Featuring the first road course on the Camping World Truck Series in 13 years, the inaugural Chevy Silverado 250 was undeniably captivating in 2013.
Chase Elliott, in just his sixth start, pulled off the dramatic victory after spinning out Ty Dillon on the race's final turn. Of course, that thrilling finish was nearly overshadowed by some extracurricular activities following the race.
As Max Papis told ESPN.com's Marty Smith, after Papis and Mike Skeen wrecked their trucks in a collision, also on the final corner, while fighting for position, Skeen's girlfriend slapped Papis, reportedly dislocating his jaw.
What could possibly top that in 2014?
"I wish I knew," said Ron Fellows, via MotorSportsTalk's Tony DiZinno. "That first one was a hard one to top."
Indeed it was. But the non-oval course clearly sets the table for late-race drama and some breathtaking driving. Let's take a look at everything you need to know for this year's race from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
|2014 Chevrolet Silverado 250 Schedule|
|Date||Time (ET)||Event||TV||Live Stream|
|Sat., Aug 30||9:30 a.m.||Practice 1|
|Sat., Aug 30||11:35 a.m.||Practice 2|
|Sat., Aug 30||5:40 p.m.||Qualifying|
|Sun., Aug 31||1:30 p.m.||Chevrolet Silverado 250||Fox Sports 1||Fox Sports Go|
|2014 NASCAR CWTS Driver Standings|
|4||Ron Hornaday Jr.||460||0||5|
|5||Darrell Wallace Jr.||454||2||5|
|6||German Quiroga Jr.||433||0||2|
A week after earning his first Truck Series win, Brad Keselowski will not race in Bowmanville. However, one of the most well-known Canadian drivers, Alex Tagliani, will race in front of the home crowd for Keselowski's team.
Tagliani has been busy this season. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series full-timer finished 13th at the Indianapolis 500 and has also made appearances on the Nationwide Series for Team Penske.
In his Truck Series debut, it'll be intriguing to see what he can do in the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford, although he admitted it's about Team Keselowski first and foremost, via DurhamRegion.com's Brian McNair:
"I always try to be a team player and not put myself first, especially when you're a one-timer, and so far I think teams that I've worked for appreciate that," Tagliani said. "If I'm in a position to bring home a win for the team and for myself, then I'll definitely push for it."
His teammate, of course, will be Ryan Blaney, who is currently in third place in the driver standings, not far behind Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton.
From last year's top-10 finishers, only four will be in competition on Sunday: Darrell Wallace Jr., Ron Hornaday Jr., Timothy Peters and Crafton. Three of those—Wallace, Hornaday and Crafton—finished in the top four last week at Bristol, while Hornaday and Crafton each have a pair of top-fours in a row.
MoreThanAFan.net's Ryan Isley sees Bubba's success translating into a full-time move to Nationwide soon:
With the way he has been improving, it isn't a stretch to assume that we will see Wallace full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series soon. He has made six appearances in the series over the past two seasons, with four top-10 finishes and a high finish of seventh on two occasions. When Wallace does indeed make that leap, you can bet he will be more than ready for it.
Another intriguing name to watch will be John Hunter Nemechek. In six races this season, the rising 17-year-old star has four top-10s, including a pair of sixth-place finishes his last two times out.
When it comes down to it, matching last year's antics may be difficult. But with a compelling debut, a handful of elite drivers on top of their games and a thrilling, unique track, this isn't a race to miss.