Moncton’s Centre for Speed gears up for 13TH Season
The May 18th event provided an opportunity for all area Sportsman, Street Stock and 4-cylinder drivers and crews to put the finishing touches on tuning their rides for the 2008 season, including extended practice sessions and feature races in all divisions. Apart from the 12 regular points championship events in 2008, the “Centre” is announcing the return of the CARQUEST Maritime Pro Stock Tour (MPST) on August 3rd, the highly anticipated September 20th visit from the New England Super Modifieds (the ‘fastest stock cars on the planet’), the third season of the Maritime Super Series for Sportsman and two events featuring the Atlantic Open Wheel (AOW) modifieds Tour plus Monster Trucks and Legends racecars.
Art Steeves flagging at 2007 Atlantic Champions
For those who like ‘crash and bang’ action, the Centre is also pleased to announce two shows featuring Monster Trucks on August 16th as well as several ‘Days of Destruction’ events featuring Full Contact, Endurance, and other novelty racing in addition to Demolition Derbies. Tim Wile, CFS promoter and general manager indicates that response to the 2008 event lineup has been enthusiastic with positive feedback at the recent Radical Speed Sport Car Show in Moncton on the upcoming season as well as the planned improvements.
The Centre is completing a major overhaul of its main grandstand, which began late last year, and is expanding its food menu to offer more selection including more healthy food choices. The speedway also intends to introduce several procedural improvements that will make its racing programs more enjoyable for both fans and drivers and will also add a Spring Midget legal oval for its Sprint Midget style “Winged Outlaw’ rental and league racing go-karts. The new oval will be in place for the first night of the “Winged Outlaw League” on June 21st and will be located off the speedway’s front straightaway. The “Winged Outlaw” go-karts come with a full roll cage, impact softening bumpers and seatbelts for added safety. The league is open to all children 11 to 15 years of age and runs from June 21 to the end of August during regular Saturday evening events.
Craig Slawnwhite celebrating his 2007 Pro Stock Championship with car owner Frank Fraser and crew
The CFS also indicates that detailed plans are in the works for exciting news on other improvements to the Centre, such as the addition of a unique 1/8th mile drag racing facility, a new infield pit area, as well as state-of-the-art scoreboard. A few regular CFS competitors have also indicated their intentions to move up to the top-notch Sportsman division for 2008. Former CFS Sportsman champion Jim Duke formerly of Lakeville and now living in Miramichi, along with brother Dan Duke, will both challenge defending champion Luc Bourgeois of Memramcook for the 2008 title. Rémi Gaudet, CFS’s Street Stock champion for the past two seasons, is also moving up to the Sportsman ranks alongside his father Claude Gaudet, both of Grand-Barachois.
The two-car Gaudet team would also have to be considered serious contenders for the ’08 Sportsman title. Also expected to make the move up to the Sportsman ranks is top 4-cylinder competitor Marcel Goguen of Grande Digue. The action got underway on May 18th at 3:00 pm with the Victoria Day Spring Shakedown with practice and featured racing open to all area Sportsman, Street Stock, TigerCat and Thundercat 4-cylinder competitors. Pit gates opened at 9:00 am while the front gates and grandstand opened at 1:30 pm. Full schedule details are available at www.centreforspeed.com.
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