NO MEANS NO
LETHBRIDGE, AB – Bridge County Raceway president James Hadnagy has officially put an end to off-season reports that his facility would be running a limited oval schedule in 2012. “Yes, we were contacted to open the track for some specials events this year but our decision to close [the track] remains firm. There will be no motorsport events scheduled at Bridge County Raceway in 2012 under current ownership.” The track just east of Lethbridge, Alberta shut its doors the end of September after 20 seasons of operation.
Almost immediately after the closure announcement was made, Dwight Kennedy, the owner of Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd., spearheaded a behind the scenes campaign to have the facility re-opened for at least four race dates in 2012. “It was tough saying no to Dwight,” sighs Hadnagy, “he has done so much for racing in this province. He has been such a huge supporter of racing here in Lethbridge as well. Kathy and I are extremely disappointed that we had to turn down the offer from NPP for the two long-weekend races this year.” Hadnagy says when the doors closed last September that was it. “We are burned out. It’s time to hand the keys over to a new operator.” Hadnagy was candid if he has entertained any offers on the Southern Alberta track. “The upkeep of the facility will continue for the new owners whoever they may be. No one wants to buy a rundown race track.” The Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series made its debut at Bridge County Raceway in 2006. Edson, Alberta’s Dwight Kennedy won the inaugural Feature event.