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WETASKIWIN AB - July 28 2018: The Luxxur 300 presented by Bayer for the NASCAR Pinty's Series at Edmonton International Speedway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. (Photo: Matthew Manor/NASCAR)
Shantel Kalika has embraced being a role model for young women across the province. (Photo: Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

Shantel Kalika Eager to Return to the Pinty’s Series in 2019

After a successful series of starts in 2018, Busch Racing driver Shantel Kalika announces plans to return to Pinty’s Series action in at least four races this year with the Canadian-based NASCAR Series.

Shantel Kalika wants to be known for more than just being a female driver in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and she’s ready to continue her quest in Canada’s only national NASCAR Touring Series.

The former Wyant Group Raceway 2016 Pro Truck and 2018 Sportsman champion debuted with the series last July in the doubleheader at her home track and also at nearby Edmonton (Alberta) International Raceway and will return to compete in those events later this year as well as adding the season finale at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

“I’m very proud of what my team accomplished last season,” said Kalika. “Coming off of three solid finishes in 2018, I look forward to seeing what we can do in 2019. It takes hard work, determination and having the right people behind you to get to this level and my family has always supported me, but I also wouldn’t be able to do this without all the sponsors who have and continue to support me.

“For us, we are out of the “mainstream” being in Saskatchewan and it is a bit harder to get our foot in the door, but we are getting there!”

Kalika and her family-owned team are open to competing in the series full-time if partnership can be surered with sponsors due to the amount of travel East that would be required to compete in all 13 races. However, she has secured solid support for her four-race schedule Busch Racing is announcing today.

“I can’t thank AGI makers of Batco, Westfield and Westeel, Jay Summers Service Centre, Mayeda Motorsports and many others enough for coming on board with us to help us continue to grow our NASCAR Pinty’s Series program,” said Kalika. “Everyone in the sport knows that part of a successful program is the combination of a dedicated driver, team and partners and fortunately for everyone associated with Busch Racing we’re off to a great start again this season.”

Kalika and her father and team owner Ben Busch have been involved in the series for years prior to driving last season working with several race crews for drivers including two-time Pinty’s Series champion DJ Kennington.

“I can’t wait to start competing this year and July can’t come soon enough for me and my race team. I’ll be back behind the wheel in the Pro Truck division at Wyant Group Raceway to go after my third championship” said Kalika. “But Busch Racing also built a good foundation last season in our three Pinty’s Series races and everyone is focused on improving on those finishes this year and seeing where it can take us.”