Stage Set for Exciting NASCAR Weekend Starting Friday
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series (NPS) makes its only stop east of Quebec this Saturday at Riverside International Speedway for the Bumper to Bumper 300. It is the 11th edition of an event that has seen eight different winners – many of whom will be in the hunt for another “W” at what is one of the series favourite stops.
Two-time event winner DJ Kennington (St. Thomas, ON) leads the list, along with defending race winner Cayden Lapcevich (Grimsby, ON), inaugural winner Mark Dilley (Barrie, ON), the lone Quebec winner Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond, QC), and the only Nova Scotia driver to ever win an NPS race in series history, Donald Chisholm (Antigonish).
Drivers looking to score their first win at Riverside include two who have three wins each on the series this year, Alex Labbe (St. Albert, QC), and Kevin Lacroix (Montreal, QC). A win for Lacroix would be especially meaningful as the primary sponsor for his race car is Bumper to Bumper, who will also sponsor the race at Riverside and as such have many employees and guests on site to cheer their driver on.
And well-known Alex Tagliani (Laval, QC) will be taking his second shot at Riverside, a track he has described as first-class and fun. Tagliani is Canadian racing royalty with 73 career starts in the IndyCar series and 55 in NASCAR’s three U.S. national series, including five wins on the XFINITY Series. Tagliani’s first visit to Riverside was last year for the Bumper to Bumper 300 and fans can bet he’s got a plan to better his ninth-place finish in that event.
As a result of so many drivers looking for the checkered flag Saturday, fans can expect 300 laps of side-by-side competition on the high-banked, very fast, 0.333-mile oval.
In the 11-year history of the NPS, only four tracks have hosted the series every season; Riverside is not just one of those tracks but has the longest running affiliation with NASCAR of any track in Canada.
The Bumper to Bumper 300 is round 10 of the 13 championship points events that comprise the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series. And while winning a race at the popular Riverside International Speedway is a feather in the cap of any racer, historically, a victory could mean much more. In six of the 10 NPS race held at Riverside, the winner of the race has gone on to clinch the series championship title: Ranger – 2010, Kennington – 2010 & 2012, Scott Steckly – 2011 & 2015, and last year, Lapcevich.
The starting grid for the Bumper to Bumper 300 will be determined through group qualifying (new for 2017), based on each driver’s fastest single lap; Chisholm will look to defend the pole award he won in last year’s edition of the event.
The NASCAR Weekend at Riverside International Speedway gets underway Friday, August 18 with the R&D Performancenter 100 for the NAPA Sportsman Series and the debut of the MJS Holdings Ltd. East Coast Mini Stock Tour. On Saturday it’s the Bumper to Bumper 300 and the Farrell’s Excavating 50 for the Maritime League of Legends. Sunday, fans will enjoy the rush that is Riverside by participating in the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience.
Drivers from all over the Maritimes have filed entry forms for the Sportsman, Mini Stock, and Legends races. Expected entry lists can be found under the Entries tab on the event pages at the RIS website.
Tickets for the NASCAR Weekend are available as Single Day or Weekend Pass options. Reserved seats are available in advance only. Fans can order tickets online until August 17. General admission tickets will be available at the gate starting at 4 p.m. on August 18 and at Noon on August 19. To sign up for the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience please visit www.racewithrusty.com.
Racing starts at 7 p.m. on August 18. Group qualifying to set the field for the Bumper to Bumper 300 is at 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a NASCAR autograph session at 5:30 p.m., the Farrell’s Excavating 50 at 6:45 p.m., opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m., and the green flag for the Bumper to Bumper 300 at 8:00 p.m.
There is free RV parking for this event (no reservations and no services) along with free spectator parking.
RACE: Bumper To Bumper 300
PLACE: Riverside International Speedway, Antigonish, N.S.
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 19
TIME: Qualifying at 3 p.m., Autograph Session at 5:30 p.m., Legends race at 6:45 p.m., Opening Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. Bumper to Bumper 300 Green Flag at 8 p.m. ADT
TELECAST: TSN – Sunday, Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m. ET; RDS2 – Fri., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile, banked asphalt oval
2016 POLESITTER: Donald Chisholm
2016 WINNER: Cayden Lapcevich
TRACK TWITTER: @Riverside_NS
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #BumperToBumper300
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Riverside International Speedway is recognized as a premier stock racing facility in Canada. The 1/3-mile high-banked asphalt oval roars to action several times a year for special events. It is the home of the IWK 250 – widely known as the best stock-car race in Canada, and of the Bumper to Bumper 300 – eastern Canada’s only NASCAR event. Located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, the facility is easily accessible at exit 30 on Trans Canada Highway 104. For more information please visit www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902-863-2410.