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Jukasa Motor Speedway Aims to Capture Headlines Once Again with Second Annual Canadian Short Track Nationals

By Dan Cabral

November 12, 2018

HAGERSVILLE, ON – After capturing the attention of fans, racers and industry insiders on both sides of the American-Canadian border with the inaugural Canadian Short Track Nationals last September, Jukasa Motor Speedway will look to up the ante even further with the second installment of their marquee event in 2019.

The second edition of the Pro Late Model showcase will headline the August 31st – September 1st weekend, and will boast a head-turning $300,000 total purse and will also have the length increased from 200 laps to 250 laps.

“We said that we wanted to make this the biggest short track race in North America – and we absolutely meant it,” says Jukasa Motor Speedway GM Alex Nagy with a smile. “There’s an infectious energy being around the(Jukasa Motor Speedway) ownership group because they don’t take any half-measures. They go full-out every
time they try to accomplish something – and growing this event is no exception to that”

The Jukasa Motor Speedway brass hope to continue establishing the burgeoning event as one of the can’t miss Crown Jewels of the racing calendar, and to help achieve their vision, the 2019 edition of the race will pay a mammoth $75,000 to the Pro Late Model winner – with $3500 guaranteed just to start the 250-lap feature event.

“We were humbled by the incredible turnout that we had for the first edition of the (Canadian Short Track) Nationals,” details Nagy. “The atmosphere was electric; the stands were jam-packed and the talent on-track was second to none. We want to do that again this Summer – but even bigger”

“When the doors first swung back open (at Jukasa Motor Speedway), we knew that we didn’t just want to be another place for fans to come and watch a race. We want to be one of the premier facilities in the country and we want to host some of the biggest races in all of North America”

In addition to the Pro Late Model headliner, the Canadian Short Track Nationals weekend will also feature a 50-lap
Super Stock showcase paying $5,000 to the winner plus a $10,000 to win 75 lap Outlaw Super Late Model shootout.

“The Super Stocks did everything they could to steal the show (in 2018) and we knew that we wanted to reward that performance by bringing them back for the second edition of this event and the Outlaw Super Late Model race last year attracted some of the best from Canada and the USA and the feeling is that with the increased
purse the talent pool will increase even more which will be incredible”, mentions Nagy.

The boost in purse for the 2019 event follows an action plan detailed by Jukasa Motor Speedway ownership during the inaugural Canadian Short Track Nationals, with a $500,000 purse expected for the 2020 event and a record-breaking $1,000,000 purse promised for 2021.

“We want to make sure that we give the fans, the race teams and the sponsors something to talk about for a long, long time and we’re confident that we can make that happen,” says Nagy. “Believe me – we’re just getting warmed up. There are big things ahead on the horizon and we couldn’t be more excited to have everyone along
for the ride with us.”

About Jukasa Motor Speedway: Jukasa Motor Speedway is a .625-mile paved speedway located in Hagersville,
Ontario, Canada. The track first opened in 1966 as Cayuga Speedway and remained opened until it ceased regular
operations in 2010. With new ownership in 2016 the facility underwent extensive renovations. Among the
changes at the facility include a complete redesign and asphalt recovering of the racing surface and upgrades for
competitors and fans throughout the entire 350-acre site. The facility can also accommodate nearly 800 campsites
with many offering services to campers. For more information on Jukasa Motor Speedway visit their Facebook
page and Twitter @Jukasamotor or www.jukasamotorspeedway.com
Jukasa Partners: Jukasa Motor Speedway thanks the following partners for their support. Kubota Canada, Pinty’s
Delicious Foods, Whelen Engineering, Rankin Construction, Queenston Chev, W.J. Heaslip Ltd. Middleport
Mechanical, Jukasa Designs, Jukasa Media Group

DJ Kennington and Brandon Watson Visit JMS Victory Lane to Conclude the 2018 Season.

BY Dan Cabral

HAGERSVILLE, ON.

For Kennington, his NASCAR Pinty’s Series triumph was the first of his 2018 campaign. For Watson, his win during the 50-lap Limited Late Model showcase – a first since Jukasa’s reopening – was the latest chapter in a season that has been spent in victory lane piloting everything from Limited Late Models to Pro Late Models to Super Late Models.

