The Canadian NASCAR season begins tomorrow on an oval, while the American series will roll on a road course!
Friday, August 14, 2020 by Philippe Brasseur
You could almost say the world is upside down: while the three main American NASCAR series will take place on a road course this weekend, the 2020 season of the Canadian NASCAR series will finally start on the small oval at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario.
At Daytona, where spectators will be admitted to the stands, NASCAR Cup series, Xfinity (participation of Alex Labbé) and Truck (Raphaël Lessard and Alex Tagliani will compete while being teammates at Kyle Busch Motorsports!), it’s a highly anticipated premiere on the road circuit, famous for its 24 Hours and other Endurance races but never used for official NASCAR competitions.
Meanwhile in Ontario, at Sunset Speedway, it will be behind closed doors with very strict access rules. We note in passing that NASCAR is opening the doors of its events to fans in the United States, where the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, while the organization remains closed to any spectator access for an event in the depths of Ontario, in a country – Canada – much less affected by the virus.
Two races will be featured at Sunset Speedway, which will be the first two of just six rounds on the 2020 NASCAR Pinty’s calendar. , for a total of 12 to 15 registered. In addition to Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, whose ambitions we have already presented (news on this subject by clicking here), oval veteran Donald Theetge as well as the 2019 vice-champion of the series Kevin Lacroix (in action above, the last year) and his teammate Mathieu Kingsbury will be present.
« We’ve tested this track before, but I can’t wait to get back there for an official NASCAR Pinty’s event, » said Kevin, who will drive the No.74 Bumper to Bumper / Total / PFC Brakes / Lacroix Tuning. « It was a long summer without racing, my team and I are happy to get back on the track, even if it is a shortened schedule, and exclusively Ontario » he specifies. Indeed, in addition to Sunset Speedway, the two other doubleheaders forming the season will take place at Flamboro (August 27) then at Jukasa (September 12), two ovals located in Ontario.
NASCAR’s Canadian Series drivers will face off at Sunset Speedway, which has been around since 1968 and is a third of a mile long with some pretty steep turns. Free practice is scheduled to start at 1:20 p.m., while the first race will be at 4:15 p.m. and the second at 6:20 p.m. The starting grid of the first race will be decided by drawing lots, while that of the second will be determined by the final classification of the first race.
*** Don’t miss the exclusive photos of our special correspondent at Sunset Speedway, online at poleposition.ca from Sunday!
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