RIVER GLADE, New Brunswick – Travis Conroy scored his first Atlantic Modified Tour victory on Saturday by winning the season opener at Petty Int’l Raceway.
Conroy, who also won the qualifying heat race, was challenged throughout the race by reigning Series champion Yves McCray and while McCray shadowed Conroy during the 40-lap feature, he could not get by the Miramichi teenager for the win when the laps ran out.
Conroy and McCray were joined on the podium by former River Glade International Sportsman winner Zean Dutcher. Braxton Stafford and Doug Matchett completed the top five in the first race of the season for the New Brunswick based touring series.
Conroy’s first feature victory with the Series comes in his 19th start with the Series and eighth at the River Glade, New Brunswick, oval in his Modified entry. Conroy was the 2019 Rookie of the Year on the Atlantic Modified Tour. For McCray, it is the second straight year where he has finished runner-up in the Season Opener.
The Atlantic Modified Tour season opener featured three cautions and took 25 minutes to complete. The first caution of the event happened on the opening lap when a three wide squeeze ended with multi-time Series champion Joe Hoyt on the hook before the first lap was completed.
In other action Saturday, Kenny MacKenzie Jr. (Salisbury, NB) took home the O’Blenis Auto Body Sportsman 100 victory, snapping a two year winless drought in the A.E. McKay Builders Late Model Sportsman division at the track. Other victors included Michael Cormier (Street Stock), Rob Poirier (Mister Transmission Mini Stock), Gail Thebeau (Kings County Performance Women on Wheels) and Kelsea Lewis (Leisure Days RV Bandoleros).