Riverside International Speedway will be the anchor track of a new sportsman series in the Maritimes, starting in 2022. The inaugural season of the Maritime AllStar Sportsman Series (MASS) will see three races at the popular high-banked 1/3-mile oval. Sydney Speedway (Sydney), Lake Doucette Motor Speedway (Salmon River, near Digby), and Centre for Speed (Shediac, NB) will also host the series with one race each.
“We’re excited,” said Craig MacFetridge, MASS owner, former co-owner at Petty International Raceway, and longtime Maritime motorsports sponsor. “When we heard the sportsman series was looking for new leadership we reached out to them and the racers and are extremely pleased with the result. We look forward to working with the tracks and teams to help grow this division in the Maritimes.”
Preliminary indications show 20+ teams interested in the series including Maritime motorsports legend Frank Fraser (Shubenacadie) who has announced he will run at select events, including Riverside. MASS will headline the Friday night show on Riverside’s iconic IWK 250 weekend (July 21-23) with a $3k-to-win feature. The remaining race dates for the series will be announced as track schedules are finalized.
MASS will be a continuation of the NAPA Sportsman Series that has been at Riverside for the past several years. While MASS will expand the schedule and race locations, its rules will be similar with slight changes to attract competitors from throughout the Maritime provinces. Rules and procedures will be announced early in the New Year – racers that wish to receive them should sign up for the MASS competitor newsletter at www.maritimeallstars.ca.
Riverside management wishes to thank Bill Vasil for his dedication to the sportsman series over the past 16 years and to Riverside for many more years than that; Bill’s hard work along with that of his staff has laid a strong foundation for the new series.
Riverside’s 2022 schedule is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to www.riversidespeedway. ca and its social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter) for the latest news.
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 largest outdoor entertainment venue in eastern Canada and 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 www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902-863-2410 (May to September) or 902-404-7049 (October to April).