We opened in 1969, rebuilt in 2006, celebrated our 50th-anniversary in 2019, and continue to make lasting impressions on generations of race fans. Open each section below for milestones and memories from that decade...
2010 July 17 – Marcos Ambrose was the celebrity driver for the IWK 250; the race was won by Kent Vincent (the first 250 winner from Prince Edward Island)
2011 July 23 – Marcos Ambrose made his second celebrity appearance in the IWK 250; the race winner was Darren MacKinnon
2012 July 19 – Joey Logano was the IWK 250 celebrity driver; the race winner was John Flemming
2013 May 24 – Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowskiannouncedas celebrity driver for the IWK 250
2013 July 20 – Shawn Tucker wins theIWK 250on a day that saw the Chisholm family make a surprise$1 million donationto the IWK Foundation
2014 June 10 – 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championMatt Craftonannounced as 2014 IWK 250 celebrity driver
2014 July 4 – The passing ofJohn Chisholm, founder of Riverside International Speedway
2014 July 19 – John Flemming becomes the first two-timewinnerof the IWK 250
2014 August 16 – Antigonish’sDonald Chisholmscores his first-ever NASCAR win in front of a hometown crowd
2015 July 18 – TheJohn W. Chisholm Memorial Cupis unveiled as part of opening ceremonies for the IWK 250
2015 July 18 –Kent Vincentwins the IWK 250, joining John Flemming as the only two-time winners of the event in its modern era
2015 September 12 – Antigonish’s Donald Chisholmwinsthe 2015 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour championship
2015 October 17 – Riverside’s founder and builder, John Chisholm, is posthumouslyinducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame
2016 July 16 – Donald Chisholm, son of Riverside founder – the late John Chisholm,won the IWK 250
2017 July 15 – NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Mark Martin and legendary fuel man Chocolate Myers are special guests at the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis. Martin was the celebrity driver in the event and Myers regaled fans with stories of his days as a crew member for the late Dale Earnhardt.
2017 July 15 – At 22 years, 9 months,Dylan Blenkhornbecame the youngest winner of the modern era IWK 250 (since 2006)
2017 September 9 – Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton enters the RIS season finale, Crafton’s fourth appearance at RIS
2018, July 14/15 – IWK 250 postponed by rain after 74 laps; the race resumed at lap 75 on Sunday and was won by NASCAR celebrity driverKenny Wallace.
2019 – A year-long celebration for our 50th anniversary, including:
January 24 – Victory Laps, our RIS50 podcast, debuts with host Dylan Langille who also became our house announcer in 2020
June 8 – New Glasgow Town Crier James Stewart kicked off at-track celebrations along with John Chisholm’s grandchildren cutting a gold ribbon to start the season
July 18 – Music legend Matt Minglewood rocked the IWK 250 Tailgate Party
July 20 – Kenny Wallace returned to defend his IWK 250 title
The race was won by Maine’s Cassius Clark, becoming the first-ever winner of the Maritime Triple Crown
August 16 & 17 – Motoring TV visited to film a 50th-anniversary segment for their show, broadcast nationally on TSN
August 17 – The inaugural Rev it Up Show & Shine was held in conjunction with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series event
September 7 – the season finale event was postponed by Hurricane Dorianm to Sept. 14
September 14 – RIS50 at-track celebrations concluded with a spectacular fireworks display
2019, September 13 – Emily Chisholm, daughter of Donald – granddaughter of John, won the Bandolero Beginner division championship at Scotia Speedworld – a third generation of winning Chisholm’s.
2020 – Covid-19 pandemic restrictions began in March and so delayed the start of the racing season.
2020, June 29 – Riverside hosted the Dr. John Hugh Gillis graduation ceremony under strict public health guidelines, a first for the track and for the students.
2020, August 14 – After several months of communications with Nova Scotia’s Public Health Authority, Riverside was short-listed as one of only four facilities in the province to be considered for larger gatherings.
2020, September 26 – According to our approved Public Health plan we hosted the Toromont Cat 150, won by Nicholas Naugle (his first Maritime Pro Stock Tour victory). With approx. 1500 in attendance, while it was the smallest crowd ever for us it is believed to be the largest organized gathering in Canada since the start of Covid-19 restrictions in March.