During the first weekend of September, Jukasa Motor Speedway hosted the Canadian Short Track Nationals for the Pro Late Model and Super Stock classes. A purse of over $100,000 with $50,000 going to the Pro Late Model winner attracted competitors from all over Canada and the United States.

Rules for this event were similar to those used by the success APC series. These purpose-built race cars utilise a tube frame chassis covered with fiberglass or plastic bodies. The most common body styles used by teams are from Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota and Dodge. Depending on the engine choice a car can weigh as much as 2800-lbs. Crate motors from General Motors (GM 604 & GM 602) and Ford (347) were used in the race cars.

The Pro Late Model event saw forty-drivers compete on the 5/8-mile oval for two-hundred-laps. There was a break after the first one-hundred-laps to allow teams to refuel and make changes to the car.

Forty-cars are gridded on the Jukasa Motor Speedway front straight for the inaugural Canadian Short Track Nationals Pro Late Model event. On the pole is the No. 14 Chevrolet SS driven by Michigan resident, Carson Hocevar. Sharing the front row with Hocevar is Brandon Watson who was victorious the previous evening in round eight of the APC Late Model series.
Bubba Pollard is tough to beat where ever he travels. The Georgia native was victorious the previous weekend capturing the historical Oxford 250 in his first attempt. Pollard recorded the sixth quickest time in qualifying. In the race, he took a methodical approach on lap-144, Pollard took the lead. Despite a couple of late race cautions, he was able to pull away from the field and earn the winner’s purse of $50,000.
Carson Hocevar grabbed the pole for The Canadian Short Track Nationals with a time of 18.166-seconds. Helping Hocevar this weekend was Camping World Truck Series championship contender, Noah Gragson. At the start, he lost first place to the 2017 APC Series champion, Brandon Watson. Hocevar never fell out of the top-five but in the end could not maintain the pace of the winner, Bubba Pollard and took the runner-up spot.
Starting on the outside of the front row and just 0.108-seconds slower than the pole-sitter, Carson Hocevar was local racer and 2017 APC Series champion, Brandon Watson. At the drop of the Starter’s flag, Watson jumped out front and led the field until he was passed on lap-88 by Raphael Lessard. After the lap-100 break, he was unable to match the speed of the leaders and fell to a sixth-place finish.
Completing an American sweep of the podium was Brian Campbell. The Michigan driver drove the No. 47 Chevrolet SS with backing from the Daily Deals Food Outlet. His qualifying effort gave him the ninth position on the starting grid. Campbell moved forward during the event and with less than twenty-laps remaining he was in sixth. Passes on Patrick Laperle and J.R. Fitzpatrick late in the race gave a third-place finish.
Local favourite and the current APC Series point’s leader, J.R. Fitzpatrick qualified tenth in the Cambridge Rigging sponsored Chevrolet SS. In Saturday’s APC event, he started eighth and grabbed the runner-up spot. During the two-hundred-lap feature on Sunday, Fitzpatrick would never fall out of the top ten. With the race coming to a conclusion, he battled with Patrick Laperle and eventually finished fifth.
Advancing the most positions during the two-hundred-lap Pro Late Model race was Trevor Holdaway. Driving the No. 41 Toyota Camry, he set a time of 19.102-seconds in qualifying which was only thirty-eighth quickest. In the last chance race, Holdaway finished ninth – just making the feature. During the final event, he passed twenty-nine cars and was in tenth place at the checkered flag.
The 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s series champion, Cayden Lapcevich participated in a couple of races during the Canadian Short Track Nationals weekend. On Saturday, Lapcevich competed in the Outlaw Super Late event and was a contender until he encountered engine problems. The following day, Lapcevich started the Pro Late Model race in the twenty-sixth position. An excellent drive resulted in an eleventh place finish.
The top thirty starters for the Canadian Short Tracks Nationals were decided during qualifying. Those drivers not quick enough would compete in a ten-lap last chance race to determine their starting position in the feature. Just missing the cut by 0.019-seconds was Billy Schwartzenburg. Schwartzenburg started on the pole and took an easy victory. In the feature, he finished sixteenth.
NASCAR Pinty’s series rookie, Cole Powell was also entered in the Pro Late Model two-hundred-lap event. Powell who has participated in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour won his first Pinty’s race this year at Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatoon. At Jukasa Motor Speedway, the driver of the No. 73 Copps Buildall sponsored Chevrolet qualified twenty-fourth quickest and finished fourteenth.
The APC Series christened the new Jukasa Motor Speedway last year with a double-header. At that event, the ‘man to beat’ was former Canadian NASCAR competitor, Jason Hathaway. At the Canadian Short Track Nationals, Hathaway qualified with a time of 18.340 which gave him the sixth starting spot. During the race, Hathaway ran with the lead back but it all came to an end on lap-168 when he cut a tire and hit the turn three wall.
The Canadian Short Track Nationals Pro Late Model podium at Jukasa Motor Speedway. In the center is Bubba Pollard - all smiles – after taking the victory and winning the $50,000 purse. This was Pollard’s second consecutive big payday as he won the Oxford 250 last weekend. To his right is second place finisher and fastest qualifier, Carson Hocevar. And, rounding out the top-three is Brian Campbell.

