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Season Opener Set for Speedworld on Saturday


HALIFAX, NS (May 30, 2006) - The first event of the 2006 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is this Saturday at Scotia Speedworld.

A strong field of competitors are expected for the CARQUEST 100, including former series champions Shawn Tucker - 2004 (Fredericton, NB), John Flemming - 2002 & 2003 (Halifax) and Wayne Smith - 2001 (Timberlea).

Many drivers who finished in the top 10 in the final 05 point standings are also expected including: 2005 EIT Race Radio Rookie of the Year Shawn Turple (Enfield), Gordie Ryan (Wellington), Brad Mann (Glen Levit, NB), Kent Livingston (Charlottetown, PEI), Kent Vincent (Crapaud, PEI) and Greg Proude (North Wiltshire, PEI).

Several 06 EIT Race Radio Rookie contenders are also expected to make the trip to Scotia Speedworld including: Mike Stevens (Riverview, NB), Sandy Livingston (Springhill), Bobby Nielsen (Vernon River, PEI), Paul Gahan (Lower St. Mary’s, NB), Roger Crane (Montague, PEI) and Russell Smith (Timberlea).

More than 30 cars are expected to attempt to make the starting grid for the 100-lap feature.

Three rounds of qualifying will set the grid for the feature: 1) Time Trials 2) the Motor Mart Dash and Heat Races, and 3) for those that haven't already made the grid, the Urquhart MacDonald & Associates B Feature.

The CARQUEST 100 is round one of 11 in the 06 edition of the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour - a points championship event that will set the stage in the battle for over $50,000 in year-end awards - including a $10,000 cheque for the champion.

Support class action will be provided by the C&R Auto Supply Sportsman and the Legends Tour racers.

The grandstand gates open at 3 pm. the Pepsi Pre-Race Show will starts at 4:30 pm, Time Trials go 5:10 pm and racing starts at 6.

Grandstand admission is just $22 for adults, $5 for youth (8-15) and children 7 and under admitted free. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pit admission is $25 and restricted to those 16 and older.

Advance tickets for the CARQUEST 100 are now available at the following locations: DARTMOUTH - Forbes Chev Olds; Parts For Trucks; Amber Contracting; CARQUEST Auto Parts. HALIFAX - CARQUEST Auto Parts; Oland Cold Beer Store. BEDFORD - Rocky Lake Quarry. MOUNT UNIACKE - RV Contacts.

With nearly 4,000 locations in North America, CARQUEST Auto Parts supplies the professional automotive service repair industry as well as do-it-yourselfers with replacement parts, tools and equipment.

The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited and features an 11-race series at different tracks in the three Maritime Provinces. Top drivers from all three provinces compete. For more information on the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour please visit or call our admin office Monday to Friday at (902) 481-2531.

Budweiser, the world's best-selling beer brand and a long-time supporter of motorsports, is a proud sponsor of Scotia Speedworld. Besides their support of Scotia Speedworld, the 2005 Budweiser Racing program also features NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Scotia Speedworld is a 3/10-mile asphalt oval stock car racing track featuring Budweiser Weekly Racing for five divisions and several special events during the race season, which runs from May to September. Scotia Speedworld is located at Exit 6, Hwy. 102, across from the Halifax International Airport. For more information on Scotia Speedworld please visit or call our Event Hotline at (902) 873-2277.