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2014 Stock Car Series to feature Sportsman, Street, and Mini Stocks
Jan 29, 2014 – Shediac's CENTRE for Speed is pleased to announce it will hold 4 regular season stock car events in 2014. The Four events will make up the speedways Maritime Stock Car Series. Each event will feature the three classes in 50 to 75 lap features, plus qualifying races. Points will be calculated to determine an overall Series Champions at the final event of the season. A points fund is expected to be announced prior to the start of the season. The first event is scheduled for June 14th followed by events on July 19th, August 16th, and the finale on for Sept 13. The annual Atlantic Stock Championships will follow in October. Details of the annual Championships will be announced as finalized.
Promoters Meet to Discuss Rules
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 - Once again this year, Promoters from throughout the region meet in Amherst to discuss rules for the upcoming 2014 season. A variety of topics in both Street Stock and Sportsman classes were addressed. Input was received from all tracks and CFS expects to announce its 2014 rules package after reviewing the proposed changes with drivers. A detailed announcement outline the changes allowed for 2014 will be made at that time. Please stay tuned!
14th Annual MetalCORE Atlantic Stock Car Championships this Weekend
Friday, Oct 4th, 2013 - Shediac's CENTRE for Speed will roar once again with the sound of race cars from throughout Atlantic Canada, from as far away as St. John's Newfoundland to Bathurst, NB as drivers and teams compete in seven divisions for the coveted title of MetalCORE Atlantic Champion. The weekend racing starts off on Saturday at 1 PM with qualifying for the Pro Stock 150, Sportsman 100 and Open Wheel 35 with feature racing slated to begin at 3 PM. CFS expects to see upwards of 18 to 22 cars compete in the Pro Stock Division with a total of 24 cars registered. Lonnie Sommerville (2012 Defending Champion) from Saint John, NB, Wayne Smith (Timberlee, NS), Jonathan Hicken (Charlottetown, PEI) and Josh Collins (St. John's, Nfld.) are a few of the top competitors from throughout the region who have entered to compete in the Pro Stock Division. Sarah McKay of Saint John, NB will mark the first time ever at the event that a woman has competed in the Division and is one of a few women in the Maritimes to ever race a top flight car in the region. A strong field of Sportsman are also registered including past Atlantic and Track Champions along with the regular contingent of Open Wheel competitors. Racing continues on Sunday at 1 PM with 100 lap features in the Street Stock and Mini Stock Divisions as well as racing in an entry level 4 Cylinder Class, Mini Cups (5/8's scale NASCAR style Cup Cars), and Bandoleros. The speedway expects to close and competitive racing on Sunday with all the best drivers from throughout the region registered to compete. More information on this weekends events as well as pricing and a detailed event schedule are available on the CENTRE for Speeds web site at www.centreforspeed.com Most recent posts can also be seen at http://timscorner.ca/archives/3721 or on the speedways FB site at https://www.facebook.com/Centreforspeed
CFS releases Official Championships Rules and Payouts
Sept 22, 2013 - CFS is pleased to release the official rules and regualtions as well as payouts for the 14th Annual running of the MetalCORE Atlantic Stock Car Championships. Teams and other interested parties can review all the information on the CFS website under the heading "MetalCORE Championships". Questions may be directed to the speedway at 506 866-6387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Todays Races Cancelled due to Weather
July 27th, 2013 - Races for today are cancelled due to the weather forecast. The speedway hopes to announce a rain date if one can be found. The CENTRE thanks everyone for their understanding and hopes to see you at the DR Scrap MONSTER Nationals on August 9th and 10th.
Gaudet Continues Family Tradition
July 8, 2013 - Remi Gaudet continued his families winning tradition at Shediac's CENTRE for Speed this past Saturday. Remi, the son of multi time track champ Claude Gaudet of Grand Barachois and also a track champ at the regions fastest and largest stock car oval battled other top competitors and sweltering heat to take the first win in the MetalCore Maritime Super Series Sportsman 100 . The event was split into three segments to help drivers deal with temperatures which were expected to exceed 50 degree centigradeinside the Sportsman class machines during the racing. Despite the energy saping heat drivers showed why they are some of the best in the region running the 100 laps of feature racing, caution free. Long time stock car vetran Byron Bartlett of Saint John finished second in his #7 machine and relative newcomer, Cory Collins (#77) of Amherst, NS continued his progress towards his first feature checkered flag at the CENTRE, finishing third. Other winners on the day included "The Thrill Maker" - Craig Ward of Riverview who won the heat and Byron Bartett of Quispamsis who won the second 40 lap segment. Gaudet won the first 40 lap segment and the final 20 lap shootout. "That was an exciting race to be a part of" said Craig Ward. "Everybody was extremely competitive and any of the competitors could have won this race".
In Mini Stock its was 2012 class champ, Brad Daley of Moncton continuing his winning ways at the CENTRE taking the feature race in a hard fought battle with Kevin "The Gangster" Capone of Springhill, NS. Capone lead for the first 20 laps of the feature but "left the door open" coming out of turn 4 for Daley, who took advantage of the error and the lead. Rookies Serge Frigault of Saint Charles and Louis Keller of Monton started their racing careers on positive notes taking the other two podium positions in the feature, respectively. "The Gangster" took the heat win.
Finally, in Modified action it was Joe Hoyt of Fredericton taking the win in the 40 lap feature while long time racer Larry Gulliver of Saint John took second and former speedway sportsman competitor Mike Raeburn of Hampton, NB took third. Raeburn also won the heat. The event featured the largest field of Modifieds to race this year, to date with bumper to bumper racing.
The next event at Shediacs CFS will be on July 27th and feature the second race in the MetalCore Maritime Super Series of Stock Car Racing with a Sportsman 100 and the return of Legends car racing to the CENTRE for the first time since 2005. Mini Stocks and Street Stocks round out the card on the 27th. Other details are available on this site or by calling 506 866-6387.
