Antigonish, Nova Scotia

IWK 250 Weekend (Saturday)Upcoming - Date TBD

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The IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis 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.

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View the entry list to date by clicking on the ‘Entries’ tab below.

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Ticket Prices

  • A Weekend Pass includes admission to the IWK 250 Tailgate Party on July 13 and racing on July 14 & 15
  • The Reserved Bench option includes a reserved seat for Saturday, July 15 and general admission for Friday, July 14
  • Reserved tickets are only available in advance, i.e. no reserved ticket sales at the gate

*Reserved Bench option includes a reserved seat for Saturday, July 15 and general admission for Friday, July 14

iwk 250 super race weekend seating chart overview

  • Zone 3 reserved seating applies ONLY to Saturday, July 15
  • July 13 and 14 is all general admission seating, except for Premium Seats (Zones 1 & 2)
  • Reserved tickets are only available in advance, i.e. no reserved ticket sales at the gate

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

  • 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.


All overnight parking (RV’s tents, etc.) at Riverside over the IWK 250 weekend requires an advance reservation and is based on availability.

As of June 27, 2017, we have secured space for approximately 100 more RV’s. Site assignments will be based on availability for the size and type of RV. If you would like to apply for one of these sites please complete our IWK 250 Campsite Application.

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Schedule - Day 1

see link at top of page for printable version of schedule
10:00 a.m.Pit Gate Opens
10:30 a.m.Tech Opens
12:00 p.m.Grandstand & Box Office Open
12:30 p.m.Practice Starts
3:30 p.m.Practice Ends
Driver Meeting
4:00 p.m.Beer Garden Opens
4:30 p.m.Heat Races (determine starting grid for IWK 250)
5:30 p.m.Pre-Race Party (autograph session & live entertainment)
7:00 p.m.Opening Ceremonies
7:30 p.m.Steve Lewis Presents the IWK 250
* Schedules are subject to change without notice


Our expected entry list, to-date, includes:

1 17 Mark Martin Batesville AK
2 89 Donald Chisholm Antigonish NS
3 88 George Koszkulics New Glasgow NS
4 3 Jason Hathaway St. Thomas ON
5 99 Craig Slaunwhite Halifax NS
6 23 Brandon McFarlane Torbay NL
7 81 Nevin Scott Clyde River PE
8 2 Lonnie Sommerville Barnesville NB
9 29 Greg Fahey St. Stephen NB
10 66 Daryl Mahar Hubley NS
11 97 John Flemming Halifax NS
12 10 Devin Snell Rowley NB
13 56 Josh Collins Jerseyside NL
14 53 Cole Butcher Porter’s Lake NS
15 54 Jarrett Butcher Porter’s Lake NS
16 8 Kent Vincent Crapaud PE
17 13 Cassius Clark Farmington ME
18 13f Jeff Fultz Troutman NC
19 48 Dave O’Blenis Boundary Creek NB
20 40 Robbie MacEwen Charlottetown PE
21 42 Kyle Reid Fort McMurray AB
22 18 Darren MacKinnon Milton Station PE
23 49 Harry Ross White Kennetcook NS
24 5 Jonathan Hicken Montague PE
25 29 Greg Proude North Wiltshire PE
26 94 DJ Casey Halifax NS
27 14 Terry Dougay Albany PE
28 51 Vance Hanes Upper Kennetcook NS
29 08 Nicholas Naugle Dartmouth NS
30 36 Gary Elliott Dundas ON
31 1 Matt Moore Burlington NS
32 0 Shawn Turple Enfield NS
33 67 Dylan Blenkhorn Brookside NS
34 21 Shawn Pierce Newcombville NS
35 91 Dylan Gosbee Cornwall PE
36 52 Chris Hughes Brackley Beach PE
37 30 Stephen Lively Shubenacadie NS
38 32 Sarah McKay Quispamsis NB
39 07 Allison MacKinnon Oyster Bed Bridge PE


Expected entry list is subject to change without notice.

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
2017 IWK 250 MPST Dylan Blenkhorn


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.