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.

 

Just Posted

Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: watchdog

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

Bradshaw’s Photo Highlight: Devil’s Bath is the largest cenote in Canada

“This trail is rough and should be executed with caution”

OPINION: MP Rachel Blaney takes aim at coastal fisheries restrictions

“We all share in the responsibility of taking care of our salmon habitats and populations”

Northern Vancouver Island regional science fair winners – 2019

Daniel Kornylo won one of the 12 provincial science fair awards.

North Island Eagles select head coaches for upcoming season

“We appreciate the commitment each of you make to the club and to your teams”

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

LETTER: The constant growth of the Harvest thrift store and food bank

“we now serve the complete Northern end of Vancouver Island – everyone North of Woss!”

Most Read