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Pinty's Series News & Notes: Riverside

High-Banked Oval in Nova Scotia Welcomes Series For 11th Time

August 15, 2017 - 3:28pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the 11-year history of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, there has been four tracks host an event every season and the series will make its 11th stop at one stop at Riverside International Speedway for the Bumper To Bumper 300 this weekend. 

The race will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19 and fans can once again expect 300 laps of side-by-side competition on the high-banked and very fast .333-mile speedway.

This season Pinty’s Series points leader Alex Labbe has scored all three of his wins this season on oval tracks and he’ll be one of the favorites for the annual stop.

Labbe enters this weekend with a 23-point advantage over Kevin Lacroix as he chases his first NASCAR championship. Defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich sits third, 33 points out of the lead. Lapcevich won at Riverside last year en route to becoming the youngest champion in the history of the series and will try and become the first back-to-back winner in the history of the event.

Another driver scheduled to compete is D.J. Kennington, who is the only driver entered that has multiple wins at Riverside. The St. Thomas, Ontario, driver picked up his first win in 2010 and followed with a victory in the 2012 race. 

Veteran Mark Dilley won the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series race held at Riverside in 2007 and holds the record for most top-fives (seven) and top-10 (10) finishes at the track. Dilley also is the only driver to finish in the top-10 at Riverside in every start. 

RACE: Bumper To Bumper 300
PLACE: Riverside International Speedway, Antigonish, N.S.
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 19
TIME: 8 p.m. ADT
TELECAST: TSN - Sunday, Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m. ET; RDS2 - Fri., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. ET 
TRACK LAYOUT: .333-mile, banked asphalt oval
2016 POLESITTER: Donald Chisholm
2016 WINNER: Cayden Lapcevich
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 12:30-1:30 p.m., Qualifying 3 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 5:25 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Paul McLean, 902-863-2410, mclean@riversidespeedway.ca
TRACK TWITTER: @Riverside_NS
EVENT TWITTER HASHTAG: #BumperToBumper300
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Jason Christley, (386) 547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The 11th annual Bumper To Bumper 300 will be the 10th of 13 championship points events on the 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule, and the lone trip of the season to the province of Nova Scotia and Riverside International Speedway. 

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 21 cars will have secured starting positions based on fastest single lap during group qualifying, and the remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 300 laps (99.99 miles) and is an impound race with four change tires allowed.

The Track: Riverside International Speedway originally opened in 1969 and was modeled after legendary Bristol Motor Speedway. In 2006, the track was completely demolished and rebuilt with a new racing surface, concrete walls, lighting, grandstands, and control tower. Like its U.S. counterpart in eastern Tennessee, Riverside features high-banked turns, but here they are 14 degrees. The front stretch is 440 feet long with banking of six degrees while the backstretch is also 440 feet but with five-degree banking.

Pole Winners: The first eight Riverside races have produced five different pole winners, led by Scott Steckly’s three. Donald Chisholm has won two pole award for this race including last year’s event. D.J. Kennington set the track record last year on Aug. 15, 2015, of 14.429 seconds, 83.803 mph.

Race Winners: There have been eight different winners in the first 10 Pinty’s Series events at Riverside. Only Kennington has two triumphs.

Bumper To Bumper 300 Notes: 
Labbe Opens Up Lead In Championship Race: After using his two wins during the annual western swing for the series last month to take over the points lead, Alex Labbe used a solid fifth-place finish to open up a 23-point lead over Kevin Lacroix (385-362) with four races remaining. Labbe has already won three times this season on an oval while Lacroix, who also has three wins this season, is still looking for his first oval-track victory.

Lacroix Looks To Rebound At Riverside: After leading the points after seven of the first eight races of the season, the St. Eustache, Quebec driver has experienced a run of bad luck to fall to second in the standings. Lacroix trailed Alex Labbe after the race at Autodrome Chaudiere in July by just two points, only to rebound with back-to back wins at Circuit ICAR and Toronto to regain the top spot. However, after finishes of ninth and 18th over the past two races, he’ll need to make up some ground starting this weekend.

Chisholm Going After Second Win: Donald Chisholm will have plenty of support on Saturday at his home track, as he looks to record his second Pinty’s Series win at his home track. He won from the pole in 2014 and also started from the pole in this event last season finishing fourth.