(Winsloe, PE) and Darren Vanderaa (Winsloe, PE) add additional firepower for the Islanders.
Flemming and Ryan, both already having won races in 2006, are out to stop the Islanders. Add Wayne Smith, who has taken the Pole Challenge in the last two races and you have three hungry drivers looking to go to victory lane. Add Brad Mann (Glen Livet, NB) and Donald Chisholm (Antigonish, NS), current champion Rollie MacDonald (Pictou, NS) and 2004 champion Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB) and it appears harder for the Islanders to pull off another win.
Russell Smith (Lakeside, NS) leads the EIT Race Radio’s Rookie of the Year race into the Oyster Bed Bridge facility. Chasing Smith are Paul Gahan (Lower St. Mary’s, NB), Mike Stevens (Riverview, NB) and Roger Crane (Montague, PE). All are looking to move up the ladder in the rookie standings.
Time Trials, Motor Mart dash and heats races will set the field for the Parts For Trucks 100.
The Parts For Trucks 100 at Raceway Park is round three of 11 on the 2006 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour championship chase, and round two of four on the 2006 Parts For Trucks / Plasti-Kote Challenge.
The grandstand and pit gates will open at 12:30 pm. Time Trials start at 5:10 and racing starts at 6 pm.
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited and features an 11-race series at five different tracks in the three Maritime Provinces. Top drivers from all three provinces compete including current champion Rollie MacDonald and former champions Wayne Smith, John Flemming and Shawn Tucker.
PASS IN HALIFAX WASHED OUT, OXFORD IS SET FOR SATURDAY
The Forbes Chevrolet/Oldsmobile 200 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model event scheduled for this past weekend at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been postponed by rain. The event was originally scheduled to run on Saturday, but was rained out and rescheduled for Sunday afternoon. However, that rain date was also washed out.
Series and track officials are now working together to determine a new date for the Forbes Chevrolet-Oldsmobile 200 and an announcement will be made shortly. PASS North will return to action this Saturday, July 1st, at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) for the Roy's All Steak Hamburgers / R & D Land Sales 150. Grandstand Gates will open at 4:30pm and the racing will start at 6:30pm.
division. The 15-lap Street Stock special offers a final tune-up for the Cayuga County Fair Championship slated for Thursday, July 6 with the 25-lap title race winner pocketing a $500 top prize.
Sunday will be a night of firsts for the Weedsport, N.Y. racing facility; the first time ever for both the BRP CanAm Late Models and the WoO Late Models at the track which has hosted motorsports events since 1955. The two touring late model series are very different, but both typically provide great racing action.
The 2006 BRP CanAm Series includes 13 events at tracks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario while the 2006 World of Outlaws Late Model Series includes 40 events at tracks from Florida to Iowa and remaining south of Canada. The race cars look the same from the grandstand, but are very different under their sleek aluminum and fiberglass bodies. The BRP CanAm cars are limited to two barrel 360 cubic inch motors while WoO cars have very few engine restrictions. The excitement is the same albeit at somewhat different speeds.
To date, still winless BRP CanAm Series rookie Randy Hall from Olean, N.Y. leads the point standings through three events. Runner-up Jon Rivers and third-place points chaser Jeremy Wonderling have so far garnered victory lane laurels. Wonderling of Scio, NY topped a 36-car field in the BRP CanAm Series season-opener at Black Rock Speedway on April 15 and scored his second 30-lap victory in round three at Ransomville (NY) Speedway on June 23. Sandwiched in between, Genesee Speedway regular Rivers from Basom, N.Y. went wire-to-wire to pick up the $1,000 win at Merrittvillle (ONT) Speedway on May 22.
Dave Mannise has used three feature wins to top the current Cayuga County DIRT Street Stock standings through six events. Top point chasers Wayne Ellison and Frank Burnell Jr. have each reached victory lane twice and will join Mannise on Sunday before the talented trio returns Thursday night in their quest of the coveted CCF crown.
On Sunday, Cayuga County Fair Speedway pit gates open at 4:00 p.m., spectator gates unlock at 5:00 p.m., warm-ups begin at 6:00 p.m., World of Outlaws Late Model time trials start at 6:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 o’clock. CCFS is located on NYS Route 31 just one mile east of downtown Weedsport and two miles from NYS Thruway Exit #40.
BIG JULY PLANNED FOR CANAAN
Sunday evening July 2nd at 6pm on the awesome asphalt at Canaan Fair Motorsports complex, Canaan, NH, it's the PASS Outlaw Late Model Touring Series Central Division in 100 green-flag laps of racing action, plus the PASS Modifieds and the KIXX 100.5 Super Sportsman, Minis, Pure Stocks, and Outlaw Minis. And, to celebrate the 4th of July, the Celebrate America Fireworks Spectacular. Adults are $12, Juniors $8, Kids $4, and five and under are FREE.
