Speedway hosts Easter party

Penticton Speedway season opener fundraising for Have a Heart radiothon combined with Easter weekend festivities

Looking for some excitement Easter weekend?

The Penticton Speedway is having its season opener on Easter Sunday. While hornet, street stock and hit to pass take over the track, Penticton Speedway will be raising funds for the Sun FM Have a Heart radiothon. The Speedway has been doing the fundraiser for five years and owner Johnny Aantjes said each year they raise slightly more.

“Last year gave about $1,500 we raised at the first race,” said Aantjes. “We hope to beat that number this year.”

Organizers have also planned Easter activities for kids including an egg hunt, goodies, and a bouncy castle among other things.

With the Easter festivities and fundraiser, the Speedway owner said it’s a good way to get the season started.

“I think it’s going to be a great Sunday afternoon,” said Aantjes, also recommending that people dress warm as the event starts at 2 p.m. and should be finished between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

Typically the Penticton Speedway begins its season during the May long weekend and goes until the September long weekend, but Aantjes said they have added races on each end on the shoulder seasons.

“If we can raise some funds for this Have a Heart radiothon and have some fun and some good racing on a Sunday afternoon, it’s a good way to do it,” he said.

Aantjes said the drivers are excited about the season and were at the track on April 13 getting their vehicles ready and received several calls during the week.

For more information about the Penticton Speedway, check their newly launched website at www.pentictonspeedway.com.