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IWK 250 Weekend (Saturday)Jul 15

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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.

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Tickets

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.

Camping

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.

Effective April 1, 2017

Riverside International Speedway (RIS) is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and memorable experience for our guests. To that end, we have established guidelines so that there is a clear understanding by those whose use our property for overnight stays of what is acceptable, and what is not. Thank-you in advance for your cooperation.

The following terms of use are governed by track officials, law enforcement, and government regulatory bodies and are subject to change without notice. RIS reserves the right to amend or implement terms at any time. Failure to comply may result in legal penalties, ejection from the premises, forfeiture of fees, and being denied future access. a PDF version of this document is available for review and/or download.

  • Additional rules are in effect for the IWK 250 event and cover the camping area seven days prior to the event until one day after. They are noted with red type.

RIS is not responsible for personal injuries or damage and/or loss to/of vehicles, RV’s, tents, or other personal property on RIS grounds; use at your own risk. Please familiarize yourself with this document in its entirety; camping on RIS property acknowledges your agreement.

Camping Guidelines

RVs/Tents

  • All RV’s must be self-contained; there are no serviced sites
  • Onboard tank outlets must be closed at all times; portable restrooms are available if needed
  • There is a ‘tent only’ area; if you do not have an RV please use this section

Campsite

  • Leave your site as you found it, disposing of garbage in bins that are supplied
  • Sites are filled on a reserved basis in advance of the event
  • Permits are issued at check-in and must be clearly displayed at all times
  • The name on the permit is the person responsible for the site and anyone on it. If you are not using a site you booked it should be transferred to the occupant; please see camping area personnel for a new permit

Parking

  • RV’s must be parked in designated camping areas ONLY
  • RV’s must park on assigned site parallel to lines
  • Limit of one RV unit, one tent, and one passenger vehicle per campsite (must fit within your site)
  • The hitch couplers for towable trailers must point to fire lane with no exceptions
  • No parking in camping area other than RV’s with permits and the one vehicle allowed per RV permit

Respect Your Neighbours

  • Please respect quiet times; no excessive noise at any time
  • Tent and awning stakes must be marked
  • Campfires must be a minimum 10 feet from any vehicle or structure
  • Campfires are subject to weather conditions and restrictions that may be imposed
  • No fireworks, large bonfires
  • Consumption of alcohol in any public space other than your campsite is strictly prohibited (by law)
  • Offensive signs, drunkenness, profanity or activities that disturb other campers will not be tolerated
  • No unmanned aircraft (drones, etc.) over RIS property without express written permission in advance of event

Grounds

  • Fire lanes must remain open at all times
  • No vending/fundraising without RIS vendor permit
  • Officers from the RCMP and Department of Natural Resources patrol the property and enforce laws as necessary

Motorized Vehicle Guidelines

This applies to all motorized vehicles including motorcycles, golf carts, off-road vehicles, ATV’s, RUV’s, UTV’s, & OHV’s…

  • Speed limit is 5 mph
  • No motorized traffic after midnight
  • Helmets must be worn at all times, as required by law
  • Driver of any motorized vehicle must have a valid driver’s license; if not, and the provincial laws for the type of vehicle allows for it a valid safety course certificate is required and may be requested

Dog/Pet Guidelines

  • Owners must clean up after their pets
  • Must be controlled and on a leash at all times (no free run)
  • Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated
  • Must be current with vaccines/shots; proof may be requested

Emergency Information

  • If you need to call 911 the RIS address is 101 Beaver Mountain Road, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
  • Otherwise, please contact track or security personnel

Campground Services – IWK 250 Weekend

For your convenience, these pay-per-use services are available during the IWK 250 weekend (no services otherwise)…

  • Ice Service – bagged ice – roaming vendor
  • RV Pumping Service – roaming vendor
  • Fresh Water Delivery Service – roaming vendor
  • Van Zutphen Pig Roast (official IWK 250 fundraiser) – starts at Noon the day of IWK 250, in the camping area

Code of Conduct – Applies to Campground and Track/Grandstand Area

Please refrain from the following…

  • Behaviour that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal
  • Impairment, through alcohol or other means
  • Foul, abusive or obscene language, gestures, acts, signs, music, or clothing
  • Verbal or physical harassment of other guests
  • Throwing of any objects on the racing surface
  • Fighting, taunting, or threatening remarks or gestures
  • Failing to follow the instruction so RIS staff or security personnel

Guests are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests while at RIS. Guests who violate these provisions may be subject to ejection without refund and/or possible loss of ticket and/or camping privileges for future events and/or arrest.

Camping policies are subject to change without notice.

 

Schedule - Day 0

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* Schedules are subject to change without notice

Entries

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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)
IWK 250 WINNER’S CIRCLE
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

Sponsor

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.