Sage Howlett shows the checkered flag to a pack of cars racing to the finish line at the Gold Pan Speedway. Racing had to be stopped at the Quesnel Auto Racing Association’s fan appreciation day in August 2021, as a harsh storm soaked the track, and lightning was seen striking the ground in the area. (Cassidy Dankochik photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Sage Howlett shows the checkered flag to a pack of cars racing to the finish line at the Gold Pan Speedway. Racing had to be stopped at the Quesnel Auto Racing Association’s fan appreciation day in August 2021, as a harsh storm soaked the track, and lightning was seen striking the ground in the area. (Cassidy Dankochik photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Annual crash to pass event returns to Quesnel’s Gold Pan Speedway in 2022

A full season of races across the region is scheduled for the year

The Quesnel Auto Racing Association (QARA) is gearing up for a new season at the Gold Pan Speedway.

Racers will be getting back behind the wheel on Saturday, June 25, for fan appreciation.

It’s shaping up to be a thrilling year after the auto racing season was idle in 2020 and limited last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But this year will be our full season back, so we’re pretty excited about that,” said QARA track president Mikey Garcia.

Changes this year include synchronized racing rules between organizations in Quesnel, Prince George and Williams Lake.

“Another issue from the past was that race dates overlapped each other between the three tracks, and when we sat down we worked that out too, so now we have no overlapping days,” Garcia added.

“The racers can attend every race between the three tracks now, so that’s pretty exciting as well—we should be able to see better car counts for this year’s racing.”

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A total of six races, including the highly anticipated annual crash-to-pass coinciding with Billy Barker Days, are planned to take place at the Gold Pan Speedway this year.

On Facebook, QARA secretary Mallary Hyshka said at least 20 volunteers are needed to make all that race day magic happen and that this year is no exception.

Sponsors are also needed.

Another new rule this year will see the age of eligible drivers on the track reduced from 14 to 12.

Some of the racing set to be featured at the Gold Pan Speedway include the mini and pro-minis stock class and the new hornet class for beginners.

Garcia said the QARA would be hosting legend cars throughout the season, which he described as a small 1930s-like model.

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