Winston Cup racers coming to Cayuga

CASCAR Super Series race to include NASCAR stars TORONTO, ON - The CASCAR SUPER SERIES race scheduled for Sunday, June 30 at Cayuga Speedway is going to be THE major Canadian motorsports event of the 2001 season. For the first time ever outside...

CASCAR Super Series race to include NASCAR stars

TORONTO, ON - The CASCAR SUPER SERIES race scheduled for Sunday, June 30 at Cayuga Speedway is going to be THE major Canadian motorsports event of the 2001 season. For the first time ever outside of the United States of America, five NASCAR Winston Cup stars will be racing in a non-NASCAR sanctioned event.

Tony Stewart, Johnny Benson, Ken Schrader, Matt Kenseth and Dave Blaney will be competing in CASCAR Late Models in this special race, which will also feature a unique 'Twin 50 Plus 100' lap format that will allow for the participation of an unprecedented number of competitors.

Race organizers are anticipating the event will draw almost 20,000 fans to Canada's legendary 5/8-mile racing oval, located south of Hamilton, Ontario.

"It's only fitting that we're here today - mere yards away from Historic Fort York - for this incredible announcement," said CASCAR owner Tony Novotny. "Because on June 30th at Cayuga Speedway, a battle will take place that will pit Canadians against Americans - the likes of which has not been seen since the War of 1812. Of course, our great nations are now the best of friends. And the battlefield will be a 5/8-mile speedway. But the US and Canada are the top two stock car racing countries on the planet, and this event will determine who will have bragging rights."

Discussing what this event means to CASCAR, Novotny continued, "I'm very proud that CASCAR is going to be part of this. It says a lot about the quality of our racing, our cars, teams and sponsors that five Winston Cup stars are going to be competing in one of our races, during one of their rare off-weekends from their very busy schedule."

According to Novotny, CASCAR fans are very familiar with NASCAR and the allure of the event will make it a 'must attend' race for the region's many stock car enthusiasts.

"Back in the glory days at Cayuga, drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Ken Schrader, Bobby Allison and other NASCAR stars were a big draw. They filled the place, and the races were front-page news. As for the June 30 CASCAR race at Cayuga, the location of the track means that people from Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo and throughout the Golden Horseshoe will be able to see these household names in action against our guys. These are all people who would have to travel a long way to see a NASCAR oval race."

Asked whether a NASCAR racer or a CASCAR driver will be standing in victory lane at the end of the race, Novotny believes the Canadians will do themselves proud.

"I don't believe that our boys - and girls - will take a backseat in any way. You've got to remember that these are unique machines and our guys have a lot of experience making them go fast and handle well for 200 laps. That's not to take anything away from the NASCAR racers, but experience counts for a lot."

Finally, Novotny recognized the work of Cayuga Speedway and the MMC Group in putting the deal together. "This is going to put the spotlight on CASCAR and Canadian racing. Their vision and creativity in making this race happen will greatly benefit stock car racing in this country. I'm really looking forward to it."

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Series NASCAR Canada , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Ken Schrader , Johnny Benson , Bobby Allison , Dave Blaney