The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCAT) cars hit to the 3/8 mile in Stroud, Ontario by the name of Sunset International Speedway to try it out.
Track promoter and also NCAT driver Mark Dilley marked two dates on the Sunset schedule to allow his fellow drivers to come and try out his new track.
The new track was constructed in the 2009/2010 offseason and has been running its three weekly racing series since mid-May now.
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On hand for the test was Mark Dilley with his car along with teammates Scott Steckley, Kerry Micks, and Anthony Simone (pictured). All four are from around the area and cut their teeth at Sunset and Barrie Speedway, located approximately 30 minutes to the north of Sunset.
Anthony Simone actually took it one step further for the night as he raced in the Late Model division, driving the No. 31 Walt Motorsports owned car against track regulars. Simone finished fourth in his first heat and second heat while having mechanical issues in the feature.
After the drivers did some pre-race testing, put on a 10-lap showcase for the fans, and signed some autographs, the teams left the track to head home to prepare for this weekend’s upcoming race in Toronto.
The 11-turn street road course is located right in the heart of Toronto where they hold the annual Canada’s National Expedition.
The NCAT cars will run Saturday afternoon (race starts 2:45pm EST), joining in a racing packed weekend that includes five other divisions. Practice will take place on Friday at 12:30pm EST with qualifying at 4:30pm EST.
Joining the NCAT cars is the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights, World Challenge, SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series, and the Castrol Touring Car Series.
This event will also mark the first time that the IZOD IndyCar Series and NCAT Series are at the same track in the same weekend. It’ll also be the first NCAT race to be broadcast live on TSN, the official television station of the NCAT Series.
The last time the NCAT cars ran in Toronto was in 2005, when the series was called CASCAR (Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing). The name was changed down the road as a result of a marketing vantage-point after NASCAR took ownership.
Veteran Kerry Micks (pictured) won that race after starting fifth, followed to the line by Peter Gibbons, Don Thomson Jr., Mark Dilley, Brad Graham and Howie Scannell Jr.
Current JR Motorsports driver J.R. Fitzpatrick started on the pole and finished 13th that day.
The only road-course race held so far this year for the NCAT cars were at Mosport Speedway, which is located in Bowmanville, Ontario.
The winner of that race was J.R. Fitzpatrick after starting the race second. The rest of the 10 were as follows: Andrew Ranger, Jason Bowles, Scott Steckley, Kerry Micks, D.J. Kennington, Jeff Lapcevich, Don Thompson Jr., Mark Dilley (pictured), and Jason Hathaway.
The last race for the NCAT Series was held at Autodrome St. Eustache, a 0.4 mile paved oval in St. Eustache, Quebec on July 3rd.
D.J. Kennington won the race after starting third with the rest of the top 10 as follows: Scott Steckley (pictured), Don Thomson Jr., Jason Hathaway, Ron Beauchamp Jr., Kerry Micks, Anthony Simone, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Andrew Ranger and Mark Dilley.
So following three races this year, D.J. Kennington leads the points standings by 18 points over Fitzpatrick, who’s then followed by Steckley (-70), Micks (-72), and Hathaway (-97).
Look for Saturday to be an exciting race as the NCAT cars have been putting on quite a show wherever they go this year.
Follow the NCAT Series all year long by watching their races on TSN and by checking out their website at http://hometracks.nascar.com/series/canadian_tire_series.