The NASCAR Pinty’s Series paddock is getting a raise.
NASCAR revealed on Tuesday an increase in the winner’s payout for 2020 from $6,600 to $10,000 CDN minimum for each race. Additionally, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières winner will earn $11,000 CDN. The winner of the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series dirt race at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario will pay $25,000 CDN in commemoration of the track’s 25th anniversary.
“As the NASCAR Pinty’s Series prestige grows, the stakes continue to rise,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director of Touring Series. “The series attracts the top drivers and teams in Canada, and the winner’s purse increase will further strengthen the level of competition.
“We’re grateful for the collaboration with our track partners and expect to see even more of the side-by-side racing and close, exciting finishes that the Pinty’s Series has consistently delivered to our fans.”
That inaugural dirt race at Ohsweken on Tuesday, August 18 will feature Kenny Wallace and Stewart Friesen.
The purse increase wouldn’t be possible without series sponsor, Pinty’s Delicious Foods.
“Motorsports is seen by 26% of Canadians as one of their favorite sports,” said Tony Spiteri, Pinty’s Delicious Foods Vice President of Marketing. “It goes without saying that these fans are similar in many ways to the loyal following of Pintys. Investments in making the sport even bigger is simply good business, and great fun.”
The 2020 Pinty’s Series schedule features 13 races at 10 tracks in four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and Saskatchewan). The season opens Victoria Day weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) and finishes at Jukasa Motor Speedway on Sept. 26.
Last year, NASCAR and Trois-Rivières revealed an extension from 50 laps to 60 in 2020. The 10 extra laps will force teams to add fuel and provide more strategy opportunities.