A roar of loud engines and cheers were once again heard east of Kindersley last weekend. The Kindersley Dirt Drags and Tractor Pulls returned to the West Central area following a two-and-a-half-year hiatus.
Local driver for the Good To Go Racing team, Shayne Neigum spoke on how the weekend event turned out and how ecstatic the team was to be back in front of fans.
“For as exhausted as I am and some of our crew, you know, you turn the corner with the race car and the bleachers are full, that just totally justifies what we’re doing out here and makes it all worthwhile.”
Between 2,700 to 3,200 people attended the 2-day event which for the most part ran smoothly considering the time off since the last one was held.
Neigum acknowledged a few hiccups off the start on Friday, but once the kinks were worked out, everything else fell into place.
“Just a couple of things Friday night with timing and all of us racer and tractor pulls working together again for the sake of the show, it probably took an hour and a half longer than normal, but we regrouped and had a spectacular show Saturday. There was always something going down the track and very minimal waiting for the crowd and we got a lot of positive feedback on that.”
There was, however, one close call at the end of Saturday night. Luckily the result was minor, and no one was harmed, Neigum explained.
“It was our car and Mark Savage in the North Lane and Brad Asbury from Langley, BC in the South lane. In the final when you're racing for the cash everybody's amped up. Brad unfortunately got a little too amped up and red lit, he left before the tree dropped, but he had a heck of a run and his wheelie bar broke about three quarters down the track and it catapulted him and his car straight vertical into the air for 30 or 40 feet until he came down.”
Savage, who drives for the Good To Go race team finished first in both the shootout event and CMRO points race. Due to electronic issues, Neigum was unable to finish his semifinal leg and placed 2nd in the CMRO points standings.
Neigum and his Good To Go team have one more event in Cold Lake Alberta before the season wraps up.
Shayne Neigum joined Country 104.9 morning show host Aaron Harle to follow up on the successful weekend of dirt drags and tractor pulls and can be heard below.