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Excitement Building For
Saturday's IWK 250

 

JAMES RIVER, NS (July 16, 2008) - The 2008 edition of the IWK 250 presented by DuPont Refinish and Steve Lewis Auto Body is this weekend at Riverside International Speedway - and the stage is set for an event maritime motorsports aficionados will not want to miss.

Some of those fans have already set up camp at the renowned facility, with RV's arriving as early as last Friday to assure parking spots at what is expected to be a sellout event on Saturday.

Advance ticket sales are going at a record pace, so much so the track box office has had to extend their hours this week in order to keep up with the demand for tickets.

More than 40 of the best short track racers in the Maritimes will go fender-to-fender with top New England drivers and two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racers, Regan Smith and Aric Almirola, both employed by the fabled Dale Earnhardt Inc.

All tolled, the local "offering" sees a stout lineup with 12 maritime touring series championships combined between Rollie MacDonald, Wayne Smith, Shawn Tucker and John Flemming.

Johnny Clark, with two New England touring series championships, leads the charge among his fellow Maine-based expected entries which also includes Travis Benjamin and Kirk Thibeau.

NASCAR's Smith and Almirola have the same agenda - to win - but come to the race from different avenues. Smith has made good on his promise to return to Riverside after finishing third in the '07 edition of the IWK 250 - in which he had no prior late model racing experience. Almirola on the other hand, won races and championships racing Florida short tracks while driving late models before moving to the NASCAR ranks.

Smith has vowed to apply a "checkers or wreckers" strategy in his bid to better his '07 finish by two spots; Almirola is expected to take a more laid back approach until he gets a feel for the track and the competition.

The 2008 IWK 250 offers a total purse exceeding $103,000 including the potential for the winner to take home more than $23,500 - including a guaranteed $10,000 for first place plus the opportunity to win as much as $13,750 in sponsored competition bonuses.

The event is sanctioned by the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour, being billed as a "supershow" - with special rules - one of which includes a flat 200 championship points being awarded all drivers that attempt to qualify.

Thirty cars will make up the starting gird for the IWK 250 with four "elimination-style" rounds of qualifying action: time trials, heat races, semis and a last chance race - for which the winner will have the option of going with $1,200 or starting the IWK 250.

Besides pro stock action, fans in attendance at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday will see the Kenworth Maritime Legends Challenge. Pit gates will open at 8 a.m.; practice starts at 10:50 a.m. the box office and grandstand gates open at Noon; time trials for both divisions start at 4 p.m. and racing action starts at 5:30 p.m.

Riverside's Superweekend kicks off Friday with the NAPA 100 for the Highland Home Hardware Sportsman Series, which will be joined by the APM Atlantic Open Wheel Series. Time Trials start Friday at 6 p.m.; racing starts at 7 p.m.

All seats at the facility are being offered as reserved seating for both Friday and Saturday. Advance tickets are available at the Riverside Int'l Speedway box office in the Antigonish Mall through Thursday at 8 P.M.and then at the track's box office in James River starting at 3 p.m. Friday and Noon Saturday.



About Riverside International Speedway
Riverside 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, compared to the best short tracks in Canada and the U.S. The 2008 schedule includes two CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour events on June 7 and August 16; the IWK 250 event on July 18-19, also sanctioned by the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour; and the Atlantic Dodge Dealers 300 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event on September 20. For more information about Riverside Speedway, please visit www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902.863.2410.

About Steve Lewis Auto Body
Steve Lewis Auto Body, a DuPont Refinish body shop, is located on Beech Street in Sydney. The company is in their 32nd year of business and proud to support many community and charitable efforts, including a 14-year involvement with the IWK.

About DuPont Refinish
In March of 1999, DuPont Performance Coatings was formed by the combination of Herberts GmbH and DuPont Refinish, creating the world?s largest supplier of automotive coatings and the third largest coatings company overall. Canadian headquarters are in Ajax, Ontario. DuPont Refinish services over 4,000 collision repair and commercial fleet customers across Canada. For more information call 1.800.668.6945 or visit www.pc.dupont.com.

About CARQUEST Auto Parts
With nearly 4000 locations in North America, CARQUEST Auto Parts supplies the professional automotive service repair industry as well as do-it-yourselfers with replacement parts, tools and equipment.

About the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour
The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited and features an annual series at five venues in the three Maritime Provinces of Canada. Former champions include John Flemming (2002, 2003, 2006), Shawn Tucker (2004, 2007), Wayne Smith (2001, 2008) and Rollie MacDonald (2005). For more information, call 902.481.2531 or click www.maritimeprostocktour.com.
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