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Stockcar racing season gets underway at Pemberton Speedway

Stockcar racing returns to the Pemberton Speedway starting this Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Pemberton Stockcar Association is back for 2021 after it lost its 2020 season due to the pandemic.

After a rough pandemic, the Pemberton Stockcar Association is back for the summer racing season.

The first race weekend of the 2021 season at the Pemberton Speedway starts this Saturday, July 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. and finishes Sunday, July 25 with races happening from noon to 5 p.m.

This weekend’s races will feature drivers in both the Hornet and Hobby class.

“Hornet is a very cheap way of getting into racing. It’s a four-cylinder car. Any four-cylinder car can enter, you can’t modify it, it has to be how the car came stock, so you can’t put big motors in them and stuff like that,” said Colin Scott, president of the Pemberton Stockcar Association.

“Hobby is a more advanced class. There are certain restrictions for them to keep them competitive with each other. These cars run anywhere from 350 to 450 horsepower in a car that weighs 1,300 kilograms (2,866 pounds), so they move pretty quick out there.”

Races consist of a minimum of four cars per heat with the cars reaching speeds of over 100 kilometres/hour, despite the short track.

Tickets for the race are $12 for adults and kids over 10 years of age, or $20 for the whole weekend. Kids under 10 are free.

The next race weekend is scheduled for Aug. 21 and 22, with the season wrapping up on Sept. 11 and 12.