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 far from unfamiliar, as Brett and Craig were long time sponsors on Wayne's familiar #44 pro stock.
Brett leaves. Craig leaves. Ellen takes on co-ownership. Continuous improvements to track. Etc.
- Pits relocated to rear of track.
- Dedicated camping areas for seasonal campers.
- Walls added around racing surface.
- New staging lane.
- Grandstand expansion.
- New pit canteen and washrooms.
- Expanded parking area.
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). Thirty-nine 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 at Petty International Raceway. Along with the race came the transfer of the majestic River Glade International trophy which has the names of every winner engraved on it. The River Glade International at Petty International Raceway is be comprised of two segments for two divisions, pro stock (super late model) and sportsman (late model), 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 split format, similar to the Petty era.
Mike Stevens memorial
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