Riverside Speedway opened in 1969 under the helm of Antigonish businessman John Chisholm. It was sold in 1989 and bought back by Mr. Chisholm late in 2005, rebuilt in 2006 and rebranded Riverside International Speedway. For 50 years, the popular 1/3-mile high-banked asphalt oval has provided generations of race fans with some of the best stock car racing entertainment in North America. Fans who attend events this year will find enhanced track decor, limited edition 50th-anniversary merchandise, and more celebrating Riverside's fantastic five decades.
"We're thrilled to have Motoring TV select Riverside as a site for one of its episodes," said Paul McLean, General manager of Riverside International Speedway. "We're excited to share our story with the show's fans across the country. This event exemplifies our dedication to the racers and the fans with four different series - from four-cylinder to NASCAR - as well as the inaugural Rev it Up at Riverside Show & Shine."
Brad Diamond, the Executive Producer of Motoring TV, echoed McLean's sentiment.
"We're thrilled to be heading for Riverside where we will celebrate its 50th anniversary along with profiling two-time NASCAR Pinty's Series champion LP Dumoulin whose family is also celebrating 50 years at the wheel."
The weekend kicks off August 16 with the Henry's AUTOPRO 100 for the Napa Sportsman Series and the Passione Flooring East Coast Mini Stock Tour 50; the grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 17 is jam-packed with the inaugural Rev it Up at Riverside Show & Shine, the Maritime League of Legends, and the NASCAR Pinty's Series only stop on the east coast in the Bumper to Bumper 300. The grandstand gates open and NASCAR practice starts at 12:30 p.m., the Show & Shine starts at 1 p.m. (in the grassy area of the parking lot near the main entrance of the grandstand), Legends practice is at 2 p.m., NASCAR qualifying at 3 p.m., Legends heat races at 4 p.m., NASCAR autograph session at 5:10 p.m., Legends feature at 6:15 p.m., opening ceremony at 7:05 p.m., and the Bumper to Bumper 300 at 7:35 p.m.
All four races are championship points events for their respective series. Top racers from across Canada like Alex Tagliani, DJ Kennington, LP Dumoulin, Alex Labbe, Jason Hathaway, local favourite Donald Chisholm, and others are expected to enter the Bumper to Bumper 300. Top racers from across the Maritimes are expected for the Sportsman, Legends, and Mini-Stock races. Entries from throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have been received to-date for the Rev it Up Show & Shine.
Spectator admission to the Show & Shine is free; fans with grandstand tickets for the Bumper to Bumper 300 can enjoy the Show & Shine as well as all the on-track action. Weekend Pass and single-day tickets are available atwww.RiversideSpeedway.ca.
Vehicle registration for the Rev it Up at Riverside Show & Shine is open and just $15 which includes admission for two adults to the Bumper to Bumper 300 ($80 value) and an event decal; those who register by August 7 will also receive a Rev it Up at Riverside t-shirt. All entries will be eligible for Fan Favourite awards and a Promoter's Choice award. Register today at www.RiversideSpeedway.ca.
Race car registration for the sportsman, legends, and mini stock races is also open (www.RiversideSpeedway.ca).
The Bumper to Bumper 300 will be streamed live online at TSN.ca in Canada and Fanschoice.tv in the United States and shown tape-delay on TSN.
About Riverside International Speedway:
For 50 years, Riverside International Speedway has been recognized as a premiere 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.