NASCAR coming to Wetaskiwin July 28

Luxxur 300 featuring NASCAR stock car racing, plus guest speaker, barbecue and more

One of the biggest sporting events of the year is coming to Edmonton International Raceway July 28: The NASCAR Pinty’s Series Luxxur 300.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series is the Canadian leg of the popular American motorsports series fresh off the eastern Canadian swing that included the Grand Prix of Toronto the weekend of July 14.

The 300 lap race on what most racers consider EIR’s shorter track means the group of drivers will be side by side most of the night, meaning lots of action and lots to talk about and two of the drivers had been talking seriously about the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy.

Several of the drivers were deeply affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy and have gone above and beyond to help out.

EIR spokesperson Herm Hordal called The Pipestone Flyer July 13 to update all the action that will be going on at the track during the Pinty’s Series weekend.

Driver DJ Kennington was racing south of the border when the tragedy occurred; in Bristol, Tennessee he decided to have the hood of his car painted in Broncos colours and have virtually all other drivers autograph it. It was then put up for auction and raised $15,000.

Driver Alex Tagliani contacted Hordal the morning after the tragedy, and said it deeply affected him. Tagliani has painted his race helmet in Broncos colours and will donate it to the team after the season.

Hordal noted that this area has a connection to the Broncos tragedy, as player Tyler Smith, who survived the horrific crash, is originally from Leduc.

Lots of events

Hordal reminded NASCAR fans that a major American NASCAR executive will be coming up to Canada from Daytona for the local chamber of commerce meeting July 26 at the Executive Royal Inn in Nisku as guest speaker. Tickets for the luncheon are available by calling the chamber office at 780-312-0657.

To mark the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Luxxur 300 at EIR, there will be a free community barbecue Friday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Wetaskiwin’s Jubilee Park. Hordal noted Pinty’s Series cars will be on display and drivers will be in attendance to visit with fans.

Ticket prices are $40 general admission, $45 in turn 4 grandstand; EIR is offering a discount for chamber of commerce members. Go online to http://www.edmontonraceway.com/index.php?area_id=1004&page_id=1028 for more ticket information. There will also be racing Friday night with a $20 ticket price. EIR pointed out that if the Luxxur 300 is rained out Saturday, the race will be held Sunday, July 29 instead.

Race day

The NASCAR Pinty’s series leaders heading into the July 14 weekend included LP Dumoulin in first with three races and 128 points followed by Cole Powell (three races, 121 points), Andrew Ranger (three races, 120 points), Marc-Antoine Camirand (three races, 120 points), Kevin Lacroix (three races, 117 points), DJ Kennington (three races, 117 points), Alex Tagliani (three races, 105 points), Donald Theetge (three races, 100 points), Brett Taylor (three races, 100 points) and Adam Martin (three races, 97 points).

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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