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Maritime Pro Stock Tour
schedule for 2009 season

With the start of the season just around the corner, the Maritime Pro Stock Tour recently announced a 12 race schedule for 2009. Nine of the races will be regular points races, while the remaining three will comprise a mini series of 250 lap Super Shows where drivers will race for extra points and over $200,000.00 in purse and contingency funds.

The mini series has been dubbed the “Triple Crown” and will include the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, N.S., and the Peterbilt 250 at Speedway 660 in Fredericton, N.B.

With the current economic climate the Tour is very pleased to announce the return of long time title sponsor CARQUEST Auto Parts. Returning as race title sponsors are Lucas Oil, Forbes Chevrolet, Parts for Trucks, Ron MacGillivary Chevrolet, and Steve Lewis Auto Body. At this time, the Tour would also like to welcome Atlantic CAT and Peterbilt into their list of incredible sponsors for the 2009 season. The Tour appreciates the tremendous support from all these sponsors.

The 2009 season will kick off at Scotia Speedworld on Saturday, May 23rd with the Lucas Oil 100. After a week off, drivers will travel to Riverside International Speedway for the Ron MacGillivary Chevrolet 100 on June 6th. Prince Edward Island’s Raceway Park will host the third race of the season, the Lucas Oil 100, on June 20th. The following weekend, the tour will be making its season debut at Speedway 660 with the Parts for Trucks 100, followed by a 2nd. visit to Scotia Speedworld for the Forbes Chevrolet 100 on July 4th.

The drivers will then have a weekend off to prepare for the first of the Triple Crown races. The IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body will be contested on July 18th at Riverside International Speedway.

The traditional August long-weekend race will be hosted this year at Raceway Park on August 1st, featuring the Parts for Trucks 100.The next weekend fans will be able to catch the second Triple Crown race – the Atlantic CAT 250 – at Scotia Speedworld. Qualifying for the Atlantic Cat 250 will be held on Friday, August 7th and the 250 lap Main Feature on Saturday, August 8th.

The Lucas Oil 100 at Centre for Speed in Shediac, NB is next on the schedule on August 15th, followed by the Parts for Trucks 100 at Riverside International Speedway on August 22nd. Race teams will then have a weekend off to get ready for the final 2 races of the season – both extended distance races. The final Triple Crown race will be held on the Labour Day long weekend during Speedway 660’s 8th Annual Speedweekend with the Peterbilt 250 running on Sunday, September 6th.

The 2009 Champion will be crowned after the final race of the season at Scotia Speedworld. If past years are any indication, the champion will not be known until the final checkered flag drops at the Parts for Trucks 200 on Saturday, September 12th.

Pre-season indications from race teams point towards an excess of 20 full-time competitors, with a car count average of 30 cars per event, helping maintain the Tour’s reputation as one of the healthiest stock car racing series in North America. During the 2008 season, NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, Regan Smith and Aric Almirola travelled to the Maritimes to race in a CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour event held at Riverside International Speedway. Stay tuned to see what racing superstars will be joining us this season!

Make sure to bookmark Maritime Pro Stock Tour online for all upcoming events and news.

Saturday, May 23, 2009 Scotia Speedworld, Halifax, NS Lucas Oil 100
Saturday, June 6, 2009 Riverside Speedway, Antigonish, NS Ron MacGillivray 100
Saturday, June 20, 2009 Raceway Park, Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI Lucas Oil 100
Saturday, June 27, 2009 Speedway 660 Fredericton, NB Parts For Trucks 100
Saturday, July 4, 2009 Scotia Speedworld, Halifax, NS Forbes Chevrolet 100
Saturday, July 18, 2009* Riverside Speedway, Antigonish, NS IWK 250
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 Raceway Park, Oyster Bed PEI Parts For Trucks 100
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009* Scotia Speedworld, Halifax, NS Atlantic CAT 250
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 Centre for Speed, Shediac, NB Lucas Oil 100
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 Riverside Speedway, Antigonish, NS Parts For Trucks 100
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009* peedway 660 Fredericton, NBPeterbilt 250
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 cotia Speedworld, Halifax, NS Parts For Trucks 200

*Super Shows Special Rules Apply - Schedule subject to change without notice


Atlantic Region Motor Sports (ARMS) 2009 season preview

Atlantic Region Motor Sports (ARMS) is ramping up for another busy motorsport season in Atlantic Canada, including a full racing schedule with local, regional and national events

And they're off!

ARMS, affiliated with ASN Canada FIA (the Canadian counterpart of the international motorsport body), is responsible for events in four amateur racing disciplines - Road racing (TRAC Series), Solo Sport (Auto Slalom and SoloSprint Time Trials), Rally, and Karting. ARMS also offers high performance driver education and street car lapping at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.

Road Racing
TRAC (The Road-Racers of Atlantic Canada) Series is the regional road racing series for cars at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS, a 2.6 km (1.6 mile), 11 turn road circuit that twists through a hillside. It features cars in various sedan classes and open wheel classes, from purpose built race cars to nearly stock cars with roll cages. Each race weekend consists of street car lapping and race practice on Saturday and a full day of racing on Sunday, with four sedan races, and three open wheel races. TRAC Series also offers free camping and other special events on Saturday evenings throughout the year such as music, movies and a year end Pig Roast in September. Admission is $10/person for the whole weekend. Sunday racing starts at 10:30am. 2009 TRAC Series Schedule (All events at Atlantic Motorsport Park, Shubenacadie, NS)

  • May 23-24, 2009
  • June 13-14, 2009
  • July 18-19, 2009
  • August 22-23, 2009
  • September 19-20, 2009

For more information on the TRAC Series, including classing, results, multimedia and track information, visit TRAC online here.

Solo Sport

ARMS hosts several AutoSlalom and SoloSprint (Time Trial) events around the region each season. AutoSlalom events are usually held in parking lots or at air strips with a course marked by cones. Cars run through the course one-by-one competing for the fastest times. These events are held across all four Atlantic Provinces. SoloSprint events are held at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS, using the road circuit. During these time trials, competitors complete several laps of the track one-by-one and compete for the fastest times. Notable Solo Sport events for this year include the ASN Canada FIA Canadian Solosprint Championship on September 4th - 6th at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, and Slalom @ Slemon, July 31st - August 2nd at Slemon Park, Summerside, PEI.

ARMS hosts a yearly navigational rally championship in the Time-Speed-Distance rally discipline. Bluenose Autosport Club (BAC), a member of ARMS, also hosts a Rally Cross championship, with pylon courses on snow, ice and dirt.

ARMS also has motorsport for all ages, with regional karting series that include classes for ages 8 and up, including adults. Kart races are held at outdoor karting tracks throughout the maritimes.

For a full schedule of 2009 Atlantic Region Motor Sports events, visit ARMS online here. Track photo credits to Harold Merklinger.

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