Contest winner burns rubber on track
A Delia man hit the track recently in a NASCAR, thanks to a local automotive garage.
Doug Greer was at Edmonton International Raceway on Saturday, July 9, where he was able to complete 15 laps of the quarter-mile track in a NASCAR.
“Pat Ryan at Excelsior Motors had an open house last year to promote his new business and he had a draw and this was the door prize,” explains Greer.
He explains they didn’t just let him loose on the track armed with horsepower, there was quite a bit of preparation.
“We spent about an hour just talking about the track, what to do and what not to do. There are areas to speed up and areas where you slow down,” explains Greer. “The instructor was very clear on this. We then went back to the pit area, suited up and everybody had their turn.”
For the first few laps, to get the feel of the car, they followed the official pace car.
“After the first five laps, the pace car opened it up and you were going pretty fast. Going around the corners you could smell the rubber, it was a really good time,” said Greer.
While the car was not equipped with a speedometer, he estimates they hit about 65 MPH, which is plenty of speed on a quarter mile oval track.
“It happened to be my birthday weekend so it was a good way to spend a birthday.”
When asked if he is considering taking up racing, he laughs, “If I was 35 years younger, I might.”
Doug Greer completed 15 laps at Edmonton International Raceway behind the wheel of a NASCAR after winning a draw prize at the grand opening of Excelsior Auto Service.