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.
This is one of my favourite weeks of the Speedway 660 racing season. We all like The Riverview Ford Season Opener, which goes this Saturday night, for several reasons. First-off, we finally get to see some exciting short-track racing almost nine months after Cassius Clark celebrated his Auto Value 250 win at SpeedWeekend 2012.
The stock car racing community is starting to get excited about the twentieth anniversary season at Speedway 660. Fans, race teams, advertisers, staff and the new owners are counting the days until the first green flag of the season flies. Saturday, May 25th is the night the 2013 season gets underway at Atlantic Canada’s most exciting short-track.
The 2013 racing season roars to life on May 25th with the Riverview Ford Season Opener. I usually start my weekly “blogs” the same week the season starts, but there has been so much happen over the off-season that I thought I better start a week early.
In 2012 Glyn Nott won the Speedway 660 Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman Championship. With that little bit of business finally taken care of, the popular driver from Burton now feels the time is right to get into a Pro Stock.
Atlantic Canada’s biggest short-track stock car racing event of the season is about to begin. SpeedWeekend 2012 kicks off on Friday evening with a popular corn-boil and infield party at Speedway 660. Racing takes place Saturday night, Sunday afternoon & evening and Monday afternoon.
“Campers have been rolling in here all week, the excitement continues to build for SpeedWeekend and the race teams will soon begin to arrive” said Speedway 660’s Steve Burns. “It’s our biggest event of the year and we will continue working non-stop to make sure we are ready to host fans, race teams and sponsors.”
The Coastal Blending and Packaging Sportsman 150 highlights racing action on Saturday at 7PM. Qualifying for the Auto Value 250 gets underway at 2PM Sunday and the biggest pro stock race of the season takes the green flag at 7PM. On Monday at 2PM the final Enduro 200 wraps up the racing season.
Over eight thousand race fans and the best Pro Stock drivers in eastern North America will invade Speedway 660 for Sunday’s Auto Value 250. The Coastal Blending Packaging Sportsman 150 and the Enduro 200 are also part of SpeedWeekend 2012
Johnny Clark likes to go to the woods – the Geary Woods that is! He has ended up in Speedway 660’s Victory Lane four out of the last five times he has visited us. This weekend Clark is looking for another Auto Value 250 win when he takes on some of the best short track racers in North America. Wade Wilson talked with Johnny Clark about his racing career and SpeedWeekend 2012.
Johnny Clark has won four of his last five races at Speedway 660. On Sunday he will try to become the first three time Auto Value 250 winner during SpeedWeekend. Clark’s crew has been busy all week putting the famous number 54 back together after a bad wreck at a PASS race down in Connecticut last weekend.
Fredericton, NB – Fans of Pro Stock racing are in for a treat this Sunday night in the Geary woods as they will have many options when trying to pick the 2012 winner of the Auto Value 250.
Six former Auto Value 250 Champions will be in the field along with the best talent on the eastern seaboard. One thing is for certain, it won’t be an easy pick!
On top of the list of previous competitors, this year fans will see Pro All Stars Series (PASS) standouts Cassius Clark and DJ Shaw. Cassius is leading the PASS points series and is fresh off a victory in the prestigious Atlantic Cat 250 only three weeks ago.
PASS North White Mountain Podium: Sommerville (left), Shaw (center), Cassius Clark (right)
Photo credit: Norm Marx
Click here for Sportsman Competitor info for the COASTAL Blending & Packaging Sportsman 150
NOTE: For traveling teams a note that 2-way radios are not allowed. Scanners are mandatory and must only have track scanner frequency in the scanner.
The racing sure is intense this year! All five divisions at Speedway 660 are extremely competitive and drivers are going as fast as they can, for as long as they can, to earn as many championship points as they can! And championships are a big deal in the Geary Woods, just ask any driver who hasn’t won one!
Over the years, from my vantage point, it seems that patience is an important part of racing’s big picture. Remember Brain Gillespie’s five Martin’s Home heating Sportsman Championships? On at least one and maybe two occasions, the Nackawic Night Train won the title without winning a feature race!
Mild-mannered Randy Moore is quietly going about his business in the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman division this year. Last Saturday night Moore, who leads the Sportsman championship points race, got a third place finish in the feature – his first Speedway 660 podium of 2012!