O'Blenis Going for Three-Peat at Petty This Sunday

Salisbury's Dave O'Blenis and team after winning their second of two sportsman features at Petty this year. (photo - Ken MacIsaac)

RIVER GLADE, NB (June 27, 2012) - Dave O'Blenis is hoping to remain undefeated for the 2012 race season at Petty International Raceway after Sunday's Canada Day show at the speedway. O'Blenis, from Salisbury, has won the first two GT Enterprises Sportsman races of the season and sits atop the division point standings one-third of the way through the six-race series.

"We'll likely have a target on our back this week," said O'Blenis, "but that's OK - we don't mind that. The competition will be tough, that's for sure. We're not taking anything for granted so we went over the car to prepare. We found a couple of things, fixed them, and it's running good. So long as we don't have any issues we're just going to run as hard as we can and see what happens."

But if Colby Smith (Barrington, NS) who is second in the standings gets a chance to challenge the top runner, O'Blenis will have his hands full.

"I think it's about time someone beats him," said Smith. "We've been working overtime to get the car a little better and think we've got what it takes this week. I think we'll give him a good run and hope we end up in Victory Circle."

Veteran New Brunswick racer Bill Sommerville, from Saint John, who is third in the standings would also like to take the top spot from O'Blenis.

"We're going to need some luck," said Sommerville. "He's got a good car but I think if we were close to the front with a few laps to go the old 'killer' instinct would cut in. It should be good."

In spite of O'Blenis' two wins so far this year the top three are separated by just eight markers; a total of 36 cars have competed in the first two sportsman events of the year at Petty.

Besides sportsman racing, fans attending Sunday's Canada Day show will see the Mister Transmission Mini Stocks, the Leisure Days RV Bandolero's, and Street Stocks. Qualifying heat races will set the starting grid in all the features with the sportsman seeing 150 laps of action. Racing will start at 6 p.m.

Points are being accumulated in all divisions and champions will be crowned at the end of the season. The sportsman title holder will receive an added bonus by being offered a ride in the pro stock race car of Wayne Smith in the September 22 season finale. This event marks the fourth of 11 shows scheduled for the asphalt oval in 2012.

Admission is just $20 for adults, $10 for youth (8-15), and children seven and under will be admitted free. Pit admission is $25 and limited to those 18 and older. Minor participants that need to enter the pit area are reminded they must have a Parental Consent form completed by both parents and/or legal guardians prior to the event. The Consent form is available online at www.pettyraceway.com.

  • Current Point Standings (all divisions) - click here
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    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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