You may know Leland Industries for its North American made fasteners, but NASCAR fans in Canada also know the company’s fondness for racing. The company has been a sponsor for a number of years, and on June 20, it was the primary sponsor for an inaugural Canadian Tire Series event at Sunset Speedway at Barrie, Ontario. The Leland 300 Presented by Johnsonville was a 300-lap event around a banked one-third-mile oval. The race marked the first time in the series’ history that Canada’s national stock car championship has appeared at Sunset, which became a NASCAR-sanctioned track during the off-season.
Racing the #2 Leland car, a white and blue version of the Micks Motorsports Ford Taurus, was racer driver Mark Dilley. Although he did not take the checkered flag, Dilley, now Sunset’s general manager, was behind the wheel to pay tribute to Leland Industries, his longtime sponsor and primary sponsor of the Sunset race.
ABOUT JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE: Founded in 1945 by Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, Johnsonville is the most popular brand of sausage in the United States, and is available in 30 other countries, including Canada. The company’s headquarters are in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Their award-winning product lines include Brats, Italian, Smoked, Breakfast, and Snack sausages. More information about Johnsonville products and recipes featuring the products can be found at www.johnsonville.com.
ABOUT MICKS MOTORSPORTS: Based in Mt. Albert, Ontario, Micks Motorsports is one of the longest running and most successful stock car teams in Canadian motorsports. The team’s drivers are Kerry Micks and Mark Dilley, both of whom have competed in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series since the series’ founding in 2007. Micks and Dilley each have multiple NCATS race wins to their credit and were also CASCAR Super Series champions prior to NASCAR coming to Canada. In 2015, the team will contest the entire 11-race NCATS schedule, with Micks piloting the #02 Johnsonville Ford on the road courses and Dilley taking charge for the oval track events.
ABOUT THE NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES: Created in 2007, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the only professional stock car racing series in Canada. Competing from Alberta to Nova Scotia, in 2015 the series will make 11 appearances at ten different venues, with the schedule made up of seven oval track races and four road course events. Past series champions include Scott Steckly, DJ Kennington, Andrew Ranger and LP Dumoulin. For schedules, race updates, results and standings, visit the website, www.nascarhometracks.com, and click on the Canadian Tire Series link.