And in 2020, winners will be paid more than at any time in NASCAR Pinty’s Series history.
NASCAR today announced an increase in the winner’s purse, paying a minimum of $10,000 to each event winner. The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) winner will earn $11,000. Ohsweken Speedway, in conjunction with series entitlement partner Pinty’s, will feature a winner’s purse of $25,000 to honour the track’s 25th anniversary.
“As the NASCAR Pinty’s Series prestige grows, the stakes continue to rise,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director of Touring Series. “The series attracts the top drivers and teams in Canada, and the winner’s purse increase will further strengthen the level of competition.
“We’re grateful for the collaboration with our track partners and expect to see even more of the side-by-side racing and close, exciting finishes that the Pinty’s Series has consistently delivered to our fans.”
The Ohsweken Speedway race on Tuesday, Aug. 18 will be the first dirt race in series history. Dirt track stars Kenny Wallace and Niagara-on-the-Lake native Stewart Friesen, who won a World of Outlaws Sprint Car race there in 2015, have already announced their intentions to compete.
“Motorsports is seen by 26% of Canadians as one of their favourite sports,” said Tony Spiteri, Pinty’s Delicious Foods Vice President of Marketing. “It goes without saying that these fans are similar in many ways to the loyal following of Pintys. Investments in making the sport even bigger is simply good business, and great fun. As we say all the time, ‘Pintys: Making Great Food Fun’.”
The 2020 Pinty’s Series schedule features 13 races at 10 tracks in four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and Saskatchewan). The season opens Victoria Day weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) and finishes at Jukasa Motor Speedway on Sept. 26.
Last year, NASCAR and GP3R announced that race would extend from 50 laps to 60 beginning in 2020. The 10 extra laps will force teams to add fuel and provide more strategy opportunities