FREDERICTON, NB – (October 9th, 2021) – Travis Conroy of Miramichi, New Brunswick raced to his first Maritime Touring championship last Sunday at Speedway Miramichi.
Conroy’s seventh place finish in the Keswick Kitchen Season Finale on Sunday, October 3rd at his home track was enough to clinch the season long title by 19 points over reigning champion Yves McCray (Neguac, NB), who placed second in the final race of 2021.
The results of both the Sunday, October 3 Keswick Kitchen Season Finale and the championship had been under review. The Atlantic Modified Tour Executive met convened several times during the week to complete the final results for the race with results becoming official on Friday. The final finishing order from the Executive gave Braxton Stafford (Miramichi, NB) his third win of the 2021 season and second in a row on the year. The win ties Stafford for the most feature wins on the season with Chris Wilson (South Esk, NB). McCray was scored in second with multi-time champion Joe Hoyt (Waasis, NB) third. Steven Curtis (South Esk, NB) scored a season high fourth place finish in the 35-lap feature while 2021 Rookie of the Year Kevin Bailey (Minto, NB) completed the top five.
Heat races for the Keswick Kitchen Season Finale were won by Kim Hallihan (Renous, NB) and Conroy.
OFFICIAL FEATURE RESULTS – ROUND 11 of 11
KESWICK KITCHEN SEASON FINALE
SPEEDWAY MIRAMICHI – OCTOBER 3RD, 2021
1st – #91 Braxton Stafford
2nd – #58 Yves McCray
3rd – #17 Joe Hoyt
4th – #12 Steven Curtis
5th – #05 Brody Levesque®
6th – #4 Kevin Bailey
7th – #7 Travis Conroy
8th – #97 Kim Hallihan
9th – #75 Doug Matchett
10th – #00 Michael Savoie ®
11th – #2w Chris Wilson
12th – #3 Johnathan Dickson ®
DQ – #55 Zean Dutcher
Heat One – 97 2W 75 4 05 58 3
Heat Two – 7 91 17 12 00 55-DQ
Conroy’s stat line for the season is a mark of consistency. In feature competition, the No. 7 Patterson’s Sales and Service Modified scored one feature win, four podiums and eight top five finishes in 11 races. His feature win came in the Season Opener at Petty International Raceway in June. His point lead was padded in qualifying with six heat race victories and three additional runner-up finishes in qualifying events.
Stafford’s late season charge landed him third in the standings for 2021, 18 points out of McCray for the runner-up spot in the standings. Hoyt and Doug Matchett (Miramichi, NB) round out the top five in the 2021 championship standings after 11 events.
Brody Levesque (Lincoln, NB) is the 2021 Rookie of the Year on the Atlantic Modified Tour. Levesque competed in nine events after missing out on the first two events of the season. His best finish was fifth during the Keswick Kitchen Season Finale at Speedway Miramichi. Levesque finished eighth overall in the championship standings, one spot ahead of his closest freshman peer in Michael Savoie (Tracadie, NB).
FINAL ATLANTIC MODIFIED TOUR POINT STANDINGS (TOP FIVE)
1st – #7 Travis Conroy – 965
2nd – #58 Yves McCray – 946
3rd – #91 Braxton Stafford – 928
4th – #17 Joe Hoyt – 903
5th – #75 Doug Matchett – 895
**Full Atlantic Modified Tour points can be found at AtlanticModifieds.com
The Atlantic Modified Tour saw 15 teams compete in at least one event in 2021, seven of whom competed in at least 80% of the races. In eleven races, seven different drivers won features including Stafford and Wilson, who were the only repeat winners with a trio of feature wins to each of their resumes.
With the cancelation of the Atlantic Stock Car Championships at the Shediac CENTRE For Speed, originally scheduled for Sunday, October 10th, the Keswick Kitchen Season Finale marks the end of the 2021 Atlantic Modified Tour season. The Atlantic Modified Tour Board of Directors would like to thank all the teams, drivers, staff, marketing partners and fans that made this season exciting and they look forward to seeing everyone back in Spring 2022 for the 20th Anniversary Season of the Atlantic Modified Tour!
For more information about the Atlantic Modified Tour, please visit AtlanticModifieds.com.
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.
Report from Tim Terry