and more kisses. We get the feeling that Jacob could get used to all of this attention!While the day belonged to the “Young Gun”, the “Old Musket” had reason to celebrate too! Richard Atkinson was excited to run up front again and figures a trip to victory lane might be in his not too distant future. Drew Greenlaw came home 3rd in the Sportsman feature and thanks all of his supporters including Lisa MacIntosh, his #1 sponsor from RE/MAX.A first on opening day, followed by a third this past Sunday makes this University of Maine stand-out student really happy. Drew, who finished second in Sportsman points the last two years, leads the standings early in the 2017 campaign.Three-wide – it’s got to be time for the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter feature. (top to bottom) The “Grey Owl”, Brodie Levesque and Scott Kennie are having lots of fun in these little race cars.Kyle Boudreau wins the 20 lap feature and soon after parking in victory lane, the kids show up for the celebration! Kyle won the Sharp Shooter championship in 2015 and finished second last season. After a second place finish on opening weekend, Boudreau takes top spot in week two.Heat race winner, Brian Suttie, led most of the Sharp Shooter feature but had to settle for second after Boudreau made a late lap pass. But the Suttie clan is happy to be on the podium.Brodie Levesque is the model of consistency. Brodie picks up his second straight third place Sharp Shooter feature finish. He is in hot pursuit of Kyle Boudreau in the championship standings.The DMR Auto Sales Street Stock feature was a real crowd pleaser. There was excellent racing throughout and the top three all came from the back to the front in this 30 lapper.When all was said and done Riley Goodwin (far right) picked up his first ever feature victory. Riley, our 2016 Street Stock Rookie of the Year, is one of several championship contenders in this highly competitive division. Luc McLaughlin comes home second on Sunday, after winning the Street Stock feature in week one. Luc is another driver who has a good shot at the championship this season. It looks like Shawn Hyslop is having a family reunion after a third place podium finish in Sunday’s Street Stock feature. It’s great to see Shawn back in a race car after being out of the seat for the last couple of years. The RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock feature is next and right off the get-go Greg Fahey has a major issue. The winner of the last three Pro Stock features in 2016 and the first one of 2017 saw his hopes of five in a row go up in flames (pardon the pun).Shane MacFarlane’s Fire & Rescue squad was on the scene quickly and the flames were dealt with while Greg quickly exited his Patterson Toyota.Greg’s little flare-up wasn’t the only excitement in the Pro Stock feature.Dustin Tucker (#52) and Matt Rodgers (#42) got tangled up and then climbed the bank down in turn three. It sure wasn’t a pretty scene, especially for these two young drivers who kick up lots of dust and do heavy damage to their race cars.Sarah McKay (#32) avoids the wreck. Sarah’s engine blew up in practice and her team pulled it out of the car and installed a back-up power plant just in time for her to start the feature. Fire and Rescue rushes to the accident. Dustin’s car gets taken back to the pits on the Gahan flatbed. The action was fast and furious with the three heat winners dueling it out up front. O’Blenis, Gosbee and Roy were the class of the field. Another spin and two more wrecked race cars. Matt Harris (#87) and Jeff Doherty hit hard, before sliding to a stop.It was a busy afternoon for Speedway 660’s very capable infield team.The flatbed sat idle in the infield during the Riverview Ford Season Opener. That certainly wasn’t the case in week two. After taking Dustin Tucker to the pits, the flatbed was back in action being needed for both Doherty and Harris.After the carnage was cleaned up we had an unbelievable run to the finish. O’Blenis and Gosbee were battling side by side while Roy and Big Kevin Moore were doing the same thing just behind the leaders.Gosbee loosened up O’Blenis coming out of turn four and had the lead by the time they reached the stripe. With the 48 now up to the high side, Roy rushed alongside to make the pass for second. Dylan Gosbee and his cast of fellow Prince Edward Islanders, came to Speedway 660 for a “shake-down” prior to the PASS 150 this coming weekend. Dylan loves our new shock and tire package and hopes this win sets him up for another big finish come Saturday night! Brent Roy, family and crew (including”The Camry Kid Jr”) are happy with an impressive second place finish on Sunday. The 26 team likes their chances when the Pro All Star Series rolls into the Geary Woods this weekend.A win sure would have been nice, but Dave O’Blenis was happy to finish third and stay out of the wrecks. The five-time RE/MAX Group Four Realty Pro Stock champ is optimistic about his chances Saturday when he lines up to face the visiting PASS teams.
Speedway 660 thanks you for taking time to visit our website to check out our weekly photo album. A special thank-you to Michelle Roy who captured some amazing images this week.