Fireworks ready to blast off race season

Racing gets underway this Saturday at Saratoga Speedway with all the classes set to hit the oval

By Terry Guest

After six months of snow and lots of rain, this Saturday, marks the start of the 2014 Saratoga Speedway race year.

Last season saw lots of new records set in both car counts and in fan counts, with 2014 looking to be no different. The 2014 race schedule promises to bring even more action-packed with the addition of more Drifting, Drag Racing, and the first ever Saratoga Speedway Drive-in move night.

Opening night will feature every racing class: Crash to Pass, Hornets, Bombers, Roadrunners, Figure 8s and the IMCA Modifieds will all be competing for double points to be capped off by an amazing fireworks display.

The Monster Trucks will make their first appearance of the year on the May long weekend.

Last year, the Drifting class was introduced to the Speedway, and within the first few nights, made an immediate impression wowing the crowds with some amazing drifting abilities. The first three rounds of drifting will take place May 10, 24th and 31st.

The annual car tossing competition happens June 7. Last year’s winning toss was 45 feet!

The Wilroc Sprint cars will make three appearances this season, on June 21, accompanied by the Dwarfs, Bombers and IMCA Modifieds.

The sixth annual Bikini Contest will be held July 5. Brooke Bella from Courtenay took home the win in last years contest and will be looking to repeat.

The first-ever Motor Home jump will also take place July 5.

Big Rig Highway Thunder make its return July 19, while the crowd favourite Crash to Pass Boat Race – the only one this season – takes place Aug. 16.

The first-ever Drive-in Movie night will be held Aug. 20 – a Wednesday – with the proceeds going to a local cause.

The annual Canadian-American Demolition Derby will return Aug. 30-31. Team Canada took home the title last year. Finally the year will be finished with yet another amazing fireworks and the championships.

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