Antigonish, Nova Scotia

IWK 250 Weekend (Saturday)Jul 15

Event Hotline 902-867-1635

Time Trials start at n/a
Racing starts at tba

The IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body is the marquis event at Riverside International Speedway and one of the premier super late model races in North America. Named for the IWK Health Care Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the event not only boasts some of the best stock car racing in Canada but helps raise awareness and funds for the IWK Foundation, totaling more than $400,000 since the IWK affiliation was formed together with Steve Lewis Auto Body in 2007.  In 2011, the IWK 250 made history in becoming the first short track stock car race ever broadcast live flag-to-flag on national radio. In 2013, the Chisholm family, who own the track, made history for the IWK 250 again when they donated $1,000,000 to the IWK Foundation as part of the pre-race festivities.

Since 2007 the event has attracted top NASCAR racers including Aric Almirola (2008), Marcos Ambrose (2010, 2011), Matt Crafton (2014, 2015, 2016), Ricky Craven (2007), Brad Keselowski (2013), Joey Logano (2012), David Reutimann (2009), Regan Smith (2007, 2008, 2009), and Austin Theriault (2013). Smith is the only NASCAR racer to win the event, a feat he accomplished in 2008.

The first ’250′ at Riverside was held in 1977 and the Winners Circle includes legendary racers from the Maritimes and beyond. Learn more about the IWK 250 and its lineage by selecting the ‘Event History’ tab below.


Grandstand Area

Tickets will be available approximately three weeks prior to the event.

Pit Area – available race day only (no advance) – liability release requried

  • Restricted to those 18 and older
  • Exceptions for competitors ONLY
  • Minors entering the pits must comply with the Minor Pit Policy (requires proof of age and consent form, in advance)

 HST is included in admission.


A permit is required for overnight parking at Riverside International Speedway between July 8 and 16.

Starting in late February, renewals will be offered to those who had a site in 2016; new requests will be filled after that. If you did not have a site in 2016 and want to get on the list for this year please email mclean@riversidespeedway.ca including RV type, size, and daytime contact information.

Camping Terms of Use – Adult & Family Areas

  • Riverside management will not be responsible for any RVs parked on site.
  • All RVs are parked at your own risk.
  • Only one RV per site is permitted.
  • One extra tent per site will be permitted.
  • RVs must be parked parallel to the lines when provided.
  • Trailer hitches must point to fire lane with no exceptions; you will be asked to move if you don’t comply.
  • We do not provide any serviced sites.
  • Portable toilets will be located throughout the area.
  • There is a “Tent Only” area (see “Tents” on map)
  • Overnight security is provided Friday and Saturday night.
  • Garbage bins will be located on site and we ask that you please clean up your site when you leave.
  • A water truck and sewage disposal truck will be onsite on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee is  $25.00 for either service.
  • Campfires will be permitted subject to weather conditions and Department of Natural Resources’ approval. Our campground permit requires that all fires be in an enclosed area. If you have a fire pit we recommend you bring it; bonfires are not permitted. All campfires need to be safe; security personnel have the authority to decide if a fire is safe and to extinguish any fire deemed unsafe.
  •  All motorized vehicles must be parked by midnight (motorcycles, golf carts, etc.)
  • Nova Scotia has a helmet law and they must be worn at all times.
  • For 911 emergencies the track civic address is 101 Beaver Mountain Road, Antigonish County.
  • The RCMP regularly patrol the camping area through the weekend.
  • Open liquor is not allowed outside your campsite; RCMP officers will issue tickets for violations.
  • Different quiet times apply to Adult and Family sections.
  • Please refer to the camping package for quiet times in each section.


Anyone who chooses not to follow the rules will be asked to leave the property. Questions about camping at the IWK 250 should be directed to campingiwk250@riversidespeedway.ca. Enjoy the weekend and please respect the other campers around you.

