Edmonton International Raceway will definitely remain the place to be every Saturday night this summer, as they have NASCAR, semi-pro wrestling and much more headed your way.
EIR spokesperson Loretta Thiering said June 19 a number of major events at the raceway this summer are going to boost the track’s impressive schedule of regular events.
The biggest event of the summer will be the return of NASCAR’s Pinty’s Series Luxxur 300 Saturday, July 28. Sponsored by Bayer and named after its premier crop spray, the sponsor is expected to bring 400 guests just on its own noted Thiering.
With 300 laps in this late model series, fans can expect to see premier drivers like DJ Kennington, who also races in the Monster Cup series, Alex Tagliani and many others battle it out for supremacy in some of the most powerful stock cars to race in this region. There have already been two races in the Pinty’s series. TSN will be at the Luxxur 300, filming for the cable TV channel.
A Dukes of Hazzard-inspired food truck called The Boar’s Nest will be there, and the Man Van, providing blood-test prostate testing, will be there too. Toyota will also be there with contests to win pick-up trucks.
Backing up the Pinty’s Series drivers will be Evolution Racing Minis and another class to be announced prior to race day.
The evening before, July 27, will also feature a slate of racing events.
Earlier in the week, top NASCAR representative Bob Duvall will travel from the United States to speak at the Leduc Chamber of Commerce luncheon July 26. Tickets may still be available for the luncheon and more information is available online at http://www.leduc-chamber.com.
Thiering added that, leading up to the Luxxur 300, EIR is excited that City of Wetaskiwin mayor Tyler Gandam will proclaim July 23 to 28 as “NASCAR Week” in the city. Plans are also in place for a parade in the city that week.
Thiering said tickets for the Luxxur 300 are available, though reserve seating is going fast. A shuttle from the Wetaskiwin Ag Society grounds just east of the hospital on Hwy. #13 will be available.
Another special event is planned Saturday, July 21, “Racing and Wrestling.” Thiering said the EIR regular night of races will wrap-up a bit early and guests will watch the battles of the Prairie Wrestling Alliance. The amateur to semi-pro wrestlers will have their own ring set up down in the pit area, and many of the personalities and athletes from the alliance will be there. Admission will be slightly higher than the usual $5 charge noted Thiering.
Thiering stated Canada Day, Sunday, July 1, will offer a special event at EIR: an anniversary party with open house. She said the track will be open for tours with displays of memorabilia, plus free hot dogs and pop. The open house will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The track hosted “Ladies Night” June 23, which sold out about a week beforehand. Thiering said ladies had a chance to get stock car racing instruction, then head out on the track for some wheel time. Thiering said Saturday was also Canadian Tire Night, and also included free giveaways such as K & N Filter totes. The MOPAR Club was also in attendance.
Thiering reminded those attending EIR that there is no on-site camping.