Need For Speed

 

Are you a speed freak? Does the thought of pushing the pedal to the metal get your heart pumping? Does the sound of an engine hitting 6000 rpm snap your head around? If so, then I'm pretty sure you've already been out to watch the action at Castrol Raceway at least once this summer, but if you haven't, then what are you waiting for?
With races happening every weekend from now through the first weekend of October, there is no reason not to indulge your need for speed.
No matter the type of racing you prefer, it's almost assured that Castrol has something that will cater to your taste, with everything from street legals, to sprint cars, funny cars, jet cars, dragsters and even bike drags and spruced up diesel semi drags. 
Castrol Raceway has both a clay oval track as well as a paved drag strip, so anything with wheels that goes really, really fast can be put through it's paces at this one location. This last weekend of August 11/12 there were both drag races and oval racing to be had on the same day. 
On the oval track, after some mid-afternoon racing, fans were allowed onto the track to get up close and personal with some of their favourite cars and drivers. Several 360 sprint cars and super stock cars were brought out and parked along the grandstand side of the oval and the gate was opened allowing race fans an intimate look at these high performance vehicles.
People flooded from the stands onto the oval raceway, braving the specialized sticky, clay surface, to take advantage of this opportunity. Grandpas with grandsons in tow, moms and dads, teenage sweethearts and everything in between were eager to touch these speed machines, and meet the drivers that send them screaming around the course.  
The drivers were gracious enough to allow fans to climb behind the wheel and see what it was like to sit in the cockpit of a real race car, and the line-ups at each car served double duty as the drivers were also signing autographs as well. 
A special fan favourite, especially with the younger crowd, was a scale model of a 360 sprint car that was exactly the right size to enable little people to climb behind the wheel and have their picture taken.
Once everyone was ushered back to the stands and the track was cleared the sprint cars took to the track again. Capable of reaching 140 miles per hour, on Castrol's 3/8 mile oval track, with the speed they pick up on the short straightaway, they end up sliding around the corners almost sideways. It always makes for exciting action that sometimes ends up in airborne moments and scary crashes. Thankfully, new safety regulations for sprint cars pretty much ensure that drivers rarely suffer injuries any more, no matter how spectacular the crash. 
This coming weekend of August 18/19 you will find several events running on both tracks. On Saturday beginning at 6pm the oval will be hosting another evening of Zorba's Night Thunder action, while team finals will be running on the drag strip. On Sunday there will be a pickup, van and semi show 'n' shine, as well as Edmonton's Fastest Street Car Shoot-Out. 
So to experience some high octane excitement before these beautiful summer days all too soon come to an end, head over to Castrol Raceway. The inner speed freak in you won't be disappointed.
 
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