CFS Reschedules Demolition - Adds Burnouts
June 29, 2013 - CFS is announcing that the recently postponed demolition event has been rescheduled to August 10th at 7 PM and will now be a part of the expanded Atlantic MONSTER Nationals. In addition the Friday evening show (August 9th) will include a "Burnout Blitz". All competitors are welcome and encouraged to register in advance by clicking on the Register / Contact page on the left and filling out the registration form.
June 20, 2013 - I regret to inform fans and drivers that due to a serious health concern in our immediate family we are forced to postpone our 2013 opening which was set for this Saturday. We have provided an updated event schedule on our website and hope to have any health issues behind us for the July 6th MetalCore Super Series date. We are making this announcement early in order to allow fans and drivers the best opportunity to make plans to attend races elsewhere this weekend. Thank you for your understanding and enjoy the races.
MetalCore Picks up Title to Maritime Super Series of Stock Car Racing
June 14, 2013 - CFS is announcing that MetalCore will once again be the title sponsor of the Maritime Super Series. MetalCore will assist us in providing up to $6000 (SIX THOUSAND) in points fund money for Sportsman for the 4 race series! Add to the points funds an exciting new race day format, a highly competitive points structure, a high weekly payout, and non conflicting events with most speedways and the CENTRE hopes to see strong fields and good car counts in each of the 4 events. For more information please see the speedways website. All competitors are welcome!
CFS to Provide Improved Access for Elderly Fans and Others
June 6, 2013 - CFS is pleased to announce improved access for fans of all ages via its new "Drive-In" zone for Fans. This area is designed for elderly and physically challenged fans who otherwise would have difficulty in attending the races. In the Drive-In Zone fans with disabilities and those over 65 can drive their car, half ton, or van up to the fencing and, without having to leave the comfort of their own vehicle, watch the races. In addition, fans can tune into the CENTREs announcers on their own FM radio via the speedways new FM Radio Station Transmitter so no matter how loud the motor sport, the fans can hear the announcers commentary! To access the Drive-In Zone, fans must enter thru the Pit Pass entrance. A pit pass and proof of age or physical ailment is required. A season pass for the Drive-In Zone is available, at a reduced cost, for those who are eligible. Spaces are limited and on a first come basis. Please spread the word to those you think may benefit and "We'll see you at the CENTRE."
Legends to Return to CENTRE
May 25, 2013 - CFS is excited to announce that the Maritime League of Legends will return to the Barachois oval for 2 event dates this summert. The Legends races will be added to the July 27th Maritime Super Series event and on Oct 6th for the Atlantic Stock Car Championships, the firstb weekend in October. Both events will feature 50 laps for the Legends Tour plus heat and semi feature racing. This marks the first Legends Tour race in Shediac since 2005.
Fans can check the Schedule page for more details and are reminded that additional event announcements are pending.
More Motor Sports Events added to CFS 2013 Schedule
May 12, 2013 - CFS is pleased to announce its most recent additions to the 2013 Motor Sports Schedule of events. In addition to the Stock Car Specials and Monster Nationals previously announce CFS is now adding 2 Demolition and Full contact events. Both events will take place on long weekends including an event on the Canada Day Weekend on June 29th and Labour Day Weekend on August 31st. Competitors can register for an event(s) by visiting the CFS web site at centreforspeed.com or calling 506 866-6387.
Fans are urged to check the site for more details and additional event announcements in the near future.
CFS Announces 2013 Schedule
April 17, 2013 - CFS is pleased to announce our 2013 event schedule. Please click on the "Schedule" page for more information. Additional details will be added as confirmed. Schedule higlights this year include the continuation of the Maritime Super Series for Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks (aka Thunder / Outlaws) and 4 Cyls (aka Four Fun / Lightning) / Thunder, Demolition, Enduro, ATV and other events to be confirmed.
For more information please contact the speedway at 506 866-6387.
Speedway Crowns Atlantic Champions
Oct 6 and 7, 2012 - CENTRE for Speed was once again the host of the Atlantic Stock Car Championships this past weekend. One hundred andfourty three teams registered to compete in this years "racing celebration" from throughout Atlantic Canada including the largest number of teams from Newfoundland since the events inception including Sportsman, Bandolero, and Pro Stock competitors. The total car count was an improvement over 2011 due mainly to the absence of rain and spurred by mild temperatures on all three days. There were 18 "no shows" due to a rain date at at Oyster Bed Speedway.
Champions, from entry level to Pro included:
Lonnie Sommerville #23 - Quispamsis, NB - Cavendish Farms Pro Stock Division**
Dave O'Blenis #48 - Boundry Creek, NB - Vance Hanes Sportsman Division
Rick Cashol #54 - Saint John, NB - MacDonald Buick Street Stock Division
Ron Lane #38 - Riverglade, NB - MetalCore Open Wheel Division
In Sportsman action on Saturday CFS Rookie sensation, Shawn Connor sustained a broken ankle when his #14, which was challenging for 2nd spot on lap 85 in the feature, was contacted by two other cars also racing for 2nd which created a domino effect sending CFS's Rookie of the Year into the wall in turn one. CFS emergency crews scrambling to his side and when the dust settled Connor was removed from his vehicle at his request and transported to the pit area where ambulance services were recalled to transport him to hospital. Race leader Dave O'Blenis of Boundry Creek, NB held on for the win, leading 52 of the 100 laps. CFS regular Calvin Rankin, who had been the race leader early in the competition, sustained front end damage in another racing incident with Cal Hatfield. Connor from Salisbury, NB, Laurie Cormier of Riverview NB, Calvin Rankin of Quispamsis and Cal Hatfield of Saint John all had won their qualifying races in the division. Rankin lead for much of the first half of the race until he was contacted by another competitor bringing out the caution and sending them both to the back of the pack. Dave O'Blenis, who started in the middle of the pack lead most of the remainder of the race and held off several challengers including Connor, Cormier and home track hero, Remi Gaudet at various times throughout the later stages of the race to take home his first Championships title. Brady Creamer in his #10 from the mighty Miramichi took second while Ross Lewis of Cape Breton took the final podium position
In Pro Stock it was Lonnie Sommerville who made a successful return to the CENTRE to snatch the Pro Stock Crown from defending champ Greg Proude of PEI. Sommerville laid down the gauntlet early in the day with a blistering track record time trial on the new 3/8th mile configuration of just 14.9 seconds and change per automated timing data. That gave the #23 an average speed of 90.604 miles per hour and a new track record for MPST rules cars dethroning last years Atl Champ, Greg Proude by shaving 3/10s off his record of 15.2 seconds. Sommerville started on the pole and lead most of the event but was challenged on numerous occasion by a trio of Islanders including the 5 of Jonathan Hicken (PEI), 18 of Darren MacKinnon (PEI) and the 29 of Greg Proude (PEI). Hicken took the lead late in the race but Sommerville charged back after following Hicken for several laps and then several circuits of side by side racing. Mackinnon finished second and Proude was third. The race saw 18 starters with 14 still competing at the end of the gruelling 150 lap season ending event at the CENTRE. A total of 9 cars were on the lead lap including the young rookie driver Brad Eddy (#72) of Halifax in his first ever race at the CENTRE. Josh Collins of Saint John's, Newfoundland was also notable in the race as he competed in this division for the first time after finishing in the top 5 the day before in Sportsman. Collins managed a 12th place finish in the top class just 2 laps down on the leaders in his Avondale Speedway sponsored #80 car.
