PINKS with a TWIST
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- July 28 - 29 (rain date Aug 11 and 12)
- Raceway Park Points Event.
- Second annual event
- Drag Racers can bet part of their winnings against their competitor.
- An Outside Casino Night including a Dunk Tank supporting the Canadian Cancer Society with an auction at the end of the evening.
- The racers that help support the Canadian Cancer Society event have a chance to win a trip for two to the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida – Race to be done on July 29.
- All donations $10 and more to the Canadian Cancer Society receive a tax receipt from the Cancer Society.
- Registration to donate to Canadian Cancer Society is recommended for racers, but is not required to race on this weekend!
Welcome to the Atlantic Canadian Drag Racing Festival at Raceway Park this July 28th & 29th. Last year we celebrated “Still Cool at 40” which was 40 years of drag racing and made us the longest continually running track in Canada.
This season we are coming out with a Canada first for racing and that is our “Pinks with a Twist” race weekend. Pinks is the title for a regular type of drag race in the USA where as racers race through the field they can bet half of their round money winning against their competitor to add to the fun and extra cash.
Pinks with a Twist is our version where we will follow the Pinks format with the racing formula but we are adding our own additional activities. This is a new way to help support the Canadian Cancer Society and that is for anyone making a donation to the CCS (Tax Deductible) simply put it under the fund raising chart for your favorite drag racer.
Each of our race participants from Atlantic Canada will have their name and goals on this Raceway Park site plus they can each have their own web page. Here they can talk about who they are and relate any and all stories that they would like to pass on about their race career, their family, friends, pit crew and perhaps their experiences with cancer victims and why the CCS is such a necessary association.
Thanks to the support of major sponsors Vacationland Family Campground and RV Park and Fair Isle Ford, racers will be competing to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society for a chance to win a super prize package. For each one hundred dollars donated in their name, the racer gets a ballot in the Raceway Park ballot box giving them a chance to win a trip for two to the Gator Nationals drag racing NHRA event in Gainesville, Florida next winter. Needless to say, the more $100 ballots, the better their chance to win. It will be fun to see the various ways that the racers and teams tease and challenge one another to increase their donation totals through the support of their friends, relatives and race supporters.
Vacationland is one of PEI's finest Campgrounds and RV Parks. Tom "Big Poppa" Nichols and his crew are always supporting great causes within the community such as "Race against MS" and activies supporting the Boys and Girls Club. They regularly host many events and activities at the campground for folks young and old!
Fair Isle Ford Sales Ltd. also brings a lot of experience and support to our Pinks with a Twist weekend. Fair Isle is the Island’s leader in getting involved in many different ways to help support the communities and various fund raisers – be it Health, Hospital, etc. Terry Davis, General Sales Manager, is a great help to us in this event in that he is a past Vice President of the Canadian Cancer Society and also a drag racer in the early days of Raceway and many other tracks in Canada.
Ford, of course, was the brand name for the first drag race car to win a NHRA National title and that was Barrie Poole, sponsored by Sandy Elliot Ford in Chatham, Ontario. Barry and Sandy dominated the field with not one, but two, Ford Mustangs. Barrie (originally from Montague, P.E.I.) also cut the ribbon at the opening of Raceway Park in 1971.
On Saturday evening, after the first segment of racing and qualifying is over, we are having an outside Casino Night with the profits again going to the Canadian Cancer Society. We will have roulette wheels, game tables and slot drag racing cars, etc., for everyone to have some fun at and win some novelty items. In addition, there will be a dunk tank where I am sure we shall see lots of staff, racers and fans get to take a bath for a price.
To add to the entertainment on Sunday, not only will the racers be out to win but the pit crews and spectators will be able to bet on their favorite racer - not horses, but Horsepower at $5 a set. The Canadian Cancer Society wins and the better gets a prize plus their stubs go in for random draws all day long.
The Sunday race day will end not just with the racers on the Track but, in addition, the draw will take place for the trip to Florida to the NHRA Gator Nationals. “As good as it gets”, that is the only way to describe a weekend of fun, fund-raising and drag racing.
Raceway Park – Be There!