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Riverside Speedway Undergoing Major Improvements

Riverside Speedway is undergoing extensive renovations - so major in fact that on completion it is sure to be the premiere stock car racing track in Canada. The rebirth of the storied facility is the brainchild of the tracks original owner, John Chisholm (Antigonish).

He built the high-banked 3/8-mile asphalt oval in 1968, modelled after the famed Bristol Motor Speedway (Tennessee). The grand opening was in 1969 and Riverside Speedway quickly earned a reputation for hosting some of the best short track stock car racing in North America. Chisholm sold Riverside Speedway in 1989, and after a 15-year hiatus from ownership - not from racing, has recently repurchased the track with plans to make it an absolute “Taj Mahal” in the racing world.

Construction is already underway and when complete, the facility will see major upgrades, including . . .

New grandstand, with seating for 8,000.
New asphalt racing surface, retain- ing original shape, banking, etc.
New concrete retaining walls.
Infield to be redesigned with lower surface and more parking area for racecar haulers.
New state of the art tower complex with washroom, canteen and race control facilities, plus four VIP hos- pitality suites.
Upgraded lighting system.
Upgraded sound system.
Upgraded infrastructure system
including water and septic.

Under Chisholm’s original tenure as owner of Riverside Speedway, the track hosted top North American racing series including the NASCAR Busch North Series and the American Canadian Tour.

Ask just about any racer, or race fan, in the Maritimes the name of their favourite track and odds are they will tell you “Riverside Speedway.” For the racers it offers exciting side-by-side competition with a roller-coaster-like effect on the front and back stretches, and corners so steep the banking practically shoots them through the corners. For the fans, they can see all the action, including the pits and pit road, from their perch in the grandstand located on the banking overlooking the frontstretch.

Shawn Turple is ready to roll for 2006!

Some prominent racers who list Riverside Speedway as their favourite include Junior Hanley (North American short track racing legend, and Nova Scotia native) and Rollie MacDonald (veteran Maritimes racer and 2005 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour champion). Both Hanley and MacDonald are Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame members and have raced at tracks all over North America.

John Chisholm is a former racer, and most recently has been team owner for the racing efforts of his son Donald, as well as a event title sponsor for CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour shows at Riverside Speedway since the series inception in 2001, and MASCAR shows at Riverside Speedway prior to that.

If all goes according to schedule, Riverside Speedway will be repaved in early July, with testing for race teams in early August, and its first race for 2006 at the end of August. Three shows are on the agenda for 2006: two CARQUEST Tour shows and possibly a BIG invitational in late September or early October. Chisholm does not plan to run a weekly racing show this year, but will probably do so in 2007.

Riverside Speedway is located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, next to the TCH 104 at exit 30.



For NAPA PERTH-ANDOVER Owner Leroy Turner- the time had simply come! Faced with an outdated building and small customer service area, Turner made the big move to a high-traffic area and re-located his NAPA AUTO PARTS Store in the North Western New Brunswick town.

From this old UAP location . . .

. . . To this great-looking NAPA AUTO PARTS STORE!

The NAPA store now occupies a prominent spot in a heavy-traffic area at the Perth-Andover Bridge. Turner is very happy with the move, “We’ll with a much larger showroom (photo bottom right), and more parking, we can obviously display more automotive products and supplies, great for the consumer and people in Perth like our new location.” Turner has been a NAPA associate for fifteen years and says NAPA’s brand recognition is good for business.


City Collision, first new
system in the Atlantic!

Ron Peters (below), Owner of City Collision (bottom), 61 Sterns Court in Dartmouth, is always striving to improve efficiency and ultimately the quality of work and finished product. That’s why Ron invested in a new digital Paint pouring system called the “EXPERT TOP MIX."

It’s the only one in Atlantic Canada and this new digital apparatus replaces manual pouring techniques. It’s very precise according to Peters, “We’ve already found that it’s a valuable time-saver and extremely accurate - saving both City Collision and of course our customer time & money!” Peters adds that’s also a great tool for inventory control. (City Collision is a NAPA Certified Bodyshop, I-CAR Gold Class Professionals, offers Dupont Lifetime refinish warranty.


Applications for PEI Hypermarket Retail Gasoline Licenses Fail!

Recent applications by Loblaw Properties Limited and Sobeys Group Inc. for initial retail gasoline licenses at six locations on Prince Edward Island have all been dismissed by The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission.

Just About Everything but gasoline is available at this Atlantic Superstore in Summerside, Prince Edward island

The Petroleum Products Act on Prince Edward Island provides for the regulation within the province of the sale and distribution of petroleum products, including the issuing of initial licenses for consumer outlets. Applicants are required to meet certain criteria as set out in Section 20 of the Act, including the test of “public interest, convenience and necessity”, in order for the applications to succeed.

The PEI Retail Gasoline Dealers Association as well as many individual retailers and other concerned Islanders, registered their concerns and opposition to the granting of these licenses with IRAC. The Association and many individual interested parties also requested the right to intervene at any public hearing to be held by IRAC to consider the applications.
After reviewing the applications however, the Commission dismissed them without holding a public hearing, finding that the applicants had failed to meet the requirements as laid out in Section 20 of the Act.

The Orders and reasons for dismissal are readily available on the Commission’s website here.


NAPA Training Ford Diesel 7.3L Trucks -
Diagnostics training

NAPA’s Technical Training instructor, Dexter Draper (photo bottom), has announced the next round of NAPA Training for all interested technicians and Service Centers. This training counts for apprenticeship hours and each NAPA course includes training manual, course diploma and nutrition break. All classes begin at 6.30 pm. To attend: Just contact your NAPA Store salesperson or Manager.

Here’s the April-May schedule:

Monday, April 24th - CAMPBELLTON
Sugarloaf High School

Tuesday, April 25th - TRACADIE
Complex Deux Rivières

Wednesday, April 26th - NAPA Fredericton
525 Bishop Drive

Thursday, April 27th - MONCTON
NBCC Moncton Campus, Room B-2065

Monday, May 1st - CHARLOTTETOWN
Colonel Grey High School

Tuesday, May 2nd - SUMMERSIDE
Lakeview Loyalist Resort

Wednesday, May 3rd - ANTIGONISH
ST FX Keating Millenium Center

Thursday, May 4th - TRURO
Best Western Glengarry

Monday, May 8th - DARTMOUTH
NSCC Akerley 'Lecture Theater' A257

Tuesday, May 9th - KENTVILLE
NSCC Kingstec Campus- Belcher Avenue

Wednesday, May 10th - YARMOUTH
NSCC BurridgeCampus-Pleasant Avenue

Thursday, May 11th - FLORENCEVILLE
Florenceville Motor Inn