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RICKY BOBBY STREET STOCK 150 POSTPONED TO SPRING 2022; 2021 CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN 660 HOUSE DIVISIONS

Regional COVID-19 related travel restrictions puts early end to 2021 season at Speedway 660

(FREDERICTON, NB – October 12th, 2021) – Management at Speedway 660 has made the incredibly difficult decision to postpone the DMR Auto presents the Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150 to Spring 2022. The decision was not an easy one but surrounds COVID-19 “circuit breaker measures” in surrounding regions of the Province putting a hinderance for teams and fans alike traveling to Speedway 660 for the weekend.

While Geary is not in one of the “circuit breaker” regions of the Province, several teams and fans call the parts of New Brunswick under these restrictions home. There are certain restrictions the track could put in to make the event happen but for an event with the impact that the Ricky Bobby 150 has, the track and organizers of the event want everyone to enjoy the event and get a full experience from the weekend. With that, along with the interest of public safety and to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the track has decided to cancel the event for the weekend. 

The 2021 edition of the DMR Auto presents the Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150 will be run at the beginning of the 2022 racing schedule, with a date to be announced in the coming months as preparation begins for the new season. All purse monies, including lap bonuses and contingency awards totaling approximately $15,000 will be carried over to the running of the event in Spring 2022. The 2022 edition of the Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150 will be run at the end of the year, effectively bookending the year with major Street Stock events in the Geary woods.

Unfortunately, with the announcement of the premature end of the 2021 season, the championship point chases have come to an end. Speedway 660 would like to congratulate Alexandra O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB – Late Model Sportsman), Riley Goodwin (MacAdam, NB – DMR Auto Street Stock) and BJ Gillespie (Harvey, NB – Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters) on their 2021 track championships. Any news on a 2021 season celebration and 2022 rules meetings will be COVID-19 restrictions pending and will be announced when information is available.

DMR Auto would like to thank the generous support from several marketing partners that helped put on the 2021 edition of the Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150. These include, but are not limited to, Crystal Clean Maintenance, Dairy Queen, Peters Meat Market, Phoenix Petroleum Limited, Jardine Auctioneers Inc., Wilkins Signs Limited, Capital City Auto Parts, Fairley’s Sports Bar, The Waterfront Pub, Ideal Equipment Limited, Checker Cab, Millers Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Johnston Chiropractic, Auto Value, National Alarm, Cynthia & Pierre Charron – RE/MAX, Robert Minor Investia, CertaPro Painters, Aubrey Ward, SRS Autobody, Martin’s Home Heating, Lisa MacIntosh, Miramichi Fall Brawl, Glen Nott and Thunder and Lightning Motorsports.

Speedway 660 would like to thank all the teams, drivers, staff, marketing partners and fans that made this season exciting and memorable. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022 for the DMR Auto presents the Ricky Bobby 150. Stay safe during what we all hope are the final laps of the COVID-19 pandemic, have a great winter and we will see you in 2022!

For more information about Speedway 660, visit Speedway660.com, like @Speedway660 on Facebook or call the Speedway 660 Raceline at (506) 454-7223.

About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it has attracted race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec since 1994. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until late September. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, is the marquee event of the Speedway 660 season on Labour Day Weekend.

 

RICKY BOBBY 150 POSTPONED TO OCTOBER DUE TO RAIN

(FREDERICTON, NB – September 25th, 2021) – Due to a worsening forecast of showers and rain throughout the weekend officials at Speedway 660 have made the difficult decision to postpone the DMR Auto presents the Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150 to another date. Once another date is selected, it will be communicated through Speedway 660’s website, Speedway660.com, and their social media platforms.

The card for the event features a 150-lap DMR Auto Street Stock feature with a purse of almost $15,000 and championship features for the Late Model Sportsman and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter divisions.

For more information about Speedway 660, visit Speedway660.com, like @Speedway660 on Facebook or call the Speedway 660 Raceline at (506) 454-7223.

About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it has attracted race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec since 1994. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until late September. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, is the marquee event of the Speedway 660 season on Labour Day Weekend.

