The Tri-Port Speedway’s first event of the 2015 season on June 7.

Tri-Port Speedway off to a great start

The kickoff event to the Tri-Port Speedway Association's racing season took place June 7

The Tri-Port Speedway Association kicked off the 2015 season with a race event on June 7.

Stock car racing enthusiasts flocked to the wooden stands above the track and lined the top of the hill on picnic blankets and in lawn chairs.

Shortly after 1 p.m., drivers of the six entered cars gathered in the centre of the clay track to hear association President Dan Stewart outline what each flag means, event rules and regulations, as well as to offer his hopes for the day.

“The best thing you guys can do is expect to lose every event this year,” he said to the gathered drivers, explaining that safety was a major priority.

“We all want to go home in one piece.”

Engines began to roar as racers began the trophy dash, four laps around the track.

Announcer Ken Fraser explained that their stock car events typically run about two to three hours, and are composed of three distinct events. Following the trophy dash there are two heat races; one is a time trial, and the second is based on points from that time trial.

The last event is based on points standings from throughout the day.

President Dan Stewart and Announcer Ken Fraser explained that the hot, dry weather, it was 18 degrees on race day, contributed to some issues with dust. They mitigate the problem by spraying down throughout the event, but it just evaporates.

The Tri-Port Speedway Association has another event on June 21 at 1 p.m., and the Dust Bowl Weekend is set for Aug 22 and 23. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact organizer Teresa Lee at (250) 949-7273.

 

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