Management for Riverside International Speedway has made the difficult decision to postpone the IWK 250 Super Weekend from July 22-24 to later in the summer in anticipation of eased gathering restrictions so as many fans as possible can enjoy what is one of the most popular short track stock car racing events in Canada.

While the facility has recently been approved to host multiple-cohort gatherings of 250 people effective with the start of Phase 4 of the Nova Scotia Reopening Plan, expected July 14, capacity would be limited to approximately 15%. With the IWK 250 scheduled just 10 days later, it would be unfair to hold a signature event when so many loyal fans could not attend.

Some good news for fans in the short term is that assuming Phase 4 starts July 14, Riverside will host an event on July 24 – stay tuned for details within the week.

Management is working with government officials to determine when COVID-19 restrictions will ease enough to properly present the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis and are hopeful for a late August or early September date – an announcement will be made as soon as possible.

It remains the intent of track management to host a full season in 2021 including the three-day IWK 250 Super Weekend – Thursday’s Tailgate Party, Friday’s racing with the NAPA Sportsman Series and Maritime League of Legends, and Saturday’s racing with the Hot Rod Classics and IWK 250, a championship points event for the East Coast International Pro Stock Tour.

Once the IWK 250 makeup date is determined, a revised schedule for the season will be finalized. More information follows:

  • Campsite reservation confirmations for July 22-24 will be honoured on the IWK 250 Super Weekend makeup date. 
  • Tickets for the IWK 250 and new campsite reservations will be available soon after the makeup date is announced. 
  • Season Passes purchased in 2020 and transferred to 2021 remain valid and will be distributed just as soon as management is certain when the season will start.
  • Premium Seat holders who renewed for 2020 and transferred to 2021 will be contacted with details for their seats once events are finalized.

Besides being a bucket list event for short-track stock car racing fans throughout North America, the IWK 250 has helped increase exposure and raise more than $500,000 for the IWK Foundation since its inception in 2007.

Management thanks fans, racers, sponsors, staff, and service providers for their continued support as we wind through what are (hopefully) the final laps of the COVID-19 pandemic, and encourage everyone to be vaccinated at their earliest convenience so things get back on track (pun intended) sooner than later.

About Riverside International Speedway:

For 52 years, Riverside International Speedway has been recognized as a premiere stock racing facility in Canada. The 1/3-mile high-banked asphalt oval roars to action several times a year for special events. It is the home of the IWK 250 – widely known throughout North America as a “bucket list” event for racers and fans alike. Located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, the facility is easily accessible at exit 30 on Trans Canada Highway 104. For more information please visit or call 902-863-2410 (May to September) or 902-404-7049 (October to April).