Trailer jumping at Speedway

Penticton Speedway will have flying destruction as part of its racing action this weekend

This jump will help hit-to-pass cars get air as they try to clear a trailer on the Penticton Speedway track during Hit-to-pass Flying Destruction on Saturday.

This jump will help hit-to-pass cars get air as they try to clear a trailer on the Penticton Speedway track during Hit-to-pass Flying Destruction on Saturday.

Cars. Trailers. Jumps.

Those three things will be part of Hit to Pass Flying Destruction at Penticton Speedway Saturday at 7 p.m.

“I think it’s going to be pretty spectacular,” said owner Johnny Aantjes.

Hit-to-pass cars have the option for air time over a trailer. It sits between jumps spread 15 feet apart.

“At 40 to 60 miles per hour, some of these cars could get five to 10 feet of air,” said Aantjes. “They are going to go.”

The Speedway owner also has volunteers to take the jump first.

“I never expect anybody to do something up at the track that I wouldn’t do,” he said. “The drivers are intimidated and excited. We always have a lot of guys that have a lot to say, but hit-to-pass drivers are usually courageous. We’ll see who really steps up for this one.”

Aantjes doesn’t believe there will be much left of the trailer once two cars have hit the jump and gone through. He stressed that drivers will have to watch their speed. The debris will be cleared to make room for the next trailer, of which there will be three.

“It’s going to be very exciting. Everybody likes the action. Everybody likes the smash and the crash,” he said. “No one is really quite sure what’s going to happen with the first jump going through.”

Along with the Flying Destruction, there will be hornets racing, street stocks and the Okanagan Dwarf Club. The racing, sponsored by the Pasta Factory, concludes Sunday at 7 p.m. with hornets, street stocks and the Okanagan Dwarf Club again, with Eve of Destruction.

The Penticton Speedway has enjoyed a good season with only two weekends affected by rain and hot weather.

“I’m happy with the season. We just have to keep it going,” he said.

Leading the hit to pass standings is Kale Shaw with 389 points. Rick Taylor leads the dwarf car standings with 364 points. Aaron Yazlovasky is the leader in street stock with 414 points and Clayton Campbell leads the hornet standings with 416 points.


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