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10 things you should know about the Autodrome Chaudière

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)