Sunset Speedway (Ontario)

Sunset Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 1/3 mile semi-banked short track motor racing oval, located forty minutes north of Toronto, in the town of Innisfil, Ontario, Canada. Sunset’s weekly Saturday night racing program runs from May to September each year, featuring Junior Late Models, Bone Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super Stocks and Late Models. The track regularly features touring series including the NASCAR Pinty's Series, APC United Late Model Series, OSCAAR Modifieds, Hot Rods and Outlaw Super Late Models.

Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway Ontario Logo.jpgSunset Speedway Ontario Front Straightaway.jpg
Location6918 Yonge Street
Innisfil, Ontario
Canada
Time zoneUTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Coordinates44°16′49″N 79°36′39″W / 44.280270°N 79.610728°W / 44.280270; -79.610728Coordinates: 44°16′49″N 79°36′39″W / 44.280270°N 79.610728°W / 44.280270; -79.610728
Capacity9,000
OwnerBrian Todish
OperatorBrian Todish
Opened1968
Major eventsNASCAR Pinty's Series
(2015-2016, 2020-Present)

APC United Late Model Series
(2015-Present)

OSCAAR Modifieds
OSCAAR Hot Rods
OSCAAR Pro Sprint

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup

Can-Am Midget Racing Series

Ontario Legends Series

Ontario Pro Challenge Series
Semi-Banked Oval
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1/3 mi

HistoryEdit

In operation since 1968, new ownership purchased the speedway in May 2009 and upgraded the facility. The track asphalt was replaced, grandstands were repaired and a pit road was added for traveling series.[1] Following the closure of nearby Barrie Speedway in 2015, NASCAR moved its weekly NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series[2] to the track and it hosted the NASCAR Pinty's Series for the first time that season.[3]

NASCAR Pinty's SeriesEdit

The NASCAR Pinty's Series made its first trip to Sunset Speedway for the first running of the Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville on July 20, 2015.[4] Alex Tagliani won the inaugural event and repeated the victory in 2016. After a three year absence, NASCAR announced the Pinty's Series would return to the track in 2020.[5]

Season Date Race Title Driver Manufacturer
2015 June 20 Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville   Alex Tagliani Chevrolet [6]
2016 June 18 Leland Industries 300 presented by Dickies   Alex Tagliani Chevrolet [7]
2020 August 15 QwickWick 125   L.P. Dumoulin Dodge [8]
Canadian Tire 125   Jason Hathaway Chevrolet [9]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sunset International Speedway". Tourism Barrie. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "Sunset Speedway drivers excited for NASCAR Whelen All American series sanctioning". Auto123.com. March 25, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Ramsay, Janis (February 6, 2015). "Innisfil's Sunset Speedway gets NASCAR status". Innisfil Journal. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  4. ^ McNulty, Dean (February 5, 2015). "NCATS coming to Sunset Speedway". The Toronto Sun. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "NASCAR Announces 2020 Pinty's Series Schedule". NASCAR.ca. December 5, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Tagliani triumphant at Sunset Speedway". TSN.ca. Jun 20, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "NPS Sunset 6/18/16 Results". hometracks.nascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. June 18, 2016. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Sunset Opener Produces Wins for Series Veterans". Nascar.ca. August 16, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Paavola, Chris (August 18, 2020). "Jason Hathaway won the NASCAR Pintys Series 2020 Canadian Tire 125". Velocity Motorsports News. Retrieved September 17, 2020.

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