Petty to Host Championship Event for New Maritime Sportsman Challenge

RIVER GLADE, NB (March 28, 2013) - The oldest stock car racing event in Canada just got bigger - by making the GT Enterprises Sportsman leg of the River Glade International a combination event with the newly announced Maritime Sportsman Challenge (MSC). The Jones Auto Body Twin 75's on August 23 will not only decide whose name will be inscribed on the statuesque International cup, but now will also decide who will be the inaugural MSC champion.

"This is a pretty big deal for our Friday night show," said Craig McFetridge, co-owner of Petty International Raceway. "Since we will host the Maritime Pro Stock Tour on Saturday night (August 24) we hope fans will make plans to stay for the weekend. It's a win-win situation for teams and fans."

McFetridge added it would be to his liking that all race tracks in the Maritimes will eventually participate in the Maritime Sportsman Challenge.

"Ideally, that would be our goal," said McFetridge. "This year we'll get an idea where this series can grow, then work to make it bigger and better as we move forward."

The first two events of the new series will be held in Nova Scotia at Riverside International Speedway on July 19 and at Scotia Speedworld on August 9. Teams that run in all three events will accumulate points and cash bonuses will be awarded. The overall champion will take home $1,500.00, second-place gets $1,000.00, and third-place gets $500.00.

The mini-series is the result of a collaboration between rules-makers at the three facilities in working over the winter off-season to bring sportsman rules packages closer together so that sportsman racers can more easily compete at different facilities, without needing to make extensive modifications to their race cars. Each facility will run their own MSC event.

All three races of the Maritime Sportsman Challenge are, in effect, opening acts for major races on the regional racing calendar: the IWK 250 at Riverside (July 20), the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld (August 10), and the River Glade International at Petty (August 24). The Riverside and Scotia MSC races are each 100 laps while the Petty race is 150 laps.

2013 marks the 49th running of the River Glade International; the historic event was founded in 1965 and held every year since, except 2010. The cream of Canada's racing heroes have not only participated in, but won, the landmark event. It was held at River Glade Speedway until its closing in 2009 and resumed in 2011 at Petty International Raceway.

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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