NASCAR week in Wetaskiwin leading up to Luxxur 300 July 28

Edmonton International Raceway holding free barbecue in Jubilee Park July 27

By Stu Salkeld The Pipestone Flyer

Excitement is building around one of the largest sporting events in the region, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Luxxur 300 at Edmonton International Raceway July 28.

EIR spokespersons held an information event July 19 to let everyone know about the many events leading up to the Luxxur 300.

Spokesperson Herm Hordal noted the City of Wetaskiwin has declared July 23 to 28 NASCAR Week in Wetaskiwin. Hordal stated NASCAR south of the border is a huge event in participating communities and organizers hope to see the same reception here.

Hordal said organizers are hoping to see NASCAR Week in Wetaskiwin grow to become one of the largest local events and a major tourist draw.

During NASCAR Week, the local chamber of commerce will host NASCAR’s Bob Duvall, who is traveling to Canada from Indianapolis, Indiana to speak at the July 26 luncheon. Duvall, senior director International Business Development and Partnerships, will speak to luncheon guests about how NASCAR attracts and retains sponsors and ultimately fosters beneficial relationships with businesses and organizations. The luncheon is scheduled for the executive royal inn in Nisku.

The next day, July 27, EIR will sponsor a free barbecue in Wetaskiwin’s Jubilee Park on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cars and drivers will be in attendance.

The Luxxur 300 will have a new pace car thanks to sponsor Leduc Chrysler. However, Hordal noted that as a tip of the stetson to major event sponsor Beyer and the deep agricultural roots the company has, the pace car will actually be a pace pick-up truck.

Hordal added that at the Luxxur 300 there will be a special tribute made to the Humboldt Broncos hockey team in memory of those who lost their lives in the tragic highway collision this past spring. A member of the Broncos organization, Kevin Garringer, will be at the Luxxur 300 for the memorial.

Race night will not only feature the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Luxxur 300, but also lots of other classes for race fans to enjoy.

Hordal stated substantial work is being done at the track to accommodate groups, with ground-level seating under the stands only a few feet from the track. The seating will be ready by July 28.

EIR spokesperson Loretta Thiering noted the track now has a family pack of tickets (two adults, three kids) available for $100, plus free parking. Even better, a free shuttle travels from the Wetaskiwin Ag Society grounds on Hwy. #13 to EIR. While there is no camping available at EIR, the Lions Campground and Prairie Breeze are nearby.

Thiering noted it’s a good idea to buy Luxxur 300 tickets in advance because the line up on race night can be lengthy.

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