Con­test win­ner burns rub­ber on track

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

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.

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