There’s a new $25,000-to-win Late Model race in town. Jukasa Motor Speedway promoter Alex Nagy recently announced that the Hagersville, Ontario track will host the inaugural Canadian Short Track Nationals during Canada’s Labour Day weekend.
Nagy made the announcement during last week’s PRI Show in Indianapolis.
“We haven’t totally released everything yet, but we leaked it out at PRI just to get it out there,” Nagy told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We’re working on it and we’re hopefully going to announce it formally within the next few days. It’s going to be the Canadian Short Track Nationals. Labour Day weekend, September first through third.”
“We opened up last year. Of course, the speedway has a lot of history. It’s almost 2018 and we’re trying to create some new traditional events that will become annuals and tie in some history with that,” Nagy explained. “Our hope is that fans will tour our facility for years to come.”
The facility in Ontario, Canada gives track officials the opportunity to host larger events like the Canadian Short Track Nationals. Nagy believes that the big money on the line and the prestige of the facility will bring in teams from all over Canada, as well as the United States.
“We’ve had interest in teams from the Maritime Pro Stock Tour on the East Coast. Lancaster Speedway isn’t going to schedule their Late Models that weekend, the ROC Late Models plan on attending. Of course, all the Ontario cars that are around, and there has been some interest from a couple of the teams from Western Canada. Of course, we hope to attract some of the big teams from the United States with $25,000 to win and a bunch of other prizes to be announced later.”
2017 Snowflake 100 winner Bubba Pollard was specifically named by Nagy as a driver he hopes to see make the trip north of the border.
“Guys like Bubba Pollard try to race the key events. Our hope is that this (event) may be interesting to them. At the PRI show I spoke to a lot of different US-based teams once the word got out. It’s been leaked out a little and the announcement was made at the show, a lot of people came to me.
“It has the potential to be as big as any short track race in North America.”
So far, the reaction to the announcement made at PRI has been nothing short of fantastic.
“We’re excited about the initial response, not only from teams but from fans and partners,” Nagy stated. “We feel that we’re an event-orientated facility, and all of our events are going to be big. But this is probably going to be the pinnacle of the season for us.”
This race weekend will offer a place to race for every short track racer near and far. Not only does the weekend have an incredible purse and special prize money, they will also have support classes running alongside the big show.
“It’s going to be a crate motor race, we’re finalizing details now on the rule package so we can allow almost everybody to attend in some fashion,” Nagy explained. “On September 1, we’re going to have a 100-lap APC Late Model race; the support division for the event has not been announced yet, Hopefully, we’ll have that announced soon. On Sunday, September 2, we will have practice and qualifying for the Pro Late Model special, along with Super Stocks. The main event will be on September 3.”
Not only is this race offering $25,000 to the winning Pro Late Model, but there is going to be a $75,000 purse attached to the up-and-coming race.
“You always have to have that one key event and to have it as the Canadian Short Track Nationals, there’s going to be at least four divisions here that are going to race for some big money. It’s going to be huge.”
The Canadian Short Track Nationals will be just one of the big events hosted by Jukasa Motor Speedway this year. The track is already slated to host two NASCAR Pinty’s Series races, an APC Pro Late Model race and more.
The first annual Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway is an event to mark down and circle twice on your calendar. This race over Labour Day weekend has a place for every short track racer and fan.
-Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Jukasa Motor Speedway