Interest Level High for Petty International Raceway Re-Opening
RIVER GLADE, NB (May 26, 2011) – It is just a little more than a week until the grand-reopening of Petty International Raceway on June 4 and the new co-owners couldn't be happier with the support they have received from the racing community and the local community.
"Everyone has come together to make what seemed like a mammoth undertaking relatively stress-free," said co-owner Brett Benoit. "Mother Nature is the only one that's not really cooperated, but we've managed to work around her for the most part."
After lying dormant for over 10 years Benoit says the only major task left to finish off in the coming week at the facility is the top layer of material in the new pit area behind the backstretch.
"Other than that, we're ready," said Craig McFetridge, another co-owner. "The lights are up and aimed, the grandstand area is ready, the plumbing and electrical have been revamped, the public address system is working, the new fence along the backstretch has been installed, staff is in place, and the tower is ready."
Based on inquiries they have been receiving management is expecting a large crowd June 4 for the Lucas Oil 100 – round 2 of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. So they have decided to make advance grandstand admission tickets available in advance and online via Ticket Atlantic.
"We'll have a separate entry for those with advance tickets," said Benoit. "Our plan is that will help with line-ups for race day ticket purchases at the box office."
And there's been more to getting ready than just the obvious infrastructure work.
"The Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame will take care of our 50/50 raffle at every event," said Benoit, "plus we've got a mobile canteen arranged to be on-site, not to mention all of the administrative tasks like paperwork, setting policies, advertising, marketing, and more."
The last race held at Petty was in September of 2000, sanctioned by MASCAR, and won by Wayne Smith – now one of Benoit's two partners and a two-time champion on the Parts for Trucks Tour. In fact, on June 4 Smith will leave his owner cap at home, wearing his helmet in hopes of winning back-to-back races at Petty, albeit 10 years apart.
Besides the pro stocks, the June 4 race card will feature 4-cylinder racing with all 24 pre-registration slots filling up just days after being announced, and entries expected from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The first green flag at Petty International Raceway in over 10 years will be seen June 4 at 5:10 p.m. when pro stock time trials get underway followed promptly by racing at 6 p.m.
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