**NEW DATE: OCTOBER 16TH*** STREET STOCK SHOWCASE TO CAP 2021 SEASON AT SPEEDWAY 660 SATURDAY

**UPDATE 09/28** Speedway 660 and DMR Auto have announced the Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150 will go ahead on Saturday, October 16th. Racing will begin at 2pm. More information to come as the event draws closer.

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**UPDATE 09/25** Due to the forecast of persistent rain throughout the weekend, the Ricky Bobby 150 has been postponed. Once a date is confirmed, it will be announced via the track’s website and social media channels.

(GEARY, NB – September 23rd, 2021) – The Speedway 660 season will draw to a close this weekend – but the track has saved one of the best events for last! DMR Auto presents the Ricky Bobby 150 on Saturday, September 25th at 4pm. The Street Stock 150, featuring a purse of approximately $15,000, will be the highlight of the afternoon. The Late Model Sportsman and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters will play support in their championship races. Qualifying begins at 4pm on Saturday at the Geary, New Brunswick oval.

The DMR Auto Street Stock division has been one of the most competitive at Speedway 660 between all house divisions in 2021. Of seven races, only two drivers have won multiple features at the track and leading the charge is the Maritime Street Stock Series point leader and SpeedWeekend winner Michael Cormier (Grand-Barachois, NB). Cormier has already won two extended distance races in 2021 in the Urquhart Construction 100 and the D. Gillespie and Sons 100 and is the reigning champion of the DMR Auto presents the Ricky Bobby 150. His Speedway 660 accomplishments are in addition to the accolades earned throughout the Province since the green flag flew on the season back in May. If a driver wants to win the Ricky Bobby 150 on Saturday, they will have to beat the No. 68 Moncton Chrysler Dodge entry.

Cormier was challenged in the most recent DMR Auto Street Stock race at Speedway 660 by Luc McLaughlin (Geary, NB), who was driving the Bill Storey No. 53F entry. In fact, the two swapped a bit of paint during the event before McLaughlin’s race ended shy of the finish on SpeedWeekend. McLaughlin is a former Ricky Bobby 150 and track champion. Should he and Cormier find themselves near the front, fans should expect an encore of the colossal confrontation they saw on Labour Day Weekend. McLaughlin will once again be piloting the No. 53F car on Saturday evening.

When he checks in to technical inspection on Saturday, Riley Goodwin (McAdam, NB) will become the 2021 DMR Auto Street Stock champion at Speedway 660. This race is a “show point” event, meaning every driver that shows receives the same amount of points regardless of finish. Goodwin leads the Street Stock point standings over Tristin Harris (Harvey, NB) and Caleb Urquhart (Harvey, NB). With the point battle decided, you best believe this trio will be going hard to capture the win in the biggest Street Stock race of the season at Speedway 660.

As of press time, four drivers are making the trek from Prince Edward Island to compete in the DMR Auto presents the Ricky Bobby 150. Mitchell Arsenault (Summerside, PE), Jeff Macinnis (Summerside, PE), Randy Millar (Tyne Valley, PE) and Matthew Ford (Summerside, PE) are all planning to cross the Confederation Bridge on Saturday to race for the victory. Arsenault competed in this event in 2020 while the remaining three will make their first Street Stock starts at Speedway 660 on Saturday.

Millar, who acquired the car that Nick Cudmore (Petitcodiac, NB) drove to the win in the Season Opener, got the itch to race following a trip to SpeedWeekend in September as a spectator. Macinnis is a multi-time winner in the Street Stock class at Oyster Bed Speedway in 2021 while Ford’s last appearance in the Geary woods was 2020 during SpeedWeekend in a Honda Mini Stock.

Shawn Hyslop (St. Stephen, NB) has quietly put together a great resume in a part-time 2021 season at 660. Hyslop has two victories and a runner-up finish in five starts this summer and will look to cap the season off with a third victory. He is sure to be challenged by the likes of fellow local favorites like Justin Cole (Harvey, NB, Robert Raynes (Saint John, NB) and Kyle MacKinnon (Lincoln, NB). Several local stars have not registered for the event as of press time but are expected to roll through the gates Saturday afternoon in Geary.

