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Speedway president enthusiastic about season

By Mo Cranker on July 9, 2018.

Wayne Seward's truck leads the way in the first race of the day Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Medicine Hat Speedway.


It’s been a good year for racing fans in Medicine Hat.

With only one weekend lost to rain so far, and plenty of events scheduled for the rest of summer at the Medicine Hat Speedway — the trend should continue.

“It’s been a really good season so far,” said speedway president Rick Jondreau. “We’ve only had one rainy weekend so far, and Medicine Hat is pretty good for not getting too much rain.

“We’ve had a lot of great races already this year and the fans have been great like they always are — it’s been a lot of fun.”

With highs in the 30s Saturday and plenty of sunshine, it was another great day for races.

“We’ve got pretty much all of our locals going this weekend,” said Jondreau. “We’ve got our usual races this weekend and we’re introducing our new V6 class by having them out and doing some testing in their rides — we’re also hoping to get a drifter out today.”

The speedway has operated in the city for 33 years on the backs of volunteers, and Jondreau says the group hopes to entertain people of all ages.

“I think what people don’t realize is that this is a family sport,” he said. “When people come out and see all the little kids running around having fun and getting autographs, that’s my favourite part of this.

“We get to see a lot of people getting together as families at our events and we really don’t do enough of that these days.”

On Saturday, Jonathan Rissling won the hobby stock event, with Jake Sissons coming in second and Alysha Stralton taking third.

Shawn Lowe took first place in the elite street stock event. Al Patterson took second and Mitch Stovka finished third.

Jason Woicichowski won the gold during the renegade truck event. Curtis Bigelow finished second and Jason Hardy got the bronze.

This weekend will be the fan appreciation event at the Speedway, where mini-cup, baby grand, IMCA modified, elite street stock and hobby stock drivers will take to the asphalt.

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