Fraser V. Fraser This Saturday in Sportsman 150 at Petty International Raceway
RIVER GLADE, NB (August 2, 2011) – When Frank Fraser Jr. won the Napa Sportsman Super Series 100-lap feature at Petty International Raceway July 16 he had the benefit of his father's sage experience at the track working for him. But this time around local racing legend Frank Fraser Sr. (Shubenacadie, NS) will enter a car of his own as the series returns to Petty Saturday night for round four of six on its 2011 championship run – a battle Fraser Jr. (Stewiacke, NS) leads by a mere four markers over Scott Allen (Antigonish, NS).
While some might imagine Fraser Sr. would give his son a break, and vice versa, anyone who knows the ultra-competitive Fraser's understands both will enter the race with a notion to win if they can and if not, to at least beat the other one.
"It's all about bragging rights," said Frank Fraser Sr., who has been semi-retired for several years. "I just come back often enough to aggravate the young guys and have some fun. This deal was arranged when Shawn took delivery of the car. How could I say no? Especially with the history I've got with his family. It's a good car; we should be competitive."
Fraser Sr., a 2010 member of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame and native of the Moncton area, will drive a car built in his race shop for Shawn McLean (Colpitt's Settlement, and grandson of former River Glade Speedway promoter Ernie McLean) who is unable to make this week's race due to a personal commitment. Ironically, the car Fraser Sr. will drive this week finished second to Fraser Jr. in the July series race at Petty. That, combined with knowing his father has perhaps raced more laps at Petty than any other driver, has Fraser Jr. thinking his father could be a threat to win.
"Anytime he's in a car on a track in New Brunswick he's a threat to win," said Fraser Jr. "Those tracks require muscle and he's an old school driver who can (still) get the job done. So long as he doesn't have anything break he'll make it interesting at some point; I just hope it's me he is racing when that happens. We've run four or five shows together but have never really raced each other – one of us always has had something go wrong. It will be fun."
And naturally there are a host of other drivers looking to make the trip to Victory Lane in the series last stop in New Brunswick this year including defending series champ Steve Ross (Waverley, NS) and local favourites Marcel Maillet (St. Antoine) and Marc Gautreau (Memramcook). More than 25 top sportsman teams are expected to enter what will be, at 150 laps, the longest race of the year for the series.
Saturday's race card at Petty will also feature the Atlantic Open Wheel Tour as well as four cylinder racing. All three divisions will see qualifying heat races set the stage for the feature races.
Racing action starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Petty International Raceway. A complete race day format is available [here].
Grandstand admission is just $20 for adults, $10 for youth aged eight to 15, and children seven and under will be 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.
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