The “Never Give Up” Award returns in 2021 for the DMR Auto Presents the Ricky Bobby 150. One driver who keeps digging and does not give up over 150-laps on Saturday will receive a $2,019 payday in Memory of Chris Hanley, the 2019 DMR Auto Street Stock champion at Speedway 660. While he will be gunning for the win in 2021, Brad MacLean (Black River, NB), the 2020 recipient of the award, will be in the field on Saturday evening. Several contingency awards, along with a full lap board, are up for grabs on Saturday that will push the total purse to approximately $15,000 – making it one of the richest Street Stock races in Atlantic Canada.

The Ricky Bobby 150 presented by DMR Auto is run in honor of Rick Arbeau, known around Speedway 660 as Ricky Bobby. Arbeau was diagnosed with stage four small cell cancer and fought hard every day until his passing in 2019 prior to the start of the racing season. Arbeau was a fixture at the race track since its opening in 1994 and is dearly missed by all at Speedway 660.

Saturday’s show also marks the final races of the season for the Late Model Sportsman and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters features. In the Late Model Sportsman class, Alexandra O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB) leads the way with a 14 point advantage over Clark Moore (Saint John, NB). Moore has four other drivers nipping at his bumper with Courtney O’Blenis (Boundary Creek, NB), reigning track champion Curtis Collins (Barnesville, NB), Destiny Enkel (Darling’s Island, NB) and Richard Atkinson (Geary, NB) all within 17 points of the runner-up spot in the championship.

BJ Gillespie (Harvey, NB) has a 25 point cushion in the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooter championship chase heading into the Season Finale. Darren Wilcox (Fredericton, NB) is his closest competitor in championship points and in turn has a 20 point advantage on Randy Titus (French Lake, NB) with one event go to. Everyone has something to race for throughout the top ten in the standings and with car counts averaging over 24 a race, nothing will be decided until after the checkered flag flies. The last two events for the division, the Gunslinger 50 and SpeedWeekend Kick Off, have been won by Matt Martin (Geary, NB).

DMR Auto would like to thank the generous support from several marketing partners that helped put on the 2021 edition of the Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150. These include, but are not limited to, Crystal Clean Maintenance, Dairy Queen, Peters Meat Market, Phoenix Petroleum Limited, Jardine Auctioneers Inc., Wilkins Signs Limited, Capital City Auto Parts, Fairley’s Sports Bar, The Waterfront Pub, Ideal Equipment Limited, Checker Cab, Millers Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Johnston Chiropractic, Auto Value, National Alarm, Cynthia & Pierre Charron – RE/MAX, Robert Minor Investia, CertaPro Painters, Aubrey Ward, SRS Autobody, Martin’s Home Heating, Lisa MacIntosh, Miramichi Fall Brawl, Glen Nott and Thunder and Lightning Motorsports.

For the fifth straight season, children aged 15 and under will be admitted to the grandstands for free to every stock car event at Speedway 660. The admission structure makes it easier for families to attend race events at the track and received positive feedback from fans when implemented mid-season in 2017.

Adult grandstand admission price for Saturday’s Ricky Bobby Street Stock 150 presented by DMR Auto is $20 (aged 16 and up). Pit admission is $25 and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Tickets are available at the gate on race day. Pit gates for competitors will open at 10:30am on Saturday, grandstand gates open for spectators at 3pm with racing getting underway at 4pm. A complete race day format is available via the track’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Speedway660. Should inclement weather interfere, a rain date of Sunday, September 26th at 2pm has been set aside.

For more information about the Saturday’s racing card, or any event at Speedway 660, visit Speedway660.com, like @Speedway660 on Facebook or call the Speedway 660 Raceline at (506) 454-7223.

About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it has attracted race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec since 1994. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until late September. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, is the marquee event of the Speedway 660 season on Labour Day Weekend.

