(August 1, 2016) The August long holiday weekend is over and we’re into the second half of summer. This Saturday night race teams at Speedway 660 enter the busiest and most important month of the season. It all begins with a weekly championship point racing event and ends with SpeedWeekend 2016. Between now and Labour Day we’ll see the best racing of the season! Continue reading
(July 18, 2016) After an unexpected weekend off, Speedway 660 kicks up the action a notch or two with a great sportsman race this coming weekend. The Clark Chevrolet Firecracker 150 is on the agenda as well as street stock and sharp shooter action. We’re taking the long holiday weekend in August off and then will go full tilt until SpeedWeekend 2016 wraps up on Labour Day weekend. Continue reading
(July 17, 2016) The Capital City Auto Parts ENDURO 200 scheduled for this past weekend was cancelled. That came on the heels of the cancellation of an ENDURO back in June. In both cases not enough cars pre-registered for those races and Speedway 660 cancelled the events rather than have fans come out and be disappointed with a small field. Continue reading
(July 4, 2016) Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of “new blood” arrive on the racing scene. From NASCAR to our local Maritime tracks we’ve seen many veteran drivers hang up their helmets and lots of eager youngsters take their places. That was very evident during the running of the Cummins 100 last weekend at Speedway 660. Continue reading
(June 27, 2016) The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is the big attraction this weekend in the Geary Woods. Cassius Clark and Dylan Blenkhorn have each won two of the first four tour races, but several other drivers hope to pick up their first win of the season when they visit Speedway 660. In this edition of “The Weekly”, we’ll preview the Cummins 100 and also look at a rivalry in our street stock division.
PST Race Five @ 660
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is always one of our biggest events of the season. This weekend the tour drivers will make their annual visit to Speedway 660 and fans are in for a great race when the Cummins 100 goes green. We’ll preview the tour race, but first let’s look at a spirited rivalry that is catching the eyes of fans in the Geary Woods.The tour always attracts a large crowd, from all over the Maritimes. Fans know the Cummins 100 will be one of the best races of the season and what better way to kick off the summer season than to spend a night at 660.
The DMR Auto Sales Street Stock Division is always tough, sometimes rough and occasionally borderline outta control. Going into last week’s races Rob Raynes, the defending champion, sat atop the point standings, but he was not alone. Courtney O’Blenis was tied with Raynes and Destiny Enkel was third. Rob has finished on the podium every race so far this season and every race last year. But Courtney has three feature wins and Destiny has one. So the girls have been ruling the street stock roost, so-to-speak.Rob Raynes won the first street stock feature of the season, but hasn’t been back to victory lane in a feature since then. But he’s finished second on four straight occasions behind Courtney O’Blenis three times and Destiny Enkel once.
Early in the season it became clear that there was going to be a big battle for the 2016 street stock crown. The tension has been building since the start of the season and it actually boiled over in last week’s second street stock heat. There was some contact, retaliation and aggressive racing.
Here are four observations. One: Rob Raynes will not take any prisoners, meaning he is not going to cut anyone any slack! Two: Courtney O’Blenis and Destiny Enkel will not be intimidated by anyone! Three: there is a real possibility that 2016 could be the year that we see our very first lady champion at Speedway 660. Four: this championship chase is going to go right down to the wire and is going to be well worth the price of admission, every time the street stocks are on the schedule.That’s Courtney in the 48, Destiny in the 52 and Rob in the 41. When push comes to shove, the two young ladies will not be intimidated and will give as well as receive, if you get my drift.
All three of these drivers desperately want the 2016 DMR Auto Sales Street Stock championship and none have given or will give an inch! Last Saturday night was amazing. It is fast becoming an old school rivalry, the kind we haven’t seen since Rick Cashol used to get after it with anyone who tried to challenge him for a street stock title. Occasionally Rick came out with the short end of the stick, but not often. He’s got five street stock championships! No one else has more than two. Oh BTW Rick is sitting fourth in points, so don’t count him out just yet.
After being unceremoniously bounced around in her heat race, Courtney rallied and won her third feature of the year last Saturday night. I know we are all going to Speedway 660 to see the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour this Saturday night, but just in case you don’t already know it, the street stocks are also on the card!After attempting a pass on the outside and almost being forced into the beach, Courtney O’Blenis dove to the inside to go for the lead. She ended up being driven down into the infield in that heat race, but got the last laugh by winning the feature for the third time this year.
OK let’s talk tour. Four of twelve races have been completed. Cassius Clark and Dylan Blenkhorn have alternated wins. Cassius won both races at Scotia (May 21st and June 18th), while Dylan won at Riverside and Petty (June 11th and June 25th). Heading into this weekend, Clark has a 12 point lead over Blenkhorn. Defending champ Donald Chisholm is third in points while Craig Slaunwhite sits fourth. (Editors Note: come back to www.speedway660.com for a Conversation with Craig Slaunwhite later this week)
One year ago, Cole Butcher won the Cummins 100 at Speedway 660. There were only three short cautions during the entire race. Blenkhorn was second, while Darren MacKinnon drove home third. The top New Brunswicker was Steve Halpin who finished seventh. Cole Butcher won the Cummins 100 at Speedway 660 one year ago. Cole is currently fifth in points on the tour and is not only looking for his first win of 2016, but also an opportunity to move up in the championship point standings.
After our race, the tour takes a week off to allow drivers to get ready for the first of three big Pro Stock 250 races. They’ll head to Riverside for the IWK 250 on July 16th, before going to Halifax for the Cat 250 in mid August and several of the tour drivers will be back here for the SpeedWeekend 250 in early September.
But round five of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is on everyone’s mind right now and it is on this weekend at 660. And BTW, the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters are racing and the DMR Auto Sales Street Stocks will also be fired up this weekend. So it’s going to a race date not to miss for a variety of reasons!
We’ll see you at the races!
(June 20, 2016) Speedway 660 is making real nice change to its ticket price structure that will take effect this Saturday night. From now on all kids 12 years of age and under will be admitted absolutely free to all racing events in the Geary Woods! Since the track opened back in 1994, youngsters seven and under were admitted free. Continue reading
(June 13, 2016) Wanda Campbell is in a Saint John hospital recovering from a pretty serious surgery. Wanda has played an integral role in the success of Speedway 660 for over 15 years. I think her official title is Office Manager, but Wanda is best known as the person who gets things done and makes things happen. We’ll start off this edition of the Weekly wishing Wanda good health and a speedy recovery. Continue reading
(June 6, 2016) With three race dates in the books, it’s fairly easy to predict that 2016 is going to be a great season in the Geary Woods. Since opening day on May 22nd, we’ve had some outstanding short-track racing. That trend continued last Saturday evening when MacLaughlin Roof Trusses presented the Best of the Best Pro Stock 150. Continue reading
(May 30, 2016) We’re just two weeks into the 2016 racing season and the countdown is on for one of the biggest races of the year. The MacLaughlin Roof Trusses Best of the Best Pro Stock 150 highlights action this coming weekend. We have already seen some great racing, new and old rivalries and a few racing incidents so far this season. In this edition of the weekly, we’ll try to illustrate the definition of the word respect as it applies to race car drivers. Continue reading
(May 24, 2016) The Riverview Ford Season Opener, coupled with Kids Day, was a smashing success. No there weren’t a lot of wrecks, but the weather was picture perfect, there were lots of cars, the racing was great and there was an awesome crowd. What more could you ask for? After the long off-season, we’re finally back in the Geary Woods with an incredible season of racing on the horizon. Continue reading