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Storylines About For IWK 250 Presented By Steve Lewis Auto Body


Source: Riverside Communications

JAMES RIVER, NS (July 17, 2012) - The sixth edition of the IWK 250 Presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body is this coming weekend and the stage is set to make it a memorable one. The super weekend opens this Thursday with the arrival of the Richard Petty Driving Experience, then continues Friday with the Highland Home Building Centre 100 for the Napa Sportsman Series, and then culminates Saturday with the IWK 250.

There is a lot to talk about including: the much-anticipated entry of one of NASCAR's brightest young stars; the late-entry of a southern short track superstar; the determination of the current Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour point leader to defend his IWK 250 title; $100k on the line, and much more. Weekend storylines follow...

Logano Hopes to Take Cat Cat for Kids to Victory Lane
NASCAR's Joey Logano is serious about winning the IWK 250 this weekend; so serious he has sent a key member of his team to Nova Scotia this week to make sure the car is prepared just the way the young superstar likes it. Logano will drive the Cat Car for Kids, presented by Atlantic Cat - a car out of the Nova Racing stable. Logano's man will work with the Nova Racing team this week to tweak the car to Logano's liking before the superstar arrives for the weekend. Logano has made his mark in NASCAR this year as the winningest driver in the sanctioning bodies national divisions; Logano has six wins year-to-date for Joe Gibbs Racing: one Sprint Cup Series and five in the Nationwide Series. Logano will be a teammate to Donald Chisholm (Antigonish) and George Koszkulics (New Glasgow). Besides driving in Saturday's IWK 250 Logano will participate in the one-hour autograph session that is part of the pre-race ceremonies. Since 2007 The IWK 250 Presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body has raised more than $100,000 for the IWK Health Care Centre.

Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Point Battle Tight; Defending IWK 250 Winner on Top
The first six races on the 2012 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour have produced five different race winners and six drivers have been briefly atop the championship point standings. But it's Darren MacKinnon (Charlottetown, PE), defending champion of the IWK 250, who finds himself currently atop the point totem pole. MacKinnon has been in the top 10 in every race this season, accumulating 1152, two more than closest competitor and local favourite Donald Chisholm. Only 10 points separate first from fourth and any of these drivers could hold the lead after Saturday's race, the first added-distance race of the season. Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB), a three-time series champ and the only two-time winner this season is third - just eight markers behind MacKinnon. Another three-time series champion, John Flemming (Halifax, NS), is fourth, and the series 2009 champion, Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS), is fifth.

Southern Short Track Superstar Corey Williams to Wheel King Racing Entry
Corey Williams, originally from Boothbay Harbor, Maine - now hailing from Huntersville, North Carolina, will pilot the No. 13 entry for King Racing. Williams will debut a new Hamke chassis for the team with crew chief Andrew Hicken and car owner Rollie MacDonald. Williams is a multi-time PASS South winner, has an ASA win on his resume, and sat on the pole for the inaugural 250-lap event at the "new" Riverside International Speedway in 2006 - a PASS-sanctioned event. Williams works as a fabricator on the No. 5 (driver Kasey Kahne) & No. 24 (driver Jeff Gordon) cars for Hendrick Motorsports.

MacKinnon, Vincent, Smith Hope to Become First Repeat Winner
Three former IWK 250 winners have entered the 2012 edition of the IWK 250: MacKinnon (2011), Kent Vincent (2010), and Wayne Smith (2009). Each hopes to become the first repeat winner of the prestigious event. Other former winners include Mike Rowe (2007), and Regan Smith (2008). MacKinnon and Vincent are running full-time with the Pro Stock Tour this year while Smith, a six-time pro stock touring series champion, has scaled back his schedule to part-time; this will be his second start of 2012.

Champions Chasing Elusive IWK 250 Win An IWK 250 trophy is on the bucket list for every pro stock driver in the Maritimes, but especially for former PST champions who have yet to win the prestigious race, including: Flemming - PST champion in 2002, ’03, ‘06; Tucker - PST champion in 2004, ’07, 10; and, Shawn Turple (Enfield) - PST champion in 2009.

On The Line: $100,000
Besides the prestige of being an IWK 250 champion, the winner of the 2012 edition of the event can take home as much as $16,950 from a total purse that exceeds $89,000. And since the IWK 250 is round seven of 12 on the 2011 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour it is also “pays” points based on finishing positions – so every spot counts – for payout and points. Including the payouts for the sportsman and legends races, the total event payout exceeds $100,000.

