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R & D Performancenter to Sponsor Sportsman Races at Riverside

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JAMES RIVER, NS (May 9, 2017) – Management of Riverside International Speedway and of the NAPA Sportsman Series are pleased to welcome R & D Performancenter as sponsor of the sportsman series races at Riverside this year. All four races will be run in conjunction with major events at the Speedway and expectations are high that each will draw top sportsman racers from throughout the region.

“The sportsman races are an important part of our season,” said Paul McLean, general manager for Riverside International Speedway. “They provide exciting racing action for fans and a high-profile venue for racers.”

Stephen Henderson, a Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and owner of R & D Performancenter is happy to support the series.

“It’s a great way to show our support for racing in this region,” said Henderson. “Racers are a large part of our client base at the store and we also provide parts support for them with our mobile store at every Riverside race. This sponsorship is our way of giving back to them.”

“The NAPA Sportsman Series would like to thank R & D Performancenter for sponsoring our races at Riverside,” said Bill Vasil, President of the Series. “I know of their integrity and competitive pricing from personal experience. We are excited to represent them at what we consider one of the best tracks in Canada.”

The 2017 NAPA Sportsman Series is comprised of four races, all at Riverside. A 75-lap feature titled the R & D Performancenter 75 will open the show for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour on June 17 and again on September 9. On July 15 the NAPA Sportsman Series will see a 150-lap feature as part of the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend; the R & D Performacenter 150 will be run in two segments with a half-way break at lap 75. On August 18, the R & D Performancenter 100 will open the NASCAR Pinty’s Series weekend.

The 2017 season opens June 17 at Riverside International Speedway with the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and the R&D Performacenter 75 for the NAPA Sportsman Series. Advance tickets for June 17 will be available starting the week of May 23. There is plenty of free spectator parking for the June 17 event, along with free unreserved parking for self-contained RV’s.

R & D Performancenter, located in Lower Onslow, NS, has provided Atlantic Canada with the best in performance products and service since 1982 and is a proud long-time supporter of Maritime motorsports. Excellent customer service is equalled only by the number of parts offered as a PARTS PRO member. Please visit R & D Performancenter at the store or online at

Riverside International Speedway is 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, 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. For more information please visit or call 902-863-2410.

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