“It feels amazing to finally win one of these (NASCAR Pinty’s Series) races,” beamed Kennington post-race after earning his first series triumph since August 2013. “We’ve felt like we were close so many times in the last three seasons, and to finally break through at Jukasa is an incredible feeling”

Kennington outran former series winner Donald Theetge and 2017 series championship runner-up Kevin Lacroix for the win. Veteran LP Dumoulin captured the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship – his second in five years – with a 10th-place finish in the 200-lap event.

“It’s an honour to win another championship – and being able to clinch it during (Fall Brawl weekend) makes it even more special,” said Dumoulin. “I can’t express just how big of a role my team played with all of their hours in the shop and the incredible amounts of effort they’ve put into our time on the road”

Brandon Watson’s dominant highlight-reel performance in the 50-lap Limited Late Model portion of the event was his second Jukasa win this month, with the third-generation star having captured the APC United Late Model Series Canadian Short Track Nationals 100 on September 1st.

“I can’t say enough about Mike McColl and the cars that McColl Racing Enterprises put together,” said Watson upon clearing post-race technical inspection. “We had a fast car right from practice to time trials to victory lane. My job is the easy part when you have a car as good as this one”

For Jukasa Motor Speedway General Manager Alex Nagy, the second edition of the Pinty’s Fall Brawl event was a fitting end to a tremendous 2018 season.

“This was the best season we could have possibly asked for – and I can’t thank everyone who made it possible,” said Nagy. “From the fans, to our staff, all the teams that passed through the gates here all season – none of this would have been possible without all of us working together”

“2018 was a fantastic year for Jukasa Motor Speedway and we’re going to keep working to make improvements for the fans and the racers. We’re already back in the office working on our 2019 schedule and I’m positive that it’ll be something that will have everyone talking and excited for next season.”

The NASCAR Pinty’s Fall Brawl Looks to Be Just That

By Dan Cabral

HAGERSVILLE, ON – Jukasa Motor Speedway will continue its year of ‘firsts’ on Saturday, September 29th – with the 2018 edition of its Pinty’s Fall Brawl weekend. The two-division spectacular will feature the first ever appearance by the talent-laden Limited Late Model division in a 50-lap Invitational as well as the championship finale for Canada’s National Touring Series – the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

“I’ve said all along that our purpose for this facility is to give the fans what they want,” says Jukasa Motor Speedway General Manager Alex Nagy. “We’ve had fans and competitors alike asking for a big Ltd. Late Model race since we first re-opened. So, we knew that we had to put something like this together. We’ve had calls and messages coming in from teams all over the province – and I’m positive that our fans are going to be very, very happy with the field that turns out for this event”

One of the first teams to file entry for the event was three time Sunset Speedway champion Gord Shepherd – as they ready themselves for a Jukasa Motor Speedway debut in a Limited late model, Shepherd says he is looking forward to a very fast and fun race against top contenders.

“I think it’s pretty easy to make the argument that this race is going to be ‘the big one’ for Limited Late Models this year,” offers Shepherd. “Jukasa itself is a huge challenge, but then you throw in the level of talent that we’re all expecting to show up and you have a pretty solid ‘Race of the Year’ candidate.”

The main event of the Pinty’s “Fall Brawl” is the series finale for the NASCAR Pinty’s series, just coming off their first trip to the United States racing at New Hampshire.

Kevin Lacroix took the checkered flag for his 10th career win, and will look to use his positive momentum heading into Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend.

The Championship is shaping up to be a two-horse battle between L.P Dumoulin who has a 4-point lead over Alex Tagliani. Hard charger Cole Powell and veteran D.J Kennington both will be gunning to finish the season off with a trip to Jukasa Motor Speedway victory lane on Saturday and be there to capitalize if Dumoulin or Tagliani have issues.

The current points leader L.P. Dumoulin is looking forward to getting back to Jukasa for the series finale.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back to Jukasa, Says Dumoulin- I am very comfortable at this speedway and always have a fast car.”

The man only four points behind Dumoulin is Alex Tagliani who finished 3rd at JMS in the series first stop here this season.

“I’m really, really excited to have our championship finale at JMS, it’s by far the best track on the tour.”

“I don’t take anything for granted and I’m not going to just focus on the point standings, we finished 3rd last time there and I am looking to improve on that and let the points short themselves out after the 200 laps are completed.”

Gates open at Noon, qualifying at 4 pm and racing begins at 5:30 pm. Be sure to stay for the post-race fireworks display. Go to Jukasamotorspeedway.com for ticket and event information.