Lonnie Sommerville Comes From Canada to Race
in World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park
Big Super Late Model Show Set For This Weekend
Team PR Report

The majority of racing in Atlantic Canada has been over since the beginning of September but now almost a month and half later Lonnie Sommerville will make the twenty-five hour; 1455 mile trip south to the Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia for the 27th Annual World Crown 300. This will be Sommerville’s first ever trip to the high bank half mile oval and with a $20,000 winner’s check up for grabs it’s a perfect time to do so.

“Racing pretty much ends around the middle of September up here in Canada because the cold weather starts to set in; which is about the time down south that all the “big shows” like the All-American 400, Mason Dixon Meltdown, World Crown 300, and of course the Snowball Derby everyone starts to get ready for. So this year to be a part of one of these major events means a lot to not only myself, but I know we’ll have a lot of folks back home in Canada cheering us on because just like me many of them aren’t quite ready to trade in the race car for a snowmobile just yet,” said Sommerville.

This season Sommerville, the two time Auto Value 250 winner at Geary, New Brunswick’s Speedway 660; has actually competed in more races on U.S. soil than in his home country of Canada. Sommerville piloted his #23 A.E. McKay Builders/Pub’s Bottle Exchange Chevy Impala to a win in the 2010 World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway’s Speedweeks in January in addition to competing in four of the five PASS National events throughout the year.

“We’ve races a lot this season in the states and will more than likely do so again in 2011 because the seriousness of the competition is unbelievable,” stated Lonnie. “This race will be the first time I’ve raced against guys like Augie Grill, Mike Garvey, and a few of the other heavy hitters from the deep south that have had a good year so its without a doubt a race my team and I are looking forward to.”

The Canadian racer will have a fellow Canadian native in short track crew chief Gary Crooks calling the shots for the 300 lap race. The World Crown 300 event will mark Crooks’ first visit to the Georgia facility since its renovation in 2009. The two have developed a knack for success in big races north of the border and will once again get one final chance to do the same in the U.S.

The World Crown 300 kicks off November 11th with a night of practice followed by qualifying the next day November 12th locking the top thirty positions through time trials. Saturday November 13th will be the final chance for super late model competitors to tune in the cars with their final practice on tap along with several last chance races to compete the super late model starting field. The weekend final comes to a close with the $20,000 to win 27th Annual World Crown 300 set to start at 2pm.   

Lonnie Sommerville in PASS North action.