A Family 4-PAK of two adults and two kids up to age 12 is only $25. That's right, two kids for only $1.00, you save $7.00. If you don't have two kids, bring the neighbor's kid the price is the same for a night of great racing and the fireworks show. Gates open at 4:30, racing at 6pm.
And on Friday July 14th at 7pm, modified fans can start the Loudon Weekend off with the Northeast Waste 100 presented by Chappy's Concessions, a 100 lap Lap Tour-Type Modified $5000 to Win Open featuring cars from the True Value Modified Series, SK modifieds, and other tour-type modified series, and then go on down to New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Saturday afternoon. Adults are $20, Juniors $12, Kids $5, and age five and under are FREE. Canaan Fair Motorsports Complex is just over an hour (55.5 miles) northwest of NHIS -- Exit 23 off I 93 N• Rte 104 to Bristol/ Danbury• to Rte 4 N to Canaan • Rte 118 N 1/2 mile on Right.
didn’t.” He added, “To win at Sanair is special just because the track is so different than anything we had ever been to.”
Unlike previous trips to the Quebec track, Crouch will return to his favorite track as a fan. “When we raced Sanair, it took our Tour to a whole new level. It can do the same for this group of guys’ too. They have nice cars and the racing should be great.”
When asked to pick a favorite for the two-day event he was quick to choose the one driver challenging his records. “Based on what I’ve seen, I think Jean-Paul Cyr will be tough to beat, he seems to step up at the big races.” Crouch continued, “I wouldn’t count out Rich Lowery or Brent Dragon though because they seem to be running well.”
Crouch stated that the drivers should have a great time racing at Sanair, “It’s a fast track, especially on the backstretch heading into the tri-oval.” On August 6, 1982, Crouch set a 17.464 lap record at the Quebec speedway; however Crouch anticipates that the current race cars will have no problem exceeding that lap time. “These cars are going to put on a great show, anyone who hasn’t been to Sanair will just have to wait ‘til they see the track, it’s really something special.”
BIG CANADA DAY IN STORE FOR PRO STOCKERS
The CARQUEST Pro stock Tour will spend Canada Day in PEI, the birthplace of Confederation, for the Parts For Trucks 100 at Raceway Park in Oyster Bed Bridge. Past champions are one two in the standings, with John Flemming (Halifax, NS) holding a five-point lead over Wayne Smith (Timberlea, NS) going into Saturday’s race.
The big question on everyone’s mind – will the Island drivers continue their hold on the winner’s circle? An Island driver has won the last four CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour events at Raceway Park - Kent Livingston (Charlottetown, PE) and Kent Vincent (Crapaud, PE) in 2004 and Greg Proude (North Wiltshire, PE) and Dale Holmes (West Covehead, PE) in 2005. You have to go back to August 3, 2003, when Gordie Ryan (Wellington, NS) was the winner, to find an off Island driver in victory lane. Will local track knowledge prevail again in the Parts For Trucks 100 in 2006? Kris Fournier (Charlottetown, PE) coming off a good run at New Brunswick International Speedway at Geary, NB, Chris Hughes
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We Go North of the Border for News This Week
A native of Tampa, Florida, Crouch relocated to Vermont and found success racing in New England. “Everyone loves racing at Thunder Road but Sanair is so different. It’s not like the usual bullrings we raced.” Crouch captured two victories at the 7/8th mile speedplant in 1985 and 1988 but is haunted by the losses he was served at the speedway. “I remember the losses more then I remember the wins because they were some of the toughest of my entire career.”
The former champion recalled, “I was leading the Stock Car Connection event at Sanair and Butch Miller was dumping water on the track. I caught the water in the tri-oval and wrecked. There have been numerous times there that I should have won, but as luck would have it, I
CROUCH EXCITED ABOUT ACT RETURN TO SANAIR
Robbie Crouch, former American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion is excited for the return of ACT to Sanair Super Speedway. Crouch, better known as the “Tampa Tornado” set records during his racing career which continue to challenge current ACT competitors, even though he hasn’t raced since the 1990’s. He clinched a total of six championships during his career, but five time champion Jean-Paul Cyr is closing in on that impressive record. The ACT Late Models and Tiger Sportsman Series will make the voyage to the St-Pie, Quebec track for the “La Mega Classique” on Sat/Sun, July 8th and 9th.
Some of the best Pro Stockers on the East Coast of Canada will be making the trip to PEI.
WoO LMs SET FOR CAYUGA
Full-fender racing will dominate the Cayuga County Fair Speedway (NY) card on July 2nd headlined by the debut appearances of both the national touring World of Outlaws Late Model Series and BRP CanAm Series Late Models. DIRT Modified and Sportsman have the day off in preparation of the 35th Annual ‘Firecracker’ Championships scheduled July 3 at neighboring Rolling Wheels Raceway.
Recently added to the Sunday evening LM doubleheader at the home of DIRT MotorSports NorthEast is a regular points program for Cayuga County’s weekly Street Stock
Robbie Crouch in his #48 car. (ACT Photo)
The WoO Late Models will be coming to New York State. (DIRT Photo)