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Spallumcheen's MotoPlex Speedway drops NASCAR from roster

NASCAR’s Canadian Tire series event, the A&W Cruisin’ the Dub 300, will not return to Spallumcheen’s MotoPlex Speedway and Event Park in 2014. - morning star file photo
NASCAR’s Canadian Tire series event, the A&W Cruisin’ the Dub 300, will not return to Spallumcheen’s MotoPlex Speedway and Event Park in 2014.
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The popular NASCAR A&W Cruisin’ the Dub 300 auto race has pulled into pit lane at Spallumcheen’s MotoPlex Speedway and Event Park.

And it’s not coming out in 2014.

NASCAR has released its 2014 Canadian Tire series schedule and the MotoPlex stop – a fixture on the series every July since NASCAR took over the series from CASCAR in 2007 – is not on the list.

“We decided last November we weren’t going to do the race this year and let them (NASCAR) know in November,” said Bob Newcombe, MotoPlex track manager.

Newcombe said the track was “moving in a different direction,” and that sponsors for the race were “getting hard to find.”

“It was a good event that drew good crowds,” he said. “We can bring the race back anytime we want.”

Milverton, Ont.’s Scott Steckly won the 2013 Cruisin’ the Dub 300, and drove his No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge to the checkered flag in three of the last four years at the MotoPlex.

Steckly won the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire season series.

Stops in Quebec and Edmonton have been added to the NASCAR calendar to replace Cruisin’ the Dub 300 in 2014.

Though the NASCAR event is out, there will still be events at the speedway in 2014.

Newcombe is meeting with track owners next week to discuss the 2014 schedule.

“We’ll have to see what comes to us,” he said. “Until I meet with owners, I don’t know to what extent we want to do this year, but we’re definitely open for business.”

 

 

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