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Speed thrills

  • Dark humour rides shotgun in the form of a skeleton with one driver.

    Dark humour rides shotgun in the form of a skeleton with one driver.

  • Track maintenance crews water and pack the mud oval into race conditions. Heat, wind, sun are all factors that affect the surface which drivers and pit crews will adapt to for the race.

    Track maintenance crews water and pack the mud oval into race conditions. Heat, wind, sun are all factors that affect the surface which drivers and pit crews will adapt to for the race.

  • Drivers warm up their machines while pit crews listen to their engines and inspect the track.

    Drivers warm up their machines while pit crews listen to their engines and inspect the track.

  • Pit crews and drivers push and pull cars out of their trailers for race night at Red River Co-op Speedway.

    Pit crews and drivers push and pull cars out of their trailers for race night at Red River Co-op Speedway.

  • Corn fields line the track.

    Corn fields line the track.

  • Drivers in formation move their

    Drivers in formation move their "Modifieds" toward the green flag to start an evening of racing under a prairie sky.

  • Fans enjoy the sights sounds and smells from the grandstand.

    Fans enjoy the sights sounds and smells from the grandstand.

  • Racers round the corner on the slick dirt track race.

    Racers round the corner on the slick dirt track race.

  • Racers Glenn Manning (left) and Jamie Vernaus butt trucks in front of an appreciative crowd.

    Racers Glenn Manning (left) and Jamie Vernaus butt trucks in front of an appreciative crowd.

  • Drivers warm up their machines while pit crews listen to their engines and inspect the track.

    Drivers warm up their machines while pit crews listen to their engines and inspect the track.

  • Rounding the corner in a blur.

    Rounding the corner in a blur.

  • Action on the dirt track race night at Red River Co-op Speedway.

    Action on the dirt track race night at Red River Co-op Speedway.

  • Rob Comeau gives the racers a green flag to start the action.

    Rob Comeau gives the racers a green flag to start the action.

  • Glenn Manning parades the Canadian flag during the national anthem before opening race.

    Glenn Manning parades the Canadian flag during the national anthem before opening race.

  • Race crews send hand signals from the sidelines to drivers.

    Race crews send hand signals from the sidelines to drivers.

  • Tavia Dorge barrels past the pit area under the evening summer sky.

    Tavia Dorge barrels past the pit area under the evening summer sky.

  • Friends catch a thrill ride back to the pit after the races.

    Friends catch a thrill ride back to the pit after the races.

  • Klayton Sadlowski of Big Top Fireworks sets off a blazing show to celebrate 40 years of racing at Red River Co-op Speedway.

    Klayton Sadlowski of Big Top Fireworks sets off a blazing show to celebrate 40 years of racing at Red River Co-op Speedway.

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