Racing In Northern BC A Real Drag
By Charelle Evelyn on June 17 2013
Just because life can be
less hectic in the north,
doesn’t mean it’s slow.
This summer northern B.C. residents can fulfill their need for speed at the refurbished local motorsports park. Now under the ownership of Brent Marshall and carrying the Northland Dodge moniker, the Chief Lake Road drag strip roars to life for the season July 6. Race days will continue every Saturday throughout the summer at B.C.’s largest motorsport park, with street legals from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (gates open at 4 p.m.).
The drag strip originally opened in 1978 and was sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association until 2006. In January, the NHRA re-added the Prince George park to its network. The 140-acre site has a new 1,320-foot starting line allowing for 350 km/h-cars.
It also boasts a quarter-mile IHRA sanctioned drag strip, a 10-acre full pro motocross track, ATV/dune buggy course and mud bog pits.
This season there will be summer grass drags and a nitro remote control race circuit on Friday nights. A nearly three kilometre road course is under construction, as is a rally car circuit.
To really make a day (or entire weekend) of it, there are on-site concessions, RV parking and storage facilities under construction and B.C. Fisheries and Wildlife chipped in to help offer a man-made lake stocked with trout and a sandy beach.
When the park’s previous owner was looking to sell in 2010, Marshall purchased the site to keep it from being parceled off and preserve it as a haven for racing enthusiasts.
With a host of community sponsors on board, the park is also serving as a means to give back. Proceeds generated from the park’s operation will go to charity, specifically Northern B.C. HEROS (Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operations Society), which Marshall chairs.
The group is made up of Prince George residents working to bring an air ambulance service to the region. For a full slate of the summer’s events, visit www.northlandmotorsportpark.com
REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN
Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.