Father's Day drag races took off this weekend for two full days of tire smoke, loud noises and family fun.
Cars of all makes and models lined up on the Northern Lights Raceway to compete for top spots in a variety of categories. Unlike previous years, in which the total car count was often low for May and early summer tournaments, a full fleet of vehicles turned out for this June's races along with an army of cheering fans.
"We race five times a year and usually the car count is down this time of year because people aren't ready to go racing yet," said Fort St. John Drag Racing Association president Darryn O'Connor.
"But this time our car count was definitely up. And the more the better."
Cody Liwiski, who came runner-up in the Box class, agreed.
"It was just nice to see the car turnout. And it's nice to see the fans because they're the ones who pay for the track pretty much. Having the kids and all the juniors is perfect because that makes it family friendly.
"It was a great weekend and hopefully everyone comes out for the next race."
Saturday featured King of the Hill racing with Darryn O'Connor winning top spot for adults. Mikayla Fedderly took the Junior prize and James Hunter won in the Pure Street category.
More tires screeched on Sunday with Jamie Toews taking first in the Box class, Rick Rafter winning in Pure Street, Marty Parsons winning the No Box category and Tom Ljuden grabbing first place in Bike/Sled. Nathanial Schlichter won the Junior races with Mikayla Fedderly in runner-up.
Everyone was in great spirits following the action Sunday. O'Connor commended the volunteers this weekend, saying that he realizes "for a volunteer-based club to work, everyone must volunteer and put in their time."
The next races are at the Fountain Tire Bracket National on the July 10th weekend and O'Connor hopes he will see another great turnout.
"We're going to try to have a really good prize money event to drag those people from Edmonton in with dollar signs," he chuckled.
For more information on Fort St. John drag racing, visit www.nothernlightsraceway.ca.