My first NASCAR race!

Oh that sickly sweet smell of melting rubber and antifreeze…

Jeff and I went to the Canadian Tire NASCAR series race at the Riverside International Speedway, just outside of Antigonish today.

It was AWESOME!

But I was already excited on the way there!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

We made to the track in time for the free autograph session the drivers have before the race starts.

That means we got to walk on the track!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

It was gorgeous day today. High of 18°C, not much wind, just a gorgeous September Saturday.

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

One of the cars was sponsored by A&W and they gave us a free can of pop 😀

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Here I am on the checkered line! (well, my shadow anyway :>>)
Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Dad told me that one of the drivers is from Milverton, Ontario – just minutes away from my home farm. I tracked him down and got his autograph. He races in car #22.

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

He set a new track record today and was in the pole position!! His track record was 14.484 seconds and he went 82.767 mph!!

Here are a few shots of his car:

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Check out the tires on these cars – just slick rubber – no tread!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Countdown to race time!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

“Gentlemen…… START YOUR ENGINES!!”

And they’re off!!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

(insert ear plugs here)

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Did you see how CLOSE they are to each other! It’s wild!

Oops!! Wrong way! Yellow flag…

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

The home town boy from Antigonish, Donald Chisholm, was out early when his car started spraying all over.

I have to say that these pit crews seemed sooooo slow compared to watching Indy races on TV. In fact, one car was ready to go back on the track and half way up the pits when he hit the brakes because his crew had left the gas can sticking out of his gas tank! 🙂

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Scott Steckly was always leading, or near the front of the pack, although after pit stops during the yellow flags, sometimes he had to fight back from 6th. Watching him pass was exhilarating! Sometimes I had to grab Jeff’s knee!

Oops!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Flat tire!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Another oops!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

And then someone lost a tire!! It went half way around the track!!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

When you lose a tire, you get the courtesy of a tow truck :p

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Crumbled hood…. The hoods are sooooo thin. In fact, the entire fibreglass body seems really thin and flimsy.

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

This guy was in the running for awhile, and then his car suddenly lost power and he limbed back to the pits. His crew ran out to push him into the centre of the track.

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

With 50 laps to go, Steckly got really wobbly on the curves and hung back, letting #17 take a strong lead.

Checkered Flag! It’s done!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Final rankings:

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

Scott Steckly came in 2nd!

DJ Kennington was first. Don Thomson, Jr. came in third.

The race was 300 laps of the 1/3 mile track. It started at 4:30 and was done at 6:15. I could have easily gobbled up another 200 laps, but I guess it is better to leave us wanting more! That and there may not be many cars left!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

My Scott Steckly autograph!

Canadian Tire NASCAR race - Antigonish

The race is airing next Saturday on TSN if you want to watch 😀

Race Coverage:
Race Coverage
Full results
Lap by Lap

Lisa

Lisa (Verkley) Schuyler is a blogger reporting live from her new home in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Often found wearing a hoodie, covered in pet hair, Lisa is a mis-placed forester who now spends her days engineering happiness for WordPress users. Lisa loves nature, animals, and most importantly, her handsome husband Jeff.

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