Welcome to wheels.ca’s Sunday live blog from Canadian Tire Motorsport Parkdocumenting the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Canadian event, the Chevrolet Silverado 250. Wheels editor Norris McDonald and contributors Gary Grant and Stephanie Wallcraft will be adding to-the-minute updates to this page throughout the day. The most recent updates will be at the top, so start at the bottom for best results if this is your first visit. Enjoy!
The first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is now in the books. For Norris McDonald’s live blog including detailed insight and analysis of the race, click here.
I took a walk around the grounds during the event expecting to see a lot of rowdy campers partying the afternoon away, but I found quite the opposite – once the green flag fell, these race fans got down to business. The most rambunctious moment I encountered was a small group excited to see the number 18 truck into the tires in turn 9 thanks to its connection to Kyle Busch. Apart from that, most everyone I saw was sitting in camping chairs with scanner headsets in place and watching intently.
After the checkered flag fell, the top-notch fan experience continued to the very last. Crowds gathered briefly in turn 2 to see Chase Elliott’s burnouts and in victory lane to see him celebrate with his team, and then the many thousands of vehicles on the grounds began to filter out. The well-honed traffic control system made the process seamless. Nearly two hours after the conclusion of the truck race, the campers are still relaxing, most of the passenger vehicles have left, and the haulers are starting to pull away.
With the fantastic show the trucks put on here this weekend, the fantastic facilities and the great crowd, this event is set to be even bigger in its sophomore outing.
If you were at the track this weekend and enjoyed what you saw and experienced, please let us know in the comments section below! – Stephanie Wallcraft
The traffic into the track is just now starting to ease up — and that’s a good thing because it’s not clear where any more cars might fit. Every access road from the main gate clear back to turn 5 is lined with parked vehicles on both sides, and every infield parking lot is packed. The track had to open a secondary lot in the outfield near the main gate to accommodate the overflow. Folks are getting creative in finding good viewing locations by hiking into the trees and climbing hills. But those able to make the longest trip to the far end of the course will find that’s where the greatest payoff lies at the moment.
Despite the very busy grounds, everything continues to operate so smoothly that no one is really noticing. We’re about 20 minutes from the green flag now, so all of the final details are now settling into place. To everyone out there and everyone at home, enjoy the race! – Stephanie Wallcraft
This morning, Ron Fellows took Norris McDonald for a couple of laps around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a Chevrolet Silverado while they talked about the success of the weekend. Click play on the video above to ride along!
The Canadian Touring Car Championship has finished its second qualifying session of the weekend. The results are posted below:
Race #2 for the series goes off at 4:45 today after the conclusion of the NCWTS race. - Stephanie Wallcraft
The weather looks much more pleasant this morning at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, so race day should be beautiful and sunny. The cars are already lining up and piling in, so if you’re reading this from home and are coming this way, leave as early as you can to beat the inevitable traffic! But no need to worry about not getting in — there’s no capacity here and they’ll keep packing people in anywhere they’ll fit, so as long as you leave enough time you’ll have no problem finding a place to watch the race.
Here’s the schedule for today:
9:45 am – 10:15 am Canadian Touring Car Championship Qualifying
10:30 am NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Driver Introductions
11:00 am – 12:45 pm Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series)
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Introductions
2:00 pm Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Canadian Touring Car Championship Race #2
– Stephanie Wallcraft