O'Blenis Wins Sportsman 150 at Petty Season Opener

RIVER GLADE, NB (May 19, 2012) - Champion New Brunswick racer Dave O'Blenis took home the checkers Saturday night at Petty International Raceway as winner of the GT Enterprises Sportsman 150. O'Blenis beat Nova Scotia sportsman champion racer Colby Smith by just a 1/2-car length at the finish line after leading 96 laps en route to the win in what was round one of six for the sportsman series scheduled at Petty this summer. Veteran New Brunswick multi-time champion Bill Sommerville finished third on the 25-car field.

Shawn McLean and Darren Wallage rounded out the top five. Besides O'Blenis, lap leaders were Smith (45 laps led), John Rankin (five laps led), and Graham Hann (four laps led). Sportsman heat race winners were Rankin, Glyn Nott, and Smith.

In Street Stock action it was Martin Landry getting the feature win, followed by Rick Cashol in second and Devin Snell in third. Marshall Berry and Andrew Rodgers rounded out the top five. Berry led 12 laps of the 30-lap feature. Cashol led six laps, and Martin Landry led 12 laps. Berry won the street stock heat race.

The Mister Transmission Mini Stock 25-lap feature winner was Steve Lively. Brad Daley was second and Mike Brun was third. Deven Smith and Joshua Moore rounded out the top five. Daley led five laps and Lively led 20. Mike Weagle won the Mini Stock heat race.

In Leisure Days/CRC Bandolero action it was Cole Tanner winning the 20-lap feature. Ryan Messer was second and Alexandra O'Blenis (Dave's daughter) was third. Dawson McIntee and Cole Boudreau rounded out the top five. Tanner led all 20 laps of the feature and won a heat race; the second Bandolero heat race was won by Messer.

OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS - PETTY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, MAY 19

GT Enterprises Sportsman 150
1. Dave O'Blenis #48
2. Colby Smith #17
3. Bill Sommerville #27
4. Darren Wallage #3
5. John Rankin #28
6. Ken MacKenzie #85
7. Dana Duncan #79
8. Luc Bourgeois #88
9. Matt Rodgers #42
10. Cory Collins #77
11. Rob Raynes #41
12. Marcel Maillet #25
13. Graham Hann #10
14. Calvin Rankin #45
15. Laurie Cormier #53
16. Cal Hatfield #11
17. Glyn Nott #12
18. Phil Barkhouse Jr. #54
19. Russell Smith Jr. #44
20. Bronson Shanessy #66
21. Gary Tingley #91
22. Mike Power Jr. #58
23. Matt Maillet #29
24*. Shawn McLean #72; Chris Reid #8 * - #72 & #8 failed post technical inspection

Street Stock
1 Martin Landry #00
2 Rick Cashol #54
3 Devin Snell #10
4 Marshall Barry #24
5 Andrew Rodgers #14
6 Nick Collins #73
7 Geoff Tugwell #29
8 Rob Pethick #9
9 Brad Slipp #5
10 Richard Hartley #4
11 Ron Layton #16

Mister Transmission Mini Stock
1 Steve Lively #32
2 Brad Daley #66
3 Mike Brun #77
4 Deven Smith #94
5 Joshua Moore #91
6 Eugene Weagle #50
7 Mike Edwards #89
8 Mike Weagle #60

Leisure Days RV Bandolero
1 Cole Tanner #33
2 Ryan Messer #1
3 Alexandra O'Blenis #14
4 Dawson McIntee #19
5 Cole Boudreau #00
6 Drew Greenlaw #23
7 Adam Meehan #6
8 Kenny MacKenzie #85
9 Braden Langille #51
10 Chad MacDonald #12
11 Courtney O'Blenis #48
12 Dana Hamm #46
13 Luke Ettinger #62
14 Spencer Snelgrove #18x
15 Destiny Enkel #52
16 Mackenzie Brewer #55

Petty International Raceway is back in action June 1 and 2 with a double-header weekend featuring the GT Enterprises Sportsman 100 on Friday June 1 along with Leisure Days RV Bandoleros, Street Stock and Atlantic Open Wheel. On Saturday June 2 the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour makes its first visit of 2012 to New Brunswick for the Lucas Oil 100; the support card includes Mister Transmission Mini Stock, Legends, and Mini Cup.

Petty International Raceway is located on Highway 106, just 40 km west of Moncton, New Brunswick. To learn more about Petty International Raceway, its location, admission, policies, history, and more, please visit www.pettyraceway.com or call the event hotline at 506.372.8080. To receive current updates please follow us on Twitter (@pettyraceway_nb).

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