2013 RACE RESULTS
(Rookie Season - Sportsman)
FIRST PODIUM FINISH - 3rd place!
This was Sarah's first race ever at the Miramichi Speedway. This was a very well run and fun event put on by track owner Jason Carnahan. There were 15 cars in the sportsman class feature. When all was finished and the dust settled, Sarah had her best stock car finish yet... she finished on the podium in a remarkable 3rd place behind Veteran Pro Stock Drivers, Dave O'Blenis and her mentor Lonnie Sommerville.
Dave O'Blenis is back atop the Sportsman world in New Brunswick.O'Blenis took the lead within the first 20 laps of the Coors Light Sportsman 125 on Saturday night at Speedway Miramichi and held it to the finish of the event, holding off Lonnie Sommerville on a restart with ten laps to go to seal the deal.Three cautions slowed the event on Lap 1, 80 and 115. The blistering pace saw only two cars on the lead lap at the end of the race with Remi Gaudet falling off the lead lap after hard contact with Nathan Ellis ended his night ten laps shy of the finish.Sarah McKay recorded her first podium finish of her young career by coming home in third.Gaudet and hometown favorite Brady Creamer took qualifying victories. Creamer went to the back of the field on a challenge from Speedway Miramichi owner Jason Carnahan with $20 on the line for every car he passed. Fifteen cars started the 125 lap event.
Martin's Home Heating Sportsman 2013 Final Standings
Sarah had an exceptional Rookie Season finishing 11th in points in the final standings in the Martin's Home Heating Sportsman Division at Speedway 660.
Speedweekend at Speedway 660 August 31 - Sept 2
Speedway 660 is ready to host Atlantic Canada’s biggest stock car racing event of the season. The racing schedule includes the Irving Blending & Packaging 150 (Sportsman) on Saturday, the Auto Value 250 (Pro Stock) on Sunday and the ENDURO 200 Championship on Monday.
Tim Terry says "Field for this SPORTSMAN race is ABSOLUTELY STACKED. John Flemming, Wayne Smith, Russell Jr, Colby Smith, Dave OBlenis, Chris and Kyle Reid, Frank Fraser Sr, Lonnie Sommerville, Phil Barkhouse Jr, Laurie Cormier plus all their regulars at 660. 36 cars on site, 26 start. Potential to be the biggest race of the year right here..."
Speedway 660’s Martins Home Heating Sportsman division drivers will face some tough competition from visiting race teams. A few Pro Stock drivers, are also strapping into Sportsman cars for a shot at the big purse.
Sarah put in the performance of her racing career just to make it into the big race during her last chance qualifier. She made a veteran aggressive move to the apron on turn 4 to take the position and a place in the show.
Tim Terry of Tims Corner Motorsports:
"The rookie continues to impress - Sarah-Lynn Mckay made a helluva move to get in the show! That was great!"
Sarah started the 150 lap event in last position (26th) and by lap 23 she was up to a remarkable 14th in her AE McKay Builders Chevy Impala SS Late Model Sportsman car. Racing against the best Sportsman and Pro Stock drivers in the Maritimes, the young 17 year old rookie finished an incredible 8th!!! Her most spectacular race to date.
From Tims Corner Motorsports
Saturday August 24th, 2013
Fan Appreciation night at Speedway 660. This was Sarah's best day of racing to date as she grabbed the checkered flag for the first time in her Heat race and finished 5th in the Feature Race. In case you're keeping track, 5th top 10 in 8 races. Sarah also grabbed the Speedway 660 Sportsman Division Rookie of the Year trophy on this night. Sarah has proven to be a fan favourite this year as indicated by the excitement in the stands when she won her heat race. Good things are anticipated in the 2014 season.
Friday August 23, 2013
Sportsman Feature Race - Twin 75's (150 laps). This was quite an exciting race with several racing incidents on the track. Sarah was swept up into a couple but was able to avoid most. Sarah had raced her way from a starting position of 17th up to 7th and was about to make a pass for 6th when she was caught up in an incident causing damage to her car. During the caution, she came into the pits for repairs and then showed her competitiveness and talent, racing her way to an 8th place finish. The 4th top 10 of her rookie season in 7 starts.
Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Sarah was racing hard for another top 10 finish when her car again suffered mechanical issues and was unable to finish.
Saturday, July 28th, 2013
Sarah had another great race, finishing 8th, giving her a third top 10 in 5 starts.
Saturday July 13th, 2013
Sarah finished 11th, just outside the top 10 in this race.
Friday July 12th, 2013
First race at Petty International Raceway in River Glade where she captured a second top 10 finish.
Saturday July 6th, 2013
Sarah was unable to finish the race as mechanical issues rendered the car un-drivable.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
This was Sarah's first race in a stock car. She raced in the Martin's Home Heating Sportsman Division at Speedway 660. Wearing the rookie stripe she was required to start from the back for the first several races. She had a remarkable debut finishing in the top 10 in her rookie start.