inception & rebuild
Petty Raceway first opened on October 9, 1983 under owner/operator Jerry Campbell, hosting weekly racing and special events including supermodifieds and MASCAR. With ample seating, parking, and a fast oval, the facility was widely regarded as one of the finest in eastern Canada. September 23rd, 2000 saw the final event held during this era of the track before closing down for the following decade.
1/4-mile asphalt oval
current lap record
A totally renovated facility was re-opened June 4, 2011 after being purchased in the fall of 2010 by Brett Benoit of Jullin Construction, Craig McFetridge of Dulux Paints, and multi-time Maritime pro stock series champion Wayne Smith. The partnership was unsurprising, as Brett and Craig were long time sponsors on Wayne's familiar #44 pro stock.
After a highly successful run, both Brett and Craig made the choice to pursue other personal ventures, resulting in co-ownership being passed on to Wayne's wife Ellen in 2018, who had been an active part of managing Petty since it's reopening.
This current iteration of Petty International Raceway has garnered a reputation for continual improvements and additions to the facility, including relocating the pits to the rear of the track and erecting a retaining wall around the entire racing surface for competitor and fan safety. Dedicated seasonal camping, grandstand expansions, full service pit canteen and washrooms, and expanded parking areas are among some of the highlights of Wayne and Ellen's dedication to providing one of the best racing locations in the Maritimes.
River glade international
Canada's oldest stock car race
The River Glade International was founded in 1965 by Canadian and Maritime Motorsport Hall of Fame member Ernie McLean and his wife Winona, to mark the first anniversary of River Glade Speedway -- built and operated by McLean and his wife -- which hosted the event anually until the track's closure in 2009.
The inaugural winner of the River Glade International in 1965 was John Shirtliff from Ontario, shown here with event founder Ernie McLean (left). Dozens of different drivers have won the International with 10 of them claiming the trophy more than once; local hero Frank Fraser, originally from the Moncton area -- now a longtime resident of Shubenacadie, NS -- leads the way with six wins in the historic event. 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), Dave Mollins (1994, 1995), Ken MacKenzie (2000, 2001), Gary Hicks (2005, 2006), and Mike Power Jr. (2008, 2009).
2011 marked the debut of the River Glade International just down the road at the newly reopened Petty International Raceway. Along with the race came the transfer of the iconic River Glade International trophy, the names of every past winner engraved upon it.
The River Glade International at Petty International Raceway encompasses two separate divisions, honoring pro stock (super late model) and sportsman (late model) winners, further saluting the heritage of the event which from 1965 to 1985 was for super late models, and from 1989 to 2009 was for late model. 1986 to 1988 saw a dual race format, similar to the current iteration.
Mike Stevens memorial
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