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Sydney Speedway Releases 2020 Racing Schedule

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Seven race dates over four weekends culminates with Second Annual Thanksgiving Thunder

(SYDNEY, NS – February 18th, 2020) – Management of Sydney Speedway is excited to unveil their 2020 schedule of racing. The schedule features four action packed weekends throughout the Summer with three of those weekends featuring action packed, double header events.

The action will start in June when the track welcomes the Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour for two days of action on June 13th and 14th. The INEX sanctioned Legend and Bandolero divisions, along with the Bomber division will play support on both days of Opening Weekend while the Late Model Sportsman will join the card for Sunday, July 14th.

Racing returns to Sydney Speedway on the July 25th and 26th weekend for the Mid Summer Showdown. The Mini Stock, Legend, Bandolero and Bomber divisions will compete on both days with the Late Model Sportsman hitting the track on Sunday, July 26th.

The “Sunday in September” will serve as a final tuneup for the Thanksgiving Thunder event. The racing card on the final Sunday of the month, Sunday, September 27th, will feature action in the Mini Stock, Legend, Bandolero, Bomber and Late Model Sportsman divisions.

The final weekend of racing action for the season takes place from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 11th with the Second Annual Thanksgiving Thunder. Friday will see an open practice, parking and early arrival party. Saturday will see the racing action begin in all of Sydney Speedway’s house divisions headlined by a 100-lap Sportsman feature. Sunday will see the regular racing season draw to a close with the four house divisions competing for one final time before the winter hits, highlighted by twin 50-lap events for the Mini Stocks!

“We are looking forward to our second season of racing in Sydney,” said Greg Dowe, owner of Sydney Speedway. “Our schedule allows teams, drivers and fans to race at their home track on four weekends throughout the warm months but also gives them time to enjoy other summertime events. We also want to thank Drew MacEachern and his staff with the Passione Flooring & Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour for their support and helping us bring racing back to life at our track. Cape Breton Island is a great destination and we hope race teams will make our bullring a stop on their schedule this season!”

The biggest change on the racing roster side is the addition of at least one Sportsman race each weekend the track operates and the dissolution of the Street Stock class at the Cape Breton oval.

“We did not see the support we thought we would out of the Street Stock division in 2019,” said Tim Terry, Race Operations at Sydney Speedway. “Our hope was to see a minimum of five cars per race, as was the case with the Late Model Sportsman division. Only three local Street Stock cars showed up to their home track on the two events and that is not enough to sustain the division in the long term. With John Halliday retiring and no other track in the Province hosting a Street Stock division to attract cars, it left our team with a tough decision. We want to thank John Halliday, Colton Beaver and Brennan MacInnis for their support of the track and hope to see them within another one of our house divisions soon.”

Sydney Speedway 2020 Schedule

Date Start Time Event Divisions
Saturday, June 13th 4pm Mini Stock Tour 50 ECMST, LG, BN, BR
Sunday, June 14th 1pm Mini Stock Tour 50 ECMST, LG, BN, BR, SP
Saturday, July 25th 4pm Mid Summer Showdown MS, LG, BN, BR
Sunday, July 26th 1pm Mid Summer Showdown MS, LG, BN, BR, SP
Sunday, September 27th 1pm Sunday in September MS, LG, BN, SP, BR
Friday, October 9th Practice Day Second Thanksgiving Thunder
Saturday, October 10th 1pm Sportsman 100 SP, MS, LG, BN, BR
Sunday, October 11th 1pm Mini Stock Twin 50s MS, LG, BN, BR


***Schedule subject to change without notice

Rule packages for the Sydney Speedway house divisions will be released soon. For those with questions or comments about the 2020 building rules, please contact Technical Director Tony Leonard at (902) 401-0218 or (902) 700-2177 (evenings only) or

Marketing opportunities are now available for the 2020 season at Sydney Speedway. For more information on how to get your business in the fast lane of Cape Breton’s motorsports scene, contact Kathleen MacLeod at (902) 561-1121 or by emailing

About Sydney Speedway:
Opened in 1975, Sydney Speedway has built a racing tradition on Cape Breton Island over the past four decades. Purchased in 2019 by local businessman and racing enthusiast Greg Dowe, the track is home to a number of stock car racing divisions, a destination for local touring series and motorsports events. For more information on Sydney Speedway, find them online at and on various social media platforms at @SydneySpeedCA.

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