Fairley’s Sports Bar 35 serves as makeup date for August 29th rain out
(FREDERICTON, NB – September 10th, 2020) – The Atlantic Modified Tour is back in action quicker than expected. After two action packed events on SpeedWeekend 2020 at Speedway 660, the rolling thunder will head up to Miramichi for the first time in 2020. The Fairley’s Sports Bar 35 on Saturday, September 12th serves as a makeup date for the event that was lost to rain at Speedway Miramichi on August 29th. The race is the fourth of six point races on the Series on the year and first of two stops to the historic North Shore oval this season. Racing action begins at Speedway Miramichi at 4pm.
After coming up just short in the first two races of 2020, Yves McCray (Neguac, NB) made good by taking home the Krown Rust Control 35 at Speedway 660 last Sunday afternoon. The win was the first feature triumph for the No. 58 Sarkis Collision Center team in 2020 and the second straight year the team was able to win the Atlantic Modified Tour stop on SpeedWeekend.
Following a conduct penalty being handed down to the second place team in the championship chase, McCray will enter the second half of 2020 and Saturday’s Fairley’s Sports Bar 35 with a healthy cushion in the point standings. Zean Dutcher (Miramichi, NB) scored his first podium finish of 2020 on Sunday at Speedway 660 and enters looking to officially take second in points after 35-laps at his home track. Sophomore driver Travis Conroy (Miramichi, NB) knocked on the door of a podium finish on Sunday but came up just short. He and Dutcher will begin the second half of the year separated by just four points.
After a ninth place finish in the CannaConnect 35 to open the season, Braxton Stafford (Blackville, NB) has quietly gone about his business to claw his way back into the championship picture. Stafford posted fourth place finishes in the two point races at Speedway 660 and finds himself in fifth place heading into Saturday’s Fairley’s Sports Bar 35.
Chris Wilson (South Esk, NB) is coming off his second career Atlantic Modified Tour win in the non-point Bryn Enterprises 35 last Friday evening at Speedway 660. Wilson found himself mixing it up with Kevin Bailey (Minto, NB) during the Krown Rust Control 35 on Sunday and did not finish the event. Both drivers will look to rebound from that Saturday during the Fairley’s Sports Bar 35.
A pair of 2019 champions will look to put Sunday behind them quickly with a great run at a track they have each seen success at. Speedway Miramichi champion Joe Hoyt (Waasis, NB) is still searching for his first podium finish of the season while reigning Tour titlist Brandon Skidmore (Springhill, NS) developed motor issues after a second place run last Friday evening during the Bryn Enterprises 35. Both have multiple victories to their credit at Speedway Miramichi and are on the hunt to bounce back after wanting to forget about SpeedWeekend Sunday.
Steven Curtis (South Esk, NB) is still dialing in his fan favorite Ford Pinto Modified and has Speedway Miramichi in his crosshairs for Saturday. The Saturday show may also be the debut for 2020 for “The Racing Ranger” Kim Hallihan (Renous, NB) with the Tour visiting his home track for the first time in 2020.
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – KROWN RUST CONTROL 35 AT SPEEDWAY 660
#2 Kevin Bailey – Minto, NB
#2W Chris Wilson – South Esk, NB
#7 Travis Conroy – Miramichi, NB
#12 Steven Curtis – South Esk, NB
#17 Joe Hoyt – Waasis, NB
#55 Zean Dutcher – Miramichi, NB
#58 Yves McCray – Neguac, NB
#84 Brandon Skidmore – Springhill, NS
#91 Braxton Stafford – Blackville, NB
#97 Kim Hallihan – Renous, NB
Fans and teams are reminded to practice social distancing throughout Saturday’s event and a complete list of updated COVID-19 restrictions in regards to Speedway Miramichi can be viewed online at www.SpeedwayMiramichi.com. Please note, due to COVID-19 regulations in the Province of New Brunswick, Speedway Miramichi is required to collect contact information from every individual that attends this event.
Grandstand admission prices for Saturday’s event are $20 for adults and $10 for youth aged eight to 17 and $10 for Seniors aged 65 and older, while children seven years of age and under will be admitted free. Pit admission is $25. Pit gates and grandstand gates open at 1pm with racing getting underway at 4pm.
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About the Atlantic Modified Tour:
The Atlantic Modified Tour is a New Brunswick based open wheel modified touring series. Founded in 2003 by Jim Duke, the Atlantic Modified Tour continues to thrill fans across the Province. You can keep up with the Atlantic Modified Tour by liking the Series on Facebook and following the Tour on Instagram (@AtlanticModifieds) or by visiting their website at AtlanticModifieds.com.
Photo by Michelle Roy