FINISHSTARTDRIVERSPONSOR / CARLAPS
16Bubba PollardRacecar Engineering / Ford Fusion200
21Carson HocevarPrecision Fleet Image / Chevrolet SS200
39Brian CampbellDaily Deals Food Outlet / Chevrolet SS200
48Patrick LaperleFrameco / Ford Fusion200
510JR FitzpatrickCambridge Rigging / Chevrolet SS200
62Brandon WatsonShear Metal Products / Ford Fusion200
716Derek RamstromRamstrom's Auto Center / Chevrolet SS200
817Shae GemmellAuto Parts Centers / Chevrolet SS200
914Matt PritikoNapa Certified Bodyshops / Toyota Camry200
1039Taylor HoldawayHoldaway Automotive / Toyota Camry200
1126Cayden LapcevichAce Services / Chevrolet SS200
1219Treyten LapcevichLondon Recreational Racing / Toyota Camry200
1329Jake SheridanPride Seeds / Chevrolet SS200
1424Cole PowellCopps Buildall / Chevrolet SS200
1515Kyle ReidRobby's Towing / Chevrolet SS200
1631Billy SchwartzenburgHy-Grade/Spira / Ford Fusion200
177Jordan SimmsSims Counter Tops / Ford Fusion200
1822Shawn McGlynnMeineke / Chevrolet Impala SS200
1935David ElliottQuaker State / Chevrolet SS200
2028Branden VerhoevenMcRobert Fuels / Chevrolet SS200
2138Steve ArrandMinute Lube / Chevrolet SS200
2232Matthew ShirleyWSSL Auto Parts / Chevrolet SS200
2323Nick GoetzGreat Lakes Concrete / Chevrolet SS200
2434Matt BoxMaple City Tire / Chevrolet SS200
2530Lane ZardoNational Exhaust / Chevrolet SS200
2633Steve LakingLaking Motorsports / Chevrolet SS200
274Raphael LessardM.E.P. / Toyota CamryDid Not Finish
2820Weston Griffith, Jr.Solid Steel / Toyota CamryDid Not Finish
2911Jordan LawrenceAPC/Total / DodgeDid Not Finish
3018Jesse KennedyD.A.D.S. / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
315Jason HathawayKubota / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
3237Brady SmithMapleview Farms / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
3325Jaxson JacobsFM 96 / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
3421Rick Spencer-WaltHeidi's Superstore / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
353Johnny Van DoornLisa Thomas Salon / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
3636Patrick FreelSimtech / Toyota CamryDid Not Finish
3713Harold FairFair Racing Development / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
3812Martin LatulitteFrameco / Toyota CamryDid Not Finish
3927Kent VincentTireTire.ca / DodgeDid Not Finish
4040Trevor MonaghanSeven Star / Chevrolet SSDid Not Finish
--Paighton JacobsCountry 104 / Chevrolet SSDid Not Start
--Andrew GreselMcRobert Fuels / Ford FusionDid Not Start
--Joshua StadeTiremaster / Toyota CamryDid Not Start

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