Rick "The Villan" Cashol was the only competitor to successfully defend his title holding on to the Street Stock Division after CFS Track Champ Brad MacLeans #13 had to be disqualified due to a rules misunderstanding between the regular season and the Championships. All other divisions saw new Champions.
There were many more great stories to tell and top notch racing in all the heats and features in every division. The speedway and the event sponsors congratulate all the competitors in all the classes for taking the challenge and the victors for their outstanding achievement. CFS is now closed for the season and plans to be present at the final race this weekend at Petty International Speedway. We thank the fans for their support at the championships and throughout the season.
Maritime Super Series Champs Announced
Oct 2, 2012 - CFS is pleased to annouce the Maritme Super Series of Stock Car Racing Champions for the 2012 season. After some contraversy the CENTRE for Speed is please to confirm that John Rankin was confirmed as the Sportsman Super Series Champ for 2012. Rankin who came into contact with track rookie John Betteridge Jr early in the stages of the Double Header event here on Sept 15th was thought to be out of the running despit his strong showing in the first event. However heat points and series rules on minimum points for competitors managed to hold off Johns hard charging Cousin, Calvin Rankin who, despit winning both the final events came in third in the series after missing the first race date. The #22 of Claude Gaudet, piloted by his hard driving son, Remi came in second overall. In Mini Stock action it was Rookie pilot Dustin Phillips from Salisbury who took top honours and, in Street Stock rookie, Justin MacDonald in his #77, from Springhill who snared the Championships in his division.
This weekend its the 12th Annual Atlantic Stock Car Championships at the CENTRE beginnign with the Early Arrival Practice and Pit Party on Friday at 3. A large field of Sportsman from all over the Maritimes are registered as well as a full field of Street Stocks and 20 Pro Stocks. The event has been the best attended stock car race for competitors in the Maritimes for 11 of the last 12 years. Racing starts at 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information see www.centreforspeed.com
DMCC Postpones Drifting Event to 2013
Sept 25, 2012 - DMCC have informed CFS that they will not be able to generate a large enough field of cars to ensure a quality event this weekend. Thye have requested to postpone the event until next year, earlier in the season. CFS and DMCC have agreed schedule an event earlier in the season for 2013 to help ensure a full field of cars. More information and an announcement of a 2013 will be released once confirmed.
CENTRE for Speed set to host MONSTER TRUCKS
Riverview, NB - Shediac's CENTRE for Speed is set to host the Maritimes largest ever Monster Truck Racing event this weekend. In keeping with its MONSTER TRUCK mantra of "Go Big or Stay Home" CFS has amassed field of seven Monster Trucks for it's 4th annual D.R. Scrap Atlantic MONSTER Nationals which will run this Saturday and Sunday. Trucks include some of the worlds best MONSTER JAM competitors including several world record holders such as Jon Zimmer (in his new "Excalibur" Truck), RB Moler in WV Mountaineer, and Mike Vaters in "Black Stallion". Other trucks include Jeff Bursey's "Towasauruswrex" and Tim Mente's "Storm Damage" plus Hurricane Force. Iron Warrior rounds out the field of seven with Mike Vaters Jr at the helm and looking to make a name for himself. Iron Warrior replaces Higher Education who was originally scheuled to appear until the truck suffered a major engine failure in a show last weekend. The speedway says it has added some height to a few jumps and some additional infield elements to facilitate the Wheelie and Freestyle events and is hoping to continue to build on the success of last years show.
The "D.R Scrap Atlantic MONSTER Nationals" will once again kick off the annual Atlantic Speed Weeks events here at the CENTRE. The two day 2 show event includes Monsters racing in an Dual Oval Drag racing competition, Freestyle and Wheelie events plus Lawn Tractor races, Monctons Mini Monsters RC group performing stunts on Saturday and a Demoltion event with 2 qualifying events on Sunday. Saturdays event starts at 6pm with a "Pit Party" (where fans can meet the drivers and get autographs and pictures, etc on the track) starting at 5. Gates open at 4PM. Sundays event begins at 4PM with the Pit Parety at 3 and gates opening at 2. As of 9 pm Friday Night there were still a few advance tickets available at Ayer Convenience in Moncton and the Shediac COOP. General Admission tickets will also be available at the door.
MetalCore Super Series Double Header Set for Saturday Riverview, New Brunswick - This Saturday Night under the lights the Maritimes biggest and fastest stock car oval will host the finale event to crown the Metalcore Maritime Super Series champions. The double header event for Sportsman and Street Stocks with twin 75 and twin 50s respectively in each division is the result of 2 rainouts earlier in the season. A good field of cars are expected with John Rankin of Saint John currently leading the points in the series. Mini Stocks will race a single feature for their series championship.
