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Race Day at Old Mosport: Elliott’s the winner

Published September 1, 2013

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!

For Saturday’s live blog (including qualifying results), please click here.

For the live blog from Friday’s Camping World Truck Series test day, click here.

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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.

Some people truly moved in for the weekend and turned Old Mosport into home sweet home. Photo: Stephanie Wallcraft

No grandstands where you want to be? Make your own! Photo: Stephanie Wallcraft

As serious as everyone was, there's always time to grab an ice cream from one of the many trucks roaming the grounds. Photo: Stephanie Wallcraft

A young fan watches eventual race winner Chase Elliott wheel through the Esses. Photo: Stephanie Wallcraft

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.

Fans celebrate with Chase Elliott in turn 2 as he does burnouts for the crowd. Photo: Stephanie Wallcraft

Max Papis's battle-worn truck returns to the paddock post-race. Photo: Stephanie Wallcraft

In the post-race press conference, Darrell Wallace, Jr. reacts to seeing replay footage of a woman slapping Max Papis after the race. Photo: Stephanie Wallcraft

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.

A group of fans in turn 4 extends their appreciation for a fantastic event. Photo: Stephanie Wallcraft

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

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This young lady's name is Cashew and she appeared to be watching the cars go by too! Gary Grant photo.

This guy was having a great time! His head had to be awfully hot! Gary Grant photo.

The pack looked spectacular diving from 4 into 5. Gary Grant photo.

Body repairs by sawzall is less than attractive! Gary Grant photo.

Joey Coulter's crew needed the sawzall to resolve some contact damage near the beginning of the race. Gary Grant photo.

The #98 of Johnny Sauter needed some work to the rear end early on. Gary Grant photo.

With a crowd numbering in the 45-55,000 range, Durham Regional Police were very visible, but I heard no reports of any problems in the crowd. Everyone was just having a great time. Gary Grant photo.

Hardly anyone could believe how well behaved the truck drivers were in the opening laps. There was lots of good, clean racing. Gary Grant photo.

You could almost feel the excitement in the air as the Camping World Truck Series rolled towards the green flag. Gary Grant photo.

Crowd in turn 2 for the Camping World Trucks at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Canada can be very proud of the turnout today at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Photo: 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

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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!

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That hot air balloon got in nice and close to us during his flyover. Gary Grant photo.

Chad Hackenbracht hustles the #51 through 5 in qualifying. Gary Grant photo.

The view from Moss Corner during qualifying yesterday afternoon was so good that a hot air balloon made an appearance.

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Norris McDonald will be live blogging the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park that’s about to get under way. Click here to follow along at Norris’s Toronto Star blog.

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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

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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

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