The fastest cars in Western Canada will be in Williams Lake this Saturday when Thunder Mountain Speedway hosts its season opener and the opening round of the ASA Advance Testing Sportsman Series.
TMS president Tim Westwick said everyone’s excited to put the rubber to the pavement.
“We are now race No. 1 on the ASA series,” Westwick said.
“We’ve always been round No. 2. There’s supposed to be a large car count and a lot of ASA guys on the track, and they’ll all be looking for a good start to the season.”
Williams Lake’s own Korbin Thomas — a four-time series champion — will be looking to defend his sportsman series crown from last year, while another local driver, Derek Christianson, will be making his debut in the series.
In addition to that the event will feature all of the local driving classes including the bone stock minis, the pro minis and the street stocks.
“This year we’re really excited to have Kane Fraser joining the street stock class,” Westwick said.
“He was practicing last weekend and he’s super enthusiastic, and we’re delighted for him.”
Fraser, who became paralyzed from the waist down 14 years ago, said he’s thrilled to be a part of the racing community.
“I’ll be a full-on rookie,” he said.
“I’m big-time excited and really looking forward to it. There’s great people up there at the track and I’ve had lots of support from my sponsors.”
He added he never even considered racing until this year.
“I never really thought about the sport too much until I decided to do it this year. I just kind of fell into it. The track looks pretty big when you’re looking at it, but when you’re on it, it feels really small. I’m looking forward to going fast in a circle.”
Time trials begin at 5 p.m. with racing to begin at 6 p.m. The event will wrap up with a 100-lap main event featuring the ASAATSS cars.