While the sun looks to have set on the Canadian Barrie Speedway, it has suddenly risen on the neighboring Sunset Speedway.
The speedway, which has held races for 45 years, was sold off a fortnight ago and the new owners are unwilling to hold races there.
This means that just several weeks after its 2015 racing schedule was released, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series declared on Thursday that the earlier race scheduled on September 12th at Barrie Speedway will be held on June 20th at the Sunset Speedway.
This event will be named the Leland Industries 300 Presented by Johnsonville. By switching the track and dates, the series gets to maintain its previously planned 11-race schedule.
NASCAR Vice President for regional and touring series George Silbermann announced that the body is pleased to welcome the Sunset Speedway to the NASCAR family. He also added that the track is a fantastic facility with great competition that will help anchor the sport in Ontario.
Sunset Speedway has been operational since 1968. It’s a 0.333 mile oval that’s highly banked. It’s located in Innisfil, which is about an hour from downtown Toronto.
The 2015 Canada Tire Series season starts on May 17 at Canada Tire Motorsport Park.
Due to Barrie’s discontinuation, Sunset will also be incorporated into NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series Program, which is held weekly. This is according to InsideTrackNews.com.
The first event starts on 2nd May, and will feature several race classes including super and mini stocks, mighty minis as well as Late Models. This is according to track officials and NASCAR.
Sunset Speedway’s General Manager Mark Dilley said that the year’s prospects looked great for the entire Sunset entity. He added that they’ve always aimed to host NASCAR, a dream which finally came true. He also noted that it was a great opportunity for the competitors, fans and Sunset staff, something which he was proud of.