A good field of top Sportsman are registered including cars from throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as well as one competitor from Newfoundland. The night will mark the end of the regular racing season at the CENTRE. Next weekend sees the beginning of the speedways Atl Speed Weeks creation which kicks off with the largest Monster Truck show ever held in the Maritimes on Sept 22nd and 23rd and runs to Oct 27th and also including the Canadian Drifting Championships (the first time ever in Atlantic Canada), annual Atlantic Stock Car Championships, and Maritime Mud Bog and ATV Challenge.
NASCAR Hall of Famer, Bobby Allison, poses with the drivers prior to the races on Aug 3rd, 2012
CENTRE FOR SPEED CROWNS NEW CHAMPIONS for 2012
Aug 25, 2012
Shediac, NB - CFS ended its points championship season for grass roots racing here tonight with a full card of racing and family activities during the MacDonald Buick Kids Gold Rush night. Two touring divisions and three weekly divisions filled the card. There was also a fun race for the kids called the "Gold Rush", and a chance for the stock car "Mechanics" to give the wheel a try in the Mechanics Race.
In the touring divisions the AOW put on a competitive show of side by side racing with Joe Hoyt talking wins in the heat, semi and feature but at the end of the day it was Mike Raeburn hanging on to take the overall points title for the series. Raeburn, of Hampton, finished second in the feature followed the 75 of Doug Matchett from Saint John. Winners in the Mini Cups were the 29 of James Matchett in the Heat and Feature followed by the 11 Leolin Bordage of St Leolin and 24 Derek Goodwin of Renous. Newcomer Don Gaudet produced a few anxious moments when he barrell rolled his new Mini Cup car during early action but the driver emerged uninjured.
In the weekly divisions the winner of Late Model Sportsman feature for his first ever points championship at the speedway was Riverviews Craig "The Thrill Maker" Ward in the 02 car. Ward edged out Rookie of the Year winner, the "Canadian Outlaw" Shawn Conners (Grandson to Calib Dunn) and hometown favorite Claude Gaudet who tied for second, behind Ward. That was also the finishing order on the podium for the night. Ward made it a night to remember with the grand slam also winning the heat and dash races. In Street Stocks it was `Mighty` Brad MacLean in his lucky number 13 out of the Miramichi who took the championship home for the division and also won the feature followed by Dangerous Don Marcoux of St. Charles and newcomer Geoff Tugwell of Smithstown. Rookie of the Year for the division was Justin MacDonald of Springhill who also finished second in the points overall. Finally in the racing highlight of the night the Mini Stocks put on an entertaining and exciting show with a host of lead changes and close side by side racing for the duration of their feature which saw 15 cars compete including Halifax`s (99) Dave Matthews who emerged victorious ahead of local favorite Michel Brun (23) and team mate Kyle MacMillian (5) also of Halifax. Brad Daley (66) emerged with the championship however followed by John Baker from Springhill, NS in the 89 and Don Gaudet (88) of Summerside, PEI. In the novelty event of the night after a few spins and turmoil it was Brad MacLean in the 88 of Don Gaudet with Jamie Brightman (181) and Lawrence Turcott (13) who rounded out the podium.
CFS is off for the next 2 weeks preparing for Atlantic Speed Weeks which will begin a little early this year with the running of a couple of rained out extended race events in the "Metalcore Maritime Super Series of Racing" on Sept 15 then move on the D.R. Scrap Atlantic Monster Nationals and Demolition Championships on Sept 22 and 23, Canadian Drifting Championsips - including Drift Clinics by the Pro and a Car Show on Sept 29th and the finale of the Atl Stock Car Championships on Oct long weekend.
Beatrice Talks with Bobby Allison
He’s an inventor, pilot, and a NASCAR Hall of Famer. He’s Bobby Allison. I caught up with Bobby Allison last Friday night at Centre for Speed.
To begin the interview, Allison was asked if he had a favourite car number and why. He replied, “ I was a football equipment manager at a Miami, Florida High School and 41 was the only number not taken so I took it for my first car number. My second number was 312. That represented the team of 12 and we won 12 games, so I took 12. When I went to the races, 12 had been taken and I also liked the number 3 which was also taken so I decided to choose 312. Then I realized that 312 was also my birthday, December 3rd. I kept that number unless I drove for another team which already had their own number.
12 was my favourite and I won a lot of races with it including my first Daytona.”
With him being Bobby Allison, I figured it would be hard for him to pick a favourite race, but not so. “My most memorable race should be the Daytona 500 when I won it in 1988 at the age of 50 with my son Davey behind me, but I have no memory of the race due to the accident. Rockingham, in 1967, is the one I remember. It was the final race of the year, a 500 lapper, and I won. The last two races that year were put onto the next year’s schedule.”
With his referring to the accident, I asked him to talk more about it. “At Pocono, in 1988, I was T-boned going 150 MPH. A doctor got hold of me while I was in hospital and diagnosed head injuries. I also had a broken leg and broken ribs, but that Doctor saved my life.”
Allison was then asked about his racing experiences in Canada. “I’ve raced at Cayuga, Pinecrest, Saubo, and somewhere else but I can’t remember where.(He remembered later of being at Riverside, outside Antigonish, but the details were sketchy.) I went to Calgary for an ASA race but it didn’t go. Then I had the accident and never made it back to race there. I have 85 wins in total, but they only count 84 of them. A race is in the record books that nobody won, but I did. Someday, they’ll get around to correcting it and I’ll get credit for it.”
At the age of 74, Bobby is officially retired from racing. I asked him how he was enjoying it. “I keep busy in my retirement by doing things like this. When I got hurt, NASCAR insurance wasn’t very good so I got to pay a half million dollars of my medical bills myself. I had to sell all my antique cars, my tools, and use all the money I had saved in the bank. Some good friends helped me out as well. Now I get paid to go to different tracks and charities and sign autographs. I’m enjoying this. I can only spend the one day here with Tim due to other commitments but I’m really enjoying it.”
After the interview, which was held out at the pit gates, Allison wandered through the pits, talking to each of the drivers and crews and having pictures taken with whoever wanted them and then went out to the front gates, where he greeted fans as they came into the facility.
