CAYUGA — Some of the biggest names and brightest stars in motorsport will be on the card when the flag drops for the first time at the all new Jukasa Motor Speedway August 26 and 27, in Cayuga with a huge first feature event at Jukasa Motor Speedway, the Late Model Summer Shootout.
The late season start will give staff and crews a few weeks of high caliber racing dates to prepare themselves for next summer’s official full season debut. But in the meantime, race fans will enjoy a sneak peak at what is to come and get top meet some great drivers and top level racing teams.
Jukasa Motor Speedway will host the APC Series Twin 75’s for Pro Late Models along with a 75-lap event for the Outlaw Super Late Models with each 75-lap race paying $5,000.00 to the winner at the Speedway’s inaugural event the Late Model Summer Shootout.
Jukasa Motor Speedway, formerly known as Cayuga Motor Speedway, is known as Canada’s crown jewel. The facility has sat dormant for several years now, but under new ownership and management the speedway has been born again, with no expenses sparred. The speedway has seen an overhaul to the racing surface, pit area, lighting, and more.
Former NASCAR star and racing legend Ken Schrader will on hand fielding an entry prepared by Shaw Motorsports. Schrader, a veteran of nearly 30-years in the NASCAR Cup series, has multiple cup victories to his name to go along with nearly 50 years of racing experience in almost every type of race car under the sun. These days Ken can be found racing his dirt modified frequently throughout the racing season across various parts of North America. Although Schrader prominently focuses his attention to his dirt racing program he still gets behind the wheel of asphalt race cars, and succeeds when doing so,
“There have [been] so many Legends pass through these gates so anytime we have one come back it is very exciting and to have a fan favourite like Kenny return is special,” says Alex Nagy, Jukasa Motor Speedway general manager. “Earlier in Schrader’s career he actually visited the speedway twice, running two separate events.”
The APC Series, in its third year of competition, has seen rapid growth and is developing into one of Canada’s top racing series.
Schrader, a veteran of nearly 30 years in the NASCAR Cup series, has multiple cup victories to his name to go along with nearly 50 years of racing experience in almost every type of race car under the sun. These days Ken can be found racing his dirt modified frequently throughout the racing season across various parts of North America. Although Schrader prominently focuses his attention to his dirt racing program he still gets behind the wheel of asphalt race cars, and succeeds when doing so.
“Keeping up with it a bit, not on top of it all because I am busy racing quite a bit myself,” added Schrader when asked how familiar he was with the APC Series. “About a month ago we were up in Ontario and talked with Luke, I really liked what was happening with series and the rules around the crate engines, and cars you can still take all different places.”
The Series will run a different format for the first time in its 3 year existence, running twin 75 lap main events after what is sure to be an exciting practice and qualifying night the day before. The series is expecting a very large field of cars to attempt to qualify for one of the coveted starting spots in the main show. With the current talent in the APC Series, adding Schrader to that will only amplify it.
“The size and depth of the talent of the APC Series roster is incredible so it’s always great to add someone special like Kenny,” said Jukasa Motor Speedway general manager Alex Nagy. “He is aware of the series talent pool and how the series has grown which along with the re-birth of Jukasa is why he wants to be here for the Grand Opening. It is great for our fans, partners and also for the drivers to race with such a legend.”
“Looking forward to it, I love to go to big events,” noted Schrader when asked about the sizeable and growing list of entries. “It’s what the sport is all about, we dirt race quite a bit and are used to large fields, the re-opening of the facility is going to be huge.”
Jukasa Motor Speedway management and APC Series officials, drivers, partners and fans are excited and eager for August 26th-27th. The 5/8 Mile track reopening is big for Ontario auto racing and with the addition of Ken Schrader to the roster it only amplifies the level of excitement and buzz surrounding the event. Schrader is a fan favourite and legend of racing that will surely make a bid for the win.
Reserved tickets are on sale now for $45, general admission is $40. The track is located at 901 Haldimand Road 20, Hagersville, Ontario.