It's the time of year when there is still white stuff on the ground in the "Great White North," but Pro Late Model teams across North America are already eyeing one of the most lucrative short track racing prizes to be offered in many years. The Canadian Short Track Nationals are returning to Jukasa Motor Speedway in Southern Ontario in September 4 and 5, with details about the weekend's $175,000-to-win Maple Leaf 250 starting to be revealed.
One of the most important details is that the entry forms for Pro Late Models are now available to all teams wanting to enter this rapidly growing Labor Day Weekend tradition. Already, some have thrown their names into the hat, with names from both north and south of the border being featured.
Drivers already planning to make the long haul from the Deep South U.S. include veteran Chris Davidson from Texas and young gun Dawson Fletcher from Georgia. Teams coming from the east are starting to make up a good part of the early list, such as Cole Butcher from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick based King Racing with another Nova Scotia driver Austin MacDonald, as well as veteran driver Cassius Clark from Maine.
The home province drivers that have already signed up include Brandon Watson, Shawn Ritchie, and Shawn Chenoweth. Meanwhile, Michigan's Johnny VanDoorn will make trip west from the Wolverine State.
A basic schedule is also available now as well, with Pro Late Model load-in scheduled for Thursday, September 3. Practice day is on for Friday, September 4 while both qualifying and racing for the Maple Leaf 250 will take place on Saturday September 5. Sunday, September 6 will also be available as a rain date.
Still to come will be a purse breakdown for Pro Late Models, but it is expected to be a total of $500,000 with $175,000 winner's share and a guaranteed $4,000 going to all drivers who make the starting field.
For more information on the Canadian Short Track Nationals, click here.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
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