Schedule - Day 0

schedule tba
* Schedules are subject to change without notice


tba, approximately three weeks before event

Event History

The very first “Riverside 250” was held in 1977, and won by Ontario’s Billy Watson. Since then the event has become Riverside’s marquis event and is one of the longest-running, most storied stock car races in all of Canada. Some of the top racers in North America have competed in, and won, our “250” including “Daytona” Don Biederman, Junior Hanley, Scott Fraser, Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe, and NASCAR’s Regan Smith. The modern era of this event, the IWK 250, started in 2007 after the facility was rebuilt to become one of the premier facilities in North America. Since then we have featured celebrity NASCAR drivers every year and have continued to grow to become the largest annual summer sporting event in Nova Scotia. Celebrity NASCAR drivers in the modern era of the IWK 250 include…

  • Aric Almirola (2008)
  • Marcos Ambrose (2010, 2011)
  • Matt Crafton (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Ricky Craven (2007)
  • Brad Keselowski (2013)
  • Joey Logano (2012)
  • David Reutimann (2009)
  • Regan Smith (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Austin Theriault (2013)
Year Race Title Sanctioned By Winner
1977 CHFX 250 Open Billy Watson
1978 CHFX 250 Open Frank Fraser
1979 Gatorade 250 Open Don Biederman
1980 No. 7 Lights 250 Open Don Biederman
1981 Dairy Queen 250 Open Don Biederman
1986 Riverside 250 MASCAR Greg Sewart
1987 Labatt Blue Riverside 250 MASCAR Frank Fraser
1989 Labatt Blue Riverside 250 MASCAR Rollie MacDonald
1990 Labatt Blue Riverside 250 MASCAR Terry Clattenburg
1991 Riverside 250 ACT Junior Hanley
1992 Riverside 250 ACT Junior Hanley
1993 GM Goodwrench 250 MASCAR Greg Sewart
1994 Bud GM Goodwrench 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1995 Bud Thunder 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1996 Pioneer Coal 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1997 Pioneer Coal 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1998 Pioneer Coal 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1999 Pioneer Coal 250 MASCAR Mike MacKenzie
2006 Fall Foliage 250 PASS Ben Rowe
2007 IWK 250 PASS Mike Rowe
2008 IWK 250 MPST Regan Smith
2009 IWK 250 MPST Wayne Smith
2010 IWK 250 MPST Kent Vincent
2011 IWK 250 MPST Darren MacKinnon
2012 IWK 250 MPST John Flemming
2013 IWK 250 MPST Shawn Tucker
2014 IWK 250 MPST John Flemming
2015 IWK 250 MPST Kent Vincent
2016 IWK 250 MPST Donald Chisholm


Proud to Support the IWK Health Care Centre 120719_5 Long before the inception of the IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway, Nova Scotia businessmen John Chisholm and Steve Lewis were established philanthropists, each privately assisting charities of choice and generously giving back to the communities that have supported them. In 2007, as co-founders of the IWK 250, Chisholm and Lewis joined forces to provide support to something near the hearts of most Maritimers – the IWK Health Centre – our region’s preeminent provider of quality care for children, youth, women, and families. Since then the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body has raised awareness for the IWK Health Centre and donated more than $400,000 to the IWK Foundation. Since 2009 the hospital portion of the event has been expanded to include the “Cat Car for Kids” where the children and their families actually get to co-sponsor a NASCAR driver in the IWK 250 by signing their name on his car. “The IWK 250’s support of the patients at the IWK has gone far beyond the dollars raised during the event,” said Jacobs. “When the patients meet the drivers and sign their names on the IWK car it’s very exciting, not only for them, but for their families as well.” In addition to providing highly specialized care, the IWK also provides primary care services. Services provided by the Health Centre are delivered through three programs: Children’s Health; Mental Health and Addictions; and Women’s and Newborn Health. Each year the IWK delivers approximately 5,000 babies and assesses more than 29,000 visits to the Children’s Emergency Department. The IWK Health Centre is an essential resource for women, children, youth and families from across the Maritimes and beyond. Each year, thousands of Maritime children and women come to the IWK requiring emergency care, surgery for critical illnesses, and inpatient care for ongoing medical conditions. To learn how you can help support the IWK Health Centre please visit www.iwkfoundation.org.