Delaware and St. Eustache Speedways to join NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., U.S.A. (Oct. 20, 2003) -- For the first time since 1989, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will sanction stock car racing ...
Delaware and St. Eustache Speedways to join NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., U.S.A. (Oct. 20, 2003) -- For the first time since 1989, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will sanction stock car racing events in Canada. Delaware Speedway in Ontario and St. Eustache Speedway in Quebec will join the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series in 2004.
"This is an historic moment for our sport," said Robbie Weiss, NASCAR director, international. "Joining together with these two outstanding facilities is both a homecoming for NASCAR and a new beginning for stock car racing in North America. For the past twenty-one years, the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series has been the top short track series in the United States and we are thrilled to bring the excitement of NASCAR racing into Canada in 2004."
Although NASCAR has sanctioned events in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan in the past, this marks the first time that NASCAR will have weekly events in Canada for an entire season.
"Bringing the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series into Canada is an exciting new development that will strengthen this series, and all of stock car racing, in many ways," said Chris Boals, director of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. "Delaware and St. Eustache Speedways are both excellent additions to the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series and we look forward to seeing their local competitors racing for the championship in the years ahead."
Delaware Speedway is a half-mile (0.8045 km) oval located near London, Ontario. The speedway first opened in 1952 as a quarter-mile (0.40225 km) dirt track. The track was paved in the 1960s and expanded to its current size. Delaware hosts four divisions of racing on Friday nights: Late Models, Trucks, Modifieds and Street Stocks. Delaware is also the home track to 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year Earl Ross, the only non-American driver to win a Winston Cup Series race. Ross, who resides in Ailsa Craig near London, earned the distinction by winning the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway in 1974.
"We couldn't be more excited and proud to be part of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series," said Brad McGonigle, president of Delaware Speedway. "This is an incredible step forward for our competitors, fans, sponsors and staff. The fact that NASCAR would come to Delaware Speedway is an acknowledgement of the professionalism and talent level in our weekly divisions. We will be proud representatives of Canada and enthusiastic partners to NASCAR and all of the facilities that are part of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series."
St. Eustache Speedway, a 4/10-mile (0.6436 km) oval, was originally built in 1964 and remains the only facility in the greater Montreal area to offer a weekly schedule of stock car racing. St. Eustache Speedway features Sportsman, Super Series, Trucks, Street Stocks and Four-Cylinder cars on Saturday nights. Owner Claude Aubin is a popular racing figure in Quebec and a familiar figure in the history of NASCAR. Aubin was the NASCAR Busch North Series champion in 1978 and raced at traditional NASCAR venues including Martinsville and Daytona during his driving career.
"This is a realization of a life long dream," said Aubin. "To have a track in my native Quebec sanctioned by NASCAR, this is a great day for St. Eustache, and for Quebec motorsports."
Competitors at both facilities will now be eligible for NASCAR's prestigious regional and national championships, as well as a share of the $1.7 million (U.S.) NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series championship point fund that is paid out annually. Drivers race at their respective home tracks on a weekly basis and compete for individual track championships as well as the regional and national awards.
Founded in 1982, the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series features 75 race tracks in the United States and more than 8,000 participating drivers. Dodge became the title sponsor of the series in 2003.