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Western big rig racing series in the works

CALGARY, Alta. -- A new big rig racing series is taking root in the West, with a number of demonstration events pla...


CALGARY, Alta. — A new big rig racing series is taking root in the West, with a number of demonstration events planned over the coming months.

Former NASCAR Winston Cup driver, Buddie Boys of Calgary, will be touring several tracks in the Western U.S. throughout September and October to give race fans and truck drivers a taste of what’s to come. The new series will emphasize competitive racing with fair compensation paid to the drivers making for an exciting and fiercely competitive series.

Boys recently turned a few laps at a track in Salt Lake City, bringing nearly 15,000 screaming fans to their feet, and that response is expected to be commonplace when more trucks take to the track.

Spencer Howard, promotions developer for the fledgling series, says professional-level racing will be the focus of the Big Rig Racing series.

"This is not a novelty act," stresses Howard. "This is real serious racing and we hope to give the people in North America something they’ve never seen before and fill the stands at every show."

More than six racers have already voiced their intentions to race in the series, and more trucks will be added over the coming months. Next year the series will visit 12 tracks and feature 18 races.

Howard emphasizes the new series will bring big rig racing to a new level and that fair payouts to the drivers will attract both truckers and racers to the sport.

Boys and his 1,200 horsepower Western Star can be seen turning laps at the following venues over the coming months: Sept. 7, Champion Raceway, Carson City, Nevada; Sept. 14, Mesa Marin Racetrack, Bakersfield, California; Sept. 20, Orange Show, San Bernardino, California; Sept. 21, Madera, California; Sept. 28, Stockton 99, Stockton, California; Oct. 5, Altamont, Tracy, California; Oct. 6, Shasta, Anderson, California.

Some of the events may also feature a rival Kenworth driven by veteran truck racer Mervyn Pidherney, also of Alberta.

For more about the Big Rig Racing series, call Howard at 888-276-7468. Sponsorship opportunities are available and more competitors are being courted by the series in preparation of next year’s launch.


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