Petty Ready to Wrap 2012 Season This Weekend, Weather Permitting

RIVER GLADE, NB (September 19, 2012) - Officials at Petty International Raceway are ready to put a period on the 2012 season this weekend, assuming Mother Nature co-operates. Racers in six divisions, and their fans, are sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation - to learn who will be crowned the 2012 Petty International Raceway track champions - and with fingers crossed that Mother Nature's ominous forecast for wet weather does not make them wait any longer than this weekend for a result.

With eight of 12 events for 2012 in the history book titles are on the line both Friday and Saturday nights with Friday's show featuring the GT Enterprises Sportsman division - with a 100-lap feature, the Leisure Days RV Bandolero division, and the street stock division. On Saturday the card will feature the Mister Transmission Mini Stock division, the Leisure Days RV Bandolero division, round nine of 11 for the Atlantic Open Wheel (AOW) tour, and the grand season finale - a 150-lap open competition pro stock race expected to draw a full field of top Maritime racers.

The sportsman, mini stock, bandolero, and street stock, and AOW divisions will all be battling for championship points - while the pro stock racers will be going fender-to-fender for money with as much as $7,750 to be taken home by the winner.

Petty division point leaders entering the season finale are Dave O'Blenis (sportsman), Cole Tanner (bandolero), Deven Smith (mini stock), and Devin Snell (street stock). Each division has several other competitors who would like nothing better than to knock the top runners off their perch to score a come-from-behind championship. One thing is for certain: the champions will be the racers in each class who have had the most and best consistent finishes. Whoever comes out on top in each division will forever be able to claim their titles the first of the 21st century at Petty International Raceway.

For the pro stocks it is all about the money - a one-shot deal; the drivers have already fulfilled point racing commitments in their respective venues so this week it's all about winning - the race and the purse. Typically this style of racing, particularly at the end of the season, is hard-charging - checkers or wreckers, if you will.

Two goals, two styles of racing - one purpose - winning.

EXPECTED ENTRIES - PRO STOCK 150 at PETTY INT'L RACEWAY (as of Sept. 19)
showing car number, driver name

4 Mike Stevens
5 Jonathan Hicken
8 Kent Vincent
11 Marty Prevost
12 Michael Kyle
14 Terry Dugay
16 Jordan Gahan
21 Shawn Pierce
29 Greg Proude
41 Russell Smith Sr
44 Robert Tufts
45 Leonard Boutilier
48 Dave O'Blenis
52 Shawn Tucker
55 Jason Carnahan
55x Carl Raeburn
66 Daryl Mahar
85 Ken MacKenzie
88x Kevin Moore
94 Russell Smith Jr
97 John Flemming
97x Chris Duncan
99 Craig Slaunwhite

On Friday racing starts at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the box office both days (cash only).

If Mother Nature intervenes the shows could be postponed - officials are watching the forecast closely and will make their decisions in a timely fashion; watch pettyraceway.com or call the event hotline at 506.372.8080 for the latest information.

Either way racers, and fans, will get the season finale they've been waiting for.

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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