21 Jan JUKASA MOTOR SPEEDWAY CO-OWNER KEN HILL PASSES AWAY
PHOTO: (left to right) Jukasa Motor Speedway co-owners Jerry Montour, the late Kenny Hill, Canadian Short Track Nationals winner Bubba Pollard, and Jukasa GM Alex Nagy, in victory lane on September 2, 2019. (Credit: Dave Franks Photos)
In mid-January, Jukasa Motor Speedway co-owner Ken Hill passed away suddenly, in Florida. A resident of Six Nations of the Grand River, Hill was a successful businessman and was largely responsible for the creation of the stunning new 5/8-mile paved oval, outside of Hagersville, Ontario, on the site of the former Cayuga Motor Speedway.
Until the property was purchased by Hill and his business partner Jerry Montour, the legendary ‘Crown Jewel’ of Canadian stock car racing had sat dormant for several years.
Under the management of Alex Nagy – a recently-announced future Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) inductee – the track and most of its facilities were completely renewed. And since 2017, Jukasa has played host to several major racing events and series.
Jukasa Motor Speedway is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and exciting short track stock car racing facilities in the world.
During its previous incarnation, as Cayuga Motor Speedway, the track played a prominent and important role in Canadian racing. Cayuga founders, the late Bob and Leone Slack, are members of the CMHF. Many other legendary racers and CMHF members – including Junior Hanley, Don Biederman, ‘Dizzy’ Dean Murray, Earl Ross, Don Thomson Jr., DJ Kennington, Dave Whitlock, Peter Gibbons, Scott Steckly and others – built their reputations at the track.
The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame recognizes and appreciates Ken Hill’s significant contributions to motorsports in this country and offers its condolences to his family and friends.