NASCAR’s Luxxur 300 returns to Edmonton International Raceway

Pinty’s NASCAR series burns up EIR near Wetaskiwin July 27

If you’re looking for high-speed action around Wetaskiwin in July, look no further than the Pinty’s Series NASCAR Luxxur 300 returning to Edmonton Internationals Raceway July 27.

This is the Alberta date on the Canadian NASCAR circuit, noted EIR spokesperson Loretta Thiering July 3. She said the major race event is also going to pop up around the city as well.

Thiering noted City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam will proclaim July 22 to 27 as NASCAR Week in the municipality. Thiering said the entire community is invited to a free barbeque, “NASCAR in the Park” Friday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Jubilee Park.

There will be free hamburgers and live entertainment, plus Luxxur 300 cars and teams on site, so fans can get an ultra-close view of the technology that goes into a powerful NASCAR vehicle. Remember to bring your lawn chairs.

Racing out at the track also starts Friday, July 26. Doors open at 4 p.m. and racing is at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, July 27 the gates open at noon, and organizers have some attractions for guests including a display from Heritage Harley Davidson where you can sit on an actual HD motorbike. Toyota Canada will also have an interactive display of their products.

The event will also feature live entertainment from Smoky Lake’s Cassidy Zehar and EIR summer student Kira Gusdal will perform the national anthem in both English and French.

In the standings, driver Kevin Lacroix was in the lead as of July 4 with 132 points, with driver Andrew Ranger only one point back. Driver Alex Tagliani was within reach at 112 points. Thiering noted all the big names in the Canadian NASCAR circuit will be there, including DJ Kennington and 300 laps on the shorter EIR track means lots of action.

She said the owners and operators of EIR will be happy to show new renovations at the track, including the first completed turret.

Getting to and from the Luxxur 300 is relatively easy; a shuttle bus will begin driving back and forth from the Wetaskiwin Ag Society grounds at 12 noon July 27 and head straight to EIR only a few kilometers away.

Thiering said reserve seating is limited, so fans should buy their tickets in advance. The best deal EIR offers is a family pass for two adults and three kids (under 12 years) for $107.

The race is named after major sponsor Bayer’s herbicide Luxxur. CTV is an official sponsor of the event this year, and the event will be aired on TSN.

Thiering noted, in the event of rain July 27, the Luxxur 300 will be held the next day.

Tickets are available online at http://www.edmontonraceway.com.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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