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Trailer races to return

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For the second time in three years, figure-8 trailer races will be the featured attraction at the Eve of Destruction at the Estevan Motor Speedway.

This year's event will be on Friday, September 12, starting at 7 p.m.

Spokesperson Davin Emmel said the trailer races were a popular attraction when they were offered two years ago, and so the event's organizing committee decided to bring them back.

Over 30 entries have already been received. Many of the participants are competitors who have been part of the event previously.

The figure-8 track will be set up at the speedway's infield.

“Any truck smaller than a one-tonne, a car or a van will be pulling any type of trailer, and trying to smash the other guy's trailer,” said Emmel. “Being that it's a figure-8, we'll be crossing at the centre.”

The centre junction area is where collisions are mostly likely to happen.

The objective is to detach the trailer from the vehicle; the last vehicle that still has its trailer wins.

Anyone who wants to enter a trailer can do so, Emmel said.

“We have campers, tent trailers and boat trailers,” said Emmel. “Some people are even going to bring out an old vehicle (on their trailer).”

Other attractions on the card will be a spectator eliminator competition, in which people will race the vehicles that they brought to the track, and a rollover contest. Fireworks will wrap up the evening.

The Eve of Destruction has proven to be a popular event, as it typically attracts more than 2,500 people.

The Torquay Community Centre and the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games committee will be receiving the bulk of the funds, Emmel said. The St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation will also benefit, as the opportunity to drive a vehicle-trailer tandem will be auctioned off during the night, with proceeds going to the foundation.


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