If you are interested in learning more about Allison’s career, inventions and accomplishments, go to www.bobbyallison.com, and you will quickly see why he is one of the “GREATS” of all time.
CENTRE Demo Ends with a Tie
Aug 4, 2012
Shediac, NB - A tie marked Shediac's CENTREE for Speed's first Demolition event of the season as Trevor Brown (#3) of Moncton and Mark Hines (#2) from Lower Coverdale battled to a draw here
on Saturday night to the enjopyment of the crowd. Hines and Horton chased each other around several disabled cars untril they finally made contact after which each of them were unable to move again. The event was therefore deemd a tie and the $1000 prize was split between the two happy competitors. Earlier in the night, regular competitor, Stephane Poirier of St Louis de Kent, gained his entry into the Demo with a win in the "Bump to Pass" event in his #707 machine. The "Barrell Races" were won by #1, Joey Horton of Amherst and #2 Mark Hines, of Lower Coverdale.
The next demolition event will be held on Sept 23rd as a part of the Atlantic MONSTER Nationals double header weekend.
John Rankin Wins Sportsman 75 in Maritime Sportsman Super Series
August 3, 210
Shediac, NB - Friday evening at Shediac`s CENTRE for Speed, NASCAR Hall of Famer, Bobby Allison, one fof NASCARs top 4 winningest drives, was on hand meeting and talking to drivers and fans alike. The former NASCAR great was extremely likeable and open and discussed everything from the state of NASCAR to his roots on short tracks in the Southern States. Allison was also impressed by the caliber of racing in the Maritimes and the quality of the facility at Centre for Speed. "I really like what you've done with this facility" commented Allison to track owner Tim Wile.
The Mini Cup Series made its first visit to the "Centre" on this occasion as well, and thrilled the fans with the close competition and quality of this series. On one occasion, two of the cars collided and careened off into the wall in turn three. Neither of the drivers were injured and returned to the track for the feature. The 29 of James Matchett came home first in the Heat while Chris Wilson captured top honours in the 35 lap feature.
The main event of the evening was the Maritime Super Series 75 lapper for Sportsmen. The event was an extremely exciting affair with a fitting end on the Bobby Allison theme as #28 John Rankin piloting his Davey Allison themed car to Victory Lane. Rankin commented "its a great honour for me to meet my racing idol, Davey Allison". Former CFS regular and multi time track champ, Laurie Cormier, made a great return to the oval leading the first 22 laps of the event. Rankin lead the remainder after a multi lap side by side battle with Cormier to pick up the win. Cormier also captured victory in the Heat race earlier in the evening togain the pole. Luc Bourgeois, the "High plains Drifter", also had a good night capturing thirds in both his Heat and the Feature. Calvin Rankin was the winner of the other Heat but he was sidelined early in the event after he and Cormier made contact in Turn 4. The mechanical failure put him on the sidelines for the rest of the night.
Justin MacDonald again proved that his Championship last year was no fluke as he captured both the Heat and Feature in Street Stock competition while Mike Brun picked up his second win in as many weekends dominated proceedings in the Mini Stock class, winning both the heat and the feature events.
NASCAR Legend “Bobby Allison” to Grand Marshall Big Friday Night Event
Riverview and Shediac, NB – Shediac's CENTRE for Speed will host the first of 3 75 lap “MetalCore Super Series of Racing” events this Friday Night with one of NASCAR's greatest stars overseeing the event as Grand Marshall. Allison, nicknamed “The Legend” in NASCAR circles is, one of auto racings greatest drivers of all time. A multi time winner of the Daytona 500 and Auto Racing Driver of the Year awards is also a Winston Cup Champion among many other honours. Allison will Grand Marshall the event including signing autographs and taking photos with fans and drivers among other planned activities.
If that wasn't enough it appears that the event is becoming a bellwether for renewing old rivalries as a number of former CFS competitors have announced their intention to compete including the return of “The Stinger” Laurie Cormier – a 4 time track champion. “The High Plains Drifter” Luc Bourgeois is also expected to be in attendance and with other top guns like Saint John's Rankin cousins, Calvin and John, and other successful CFS regulars like Shediac's own, Claude Gaudet as well as strong competitors this season including Riverviews “Thrill Maker” Craig Ward and Bert “The Intimidator” Cormier of Bouctouche, the stage is set for what should be a real “Barn Burner” of a night.
Also on the Metalcore Super Series Card for the speedways first ever Friday Night event are invitationals in the Street Stock and 4 Cylinder divisions with competitors registered from Sydney, PEI, Saint John and Miramichi areas. Last but not least it will also be the first ever trip by the Mini Cup series to the CENTRE. “This is certainly a night of first for us here at the CENTRE... we just don't know how many more firsts there will be till it's over” jested, track owner and promoter, Tim Wile. “I'm expecting that the biggest and fastest oval in the Maritimes will have some exciting moments in store for the fans and the drivers come Friday and when you add a great like Bobby Allison to that mix it's got to be a winner for everyone in attendance.
Front Gates open at 6 with fan side autographs and photos with Bobby from 7:15 to 7:50. Racing starts at 8PM sharp. Fans are urged to come early for the best seating. Adult admission is $20 while a family pass for 2 adults and 4 children is $45.
July 28, 2012
MIRA Fund Raiser topped off with Top Notch Racing
Shediac, NB - The MIRA Blind Racing Challenge Saturday evening at Centre for Speed in beautiful Grand Barrachois was a hit with fans and raised some valuable cash towards the training of `seeing eye`and `companion assist`dogs. Dunring the event, blind drivers with the aid of their celebrity and sponsor Co-Pilots raced (in reverse) around the big oval for 5 fun fiulled laps of laughs for the fans. Ten drivers competed in the event with vigour and enthusiasm was through the roof from the participants and fans alike afterwards. The winner of the event was Brian Thorne of Saint John along with his co-pilot Gary Lockhart of Salisbury. It is expected that this will become an annual event at the “Centre”.
