Large Fields Registered to Race in ’23 IWK 250 SuperWeekend
Track Release/Photo by Wingnut Productions
JAMES RIVER, NS (July 4, 2023) – Management for Riverside International Speedway is pleased to release the expected entry lists for all three divisions racing on the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend. And they’re exceptional with nearly 90 cars registered (so far) with drivers from six provinces and one state – the largest overall car count for the event in over a decade.
Twenty-eight top super late model/pro stock racers have signaled their intent to compete in the $20,000-to-win IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis on July 15, including highly accomplished racers such as…
- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series two-time winner in ’23, Carson Hocevar
- IWK 250 champions Donald Chisholm, Greg Proude, and Wayne Smith
- East Coast International Pro Stock Tour champions Chisholm, Smith, and Craig Slaunwhite
- 5-time Ontario Pro Late Model champion Rick-Spencer Walt
- Sunset Speedway (Ontario) & NASCAR Whelen Series 2-time champion Dwayne Baker
- East Coast International Pro Stock Tour ’23 winners Jarrett Butcher, Ryan Messer, and Nicholas Naugle
- Super Late Model Series race ’23 winners Proude, and Ryan Messer
- U.S.-based CARS Tour winner Austin MacDonald from Pictou – grandson of Rollie MacDonald
- Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame ’23 Inductee Gary Elliott
Hocevar, the ’23 NASCAR celebrity driver for the IWK 250, will drive the popular Cat Car for Kids; it’s sponsored by Toromont Cat and adorned with signatures of IWK Health Care Centre patients and their families – an event centrepiece in helping raise awareness and funds for the IWK Foundation. Since 2007, friends and fans of the IWK 250 have donated over $567,000 to the IWK Foundation.
Each of these drivers along with all of the rest of those on the entry list are looking to see their name etched on the coveted John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup as the 2023 IWK 250 champion and to collect their share of the $116,000 purse being offered for the race.
IWK 250 PRESENTED BY STEVE LEWIS / ENTRY LIST* (to-date)
- 08 Nicholas Naugle Dartmouth NS
- 0 Matt Vaughan Lantz NS
- 1 Ryan Messer Harvey NB
- 2 Ashton Tucker Strathadam NB
- 4 Wayne Smith Timberlea NS
- 7 Brad Eddy Halifax NS
- 9 John Rankin Quispamsis NB
- 11v Jordan Veinotte Porters Lake NS
- 13 Austin MacDonald Pictou NS
- 23 Carson Hocevar Portage Michigan
- 23s Lonnie Sommerville Barnesville NB
- 25 Ryan VanOirschot Antigonish NS
- 28 Tanton Wooldridge Summerside PE
- 29 Greg Proude Springvale PE
- 30 Stephen Lively Shubenacadie NS
- 31 Chris Reid Fort McMurray AB
- 31 Rick Spencer-Walt Oro Medonte ON
- 36 Gary Elliott Murray Siding NS
- 40 Robbie MacEwen Charlottetown PE
- 41 Mike Rodgers Pine Glen NB
- 42 Kyle Reid Fort McMurray AB
- 48 Dwayne Baker Stayner ON
- 48 Wyatt McCulloch Alton NS
- 51 Mark Leclair Brackley Beach PE
- 54 Jarrett Butcher Porter’s Lake NS
- 88 Russell Smith Jr Lakeside NS
- 89 Donald Chisholm Antigonish NS
- 99 Craig Slaunwhite Terence Bay NS
The Auto World Allstar Sportsman Series tops the car count list with 31 teams filing entry forms for the NAPA/Henry’s AUTOPRO 100; these guys and gals are the cream of sportsman division racers in Atlantic Canada and sure to put on a show July 14.
