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10 things you should know about the Autodrome Chaudière

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The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series visits the Autodrome Chaudière for the first time ever this weekend. Here are 10 things you should know before the race.

• Autodrome Chaudière will become the 10th different oval track to welcome the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 with Saturday’s maiden visit to the Quebec quarter-mile.

• Four drivers entered for this week’s Budweiser 300 have a chance to add Autodrome Chaudière to their list of inaugural oval track victories: Scott Steckly, D.J. Kennington, Mark Dilley and J.R. Fitzpatrick.

D.J. Kennington
D.J. Kennington (Photo: DJK Racing)

• Autodrome Chaudière opened in 1992 as a dirt track and was converted to an asphalt racing surface in 2005.

• The track has held ACT Castrol Series, PASS North, ISMA and Sportsman Quebec touring series events.

• It's nickname is "petit Bristol".

Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway (Photo: BMS)

• Chaudière is the 16th different all-time facility to play host to a NCATS event, and the 10th oval.

• The race will cover 300 laps of the 1/4-mile oval, for a total of 75 miles (120 kilometres).

• The banking of the track goes up to 16 degrees.

• Current owners Dany Lagacé and Kevin Roberge took over in 2012 and have already invested $500,000 in the facility.

• ISMA driver Ben Seitz has held the track record (10.77 seconds) since June 22, 2013.

Autodrome Chaudière
Autodrome Chaudière (Photo: Autodrome Chaudière)