Management for Riverside International Speedway is pleased to announce they will match the Lap Leader Bonus funds paid to racers who lead laps in the 2019 IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis. The contingency program traditionally offers $25.00 per sponsored lap led for a total $6,250.00 bonus fund. This year, in celebration of Riverside’s 50th-anniversary, the track will match the $25.00 for each sponsored lap for $50.00 per lap led for eligible* teams, bringing the lap leader bonus fund to $12,500, boosting the purse for the event to over $93,000.00. (*Eligible teams are those that register their Official IWK 250 Entry Form by June 21, 2019; teams that do not file their Entry Form by June 21will be eligible for $25.00 per sponsored lap led.)
The lap leader bonus was introduced to the event in 2006 as an initiative to add excitement to the racing action in setting an urgency for drivers to get to the front in order to collect as much from the bonus fund as possible, doubling the initiative has the potential to make the 2019 edition of the IWK 250 even more exciting
Registration for all three divisions that will race July 19 and 20 is now OPEN.
Sportsman & Legends (July 19)
- Race Entry Form – Henry’s AUTOPRO 100 / Maritime Legends Challenge
- Sportsman & Legends Competitor Information
Pro Stock (July 20)
The IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis kicks off on Wednesday, July 17 with practice for teams in the NAPA Sportsman Series and Maritime League of Legends. Thursday, July 18 sees practice for the IWK 250 and the annual IWK 250 Tailgate Party, this year featuring a concert by east coast music legends, the Matt Minglewood Band. Friday it’s the Henry’s AUTOPRO 100 and the Maritime League of Legends, and Saturday is the IWK 250, a championship points event for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour which has historically attracted challengers from outside the series and the region all hoping to take home the unique trophy and see their name engraved into perpetuity on the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup. Besides being recognized as one of the most entertaining stock car races in Canada, the IWK 250 helps raise awareness and funding for the IWK Health Centre with more than $450,000 donated to the IWK Foundation since 2007.
The value-packed IWK 250 Weekend Pass (includes admission for Thursday, Friday, Saturday), is available here. Single-day tickets will be available June 18. All campsites must be reserved in advance, i.e. no drive-ups. Less than 20 campsites remain available for the event – the reservation form is here.
The 2019 season at Riverside gets underway June 8 with The Triple 50s presented by Ceilidh Honda for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour along with the Henry’s AUTOPRO 75 for the NAPA Sportsman Series. Advance tickets for the June show are available here.
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. For 50 years, 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.
This year, Riverside is celebrating its 50th anniversary by sharing its remarkable history on its website and social media with pictures and video as well as visiting with personalities in Victory Laps, a podcast. The at-track experience will include displays, decorations, and celebrations paying tribute to those who have helped the facility achieve such an amazing milestone.
Riverside International Speedway is recognized as a premier stock car 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, and of the Bumper to Bumper 300 – eastern Canada’s only NASCAR event. Located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, the facility is easily accessible at exit 30 on Trans Canada Highway 104.