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NASCAR trucks coming to Canada

But perhaps not where you expected to find them

Published: November 19, 2012, 3:00 AM

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Last week’s announcement that the Ontario Municipal Board has cleared the way for construction of a $400-million auto racing facility and entertainment complex at Fort Erie, Ontario prompted rampant media and fan speculation that announcement of a major-series NASCAR race would follow.

Especially considering that the proposed $400-million Canadian Motor Speedway is scheduled to feature both a 1.6-km (1-mile) oval speedway and a 4.0-km (2.5-mile) road course.

But the new track’s developers were quick to clarify that NASCAR is not involved in the project. Azhar Mohammed, CEO of the speedway group, specifically said, "We don’t have any races from them and we don’t expect any races from them," according to the Toronto Star.

But one of NASCAR’s three major series is coming to Canada, in 2013.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) has been included on the official schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' 2013 schedule, on Labour Day Weekend (September 1).

Not only will that race be the first ever Canadian stop for the truck series, it will be the first time in 13 years that a Camping World Truck Series race will be run on a road course – which should ensure that it will be an exciting as well as a historic race.

"We at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park are thrilled to be able to bring the Camping World Truck Series to Canadian motorsport fans," said Myles Brandt, the track’s president and general manager. "We’re looking forward to creating an unforgettable experience for both fans and drivers alike."

Allan MacDonald, senior vice-president, automotive at Canadian Tire added: "Between the truck series race and the return of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, 2013 is set to be a landmark year for motorsports in Canada."

Steve O’Donnell, senior vice-president of racing operations for NASCAR, commented: "We’re looking forward to working with Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as we introduce the truck series to our great fans in Canada. Their enthusiastic response to our sport has helped grow its popularity in Canada significantly throughout the years."