Racing also took place in three divisions, Mini Stock, Shediac Sportsman (Street Stock), and Super Sportsman with the action thrilling fans from start to finish. In the Mini Stock Division, Mike Brun of Grand Barachois was the big winner, capturing both his Heat and the Feature including some of the best racing of the night in the feature event. Brun and Weagle several feature lead changes with Salisbury Driver Mike Weagle. Brad Daley was also a winner, capturing his Heat. Gerald Brun claimed victory in the “Dash for Cash”.
In the Shediac Sportsman division, Brad MacLean returned from his job in BC in order to race and it was not a wasted trip as he was the big winner, winning convincingly in both the Heat and the Feature.
A good field of Late Modle Sportsmen were on hand for Saturday’s proceedings with Remi Gaudet, driving for his father Claude, taking the 22 from Grand Barachois to Victory Lane twice, in both the Heat and Feature. The younger Gaudet passed pole race leader Hubert `Bert`Cormier of Bouctouche on a mid race restart at lap 23. Gary Tingley #91) of Salisbury captured second after climbing from the back of the pack along with Calvin Rankin (#45) of Quispamsis who was third. Both chased Gaudet from wire to wire after Cormier (#3) blew his transmission but the bumper to bumper battle for second took its toll on the two competitors who were unable to reel in the speedy Gaudet who was out front and able to use his considerable skills and knowledge of the speedway line to lay down the fastest laps of the day whenever the two challengers look like they might pose a threat to take the lead.
Next week is a double header weekend at the Centre with “Bobby Allison” night on Friday evening with racing starting at 8pm. The famous NASCAR great and Hall of Famer will be the Grand Marshall for the event that feature a Super Series 75 lapper for Super Sportsman. The new “Mini Cup” series will also be racing on Friday along with action in Mini Stock and Street Stock divisions. Allison will be signing autographs etc for fans at the Centre from 6:45 until 7:45, doing some colour commentary on the races and interviews with the speedways announcers and presenting the winners trophy in each division. A driver group photo session with Bobby is also schedule to commemorate the event. It will be a historic night not to be missed.
Saturday, “Summer Smash”, a Night of Destruction will be the attraction with a Demolition Derby, Barrell Race, and a “Soap Box” Derby scheduled. The action will be wall-to-wall from start to finish in this one. Saturday’s action will start at 7pm. Pit gates open at 4! See the schedule for admission prices or call the CENTRE at 506 388-2415.
July 7, 2012
Brun wins Mini Stock Event - Sportsman and Street Stocks Rained Out
Note: Revised on July 26th to correct Mini Heat Winner
Shediac, NB - With its best car count this season sitting in the pits and after some highly competitive and entertaining racing on Atlantic Canada's fastest stock car oval, CENTRE for Speed was forced to postpone the 2nd MetalCore Maritime Super Series of Racing event here tonight after rain and thunder showers caused several rain delays.
Battling multiple showers the speedway completed a portion of the nights card including the heats in all divisions and the Mini Stock features. Emmet Donohue (#28) of PEI won the Street Stock heat while Michel Brun of Grand Barachois won the Mini Feature with points leader Scott Bourque taking the heat. Sportsman heats saw Bert "The Intimidator" Cormier (# 3) of Bouctouche carry his new, aggressive, racing style in his #3 machince into the victory circle for the third time this season and Cal Hatfield (# 11) of Quispamsis gun down the competition in another close heat to continue his success at the speedway. "This was tough one to call. We had cars from throughout PEI, some from Nova Scotia, and as far away as Bathurst NB for this one so we wanted to get it in. It just wasn't in the cards." said CFS GM Tim Wile. Despite the wet conditions and some racing "in the rain" the event ran in true CFS fashion with just 2 cautions up to the calling of the event.
A reschedule date and format will be announced later this week.
June 30th, 2012
Raeburn Double Winner in AOW at Center for Speed
Saturday was blistering hot all day but at racetime, the proceedings were interrupted by a rain shower which delayed the event for one hour. After track drying was complete, the boys hit the track for some good ole’ down home racing under the lights. The 4 cylinders guys were first on the track and Gerard “Pitou” Brun made short work of his competition, cruising to victory in his heat. The 96 of Cody Bourque captured the 5 lap Dash event while Gerard Brun made a return trip to victory lane in the Feature to cap off a great night for him. The “crash and bang” Street Stocks were up next with the 00 of Martin Landry winning both the Heat and the dash before falling victim to mechanical issues in the Feature. Don Marcoux, last year’s runner up in the Championship standings, came on strong in the latter laps to capture his first victory of the young season in the Feature.
The Sportsman LMS division, despite being short on numbers, put on an awesome display, led by the 3 of Bert Cormier who captured wins in the Heat and Dash, before bringing home a third place finish in the Feature. The 02 of Craig Ward, always a top notch competitor, captured a second in his Heat before capturing the Feature in a tremendous battle with Claude Gaudet. This one was in doubt from start to finish but Ward had just a little more in the tank than Gaudet on this occasion.
The main attraction on this occasion was the AOW Modified Touring series and these boys came to race. Joe Hoyt, fresh of his triple victory in Miramichi last time out, continued his winning ways in the Heat, edging out the 98 of Mike “Sparky” Raeburn but that was where his winning ways parted company, as Raeburn put on an awesome display to capture both the Semi and the feature. The main battle was between Raeburn and Hoyt in the Feature until the 17 of Hoyt’s developed engine problems late in the race, limping home at the rear of the pack.
This weekend is the inagural race of the MetalCore Maritime Super Series of Racing. Cars are already registered from PEI, Nova Scotia and throughout NB and the speedway is expecting some great competition in all three divisions. Pit gates open at 3 and the front gates at 5. See the schedule page for more details.
June 30th, 2012
Announcing Duo to Debut at CFS Tonight
CFS will debut two new announcers at tonights Moosers Heros of Weekly Racing event. The pair will deliver the racing and other motor sports programs for the fans at the speedway each week for the remainder of the season. The speedway will introduce the duo at the beginning of the Moosers Heros of Weekly Racing event tonight. The announcers are expected to add some fun and entertainment to events at the speedway. As to the identity of the personalities involved the speedway is "mum" until race time other than to say that both announcers have experience in announcing at motor sports events in Canada. Race time tonight is 7 PM.
