Home | Historic Track Database | Feature Articles | Ghost Speedways | Photos | Updates

2008 Pre-Season News

Posted: April 27, 2008
Steve Kinser and the rest of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will be at Ohsweken Speedway on July 22-23 and at Castrol Raceway on Aug 22-23.

The snow has finally melted here in Southern Ontario, the mall shows have wrapped up and practice days and racing have started. That means I'm overdue for CanadianRacer.com's annual check on the off-season news and a look ahead to the 2008 season. It was mostly good news in the off-season. Two new ovals and a road course have either opened or will soon, one oval has been saved and we only lost one track over the winter.

Starting with the bad news, Cranbrook International Speedway in BC closed at the end of the 2007 season for development of the land.

The future of Race City Motorsports Park in Calgary is in doubt after the 2009 season. The City of Calgary has announced that it will not renew the lease after 2009. There is an online petition urging the City of Calgary to assist in finding a new home for the track.

Turning to good news, a previously closed race track is re-opening. The track at Fort McMurray, AB was closed in 1989. It was used for bog bogs recently but has been undergoing renovation and is now called McMurray Speedway Park. The 3/8 mile clay track have been widened and the banking in the corners increased. Other renovations either completed or soon underway include rebuilt grandstands, more grandstands on the way, lights, improved parking lot, numerous familiy facilities, etc. The track appears to be special events only for now. It will host two rounds of the Alberta Sprint Tour in 2008 - July 5-6 and August 30-31. Check the track's web site for more details.

Autodrome Budweiser is a new 1/5 mile, banked, dirt oval now under construction and is located near Saint-Eugène-de-Ladrière, about 30 minutes west of Rimouski. QC. They plan to have 1000cc Mini Sprints, Legends and 4 cylinder stocks with possible specials in 2008 for Sportsmen and Pro Stocks. There will be an ATV and motocross track in the infield. The track is expected to open in August. The track's web site is now online.

There is a new road circuit in Canada as well. Circuit ICAR is located at the Mirabel airport in Montreal. Like many road circuits, the track can be set up in various configurations. The north track is 2.43 km, the south track is 1.48 km and the full circuit is 3.81 km. There is also a drag strip. The circuit will host an event on July 11-13 featuring the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the Toyota Pirelli Cup, Extreme Touring Pirelli, F1600 and Performance Cup.

Hidden Valley Motorsports Park at Drumheller, AB is relocating this year. The old property has been sold to a real estate developer. The new track is located at the Drumheller Stampede & Agricultural Society grounds and is the existing chuck wagon track. The 1/2 mile clay track will need some work to make it suitable for stock car racing, including walls and fencing. There is the possibility of holding the races at the old track this season as the club still has the lease for this year.

The Newalta Late Model Challenge Series has merged with ARCA West and is now known as the ARCA West Mac's Series. The series is for Late Models and races in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana. The rules and schedule for 2008 are very similiar to the 2007 season. More information can be found at the series web site.

Speedway 660 is the new name for New Brunswick International Speedway. The new name reflects the road that the track is located on.

Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, AB has received a $430,000 grant from the Alberta Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture. The funds will used toward the building of a drag strip at the facility.

Sauble Speedway in Sauble Beach, ON was sold over the winter. Former racer Jason Thom and his wife Aimee purchased the track from Joe Chisholm who will remain as Marketing Director.

Autodrome St-Eustache was also sold during the off-season. Alan Labrosse is the new owner of the multi-track facility, located northwest of Montreal.

There is a stong group of international racing series coming to Canada in 2008. Highlights include the NASCAR Nationwide Series, F1, the Indy Car Championship Series (at Edmonton, still to be confirmed), World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, ARCA ReMax Series, ARCA Trucks, ISMA, Super DirtCar Series, American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Rolex Series. For all Canadian dates for the international series plus the Canadian touring series, see the CanadianRacer.com Schedules page.