A NASCAR date conflict with nearby Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario has resulted in a slight date shift for the third-annual Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway outside of Hamilton.
The race had previously been held on Labor Day Sunday for each of the past two years, but that proved to be infeasible when NASCAR’s Truck Series-Pinty’s Series doubleheader was scheduled for that same date in 2020.
As a result, when Jukasa released the dates for its third-annual marquee event for Pro Late Models, OSCAAR Modifieds and regional Pro Stocks, it featured a Thursday-Saturday night schedule.
For better or worse, this creates a super week of sorts for fans of Stock Car racing in southern Ontario as an enthusiast could realistically travel back and forth from Jukasa and Mosport over the four-day period. However, the schedule overlap does prevent Pinty’s Series regulars from entering the race as has been the case in each of the past two years with DJ Kennington and Jason Hathaway.
The 2020 Canadian Short Track Nationals have been won by American short track superstar Bubba Pollard over each of the past two seasons. Pollard collected a $50,000 CAN check last September, paying the equivalent of $38,000 US to win and $1,520 US to start.
Track co-owner Kenny Hill previously announced a gradual increase of the purse. The overall purse will be increased to $300,000 in 2020 and in 2021, the purse will reach $1 million.
It’s up to track general manager Alex Nagy to determine how to divvy up the amount to each position, with those details for 2020 coming at a later date.