Saturday night in the Geary woods was a thriller to say the least. Twenty seven cars made their way to Speedway 660 to compete in the Parts for Trucks 100. Chris Hughes and local native Matt Harris started on the front row of the 24 car field. The race which was hampered by a lot of cautions during the first 50 laps improved in style with a thrilling finish involving four front runners. Lonnie Sommerville, Shawn Tucker, Craig Slaunwhite and Shawn Turple were the players and the 1/3 mile oval was the field of play. Sommerville had been sent to the rear of the field three times during the event while Tucker had been issued the same faith once himself. Both drivers made their way to the front of the field with just 8 laps to go. At lap 92 Turple had led over half of the race (67 laps) but on the restart on lap 92, Slaunwhite would take the lead. The #99 of Slaunwhite seemed to be primed to take home the victory: Enter Lonnie Sommerville and Shawn Tucker. After a caution with just 2 laps to go, Sommerville and Tucker sat 3rd and 4th behind Slaunwhite and Turple. Sommerville dove to the inside off the restart and nestled himself right on the bumper of the #99 while Tucker was waiting patiently or not so patiently in the wings. With 1 lap to go Slaunwhite and Sommerville were battling hard with Sommerville getting the 99 loose with just 2 turns to go. Slaunwhite who was desperately trying to fight back left the door open for Tucker to slide into 2nd. On the last turn Sommerville cleared the two and took the checker in one of the most thrilling finishes in recent tour events. Finishing 2nd was a thrilled Shawn Tucker and a disappointed #99 Craig Slaunwhite finished a very respectable 3rd. The top Speedway 660 car was #88 of Kevin Moore finishing in 8th place. Other notables were Matt Harris in 11th, Jordan Gahan in 16th and Brian Gillespie in 23rd spot.
Saturday night was saw some of the best sportsman cars from all over Atlantic Canada make their way to the Geary Woods for the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman 100. The first big sportsman event of the year saw 26 cars try to qualify for 24 spots in the main event. Fans of the speedway were treated to some amazing weather to go along with the great on track racing. There was racing in four divisions on this night starting with the young guns in the Bandolero division.
Saturday night was FANFEST 2010 sponsored by Sojourn Signs at Speedway 660 with free grandstand admission to anyone who attended the event. The event in its second year of existence was again a huge success with a near capacity crowd make its way to the Geary woods. Fans would have to wait though, as an hour long rain delay struck just as the first set of heats were getting started.
Fredericton N.B. -Saturday night was military appreciation at Speedway 660 with all military personnel receiving free entry into the speedway.
All divisions were active on this night with the Bandeleros starting things off with some great action. D.J. Casey out of Nova Scotia took home his 2nd straight victory while Dawson McIntee held Casey off until only a few laps remained, finishing a strong 2nd place. Rounding out the top three was Cole Boudreau in his #96 ride.
In the 4 cylinder division which turned out to be a very entertaining race it was Mike Weagle of Petitcodiac winning for the second straight night but not without some difficulty. Just 5 laps into the feature the 60 of Weagle made contact with the 7 of T.J. Madore. Madore stayed the course but Weagle lost valuable track position. With just 10 laps remaining Weagle went from dead last to 1st place to take the win. He even took the time to let the 7 of Madore know he didn’t forget what had happened on lap 5. Weagle did get the 7 loose with just 4 laps to go as he approached but Weagle made the right decision and let Madore straighten things out. Weagle eventually made the pass and finished first while Madore finished 2nd and Kevin Dunster rounded out the top three with a third place finish.
Fredericton, NB, June 12th, 2010 – Speedway 660 fans came out again in big numbers for the 2nd event of the year with the Pro All-Star Series 200 headlining Saturday night’s event in the Geary woods. Three divisions on this night would see action including the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman and the LeisureFamilyRV.com Street Stocks.
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Whether it was the largest opening day car count or the largest opening day crowd since opening day in 1996 or the launching of a new division, this night had it all. Not to mention some awesome side by side racing.
On a gorgeous May night, Speedway 660 introduced its Bandolero division with kids ranging in age from 8 to 15. Eight of these miniature stock cars raced for the checkers with the no 8 of DJ Casey winning the event in the Young Guns category and the 9 year old Ryan Messer winning the Bandits category in his inaugural Bandolero ride. As a whole the group of youngsters put on an excellent display of driving skill with some great racing through the field. Co-owner Chris Johnston said “It’s amazing the talent these kids have at this age. They drive those cars like their veterans.”
History Made at the 9th Annual Peterbilt 250
Sommerville becomes the first ever 2 time winner of the Peterbilt 250
Fredericton, NB-The biggest sporting event in Atlantic Canada turned out a record crowd on Sunday for the 9th running of the Peterbilt 250. A record forty-four cars made their way to the Geary woods to attempt to qualify for only 28 starting positions in front of over 8,000 fans setting a new attendance record at Speedway 660.
With lots of cars and very few spots to get, qualifying was entertaining to say the least.
Heat winners for the qualifying heats were Greg Fahey, John Flemming, Craig Slaunwhite and Johnny Clark. In the last chance, 20 cars started with only two spots remaining. Notables in the final crack at the Peterbilt 250 were Rollie MacDonald, Glenn Rasmussen and Daryl Mahar. Proude after a restart on lap 7 was able to make it to the front to secure his spot in the big race. That left MacDonald, Mahar, Rasmussen and the PEI native Darren Mackinnon to fight it out for the final entry into the event. The veteran Rollie MacDonald got a little racy with the 66M of Daryl which brought out a caution and allowed the 18M of Mackinnon to get the final spot into the Peterbilt. At this point the only thing left was the provisional starters for the event which saw Glenn Rasmussen, Matt Harris, Jonathan Hicken and Robert Tomlinson granted entry into the prestigious 250.
Fredericton, NB – It was a beautiful day for racing in the Geary Woods. A great day for crowning champions. After being washed out on Saturday evening today’s Fan Appreciation day was a success.
In the Coast Tire Street Stock we saw a new champion being crowned. Brian Fox won his first Coast Tire Street Stock Championship. Going into the feature there were just a couple points between Fox and Rick Cashol. Unfortunately Cashol had a mechanical problem which forced him to the pits. He came back and was still on the lead lap but he ran out of time and laps. The rookie of the year was the # 4 of Richard Hartley. Kevin McKeen was the other big story in the Street Stock division taking home the Robin’s Inn Hat Trick Award. McKeen has been getting stronger each week. Matt Matheson finished a close second as Charles Gaddess rounded out the top three.
Fredericton, NB -It was a beautiful night for racing in the Geary woods. Earlier this week no one would have thought that there would have been any racing happening this weekend but luckily Hurricane Bill held off. Race fans got to see some exciting racing in the Coast Tire Street Stock; Martin’s Home Heating and the Irving Lubricant’s Pro Stock divisions as the points battles are heating up. That’s not all, fans also got to see racing in the AOW series as well as the Faster Pastor’s racing in the Street Stock cars.
Fredericton, NB-It was a beautiful night for racing in the Geary woods. Fans not only got to enjoy the racing but they also got to enjoy the nice summer weather that was a little late coming.
It was definitely an action packed evening with racing regular racing in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman, Irving Lubricant’s Pro Stocks, the debut of the 4-cylinders and last but not least the Dent Daddy Street Stock 75.