June 27, 2012
North Carolina Racer heads to Shediac for Moosers "Heros of Racing"
After a week off due to the weather it's time for something special at this weekend at Shediac's CENTRE for Speed Entertainment Park. On Saturday at 7 Moosers will present the "Moosers Heroes of Weekly Racing" event including some great racing and lots of free fun for the kids. On the racing card are the guys from the Open Wheel Modifieds Tour who will make their first appearance at the "Centre" this season including Ryan MacIntosh, the young Amherst native who is making quite a name for himself down south with the Allison Legacy Series based in North Carolina. MacKintosh is home for a few days and will be piloting the #22 AOW car at Shediac this weekend and signing autographs for the fans along with the rest of the "Hero's of Weekly Racing" in attendance at the event during the on track autograph and kids ride session. Young MacIntosh has been building up an impressive resume down South and hopes are high that he will have an outstanding performance before the home fans of the Maritimes.
"Wingnut", the track mascot, will be on hand with free sign up kits for his Jr Fan Club in addition to the kids stock car rides. In addition, The Late Model sportsman, the always exciting Street Stocks and four cylinders will be showcasing their talents on Atlantic Canada's Fastest Stock Car Oval plus the "Mini MONSTERS" RC group will be performing stunts, jumps and racing with their Mini Monster Trucks for young and old alike. Admission for this family friendly event for ages 18 and under is free. Adults 19+ pay just $10 and Seniors (60+) are $8.
Todays Races to be Rescheduled
Due to the high probability of rain today and tomorrow and the travel distances for competitors and fans for this invitational we have decided that it is everyones best interest to postpone todays MetalCore Maritime Super Sereis of Racing event scheduled for today to be run at a later date TBA this coming week. Passes or advance tickets for this weekends event will be honoured at any "MetalCore Maritime Super Series event" this summer.
The next event will be "Moosers Heroes of Weekly Racing" featuring WingNuts Kids Club Day including free kids club packs for all the Children plus driver autographs and photos with the fans and kids stock car rides. Racing will include the Open Wheels first trip to Shediac this season plus an LMS 50, Mini Stocks and Streets!
We’ll see you at the CENTRE next Saturday, June 30th at 7 PM.
June 22nd, 2012
Mini Cups to Debut at CFS
Saturday evening at the "Centre" another first is in the works. For the first time the "Mini Pro Cup Tour will be testing the speedy Shediac oval as part of the "Metalcore" Maritime Super series race event. Racing begins at 7pm and is sure to be a great one.
The Late Model Sportsman will be running a 100 lapper as race 1 of the Super series. Entrants are expected from all over the Maritimes for this one. Last week's Sportsman feature winner, Claude Gaudet, is sure to a strong contender, and St John's competitor Calvin Rankin, the defending champion in this event, is sure to stake his claim on a second title. There will also be racing in Street Stock and Mini Stock along with the Mini Cup.
Remember, racing starts at 7pm Saturday night. See you there!!!
In the event of rain, or the high probability of it, the speedway will make a decision to cancel and reschedule prior to noon on Saturday. Please check the "Next Event" section on the "Home Page" for weather updates or subscribe to our Twitter feed at 'centreforspeed'".
Shediac, New Brunswick - Claude Gaudet couldn't wait to give his sponsors some added exposure taking home the first checkered flag in the Late Model Sportsman feature tonight at Shediac's CENTRE for Speed. Gaudet cast his M & M Seafoods - Lawn Boy sponsored machine into the limelight with a good jump over race leader and heat winner Dan Duke on a mid race restart in the 50 lap feature and held on for the victory. Corey Collins finished second, his best showing to date at the CENTRE and "The Thrill Maker", Craig Ward rounded out the podium.
The historic event was the CENTRE's first race to be taped for rebroadcast and the first race for the late Calib Dunn's Grandson, Shawn Conners. Conners got his start in the #14 Late Model, a number that was one which Dunn had run during his illustrious stock car career in the region and was choosen as a tribute to the icon's recent passing. The rookie driver showed promise keeping his nose clean and handling the car without incident throughout the night, and staying with the pack, on the short run, throughout the night.
Andrew Starks also made his first appearance at the CENTRE in his #7 machine, "The Newfie Bullet". Starks who make his home on Debert, Nova Scotia plans to make the trip to Shediac for the majority of the events this season. Starks did well for his first ever attempt at the CENTRE finishing a close 5th to the veteran, Dan Duke in the #50. Bert Cormier experienced numerous technical problems throughout the night finishing 6th.
In other action at the Speedway Brad McLean proved the Miramichi is mighty taking top honours in the Street Sportsman class in his lucky #13 while Don Marcoux of Saint Louis finished 2nd and Ronnie Layton finished 3rd making it a successful outing for the long time racing veteran in his #16. Marcoux won the Heat while McLean finished 2nd setting up a tie in the points after the first event.
Finally, in the Mini Stock Division, Mike Weagle won the heat race while defending champ Scott Bourque won the feature followed by Weagle who had lead the race until he was forced to the pits with a flat tire. Weagle was later relegated to last place with a disqualification promoting the returning Josh Simon in his #71 of Bouctouche into 2nd place and Brad Daley of Moncton in his #66 was third.
Next Saturday, June 23rd at 7 PM is the first of three summer invitationals in the MetalCore Maritime Super Series of Stock Car Racing with 5 divisiosn on deck including a Late Model 100 featue event, plus Street (Stock) Sportsman 50, Mini Stock, 4 Cylinder and Mini Cup events.
June 14, 2012
Excitement Builds for Shediac Season Opener
Shediac, New Brunswick - This Saturday at 7, the gates will swing open on the 2012 season of racing at Shediac's Centre for Speed for the “Dominion Lending Schools Out Celebration”.