Storied History
While 2012 marks the sixth edition of the IWK 250, Riverside has hosted its historic event since 1977 when Ontario’s Billy Watson became the inaugural winner. Other former “Riverside 250” winners include the late Scott Fraser (5 wins), the late Don Biederman (3 wins), five-time Maritime champion Greg Sewart (now retired, 2 wins), Maritime racing legend Frank Fraser (2 wins), four-time Maritime champion Terry Clattenburg (now retired), North America short track legend Junior Hanley, Maritime racing veteran Mike MacKenize, and Maine racing champions Mike Rowe and Ben Rowe. Scott Fraser, Sewart, Biederman, and Hanley are members of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, and Scott Fraser, Sewart, Frank Fraser, and Clattenburg are members of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Opening Act - Sportsman Series Highlights Friday Night

The Napa Sportsman Series will see round two of four in their 2012 title chase this Friday, and first 100-lap feature for the series competitors this season. More than 250 of the top sportsman racers in the region are expected to enter the show including Colby Smith (Barrington) the defending race winner and 2011 series champion. The Maritime League of Legends is also on deck Friday night and expecting a full-field of eager racers after a three-week break; this is round three of seven in their title chase. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

The Main Attraction
Saturday July 21 will feature the sixth annual IWK 250. Time trials start at 3:30 p.m., heat races are set for 4:30, followed by an on-track autograph session and concert at 5:30. Pre-race festivities start at 7 p.m.

Tickets Now Available
Advance reserved and general admission grandstand tickets are now available as single or two-day passes. Tickets will be available at the track box office on race days. A limited number of reserved RV parking spots remain available. Check www. riversidespeedway.ca or call 902.863.2410 for more information.

Expected Entry List

01

Robbie MacLean

Winsloe, PE

02

Mike MacKenzie

Dartmouth, NS

03

Steve Halpin

Saint John, NB

0

Shawn Turple

Enfield, NS

1

David Heino

Barrington, NS

4

Mike Stevens

Salisbury, NB

5

Jonathan Hicken

Montague, PE

8

Kent Vincent

Crapaud, PE

9

Brad Brown

Halifax, NS

12

Joey Logano

Huntersville, NC

13

Corey Williams

Huntersville, NC

14

Terry Dougay

Albany, PE

18

Darren MacKinnon

Charlottetown, PE

21

Shawn Pierce

Bridgewater, NS

24

Steve Ross

Waverly, NS

29

Greg Proude

Springvale, PE

35

Brad Mann

Glen Livet, NB

37

Cy Harvey

Elmsdale, NS

41

Russell Smith

Halifax, NS

44

Wayne Smith

Timberlea, NS

45

Leonard Boutilier

Dutch Settlement, NS

52

Shawn Tucker

Fredericton, NB

66

Daryl Mahar

Hubley, NS

72

Brad Eddy

Lower Sackville, NS

88

George Koszkulics

New Glasgow, NS

89

Donald Chisholm

Antigonish, NS

91

Dylan Gosbee

Stratford, PE

92

Pete Miller

Kennetcook, NS

94

Russell Smith Jr.

Lakeside, NS

97

John Flemming

Halifax, NS

98

Jerome Kehoe

Port Hood, NS

99

Craig Slaunwhite

Terence Bay, NS

 

Entry list subject to change without notice

Race Day Format

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Back Gates Open

  9:00 a.m.

Pro Stock Tech Opens
Top 15 in Points to Tech
15 + In Points to Tech
Main Grandstand Opens
Top 15 in Points Practice

10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.

15 + in Points Practice

12:30 p.m.

Top 15 in Points Practice

  1:00 p.m.

15 + in Points Practice

  1:30 p.m.

Top 15 in Points Practice

  2:00 p.m.

15 + in Points Practice

Track Closes & Drivers Meeting

  2:30 p.m.
  3:00 p.m.

Atlantic Tiltload Time Trial lineups immediately follow drivers meeting

Atlantic Tiltload Pro Stock Time Trials

   3:30 p.m.

Pro Stock Dash Draw

 

Racing 4:30 p.m.

 

Fast Eddie Pro Stock Dash For Cash – 10 laps
Dartmouth Dodge Pro Stock Heats – 10 laps

   4:30p.m.

Car must be rolling to line for Meet & Greet
Driver’s Meet & Greet with Concert –“Jug in Hand”
Opening Ceremonies

IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body

   5:20 p.m.
   5:30 p.m.
   7:00 p.m.

   7:30 p.m.

 

About the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour:
The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) 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. PST 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 . You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/prostocktour  and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prostocktour

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 International Speedway, a 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. To learn more about Riverside Int'l Speedway, please visit www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902.863.2410.

 

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