Mid-Season Spectatular on Deck at Petty Saturday Night
RIVER GLADE, NB (July 13, 2011) – Petty International Raceway is back in action this Saturday night with round three of six on their 2011 season. With two events on the record books in the inaugural season for new owners this coming show is perhaps the most aggressive of the year for them. Four different racing divisions will be on hand, the most for any event planned this year.
Fans will see the Napa Sportsman Super Series make their first stop in New Brunswick this season, the first stop in New Brunswick of the 2011 season for the Maritime League of Legends, as well as 4-Cylinder racing, and an exhibition race by the Eastern Mini-Cup Series – a division new to the Maritimes.
The Sportsman series officials have indicated a strong expected entry list with more than 30 top teams from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, including 2010 series champion Steve Ross (Waverley, NS), and 2009 series champion Frank Fraser Jr. (Stewiacke, NS). Ross leads the 2011 standings after winning the first event of the year in June at Riverside International Speedway.
Moncton-area fans will want to watch Shawn MacLean (Colpitts Settlement), the grandson of Ernie MacLean, founder and long-time operator of River Glade Speedway, co-founder of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame, and inductee to both the Canadian and Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame. Shawn MacLean plans to run the entire Napa Sportsman Super Series this year in a new car built for him at the Fraser (SFR) shop in Nova Scotia.
The Legends Tour organizers are also expecting a strong field of competitors including former series and three-time Canadian Masters champion Cy Harvey (Elmsdale, NS). Local Legends favourites on the roster will include Al Stiles, Gary Bursey, and Darren Sherwood.
Both the Sportsman and Legends will see qualifying heat races determine starting grids for their feature races, in which the Legends see 50 laps of action and the Sportsman 100 laps.
Also on the race card Saturday night are the popular 4-cylinder race cars and the new-to-New Brunswick Eastern Mini-Cup Series. The 4-cylinders will have heats and a feature, and the Mini Cups will do a short exhibition race in which they will debut the division to the Moncton area.
The pit gate will open at 12:30 p.m. Saturday; practice for all divisions starts at 2 p.m. The grandstand gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for youth aged 8 to 15; children seven and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit admission is $25 and restricted to those 16 and older. Tickets are available at the track box office on race day.
To learn more about Petty International Raceway and the divisions racing this Saturday please visit www.pettyraceway.com.
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