Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Headlines Historic IWK 250 Weekend
(Halifax, NS, July 19, 2011) The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its second visit this season to Riverside International Speedway on Saturday July 23rd, for the 5th annual IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body. The prestigious extended distance event will attract 10,000 plus fans and 30 of the most talented stock car drivers from Canada and abroad, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Marcos Ambrose, hailing from Tasmania, Australia . Drivers will definitely have their game face on as they will be competing for valuable championship points, the illustrious title of IWK 250 Champion as well as for their piece of the $80,000.00+ purse posted for the event!
Qualifying at the 1/3 mile, high banked oval, located in James River, NS, will start at 3:30 p.m. with the Atlantic Tiltload Time Trials. Fans will then have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the stars of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour at the on track meet and greet taking place at 5:30 p.m. Fans will also be treated to a pre race concert featuring Regal Beagle. Main Gates open at 12:00 noon on Saturday, with the green flag slated for the IWK 250 main feature at 7:30 p.m.
Two former IWK 250 winners will be in the field for the 2011 edition of the event: Wayne Smith (Timberlea, NS) and Kent Vincent (Crapaud, PE). Both will vie to become the first repeat winner of the modern era IWK 250. There have been four different winners in the last four years: 2007 - Mike Rowe (Turner, ME); 2008 - Regan Smith (Cato, NY); 2009 - Wayne Smith; and, 2010 - Kent Vincent. Donald Chisholm (Antigonish, NS) is someone Smith and Vincent will have to beat to repeat, Chisholm is on a roll at Riverside having visited victory lane in the last two pro stock events at the track (August 2010 and June 2011). Chisholm is looking for a hat trick in the IWK 250 with a third consecutive checkered flag at his home track. Besides the two straight wins Chisholm has the best average finish (4.2) of any driver in the last five Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) sanctioned races at Riverside.
The 2011 edition of the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body will also make Canadian motorsports history as the first-ever short track stock car race in Canada to be broadcast live on national radio, to an international audience in Canada and the United States. Live flag-to-flag coverage of the event will be available on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 158/ The Score. Racing action starts Friday night with the Maritime League of Legends 50 lap feature and the Napa Sportsman will go head to head for 100 laps. Racing is slated to get underway at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night.
Tickets for the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body are on sale now at Ticket Atlantic and participating Atlantic Superstores, phone 1.877.451.1221 or visit www.ticketatlantic.com. Reserved and general admission seating is also available at the Riverside Box Office, phone 1.902.863.2410 or visit www.riversidespeedway.ca. Tickets will also be available at the gate on race day. Complete event information can be found at www.MaritimeProStockTour.com
Expected Entry List – IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body
#0 - Shawn Turple - Enfield, NS
#01 – Robbie MacLean – Winslow, PE
#1 - Dave Heino - Barrington, NS
#02 - Mike Mackenzie - Dartmouth, NS
#5 - Jonathan Hicken - Brudenell, PEI
#8 - Kent Vincent - Westmoreland, PEI
#9 - Brad Brown – Halifax, NS
#10 – Marcos Ambrose – Tasmania, Aus
#11 – Marty Prevost – Fall River, NS
#13 – Rollie MacDonald – Pictou, NS
#16 – Dylan Gosbee – Cornwall, PE
#18 - Darren Mackinnon - Milton, PEI
#21 - Shawn Pierce - Bridgewater, NS
#26 - Mike Stevens - Riverview, NB
#29 - Greg Proude - Springvale, PEI
#35 – Brad Mann – Glen Livet, NB
#42 – Steven Ross – Waverley, NS
#44 - Wayne Smith - Timberlea, NS
#45 - Leonard Boutilier – Dutch Settlement, NS
#52 - Shawn Tucker - Fredericton, NB
#66 - Daryl Mahar - Hubley, NS
#80 – Cy Harvey – Elmsdale, NS
#88 – George Koszkulics – New Glasgow, NS
#89 – Donald Chisholm – Antigonish, NS
#97 - John Flemming - Halifax, NS
#98 - Jerome Kehoe – Sydney, NS
#99 - Craig Slaunwhite - Terence Bay, NS
Entry list subject to change without notice
RACE DAY FORMAT
Pit Gate Opens
Atlantic Tiltload Time Trial lineups immediately follow drivers meeting
Atlantic Tiltload Pro Stock Time Trials
Pro Stock Dash Draw
Fast Eddie Racewear Pro Stock Dash – 10 laps
Cars rolling to Meet & Greet
Driver Meet & Greet with Pre Race Concert
Opening Ceremonies - 7:00 p.m.
IWK 250 Presented By Steve Lewis Auto Body - 7:30 p.m.
About Steve Lewis Auto Body:
Steve Lewis Auto Body is located on Beech Street in Sydney. The company is in their 36th year of business and proud to support many community and charitable efforts, including a 15-year + involvement with the IWK. Call them at 902.539.2848.
About the IWK:
The IWK Health Centre, while located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 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.
About Riverside International Speedway:
Riverside Speedway, 1/3-mile high banked asphalt oval, is located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, at exit 30 off Trans Canada Highway 104. Opened in 1969, the facility was totally rebuilt in 2006 to become a premiere motorsports site, comparable to the best short tracks in Canada and the U.S. For more information about Riverside International Speedway, please visit www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902.863.2410
About the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour:
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PFTPST) is the highest level of stock car racing in Canada. The Tour is recognized in the industry as one of the healthiest stock car racing series in North America. PFTPST visits five tracks throughout the Maritimes during its May through September season. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited. For more information, call our administration office at 902.481.2531 or click www.maritimeprostocktour.com
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