After a successful Hit to Pass event Friday evening at Thunder Mountain Speedway, it was time to get down to business Saturday as the opening race of the Tri-Cities Series and All Class Invitational lit up the race track.
“We had 20 street stocks on Saturday night, the largest car count at our Stampede invitational in about 10 years,” said Tim Westwick, president of TMS. “The spectator side was packed with eager race fans.”
While the main event was cancelled due to rain, TMS offered a free race day Sunday morning to complete the event.
“Several out of town drivers expressed how impressed they were with how efficient and organized, as well as affordable, our track was,” he said. “This is a testament to our great support from local businesses, as well as an amazing group of dedicated volunteers.”
Drivers raced in several classes including bone stock, pro-mini and street stock for the invitational, while the Tri-Cities race featured strictly street stock cars.
The bone stock main event was won by Quesnel’s Miek Garcia, but he failed the post race inspection so the win was subsequently awarded to Quesnel’s Terry Braman.
In the pro-mini main event Agassiz’s Joey Silas took the checkered flag, while the street stock main event was won by Penticton’s Kyle Cameron. Cameron, however, was not racing on the Tri-Cities Series-specific Hoosier Tires, so he forfeited the main event points but got to keep his invitational points as he was racing on his home track’s official tire.
Race two of the series takes place in Prince George on Aug. 9, while the third and final race goes Sept. 27 in Quesnel.