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THE 21ST RE/MAX EAST COAST ELITE REALTY 250 ANCHORS SPEEDWEEKEND 2021 SUNDAY AT SPEEDWAY 660

(FREDERICTON, NB – September 2nd, 2021) – SpeedWeekend 2021 at Speedway 660 is highlighted by the 21st Annual RE/MAX East Coast Elite Realty 250 on Sunday, September 5th. Qualifying for the Maritime crown jewel event begins at 2pm with heat races with the 250-lap feature happening later that evening at the Geary, New Brunswick oval.

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SENSATIONAL SUPPORT CLASS ACTION ON TAP FOR SPEEDWEEKEND 2021

(FREDERICTON, NB – September 1st, 2021) – While all the buzz centers around the 21st Annual RE/MAX East Coast Elite Realty Pro Stock 250 this Sunday, September 5th at Speedway 660, there is plenty of motorsport action to keep fans on the edge of their seats all weekend. From when the green flag drops on Friday night, September 3rd for the SpeedWeekend Kick Off leading to Sunday evening’s main attraction, well over a hundred teams will have left their best efforts on the track in hopes of picking up a SpeedWeekend victory. In all, 11 support features between eight different classes and sanctioning bodies will be contested over a three day span prior to Tim Elliott waving the green flag on the Pro Stock feature on Sunday.

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ATLANTIC MODIFIED TOUR BOOKENDS SPEEDWEEKEND 2021 AT SPEEDWAY 660

(FREDERICTON, NB – September 1st, 2021) – The Atlantic Modified Tour is back in action this weekend for the first time in almost a month. Speedway 660 is the host for SpeedWeekend 2021 and the Atlantic Modified Tour will be in action twice – once on Friday evening, September 3rd at 7:30pm for a non-point exhibition event and once on Sunday, September 5th in the Northside Auto Parts 35. The Northside Auto Parts 35 will serve as the eighth point race on the Atlantic Modified Tour in 2021 and final stop at the Geary, New Brunswick oval for the year. Racing action on Sunday begins at 2pm.

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GUNSLINGER 50 HIGHLIGHTS KIDS NIGHT AT SPEEDWAY 660 SATURDAY

(FREDERICTON, NB – August 19th, 2021) – The Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters will shine in the spotlight this weekend with the Third Annual Gunslinger 50 presented by Fredericton Gun Shop and Fairview Jeep Ram. While the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters and DMR Auto Street Stocks will anchor the on track action, the Kids Day festivities postponed from earlier in the season will return this weekend. A Cold Pit Autograph Session, Candy Scramble and the second Power Wheels Race of the year will highlight the “off-track” portion of the event. The Autograph Session begins at 5pm with racing set to take place at 6:30pm.

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Urquhart Construction 100 Postponed to Sunday, August 15th

(FREDERICTON, NB – August 14th, 2021) – Due to a worsening forecast of thundershowers throughout the late afternoon and evening on Saturday night, officials at Speedway 660 have made the difficult decision to postpone the Urquhart Construction Street Stock 100 card to Sunday, August 15th with a start time of 2pm.

The Sunday card will include a 100-lap DMR Auto Street Stock feature which will serve as the third of five Maritime Street Stock Series races. The Late Model Sportsman and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters will play support. A detailed race day format will be released later in the day.

For more information about the Sunday’s racing card, or any event at Speedway 660, visit Speedway660.com, like @Speedway660 on Facebook or call the Speedway 660 Raceline at (506) 454-7223.

About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it has attracted race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec since 1994. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until late September. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, is the marquee event of the Speedway 660 season on Labour Day Weekend.

