It all starts with a beloved track, a blank slate, and 23 Canadian drivers vying to make history.
In September of 2006, NASCAR had purchased the CASCAR Super Series – the top stock-car racing series in Canada at the time. The series had run from 1998-2006, ending with Mark Dilley winning the season finale at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway, Jason Hathaway claiming Rookie of the Year and J.R. Fitzpatrick as champion.
The Canadian Tire Corporation had signed on as the entitlement sponsor, creating a brand new, competitive racing series in Canada – the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) presented by Sirius Satellite Radio.
The inaugural 12-race schedule of what would eventually become the NASCAR Pinty’s Series would feature a similar track roster to CASCAR with Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway taking the spot of Autodrome St-Eustache. The 2007 season would kick off at Cayuga Speedway in Hagersville, Ontario — now Jukasa Motor Speedway.
The historic Hamilton, Ontario, oval is a track that many Canadian drivers were familiar with.
At the completion of the CASCAR Series, Don Thompson Jr. had won five of the last six championships and headed into the new series as a front runner and a best finish of second at Cayuga.
Many more familiar faces would also make the jump, including D.J. Kennington, Kerry Micks, Dave Whitlock, Jeff Lapcevich, Scott Steckly, and Peter Gibbons.
Also on the entry list? A 19-year-old from Roxton Pond, Quebec, named Andrew Ranger was set to make his second start in a stock car. His first came in the season before in CASCAR, having finished non-descript 13th at St-Eustache.