Drivers, get ready to start your engines as the annual Ponoka Eight Mile Drag Race draws closer, bringing with it some speedy excitement for the August long weekend.
Held Aug. 1 to 3 at the Ponoka Industrial Airport, the event is bracket racing; drivers are required to dial in on a time they think they can accomplish. “They try to achieve the number they’ve selected against another racer,” said co-organizer Craig Pateman.
This year Central Alberta Raceways, out of Rimbey, is holding the race. “We’ll be making a donation to their new racetrack,” said Pateman. “We’re strong supporters of the new racetrack.”
Approximately 215 people attended the event last year and the same numbers are expected again. “It’s really just grassroots racing, we’re here to have a good time,” said Pateman.
The race allows the drivers to get out and perform their passion and gives the community a fun outing. “It’s a plus to have the spectators come out and see something they normally wouldn’t get to see,” said Pateman.