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The NASCAR Pinty's Series haulers arrived in Newfoundland on Thursday June 23, after a long journey east. (Photo by Caitlin Patrick/NASCAR)

Over the Ocean & Through the Woods: The NASCAR Pinty’s Series’ Journey to the Rock

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series haulers have arrived at Eastbound International Speedway for the PRO•LINE 225 Presented by QwickWick and it has been quite an adventure.

For the first time in series history, the cars were transported by ferry from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The only other NASCAR touring series to transport their cars via ferry is the NASCAR Euro Series, on their journey to Brands Hatch Circuit in the United Kingdom.

Let’s take a look at the 40+-hour journey the series’ hauler drivers have been on.

 

Sunday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 21

On Sunday, teams with shops located further west began their journey to Nova Scotia.

EHR hit the highway Sunday afternoon, while 22 Racing, Wight Motorsports Inc. (WMI) and DJ Kennington left on Monday.

Kennington and WMI, had the longest trip of the group, with the total road trip clocking in at approximately 22 hours.

Several drivers even took to the dirt at Cornwall Motor Speedway on the way, including Raphael Lessard, Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani and Dexter Stacey.

As the Ontario haulers travel along the 401 towards Quebec, they passed through major cities including Toronto, Belleville, and Kingston.

Once in Quebec, most teams travels took them past Montreal and Quebec City before hitting more mountainous terrain and passing by towns like Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha!.

Now the hauler drivers experience the most scenic part of their drive as they hit the Quebec-New Brunswick border of Edmundston, NB.

Driving through the Maritimes, they pass by New Brunswick’s capital city Fredericton and head towards Moncton, as they begin their journey around the Bay of Fundy.

Now, more than 3/4 of the way through their journey the haulers finally reach Nova Scotia. With only four and a half hours to go, they begin to travel north towards Cape Breton.

Some haulers arrived in North Sydney as early as Tuesday evening, completing their long drive.

 

Wednesday, June 22

The remaining haulers arrive in North Sydney and start lining up at the ferry terminal at least three hours before departure.

Finally, they begin the tedious process of loading the trucks into the belly of the MV Atlantic Vision.

At 5:30 AST, it’s “Bon Voyage”, as the ferry sets sail for its 16 hours journey.

On board, hauler drivers can relax in their cabins while also enjoying a variety of restaurants on board. They can also keep busy at the Arcade and Games room, take in a movie at the theatre on board, or just take in the vastness of the open ocean.

 

Thursday, June 23

As the ferry prepared for its approach into Newfoundland, the hauler drivers were treated to incredible views of the coast, as they sailed into Placentia Bay.

At approximately 10 a.m. NST, the MS Atlantic Vision pulled into the terminal and the haulers began to disembark.

Once back on solid ground, the haulers begin the hauler parade with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and Dumoulin Competition haulers leading the rest of the teams.

At about 10 a.m. the convoy of trucks departed the terminal for a quick 50-minute drive through the hills, to Eastbound International Speedway in Avondale.

A group of fans met the haulers as they came off the boat and along the drive, honking their horns and cheering as the series finally arrived on the Rock.

The first thing the hauler drivers will see of Eastbound is its iconic, castle-like towers.

Now parked and tucked in until Saturday, teams patiently await the green flag for the PRO•LINE 225 Presented by QwickWick.

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