Agassiz Speedway fans will soon hear the roar of engines again – albeit from a safe distance.
On Tuesday (June 23), Agassiz Speedway announced the July 4 Freedom Summer Classic, a full afternoon of racing to be streamed via the Agassiz Speedway Facebook page.
The upcoming race will feature mini stock cars and dwarf cars racing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and midgets and street stocks racing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“One time, one night only,” the promotional poster reads. “No spectators; just for the love of freedom and racing.”
This race has been in the works since at least mid-June, in which Darrell Porayko called on the racing community via social media for a first-come, first-serve race featuring a maximum of 20 cars; the current provincially-mandated gathering restrictions meant the drivers and crew members present could only amount to 50 people total.
Three days before the official announcement, speedway officials said American Independence Day was “looking good for an exhibition race.”
“No points, no money,” the June 20 post said. “This is only to satisfy your hunger to race.”
Were it not for the pandemic, the 2020 racing season would normally have begun on May 2. Up until the plan for the July 4 race came to be, drivers were limited to test and tune dates and speedway staff worked on maintaining and updating the track and facilities, missing the rush of racing all the while. Speedway staff had no general meeting for much of the pandemic until June due to stricter gathering restrictions.
The Langley Speedway Historical Society donated vintage trophies for the Freedom Summer Classic.
Keep up with the latest Speedway news on Facebook or through their website atwww.agassizspeedway.com.
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