Martin Roy of Napierville, Que., will join Alex Guenette of Terrebonne, Que., on a two-truck team entered by Mario Gosselin that will take on 28 other trucks and drivers from the United States and Brazil in the first Camping World Series race in Canada and the first for the series in 13 years.
Of all 30 drivers entered, the only one to have ever participated in a trucks road race is Ron Hornaday Jr. Defending series champion James Buescher and other up-and-comers like Jeb Burton, Ty Dillon and Ryan Blaney will all be rookies when it comes to shifting gears and turning right, which should make for an interesting afternoon at Old Mosport on Sunday.
I wrote a feature for Toronto Star Wheels last weekend in which I reviewed the top ten drivers in points going into the CTMP round. But who are some of the others who crossed the border this week to do battle at Canada's most famous - and longest operating - road racing facility?
Here are some to keep your eyes on:
Mike Skeen, 27, of Charlotte, N.C. : Skeen has raced at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park previously and has enjoyed great success. In the last four Pirelli World Challenge races there, he's won them all as well as every pole.
Jennifer Jo Cobb, 40, of Kansas City: Cobb has raced in the ARCA stock car series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series as well as the Camping World trucks. She drove every race in the series in 2013 and is back at it this season. She has one top ten finish to her credit.
Ron Hornaday Jr., 55, of Palmdale, Calif.: A veteran of the Winston West and Featherlite Southwest series, Hornaday is a four-time truck series champion who was originally "discovered" by Dale Earnhardt. He has a top ten Cup finish in his resume, as well as four wins and 70 top tens in Nationwide and 51 victories and more than 200 top tens in trucks.
John Wes Townley, 23, of Watkkinsville, Ga.: Townley is one of the many young guns looking to make his way to the top of the NASCAR mountain and run in the Sprint Cup. En route, he's scored four top tens in the trucks and while he's driven some Nationwide races, he hasn't had as much success as he'd hoped.
Dakoda Armstrong, 22, of New Castle, Ind.: Armstrong comes from open wheel country and has karts and midgets in his background. He switched to stock cars as a Penske Racing development driver and has been plugging away in ARCA and Nationwide ever since. He has four top tens in the trucks.
So that brings us to the two Canadians who will be taking on the Yankee invaders.
Alex Guenette, 17, of Terrebonne, Que.: Guenette, who will also compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race on Sunday (stock cars at 11 a.m., trucks at 2 p.m., both races on TSN2, by the way), will be sponsored in the trucks race by SportChek, DLGL and Motors Illimitees and I must say it's great to see major Canadian companies getting behind young Canadian racing drivers in this way.
Martin Roy, 39, of Napierville, Que.: Roy - you pronounce his name the same way as the goalie - has been racing for more than a quarter of a century. Like Guenette, he races in the Canadian Tire national stock car series and this will be his first crack at truck racing. A champion dirt-track racer, Roy has won track championships and one-offs in both Canada and the U.S., finishing second in the Mr. DIRT championship in 2011.
Practice and qualifying will be held at CTMP Saturday and both NASCAR series will race Sunday along with the Canadian Touring Car Championship sedans that always put on a great show.
See you out there!
Okay, now that we have this weekend out of the way, I want to tell you quickly about something happening next Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Colossus Theatre out near the intersection of Highway 407 and Highway 400 (you can see it from either roadway).
The Italian Grand Prix will be shown on the big screen there, starting at 7:55 a.m. Snacks will be available. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and admission is $20 with all proceeds going to Sheena's Place, which offers hope and support for people with eating disorders.
I'll see you for that race, too!
- NORRIS McDONALD