NAPA / HENRY’S AUTOPRO SPORTSMAN 100 / ENTRY LIST* (to-date)
- 01 Joey Livingstone Fisher’s Grant NS
- 06 Sara Thorne Chance Cove NL
- 2 Corey Breen Antigonish NS
- 6 Danny Chisholm Port Williams NS
- 8 Chris Reid Fort McMurray AB
- 10 Richard Salter Burlington NS
- 10 Brady Creamer Miramichi NB
- 15 Alex Johnson Enfield NS
- 18 Harry Ross White Kennetcook NS
- 21 Shawn Pierce Newcombville NS
- 23 Shawn Waterfield Sydney NS
- 27 Kyle Bent Windemere NS
- 29 Darren Price Main A Dieu NS
- 31 Jesse Deveau Greenwood NS
- 42 Ronnie MacKay Sydney NS
- 44r Russell Smith Lakeside NS
- 49 Gerald Hicks Conception Bay S NL
- 51 Dylan Dowe Bedford NS
- 53 Steve MacPhee Yarmouth NS
- 54 Tony Leonard Big Lake NS
- 56 Mark Josey Enfield NS
- 61 Jerry Hayes Sydney NS
- 65 Brandon Carter Salisbury NB
- 66 Jeffrey Breen Antigonish NS
- 68 Michael Cormier Grand-Barachois NB
- 78 Dennis Nickerson Marshy Hope NS
- 87 Kevin Morse Antigonish NS
- 92 Pete Miller East Gore NS
- 94 Deven Smith Lakeside NS
- 99 Wayne Walsh Conception Bay S NL
- 99 Phillip Barkhouse Beaver Bank NS
Twenty-seven Maritime League of Legends Cars teams have registered to compete in the Superior Foundations Maritime Legends Challenge on July 14 including young guns and veterans – all with a dream to grab the checkers in one of the most prestigious races on their schedule and at the revered Riverside International Speedway.
SUPERIOR FOUNDATIONS MARITIME LEGENDS CHALLENGE / ENTRY LIST* (to-date)
- 00 Caden Tufts Halifax NS
- 03 Colton Noble Nine Mile River NS
- 07 Kelsey Hann Mount William NS
- 08 Cory Hall Pictou NS
- 0 Tanton Wooldridge Summerside PE
- 7 Jeff Cruickshank Mt Denson NS
- 8 Dawson Noble Nine Mile River NS
- 9 Campbell Delaney Halifax NS
- 14 Brayden Wadden Hammonds Plains NS
- 17 Andrew Burgess Lake Echo NS
- 18 Josh Langille Coldbrook NS
- 19 Nathan Langille Coldbrook NS
- 20 Devin Wadden Hammonds Plains NS
- 24 Ayden Christensen Windsor Jct NS
- 25 Gage Gilby Enfield NS
- 34 Stephen Piccott Donaldston PE
- 39 Chase Livingston Springhill NS
- 44 Nathan Blackburn Lower Sackville NS
- 46 Randy Stoddard Barrington NS
- 65 Darren Sherwood Moncton NB
- 66 Owen Mahar Hubley NS
- 66m Daryl Mahar Hubley NS
- 71 Chase MacKay Bear Cove NS
- 73 Brad Wadden Hammonds Plains NS
- 81 Nate Singer Kennetcook NS
- 87 Danny Chisholm Port Williams NS
- 111 Wayne Hanlon, Jr. St. John’s NL
*Based on registrations received and subject to change without notice.
Three drivers will do the double by entering two races…Chris Reid in pro stock and sportsman, Tanton Wooldridge in pro stock and legends, and Danny Chisholm in sportsman and legends.
Besides the glory of winning at Riverside on the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend, drivers who compete with the sanctioning series (Maritime Pro Stock Tour, Maritime Allstars Sportsman Series, and Maritime League of Legends) will be battling for valuable championship points.
The IWK 250 Super Race Weekend kicks off Wednesday (July 12) when camping opens; later that day sportsman and legends competitors will take to the track for an open practice session. Thursday (July 13) will see an open practice for IWK 250 competitors followed by the Tailgate Party Presented by Coldstream Clear. On Friday (July 14) fans will be treated to a big night of racing with the Auto World Allstar Sportsman Series and the Cross Roads League of Legends. Saturday it’s all IWK 250 with practice, qualifying, an autograph session with pre-race entertainment, opening ceremonies, and the IWK 250 Presented by Steve Lewis.
Tickets for the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend are available online at www.riversidespeedway.ca. Selections include weekend passes, single-day tickets, reserved and general admission, grandstand and pit – something for everyone.
Campsites must be reserved in advance for the IWK 250 weekend; with over 750 campsites reserved already in the permanent camping sections, reservations are now available online for an overflow camping area located adjacent to Speedway property.
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.
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About Riverside International Speedway
Since 1969 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).