Events scheduled for Saturday include a Late Model Sportsman 50 lapper, plus Street Stocks and 4 cylinders. WingNut will be in attendance for the young kids and all School age children (including college ages up to 22) will be admitted FREE for this event in celebration of the end of school. Congratulations to you all on a successful year - now lets celebrate! Adult admission for those of us no longer in school is $10.00
Rogers Cable will make the event an historic first with the taping of the race for rebroadcast throughout NB next week and have been busy installing cable for their cameras all this week. They will be using 5 Cameras including a remote so it should be a great TV show an a great opportunity for drivers to show off thier sponsors. The event is one of 8 being taped for rebroadcast at a later date.
Fans in attendance at the event will have a chance to be selected "Rogers Fan of the week" which will include race tickets to next weeks MetalCore Maritime Super Series (Race 1 of 3), food and a chance at 2 airline tickets anywhere in North America. So... wear something that'll get you noticed or be the loudest fan in the grandstands or carry a poster of your favorite driver or something else that will get you noticed by the cameras and you could be the winner.
Nova Scotias Andrew Starks (The Newfie Bullet) has announced that he plans to compete this year at the CENTRE as well as several other new and returning competitors including Dan Duke, John Rankin and possibly even Laurie Cormier (multi time track champ) in their Late Model Sportsman cars. Justin MacDonald joins the Street (Shediac) Sportsman after winning the Four Fun Division Championships last year and top runner Josh Simon plans to be back in the new Mini Stock Division.
There are many other enhancements, additions and changes that have been made to enhance the entertainment experience at the track but more on these later. Put it all together it will be a fun, “Cannot miss”, HISTORIC Stock Car event and season at the CENTRE this year so we'll hope to see you this Saturday at 7.
May 23rd, 2012
Blind to Race at CENTRE for Speed
Shediac, New Brunswick - Shediac's CENTRE for Speed Entertainment Park and the MIRA Foundation for the Blind are pleased to announce a charitable event partnership. The event will feature the blind racing in speedway prepared race cars in order to raise funds to help train "seeing eye" and "companion assist" dogs for those in need.
The event, which will be run at the CENTRE for Speed entertainment facility near Shediac on July 28th will see blind and visually impaired drivers compete, with the aid of sighed media and celebrity "co-pilots" who will guide their drivers to the finish line in the 10 lap stock car event. MIRA will receive funds from tickets sold for the event and from other fund raising activities such as a 50/50 draw on event day. The event is scheduled to be run on July 28th during one of the CENTRE's weekly stock car events. Tickets will be available in advance through MIRA with proceeds to the foundation by calling 506 852-9539.
Readers who have a vehicle which runs but is no longer in use can help to make the event a success by donating their vehicle for the event. Car donors will receive free tickets special recognition at the event. To donate a car or assist in their preparation for the event please call Tim at the CENTRE at 506 388-2145.
For more information on this and other events at the Shediac CENTRE for Speed this season please visit www.centreforspeed.com. For more information on the MIRA Foundation please see www.mira5050.ca. To ensure future delivery of these notices please add our email address to your "allowed" or "safe senders" list.
May 12, 2012
D.R. Scrap Metal Sponsors MONSTER TRUCK SERIES Shediac's CENTRE for Speed is pleased to announce an expansion of it's Monster Truck and Extreme Racing events for the 2012 season to three big events over a total of 4 Days throughout the season. The series will be sponsored by D.R. Scrap Metals of Moncton and will be named the "D.R. Scrap Metals Monster Truck Series". Event dates will be July 15, August 4th and a finale 2 day event on Sept 22nd and 23rd.
Additional information about the Shediac CENTRE for Speed and the D.R. Scrap Metals Monster Truck Series including links to D.R. Scrap Metals can be found at www.centreforspeed.com on the "MONSTER TRUCKS" page or by calling 506 388-2415, by following "centreforspeed" on twitter, or by joining our group at "Shediac CENTRE for Speed" on Facebook.
April 16, 2012
CFS and RogersTV to Air Local Motor Sports Show
Shediac's CENTRE for Speed and Rogers TV are pleased to announce a partnership to deliver local motor sports action on Rogers Cable Channel 10. The tentative schedule will see the majo...rity of CFS's schedule of events taped for rebroadcast the following week including select weekly racing and Atlantic Speed Weeks shows. The detailed TV schedule, and format will be released prior to the speedways season opener on June 16th. "We're excited to be working with Rogers in this endeavour", commented CFS GM, Tim Wile. "This is a great opportunity for the entire motor sports community and it's enthusiasts here in New Brunswick. It's a chance to spot light our great weekly racing and it's heros and help grow motor sports in our region. I'm extremely excited that Rogers felt our proposal had merit and for what it will mean for the racing community here and for the sport", he concluded.
Charles Olscamp, Supervising Producer for Rogers TV commented "We're looking forward to bringing our viewers a great summer season of racing, and Rogers TV is pleased to be able to partner with the Shediac Centre for Speed for this variety of programming. This is another great example of how the local community can approach Rogers with a programming idea and see it become a television show they can be proud of."
In addition to weekly racing events the TV schedule is expected to also cover motor sports specials like CFS's Demolitions, Monster Trucks and Drifting Championships.
March 21, 2012
CFS is pleased to announce that Michel Castonguay has joined its team as Director of Marketing and Promotions and Co-Owner. Tim Wile, President of the new organization, announced today that Castonguay, a NB native, will also take on responsibilities for increasing exposure of the facility in the community and throughout the region. "I'm pleased to have Michel on board" said Tim Wile - President and GM of the new organization. "He has a diverse background of entrepreneurial successes from concerts to food service to hospitality and more and his skills will serve our facility well as we focus on growth in the coming months" Castonguay, says he will focus his initial efforts on adding entertainment value for fans, drivers and sponsors to the upcoming season of Motorsports events and then on filling the grandstands. The team has taken several significant steps in support of its 2012 objective to date and expects to begin announcements in the near future. CENTRE for Speed is a 128 acres facility which houses "...one of North America's best Short Track Racing facilities for the size market it serves" according to a 1999 Stock Car Racing Magazine article.
We're Located at 1157 Route 133, Grand Barachois, New Brunswick E4P 8C5. 4 KMs from the Parlee Beach intersection. See you at the CENTRE.