URQUHART CONSTRUCTION 100 KICKS OFF BUSY STREET STOCK SEASON AT SPEEDWAY 660

Urquhart Construction 100 marks Round Three of Maritime Street Stock Series

(FREDERICTON, NB – August 12th, 2021) – Speedway 660 is back in action this weekend with the first of three major DMR Auto Street Stock races between now and the end of the 2021 season. The Urquhart Construction 100 on Saturday, August 14th is the first extended distance race for the popular grassroots racing division at the track on the calendar. The race marks the third of five Maritime Street Stock Series races, which will see several top talents from across the Province make the trek to Geary, New Brunswick for the event. The Late Model Sportsman and Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters will play support to the Urquhart Construction 100. Racing begins on Saturday, August 14th at 6:30pm.

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HEART OF A CHAMPION HOT ROD CLASSICS ADDED TO SPEEDWEEKEND SUNDAY

Photo by Ashton Reekie/WingNut Productions

(FREDERICTON, NB – August 11th, 2021) – Speedway 660 is excited to announce that the Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics powered by Conrad Bros will be making a stop at the Geary, New Brunswick oval during SpeedWeekend 2021. The growing series of Vintage Hot Rods have been added to the Sunday, September 5th card and will help set the stage for the Pro Stock 250 later that evening. SpeedWeekend 2021 is a three day event, running from Friday, September 3rd to Sunday, September 5th.

The Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics racing series showcases race cars which were built in 1980 or before, giving long-time fans an opportunity to relive precious memories and at the same time provide a platform where newer fans can experience race cars of a bygone era. The Series began racing in 2020 and the 2021 season has taken them to Petty International Raceway, Riverside International Speedway and Oyster Bed Speedway. This Saturday’s Maritime Car Wash Classic at Scotia Speedworld marks their first race at the 3/10-mile Enfield, Nova Scotia oval and is the last stop for the Series prior to SpeedWeekend 2021.

Fans will not only see some cool cars but some familiar names and faces at the wheels of them. Since Cy Harvey (Elmsdale, NS) went to victory lane in the inaugural race for the Hot Rods last August, interest in the series has been brisk with several teams building cars over the off-season and more picking away at racing rides throughout the Summer. The Series as seen three different winners in as many races. Tylor Hawes (Porters Lake, NS) jumped in by winning his first race in his first start in July at Petty International Raceway in “The Hugger,” a tribute to Jim Hallahan. Same song, different dance for Stacey Clements (Timberlea, NS) in his Junior Hanley throwback as he drove to victory lane at Riverside International Speedway. Jeff Ainslie (Halifax, NS) put “The Hound” back on top in the first stop to Prince Edward Island for the Series in August at Oyster Bed Speedway.

The three day festival of speed starts on Friday, September 3rd with the SpeedWeekend Kick Off Show featuring racing action from the Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters, Atlantic Modified Tour and a “Turn Five Concert” featuring Hazzard. SpeedWeekend 2021 continues Saturday with an extend distance Late Model Sportsman feature headlining the card. The Maritime League of Legends Tour Cross Roads Cycle 40, Tim’s Corner Motorsports Bandolero Blast and Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour will fill out the Saturday card. The Legends, Bandoleros and Mini Stock Tour return Sunday and will be joined by Heart of a Champion Hot Rod Classics powered by Conrad Bros, DMR Street Stocks and the Atlantic Modified Tour ahead of the Pro Stock 250.

Fans can reserve their camp sites and tickets for SpeedWeekend 2021 now by contacting the Speedway 660 office at (506) 454-RACE (7223) or emailing speedway660nb@gmail.com. The Lap Leaderboard is also on sale now. Laps can be purchased for $50 with the money going into the pocket of the leader of that lap in the Pro Stock 250.

More information on SpeedWeekend 2021 will be released as it becomes available. For more information about upcoming events at Speedway 660 or facility information, visit Speedway660.com, like @Speedway660 on Facebook or call the Speedway 660 Raceline at (506) 454-7223.

About Speedway 660:
Speedway 660 is one of Canada’s premier stock car racing facilities. Located in New Brunswick’s Fredericton region, it has attracted race teams and fans from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec since 1994. The Speedway 660 racing season runs from mid May until late September. SpeedWeekend, one of the most prestigious short track events in eastern North America, is the marquee event of the Speedway 660 season on Labour Day Weekend.