Races, racetracks, displays and shows... this section is
Speedway just outside Vernon, BC. One of my favourite tracks,
it's also conveniently close to home. Planning and construction was started by Gary Hammond, who unforunately was
unable to take it to completion. Part of the inspiration for this first class facility came from a trip to the
Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in WA. with the Turner Racing team in the late 90's. That
track had just had been extensively renovated & refurbished by Garrett Evans (of Nascar NW Tour fame), who transformed it from a dust-bowl with dirt
pits into an absolutely superb facility with paved pits, water & power outlets everywhere and excellent
lighting. Gary decided his new track had to be just as good (or better), and a bit bigger.
Sun Valley Speedway under construction July 13, 2000. The curved front-straight is
closest to us. The first race here was a CASCAR West Series event on Aug. 12, 2000. It was won by Nik Lapcevich, a regular in the CASCAR Super Series and later
in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series.
As it appears now. Wide angle lens exaggerates the
curve of the front "straight", but not by much.
A NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event racing at Sunvalley Speedway in Vernon, taken from the
grandstands near the start/finish line looking back at corner 4 The track is "D" shaped and the the front
"straight" is curved.
The distant mountain on the horizon is the SilverStar Mountain ski area. Below it, on the right (below & behind the ridge) are
the remains of the old Tillicum Valley Speedway which operated from 1970-75. There is a history and some 'then
& now' pictures of it on the Canadian Racer website.
So, what does a televised race from SunValley look like? These videos of the "A&W Cruisin' the
Dub" race from August 2008:
PART 1 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3YwMNcB0Y0
PART 2 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Nk7MxBBOI
PART 3 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heRiSsdyqPs
PART 4 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD84XwN376s
PART 5 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nil00dXwzh0
PART 6 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Duy5MEACSCg
(It's the TSN broadcast broken down into 6 short clips.)