It’s not often the Borderland Racing Association is able to run on Canada’s birthday.
But with July 1 falling on a Friday this year, it allowed the Emo Speedway to move its race night up for the holiday weekend.
“Because Canada Day is on a Friday this year, it allows our volunteers who are not usually able to make it out to the track on a weekday the chance to help get things set up early and help put on a real good program,” Speedway promoter Anthony Leek explained.
The racing also will coincide with a number of other events taking place in Emo throughout the day, including a car show, supper, live concert, and fireworks.
As well, Leek is expecting to see a jump in the car counts in all three divisions (WISSOTA Modifieds, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and Street Stocks) due to the fact they’ll be running on a Friday night.
“We are expecting to see some drivers that don’t normally come here, along with hopefully a few travellers that have never been here before,” he said.
“I’m pretty sure we’ll have over 10 cars in the Modifieds, around 10-12 in the Stocks, and the Midwest Modified field should be in the high teens.
“With the holiday, it’ll be a great opportunity for some of those guys to race here and also to celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday, so I think everyone will have a good time,” Leek enthused.
The schedule will be the same as on a regular race night, with hot laps getting underway at 7 p.m. and the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting).