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CASCAR Eastern Series

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Series Overview
Alternatively Known As: CASCAR General Tire Super Series (1988-1990); CASCAR Budweiser Super Series (1991-1993); CASCAR Super Series East (1994-1995); CASCAR Castrol Super Series East (1996-2000)
Series Founded: 1988 Series Disbanded: 2000
Car Style: Pro Stock Car Region: Eastern Canada
Quick Stats
Most Wins: Steve Robblee (13+) Most Titles: Steve Robblee (4)
Number of Races: 148 Number of Drivers:
Project Status: INCOMPLETE
The CASCAR Divisional structure is a bit complicated and hence deserves a bit of explanation here. CASCAR was a local sanctioning body in Canada for a number of years becoming becoming a touring series in 1988.

In 1994, a CASCAR Super Series West was split off from the primary series, (which slowly became the CASCAR Super Series East and a "National Points" structure was announced.

Until 1998, the national point champion was determined by combined finishes in both the Eastern and Western Series. Hence, theoretically a Western driver could win the national championship. This never happened, however, because the Eastern Series races were longer and more numerous, giving them a significant points advantage.

To correct this, in 1998, CASCAR introduced a four-race playoffs of sort, a standalone series to determine the national champion towards the end of the season for both the Eastern and Western series. Drivers from both series were invited and the race was run on free weekends in the schedule. The National Champion, hence, could win the title without having been the best driver during the Eastern or Western Series seasons. In fact, no driver who won the 1998-2000 national title won the Eastern or Western divisional title.

In 2001, CASCAR was bought by new ownership and the Super Series and the Eastern Series more or less merged, running an eleven to twelve race season to determine the national champion. The Western Series remained intact, but most of the Eastern drivers and events were swallowed up in to the remodeled Super Series. This ran until 2006, when CASCAR was bought by NASCAR and the Super Series became the Canadian Tire Series.

In reality, the Super Series East from 1998-2000 was more like the Super Series of 2001-2006 than the four-race national championship series from 1998-2000 was to the 2001-2006 Super Series. However, The Third Turn recognizes two distinct CASCAR Series for this period of explanation - A CASCAR Eastern Series from 1988-2000 and a CASCAR Super Series from 1998-2006. The logic behind this decision is that the 1998-2006 was the only series that determined the national title wheras the "Eastern Series" champion from 1988-1997 was determined by a formula that took in to account either Western Series events or, in CASCAR's formative years, finishes at sanctioned weekly short tracks.

CASCAR records seem to indicate most of the official statistics, like all-time wins leaders and top-fives, ultimately combined the Eastern and Super Series history, recognizing the two-tier format but assigning the same historical weight to a victory in either series.