Fall is in the air, and with that comes the stock car racing season finale this Saturday at Riverside International Speedway when fans, new and old, will see high-octane excitement to carry them through the winter months. Some of the best racers in the region will be on hand as the East Coast International Pro Stock Tour competitors contest round 11 of 12 for the ’22 season and the Auto World Allstar Sportsman Series will crown their inaugural champion.
Nineteen pro stock racers are on the early entry list for the East Coast International 150 including point leader Craig Slaunwhite who carries a significant, but not insurmountable, lead in the standings. Russell Smith Jr., racing out of Antigonish’s Nova Racing shop, is second in the standings and hoping to close the 66-point gap between him and Slaunwhite. Greg Proude is third just 15 markers behind Smith and Matt Vaughan is fourth, trailing Proude by just six points. Smith, Proude, and Vaughan are all looking for their first series title. The East Coast International 150 has the potential to shake things up – or lock them down – be there to see which way it goes.
The championship chase for the sportsman series title is tight with just 24 points separating the top four contenders. Brady Creamer has a two-point advantage over Devin Smith who leads Chris Reid by nine and he is just 13 points ahead of Colby Smith. They and the rest of the sportsman guys will finish their season in the NAPA Auto Parts/Henry’s AUTOPRO 75. Eighteen cars are on the entry list with the potential for more on race day.
Grandstand and pit tickets are available now here. Advance tickets offer expedited and contactless entry on race day. The pit gate opens at 11 a.m., the grandstand at 1 p.m., and racing starts at 4 p.m.
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – EAST COAST INTERNATIONAL 150
1. (07) Allison MacKinnon, Oyster Bed Bridge, PE
2. (08) Nicholas Naugle, Dartmouth, NS
3. (0) Matt Vaughan, Lantz, NS
4. (9) John Rankin, Saint Martin’s, NB
5. (11) Marty Prevost, Fall River, NS
6. (25) Ryan VanOirschot, Antigonish, NS
7. (29) Greg Proude, Springvale, PE
8. (30) Stephen Lively, Shubenacadie, NS
9. (31) Chris Reid, Fort MacMurray, AB
10. (36) Gary Elliott, Murray Siding, NS
11. (41) Mike Rodgers, Moncton, NB
12. (42) Kyle Reid, Fort MacMurray, AB
13. (48) Waylon Farrell, Conception Bay South, NL
14. (51S) Tyler Smith, Brackley Beach, PE
15. (53) Cole Butcher, Hantsport, NS
16. (54) Jarrett Butcher, Porters Lake, NS
17. (88) Russell Smith Jr., Lakeside, NS
18. (89) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, NS
19. (99) Craig Slaunwhite, Terence Bay, NS
EXPECTED ENTRY LIST – NAPA AUTO PARTS/HENRY’S AUTOPRO 75
1. (01) Joey Livingston, Pictou, NS
2. (02) Shane Coffin, NL
3. (6) tba
4. (8) Chris Reid, Fort MacMurray, AB
5. (10) Brady Creamer, Miramichi, NB
6. (13) Brad DeCoste, Antigonish, NS
7. (14) Alex Johnson, Elmsdale, NS
8. (17) Colby Smith, North East Point, NS
9. (23) Shawn Waterfield, Sydney, NS
10. (24) Adam Carter, Lantz, NS
11. (42) Ronnie MacKay, Sydney, NS
12. (51) Richard Salter, Berwick, NS
13. (51) Dylan Dowe, Bedford, NS
14. (78) Dennis Nickerson, Marshy Hope, NS
15. (82) Ken Magliaro, Sydney, NS
16. (87) Kevin Morse, Antigonish, NS
17. (92) Pete Miller, East Gore, NS
18. (94) Deven Smith, Halifax, NS
Entry lists are subject to change without prior notice.
The 2022 season concludes at Riverside on Saturday, September 17 with the inaugural East Coast Classics Music Festival featuring SIX bands on ONE day along with an afternoon Show & Shine for hot rods, antiques, custom, and special interest vehicles. Music kicks off at 1 p.m. with the Privateers and Men of the Deeps. The evening show includes Jug in Hand, Gunning & Cormier, Beolach, and rock legend Matt Minglewood and his band. Ticket, camping, show & shine registration, and lots more can be found in the East Coast Classics section at www.riversidespeedway.ca.
Riverside Speedway opened in 1969 under the helm of Antigonish businessman John Chisholm. It was sold in 1989 and bought back by Mr. Chisholm late in 2005, rebuilt in 2006, and rebranded Riverside International Speedway. Still owned by the Chisholm family, the popular 1/3-mile high-banked asphalt oval has provided generations of race fans with some of the best stock car racing entertainment in North America for over 50 years.
Fans can keep up with Riverside news all year long by visiting www.RiversideSpeedway.ca, subscribing to the email newsletter, and following social media accounts on Facebook (riversidespeedwayns) and Twitter (Riverside_NS).
About Riverside International Speedway:
For over 50 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 as the best stock-car race in Canada. 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 www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902-863-2410.