Weather shortened weekend at Northern Lights Raceway

In hindsight it’s unfortunate that they don’t make winter tires for drag racers because Sunday in Fort St. John would have been the perfect test facility.

That’s not the case and for that reason the Fort St. John Drag Racing Association was forced to call the season short with only seven race results this year instead of eight.

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After perfect race conditions Saturday at the Northern Lights Raceway in Fort St. John, the over 100 racers had to break out the snowbrushes and pack away the cars for the final time.

“I think everyone was a bit disappointed when they woke up Sunday morning and had to be scrapping snow off their windshields but they don’t make snow tires for drag cars yet,” Spokesperson for the track Bryan Bates said with a laugh.

Bates noted that even with the cancelled Sunday, Saturday was a great day for racing and even had some new faces at the track.

“A little over 100 cars were out at the race track and the best part was there a number of racers who hadn’t been at the track in a while or had never been to the track so we got some fresh new faces out for the final race, so that’s always good to see,” he said.

Bates said with just an initial look at the overall points on the season, he noticed a “dramatic” shift in some of the top categories based on Saturday’s races alone.

Despite losing the final day Bates was happy it was the only cancelled day of the season and says the season in total was a strong one for the association.

“Overall it was a really good year weather wise, generally dry conditions on our race weekends. So we lost on race day and that’s actually not too bad on the season,” he said.

The club also felt like the there was significant growth throughout the season in terms of both the racer turnout and the crowds.

“On average we had 15 or 20 more racers at each race than the year past. We also had a very successful IHRA race at the track. Now it’s time for the club now that the season is over to look back at how everything went and what to change for next year or what to do again,” he said. “If we want to see people keep coming out we need to make sure we provide great entertainment value and I think we do that.”

Below are the winners from the races on Saturday:

Junior

Winner Ty Hollingshead, Runner-up Katie Hollingshead

Pure Street

Winner Mitchell Parker, Runner-up Rick Rafter

No Box

Winner Andy Closkey, Runner-up Clint Dalla Vecchia

Box

Winner Brian Barby, Runner-up Graham Foster

Bike/Sled

Winner Warren Liba, Runner-up David Marsh

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