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2007 Pre-Season News

Posted: April 28, 2007

The 2007 racing season is upon us in parts of Canada, so it's time for CanadianRacer.com's annual review of the off-season news.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that NASCAR has been big news this year. The Busch Grand National Series is coming to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on August 4.

The sale of CASCAR, rumoured for at least two years, finally happened in the fall. The new series is called the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. The sale was announced on September 13, 2006 and then there was several months of no news. The no official schedule appeared in mid-April. NASCAR did announce that they would not be running either the Sportsman Series or the Western Series. The Series web site is part of the NASCAR Local Racing site and is located here.

The World of Outlaws sprint car series is returning to Canada for the first time in many years for two visits. The 3/8 mile Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario will host the Outlaws on Wednesday July 25. Tickets go on sale on May 1. Ohsweken is also the home of the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. The Outlaws return to Canada on August 17-18 for a two-day event at the 3//8 mile Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, AB.

With the death of the CASCAR Sportsman Series, driver Ron Lethbridge, his father Ted Lethbridge and Glenn Lloyd (Sunset Speedway owner) formed the Ontario Sportsman Series. Six races are scheduled for 2007. The rules are based on the 2005 CASCAR Sportsman rulebook. More information can be found at the series' web site: http://www.ontariosportsmanseries.com/.

The racers in Western Canada have adopted a similiar approach with Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, SK creating the Western Elite Sportsman Tour (WEST). Four events are scheduled at the track plus one at Race City Speedway in Calgary. The events are also open to the local Sportsman cars. Siemens Transportation Group Inc has been announced as the title sponsor.

Barrie Speedway in Ontario has adopted NASCAR sanctioning.

Grand Bend Speedway in Ontario was completely rebuilt over the winter. Previously, Grand Bend was a 1/6 mile oval. The track has been reconfigured into a 1/4 mile tri-oval with twelve degree banking. Photos of the new layout and of the construction are available on the Track Facts page of the Grand Bend website: http://www.jcarracing.ca/gbs/gbs-facts.html.

Autodrome Edelweiss has added a set of 16 suites at the top of the grandstands. Each suite can accommodate 8 people. The track plans to add a restuarant next season. Autodrome Edelweiss is located on Highway 366, north of Cantley, Quebec.

Autodrome St-Félicien has new ownership. Martin Dubois, Frederic Beaudoin and Yves Pelchat have partnered with original owner Louise Boulanger (if the translation is correct). St-Félicien is a 1/2 mile oval combined with a 1 mile road course and is located near
St-Félicien, Quebec.

Harold Brown Memorial Speedway is the new name for Exploit's Valley Speedway near Bishop's Falls, NF.

Red River Co-op Speedway is the new name for Victory Lane Speedway, a 4/10 mile dirt oval near Winnipeg, MB.

Cayuga Speedway Park- near Nelles Corners, Ontario - has changed their plans somewhat. Originally they had intended to tear up the old track and build new. CanadianRacer.com has a full story dedicated to Cayuga's future plans here.

The Saskatchewan Racing League Late Model Stock Tour is a new series for 2007. It utilizes Street Stock chassis with Late Model bodies. The goal of the seires is to have a professional-looking stock car at the price of a Street Stock. The series web site has more information: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/srl/index.html.

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