Celebrating 50 Years

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

IWK 250 Weekend (Saturday)Jul 20

Event Hotline Celebrating 50 Years

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The IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis is the marquis event at Riverside International Speedway and one of the premier super late model races in North America. Named for the IWK Health Care Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the event not only boasts some of the best stock car racing in Canada but helps raise awareness and funds for the IWK Foundation, totaling more than $450,000 since the IWK affiliation was formed together with Steve Lewis Auto Body in 2007.  In 2011, the IWK 250 made history in becoming the first short track stock car race ever broadcast live flag-to-flag on national radio. In 2013, the Chisholm family, who own the track, made history for the IWK 250 again when they donated $1,000,000 to the IWK Foundation as part of the pre-race festivities.

Since 2007 the event has attracted top NASCAR racers including Aric Almirola (2008), Marcos Ambrose (2010, 2011), Matt Crafton (2014, 2015, 2016), Ricky Craven (2007), Brad Keselowski (2013), Joey Logano (2012), Mark Martin (2017), David Reutimann (2009), Regan Smith (2007, 2008, 2009), Austin Theriault (2013), and Kenny Wallace (2018). Regan Smith won the IWK 250 in 2008 and Kenny Wallace won it in 2018.

The first ’250′ at Riverside was held in 1977 and the Winners Circle includes legendary racers from the Maritimes and beyond. Learn more about the IWK 250 and its lineage by selecting the ‘Event History’ tab below.



  • IWK 250 Entry Form (for entries received to-date, scroll down on this page and click on ‘Entries’ tab)

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Early Entry List (based on entry forms received to-date) – showing (car #) driver, hometown – primary sponsor:

  1. (19) Kenny Wallace, St. Louis, MO – Cat Car for Kids
  2. (89) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, NS – Keltic Ford
  3. (56) Josh Collins, Jerseyside, NL – Edward Collins Contracting
  4. (81) Nevin Scott, Clyde River, PE – Gravelock Soil Stabilization
  5. (29) Greg Fahey, St. Stephen, NB – McLaughlin Roof Trusses Ltd
  6. (44) Russell Smith, Jr., Lakeside, NS – Kynock Resources, Vernon’s Thunderbird Diner
  7. (99) Craig Slaunwhite, Halifax, NS – Archibald Drilling and Blasting, Stone’s RV
  8. (48) Waylon Farrell, Conception Bay South, NL – Farrell’s Excavating
  9. (2) Ashton Tucker, Lyttleton, NB – White Lightning Auto Centre
  10. (13) Cassius Clark, Farmington, ME – King Racing Competition & Fabrication
  11. (08) Nicholas Naugle, Dartmouth, NS – Brycon Construction
  12. (40) Robbie MacEwen, Charlottetown, PE – sponsor tba
  13. (8) Kent Vincent, Crapaud, PE – TireTireCanada.ca
  14. (23) Lonnie Sommerville, Barnesville, NB – Pub’s Bottle Exchange
  15. (5) Jonathan Hicken, Montague, PE – Chapman Bros.
  16. (42) Kyle Reid, Fort McMurray, AB – Robby’s Tractor-Trailer/Robby’s Towing
  17. (2) Chris Reid, Fort McMurray, AB – Ella Mae Energy Services
  18. (53) Cole Butcher, Porters Lake, NS – Atlantic Tiltload
  19. (54) Jarrett Butcher, Porters Lake, NS – Superior Foundations
  20. (49) Harry Ross White, Kennetcook, NS – Archibalds Drilling and Blasting 1986 Ltd
  21. (23) Brandon McFarlane, Torbay, NL – Wing N It
  22. (32) Sarah McKay, Quispamsis, NB – A.E. Mckay Builders Ltd.
  23. (67) Dylan Blenkhorn, Brookside, NS – Blenkhorns Auto Recyclers Ltd
  24. (97) John Flemming, Halifax, NS – Happy Harry’s
  25. (11) Marty Prevost, Fall River, NS -BTP ConstructionLtd.
  26. (21) Shawn Pierce, Newcombville, NS – NTYCE Motorsports
  27. (52) Shawn Tucker, Fredericton, NB – A.L. Gullison Disaster Kleen Up
  28. (29) Greg Proude, Springvale, PE – Atlantic Dodge Dealers
  29. (18) Darren MacKinnon, Winsloe, PE – Keir’s Doors, Shaw’s Towing
  30. (91) Dylan Gosbee, Cornwall, PE – Greenfield Enterprise
  31. (0) Shawn Turple, Enfield, NS – Dexter Construction
  32. (82) Chris Hughes, Charlottetown, PE – Subaru of Moncton, Tops to Floors
  33. (02) Craig Ward, Riverview, NB – Ron Arsenault Racing

Entry list is subject to change without notice.


Ticket Prices

iwk 250 super race weekend seating chart overview

Pit Area – available race day only (no advance) – liability release required

  • Restricted to those 18 and older
  • Exceptions for competitors ONLY
  • Minors entering the pits must comply with the Minor Pit Policy (requires proof of age and consent form, in advance)

 HST is included in admission.


All overnight parking at Riverside over the IWK 250 weekend requires an advance reservation and is based on availability. Please use the reservation form in the ‘Tickets & Camping’ section (find at top of page).

