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Start Your Engines – PGARA Preps for Big Weekend at the Track

Friday, August 12, 2016 @ 5:50 AM
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Prince George, B.C. – Stock car lovers descended on the Canadian Tire parking lot last night to check out some of the cars that will be featured in this weekends Tri-Cities/Invitational race at PGARA Speedway.

“This race will be the most exciting of the season,” said Shane Murphy, a PGARA board member. “We are expecting more than 25 street stocks from across the province.”

Tri-City is a race series that consists of race enthusiasts from Prince George, Quesnel, and Williams Lake competing in a three race series – one race in each of the cities.

Desiree Case and her street stock

Desiree Case and her Street Stock racing car

“It’s an effort to support each other and to support stock car racing in the region,” said Murphy. “It’s also attracted a lot of attention from cars in the south and that’s what makes it a big thing and that’s what makes it special.”

So what can people expect to see?

“It’s fast paced and very energetic and most of the night with 25 cars on the track or more, the cars are very close together. We hit speeds of 65-70 miles per hour on a track that’s only 52 feet wide and the straightaways that are less than 100 yards long,” he says.

“So we’re nose to tail a lot, we’re side-by-side within inches and that leads to people losing control, it leads to people rubbing up against each other and bumping each other and sometimes that leads to accidents.”

PGARA's Shane Murphy

PGARA’s Shane Murphy

Murphy says spectator gates open at 1 p.m. tomorrow with time trials at 6:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.

On Sunday the gates will open at 11 a.m. with time trials at 1:00 p.m. and the races starting at 2:00 p.m.


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