Day of 8's Set To Thrill Under The Lights Friday!
Take 3! After 2 consecutive weekends of rainouts, Speedway Miramichi is finally ready for the 2019 running of the Day of 8’s! With a special Friday night Demo-only show, out of consideration for other tracks schedules, fans will be in for a treat with the biggest field of cars of the year forming!
The highlight of the event is the 2-part Day of 8’s finale. As the name implies, the event will feature a Figure 8 race - but not just any Figure 8 race! The Day of 8’s will feature a 48 lap Figure 8 Enduro, a grueling battle of survival for competitors. The Figure 8 Enduro will conclude with the “yellow-checkered” being thrown at the completing of lap 48, or when the field gets thinned to the final 8 cars remaining.
Preluding the finale will be 5 preliminary races, sponsored by Patterson Sales & Service. With money and championship points on the line, these races are expected to be hotly contested. Typically the wildest race on the card, the Dash for Cash will kick off the event. Then the lady drivers will get their chance in the Powder Puff race. Fan favorite races in the Bag and Back-Up races, and a special “Kidney-Shaped” Heat race will also be on the card. With each race being 8 laps in length in honour of the day of 8’s, fans will witness up to 88 laps of demolition competition, factoring in the Figure 8 Enduro.
Leading the field of Demo drivers is seasoned veteran Kevin Tucker. Tucker’s #87 has been a staple at the speedway for over 2 decades of demolition competition. Following an incredibly dominant June performance, Tucker has built a massive point lead, which he looks to maintain on Friday. Tucker has signalled intentions to be bringing 2 cars to compete Friday night.
Chasing Tucker in points is defending track champion Joey Pitre (#20)! Pitre won the Spring Smash Demolition to kick off the 2019 season, and sits 2nd in points through 2 events. Pitre is returning with a van for The Day of 8’s, and the young fan favorite is hungry to win his self-proclaimed favorite event!
The rest of the top 5 in points is Shawn Mazerolle (#57), Jacob Smith (#29), and Mathieu Brideau (99). So far, there have been no confirmation from Mazerolle or Smith if they will be competing, but Brideau will be at the track with a large group of teammates. Brideau will be joined by upwards of 10 teammates for The Day of 8’s. Among the drivers joining Brideau will be Jonathan LeClair (#10), Conrad Mallett (#90), Remi Rouselle (#10x) and several others!
A few drivers from the Southern part of the province have signalled intentions to compete. Steven Gorwill (#19) took to the track for the Spring Smash and had a strong performance, and he has indicated he will return to take on The Day of 8’s. Dieppe’s Norm Robichaud (#666) is also expected to take to the track at Speedway Miramichi Friday.
The list doesn’t stop there! There will be at least one lady taking on the guys in the field! After almost pulling off an upset win in the May Powder Puff race, Sam Jardine is bringing her #12 van to take part! Also in the field will be Alexander MacIntosh (#17), a rising young star in Demolition competition in Miramichi, as well as Dylan Esty, who is expected to compete in his first Demo of 2019! Colby Buggie is another local driver who will return to the track after a strong performance in May, while an entry from the Blackville Auto Value shop driven by Kirtlin Jardine will be on track Friday!
This just scratches the surface of expected entries, as many drivers keep their cards close to their chest, surprising the competition when they show up on race day!
As always, a burnout competition will be held on Friday night! With this being a Demolition only show, the burnout competition will be expanded to accommodate more entries, if needed! This means the biggest baddest burnout competition of the summer will be held on Friday night at Speedway Miramichi.
Pit gates open at 5pm Friday, with grandstands opening at 6pm, and the green flag dropping at 7pm! Tickets for adults are just $15, with youth ages 8 to 17 years of age and seniors being admitted for $10, and all kids 7 and under being admitted for free. The popular family pass for 2 adults and 2 youth can be purchased for $35, with each additional youth being admitted for $2. Pit passes are $20 and pit access is restricted solely to those aged 18 years and older, and youth ages 8 to 17 with proper documentation and parental waivers.
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