Campsite check-in times for the 2019 IWK 250 weekend are as follows:

  • Wed., July 17 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thu., July 18 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fri., July 19 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sat., July 20 – 9 a.m. to Noon

View our Camping Policies

Schedule - Day 1

a printable version of the weekend schedule is available in a link at the top of this page
9:30 a.m.Pit Area Opens
10:00 a.m.Tech Opens
11:30 a.m.Grandstand & Box Office Open
Practice (Group 1 on the 1/2-hour; Group 2 on the hour)
2:30 p.m.Track Closes
2:45 p.m.Driver's Meeting
3:30 p.m.Heat Races (to determine starting grid for IWK 250)
4:00 p.m.Beer Garden Opens
5:15 p.m.Cars to Grid for Autograph Session
5:30 p.m.Autograph Session
7:00 p.m.Opening Ceremony
7:30 p.m.Steve Lewis Presents the IWK 250
* Schedules are subject to change without notice

Event History

The very first “Riverside 250” was held in 1977, and won by Ontario’s Billy Watson. Since then the event has become Riverside’s marquis event and is one of the longest-running, most storied stock car races in all of Canada. Some of the top racers in North America have competed in, and won, our “250” including “Daytona” Don Biederman, Junior Hanley, Scott Fraser, Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe, and NASCAR’s Regan Smith. The modern era of this event, the IWK 250, started in 2007 after the facility was rebuilt to become one of the premier facilities in North America. Since then we have featured celebrity NASCAR drivers every year and have continued to grow to become the largest annual summer sporting event in Nova Scotia. Celebrity NASCAR drivers in the modern era of the IWK 250 include…

  • Aric Almirola (2008)
  • Marcos Ambrose (2010, 2011)
  • Matt Crafton (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Ricky Craven (2007)
  • Brad Keselowski (2013)
  • Joey Logano (2012)
  • Mark Martin (2017)
  • David Reutimann (2009)
  • Regan Smith (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Austin Theriault (2013)
Year Race Title Sanctioned By Winner
1977 CHFX 250 Open Billy Watson
1978 CHFX 250 Open Frank Fraser
1979 Gatorade 250 Open Don Biederman
1980 No. 7 Lights 250 Open Don Biederman
1981 Dairy Queen 250 Open Don Biederman
1986 Riverside 250 MASCAR Greg Sewart
1987 Labatt Blue Riverside 250 MASCAR Frank Fraser
1989 Labatt Blue Riverside 250 MASCAR Rollie MacDonald
1990 Labatt Blue Riverside 250 MASCAR Terry Clattenburg
1991 Riverside 250 ACT Junior Hanley
1992 Riverside 250 ACT Junior Hanley
1993 GM Goodwrench 250 MASCAR Greg Sewart
1994 Bud GM Goodwrench 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1995 Bud Thunder 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1996 Pioneer Coal 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1997 Pioneer Coal 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1998 Pioneer Coal 250 MASCAR Scott Fraser
1999 Pioneer Coal 250 MASCAR Mike MacKenzie
2006 Fall Foliage 250 PASS Ben Rowe
2007 IWK 250 PASS Mike Rowe
2008 IWK 250 MPST Regan Smith
2009 IWK 250 MPST Wayne Smith
2010 IWK 250 MPST Kent Vincent
2011 IWK 250 MPST Darren MacKinnon
2012 IWK 250 MPST John Flemming
2013 IWK 250 MPST Shawn Tucker
2014 IWK 250 MPST John Flemming
2015 IWK 250 MPST Kent Vincent
2016 IWK 250 MPST Donald Chisholm
2017 IWK 250 MPST Dylan Blenkhorn
2018 IWK 250 MPST Kenny Wallace
2019 IWK 250 MPST Cassius Clark

Audio Clips

click to hear Donald Chisholm as he accepted the 2015 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour championship

Audio by our good friends at Race Time Radio


Proud to Support the IWK Health Care Centre 120719_5 Long before the inception of the IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway, Nova Scotia businessmen John Chisholm and Steve Lewis were established philanthropists, each privately assisting charities of choice and generously giving back to the communities that have supported them. In 2007, as co-founders of the IWK 250, Chisholm and Lewis joined forces to provide support to something near the hearts of most Maritimers – the IWK Health Centre – our region’s preeminent provider of quality care for children, youth, women, and families. Since then the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body has raised awareness for the IWK Health Centre and donated more than $400,000 to the IWK Foundation. Since 2009 the hospital portion of the event has been expanded to include the “Cat Car for Kids” where the children and their families actually get to co-sponsor a NASCAR driver in the IWK 250 by signing their name on his car. “The IWK 250’s support of the patients at the IWK has gone far beyond the dollars raised during the event,” said Jacobs. “When the patients meet the drivers and sign their names on the IWK car it’s very exciting, not only for them, but for their families as well.” In addition to providing highly specialized care, the IWK also provides primary care services. Services provided by the Health Centre are delivered through three programs: Children’s Health; Mental Health and Addictions; and Women’s and Newborn Health. Each year the IWK delivers approximately 5,000 babies and assesses more than 29,000 visits to the Children’s Emergency Department. The IWK Health Centre is an essential resource for women, children, youth and families from across the Maritimes and beyond. Each year, thousands of Maritime children and women come to the IWK requiring emergency care, surgery for critical illnesses, and inpatient care for ongoing medical conditions. To learn how you can help support the IWK Health Centre please visit www.iwkfoundation.org.

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