The NASCAR Pinty’s Series (NPS) makes its only stop east of Quebec this Saturday (Aug. 19) at Riverside International Speedway for the Bumper to Bumper 300.
It’s 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 a NPS race in series history, Donald Chisholm of 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.
As well, well-known driver 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 has a plan to better his ninth-place finish in that event.
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 the race is a feather in the cap of any racer, historically, a victory could mean much more. In six of the 10 NPS races held at Riverside, the winner of the race has gone on to clinch the series championship title; Ranger – 2010, Kennington – 2010 and 2012, Scott Steckly – 2011 and 2015, and last year, Lapcevich.
The NASCAR Weekend at Riverside International Speedway gets underway Friday, Aug. 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.
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 at riversidespeedway.ca until Aug. 17. General admission tickets will be available at the gate starting at 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 and at noon on Aug. 19.
To sign up for the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience please visit racewithrusty.com.
Racing starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18. Group qualifying to set the field for the Bumper to Bumper 300 is at 3 p.m. on Aug. 19, 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 p.m.
There is free RV parking for this event (no reservations and no services) along with free spectator parking. This and more event information can be found at www.riversidespeedway.ca.