RIVER GLADE, NB (August 24, 2012) – With his win in Friday’s Jones Auto Body Twin 75s at Petty International Raceway, Russell Smith Jr. will become the 30th different driver to have his name etched on the illustrious River Glade International winner’s cup. Smith beat Chris Reid (second) and Cal Hatfield (third) to the finish line with a 2.32-second margin of victory.
GT Enterprises Sportsman division point leader Dave O’Blenis finished fourth and Ken MacKenzie finished fifth on the 26-car field. It took one hour 15 minutes to run the race which included seven caution periods. Reid, Shawn McLean, and Smith won the sportsman heat races.
It was Martin Landry picking up the win in the street stock division, followed to the checkers by Jamie Vassallo (second) and Devin Snell (third). Rick Cashol and Andrew Rodgers rounded out the top five finishers. Cashol won the street stock heat race.
The Mister Transmission Mini Stock division saw Mike Weagle take the checkered flag with Gerald Brun second and Brad Daley third. Deven Smith and Mike Phillips were fourth and fifth, respectively. Brun won the Mini Stock heat race.
It was Chad MacDonald winning the Leisure Days RV Bandolero feature with Cole Tanner second and Drew Greenlaw third. Dawson McIntee was fourth and Cole Boudreau was fifth. MacDonald led all 30 laps en route to the win. Dana Hamm and MacDonald won the Bandolero heat races.
Complete finishing orders can be found at www.pettyraceway.com.
The River Glade International was founded in 1965 and until 2009 was run at River Glade Speedway. Since then 29 different drivers have won the race and seen their names etched on the illustrious International Cup. In 48 years only 10 of the 29 have won the International more than once with local legend Frank Fraser leading the way with six victories; other multi-time winners include Jim Hallahan (1966, 1968), Don Biederman (1969, 1970), Adelard Cormier (1967, 1973), Greg Sewart (1983, 1984, 1987), Tim Rodgers (1990, 1993, 1997, 1998), Ian Mollins (1994, 1995), Ken MacKenzie (2000, 2001), Gary Hicks (2005, 2006), and Mike Power Jr. (2008, 2009).
From Joan Roué, for Petty Int’l Raceway