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Weather cooperates for first drag races of the season

Weather is half the battle in a drag race and this weekend's conditions couldn't have been better. As the first race of the season, there were about 60 cars, a fairly low car-count, but racers hope that more will come out as the season progresses.

Weather is half the battle in a drag race and this weekend's conditions couldn't have been better.

As the first race of the season, there were about 60 cars, a fairly low car-count, but racers hope that more will come out as the season progresses.

Jordan Patterson won the Junior Dragster category over Aiden Ljuden. Mikayla Fedderly was third and Madison Martin was fourth.

Patterson said the weather was great for racing and that she had some pretty stiff competition.

"You really can't under estimate anyone or over estimate anyone because everyone's so even," she said. "You feel pretty good about what you've done even if you don't win."

This year, the Pro class has been renamed to Box class and the old Sportsman class is now No Box.

"It's determining the style of race car that you have and all it is, is it makes it the same as everywhere else. In other places, Pro is actually No Box. It was just a way so that when people put their stickers on their window and they go somewhere else it's the same," said Fort St. John Drag Racing Association president Darryn O'Connor, who was the runner-up in the box class to first place Stephen Fedderly.

Along with the low car count, the stands were also empty of spectators. FSJDRA vice president Brian Bates said people may not realize how hands-on the raceway is. The public is welcome to go into the pits during intermissions.

"When you come through the pits at break time and talk to the racers, (they) will go on and on talking about their cars. They're so easy to talk to."

There were three perfect lights in elimination Sunday: Jason Miller, Graham Fosters and Greg McLellan.

Kris Ramstead won the Pure Street category over Derrick Patterson while Jamie Bailey won the No Box category over Dane Lucas. There were only two entries into the Bike/Sled class with Dave Moore coming out on top over Shannon Franke.

Mike Lucas won Saturday's King of the Hill and Mikayla Fedderly won the Junior King of the Hill.

The next races will be June 19 and 20 for the Fathers Day weekend races. Racing begins at 11 a.m. each day. For more information, visit www.northernlightsraceway.ca.

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